I have been active on Rumblings for about 3 years and seldom miss a day. The quality and quantity of postings on the sight is truly impressive. “Party lines” are becoming more and more evident among Rumblers as this disastrous season progresses. I will try to lay out the “platforms” of each “party” and solicit your votes and comments including additional parties and platforms. Outrage, hyperbole and sarcasm preferred. Jump!
Shoot Me Now (“SMN’s”). This group is the hard line pessimists. The foundation here is that Ralph is an idiot, has always been an idiot and will always be an idiot. He got lucky once with Polian but that is it. Buddy is just another old fool with whom Ralph is comfortable and his handpicked head coach is of the same ilk. SMN’s disdain the 2010 draft and FA signings by CHIX and point to them as the best evidence to date that if they have a plan, it is either the wrong plan or they are incapable of executing it. With the inmates in charge of the asylum, the drafts of the next few years will be equally disastrous with high picks blown time after time. After 3 years the next rebuilding regime will inherit a roster as bad as the current roster. Regarding specific players SMN’s hold these truths self evident: Maybin is a colossal bust and should be cut, Poz is way overrated since he can’t stuff the run or cover the pass, Byrd can’t tackle, McGee plays too far off, Woods and Levitre are regressing, Bell is not even a right tackle, Spiller is Reggie Bush at best, the secondary (especially Whitner) is way overrated and all the coordinators are incompetent.
Finally A Football Man (“FAFM’s”). Here come the optimists. Their foundation lies in their belief in Buddy Nix. He lives and breathes football. His vast experience provides him an edge in judging talent. His straight talking, no nonsense style is exactly what the franchise needs. Nowhere was his self confidence more evident than in his hiring of Chan. He can pick ‘em and Chan can coach ‘em up. His plan to build through the draft with him in charge is the only reasonable way back to the playoffs. The franchise QB will be ours in the next draft and QB guru Chan will facilitate his quick development. FAFM’s hold these truths self evident on players: Poz is a borderline all star in the Shane Conlan mode, tackling from sideline to sideline, week after week, Spiller was an outstanding pick and will be a game breaker, Maybin needs time to develop and his athletic brilliance and work ethic will result in a Charkes Haley type talent, the secondary led by ball hawking Byrd is first rate with Leodis and McGee featured as shut down corners, Bell, Levitre and Wood form the core of an offensive line that will eventually prove dominant, Steve Johnson is better than Lee Evans and welcome back Bruce DeHaven.
Just Relax (“JR”). Moderates across the board. Cornerstone of faith is keeping the franchise in Buffalo. Ralph has had some bad years, including the last several, but with him in charge the team will remain here. Franchise success on the field ebbs and flows. It is a league of parity and salary caps and things will even out. But for Buffalo’s bad rap, we could have attracted a higher profile coach but that is all media hype anyway. Buddy and Chan are accomplished professionals which is preferable to putting the team in the hands of untried rookies. Chan has the offense looking better but Edwards is questionable on the defensive side. Bruce has succeeded here before with ST and will rise to the top. We are only 3 key draft picks away: QB, OT and a pass rushing DE. 2011 QB crop has “can’t miss” talent and we will pick Jim Kelly’s successor. JR’s hold these truths self evident on players: Maybin, while yet to contribute, is on the verge of putting it all together, Poz is the soul of the defense, Wood and Levitre are solid and Bell will be solid at RT, the addition of Shawn Nelson to the lineup will be significant, even though Freddy is 29 he has not taken a lot of NFL hits and will split the featured back role with CJ, Fitz has looked better this year than last and will be an excellent mentor for the new franchise QB and our young receivers just get better and better – how about undrafted free agent David Nelson.
Common Denominator. All Rumblers, no matter their political stripe, agree that Chris Kelsay is horrible and his contract extension is disastrous.