Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mike Babcock Leverages Sabres for more money from Leafs

By Steve

Those sneaky Toronto Maple Leafs! Evidently Mike Babcock used the Sabres as leverage to get more money from the queefs instead of actually wanting to coach the Buffalo Sabres and leave Detroit. Fuck em then

It appears the bottomline was control. Can Babcunt have total control of the roster like he will have in Toronto or still have to report to Tim Murray in Buffalo. True money may have had some impact but when has that ever caused Terrence Pegula to acquieces?

The bottom bottom line is this:

Who would you rather have, Mike Babcock or Tim Murray?

Babcunt has won and won quite a bit, Tim Murray is an unknown quantity with little track record of success (unless you consider 30th place success).

Should Pegula have stepped in fired Murray and lept into Babcock's arms like a romatic beach movie scene? Id say probably. Ouch. In GMTM they trust I guess.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Grading the Buffalo Bills 2015 Draft

By Steve

Was that the most boring NFL draft in recent memory? Yeah, I watched just about the entire thing but man that was boring. Obviously, the horrendous trades from last year that threw out a few 4th round picks and this years first round picked were the man culprit.

But it wasn't just those lousy trades that caused this years draft to be a snoozefest. The first pick was a cornerback which seems to always be the case and is usually boring. The second pick, John Miller, was a boring but useful pick because he plays guard.

The most interesting aspects of the 2015 draft  were the team's 5th and and second 6th round pick. Running back Karlos Williams was impressive at times for FSU but it wasn't a need position. Basically it was a send off to trade-bust Bryce Brown. Good job on that one Doug Whaley.

The second 6th round pick ( TE Nick O'leary) was my favorite of the whole draft. Oddly enough this kid might have the biggest impact on the roster this season. Granted he was a late sixth round pick but any time an FSU game was on it seemed like this dude was making plays. Why he fell that far is probably because of his measurables but the kid is a football player.

Lastly the other dudes Tony Steward and Dezmin Lewis.. meh. Lewis is a tall WR and hopefully Rex liked LB Steward but they were just throw in players in the 6th and 7th rounds.

Overall I give the Bills a draft grade of C+. No additional picks for next year, not drafting a quarterback and taking a luxury CB hurt. Plus Darby had about as many interceptions as I had last year but in the long run it may prove to be a smart pick.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bills Draft Guard John Miller Louisville

A position of need, I would have prefered a tackle that can play guard as well. ESPN literally did not talk about our pick instead going to commercial. They didnt even broadcast the pick live.

From rotoworld

"A pair of anonymous NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel both said Louisville G John Miller has limitations.
"You like the way he plays," said the first. "He's tough, but he's 6-2 and 300. OK athlete. He's got some quickness but he's not a great player. He struggles in protection some. Gets beaten on the edges." Miller improved from 7 to 14 on the Wonderlic on a second try, but the MJS reports some teams wonder if he'll be able to react and adjust. "Learning is a little bit of a process," the second scout said. "Pass pro is good enough. Oh, yeah, he's a good player." Miller was a four-year starter at guard. We're big fans, higher on the Cardinal prospect than either of these two gentlemen. Josh Norris ranks Miller as the No. 4 interior offensive line prospect."

Big discrepancy in grades on John Miller. @MelKiperESPN had him No. 80 overall, but Scouts, Inc. had him at No. 170."

And from walterfootball:
"Buffalo Bills: John Miller, G, Louisville: C+ Grade
I had John Miller going to the Bills - but in the fifth round. Having said that, I don't think this is a bad pick, or anything. I had Miller going a bit later than I wanted to, so Buffalo is reaching by about a round. Still, the Bills are filling a big need on the interior of their offensive line, so I don't have a problem with this selection.
Read more at http://walterfootball.com/nfldraftgrades3.php "

Buffalo Bills Draft Ronald Darby CB FSU


By Steve

Two career interceptions. Another cornerback. Kiper hated the pick, "an interesting pick" Todd McShay

5'10 193

Everyone says he can't find the ball and wasn't challenged much at FSU
Roto world
"
The Colts pick No. 29, around where Darby might go. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Darby has good size, athleticism and outstanding speed, boasting 4.38 second wheels. Some have called him soft, but we see a decent tackler who isn't afraid to get dirty."

I dont like the pick but I dont hate it.
Grade D+

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Predictions for the 2015 NFL Draft

By Steve

Luckily I don't mind being wrong because I never am so here are some predictions for the 2015 draft:

The Jets (god I hope it is the Browns because that would make my year) will trade up for Marcus Mariota. Mariota could be good in the NFL but not in New York or Cleveland and not in year one or even year two. QBs dont get enough time to develop and coming out of college playing a  spead, zero read offense is not a recipe for success.

Some team will make a big play for Kevin White. As a one year wonder out of WVU and a physical freak some team will do something stupid ala the Rams two years ago. When a player blows up the combine and only has one year of production the whiff of bust becomes a stench.

Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon will be grossly overrated i.e. drafted in the top 20. What a disaster. Gurley is really good but he isn't healthy and there are a bunch of runningbacks behind them that are good.

The quick receiver Breshad Perriman will be over drafted and be a bust

Amari Cooper is the best player in this draft.

Chip Kelly will be praised regardless of what he does, be it trading for Mariota or not trading up and mortgaging the future. (Must be nice)

Only two quarterbacks will be drafted in the first round. Not exactly going out on a limb but last year Minny did slide in late day 1 to take Ted Bridgewater.

Now on to the Bills. The six seasons Rex Ryan was the head coach of the Jets they drafted defense in the first round 6 times. Six times!
2009 Sanchez
2010 CB Kyle Wilson
2011 DE Muhammad Wilkerson
2012 DE Quinton Coples
2013 CB Dee Miliner AND DT Sheldon Richardson
2014 S Calvin Pryor

Wowww lotta defense. If that pattern holds, and I assume it will because there is zero chance Rex Ryan doesn't have input into the draft, the Bills are going defense at 50. And since I'm not a hypocrete and love drafting defense.. consider me on board!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What The Bills Should Do in the Draft

By Steve

The Bills have six draft picks in the 2015 draft 50 (2nd) 81 (3rd) 155 (5th) 188 196 (6th) 234 (7th). So basically no picks Thursday, two on Friday and four on Saturday. No wonder there is no buzzzz.

Here is what the Bills shouldnt do

Here are the Bills needs as I rank them:

1. QB
2. O-LINE
3. S
4. LB
5. WR
6. TE

I go mostly offense because I am assuming the genius, Rex Ryan, can find fill-in OLBs and and defensive lineman any where. Right?

There is no quarterback worth reaching for at fifty so QB is out. Thus, the next best option is o-line. I dont specifically say guard on purpose. A versatile tackle would be the best option. Find a guy that could play both positions especialy if Cyress Kounijo has to move to guard or the current tackles have to shuffle around. (Not to mention there are only 3 OTs on the roster).

I'm not a scout so no names will be provided but there will certainly be an o-lineman worth taking. If not, then the second best option would be a defensive back.  Go with either a corner or a safety (think Aaron Williams) that, again, is versatile. (Also this is assuming that Shane Ray didn't fall into our laps)

Third round a quarterback isn't a horrendous idea if you could picture him starting in the league in 2-3 years. Maybe Hundley or Petty (if he surprisingly falls) could fit the bill.

If no QB then( according to Manos) Whaley and co. gotta try to find a starter. Basically flip whatever position wasn't filled from the previous round.

The rest of the draft go BPA except a quarterback unless you don't think he could make the practice squad (or there is no chance Manuel is traded or Cassel cut). This is obviously because Manuel has a ton of dead cap money if he is cut, Tyrod Taylor's contract is basically gauranteed and Cassel is the only true vet on the team and can't really be cut unless someone else looks greats in camp (which is unlikely).

Oh yeah and of course the best option of all is to trade back or trade out and accumulate picks for next year. But that doesn't seem to be Whaley's style. I'm not expecting a lot.

What the Bills Shouldnt do in the Draft

By Steve

The buzz is not in the air. The NFL draft is Thursday but doesn't start in Buffalo until Friday at the earliest. In one of many head scratchers over the past 15 fuckin years, Doug Whaley and co. traded away this years 1st round pick (19th overall) AND this years 4th round pick to move up four spots to draft a wide receiver last year.

Naturally, I want to rip that decision. Last years draft was rich with receivers, this years draft is (allegedly) just as rich at receiver and trading up for any position especially a non-QB is just plain stupid.

BUT the likelihood the Bills could have used the 19th overall pick to get a franchise quarterback seems remote. Moreover, the depth of talent in this draft is shallow (again allegedly). So while the trade was awful it isn't as bad as it could have been since the Bills did win 9 games and this years high end talent is questionable at best.

Either way, dont even think about trading up again this year. If the Bills trade up into the first round this year it would likely be a disaster. Yes, I have no idea what the hypothetical trade entails but it still is a horrid idea.

Don't draft a QB in the 2nd round unless you think he can compete and be the starting quarterback this season. The talent at QB behind Winston just isn't there. I dont see Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley starting in the next year or two thus drafting a QB at 50 would be a bad idea. Blame last year's decision.

Don't use the 2nd or 3rd round pick on a running back. They already used a 4h round pick on god damn Bryce Brown and have two other running backs seemingly gauranteed a roster spot.

Other than that, there isn't much if anything that would hypothetically piss me off. Its a wide open year with a limited number of glaring needs, go crazy!

PS
For the love of god do not trot out Sammy Watkins as this years first round pick like the old days. Hopefully I dont even need to say this.