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Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 11:09 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m. ET: Via the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta: "Jets have extended a one-year offer to Aaron Maybin, per source. However, about 5-6 other teams have made similar offer. No decision yet."

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It took two years, but the Buffalo Bills finally released their 2009 11th-overall pick Aaron Maybin. And if it wasn't for his draft status, the two sides would've parted ways even sooner.

We don't say this so much as knock against Maybin -- by all accounts he was a hard worker, just undersized and lacking a true position -- but as an indictment against the Bills front office for taking him so high in the first place.

Either way, Maybin and his zero sacks and 16 tackles in 27 career games are free to hawk their wares elsewhere; he cleared waivers Tuesday and he can now sign with any team that wants him.

"He put so much into it, but there wasn't any appreciable improvement," coach Chan Gailey said Monday, according to the Associated Press. "It was better to do it now than to do it later."

Maybin's second biggest issue -- after not getting any better -- was that he struggled to keep weight on. The linebacker entered the league listed at 250 pounds but reported to camp last month at 228.

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson joked in May that Maybin apparently "looked like a wide receiver." Turns out, that wasn't far from the truth.

"That's the big thing," general manager Buddy Nix said, referring to Maybin's lack of size. "I saw where somebody said that he didn't fit the scheme. But I don't know what scheme he fits at that size unless you're a strong safety or something."

There is where we point out that Nix returned to the Bills in January 2009 as their National Scout. According to BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown, the job required Nix "to cover a lot of the major college programs in preparation for the NFL draft."

Presumably, Penn State, Maybin's alma mater, was on Nix's beat. So while saying things like "…I don't know what scheme he fits at that size unless you're a strong safety or something" makes for a good quote, it reflects horribly on the person who played an important role in helping craft the Bills' '09 draft plans. In this case, it just so happens to be the same guy. (Nix was promoted to GM in December 2009 after Russ Brandon was named CEO.)

Exacerbating the problem: Nix falling for the sunk-cost fallacy (explained here) when he tells the AP, "That's the reason we took a little longer. We needed him and we wanted him to come through," Nix said. "He did everything he could do. He practiced hard. He hustled. He did everything you asked of him. It just didn't work out."

This is something you would never hear Bill Belichick admit publicly. It's also part of the reason why the Patriots have had at least 10 victories every season since 2003, and the Bills last had double-digit wins in 1999.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:27 am
 

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?



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Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:06 am
 

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

Thank you misinformation from bad blogs sucks.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:05 am
 

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

Nix scouted the US Southeast, not the Big 10 ... and it's well known fact that Dick Jauron was the driving force behind the selection.

And to compare a team with Tom Brady with a team that hasn't had a quality quarterback over the last decade is disingenious at best. Maybe that's why the Pats have 10 games per season.

How about next time you write a story - you be a journalist and not a hack? Hmm? 



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:31 am
 

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

maxman -

I think you & i have a chicken & the egg view on this ---
And the irony is that DB's are only as good as the pass rush of the front seven in front of them.
I would say it's the other way around - that a pass rush is only as good as the DB's behind them - Why do you think the Eagles went out & got Nnamdi & DRC - their pass rush sucked last year but I can guarantee they'll have more sacks this year than they did last year just because of those 2 additions

look at the top 10 teams in sacks last year & you'll see they all have solid to great defensive backfields - I just looked them up & could name at least 1 stud S or CB on each team - I can't do the same with the bottom 10
In reality, between Jauron and Levy, they were both way too enamored with DB's at the expense of the OL and DL
And the opposite of that is Andy Reid - you don't know how many Eagles fans head explode every year when Reid wheels & deals , moves up in the draft & then takes another undersized DL or an OL who will be a 3-4 yr project - like this year when he drafted a 27 yr old Canadian paramedic to play OG -

Who knows what the perfect plan is for drafting but the Bills & Eagles do the opposite & both have the same results - NO SB WINS - so who knows ? 

The one thing I know for sure is that Bills & Eagles fans are the losers in this whole frustrating deal !



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

Yes, they draft a lot of good CB's and safeties.  But then they don't want to pay them premium salaries after they prove to be worth it, so off they go to FA land.  (Winfield, Clements, Greer, Whitner) THEREBY REQUIRING the BILLS TO NEED TO DRAFT MORE DB's!!!!

In reality, between Jauron and Levy, they were both way too enamored with DB's at the expense of the OL and DL.  And the irony is that DB's are only as good as the pass rush of the front seven in front of them. Then when you add in that they both loved the Cover 2 which is a two deep zone, not requiring athleticism at the DB positions, and you're starting to understand why the Bills have been so bad the past ten years. (besides no OL and weak QB's).



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

Buffalo drafts some of the best cb's and safties in the league.  I don't understand why they are unable to put a team together.  Bills need some playmakers


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