“We always hang in the Buffalo Stance, We do the dive every time we dance. I’ll give you love baby not romance. I’ll make a move nothing left to chance. So don’t you get fresh with me.” – Neneh Cherry
I recline here in Ellicottville, New York, on a scant weekend getaway to celebrate my enchanting wife’s birthday, which is the same day as our wedding anniversary. Was it planned that way? Abso-smurfly. Is it a good or bad thing? That is subjective. I borrow flagrantly from Lloyd Christmas proclaiming, “I like it a lot.”
After my erstwhile commentary, one would think my thoughts on the Patriots’ domination of the AFC East were spent. Tapped out. Done. Complete.
Not a chance.
Stealing shamelessly from the C&C Music Factory or Arsenio Hall... Things That make you go hmmmm…. (I waive my arms like Wayne and Garth transmitting in to a dream segment…)
Why, oh why, could the Patriots not take 20-plus years to find their next franchise quarterback? They jumped from Drew Bledsoe to Tom Brady in one scary play. They snagged a first round draft pick from the Bills for a world class half of a season play by Bledsoe. Then he quickly regressed.
No more young, ineffective Doug Flutie type quarterbacks? (Not the fined tuned CFL legend that triumphantly returned to the NFL as a Pro-Bowl leader for the Buffalo Bills.) How about an overrated first round pick Tony Eason or mediocre Steve Grogan?
Hugh Millen probably could shuffle his schedule around to start for the Pats. Tom Owen, Tom Ramsey, Matt Cavanaugh, Marc Wilson, or Bob Bleier could be adequate for a nice long stretch of continuous rebuilding.
I will not encompass Matt Cassel in my lucid creativity to create a pushover Pats team for a couple decades. The Hoodie pulled an 11 win season out of his behind with Cassel behind center. Touché!
After a struggling season one year ago, why, oh why, could the Pats not have their coach step down, ending the dynasty and spending decades hiring and firing general managers and coaches every two to three years? Marv Levy did it successfully after trying to make Todd Collins replace Jim Kelly.
‘Let’s go get a bleeping snack!” –Rex Ryan, Hard Knocks
Wade Phillips could have supplied some consistent 8-8 seasons for them if they would just give him that opportunity. Gregg Williams could blow a trumpet during training camp telling the players “At Ease” when and if he saw fit. Could they not have recycled Dick Jauron, Chan Gailey, or even the good old Rex Ryan package with his brother and the incredible two-man bike? A fancy Patriot logo tattooed over Ravens, Jets, and the Bills ? I mean Jauron did have that 13 win season in the Windy City many years ago riding the A-TRAIN. Rex-in-effects could pull Mark Sanchez out of whatever Flag Football bar league he plays in and attempt back-to-back championship game appearances.
Could they not bring back a legendary coach and make him a “For-Sho” general manager like Levy in Buffalo? For-Sho they could. Pretty crafty utilizing “For-Sho” in multiple contexts.
Levy was the mastermind of bringing in Dick Jauron to continue the Bills’ Groundhog’s Day, continuously drafting in the middle of the pack. He spent a fortune signing overrated offensive lineman. Buffalo became quite content with seven-win seasons, never bottoming out for that franchise player to build around, unless you count Mike Williams, the man with the inflated ego and appetite. If, and only if, the Pats could follow this profound business model, life for the Buffalo Bills could be so beauteous.
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
Terrell Owens is coming back to Buffalo! Not certain if he still has the key to the city he was presented upon his arrival to Western New York in 2009. Come Monday night, the Hall of Fame Wide Receiver will be the Legend of the Game in Orchard Park.
Cody Ford, Reggie Gilliam, and Efe Obada are listed as questionable due to various injuries for the big MNF show on the big stage.
Matt Milano and Star Lotulelei practiced in full Saturday, while Stefon Diggs took a veteran rest day.