A Storm is Brewing in Buffalo

September 27, 2009

Next question!

Somebody throw me the ball!

Terrell Owens went without a catch in a game for the first time since 1997.  The future hall of famer was less than pleased once the game ended.  In his post-game press conference, he was visibly frustrated with his role in this offense, although he didn’t say that.  He’s finally become aware that the media will twist whatever he says into a controversy, so he withheld his vitriol from quarterback Trent Edwards.

When asked how he feels about his streak being broken, he said “It’s over.”

When asked about his feeling about this game, he said “We need to prepare for next week.”

When asked what was wrong with the offense, he asked “What do you think?”

When asked about his role in the offense, the plays being called, and his quarterback’s reading of the routes, he responded “I run the routes for the plays that are called”

So in short, he was a smug son-of-a-bitch (See here).  But he has to be.  God forbid he spoke his mind, he’d be splitting the locker room, causing controversy for his team and bringing the spotlight onto himself.  And of course, he’d be feuding with yet another quarterback.  But would he be wrong?

There’s no way the locker room is pleased with the way the team is run.  As disposed offensive coordinator, Turk Schonert,  implied after he was fired two weeks before the season began, the Bills run a “Pop Warner” offense.  Now Schonert wasn’t the answer, as Lee Evans and Trent Edwards approached him about concerns about the offense before he was let go.  But the fundamental offensive philosophy of the Bills is what is ruining this team.  They have a true burner in Lee Evans, a hall of fame receiver in Terrell Owens, and a decent running back in Fred Jackson (not to mention the impending return of Marshawn Lynch).  Add in a the versatile Roscoe Parrish, the Bills would seem to have plenty of weapons to have an effective offense.  Yet these resources are not being utilized to their full potential.

So would T.O. be wrong to question the philosophy of the offense?  No, because it’s extremely doubtful he’s the only one who feels that way.  And he did an admirable, if not genuine, attempt to deflect those feelings in his post-game presser.  But it’s only a matter of time before he can’t bite his lip any longer, and head coach Dick Jauron and quarterback Trent Edwards had better take cover.  They will be public enemy number one, not T.O.  As much as he’s reviled by the media for being a cancer, rarely do teammates question his work ethic.  There were reports that a majority of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room supported T.O. in his crusade on the team’s offense.  And there were plenty of players on the Dallas Cowboys who voiced their support of T.O.’s outburst against his team’s offense (and judging by Tony Romo’s performance so far, was he wrong?).  He just speaks up for everyone else on the team who won’t speak for themselves.

So watch out Buffalo, because the T.O. storm is coming and it’s all your fault.  Not because he’s a bad player or because he’s vying for media attention, but because your offense is a joke.  And he’ll tell everyone that will listen that it is a joke.  So instead of tinkering with a no-huddle offense all off-season, perhaps tinkering with a different offense was the appropriate move.  And Buffalo dropped the ball on that attempt.

It seems like forever since Buffalo had something to smile about.  Terrell Owens was supposed to be that beacon of hope.  If only Dick Jauron and Trent Edwards would open up the offense.  Sorry Buffalo, theres a storm coming and the coach is to blame.

It seems like forever since Buffalo had something to smile about. Terrell Owens was supposed to be that beacon of hope. If only Dick Jauron and Trent Edwards would open up the offense. Sorry Buffalo, there's a storm coming and the coach is to blame.

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And Down Goes the Champ

September 27, 2009
Tim Tebow was knocked out of Saturdays game against Kentucky by a clean clean shot from defensive end Taylor Wyndham.

Tim Tebow was knocked out of Saturday's game against Kentucky by a clean shot from defensive end Taylor Wyndham.

The most overrated quarterback in college football was absolutely crushed Friday evening in the Gators game against Kentucky.  The Wildcats defensive end, Taylor Wyndham, sprinted off tackle and speared Tim Tebow straight back.  It was an absolutely clean hit, driving Tebow to the turf.  Only, on the way to the ground, Tebow’s head struck the knee of a teammate and he was knocked cold.  He lay motionless on the turf for a couple of minutes, and Commonwealth Stadium went silent.  Fans had tears in their eyes, as America’s darling wasn’t moving.

He eventually was able to walk off the field under his own power, later being escorted to the local hospital to be admitted for observation.  All test results point to a concussion and there is no ETA on his return.  He could play in Florida’s next game, two weeks from now versus LSU, but it is too early to tell.  The game against LSU looks to be the toughest on the Gator’s schedule this season, so if he is unable to go, it could cost Florida a shot at defending their national title.

I’m not upset though.  I’m rather unimpressed with Tebow the player.  He plays quarterback, yet is known more for his rushing.  He rarely throws the ball more than 25 times a game, and his carries number in the double digits.  The media is always abuzz, raving about how talented Tim Tebow is, how he will transcend the NFL, reinventing the quarterback position.  I don’t buy it.  We’ve seen this type of “talent” before, in the form of another former Heisman winner, Eric Crouch.  Both players were athletic quarterbacks, who rushed the ball from the snap, hardly ever counted on to win games with their arms.  Statistically, they were marvelous quarterbacks, in college.  The NFL didn’t buy into it, drafting Crouch as a safety, and he never played in the NFL.  Another college quarterback who was supposed to reinvent the QB position was Vince Young, a highly productive college quarterback who won games with his legs.  Currently, he’s riding the bench, trying to get the nerves to finally pull the trigger (not on a pass from the pocket, but on a bullet in the chamber).  Tebow fits those comparisons.

Now don’t get me wrong, I admire his leadership.  That speech he gave last year after Florida lost to Ole Miss is an instant classic which makes me want to lace up the cleats and head into battle with him.  And leadership is an intangible skill, something you can’t teach.  He’s got it, no question.  I just don’t buy that his skills as a quarterback will translate into the pros.  It’ll be interesting to see if Florida can perform without their leader, and if they do, will it temper the hype surrounding Tebow.  Either way, he got his clock absolutely cleaned Friday night.  And it was awesome.