So , just some Bills things I'm thinking about right now that aren't really organized at all.
- Is it possible the Bills could end up surging down the draft order? Our gauntlet is essentially over. In the off-season we talked about how things would by nature get better after getting brutalized with a Dolphins-Packers-Patriots-Jets-Ravens beat down. The rest of the way only the Steelers, Patriots, Dolphins and Jets fall in the same category as that gauntlet. Aside from those four games, the Chiefs are our toughest out. The Bears, Lions, Browns, Bengals and Vikings aren't exactly games we can't hope to win. I'm going to say, odds are we don't go on a run - our offense is too unpredictable and our run defense is too hopeless for me to expect anything than the occasional game when we put it all together. You couple that with the odds that some of those games will fall against the tough opponents we have left and I dont see us falling out of the top 5. Still, its something to think about as a possibility. If this offense keeps getting better, the Bills are going to be able to outscore bad teams to win, they almost did it to some good teams like the Patriots and Ravens. If the Bills finish out the rest of the way 5-5 to get to 5-11, we could end up picking 7 or 8 in a down year for a lot of teams in the NFC and missing out on Locker or Luck.
- I hope the Bills are making plans for a beautiful pitch to make to Mike Singletary to become our defensive coordinator. We are building for the future right? So start making those plans now. The man is going to get fired. Its got be all but a certainty. With his 3-4 experience, tough man attitude, and intensity mean Mike would be a perfect fit with Nix and Gailey and would be a welcome addition to the Buffalo Bills as a defensive coordinator. Just a thought.
- I can't believe I'm saying this. If poz from 8 months ago heard me, he'd be laughing in my face. We don't need a WR. We might not even need a tight end. You add in this team doesn't need a running back and this Bills team is set at the skill positions on offense. Thats a huge boon for a rebuilding effort. Cross it off the list. Serious props to Chan Gailey on this one. Entering this season the Bills had an underutilized Lee Evans, no 2 receiver, James Hardy being a bust, no slot receiver and hopes that Marcus Easley could be our no.4 guy at the least. It was bleak at WR. In 6 games and one preseason we have seen Roscoe Parrish used to the fullest extent of his capabilities, Steve Johnson carving a name for himself as an up and coming gamer, and David Nelson show he can be a clutch, go to, sure handed possession guy. Sure Lee Evans is still on and off again but that should start to lean more towards on as opposing defenses have to start paying attention to our other weapons. In his first game back even Shawn Nelson looked like he was going to be getting the Chan Gailey makeover. Slants, fades in the end zone. After seeing what Gailey has mustered out of Nelson, Steve and Roscoe, I'm starting to think Shawn's potential will begin to show These young receivers are motivated and Gailey is showing them that you get rewarded by working hard with improvement, noticeable improvement. Probably the biggest shocker of the season is our WR corp.
- What to do about the run defense? I think its all about NT. I love Kyle but he shouldn't be a NT. Torell Troup needs to start getting on the field more and making a bigger impact when he does. OLB is a major factor as well but Donte Whitner and Paul Posluszny actually played pretty well against the Ravens in the running game on Sunday. Thats a great sign. Next we need to start seeing something from the NT position. Kyle gets into the backfield but he doesn't control the flow of the action in the center of the line.