At the start of the NFL betting campaign this year, no one was expecting much out of the Buffalo Bills. They were only projected to win 5.5 games by the oddsmakers and were clear long shots to win the AFC East at as much as 50 to 1 depending on what sportsbook you looked at.
In our spotlight on the Bills following their NFL Week 1
loss to the Miami Dolphins
, we essentially said that nothing went right and everything went wrong in spite of the fact that they only lost 15-10. I'm starting to wonder if I was being too nice about this situation...
Let's face the first main fact here in Buffalo
. Chan Gailey is a bum. Really. Why in the hell are you taking a guy that was out of football in 2009 and was an offensive coordinator for the Kansas City
Freaking Chiefs in 2008? It's not like that KC team was worth anything whatsoever. He inherited a Chiefs offense that was bad and didn't do a single thing to make it any better. KC averaged just 18.2 points per game and was held to two TDs or less in six games over the course of the year. Check some free NFL picks
By the way, that Chiefs squad in '08 went 2-14. He was still in charge of the offense until the third game of the preseason, when current head coach Todd Haley
decided that he had enough of Gailey's antics and fired him.
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Before that, Gailey served as the Pittsburgh Steelers
offensive coordinator in 1996 and 1997, the Dallas Cowboys head coach in 1998 and 1999, and the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. The '96 Steelers averaged 21.5 points per game. In '97, they averaged a respectable 23.3 points per game. The Cowboys went 10-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Arizona Cardinals
at home, while the next year, they only went 8-8 and crashed out of the first round of the postseason. The Dolphins in 2000 averaged 20.2 points per game and were shut out in their second round playoff game against the Oakland Raiders. The next year, Gailey led them to 21.5 points per game, which ended with a whopping three points scored in a playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
With names like Mike Shanahan
, Bill Cowher, and the sorts all available for your job, why are you signing Gailey??? Hell, even picking up one of these up and coming coordinators like Kyle Shanahan or Leslie Frazier would've been a better idea than this guy. The only dumber signing that we have seen in recent years was the Cam Cameron experience for the Miami Dolphins that lasted exactly one season before picking up Tony Sparano.
As if the Bills didn't already royally screw up in the head coaching department, they obviously botched up free agency and the NFL Draft as well. Don't get us wrong. We love RB CJ Spiller out of Clemson as a future stud of a running back in this league. However, when your offensive line is nothing special and you simply don't have a quarterback, you have to take care of business in order to give the running game a chance to flourish.
Does anyone really think that Trent Edwards or any of these other options are good enough to really be starting quarterbacks in the NFL? The Miami Dolphins have at least two QBs that are better than this, and there might be a whole other boatload of signal callers just in the AFC East that are strong than Edwards.
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Passing on QB Jimmy Clausen
in the first round of the NFL Draft was probably a good idea, but when push came to shove in the second round, Buffalo snared DT Torell Troup out of the University of Central Florida. Troup recorded a whopping one assist in his first game last week. Though we aren't so sure whether Clausen is going to work out or not, you just had to give him a chance to make a difference when you don't have a quarterback of any note to speak of.
The bottom line that I've got for the Bills: You stink. You stink as a franchise and you stink for all of this BS that you put together in your offseason. Someone get Jake Locker on the phone. He'll be heading to Orchard Park next year as the top overall pick in the NFL Draft... if Buffalo doesn't screw this one up, too...Football Betting odds
for the Bills vs the Packers has the Bills at +12 1/2 at 5Dimes and +14 at Bodog.