Hi everyone, long time reader (Firefox says 1,246 site visits and counting), but first post for me.
I wanted to comment on my team thoughts and in particular a quote from Dave Wannstedt. A lot of people have been upset about the goings on, but I've been watching the team and am cautiously optimistic about what I've seen. Unlike previous head coaches, Chan Gailey is a man who shoots straight from the mouth. He recognizes the strengths (and weaknesses) of his players and doesn't force square pegs into round holes. Dave Wannstedt said as much in a recent AP Article about their 2001 Miami-Tennessee game (which they won)...
"Chan was smart. He knew that our offensive line was not capable of blocking these guys in long-yardage situations. And he was going to call plays that gave the team the best chance," Wannstedt said. "I think that's a great story of summing up someone who's a great coach."
This story (especially the O-line part) sound familiar? Chan knows what hand he was dealt, a team with no QB and non-existent line depth. And with Nix choosing to address the defense, Chan is forced to give his offense the best chance he can with the players he has. This is precisely why Fitz, who has a limited arm but can make the quick decision, has been surrounded by guys that can cover the short route. Nelson, Jones, and Roosevelt may not be world beaters, but their strength is getting open and moving the chains. Signing Smith only added to playmakers in Spiller and Parrish, athletes who can wreak havoc without relying on other guys. In essence, he has looked at the weaknesses of his two most important offense tools (QB and O-line) and attempted to minimize them. Lee Evans was a fantastic long receiver, but his sole ability to stretch the field is essentially a square peg with our round hole of a QB and O-line. Take your beef with the compensation or timing, but not the personnel move.
I have no allusion of a playoff season, but what I do think we're going to see a team that extends drives, makes plays, and has just enough big yardage ability to keep defenses honest. I hate to say it, but we are in the midst of a yet another rebuild (year 2 to be precise) and as much as we like to harangue Buddy, the McCargo's, Losman's, and Lynch's were not his fault.
I got fed up last season watching Brady throw 5 yard passes to Wes Welker (who then runs for another 4), but I get excited thinking of the Bills doing the same irritatingly consistent thing to other teams. Who knows if this plan will be successful, but at least for the first time in a long time I see a head coach with a logical vision being applied to our offense. And that alone gives me optimism.