Taking Stock of the Bills

As the Bills head into the home stretch it is time to take stock. 2018 is a rebuilding year for the team at virtually every position. The dilemma at quarterback is not entirely Coach McDermotts fault. He doubtless took direction from the Pegulas to trade Tyrod Taylor for financial reasons. He and general manager Beane erred seriously in releasing AJ McCarron after spending the entire preseason here. At last they have dealt for a viable backup in Matt Barkley who can be substituted for rookie Josh Allen. McDERMOTT AND BEANE ARE UNDER PRESSURE TO FIELD COMPETITIVE PLAY IN THE LAST 6 GAMES. A REPEAT OF THE FIRST HALF DEBACLE COULD SPELL THE END OF THEIR REGIME. JUST LAST YEAR THEY PRODUCED A PLAYOFF CONTENDER. DISMAYED BY THE MISCUES AGAIN ENVELOPING ONE BILLS DRIVE, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.

Coach Sean McDermott should reconsider and start Matt Barkley against the Jaguars. The announcement was made on Monday that Josh Allen will start provided he is healthy. The Bills at long last hit their stride in the Jets game with Barkley as QB. He fired up the offense and turned in the first convincing win of the season. THE COACHING STAFF IS EAGER TO GIVE ALLEN AS MUCH PLAYING TIME AS POSSIBLE. HIS PERFORMANCE IN 5 GAMES WAS UNEVEN, GOING 2 – 3. BARKLEY PROVED HIMSELF AND DESERVES THE STARTING NOD. LOOKING FOR McDERMOTT TO SHIFT GEARS AND GO WITH THE EXPERIENCED VETERAN, WE WATCH INTENTLY AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson. He rejoins the team after spending 10 weeks with the Cowboys. Thompson was formerly a standout WR with the Bills in 2017 with 27 catches for 430 yards. He played college ball at Florida. THOMPSONS SIGNING ADDS DEPTH AND EXPERIENCE TO THE RECEIVER CORPS. THE BILLS HAVE NOW FILLED 1 OF 2 ROSTER VACANCIES. LOOKING FOR ANOTHER INSPIRED PERSONNEL MOVE, WE CIRCLE THE WAGONS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have waived wide receiver Terrell Pryor. He was released after spending less than 2 weeks with the team. Pryor had 2 receptions in the Bears game and none against his former team, the Jets. In other developments cornerback Denzel Rice was signed to the practice squad. THE BILLS NOW HAVE 2 OPENINGS ON THEIR ROSTER FOLLOWING THE DEPARTURE OF PETERMAN AND PRYOR. THE REVOLVING DOOR AT ONE BILLS DRIVE CONTINUES. EXPECTING LATE SEASON SIGNINGS AS BRANDON BEANE WHEELS AND DEALS, WE AWAIT THE NEXT INSTALLMENT AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have released quarterback Nathan Peterman. Drafted in the fifth round in 2017, he played in 8 games and started 4. Over the past 2 seasons he threw for 3 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. THE BILLS ARE MOVING ON FROM THEIR FAILED BACKUP QB. THE SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE OF MATT BARKLEY AGAINST THE JETS SEALED THE DEAL. HE LED THE TEAM TO A CONVINCING VICTORY AND RE-ENERGIZED THE SQUAD. COACH McDERMOTT ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT JOSH ALLEN WILL START AGAINST THE JAGUARS PROVIDED HE IS HEALTHY. THE EXPERIENCED BARKLEY WILL MENTOR ALLEN THE ROOKIE. THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE AT BILLS QUARTERBACK CONTINUES. HOLDING OUR HATS AS THE DRAMA UNFOLDS, WE ARE GALVANIZED AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills upset the Jets 41 – 10, ending a 4 game losing streak. Matt Barkley turned in a convincing performance as quarterback. On the day he was 15 of 25 for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He earned what should be the starting job when the team returns from the bye week to meet Jacksonville. LeSean McCoy had his best game of the season, rushing for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. The defense played well, effectively shutting down Josh McCown for most of the afternoon. THE BILLS AT LONG LAST SHOWED LIFE ON OFFENSE. BARKLEY IS THE MAN OF THE HOUR. HE WAS POISED, CONFIDENT, AND A COMMANDING PRESENCE. TRUSTING THAT THE BILLS HAVE FOUND THEIR STARTING QB, WE ARE RELIEVED AND ENCOURAGED AS 1BUFFALO.

The Jets are 7 point favorites when they meet the Bills today at the Meadowlands. The AFC East divisional game pits 2 struggling teams. The 2 – 7 Bills will start Matt Barkley at quarterback, their fourth starter in the last 5 games. The 3 – 6 Jets will start veteran Josh McCown over rookie QB Sam Darnold, sidelined with an injury. BARKLEY HAS HAD LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO LEARN THE BILLS PLAY BOOK. HE GOT THE NOD OVER INTERCEPTION PRONE NATHAN PETERMAN WHOSE DAYS ARE CLEARLY NUMBERED. THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A FORGETTABLE CONTEST THAT WILL BE HARD TO WATCH. RESIGNED TO THE GRIM REALITY OF THE BILLS AT MIDSEASON, WE WATCH AND WAIT AS 1BUFFALO.

As of Friday the Bills had not determined which quarterback will start against the Jets. Coach McDermott ruled out Derek Anderson who is still in the concussion protocol. Josh Allen, coming off an elbow injury, saw limited practice this week. That leaves Nathan Peterman and the recently signed Matt Barkley as the only healthy quarterbacks. GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE ADMITTED THAT THE TRADE OF 3 YEAR STARTER TYROD TAYLOR WAS LARGELY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS. WITH THE BENEFIT OF HINDSIGHT HE SAID THE TRADE OF AJ McCARRON, WHO SPENT THE PRESEASON WITH THE BILLS, WAS A MISTAKE. THE ENTIRE YEAR HAS BEEN ONE COLOSSAL FAILURE BECAUSE OF THESE BLUNDERS. THE PROSPECT OF STARTING INTERCEPTION PRONE PETERMAN OR BARKLEY HIRED 10 DAYS AGO IS DEVASTATING TO THE TEAMS PROSPECTS. OUTRAGED BY THE MISCUES OF THE FRONT OFFICE, THE FAITHFUL ARE JUSTIFIABLY DISGUSTED AS 1BUFFALO.

LeSean McCoys silence is deafening. He has not spoken to the media since the Monday night loss to New England. The normally talkative Pro Bowler is smarting over his disappointing season. Through 9 games he has rushed for just 267 yards and no touchdowns. McCOYS DRAMATIC DECLINE CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE POROUS OFFENSIVE LINE. THE LOSS OF RICHIE INCOGNITO AND ERIC WOOD HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL. HIS PERSONAL LEGAL PROBLEMS AND FRUSTRATION OVER TRADE RUMORS TO THE EAGLES HAVE COMPOUNDED THE PROBLEM. LOOKING FOR SHADY TO TURN HIS CAREER AROUND AND REACH THE ELUSIVE 12,000 YARD MARK, WE HOPE FOR THE BEST AS 1BUFFALO.

National commentators rank the Bills near the bottom of the league. In the aftermath of the blowout loss to Chicago, ratings now range from 30th to 31st overall. There is unanimous agreement that the problem is Nathan Peterman, thrust into the starting role by injuries to Josh Allen and Derek Anderson. THAT THE BILLS COULD HAVE BACK PEDDLED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENDER LAST YEAR TO THE CELLAR OF THE NFL IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO STRATEGIC BLUNDERS AT QUARTERBACK. COACH McDERMOTT AND GENERAL MANAGER BEANE, WHOSE DAYS MAY BE NUMBERED, STUMBLED BADLY IN TRADING TYROD TAYLOR AND AJ McCARRON. THEY PINNED THEIR HOPES ON ALLEN, AN UNTESTED ROOKIE, AND THE INTERCEPTION PRONE PETERMAN. THE 2 – 7 RECORD IS THE DIRECT RESULT. LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON WITH AT LEAST SOME COMPETITIVE PLAY, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.


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