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The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:57 am
 
OPENING HIT: Remember when the Buffalo Bills were the toast of football? They had beaten the New England Patriots and were called by some one of the best in the NFL. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a Harvard grad. Heard that over and over. Stevie Johnson was Jerry Rice wrapped inside Calvin Johnson wrapped inside Andre Reed. The Bills were going to kick the crap out of the world.

Now, there's this. The Bills were booed during Sunday's loss to Miami. There is speculation in the media that the Bills, despite signing Fitzpatrick to a new and filthy rich, fatty cat contract, might look to draft another QB. The Bills started 4-1 and then 5-2 but have lost their last seven games. They're a wreck.

The Philadelphia Eagles are probably the most disappointing team of the year but the Bills are a very close second.

The big question is this: what the hell happened?

The Bills are a classic example of the media overstating a team's early success, extrapolating it over an entire season, instead of waiting and seeing just how good they were. They did have one nice win against the Patriots but many of those early wins look suspect now. They beat Oakland, Kansas City and Philadelphia early. We now know those weren't such quality victories.

I don't know what the lesson is. Maybe there is none other than this.

Same. Old. Bills.
Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:39 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

It seems to me there were plenty of people early in the season who wondered if the Bills' fast start was a mirage.  While coaches and systems can help a team succeed, it's talent that is most important and people looked at their roster and saw modest talent.  With a few key injuries, they have been forced to dip into their second team, and they simply lack depth. 


Were I a Bills fan, I would actually see this season in a hopeful light.  There clearly are some play-makers in western NY, but they need to add more.  At the very least, the early part of the season gave the team some personality, something it has lacked for a decade or more.  They were aggressive offensively, and they got a hint of the success they might have if they can build up the talent base.  There are certainly no guarantees, but perhaps the Bills won't be moribund much longer.



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:28 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

"The Bills are a classic example of the media overstating a team's early success, extrapolating it over an entire season, instead of waiting and seeing just how good they were."  Freeman, isn't that exactly what you, and all of your coworkers were doing at the beginning of the year?  You were part of the media that was overstating the Bills early success.



Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:54 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

Seems like a lot of football fans, especially Bills fans are doing the same old thing. A team does well early on and falters later in the season as key players are injured. If the 2nd stringers arent up to snuff, suddenly the team is hoorible and always was. Announcements of injuries to key players arent hidden from the public on the back pages of the sports section. They are often on the 1st page of the sports section of the local paper and sometimes even front page news. So out comes the "well, they beat three crappy teams so they really werent ever good" nonsense. Didnt they beat the New England Patriots, which has the best record in the AFC right now? Yeah, that's what I thought...



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:01 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

The Bills are the NY Mets of the NFL.  Obnoxious fans that piss everyone off whenever the team starts off strong, but then it inevitably collapses and these "fans" are nowhere to be found.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 5:26 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

Fitxpatrick's contract hinders any attempt by the Bills from going after another QB, unless it's in the 5th or 8th round.Instead they ought to go after Defense & more importantly more targets for Ryan.Divid Nelson gets double teamed & that leaves  virtually nothing as a secondary target.The Bills are in a very tough division & with Miami being tough to beat, Buffalo could be celler dwellers for years to come.They ARE who we thought they were!




Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 3:17 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

The Bills had nice season but lack the depth to make a playoff run. Injuries effect every team. Linebacker play needs to improve and some help one O line must also be addressed. The receivers need a upgrade. A nice group that needs a deep threat that can free up Johnson. Overall a very nice year that they can build on. I like the team. I give them an A.



Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:39 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Same. Old. Bills.

I believe in Ryan Fitzpatrick but I agree I would like them to draft a QB atleast in the 2nd or 3rd round to put a little pressure on Fitz. We all know he is comfortable because he doesn't have to worry about Tyler Thigpen taking his job. Or maybe go after a Matt Flynn from GB, something to challenge Fitz.


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