(WECK 1230) – Not to mess around with people’s jobs during this rough economic spell for America, but I’ve decided to add a new feature to the traditional end of the “Immediate Reactions” posts: “This week’s cut.”
Since Buddy Nix has used Mondays to part ways with Trent Edwards and Jamon Meredith, not to mention his trading of Marshawn Lynch, we’ll use Sunday nights after losses to guess which Bill could be shown the door come Monday.
— We have a lot of guys who need to re-learn how to tackle. I’m not even talking proper tackling… I’m talking marginally-okay tackling.
–For just the third time since 2007, a Buffalo Bills quarterback threw for three touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 20-of-30 for 230 yards and three scores, the second time he’s thrice hit for paydirt as a Bill (Dec. 30, 2009 vs. Indianapolis).
The Harvard product has 2,017 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in parts of 13 games for Buffalo. Fitzpatrick doesn’t have consistent enough accuracy on his throws to be an NFL starting quarterback — a poor 57.2 percent completion percentage — but he does enough things to be an acceptable No. 2.
— George Edwards 3-4 defense is not accomplishing its goals to say the least. Edwards switched to a more base 4-3 package today with very limited success. The team needs linebackers. Bad. They are a collection of castoffs (Andra Davis, Reggie Torbor, Akin Ayodele) and leftovers (Chris Kelsay, Chris Ellis, Keith Ellison) who are doing very little to support adequate line play from Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards, the defensive bright spots of the season.
— Donte Whitner wasn’t miserable, and he does play with good heart as we saw when he was the last one into the scrum for the fourth down fumble and came away with the ball. Maybe I was wrong to call him a huge bust, but he certainly is an average safety at best. I’d like to root harder for him, but the over-celebrating of tackles on five yard runs and hitting a guy who’s already airborne is exhausting.
— Jairus Byrd is in some sort of awful sophomore slump. You have to wonder if he’s still banged up, because you don’t lose ball hawk instincts during the offseason. His lack of interceptions and pass break-ups is making his below average tackling skills stick out like a sore thumb.
— Lee Evans is an underrated run blocker, something easy to forget as Bills running backs have struggled to get the ball to the second level.
— Had Fitz looked worse, I’d imagine we’d be talking about how Chan Gailey has two weeks to get Brian Brohm ready for his first start of the 2010 season. It’s still a possibility, but I’m guessing the locker room isn’t prepared for the emotional towel being thrown in by Thomas Chandler Gailey.
Stat line I enjoyed:
Lee Evans, five catches, 87 yards, touchdown
— Last game as a Bill?
Stat line I didn’t enjoy:
Marcedes Lewis, four catches, 54 yards, 2 TD
– Opposing teams’ tight ends have unloaded on the Bills for 29 catches, 380 yards and five touchdowns through five games, an average of about six grabs, 80 yards and a score per week. That’s a Pro Bowler.
– Someone could write a story on how the Bills organization and their use of Fred Jackson is a microcosm of what’s wrong with the hierarchy of our area. Here’s a blue collar, barely-sung-about hero who consistently shows he knows how to get things done only to be stifled at every turn by those in power. Fred Jackson for mayor.
This week’s cut…
— I didn’t want to waste him on this week’s cut, but he’s still awful. Nix putting the axe to Green would not only show that the team will cut a veteran, it will show that he’s willing to admit he’s made mistakes. Plus, Green is the worst offensive lineman on Earth.
– Now, when I used the word “guarantee” about winning before the bye week, I meant “a promise or assurance, esp. one in writing, that something is of specified quality, content, benefit, etc., or that it will perform satisfactorily for a given length of time.” So, when I say I meant moral wins, you will agree that I fulfilled my end of the bargain. Now, I’m going to late Church.
Who wants to take a Sunday roadie? Is Cleveland home? Go U.B.!
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