Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tebow: Its Time To Hang The Cleats

Enough of the hype already.  Tim Tebow's time in the NFL might just be over, for now.  After the news that the New England Patriots released Tim Tebow, the talk of his career being over began.  I thought that maybe I would go back a bit and follow exactly what happened to the guy who was once a first round draft pick.  

Tim Tebows Career

The Denver Bronocs created a situation on draft day that caused a stir among all the circles keeping tabs.  They orchestrated a trade with Baltimore Ravens that brought Tim Tebow to Denver, in the First Round.  Experts all across this land figured that he would go in the third, at the earliest.  Why, because of his arm strength and accuracy.  They were issues that everyone could see, all except Josh Daniels the rookie head coach of the Denver Broncos. 

In the beginning it seemed that Denver was willing to wait for Kyle Orton to become the guy they thought he could.  Then the un-thinkable happened.  They put in Tim Tebow against the Jets and he scored on a 5 yard run.  That got his name being thrown a bit more.  It even managed to sell a few Tim Tebow Jerseys.  But, in the end, Denver acquired Peyton Manning and moved on.  Tim Tebow soon landed in New York!

Rex Ryan has always been known for causing a circus for the New York Jets.  The Jets were going to be a new beginning for Tebow Time.  Or was it?  Rex Ryan and company had a plan for Tim.  They wanted him to compete for the starting job with Mark Sanchez.  What happened instead was a travesty to someone who had a dream of being a NFL star.  They only used Tebow in gimmick plays like the wild cat.  Soon opposing teams became well aware of this and shut him down.  After just one season Tebow was on his way back to Florida. 

Robert Kraft stepped in and decided that they could use Tim Tebow back in the North East.  The New England Patriots invited him to training camp.  They wanted to give him a shot at backing up Tom Brady.  After a few preseason games, which by the way were very sub par for any QB.  The Patriots finally decided that it was not such a great idea. Maybe they should have used Tim as a TE, since Aaron Hernandez is incarcerated on a murder charge.  Tebow was cut on this day, Saturday August, 31, 2013, probably for the final time in the NFL. 

Three teams in just as many years.  Its been a rocky start to a career that was lucky enough to get started at all.  Well, cheers to you Tim for remaining calm and taking it all in.  Wishing you the best of lucky at your next stop in life.  Good Luck!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Doug Marone: The Bills are Planning on Starting Jeff Teul Against New England

No one at One Bills Drive, not even Jeff Teul himself thought this was going to happen.  Rookie head coach Doug Marone clearly stated that they are planning on Jeff Teul to start Week 1.  Now, this does not mean that you need to start panicking yet.  E.J. Manuel has started practicing with trainers so there is still a chance that he can be ready to go after a week of practice.  Continue reading to find out what has been happening in Orchard Park since Kevin Kolb went down with yet another concussion. 

Kevin Kolb may have suffered a career ending concussion.  If my number is correct, the latest knee to the head would make it three for him.  If this wasn't bad enough for him, the Bills brought in Veteran QB Matt Leinhart.  They even made a late preseason trade with Detroit for Thaddeus Lewis.  This would bring the total QB's on the roster to 5.  Not something that Dough Marone or any other coach in Buffalo would have thought. 

Now does this mark the end of Kevin Kolb's chances in Buffalo?  There really is no clear answer to this, but all rumors say yes.  It appears that the Bill's will place Kolb on injured reserve.  Kevin Kolb signed with a guarantee $1 million.  They will probably place him on IR and pay him.  This latest concussion might just be his last as a professional.  Not a doctor here, but he has to be thinking retirement right about now. 

Can E.J. come back before Week 1?  Not one person is counting him out.  In fact it is highly possible that he will.  Maybe this is just a smoke screen.  What I mean is that maybe Dough Marone trying to hide the possibility of Manuel playing against New England.  Just a small game of chess with Bill Bellicheat!  Now they have to prepare for either QB.  Makes it a bit harder, but not impossible. 

Now, I will be writing more as the week progresses.  I am by no means involved with the Bills organization.  My comments are my own and do not reflect any of those in Buffalo.  I do however welcome your comments and suggestions.  If you have any you can write them here.  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Panic In Buffalo Land!

This is not about what I think the Bills are going to do now that they are down to just one healthy QB on the roster.  It is about what I think of the fans that seem to turn around when their team loses just one game, and a preseason game at that. If you really want to find out, then continue reading, but please do not be offended if your one of those fans because you have been fore warned.

Just about 2 weeks ago.  EJ Manuel looked poised to take over the starting job in Buffalo.  All the fans were talking playoffs and a great season was headed our way.  This even went into the Minnesota Vikings game at The Ralph.  Which by the way I had a great view from the Paul McGuire Club.  Then the news of a knee injury caused us to feel the hurt that we have felt so many times in the last 13 years.  Now, it seemed that our fate was in the hands of Kevin Kolb.

Kevin Kolb, a journeyman QB that just was not up to par.  His skills and talent were lacking.  Fans were not ready and not happy about this whole chain of events.  But, being loyal fans they were willing to put their support behind Kevin Kolb and hope for EJ being back in the first week.  Then yesterdays game against Washington happened.

Kevin Kolb went down with concussion like symptoms.  This is his third concussion and his future in Buffalo may be in jeopardy.  Undrafted rookie Jeff Teul was called upon to carry the team through the rest of this game.  He looked like a deer in headlights at times.  In my opinion he did not look prepared.  But, that maybe different next week when the Bills play Detroit.  Hopefully at that time, he can give fans a bit of hope.
Can Jeff Teul carry the team.  No!  He may look like a viable option at backup, but he is not ready to be a starter in this league.  This is where the panic started.  The game was not even over and the thoughts of bringing in Matt Leinhart started.  Is this a good move?  I don't believe so, I think that its too early to start panicking.  Dough Marone and the Bills may have to bring someone in, just to have a safety net.  But, lets wait and see where E.J. Manuel is next week.

If Manuel is a go that first week, it is believed that the Bills have a chance.  If not, then give the reins to Jeff Teul.  I know that he did not play well against Washington.  But, the entire team didn't play well.  So, its not all his fault.  So, don't panic yet.  Who knows, it could Teul Time!