Bunch of Mularkey
to Blame for Bills’ Total Suckage
again my faithful followers, Roscoe is here again to give
you the best sports information in the free world. The Bills
dropped their third game in a row this past Sunday, and
now wear the look of a team in complete disarray. The quarterback
situation is a disaster, the defense is missing their best
player, and to top it all off the coaching staff appears
to be in way over its head. That is the bad news. The good
news is the Bills are part of the AFC East, where nine wins
may be enough to win the division.
four weeks, the Bills have one win and the top team in the
division has two. The Bills play first place Miami this
week and will be favored to win. The Patriots will be an
underdog against Atlanta, and the Jets are the only team
in the NFL with a quarterback situation worse than the Bills.
This is one ugly division. So the Bills are still in the
mix and, with a few adjustments, they actually could contend
for the division title.
order to become a factor in the AFC East, the biggest concern
the Bills face is not who will quarterback the offense,
or who will replace Takeo Spikes. The problem with the Bills
at this point is a confused coaching staff. The Bills have
shown through four games to be prepared at opening kickoff,
and they also have the ability to run a two minute offense,
but they are unable to make adjustments or handle the flow
of a game. The play calling has been curious and has left
both players and fans remarking about missed opportunities.
Buffalo’s previous game versus Atlanta, the Bills threw
not one, but two consecutive long passes to open the game.
This was not a bad strategy. There was no question what
the Bills were doing: Atlanta was missing their second,
third and fourth cornerbacks, so the Bills decided to attack.
This paid immediate dividends when an overmatched defensive
back had to grab Lee Evans as he ran right by on the second
bomb. The Bills moved down the field and kicked a field
goal to take an early lead.
the game progressed, the Bills went with the run. They knew
that Atlanta was going to have to drop linebackers into
the secondary to help their depleted defense, thereby opening
up the running game. The Bills had some success running
but made it a short game, basically allowing Atlanta to
survive despite their inability to cover anyone. Buffalo
should have continued to attack, get into a shootout and
let Losman gain confidence making plays. Instead, they took
the easy route by running the ball, and they lost. After
the game, wide receiver Eric Moulds commented on how the
Bills missed a golden opportunity to score against the Falcons.
He was dead on.
past week, the Bills once again drove down the field on
their first series and scored. The Bills have scored on
their opening drive in three of their four games. That is
pretty remarkable considering how pathetically the offense
has performed overall. The Bills are always well-prepared
at kickoff time; this shows the strength of their staff
to game-plan effectively against their opponents.
after dominating New Orleans in that first series, the Bills
failed to score again. They did drive down the field at
the end of the half, only to have kicker Ryan Lindell miss
a field goal. It should also be noted this was the only
time in four games that the Bills did not score at the end
of the first half. Losman has shown the ability to run a
“hurry up,” or two-minute offense. Even against Tampa, Lindell
hit a late first half kick. The miss on Sunday was the first
for Lindell this season after hitting on 11 consecutive
attempts. It was also the first kick that really meant anything
all season. Lindell is the A-Rod of kickers: outstanding
numbers, but when did he do anything in the clutch?
Lindell’s miss, the Bills were down only 6 points late in
the game when they faced a crucial fourth-and-inches situation
near the 50 yard line. Losman was on the bench; back up
Kelly Holcombe was now handling the quarterback duties.
This was the second time this season the Bills pulled Losman
for Holcombe. The staff said they were looking for a spark
the first time Losman was benched. This time, the reason
for the change was that the coaches felt Holcombe gave the
Bills the best chance to win the game.
stage was set: one big play and the Bills could take the
lead. Last season, the Bills ran a fake QB sneak where Bledsoe
threw to McGahee, who ran 50 yards for a touchdown. The
situation begged for one of the many gadget plays the Bills
are know for. Unfortunately, they went conservative and
chose a simple run on the fourth down play.
they were successful in negotiating the one yard, they still
would have needed to go 50 yards to win the game. Considering
that they had scored only three touchdowns in four
games, this seemed pretty unlikely. New Orleans’ entire
defense was waiting for a run. The Bills coaching staff
had a new quarterback in the game ready to make the play,
give them the “spark” they wanted. The situation begged
for a play-action pass with Holcombe throwing a bomb. Why
not see if Moulds or Evans could make a big play against
single coverage? Instead, McGahee was dumped two yards behind
the line of scrimmage and the Bills dropped to 1-3.
win in four games would suggest that the season is over.
But if Coach Malarkey and his staff get their act together,
the Bills could be 3-3 in two weeks and battling for a division
title. That’s the good news. The bad news is there’s really
no reason to expect the coaching to improve.