We are passionate and knowledgeable fans. We are desperate for a winning team. We all have our whipping boys, both on the field and on the sidelines. Our recent history in the draft is abysmal. I believe all these factors combine to cloud our collective judgment on the quality of the talent on this team. At various times one or more of our group lauds the play of one or more of the following group of young players: Batten, Carrington, Dareus, Hairston, Jones, Moats, Nelson, Rogers, Roosevelt, Searcy, Troup, Sheppard, Spiller and A. Williams. I am hard pressed to say that any of these guys has demonstrated anything beyond being adequate. My definition of a good player includes the capacity to make every player around him more effective. The good player is a factor in the preparation of the opponent on every play. The good cornerback makes the INT instead of knocking it down, makes the open field tackle instead of slowing the runner down. The good defensive lineman fights through the double team, forces the back to chip him which allows his team mate to make the sack, controls his gap and doesn’t watch plays from his back. Good receivers don’t go offside, run precise routes and are fearless. They do not drop passes in the clutch or fumble trying to stretch a gain. A good running back plays like – well, Fred Jackson. Good O lineman don’t kill drives with holding calls, whiff on a blitzing safety or flinch when facing a good pass rusher. The young players on this roster are currently adequate at best. Maybe they will improve to actually being good. Some have only just started getting on the field. I doubt they were on the sidelines because they demonstrated exceptional talent (although it happened with S. Johnson.) Winning teams have playmakers who are leaders. Except for healthy Fred and Kyle, the Bills have a roster that goes from adequate to below average. I encourage you to go over the roster player by player and grade them. As fans we should not continue to confuse adequate with good.
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