Fail! Zomg! Fail! Fail! The NFL is doooooooooooooooooooooooooooomed.
Um, not quite.
So the NFL just released some rules regarding players tweeting during the season. No during the game. No 90 minutes before the game. No 90 minutes after the game.
Sounds reasonable to me! Hey you have a game to prepare for. A game to play. And why don’t you wait an hour and a half after to listen to the coaches. mmmmmmmmmmmmkay?
The social media elite are already yelling fail. But guess what? Something tells me the NFL will survive.
ENOUGH with fail. ENOUGH with putting so much importance on Twitter.
I think the Bills will be lucky to win 3 games. Jauron lost the team. He sounded defeated during his last press conference. They could not have looked more pathetic last game.
I get angry when I hear “it’s only preseason.” Yeah, if 53 yards passing in preseason sits well with you, then I have a bridge to sell you.
Let me be clear. A win or loss does not matter in preseason. But production does. If you look completely flat, well that is a sign of things to come.
Finally got W3D3 done yesterday afternoon. I was sidelined for an entire week with a pretty bad head cold and a few extra days of rain and nasty weather. It wasn’t hot, but it was very humid. I got through it ok, but not as easily as I would have liked. I think it had to do with the humidity (86%). This week is supposed to a lot cooler and dryer. I kick myself for not being well hydrated. I had another thirsty feeling, which distracted me a little. Due to the week off, I was going to do an extra W3D3, but since it’s cooler and dryer I look forward to getting on with week 4. W4D1 is tomorrow!
Well I did actually catch a cold, which I mentioned in my last C25K post. It got the better of me. I was really under the weather Friday through the weekend. Even my poor kiddo got it too. I thought I’d be 100% by today, but I’m still a tiny bit phlegmy. I’m taking today off as a precaution and will pick up again tomorrow. Also, my hip seems to have worked itself out. Hopefully that was just a one time thing. I might do an extra week 3 to just round out this week, and then start week 4 on Monday.
I’ve noticed that in sports, everyone wants to point the finger one way. In football, probably more than any other sport, problems can be systemic.
Here is my rank of causes of the Bills trouble. All feed into eachother:
1) OL – This unit was not good last year. They lose 2 vets and bring in 2 rooks, plus shuffle the entire deck. Pass protection is spotty and run blocking is almost nonexistent. They have been bullied all over the field this pre-season. Constantly getting mauled and pushed back. The offensive woes start here.
2) DL – This unit does not get pressure at all. Which then highlights weaknesses with the LBs.
3) QB – Trent plays scared. He can’t be scared of making mistakes. You can’t dink and dunk all day. But, the OL doesn’t help one bit.
4) LBs – Poz is overrated. Mitchell is meh. Ellison isn’t good. Front 7 are very weak.
5) SS and FS – Whitner is below average. Not worth a 1st round pick. Scott is average.
6) TE – Maybe, just maybe Shawn Nelson will become a threat they haven’t had in ages.
Combine the above with the fact that Dick Jauron has only one winning season under his belt:
Bears 1999: 6-10
Bears 2000: 5-11
Bears 2001: 13-3
Bears 2002: 4-12
Bears 2003: 7-9
Lions 2005: 1-4
Bills 2006: 7-9
Bills 2007: 7-9
Bills 2008: 7-9
Total: 57-76 (.429)
Then combine that with a defense that doesn’t fit the personnel. And then mix in some no huddle stupidity. And what you’ve got is… Puke.
Our strong points are limited by the weak points above:
- The WRs are only as good as the QB getting them the ball.
- The RBs are only as good as the blocking.
- The CBs are only as good as the pass rush and the measly LBs.
Throw my lunch up and puke!
Ok to the uninformed, that’s me mocking the Bills’ Shout song, which is played after every score. I’ve had to sing my version for almost 10 years. It’s therapeutic.
And I think I’ll be singing it a lot more this year.
I wrote a post about the Bills’ futility in February. Now free agency has passed, the draft has passed, and 3 preseason games has passed, I think the Bills have dug themselves deeper. Their performance Saturday against the Packers was utterly embarrassing.
To sum up why I don’t expect even as good as another 7-9 season:
- The defensive unit is almost entirely the same, except one CB. I like McKelvin, but he’s not that much better than Greer.
- Paul Pozluszny is overrated. And it doesn’t look like he’s improved much–based on the 3 PS games.
- Aaron Schobel was never that good. I used to joke and call him “garbage time” because of his signature sacks at the point in games when it didn’t really matter. Now, he doesn’t even get good pressure or even any garbage time sacks.
- The defensive scheme is grossly too conservative (bend but don’t break).
- Everyone on the offensive line is playing a new position this year. And 2 veterans were replaced by rookies.
- The two rookies on the OL look, well like rookies in their first 2 PS games. I won’t call them out like I did Poz and Schobel yet. But development time is surely going to hurt this season.
- This no-huddle that they are running is an absolute joke. It seems that it takes them just as long to get off a play. So much for catching the defense off guard. Sure it helps prevent defensive substitution, but what does it matter when the offense is so lack-luster to begin with. It’s like a huddle without the actual huddle.
- Trent Edwards (this hurts me to say it because I really like him and want him to succeed) plays scared. Trent, you can’t check down to 2 yard passes every time. 9 for 9 for 9 yards is not good. Ok that was an exaggeration, but not too much of one.
- Aaron Maybin is a question mark. He needs to really step up to make a difference. From what I hear, he’ll be a situational pass rusher. That’s not good enough, in my opinion–for this season anyway.
- Jauron has only coached one winning season his entire career. It’s pretty clear why.
- Package all of the above up, then add in Terrell Owens, and what I think you’ll have is a disaster.
So there you have it. I predict 3 wins from the Bills this year.
Easily distracted. That’s what I am. I broke my phone earlier in the day. That was on my mind. My throat was starting to feel scratchy. That was on my mind. It was very humid. That was on my mind. And to top it off, I had borrowed my wife’s phone to use the C25K app, but I forgot to turn off silent mode, so I had to fumble around with the phone. Another discraction. All in all it wasn’t a bad run, but… My hip is bothering me a bit and the throat is more scratchy. I’m going to force myself to wait until I’m 100% (throat/cold and hip) before tackling day 3, even if I go over a week.
2 weeks ago I posted that I haven’t been sick in over a year and a half. Now my throat is scratchy. A cold? In the middle of the summer? Really? I’m going to fight this thing tooth and nail. I can’t let my streak come to an end like this.
On Saturday I ran W2D3 of C25K at close to the hottest time of day–1 pm. It was brutal. I knew it was extremely hot and humid, so I paced myself and finished fairly easily. But all in all it was not the best workout.
Tonight was in the low 80s. Still relatively humid, but the heat wasn’t beating down to boot.
Also I made double sure I was adequately hydrated. And I bought a headband. Sweat in the eyes and a thirty feeling distracted me on Saturday’s run.
Put this all together, and tonight’s W3D1 was pretty easy. Not the grind it was on Saturday. I’m not ultimately where I want to be, but the program is easy enough not to dread it. Rather I look forward to the next runs. I feel like I’m making some serious progress. Come Fall, I should be whipping around the track.
The first realization over a week back was that I had cut the first week and day one of week two 5 minutes short each. Doh! But I had felt good enough and it didn’t prove to be a setback as I tackled the next two longer workouts somewhat easily.
This time, the realization is a good one.
A few posts back I mentioned that I estimated that I ran 1/5 of a mile during my 90 second jogging splits (on the not terribly hot and humid days). Then I mentioned that this is good since it’s averaged out to 112 seconds on the 1/4 mile (which is coming up in week 4). I made a mistake! I didn’t realize that week 4 calls for “1/4 a mile or 3 MINUTES”, not 2 minutes like I originally thought. So instead of estimating that I am running 6% faster than the expected pace, I’m running 38% faster. This makes me feel a whole of a lot better since I’ve been severely limiting my pace due to the heat and humidity. I’m probably on the expected pace when I’m purposely running slower.
Now I can’t wait for a cooler less humid day to push myself to my limit more.