LeSean McCoy defended Tyrod Taylor in an interview yesterday. The star running back praised Taylor as a playmaker who kept the Bills in the Panthers game. He dismissed calls for Taylor’s benching in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison also spoke in Taylor’s behalf. He has complete confidence in him and his ability to be coached. DESPITE THESE PROTESTATIONS OF SUPPORT, TAYLOR CLEARLY IS UNDERPERFORMING. IF HE CONTINUES TO STUMBLE THEN PETERMAN IS A VIABLE REPLACEMENT. THE SOONER MANAGEMENT ACTS THE BETTER. LOOKING FOR A NEW START AT QUARTERBACK, WE SEEK RESOLUTION AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have a crisis on offense. Since the ill-considered trade of Sammy Watkins, they have no passing game. The entire offense rests with running back Lesean McCoy. The Bills can not win without him having a 100 plus yard game. Opposing defenses can effectively shut him down, as Carolina succeeded in doing in their victory last week. THE BILLS PREDICAMENT IS LARGELY THE FAULT OF ROOKIE HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT AND GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE. THE STUPIDITY OF THE WATKINS TRADE FOR A SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK DEFIES IMAGINATION. OWNER TERRY PEGULA IS ALLOWING THE TEAM TO TANK WHILE HOPING FOR A REBUILD NEXT SEASON. DISGUSTED WITH THE DYSFUNCTION IN THE FRONT OFFICE, WE FEEL BETRAYED AS 1BUFFALO.
Sean McDermott is staying the course with Tyrod Taylor. He will remain the Bills starting quarterback. Despite a subpar performance against the Panthers, in which he completed 17 of 24 passes for 125 yards, McDermott insists that Taylor is the man. How many more marginal showings he will tolerate is unclear. TYROD HAS STRUGGLED THROUGH CAMP, PRESEASON, AND START OF REGULAR PLAY. HIS DETRACTORS INCREASINGLY CALL FOR HIS BENCHING IN FAVOR OF THE PROMISING ROOKIE NATHAN PETERMAN. CONCERNED BY THE CRISIS AT QUARTERBACK, WE LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills offense faltered as they were defeated by the Panthers 9 – 3. The offense generated just 176 yards all day. In the first half they had but one first down, with Tyrod Taylor throwing for 15 yards and LeSean McCoy rushing for zero net yards. Taylor was sacked 3 times and failed to move the ball. The defense played well, recording 6 sacks and holding Carolina to 3 field goals. MANAGEMENT’S STRATEGIC GAFFES WERE EVIDENT WITH THE LACK OF A PASSING GAME SINCE THE BUNGLED SAMMY WATKINS TRADE. TYROD TAYLOR CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE, AND CALLS FOR HIS REPLACEMENT BY NATHAN PETERMAN ARE BECOMING LOUDER. DISHEARTENED BY THE DYSFUNCTION ABOUNDING THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON, WE SHAKE OUR HEADS AS 1BUFFALO.
The Panthers are 7.5 point favorites over the Bills. Whether Buffalo can pull off an upset depends on shutting down Cam Newton. He struggled last week against San Francisco, completing just 56 percent of his passes. The Bills will need to establish the running game. In the season opener they had 42 carries for 190 yards. Tyrod Taylor will need to throw the ball more. The Bills had only 4 receptions last week versus the Jets. EMOTIONS WILL BE RUNNING HIGH AS SEAN McDERMOTT RETURNS TO CAROLINA. A LARGE CONTINGENT OF BILLS FANS IS EXPECTED WHICH COULD BE A GAME CHANGER. LOOKING TO BEAT THE ODDSMAKERS, WE PLACE OUR BETS AS 1BUFFALO.
LeSean McCoy is the key to a Bills upset of Carolina. A healthy McCoy needs to put up over 100 rushing yards against the Panthers. That is doable despite the challenge posed by linebacker Luke Kuechly and the other Carolina defenders. McCoy is the premier running back in the league and should have a big day. THE MATCHUP IS THE FIRST REAL TEST OF THE REVAMPED BILLS. THIS IS A WINNABLE CONTEST ON THE ROAD. LOOKING TO BEAT THE ODDSMAKERS IN SEAN McDERMOTT’S HOMECOMING, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.
A new stadium looms in the future for the Bills. Aging New Era Field is among the most outdated arenas in the NFL. Despite recent upgrades funded by a combination of team and government money, it is antiquated and in need of replacement. A new football venue should logically be located in downtown Buffalo, close to the hockey arena and canalside redevelopment. It would complement the Pegula’s Marriott Hotel and hockey complex. It would likely be financed jointly by the Pegulas, NFL, and New York State. A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY WILL BE A SOURCE OF CIVIC PRIDE AND RENEWAL. IT WILL BE A CORNERSTONE OF THE REGION’S RENAISSANCE. LOOKING FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATION NEEDED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, WE JOIN FORCES AS 1BUFFALO.
Bills coach Sean McDermott will take on his old team the Panthers this Sunday. Much is being made of his preparations for Carolina where he served as defensive coordinator for 6 years. It will be an epic reunion with head coach Ron Rivera, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, and quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers are coming off a convincing 23 – 3 win over San Francisco. The Bills will battle the former Super Bowl contender as well as the Carolina heat and humidity. McDERMOTT DERSERVES FAN SUPPORT FOR RE-ESTABLISHING ORDER AND DISCIPLINE. A NEW ERA IS TAKING HOLD AT ONE BILLS DRIVE. ENCOURAGED BY THE TURN AROUND IN THE MAKING, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have signed veteran linebacker Jelani Jenkins. He spent 4 seasons with the Dolphins, recording 227 tackles and 3.5 sacks. The free agent was recently released by Oakland. To make roster room the Bills let go cornerback Greg Mabin. JELANIS SIGNING ADDS DEPTH TO THE DEFENSE. HE WAS MIAMI’S STANDOUT LINEBACKER IN 2014 WITH 110 TACKLES. SEEING THE WISDOM OF THE ROSTER MOVE, WE SHOW SUPPORT AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills turn their attention to preparing for the Panthers. It will be a homecoming for coach Sean McDermott, who spent 6 years with Carolina as defensive coordinator. Other Panthers alumni include general manager Brandon Beane, running back Mike Tolbert, and cornerback Leonard Johnson. Carolina will be a more formidable opponent than the Jets. They are coming off a 23 – 3 victory over San Francisco. Coach Ron Rivera has led his squad to 3 NFC South championships and a Super Bowl appearance. THE BILLS CAN AT LEAST TEMPORARILY BASK IN THEIR 1 – 0 RECORD. IT WAS A PROMISING DEBUT FOR McDERMOTT WHO WAS HANDED THE GAME BALL BY KYLE WILLIAMS. LOOKING TO BUILD OFF THIS EARLY SUCCESS, WE HAVE REASON FOR HOPE AS 1BUFFALO.