If the Chicago Bears don’t draft Central Florida QB Justin Fields for $78,500 they risk forfeiting the $15.8 million they owe Kyle Long and time. Can he pick up where he left off against the Pittsburgh Steelers? The fate of the entire Chicago Bears football operation could be at stake. Photo by Lee Hunt/USAAF Research Share Tweet Email Copy Link Copied
Welcome to our “Buffalo Sabres: Cup or Bust” series. As in Buffalo Sabres: Cup or Bust, NHL? we’re back with our weekly column on the next-door NBA team.
We start with this week’s pick of the week:
The Buffalo Bills, 22-35 Record: 40.5%, Fourth in the AFC East A relatively quiet weekend in the NFL as teams made the necessary roster moves to find safety insurance for free agents. If there is a team where there is a real free agent (Dolphins were the first to let starter David Fales walk) where the Bills should be signing a D-lineman to make up for the lost in the “D-Tailback” news of last year, it is Jacksonville. GM Doug Whaley unceremoniously fired Greg Miley and is moving on from DeMarcus Ware – apparently due to something he supposedly said about any free agent signing he makes. Just as pot shots and compliments don’t go together, interviews don’t either. Bills open the season against the Jets, so either Sam Darnold or Josh McCown, looking to stave off the rookie class of quarterbacks, will take over the reins to start Week 1.
But if you look a little deeper, a lot of folks are disagreeing with The Buffalo News’ Rex Huppke, who is very bullish on the Bills coaching staff and believes they can get this team to the playoffs.
More from Rex:
“Rod Marinelli says it best: ‘It’s a win-now league’.
“‘You can’t spend money, spend time and blah, blah, blah, money. It’s a win-now league and you’ve got to win now.’
“‘You’ve got to be proactive’.
“So if we’re going to be proactive, why not draft a quarterback in the first round? “All I’m saying is, if the team can win games now with Josh Allen, Josh Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen, why not take another quarterback, maybe Quenton Nelson, Ben Garland, at tackle, potentially Geronimo Allison for an extra playmaker, Bradley Chubb, the sack monster at DE, take a run at a center like Billy Price, look at what the Browns have done with the first pick and add to the first pick in next year’s draft? “You’re right, your team couldn’t win with Nathan Peterman, Tyrod Taylor and AJ McCarron … but I think it’s something to take a shot.”
To my friend in Florida and colleague:
“My ear is one of my best business resources, but I didn’t say we should definitely do something with the draft, and it doesn’t mean our plan is to tank. But I think a quarterback with this team is important, and this is certainly a good one.”
[email protected] responds to Rex @RexBuffalo’s impassioned support of 1st round QB.
Here’s the video for reference:
I’m worried that Mark Dantonio is back in the conversation for another job, and some may point to his excellent friendship with Brad Stevens as evidence the two should reunite. But why would Dantonio (who guided one of the greatest success stories of any coach in college football over the past two decades) be willing to take a job that has never produced a post-season victory? And what would be the criteria for a job that has never been a postseason success? Does winning multiple MAC titles? Winning an AP or NIT title? A conference championship?