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What is Buffalo thinking?!

Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 1:00 pm
Instead of playing the Brett Favre Game with defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Aaron Schobel, the Bills have decided to release the Pro Bowl veteran. The team's website wrote:A. Schobel (US Presswire)

In a statement released to the media Monday morning Bills GM Buddy Nix stated that the team is moving forward without Schobel.

“Aaron has been contemplating retirement for the past seven months, but we are at the point where we are moving forward and have informed his agent of our plans,” Nix said.

“Aaron has been a very good player for the Bills and we wish him and his family the best, but there comes a point where we have to move forward and that point is today. We are focusing on the team’s best interests.”

This move is nothing short of shocking. The Bills are installing a new 3-4 scheme and have minimal pass-rushing options on the edges. They’re hoping Chris Kelsay can transition from defensive lineman to outside linebacker. Even if he does, he’ll be extremely average (reason being, he’s been extremely average his entire career). Buffalo’s other starting outside ‘backer will be Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick last season who has had a tough time acclimating to pro game. In fact, Maybin may not even play ahead of journeyman veteran Reggie Torbor, who is a more natural inside linebacker.

UPDATE: Schobel wants to be released so he can talk with other teams. Doesn't sound like a guy who is at all interested in retiring.

--Andy Benoit

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:42 am

What is Buffalo thinking?!

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:34 am

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Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:59 am

What is Buffalo thinking?!

The Bills have been on a three year plan for over a decade.  What a joke this once proud organization has become! 

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:12 am

What is Buffalo thinking?!

I dig your optimism,but, Rome took nearly 900 years to build.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2010 9:14 pm

What is Buffalo thinking?!

Why is it so hard for everyone to underdstand that Buffalo is on a 3 year plan. People need to look past these petty moves and chalk up the fact that this coming season is going to be a painful one for Bills fans. The team has gotten much younger, and Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey drafted depth for the new defensive scheme. Next year will probably be one of the top two premier quarterbacks and line help. Then in year 3 they will take care of positional needs. Nix knows that you draft the best players and not necessarily "need". Thats why the Bills now have CJ Spiller along with Jackson and Lynch. This team had absolutely no identity last year and Gailey wants to set up this team as a run first club. Even if it takes two years to strenghten that line, the run game is gonna be great with action jackson and the electrifying Spiller. QB is a concern, but for what Gailey wants to do (short, controlled passes and the occasional downfield bomb) Edwards is good enough to get by this season. If teams are consistently guarding against a good ground attack, then the passing game will slowly get better. The Bills are in year one of a major overhaul and people need to have a little patience because Rome wasnt built in a single day.

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2010 6:41 pm

What is Buffalo thinking?!

Get your information right- The Bills DID NOT release Schobel. He is on the DNR list and will  remain there until he decides if he desires to play in 2010. He can retire, or possibly be traded, but the Bills did not release him.
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Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:13 pm

What is Buffalo thinking?!

trade him for a conditional draft pick  and get on with it already

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