calendar might have read October 24, but Halloween came a week early
for the Buffalo Bills. M&T Bank Stadium was a house of horrors
for Drew Bledsoe and company as they attempted very poor tricks, handed
out plenty of treats and bungled their way into their fifth loss in
six games. With their continued poor play, the Bills are on the verge
of becoming the laughingstock of the entire NFL. They can solidify
their place in history with a loss in their next game against the
Arizona Cardinals. The New England Patriots have won 21 in a row,
a very worthy achievement, but the most difficult thing to do in the
NFL is have a franchise in worse shape than the Cardinals. With a
loss on Sunday, the Bills will have accomplished that.
Bills could win, and they usually do play better at home than they
do on the road, but the significance of a loss to Arizona should not
be ignored. This is a HUGE game. Arizona has won one playoff game
in their entire history-this includes all the years spent in St. Louis
before moving to Phoenix. They are constantly battling for the top
pick in the draft, and seem to always get their ass handed to them.
Bill Bidwell, the owner of the Cardinals, is without question the
worst owner of any franchise in the NFL, and may be the worst owner
in all of team sports. He is cheap, makes poor decisions, and frankly
could care less about the product he sells. He knows as long as he
is in the NFL, he will make money.
past winter the Cardinals were coming off another poor season and
had fired their coach. They were like many teams (the Bills included)
that were out looking for the proper person to run their team. In
past years, the Cardinals would promote a semi-successful coordinator,
usually getting them cheap and making them a head coach for the first
time. Bill Tobin and Dave McGinnis were the most recent coaches for
the Cards, not Hall of Famers, but at the time qualified candidates.
Funny thing happened to the organization this time as Bidwell chose
Dennis Green to become the new head coach of the Cardinals. Green,
one of five African American coaches in the league, is a Bill Walsh
protégé, having coached as an assistant in San Francisco,
a head coach in college at Northwestern, then at Stanford and of course
he was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for many years. He never
got to a Super Bowl but has several playoff appearances on his resume.
He has had controversy in his past, which included sexual harassment
charges that led to his demise in Minnesota, but he was arguably the
most qualified candidate and he certainly one of the most expensive.
just because they hired Green, Arizona is not going to the Super Bowl
this year. They have a no-name quarterback (his name is actually Josh
McCown), a 95-year-old running back (Emmitt Smith), and their most
talented player-wide receiver Anquan Boldin-has yet to play a down
due to a knee injury. The Cardinals, like the Bills, have been in
a few games that they could have won (they blew a 16-point lead in
under 5 minutes versus San Francisco), but they have also won a couple
games they should not have (New Orleans and Seattle). There is no
question Arizona is headed in the proper direction. There is little
doubt, once Green adds a few more players and gets Bidwell to loosen
his purse strings, that they will be playoff contenders. The same
cannot be said for the Bills.
Bills took the other route when choosing a coach. The picked a semi-successful
coordinator, with no head coaching experience. Ralph Wilson may not
be paying the coach, but his team is paying for it on the field. They
are a pathetic team going nowhere fast.
the year there have been questionable calls. On Sunday, the Bills
staff ran a play so bad it actually cost them the game. The Bills
had a third and long early in the contest. The game was tied 3-3 and
it was still the first quarter. The Bills were in a modified shotgun
formation with players flanking Bledsoe. Bledsoe took the snap and
proceeded to fake a pitchout to the back on his right.
faking a run, or "play action" as the coaches like to call
it, is an important part of the game. Teams make it look like they
are doing one thing, but in reality it just a bait. The Bills staff
is so stupid, however, that they cannot grasp the concept that in
order to fake something you need to have the opponent think you might
actually do the fake play. There was absolutely no chance the Bills
would run on third and ten. If they had, it might have worked because
that alone would have been the deception.
then turned to throw to the player on the left, but Baltimore had
about 35 defenders waiting for this, so his pass was deflected into
Deion Sanders' hands, and Sanders naturally galloped the other way
for a touchdown. It was still the first quarter, but the game was
over. The Bills coaches had actually developed a play that was a fake
of a fake, therefore making no fake. It was a double negative play.
It actually might have been a good call on 4th and 2 versus New England
three weeks ago. In that game, they decided to fake the run and attempt
a Bledsoe bootleg, resulting in a fumble that also was returned for
this point the best part of Bills games is seeing what ridiculous
play they will attempt and watch the disastrous results. I predict
Brian Moorman, the punter, will be a part of something special within
the next few games, just watch.
to the Ravens, a playoff contender, is one thing. Losing to the bottom-feeding
Cardinals is quite another. The pressure is on; here's hoping we won't
see any more double-fake plays, or else the Bills could earn themselves
the distinction of being the worst team in the NFL.