Do you guys think there is a chance, and don't take this as an attempt at smack, that when the media predicts less wins than the fans, they ARE taking into account new coaching, and that maybe you have overrated your team.
I mean, I have yet to see anyone (maybe 1 or 2) media outlets predict a winning record for the fins this year. Are they all wrong?
When they talk about the Bills, they say the team goes as Losman goes, they are dead on.
It seems, according to alot of you, the only team they don't know about is the Dolphins.
I know the Chargers went from a crappy record to a good one, but you could see that coming for years, they have been bad for years and years, and built the team through the draft, something you have never done.
You're so big on defending the media, work on this one for a while.
Excerpt from a Fox sports news report:
In the ever-more-impatient NFL, huddles are being dominated by quarterbacks barely old enough to remember the Y2K scare.
This year, 49ers rookie Alex Smith and Bills sophomore J.P. Losman will join a group of precocious passers that includes the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, the Giants' Eli Manning, the Ravens' Kyle Boller and the Bengals' Carson Palmer.
But down in the dusty Southwest, a couple of old-school coaches are partying like it's 1999. That was the season Kurt Warner led the Rams to a Super Bowl championship and Drew Bledsoe threw for just shy of 4,000 yards for the Patriots.
Since then, each quarterback has ridden his share of dramatic ups and downs.
Ignoring downward trends, the Cowboys signed Bledsoe, 33, to be their starter. The Cardinals signed Warner, who will turn 34 on June 22, to compete for their job, then coach Dennis Green anointed him the starter in late May.
Now we get to find out if either of these guys still can throw and thrive. Both were displaced recently by younger athletes -- Warner by Manning in New York and Bledsoe by Losman in Buffalo.
In appraising the veterans' chances for 2005, you have to start by looking at their supporting casts. Both quarterbacks are as mobile as cacti, which means they won't be creating a lot of their own opportunities.
"Both have a tendency to hold the ball," an AFC pro personnel director says. "If they can get a line up front to protect them, they have the throwing ability to be dangerous."
Then there are the quarterbacks themselves. Bledsoe was mediocre in Buffalo after a big 2002 debut. Warner led the Giants to a winning record through nine games last year but was sacked 24 times in his last four starts. They seem to be at similar points in their careers.
But another pro personnel director sees the two quarterbacks in different lights. He believes Bledsoe has several productive years left. "You can feel Drew," he says. "You know he can still throw the ball. You know he won't fumble it away. You have a better sense of his direction, and he is in a better environment."
The Bills replace veteran Drew Bledsoe with inexperienced J.P. Losman at quarterback this season.
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Two of the Bills' best linemen, Jonas Jennings and Pat Williams, departed, and unproven J.P. Losman is the new quarterback. Grade: D+