So, the Bills got pummeled again. They’re the worst they suck we need a quarterback we need a line we need receivers Gailey is a bum Modrak should be fired we can’t draft Maybin’s a bust and I thought the secondary was supposed to be the strong stop of this team. Phew. Glad we got that out of the way.
Look, if you’re still rambling about these things all in one breath after games, take some advice from the educated fans in town: Save it. We know they are bad and we know they need help. We’ve known this for months. The Bills are the 7-year-old son of Western New York, and the fans need to be the first-time parents in the stands.
Parents don’t care what the score is, and neither should we. If the team happens to win, great; but most of all they just want to see improvement. They want to see their kid getting better, and they they get a lot of joy seeing Little Johnny be able to do things he couldn’t do last week. Parents look for anything positive they can take from the game to make conversation with on the ride home. That’s what Bills fans need to do. Find the positives (Hold all of the “The Bills are more interested in the snack after the game than the game itself” jokes, please.) Yes, the “kids” make you want to pull our hair out at times, but we love them and we wouldn’t trade our team for anything (right, Ralph?).
I know losing sucks and it makes the games miserable to watch. But at this point it’s really not about the wins and losses. Forget that half-hearted rebuilding we’ve been doing. Going 7-9 doesn’t help turn a team around. It’s time we embrace the process and let it take its toll. True rebuilding isn’t about winning games, it’s about getting better so you can have a good core of guys to work with once you get the right players around them in the skill positions. I’ll redirect you here once again.
Forget .500 and forget figuring out impossible scenarios Week 15 for how we can still make the playoffs. When that Wild Card graphic comes up on the screen at the end of games, I don’t want to see Buffalo in the ‘Still in the hunt’ column.
So now, what to make of the Marshawn Lynch trade? For the second week in a row, the Bills have parted ways with a player who started for them just one week prior. The Bills received two undisclosed draft picks from the Seahawks in exchange for the back. The highest of the two is rumored to be a fourth rounder.
We know it’s a great move for Seattle–they bolster their running game without causing any controversy. Justin Forsett was the backup to Lynch at Cal, and the two also roomed together. Lynch recently stood up in Forsett’s wedding.
Only time will tell if the move was ultimately a good one for Buffalo. Right now, overall it isn’t a bad move for the Bills. It makes room for Spiller and it is another step toward rebuilding. Gailey & Co. got rid of another player they didn’t draft to make way for one they did, and this time we actually got something in return. A fourth round pick may not yield anything productive, but for the current coaching staff it’s another opportunity for them to try to improve the team with someone they like (cue Herb Brooks: “We’re opening up options.”).
A lot of fans seemed displeased with the move this afternoon, mostly due to the fact that they thought we didn’t get much in return. But once they accepted the fact that we got about market value for Lynch, fan support started to come around. If the Bills could’ve gotten more for Lynch (i.e. from Green Bay), they would’ve done it. I don’t care for our front office any more than the next guy, but I know that they wouldn’t pass up a better deal to take this one. If you still can’t get your head around it, look at it from a business standpoint. What did our running game really lose? We still have two backs that we approve of in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. But now we have two more draft picks. Gained something without losing much. It’s basic economics.
I’m hoping the Bills will just let Spiller run wild this week against a weak Jacksonville run defense, although I think they’ll play it safe and balance carries between him and Jackson. Could be super exciting though. He’s the most explosive player on the field… get the ball in his hands 20 times a game.
Here’s last week’s picks. I struggled with them, but read my comments at the end. Picks in teal.
Jets at Bills (+5) Bills. Jets 38-14. Loss
Denver (+6 1/2) at Tennessee Titans. Denver 26-20. Loss
Baltimore (+1) at Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore 17-14. Loss
Cincinnati at Cleveland (+3) Bengals. Browns 23-20. Loss.
Detroit (+14 1/2) at Green Bay Packers. Green Bay 28-26. Loss
Carolina (+13 1/2) at New Orleans Panthers. New Orleans 16-14. Win.
San Francisco (+7) at Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta 16-14. Loss
Indianapolis at Jacksonville (+7 1/2) Best bet Colts. Jacksonville 31-28. Loss
Houston at Oakland (+3) Texans. Houston 31-24. Win
Arizona (+8) at San Diego Cardinals. San Diego 41-10. Loss
Washington (+6) at Philadelphia Eagles. Washington 17-12. Loss
Chicago (+4) at Giants Bears. NYG 17-3. Loss
New England at Miami (+1) Fish. New England 41-14. Loss
3-11. I am either really bad at this or really unlucky. I’m gonna go with a healthy dose of each. I’m not a quitter though. If something isn’t going your way you either aren’t working hard enough or aren’t working smart enough. I’ll be taking an in-depth look at every game this season so far later this week to see who wins games and who loses them. I care too much to be this bad.
Wish that was Ralph saying that.