Bills Close The Season On Another Sour Note
Coaching Fail Bills Again: The Bills had a chaotic scene just before halftime and many lapses in time management in their loss to the Patriots. Yes the wind was a factor but that is when coaching becomes even more important. Bill Belichick totally outclassed Dick Jauron and that was one reason why the Bills lost this game. Gameday Grades.
Bills Shutout In Finale 13-0: The Bills were looking to play hard and give Ralph Wilson a reason to keep Dick Jauron. The wind was a huge factor in the game making evaluating the play on the field very tough to do. The clock management issues and lack of discipline may give Wilson reason enough to fire Jauron as the Bills finished their season with a 13-0 loss to the Patriots. The 40mph winds that caused damage to the field house forced adjustments in how the game was played. LaMont Jordan scored the only touchdown of the game and both kickers missed field goals in the shutout loss. Game Review.
Whitner Hurt In Loss: Donte Whitner seemed to re-injure his shoulder when he was run over by Sammy Morris on a run late in the third quarter. He was helped off the field and went to the locker room immediately. He did not return.Injury Page.
Lynch, Parrish, Peters Inactive: The offseason got going a bit early for some banged up members of the Bills. Marshawn Lynch, Roscoe Parrish, Jabari Greer, Teddy Lehman, and Jason Peters are all inactive because of injuries. The team was hopeful that Lynch would play as he was listed as questionable instead of doubtful like most of the others were. Fred Jackson will see plenty of action with running the ball a must in the windy conditions. He also will likely return punts. You will see more of Xavier Omon and perhaps recently activated Bruce Hall at running back. The only healthy inactives are Demetrius Bell and Jonathan Scott. It's a bit of a surprise that the Bills don't at least dress Bell or Scott especially with Peters out. That means they are dressing only two tackles. J.P. Losman is the third quarterback. The Patriots are without Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour.
Wind Damage At Ralph: The winds gusting in the 60mph range has caused some damage at the stadium. There are reports that part of the roof of the fieldhouse has blown off. Inside the stadium the goal posts have been swayed and were off kilter. They have since been straightened out.
Wild Weather: Today in Orchard Park it starts unseasonably mild with a temperature of almost 60°. The temperature will dip dramatically before the game and the winds will continue to increase. Gametime temperature will be in the low 40s with rain coming to an end. That makes the big story the strong winds. It seems to be a day where either team will only be able to score going in one direction as the winds are out of west southwest at a whopping 39 mph. The temps will drop into the 30s during the game with winds decreasing only slightly. This weather helps the Patriots as they practice outside everyday while the Bills perfer the cozy confines of the fieldhouse.
Saturday December 27, 2008
Bills Activate Hall: The Bills activated RB Bruce Hall off of the practice squad. To make room for Hall they placed James Hardy on injured reserve. He has a torn ACL and had no chance of playing this weekend. Hall had been on the practice squad all year. This is something Dick Jauron has done in the past to reward a player who has been on the scout team all year.
Saturday Commentary: Glover Or No Glove? The Bills seemed to have listened somewhat to heavy criticism of the fact that they don't play well in cold weather. This of course is a problem in Buffalo. The fact that Marcus Stroud said he nobody on the team was unhappy that they played Miami in a dome instead of Orchard Park forced home a point that this is a cold weather team with warm weather players. They have practiced a couple of times outside since then, although not nearly enough. Trent Edwards has even experimented with using a glove for cold, snowy, wet weather. He didn't use it in the cold last week in Denver because it was dry. He may get his chance tomorrow if it rains. The team took a step last week in winning in extreme cold, now let's see if they can win in other elements this week whether or not Edwards wears a glove or doesn't.
Friday December 26, 2008
Peters, Parrish Likely Out: The Bills have listed Roscoe Parrish and Jason Peters has doubtful for Sunday's finale after neither practiced all week. Marshawn Lynch has a chance at playing although he did not practice today. Dick Jauron feels he has as much of a chance at playing as he did last week. He did start against Denver but couldn't finish the game. Jabari Greer has been ruled out. Injury Report.
Lynch Doesn't Practice: Marshawn Lynch did not practice today after working out on a limited basis yesterday. Roscoe Parrish and Jason Peters also did not practice while Kawika Mitchell did work out on a limited basis for a second straight day. Jabari Greer was limited again as was Teddy Lehman. J.P. Losman did not practice today as well. Injury Page.
Lynch, Mitchell Return: Marshawn Lynch and Kawika Mitchell returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday increasing the odds that they will play on Sunday. Jason Peters and Roscoe Parrish headed the list of people still not practicing. Injury Page.
Thursday December 25, 2008
Lynch, Stroud Alternates: Chris Brown is reporting on the Bills official website that Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Stroud are alternates for a Pro Bowl berth. If a Pro Bowler at their position drops out of playing in the all star game in Hawaii, then these guys would get to play in the game.
Wednesday December 24, 2008
Six Miss Practice: Marshawn Lynch, Jason Peters, Kawika Mitchell, Roscoe Parrish, James Hardy, and Teddy Lehman did not practice because of various injuries. Jauron said he is optimistic that Peters and Lynch will play. Jabari Greer practiced on a limited basis. Injury Page.
Bills Have Reasons To Win: The Bills close out the season against the hated arch rival Patriots. They beat the Broncos last week with little reason to show up. This week they have more reasons to play hard as they try to save their head coach's job. They also would love to end a 10 game losing streak against New England and hopefully knock them out of the playoffs at the same time. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 23, 2008
Off Season Changes May Not Be Popular: Fans are a buzz over the AP interview with Ralph Wilson. It seems he feels elevating the status of Tom Modrak will help the organization. The problem is Modrak oversees the Bills drafts and recently they have failed more than they have succeeded, especially with the first day picks. This is a good part of the reason why the Bills have struggled to get over the hump in recent years.
Monday December 22, 2008
Jauron Decision Not Made Yet: Ralph Wilson spoke out on the future of the team during a telephone call with the AP today. He said he has yet to make a determination on whether or not they will keep Dick Jauron. He wouldn't comment on the mysterious three year contract extension he reportedly has. He did say he was impressed with how the players have not given up and are playing hard for the coach. He says he's also optimistic about the future of the team.
Front Office Tinkering: In his interview with the AP Ralph Wilson did say he will be doing some tinkering in the front office. He indicated that Vice President of Scouting Tom Modrak will have more of a say going forward. Wilson talked about bringing Modrak into the so-called "inner circle". He wants more communication among the top people. The Bills have been criticized that CEO Russ Brandon is not a football guy. It appears instead of going outside the organization for a football guy, Modrak will be given more power. He has turned down promotions to general manager before because he loves being on the road and scouting players. No word if Wilson's plans will hamper Modrak's time on the road.
Bills Take Long Way Home: The Bills got stuck in Denver last night because of the winter storm in Buffalo. They flew out this morning and are due to arrive this afternoon back in Buffalo. This may make them fall behind a big in preparation for Sunday's season finale against New England. The Bills are in a wierd position this week. If they beat the Patriots they may spoil their chances of making the playoffs but they could allow another rival, the Jets, to make the postseason.
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