Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: September 8, 2009 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2009 6:11 pm

Bills cut left tackle Walker; promote Bell

In yet another stunning move, the Buffalo Bills today released their starting left tackle, Langston Walker. That means the club will promote Demetrius Bell to a starter's job and move Kirk Chambers, whom it re-signed after releasing him over the weekend, to backup.

The move is the latest surprise for a team that opens next Monday, but as we learned last week Dick Jauron is not afraid to make bold and risky moves. Bell is a young tackle the club believes can and will measure up to Jason Peters, the former Buffalo Pro Bowler the team shipped off to Philadelphia, and thinks his time is now. So it promoted him and let go Walker, who was a disappointment in preseason.

The feeling is that if Bell hadn't suffered a back injury late last month this move might have been made sooner.

Posted on: September 4, 2009 6:49 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2009 7:09 pm

Jauron the one who pulled trigger on OC

I can't say that the firing of Turk Schonert surprises me, but the timing sure does. I just don't get why you wait four preseason games to shake up your staff when you had the entire offseason to do it. But Dick Jauron made the decision -- not owner Ralph Wilson -- and he will have to live by it.

Make no mistake, this was all Jauron, and while it smacks of a panic move, it's his way of taking care of business in what could be his final year in Buffalo. Jauron has to win, otherwise he's gone, and he saw enough this summer to know he couldn't win with the offense he had. So he made a change with his coordinator, and of the three firings made this week this is the one I have the least problem with -- not because of anything involving Schonert but because of everything that's going on with Jauron. He knows he could get canned at any moment, so if he's going down he decided he will do it on his terms -- and that makes sense to me.

I just want to know what he discovered the past month that he didn't know last year when Schonert was offensive coordinator. The Bills were supposed to be different this year, more exciting, more productive, on offense, and they weren't. In fact, they were dreadful and seemed to get worse with each preseason game. That was enough for Jauron, who made the move to Alex Van Pelt, and expect him to make the offense less complicated than Schonert.

Also expect him to be more communicative with his players. Say what you want about Schonert, but one thing that he was not was a great communicator. According to those who knew him, he wasn't something who sought out others for input, either. I would expect that to change.

What doesn't change is the division the Bills are in, and pity Jauron and Van Pelt. It will be tough to win in the AFC East, but Jauron will try to do it the best way he can -- and he decided he couldn't get there with Schonert. So he pulled the plug. Better late than never, I guess.

Category: NFL
Posted on: June 15, 2009 4:51 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:39 pm

Ex-Bills QB Losman should consider UFL

Here's another prediction: The next time we see quarterback J.P. Losman it will be in the United Football League.

Two years ago Losman was the starting quarterback for Buffalo. Now he can't find a job. It doesn't make sense. I don't know what's killing the guy in terms of reputation, but I do know how he restores the faith of the NFL: He goes somewhere else to play.

The perfect spot is the UFL, where he will have six games to prove he's better than most of the backups in the NFL. The perfect coach would be Las Vegas' Jim Fassel, because he's been a successful mentor for young quarterbacks. I suggest he consider drafting Losman. I don't know if the UFL is interested in the former Bills' quarterback, but it should be. I also don't know if Losman would consider the new league, but he should. One could help the other.
Category: NFL
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