Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Why Tim Tebow Can Win

The Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs. That is something that shocked the football world. Not one person, except maybe Tim Tebow himself thought this was going to happen. Now its on to Foxboro Massachusetts to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Can Tim Tebow beat the Patriots?

There are some fans out there that believe that the Denver Broncos actually have a chance to win this game. Others really just think that the only reason they beat the Steelers is because Ben Rothlisberger was banged up and couldn't really play at his full ability. Others know that Tim Tebow gives something to the Broncos that they have lacked over the last few years. Its called confidence.

This recent influx of confidence will be the reason the Denver Broncos win. That is if they can beat the Patriots. It is not too far fetched to think about. Look at what the Buffalo Bills did during their second game against Brady. The Bills scored 21 points in the first quarter. Of course we all know what happened after that. But, that is because they have a defense that allows way too many points and yards. The Broncos have a defense that can play, and they play hard.

The Patriots have the worst defense in the NFL. They will allow Tim Tebow to pass the ball. They need to contain him. Tebow showed against the Pitt Steelers that he can actually play the position of Quarterback. Something that many NFL analysts felt that he lacked. If teams could just put eight men in the box, to stop the run. They had the Tebow lead Broncos beat. The Steelers tried this and it didn't work. Somebody learned how to pass.

Tim Tebow can beat the patriots. Not sold on his chances of taking his team to the Superbowl this year, but if he stays healthy and plays well, he will have a long career in the NFL. Chances are good that he will lead his team to the Superbowl sometime over the next 5 years. No he is not the second coming of John Elway. He is however being looked at as the savior of the Denver Broncos. So, if your sitting there asking, Can Tim Tebow beat the Patriots? Sit back and watch the game this weekend to find out.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Andre Reed: Its Time To Enter The Hall of Fame

Each year the NFL chooses 5 players to be enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame.   This year is no different.  Will this year be the year that #83 Andre Reed finally makes it in?  I believe that with enough press and maybe we can get it trending on Twitter, we can help the NFL make its decision.

If you are a member of Twitter make sure to put #AndreReedHOF after each post.  With this #hashtag we can let the NFL know that we as Bills fans want our beloved wide receiver to finally get what he has earned.  There are other Bills players in the HOF like Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith.

I believe that the issue with Andre Reed was the fact that he was in a class with some other great players.  Until this year, he always had a chance.  He just never really stood out.  Below is the list of the HOF finalists for this year.  Which five would you choose to enter into the NFL Hall of Fame?

-Jerome Bettis - Running Back - 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
-Tim Brown - Wide Receiver/Kick Returner - 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Jack Butler* - Cornerback - 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers
-Cris Carter - Wide Receiver - 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
-Dermontti Dawson - Center - 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
-Edward DeBartolo, Jr. - Owner - 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
-Chris Doleman - Defensive End/Linebacker - 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
-Kevin Greene - Linebacker/Defensive End - 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
-Charles Haley - Defensive End/Linebacker - 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
-Cortez Kennedy - Defensive Tackle - 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
-Curtis Martin - Running Back - 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
-Bill Parcells - Coach - 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
-Andre Reed - Wide Receiver - 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
-Willie Roaf - Tackle - 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

Friday, January 6, 2012

Twitter Address for Buffalo Bills Players

If you are looking to follow some great players on Twitter look no further.  Here are some of the addresses that I follow and you should also.  This will keep you updated on the happenings at 1 Bills Drive.

Bills Mafia
CJ Spiller
Thurman Thomas
Stevie Johnson
Da'Norris Searcy

There are others and I will be updating this page as I get them.  I also will be adding general NFL Twitter addresses as time goes on.  So, if you want to keep up on the Buffalo Bills and their players make sure you join Twitter and follow the players.  If you know of some that should be listed then comment and I will get them on the list. If you really want follow me by clicking here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fans Get A Late Christmas Present: George Edwards Released As DC

Christmas was just over a week ago.  It came and passed, but that doesn't mean much now for the fans of the Buffalo Bills.  They received a late gift from their beloved franchise.  After allowing the most yards in franchise history.  The only defense on the field that may have been worse than Buffalo Bills was New England's.  Even though that stat is debatable because the Patriots are playing in the post season.  The Buffalo Bills released George Edwards one day after the season ended.  Chan and Buddy gave the fans what they wanted. 

Most players do not want to see their coach get fired.  But, it is the way the NFL works.  Every year there are changes made to just about every coaching staff in the NFL.  When asked about the possible changes coming this is what Chris Kelsay had to say. 

“I know that every year coaching staffs change,” he said. ”Even winning teams make some additions or alter their staff in some form. If that’s the case for us we’ll rally behind it and place our confidence in Buddy and Chan to make the best decisions for us. There’s nobody that wants to win worse than the guys in this locker room and obviously the coaching staff upstairs because that’s the nature of the business.
“It’s a production based business and if you aren’t winning guys aren’t going to be around. They know that and we know that and so we’re going to do everything we can to win football games and if that means different players, different coaches I know that management is going to make the right decisions.”

Most of the time the players rally behind their coaches.  I am not quite sold on this.  George Edwards play calling ability lacked something.  He just didn't seem to be able to get his players in the right position to make the play the majority of the time.  With that in mind his bosses seen the same thing that the fans were seeing.  George Edwards had to go, a new defensive scheme had to be put in place because his just was not working out.

Now to really make the year of 2012 a good one for  the fans its time that the Bills signed Stevie Johnson and Fred Jackson to new contracts.  They deserve it and want it.  Even thought Johnson's on field antics may have hurt his chances, he still plays at a level not seen in Buffalo in quite some time.  As with Fred Jackson the Bills need a running back like him.  They have not seen a runner like this since Thurman Thomas.  Jackson was leading the NFL in rushing until he went to down with an injury that ended his season.  This allowed CJ Spiller to step in and who the fans what he has.  They were not disappointed.

So, now that George Edwards is fired.  Sign Stevie and Fred.  This will make the beginning of the off season a good one for the Buffalo Bills fans.  It goes to show some that the Buffalo Bills do want to win, and are willing to make the changes for the good.  Oh by the way Dave Wanstedt was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator.   Good Bye George!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Buffalo Bills Lose To Patriots: Stevie Johnson Benched

Stevie Johnson Benched After Displaying His message
There has been a lot of talk on the boards and Facebook about the benching of Stevie Johnson.  Going into the last game of the 2011 NFL season there were many Bills fans hoping for a sweep of the highly disliked New England Patriots.  There are not too many fans in the NFL that like Tom Brady (except Patriot fans).

Early in the game it looked like the Bills were going to walk away with this game.   21 points in the first quarter.  The Patriots didn't seem like they could stop Fitz and Spiller.  They were throwing it and running it at will.  Then came the moment that Stevie Johnson wished everyone a happy new year.  He had it written on his undershirt.  This drew a excessive demonstration penalty and Chan Gailey benched him the rest of the game.  (Was this the right move?).

After that first quarter the Patriots went on to score 49 unanswered points.  The Bills did not have anything to say or do about it.  It appeared to some that they just laid down and took it.  What I seen was that the Patriots changed up a bit on defense and put a stop the Bills play making.  On offense Brady started the no huddle and picked up the pace.  This gave him confidence and he was playing a bit more efficient.  (Brady is still a baby when it comes to getting touched)

After the game Johnson owned up to the penalty and stated that he was sorry and it wont happen again.  The issue is this, he did the same thing last year (why so serious).  He was not flagged for it.  How was he supposed to know that this year (these refs) would think its wrong?  Chan said that if anyone player hurt the team with a demonstration penalty they were out for the remainder of the game.  He stood by his word.  Not sure if Johsnon and the rest of the players agree with him on this.

In order to win this game the Bills needed to change things up a bit.  They failed to do so (again not giving the ball to Spiller 20 times a game).  Stop saying that we don't know if he is a 20 carries a game back.  Give him the ball and find out.  Don't bench your best receiver because he wrote on his shirt.  Get out and give the ref an ear full.  Let them know how you feel about the penalty.  Show your players that you are behind them and get emotional.

Before the Bills fell behind Fitz played an okay game.  He is not a Jim Kelly by any means.  But, I think with a little work in the off season he will be okay.  Ryan Fitzpatrick has the ability to take this team to the playoffs.  This game and season were not entirely his fault.  Yes he played quite badly after his big signing.  But,  he is no the one that allows the defense to score (except those dreaded pick six interceptions).

In closing the 2011 NFL season is all lost.  Yes the Bills missed the playoffs again.  But, the Miami Dolphins finally shut up Rex Ryan and the Jets.  I am so glad that they are not in the post season.  So, for the rest of the season, my pick for the Superbowl was Pittsburgh Steelers and GreenBay Packers.  After watching both teams play.  I might go with Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints.  Check back for more posts during the off season.  They will not come as quick.  Maybe every other week or so.