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  1. BB.com published an article today to introduce UK NFL fans to the Bills entitled "10 things UK fans should know about the Buffalo Bills" see http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/10-things-UK-fans-should-know-about-the-Buffalo-Bills/9086613f-4528-4122-8e02-f9c3253be351 for details. After reading it I thought it only fair & honest for us long time Bills followers to tell UK fans what they really need to know, done in the BB.com style (ie Polished Turds) Here are a few to get the ball rolling: 1. The regular practice of dropping your highly paid Pass Rushers into Pass Coverage, generally results in bad things happening. 2. Russ Brandon would be described in the UK as a Muppet. 3. OC Greg Roman is renowned for his ability to script the start of the game. His favorite script is to score impressively on the first offensive possession, followed by at least scripted 3 and Outs. Obviously the number of scripted 3 and Outs for a particular game is a closely guarded secret, to avoid giving the opposing team any unfair advantage. By no means is Coach Roman afraid to change things up, look for him to script a 3 and Out on the first drive just to throw the Jags D off their game. 4. DC Rex Thurman forte is their commitment to the preconceived Scheme. Their determination to stick with their principles regardless of results is the envy of the league. Rex Thurman are well known as the only conjoined twins coaching in the NFL today. They are proud to be honorary Muppet's.
  2. From what I have read in the media, Coach Roman builds his schemes based on the talents of the players available to him, so in a way both KW and Shady are equally suitable. That said, if we are talking about who is more talented of the two backs right now, its too early to tell. Hopefully Shady gets healthy soon and we all get a chance to find out.
  3. Wow, jokingly suggesting someone else is racist and then posting a stereotype of your view of what people in Mexico looks like...... I get that you are just joking, but wow.....
  4. Quote: EJ Manuel's smile said it all. The third-year quarterback has always been one to say the right thing. He never complained when he was benched 14 games into his NFL career. So when he was asked Monday at the start of voluntary offseason workouts whether Doug Marrone opting out of his contract with the Buffalo Bills was the best thing that could have happened to his career, he smirked and did his best to toe the company line. "I don't know," Manuel said. "I don't know because (Marrone)'s not here with us right now. I just think God works in mysterious ways. I'm excited with the coaches we have now." He certainly does. Just a few months ago, Manuel was in the shadows of Kyle Orton, who has since retired. He was also working his way out of the doghouse of a coaching staff that had cast him aside less than 18 months after investing a first-round pick in him. A fresh start wouldn't have been possible without a coaching change. "I don't know," Manuel said. "A true fresh start? I don't think so, because they were here with me. We were both rookies at the same time." Now, Manuel has a new coach in Rex Ryan, a clean slate in an open competition and a plethora of new weapons to work with. What happened in 2014 is behind him, and Manuel thinks he's better for it. "That's neither here nor there," Manuel said of how the last coaching staff handled him. "That's how I look at it now." "I do think looking back, I learned a lot from it. I learned about the business of the NFL." "And I definitely learned a lot about my manhood and about myself and what I can handle and what I can take." Manuel spent a good portion of the offseason in Tampa Bay working with Steve DeBerg. He's been focusing on tightening up his throwing motion. More importantly, though, Manuel feels like his confidence is back. "Just being myself," Manuel said. "I think I said that to you guys once I wasn't playing. I just want to get back to myself." "I tried to utilize that time during the scout team when I was going against our defense in practice just to get back to who EJ Manuel is as a quarterback." Manuel's first chance to take advantage of the clean slate and demonstrate that progress will come on April 28, when the Bills' begin voluntary veteran minicamp. Link: http://www.syracuse.com/buffalo-bills/index.ssf/2015/04/ej_manuel_on_doug_marrone_departure_from_bills_god_works_in_mysterious_ways.html?www.buffalorange.com
  5. Quote: When Rex Ryan was named head coach of the Bills and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman soon followed, most outside observers assumed that Ryan’s defense as it’s been previously drawn up would be implemented. After watching how effective Buffalo’s players were in a different scheme in 2014, finishing fourth in the league overall, Thurman is going to marry elements of the two schemes together. “Our way of thinking is we’ll tweak some things,” Thurman told Buffalobills.com. “We have a talented group of guys on defense that played really well last year so we’re going to incorporate some of the things that they were doing along with some of the things we were doing and make the transition a little bit easier for them.” While Thurman has a good number of players on the defensive side of the ball, who played well in Ryan’s scheme under former coordinator Mike Pettine in 2013, their consistency in former 2014 coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme convinced him to carry over parts of that defense to this season as well. “We definitely took a look at what they did when Mike (Pettine) came in and installed the system,” said Thurman. “We looked at how the guys performed within it. Looking at that along with 2014 tape and how well they played you have to look at everything as a whole." "We did that as well and we’re going to incorporate some of the things they did in 2014 as well because they played very sound fundamental defense.” Link: http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2015/04/06/thurman-d-will-marry-2013-2014-schemes/?www.buffalorange.com
  6. Quote: The Dallas Cowboys announced on Wednesday that they signed a 22-year-old defensive end named Efe Obada from the London Warriors, an amateur football team in England. Obada was scouted by Warriors' defensive coordinator, Aden Durde, who was an intern coach with the Cowboys last season, according to Neil Reynolds of NFL UK. Obada's journey to the NFL is incredible. According to Reynolds, Obada and his sister were trafficked from the Netherlands to the UK when Obada was 10. Upon arriving in London, they were left alone and homeless. Obada says: "This lady just left us out on the streets. It was scary and we were lonely. We went to a tower block building and there was a security guard there." "We explained our situation and he let us sleep in the foyer of the flats." "We spent two or three nights sleeping in the foyer of that building and we only had our jackets to keep us warm. It was freezing." Obada says he joined gangs as he got older but eventually steered away from that life when he saw three of his friends get killed. While studying business at Lamberth College, a friend introduced Obada to the Warriors, which was his introduction to American football. Obada told Reynolds: "I didn’t really know anything about American football but I was told I had the physique and that I should try it. I fell in love with the sport." "When I went to the first practice, I was just trying to get my frustration out and release some energy. I was congratulated for hitting somebody and I liked it." While playing for the Warriors, Obada worked as a warehouse storeman at Grace Foods, working 40 hours a week with shifts starting at 6 a.m. He played five games for the team before getting signed by the Cowboys. Obada has the raw athleticism to make it in the NFL, according to Reynolds. - He ran a 4.67 40-yard dash, which would be second among tight ends in the recent NFL Combine - and a 120-inch broad jump, which would be the highest among tight ends. Link: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/unknown-22-old-played-5-203100057.html So Whaley got schooled again, he is so behind the curve..... Why the hell haven't the Bills signed any London ware-house men? We will never be a legit team without one.... /Sarcasm Off/
  7. True, but its ok to let the fraggles play...
  8. LOL Cool a Mockery of Mocks, Let the debate run Amock (sic) A flock of Mockingbirds is known as a Mockeroserous.. So this thread's posts could be called Mockeroserious
  9. Amen to that Pkschul. It is going to be interesting to see exactly how far EJ has progressed since his benching, if at all. It would be great if he has, but the jury is still out. Its EJ's last legit chance to be a starter here IMO. He needs to show us the baby....hopefully it isn't too ugly
  10. Frankly after the decade plus of futility, I cant really blame them for developing this Pavlovian response..... There are many fans who have been similarly affected.....
  11. Quote: Amid the subject of constant debate, Bills’ 2013 1st round selection E.J. Manuel actually stacks right up with other, young quarterbacks who are considered potential ‘franchise’ guys for their teams. See if you can spot Manuel’s career statistics out of these five players below: Quarterback Comparison Player A: 16 gms, 3,270 pass yards, 58.1% completion, 21 tds and 12 ints, QB rating of 76.6 Player B: 14 gms, 2,810 pass yards, 58.6% completion, 16 tds and 12 ints. QB rating of 78 Player C: 14 gms, 2,908 pass yards, 58.9% completion, 11 tds and 17 ints. QB rating of 69.5 Player D: 7 gms, 1,412 pass yards, 59.8% completion, 8 tds and 7 ints. QB rating of 83.4 Player E: 13 gms, 2,919 pass yards, 64.4% completion, 14 tds and 12 ints. QB rating of 85.2 2014 ProFootballFocus.com Offensive line rankings (teams of above players) Raiders: 16th overall line ranking, Passing 14th, Rushing 24th Bills: 30th overall line ranking, Passing 23rd, Rushing 32nd (Bills ranked 22nd overall in 2013) Jaguars: 18th overall line ranking, Passing 15th, Rushing 25th Titans: 28th overall line ranking, Passing 29th, Rushing 16th Vikings: 21st overall line ranking, Passing 25th, Rushing 17th As many of you probably guessed, E.J. Manuel is player B on the above list. Player A is Oakland Raiders’ QB Derek Carr, player C is Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles and player D is Zach Mettenburger of the Tennessee Titans. Teddy Bridgewater wraps up the group as player E. The overall comparison is fairly similar, with Carr’s touchdown total and Bridgewater’s completion percentage the only numbers that really stand out. E.J.’s statistics are right in the middle of that pack even though he’s played behind the worst offensive line of the group. While numbers are a good metric of performance, they’re not everything. Manuel has earned plenty of the criticism he’s received with terribly thrown balls and questionable decisions. There is no doubt he needs to show major improvement to be a bona fide starter, let alone win the job this summer. Why Manuel can succeed in new offense Heavy running game Roman will make establishing the run a priority. Using a man to man blocking scheme that’s better suited for the current personnel and with LeSean McCoy in the backfield, Buffalo should definitely improve on its 25th-ranked rushing offense from 2014. Manuel should see more manageable third downs which usually require shorter, high-percentage throws. Every quarterback benefits from a productive running game. New Weapons/Versatility There are plenty of new additions to the offense that should make getting first downs and scoring points easier to come by. Whether it’s a bubble screen pass to Percy Harvin, a half back screen to McCoy or a quick slant to Sammy Watkins, Manuel has playmaker’s around him that can rack up yards after the catch. If E.J. can make the easy throws and not gift wrap the ball to J.J. Watt like he did in Houston last year, this offense can move the chains without taking too many unnecessary risks. Mobility E.J. is athletic and Roman’s offense should involve plenty of bootlegs and designed rollouts should he win the starting job. Manuel can thrive in this area, making plays with his feet and getting into spots that provide ample time to find a receiver. Buffalo ran a little bit of the QB read-option last year as well and with Roman in town, you can expect to see more of it. Coaching Only after Nathaniel Hackett’s first season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach did the previous regime add additional personnel to work with Manuel. This time around, Rex Ryan has already brought in a litany of assistant’s to get this offense going. The offensive minds of Greg Roman and offensive assistant coach Aaron Kromer, along with QB coach David Lee should provide Manuel with plenty of assistance in refining his skills. Play calling, specifically not throwing the ball 48 times in one game might help his performance as well. Where Manuel needs to Improve Accuracy This category doesn’t need to be discussed in great detail as everyone knows Manuel needs to improve getting his throws on target. He threw a lot of balls high last year, which does not make you friends in the locker with the pass catchers. You can only chalk so many misfires up to not having enough time. Pocket Presence Being aware and adjusting to pressure in the pocket is a trait almost seen universally among great quarterbacks in the league. Whether it’s stepping up to avoid the rush or feeling the pressure on the blindside, being able to buy that extra moment is crucial in letting plays develop and receivers getting open. Hopefully E.J. will improve on this with experience, as he sometimes seems to lack the right awareness to make the play. Additionally, not bailing out of the pocket too early to try and make a play, as athletic quarterbacks often do can improve his performance. Decision-making/Progressions This goes directly with the above category, as being able to work through progressions and find an open man is a big part of being a successful quarterback. Last year, there were too many examples of Manuel locking onto one receiver and not looking elsewhere for the open man. Staying Healthy Whether it’s learning how to run out of bounds or slide before taking hits, Manuel needs to stay healthy and on the field. His rookie season was a battle with injuries and last year he was benched after four games, so durability is still a question mark. Outlook There are plenty of excuses you can find and reasons you can argue that E.J. Manuel has yet to really get a fair shake. An opportunity without strings attached. Even if many of these points are valid, the kid needs to get better on the field. A little over a month into the offseason, the Bills are trying to speed along his progression, providing Manuel with more talent than a Florida State alumni game. Additionally, a good coach is able to develop and properly use the players and skill set’s on the roster. I am personally sick and tired of seeing young quarterbacks thrown into a bad situation only to find failure. It’s a bad look for both parties and as we know, Andrew Luck type-players only come around once every twenty years. For everyone else, hard work, a good roster and proper coaching built around a player’s strengths are the recipe for success. The Bills already have more talent at the quarterback position now than they did last year with the recent acquisitions of Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. This should provide for plenty of competition and a good battle for the starting job, something that was missing at last summer’s training camp. E.J. Manuel may end up not being the guy, but it’s far too early to write him off as a bust 14 games into his career. With a new coaching staff determined to help him improve and a bunch of new talent to work with, don’t listen to everything the media says. Manuel may very well takes that next step this year in solidifying himself as Buffalo’s starter. Link: http://nysportsbiz.com/2015/04/01/quit-sleeping-on-e-j-manuel-a-young-qbs-comparison/
  12. Quote: Rex Ryan can feel the difference. With every discussion and every decision through the first and most formative weeks of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason, a voice in his head keeps saying, “You’re not with the New York Jets anymore.” As coach of the Bills, Ryan finds himself interacting with the team’s other decision-makers in ways that he and the most recent hierarchy of which he was a part, in the same capacity with the Jets rarely did. There is greater trust, a stronger bond, a clearer sense of true commitment to the only goal that matters. “There’s no hidden agendas or anything else,” Ryan said during the recent NFL meeting in Phoenix. “This is who we are, this is what we want, and there isn’t anybody in this organization that doesn’t want anything other than building a championship team.” The main person he was referencing was General Manager Doug Whaley. Ryan and Whaley instantly formed a solid working relationship that is many times better than what Ryan had with his previous GM, John Idzik, formerly of the Jets. Ryan doesn’t address Idzik by name when addressing their time together, but it’s obvious that he didn’t believe they saw eye-to-eye. With the Bills, the cohesion is so strong that Ryan, Whaley, team owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and club president Russ Brandon actually have a slogan. “It’s ‘One Ego,’ ” Whaley said. “That’s how we walk into work every day: one ego and one goal.” That was the driving force behind a series of offseason moves that saw the Bills acquire and retain critical pieces to fit the type of team, that Ryan and Whaley agree has the best chance of succeeding as quickly as possible. Play great defense. Run effectively. Avoid – or, at least, minimize – turnovers. “We have, in how we believe a team should be structured and how you win in this league, the same philosophy,” Whaley said. “So when we’re talking, we can finish each other’s sentences because we’re on the same wavelength.” By all accounts, it is a dramatic shift from the relationship Whaley had with Ryan’s predecessor, Doug Marrone. Whaley has never said so publicly, but Marrone is known to have expressed privately that he did not feel they were on the same page. There’s no mistaking the positive vibe that now exists between the GM and the coach. And it goes beyond simply celebrating the high-profile acquisitions of running back LeSean McCoy, tight end Charles Clay, and wide receiver Percy Harvin, or re-signing defensive end Jerry Hughes. “If there’s one word to explain Rex, it’s excitement, just pure excitement,” Whaley said. “He’s a leader of men. The players are going to see it, everybody in the office sees it. He’s a special human being.” Link: http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bills-nfl/ryan-whaley-driven-by-one-goal-20150331?www.buffalorange.com
  13. Quote: Bills GM Doug Whaley is a scout at his core, so the personnel evaluator naturally gets to as many pro days as possible. So it was not surprising to see his name listed among the front office executives at the University of Miami pro day. NFL Network reporter Lindsay Rhodes reported that Whaley is on hand at Miami’s pro day in Coral Gables today among a host of other GMs and coaches. Lindsay Rhodes ✔ @lindsay_rhodes Spotted at Miami pro day: (HCs) Tomlin, Bowles, S.Payton, Philbin, (GMs) Loomis, Maccagnan, Colbert, Reese, Whaley, Keim, Hickey, Webster. 6:03 PM - 1 Apr 2015 Among the more notable prospects in this year’s draft class from the U are: OT Ereck Flowers, TE Clive Walford (who pulled his hamstring and is not running), LB Denzel Perryman, RB Duke Johnson, WR Phillip Dorsett and CB LaDarius Gunter. Here’s a shot of Whaley observing at the Miami pro day from Dolphins beat reporter Omar Kelly. Omar Kelly ✔ @OmarKelly Follow The Buffalo Bills' GM is here 3:42 PM - 1 Apr 2015 Link: http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2015/04/01/bills-gm-whaley-making-the-pro-day-rounds/?www.buffalorange.com
  14. Quote: It’s been three months since the Buffalo Bills were on the field. And in those three months, there have been enough significant additions to the roster to get the attention of national observers. The Bills beefed up lineup has some experts naming them as one of the most talented teams “on paper.” And until teams line up and play in September, that’s going to have to suffice when it comes to evaluating the Bills. In a discussion on “NFL AM” Wednesday morning on the NFL Network, both former NFL CB Eric Davis and RB Terrell Davis agreed the Bills have the most talented roster in the AFC East. “Every year we see a team that seems like they’re the best on paper,” Terrell Davis said on the show, “and this year it seems to be the Buffalo Bills. You look at some of the names on that list, and you say this team is clearly the best team maybe in all of football.” His NFL Network counterpart, former Pro Bowl DB Eric Davis, agrees. “It is the most talented roster,” Eric Davis said. “It doesn’t necessarily make it the best team. Talented roster.” Former NFL QB Chris Simms, now a color commentator on the NFL on CBS and an NFL analyst for Bleacher Report, thinks the Bills have one of the most talented rosters in the league. And he says some of the free agent and trade additions the Bills have made are outstanding. “First of all, the one I love the most, and this was one of my man-crushes throughout the year--Charles Clay,” Simms said Tuesday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “I thought that was a phenomenal sign. He is a jack of all trades at the tight end position. A Delanie Walker type, down there at Tennessee tearing it up at tight end." "Just guys who can play the traditional tight end, they can line up at slot receiver and be effective there. You can put him at fullback." "I think versatility is key right now in the NFL and Charles Clay can do it all. “ Simms, who played eight seasons in the league at QB, says the Buffalo defense takes a back seat to no one in the league. “You go through the positions, we know about the defensive line. It’s not even argued by most people-- I think it’s the best defensive line in football,” Simms said on the radio show. “You’ve got some young, talented linebackers. I’d like to see them re-sign Brandon Spikes." "And then the secondary. I know the Bills lost Da’Norris Searcy but they’ve got Duke Williams in the background and Leodis McKelvin coming off injury." "Just a lot of talented players on both sides of the football. “ Of course, every analysis of the Bills roster eventually winds up with a long look at the quarterback spot, with untested players like EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor, and Jeff Tuel on the depth chart. Terrell Davis on the NFL Network says the uncertainty at quarterback is a glaring problem. “It’s that position of quarterback they have to address,” he said. “Because I don’t care what you put around on that roster, if you don’t solve the quarterback position it means nothing in the National Football League." "And we’ve seen that in this decade with teams throughout this decade. They’ll build an All-Star roster but they cannot solve the quarterback position." "Address the quarterback position and maybe that talent will translate into wins.” Chris Simms says the short term solution at quarterback is already on the Bills roster. “I like the signing of Matt Cassel,” Simms told host John Murphy. “Matt Cassel is a lot more talented that Kyle Orton." "I don’t think people realize how talented he is because he’s been on some bad teams." "Let’s not forget, he went 11-5 with the New England Patriots, he brought Kansas City team to the playoffs one year." "Now, he is the face of your franchise for the future? No, probably not. But he’s big, he has a very strong arm." "He’s a lot more athletic than people realize. And he’s been in some very pro-style, big time offenses. I think he knows how to take care of the ball." "If they’re not comfortable with EJ Manuel’s development, you got a guy like Cassel who’s played a lot of big football games and certainly he’ll be able to run that offense. “ According to Simms, the talent on the roster equates to a likely playoff spot for the 2015 Bills. “There’s no doubt in my mind they can contend,” Simms says. “I think the team will be better than last year when you guys were flirting with the playoffs." "If you put a gun to my head, I actually might say the Buffalo Bills are going to the playoffs in 2015.” Link: http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-roster-drawing-national-attention/452d32a0-5467-4a64-a2ac-b92b08f38610?www.buffalorange.com
  15. Quote: NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that the league will start research and development on Monday into adding cameras to the goal line and other areas for replay. Per Breer, the NFL is looking for "the right technology and then how to best integrate the cameras into the replay system that will work in all 31 stadiums." Owners could decide to implement a new camera system in May, during the Spring League Meeting in San Francisco. Adding cameras specifically targeted to get more definitive views of important scoring plays seems like a no-brainer from the view of the fan, observer and player. The diversity of stadiums might make it difficult to pull off with perfect uniformity, but it's a move that makes too much sense to ultimately fail after the proper research is conducted. Link: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000482045/article/nfl-to-begin-research-on-adding-cameras-to-stadiums What do you all reckon, is this good for the game or not? Would this give Belicheat another tool to cheat without cheating, or would it help prevent officiating mistakes?
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