Thought No. 1: Alonso's injury is heartbreaking and not just for us. It is for him as well. Alonso is a player who truly enjoys playing and seems to like the fan base and the city. I hope his injury does not derail his career. For his sake and ours!!! He is a huge piece to the defense and he won't even be on the field. However, I am excited to see Preston Brown play, more so than Bradham. I remember listening to Monos discuss the reason for drafting Brown and it had to do with his ability to be all over the field. He does not have Alonso's speed but apparently he has exceptional instincts which is a must to be an NFL linebacker. Plus, he was a sure tackler in college. I do not think he will match up to Alonso's skill set but will be well-suited in Schwartz's more conventional defensive scheme. Also, Bradham should be better suited for the same scheme as well. Bradham was not drafted as a hybrid LB which Pettine's defense called for. Bradham should respond well to the style that Schwartz calls for (more running downhill).
Thought No. 2: To stick with the defense for another minute, I believe that the defenses' potential was discovered under Pettine and that talent should continue to flourish under Schwartz. I do not think there is reason to be concerned with Schwartz mimicking Wannstedt. Schwartz understands how the offense in the NFL is changing and he will respond accordingly. The majority of defenses he has tutored have been in the top 15 overall and there is no reason to believe he won't continue that here in Buffalo.
Thought No. 3: Even though a new owner is on the horizon, I would not worry about Whaley or Marrone losing their jobs. If the Bills' new owner became a person like Haslem or Jerry Jones, then yes, please worry. But the new owner will be someone who knows how important it is to have an savvy executive-type for a GM, who knows what he is doing; and Whaley knows what he is doing. Whaley has a keen sense for talent and value; and he was recognized throughout the league as an up-and-comer before Brandon promoted him. The new owner would be smart keeping him around and Whaley's choice for HC. I do not think Whaley, Marrone or any if his coaching staff would take a position if the threat was there to fire any one of them once a new owner arrives. Just saying.
There are my two cents on certain matters. I just wanted to share a little of what I am thinking this morning. What is on your mind?