1st: T-Jax Re-Signing:
I stated it on the open thread and might have been the first to make the comparison :), but this move screams Miami Dolphins
last year and might be the best possible way to say "you suck, but your alot better then anything else available". Jason Campbell
, Matt Moore and the other members of the Veteran pooh pooh platter available are NOT better options then Tavaris. He was here, understands the roster, and will come to camp rejuvenated. To me this speaks more volumes about Marrone than anything else. He is basically saying " you didn't get a fair shake last year, play for me and you will get a fair shake". What does that say to the other 52 members of this football team? To me it says you know what, I'm not Chan Gailey, I'm Doug Marrone and "Things they are a changin"!
2nd: 2013 Draft:
Do we need a new QB? Yes. Does it have to be at #8? No. Does it have to be in the 2nd round? No, borderline maybe. Does it have to be in the 3rd round? Yes, here or the 2 picks before. IMHO there is no way you can take a kid to "groom" in round 4 or later. The only QB I can think of that was drafted past the 3rd that has had any reasonable succes lately, is Kirk Cousins
. If you want to call that success. I totally believe in Buddy Nix's ability to evaluate talent, and if he deems a kid " A FIT " in round 1, 2 or 3, I trust it will be the right decision. Who has Buddy had a chance to draft and hasn't? Russell Wilson
, Colin Keapernick, Brandon Weeden
, Blaine Gabbert
, Jake Locker
, Andy Dalton
, Kirk Cousins. I might be missing 1 or 2 guys but of that list; really, the only kid I would want is Russell Wilson. I am pretty sure like 68 or 69 picks were made before he was taken including Seattle's first 2 picks (side note: If you had of told Seattle Russell Wilson was going to be what he is, they would have taken him in the 1st round, not the third). So, Draft a QB? Yes. In the 1st, 2nd or 3rd but we better make damn sure that the other 2 picks where we don't take a QB are absolute hits!as well. We need LB's so badly its not even funny. I would almost argue we need an impact LB or 2 more than we need a QB. (I'm gunna take alot of heat for this)
3rd: Free Agency:
I posted a list of FA LB's earlier this week in an open thread (Brians Need List)and really there are about 3 relativly decent options IMHO (outside of Ellerbe, Kruger who WILL be retained by Baltimore) Connor Barwin
, Tavares Gooden
and Rey Mauluaga. (or however you spell it)
FA WR's are a little bit different. Wallace, Bowe, Welker (maybe), Barden, Jennings, Amendola, Hartline and some other vets. Wallace wants money, Bowe wants to win, Welker (if not franchised) will want to stick it to Belicheck, Barden just wants a job, Jennings wants warmth and the others I don't know but there are definatly options at WR. So this is where we need to concentrate our attention in FA. WR needs to be a FA priority and maybe even a later draft pick.
- Marrone will bring a totally different mentality to the Buffalo sidelines, something "us" fans have not seen in a long while. He is a thinking man, a man that will try the onside kick to start the 2nd half, the guy that will go for the house on the first play of the game. I am excitied for Marrone.
- OC. What more can ya say about a 30 something OC? He's gotta be creative or he wouldn't have got the job, Hes gotta be a smart young man or else he wouldn't have got the job. It really will be the make or break part of the Bills
this year, IMHO. Can Hackett, Hack it???????
- Mario Williams
! Oh Mario, Please show up to camp in the best shape of your career. Please come out and dominate and show signs of what made you the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Please work hand in hand with the other 2 studs on our DL that made us "look" like we would have had the most dominant DL in the NFL at the beginning of last year!
- Released Veterans around the League. I don't know about you guys but I would love nothing more than for the Bills to get Woodson or Freeney relativly cheap and have them play out their careers in Buffalo to stick it to the GM's that "thought" these guys were done!
Finally, I will end with this. It's February 16th, 2013. Let's try as fans to keep things in perspective. It's hard, oh god I know it's hard (I was the guy last year when we signed Mario that called all his buddies and said look out! Buffalo is on their way back to the playoffs)But I mean we are resigning our depth guys right now and people are already calling this offseason a failure because we haven't addressed the QB situation yet. It WILL happen and if it doesn't I will be completly and udderly shocked. I am just saying this is an amazing site and sometimes it just gets to be overwhelming with the negativity towards the everyday business that the Bills HAVE to do to keep this football team running. Posting it's the end of the world on a Colin Brown
re-signing thread; to me at least, is a little to much.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.