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It’s Time To Keep The Faith New Orleans

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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If someone would have told you in August that the New Orleans Saints would have a record of 13-2 when we ring in 2010, you would have said what?

I’m sure you would have been singing the same old tired tune of how the Saints will never be able to do that.  They’ll never be more than a last minute add for a wildcard spot this year especially with a new defensive coordinator.   

Why not its been the usual way of thinking for the better part of 40 years.

But not this year, this year is different. For the first time in Saints history, we ring in a New Year as the No. 1 seed in the NFC. You would think everyone in the city, whether local or visitor, would be elated at such a feat and jubilant beyond belief.

And yet there are still those negative Nellies who have to find some way to throw water on the fire. Of course those same negative Nellies where/are the last to jump on the bandwagon andwill be the first to jump off.

Watch your step and good bye!

The rest of us are having too much fun.  An undefeated season and a Superbowl win would have been fabulous for all of the years of suffering.

Now it’s time for us,the true BELIEVERS, to not lose the Faith! 

Its gut check time for player and fan alike. Time to ask yourself if you have what it takes.

Time to make a statement.

As a fan, I say let’s show the boys just how much we believe in them and instead of waiting at the airport when they return be there as they fly off to their last battle of the regular season. They leave around 1pm on Saturday.

Thank them for the ride so far and wish them a safe return as they continue on their/our quest of the Lombardi Trophy.

Happy New Year!




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Buffalo Bills Take First Step in Turning Around With New GM, Buddy Nix

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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Hello, and Happy Holidays to all the loyal Bills fans, and readers of my articles! Sorry about the lack of recent posts, but I am back and ready to bring you all the latest news on our Buffalo Bills.

Ralph Wilson Jr. has been the owner of the Buffalo Bills franchise since the inception of the National Football League 50 long years ago. Still today, Buffalo Bills’ loyal fans have yet to see the confetti fall, despite the four consecutive Super Bowl losses that has broken the hearts of every resident in the great city of Buffalo, N.Y.

Now, Ralph Wilson has had enough. A decade away from his 100th birthday, he has stuck with the team through thick and thin, but this season we have seen another side of the normally quiet, behind the scenes owner.

A billboard pleading for the firing of the much hated Dick Jauron must have opened the eyes of our beloved Ralph Wilson Jr; as he was fired within a month. Now, Russ Brandon, the team’s General Manager (who specializes in MARKETING) has been replaced by Buddy Nix, a man with superior experience in scouting and evaluation the talent of up and coming players.

Nix served as a scout for Buffalo in the early ’90s, before becoming the assistant GM of the San Diego Chargers, as well as the director of player personnel, encouraging the team to draft top-tier players such as Shawne Merriman, Drew Brees, LaDanian Tomlinson, Quinten Jammer, Antonio Cromartie, and countless others. I think we all know how that turned out.

Although Nix is not as big a name as newly appointed president of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Holmgren, Nix has a knack for evaluating players and developing a team with players that fit the desired system.

While working with the Bills, he scouted and eventually brought in Buffalo favorites including Pro Bowl corner Antoine Winfield, and our favorite defensive end since Bruce Smith, Aaron Schobel. Additionally, he coached Terrell Owens, during his time at Tennessee Chattanooga, for those of you that like to nitpick.

This may seem like a small step for the Buffalo Bills, but a GM with a high football IQ is what we need. This could easily be the beginning of something new. Something that will bring pride and joy to the city of Buffalo. Something that will make America tune in to Bills’ games, not to see a losing team, but a team feared by all.

I could be wrong, but hey, coming from Buffalo, all you can do is hope!

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Boise State Lands Star Recruit To Make 2010 Recruiting Class Total Six

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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Chris Petersen and the Boise State Broncos received a special gift on Christmas Day.

The gift wasn’t wrapped but measures 6’4″ weighs 205 lbs. and runs the 40 in under 4.5. 

Kind of hard to put that kind of package in pretty paper.

It was a Christmas gift that many coaches were hoping to get but Petersen was the only coach to get this special present.

Matt Miller, the state of Montana’s player of the year and two time state offensive MVP gave his verbal commitment to BSU after fielding offers from many major BCS programs around the country.

Miller has also been named All-State as a safety and cornerback.

Arkansas, Stanford, Arizona State, North Carolina, Oregon State were just some of the BCS conference schools that had put an offer on the table for Miller.

Most impressive may be the offers from Harvard, Dartmouth and Stanford. Matt will bring more than just physical skills to the famous blue turf in Bronco Stadium.

Miller has played just about every position on the field. Matt’s primary positions were running back, wide receiver and defensive safety but also played quarterback and cornerback on defense. He’s scored over 20 touchdowns each of the last two years.

Coach Petersen has promised Miller he will play at wide receiver for the Broncos and has a chance at playing as a true freshman.

Boise State returns 21 of the 22 Fiesta Bowl starters and all 11 offensive starters.

Included in that offensive group is All-WAC first team wide receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young.

“I thought it would be a great fit for me and I was happy when I was down there and decided immediately that Boise State was a good fit for me” said Miller. “It feels light a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”

While he will be close enough and on a big enough stage to be seen by his family, Miller knows he will quickly find himself comfortable under the tutelage of head coach Chris Petersen, who was named one of seven finalists for the 2009 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award.

Petersen won the award in 2007.

“Coach Petersen is a great human being, he really cares about his guys and that was important in my decision,” Miller said. “But he gets after it on the football field, too, and that’s important.”

“It’s hard to sell a Montana kid to go down south, its such a long way to go, but he was being recruited by a lot of teams” Said Helena Capital High head coach Pat Murphy.

“I really think he could have played anywhere in the nation and Boise State is one of the top programs in the country” Murphy said.

“I think it’s going to be a good fit for him, it’s a great program, it’s a top-10 program,” Murphy said. “It’s a school that’s nearby so his family can go see him.”

Although Miller is also an All-State basketball player and a contender for the state title in the high hurdles in track he says he will concentrate only on football at BSU.

Miller says maybe his best attribute is his time spent on film.

“I am a film junky,” Miller said. “I breakdown film with the coaches at lunch and I have game film at my house that I just put on sometimes too.”

That’s music to Chris Petersen’s ears.

Kellen Moore, BSU’s All-American sophomore quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate is also a ‘film junky.’ What makes more so successful is his ability to read defenses quickly which is learned during the hours of film he watches.

Two total film junkies on that same team and one throws the ball to the other.

It can’t hurt to have a wide receiver with the talents of Miller sitting beside him watching film day after day, night after night.

Petersen may have to invest in a couple of cots so the two can just live together.

It’s a huge plus for Boise State to soon have two ‘football junkie film watchers’ on the famed ‘smurf turf’ at Bronco stadium.

Boise State had originally thought they would only have five scholarships to give in the 2010 class.

Obviously one became available and it sounds like the coaching staff made great use of the last one.

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Patriots and Bengals Playing to Win? Brady and Ocho Say They Are!

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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Most of the talk this week was about how the Bengals and Patriots would both fold the tents, and allow the Jets and Texans to have an easy game this week. According to Tom Brady, that just is not going to happen.

In a report from, Tom Brady was asked by his Dad is he would be playing the game, Tom did not know. Not wanting to let his Dad down, Brady asked Coach Belichick, and actually got an answer.

Yes !

“You’ll play, don’t worry about that,” Belichick told Brady. “You’ll be playing.”

Now, I know that some of us would be a little skeptical about a statement like that, I mean, look at how the Colts sent an engraved invitation to the Jets for the playoffs. But not the Patriots.

“Close game, blowout, we get behind, I’m expecting to play the whole game,” Brady said.  “I wouldn’t see why we wouldn’t.”

This comes as great news to the teams that are fighting for those final playoff spots in the AFC. Steelers, Broncos, and Ravens fans are all breathing a sigh of relief.

The number three seed in the AFC Playoff race has not yet been decided, as the Bengals and Patriots are both 10-5, and if either loses, while the other team wins, they will have the three seed.

Some people, LaMarr Woodley included has speculated the both the Patriots and Bengals would rest their starters to try and keep the Steelers from the post season. Maybe Belichick wanted to prove that the Patriots are more manly than the Colts.

Or maybe they just don’t like to lose.

Either way, if the Patriots can take care of the Texans, then the path to the playoffs for the Steelers just got a little easier.

Is Cincinnati planning to take out the Jets?

When the Indianapolis Colts decided that their starters getting a months rest was more important than an undefeated season, the Jets were handed control of their own destiny in the playoffs.

Yes, they have the option to sit who they like, when they like, but every time they do this, they end up with an early playoff exit.

Is Cincinnati going to be sitting their starters? Maybe not.

Chad Ochocinco stated that he is going to “escape Revis Island “. Ocho has stated that he is going to do what no other wide out in the NFL could do this season.

For that to happen, Ochocinco is going to have to play the whole game, and is going to have Carson Palmer throwing him the ball.

Maybe Chad was not supposed to say anything, but Ochocinco did, and it could mean that the Bengals are actually going to be playing their starters against the Jets.

If the Bengals and Patriots take out the Jets and Texans, respectfully, then with a win at Miami, Pittsburgh will be back in the playoffs to defend their title.

Either way, Sunday just got a LOT more interesting!

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Oakland Raiders: Tic-Tac-Toe, Get Three in a Row

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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It’s been a good year for those of us who needed to be humbled. Join me because I and others wrote some articles spouting out “high hopes” for the 2009 season, and it’s been a year with a few highs and several lows.

Like a child who wants to get three x’s in a row in tic-tac-toe, some of us would have been happy to see three consecutive victories in 2009. Two wins in a row would have made us happier, too.

So much was invested in JaMarcus Russell that some fans thought that surely he would give us “a very good year.” Nope, it didn’t happen.

Our heads swelled with pride when Bruce Gradkowski injected excitement, passion, and a higher degree of effectiveness in a couple of our games. Then, maybe because we got “a little bit too lifted up,” our “rising star” was injured, not in one knee but in two. Now, tell me, wasn’t that disappointing?

I don’t think it is “off beat” to say that our opponents targeted our rising star, playing hard and dirty to get him out of the game, so to speak. Is that far-fetched?

So, we did get two x’s but they were disabling x’s, representing the injuries of our quarterback.

Well, the beginning of a new year will start and we will get charged up, practiced up, and fired up for the 2010 season.

Will it be tic-tac-toe again, but this time, we yearn for x-x-x and more.

I believe the whole team needs a “major tune up” like changing spark plugs, wires, rotary caps, and a change in the air filter and fuel filter.

Knowing that your car needs a tune up is similar to knowing that the Oakland Raiders need a tune up. When your car mis-fires, won’t crank up in cold weather or hot weather, it stalls at the red light, won’t accelerate properly, you then realize you need a major tune-up. Our team needs a tune up before the 2010 season begins.

Well, the analogy is: Our team mis-fired; it didn’t crank up consistently; and it certainly did not accelerate to give us two consecutive wins for weeks 14 and 15.

How do we tune up our team? Do an assessment and replace any member of the franchise who did not perform properly?

How might this assessment of the entire franchise be done?

A suggestion is to evaluate the performance of “a few good men” and “a few bad men” and strengthen the Oakland Raiders for 2010.

Furthermore, we will stack up the x’s and o’s and we will see the pattern on which we will make our informed decisions.

With the discipline to watch, carefully, as much of the data and performance records of the entire team, we will not tolerate being treated like we have “stupid stamped on our forehead.”

We may be in a game of tic-tac-toe in the NFL, but we still expect, some consecutive x’s (wins)  more often.

This is your review of 2009, and your “prep-pep talk” for 2010.

Happy New Year!


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The Top 10 Free Agent Options for the Chicago Bears

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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After a season that failed to meet expectations in the Windy City, the Chicago Bears find themselves with many holes to fill as free agency approaches. The Bears have a surplus of young talent on offense but lack a proven number one receiver and need help on the offensive line. While on defense the Bears can’t seem to become the dominant unit they once were, and have many positions of uncertainty as the season is coming to a close. So with as much help as they need on their roster, the Bears are bound to be big spenders in free agency this year, and with a big pool of talent coming out they should be able to fill some of their holes on both sides of the ball. So here are my top ten free agent options for the Chicago Bears.

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For Dallas Cowboys, the December Curse Is Over

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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The curse has to end sometime. Just ask the Boston Red Sox.

Ask all the Chicago Cubs fans who are still crossing their fingers, saying their prayers, and dreaming those dreams.

Even if it hasn’t happened yet, it eventually will.

Most (if not not every) record will be broken. Games that shouldn’t be won will be won. And curses, as mystical and evil as they may appear, will always be lifted.

Don’t look now, Cowboys fans, but that horrible “December Curse” is about to be wiped away.

Sure, your Dallas team has a mediocre 2-2 record in the month of December this season, but that’s nothing to be ashamed about. Two teams that are supposedly better than them, the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, are either 2-2 or 1-3.

Misery does love company. But sometimes good teams just run into a muddied road. Sometimes it takes a while to work out the kinks.

But for these inspired and hot Dallas Cowboys, this is more than a disposal of a late-season curse. This is redemption at its finest.

After upsetting the undefeated New Orleans Saints and knocking off the lowly Washington Redskins, the Cowboys are starting to forget about all the bad and instill the good feelings of success at the period of the NFL season when it actually matters.

Don’t worry about their late-game collapse against the Broncos, their close overtime battle with the weak Kansas City Chiefs, or their near shut-out against the Green Bay Packers.

All that’s left is a home game against a Philadelphia Eagles team that embarrassed them in the season finale a year ago and kept them at home and out of the 2008 playoffs.

Add the fact that they beat this same Eagles squad earlier this season, and you’ve got yourself a deadly mix of revenge and confidence.

Tony Romo is playing some of the best football of his life. Terrell Owens is a long forgotten man, while Miles Austin has done more than replace the play-making ability, while bringing a fresh brand of humility and hunger to the Dallas passing game.

Fresh off of a shut-out, the Cowboys’ defense is playing active and aggressive. Demarcus Ware, originally feared to be out for the season, is as disruptive as ever and will give the Eagles (and playoff opponents) something to plan for.

Keep betting against this Dallas team, and see where it gets you. Because even if they do slip-up and hand the Eagles the NFC East, they still get a crack at putting a run together in the playoffs.

And considering this is a team that no one believes in, that has nothing to lose, and has all the talent in the world to actually pull it off, they just might be the scariest team in the NFC.

That’s a lot for the Philadelphia Eagles to swallow as they go on the road and try to win their division title. And even if they do beat these Cowboys, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s no way they’ll want to have to face them in the playoffs.

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TCU’s Fiesta Bowl Is Andy Dalton’s 2010 Heisman Pre-Party

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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As the 2009 season ends Monday for the TCU football team, Andy Dalton’s 2010 Heisman Trophy candidacy begins.

The Horned Frogs’ junior quarterback received nary a vote for the Heisman Trophy this season, despite leading his team to its first undefeated regular season since 1938.

He’ll lead the the third-ranked, an unbeaten Frogs against also flawless, and sixth-ranked Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Dalton threw for 22 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also has rushed for 522 yards and three more TDs.

What does a guy have to do to get one measly vote in this country?

Ralph Nader gets votes all the time when he runs for President. People actually voted for John McCain because of Sarah Palin. Jesse “The Body” Ventura actually won an election, for goodness sake.

Dalton’s exposure suffers from a college football double whammy—he plays for a non-BCS school who is part of a television package that can be seen only in sparsely populated areas in the the Mountain Time Zone, and certain parts of Siberia.

My apologies to The mtn. network, but it’s true.

Why else would Stanford running back Toby Gerhart and Nebraska destructive tackle (defensive tackle doesn’t seem appropriate) Ndamukong Suh finish second and third, respectively, in Heisman voting while Dalton gets the goose egg?

Stanford and Nebraska, both—ahem—BCS teams, combined for a respectable 18-9 record this season, but come on; we’re talking about the Heisman, not respectability. Er, I mean, since when do players on four and five loss teams get a lot of Heisman votes?

Not that the Horned Frogs seem overly concerned about their under-the-radar QB.

Coach Gary Patterson was asked in a conference call near the end of the regular season whether he was surprised at Dalton’s lack of popularity in the race for the biggest individual award.

“Yeah, but he started late,” Patterson said. “That’s the name of the game. I feel bad for him. For us, what we need to do is to make sure we keep his name in front of people and he keeps winning, and give him an opportunity his senior year to maybe do some things special.

“I think he’s taken a great approach to it. He’s been about the team which is what he’s been about all the time. He hasn’t even mentioned it to me, which states even more what kind of person he is and what kind of player he is.”

Granted, Dalton’s stats aren’t as eye-popping as some of the other candidates this year. He has passed for “only” 2,484 yards. When your offense averages 256.5 rushing yards per game, the ball doesn’t have to go through the air that often.

Texas’ Colt McCoy had 3,156 passing yards with 27 TDs and 12 interceptions, and ran for 348 yards and three TDs. Florida’s Tim Tebow had 2,413 passing yards with 18 TDs and five interceptions, but he had 856 rushing yards and 13 TDs.

Houston’s Case Keenum had video-game numbers in the regular season—5,449 passing yards, 43 TDs and nine interceptions. But 222 yards with one TD and six picks in a 47-20 loss to Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl, saddled Keenum with his fourth loss of the year.

Boise State sophomore Kellen Moore—who’ll take center stage Monday opposite Dalton—threw for 3,325 yards with 39 TDs and just three interceptions.

Which makes the Fiesta Bowl huge for Dalton’s 2010 hopes. A lot more people will be watching the Fiesta Bowl than just the greater Laramie, Wyo., area that tunes in for the annual TCU-Wyoming war on The mtn.

Dalton’s 2010 Heisman candidacy will be off and running if he can outshine Moore, and the Horned Frogs can dominate the Broncos.

There is that small matter of current Heisman holder Mark Ingram of Alabama returning in 2010—as well as Gerhart. Then again, we all saw how much more scrutiny Florida QB Tim Tebow faced after winning the Heisman in 2007.

The same raised expectations will be on Gerhart (see McCoy).

As Patterson said, as long as TCU keeps winning with Dalton at the helm, the QB may be having a fiesta of a different sort next December.

We’ll find out Monday if Dalton is ready for his meet-and-greet.

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Five-Star JUCO Quarterback Chooses Auburn

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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Auburn’s already stellar recruiting class for 2010 just got a huge boost as five-star prospect, and the No. 1 rated JUCO prospect in the nation, quarterback Cameron Newton, has committed to play for Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers.

Newton told Jeffrey Lee of the news this afternoon.

“I committed to Auburn,” Newton said. “It feels great to get it over with. I’m so excited to be going to Auburn.” 

He ultimately chose the Tigers over Mississippi State and Oklahoma. Newton was a five-star recruit out of high school from Westlake H.S. (Atlanta, Ga.) in 2007, and signed with Florida.

However, he was dismissed from the Florida football team and ended up at Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas. In 2009, Newton led his team to a JUCO National Championship, putting up big numbers both passing and rushing along the way.

The opportunity for early playing time and compete for championships played a big part in Newton’s decision.

“That was another thing I liked,” said Newton. “I saw an opportunity to step into a top notch program and be that type of player, a player that could help win a championship.

“There isn’t any doubt Auburn was the place for me, the best fit for me. I love the campus, the coaches, the opportunity to not only play, but to win a championship.”

Newton says his goals are simple coming to Auburn, and he has a message to the Auburn faithful.

“I can’t wait to get there,” Newton said. “I have really big goals for the team and I know we are going to do everything we can to reach them.”

“I won’t settle for anything less than a championship at Auburn. I am going to do everything I can to make sure that happens.”

Newton first visited Auburn back on December 18th-20th, when he picked up a firm offer from the Tigers. He commented then that he was blown away by his visit to Auburn. 

“Everything went excellent,” said Newton. “I’m on Cloud Nine right now.”

Going into the 2010 recruiting class, Auburn wasn’t planning to sign a quarterback because of pressing needs at other positions, but when a player the caliber of the 6’6″, 245 pound Newton comes along, it’s hard to pass up that opportunity and Auburn didn’t.

With senior Chris Todd leaving after this year, Auburn returns three redshirt freshman in Tyrik Rollison, Clint Moseley, and Barrett Trotter, and senior Neil Caudle at the quarterback position for 2010. None of which have any real game experience.

So the opportunity for Auburn to bring in a big time junior college quarterback was there and Newton saw it as a chance to fulfill his dreams of playing big time SEC football, as well as an opportunity to prepare for the NFL.

After his visit to Auburn in December, Newton talked about what type of impact he could make on the Plains.

“No doubt I could make an impact (at Auburn),” he said. “I want to go somewhere that I’m competing to be the man. I’m going to train myself mentally, physically, in every which way, to be the man. When it comes game time, it’s not a secret that success is brought upon by hard work in the offseason.”

Newton plans to enroll early at Auburn beginning January 9th. Arriving in the spring can only enhance his chances of winning the starting job come the fall.

Newton will have two years of eligibility left when he arrives at Auburn.

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Buddy Nix is the Buffalo Bills’ New GM

Published on: 31st December, 2009

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Today, December 31st, the Buffalo Bills held a press conference at 2:30 pm to name Buddy Nix their new general manager. While much maligned at first glance by the fan base because he’s not a “big name” from outside, this is NOT a bad move.

Wait, what? He’s been with the Bills this past season! He’s part of the inept Bills front office!

Well, yes, he was here last year in time for the start of the draft. The Bills draft produced two offensive line starters (Eric Wood and Andy Levitre), a Pro Bowl free safety (Jairus Byrd), the most athletic tight end the Bills have had in quite possibly their history (Shawn Nelson) and players who can still develop to be quality contributors.

Sounds like quality production for the head national scout to me.

Buddy Nix has been in Buffalo previously as well. He was a member of John Butler’s scouting department in the 1990s as the Southeast regional scout. He then departed with Butler to San Diego and became the director of player personnel. After Butler’s passing and AJ Smith being named general manager, Nix added the title of assistant general manager to his nameplate.

That’s the time period when the San Diego Chargers became one of the most talented teams in all of football. They’ve found great players in the draft and also evaluated undrafted players well (Antonio Gates anyone?). He was an integral part of that great turnaround by that franchise. The Bills need that.

Among the league, he’s widely considered a great talent evaluator, both at the college and professional level. He sounds determined to build this team through the draft. Every team that is a power in the National Football League is built through the draft.

Yes, pieces are added through free agency. However, the majority of teams get the lynchpins of their offense and defense through the draft. The Bills need to discover their offensive keys through the draft at quarterback and left tackle. That will go a long way to making this team a contender.

So while the knee jerk reaction to the Nix promotion might be disgust, give it a chance. He’s a a quality talent evaluator and a football guy. The Bills need that kind of talent in a leadership role. Now he needs to evaluate the team and get a new head coach in the next few weeks. It will be nothing if not interesting.

So please, Bills fans, be patient. The Bills aren’t as bad as their record suggests, I believe. They need to make serious improvements at a few key spots, namely quarterback, left tackle, and the head coach. Make those improvements and the Bills could be well on their way to a playoff berth. Simply be patient.

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