It can be tough to judge arm strength while watching/scouting QBs. The trick is to see how much air gets under the ball. It's yet another example of science being our friend. The harder a QB throws the ball, the straighter of a line it can travel on. And remember, arm strength isn't about how hard a player is capable of throwing, it's about how hard a player is comfortable throwing and how much they can put on passes without losing touch and accuracy. So it's ok when a QB lofts one in there over a LB or on a fly route, but if there's a good amount of arc on 10-15 yard outs and comebacks, he doesn't have a strong arm.
I know that people don't need more evidence of how bad Jauron and the inner circle have been, but here's some anyways. There's been a lot of mention of mention of Donahoe lately as the possibility of a new GM is discussed and it got me to thinking about how many Donahoe players are still here. Think back to the end of last season, three years into Jauron's tenure and just 9 or 10 months ago. Who were the best players on the roster? If I had to pick the twelve (I choose 12 after making the list because I think it's where there's a bit of a talent drop off) best players who were on last year's team, they would be:
Lee Evans, Jason Peters, Marcus Stroud, Terrence McGee, Marhsawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, Poz, Jabari Greer, Aaron Schobel, Brian Moorman, Kawika Mitchell, Donte Whitner. All I can say is, what the hell? Only half of them were Jauron additions ... in three years! And some of those guys were average Kawika Mitchell, top 10 dissapointment Whitner and a middle of the first round RB who has been good, but isn't exactly a special player.
I keep thinking that Buffalo has a lot of good players and a good young core, but has only been missing some star power and that if Edwards stepped up at QB and a couple young guys made some strides, this roster could be a good one. But where has the development of these young players been? Whitner was showing some this year, Poz is good when he's healthy, but he was a polished prospect. Fred Jackson has come a long way and Marshawn has always been solid here, but this roster is so desperate for great players and Jauron simply hasn't been able to find or develop enough of them.
I've also realized that the way the Donahoe era went is a complete shame. He made some really great moves. We had a defense with Schobel, Pat Williams, Sam Adams, Spikes, Fletcher, McGee, Clements and Lawyer Milloy. That's a ridiculous group and those top five defenses were no fluke. It's a shame because Donahoe could never put together a solid offensive line and made some serious gaffes (JP Losman, Mike Williams). It's also a shame that those teams were the closest we've come to championship calibre since the mid nineties.
Dwight: I am going to begin this process with a simple test of intelligence and mental dexterity. What is the best color?
Andy: White, because it contains all other colors.
Dwight: Wrong. Black. It is the most dominant. How do you make a table?
Andy: You make a chair, but you don't sit on it.
Dwight: What is the capital of Maine?
Andy: The capital of Maine is Montpelier, Vermont, which is near Ithaca, New York, where I went to Cornell.
Dwight: Okay, also, moratorium on Cornell talk. Don't wanna hear about it. Forget your personal history, and learn the history of this company.
Andy: Should not be a problem. I minored in history in the Ivy League school which I attended.
Dwight: You're not off to a very good start, Bernard.
Andy: I agree. But in another way, I am off to a very good start, wouldn't you say?
What would Edwards have to do from here on out for the Bills to not draft a QB in the first two rounds of the 2010 draft? How realistic is it that he does that?
How the hell does Cedric Benson have the most rushing yards in the league?
Would anybody have a problem with the Bills starting the same three LBs next year as they planned to this season (Mitchell, Poz, Ellison) if they do a good job taking care of other needs (QB, OT, DL)?
How many tradable players do the Bills really have? And who is the most likely player to be traded before the deadline and over the offseason? Which player do you think the Bills should trade away next offseason?