Bills Trade Down, Take Tre’Davious White

Last night was a good night for BillsMafia. First the Bills traded their 10th pick to the Chiefs for the 27th pick, a 3rd rounder, and a 2018 1st rounder. In a draft full of defensive depth. It was a really good move to grab future surplus, while being able to fill a need for your team. But now on too the new man in Buffalo.

I figured if the Bills traded down, they would have taken Tim Williams or Reuben Foster. But instead the Bills took White, to step right in and replace Stephon Gilmore who left in free agency. White is known for being one of the premier cornerbacks in college football. He has the size and speed to cover anyone, and can play man exceptionally well. White is a pick that can immediately step in and be a starter on an already talented defense. He also brings some return magic to the Bills special teams, so hopefully we get our own Patrick Peterson at the Ralph.

There is question about his physicality when it pertains to stopping the run. But really, that will slowly develop as he fills out into his NFL body. Off the field White seems like really just a nice, average guy. There are no “red flags”, or any off-field issues, and seems to be the type of player that McDerrmott is trying to instill on the rest of the Bills.

Hopefully, on day two the Bills address some of the holes when it comes to the offense. But for the mean time lets sit back and inject some Tre’Davious LSU highlights into our skulls.

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Buffalo Bills Draft Day Wish List

Draft Day is finally here. I love the draft because to me it’s awesome for two reasons. The first is that to me the draft is the unofficial beginning of the summer. It lets you know that the optimism of the Bills is at its peak right now, and us mafia members will stare at the wall until training camp. The second reason is the fans who attended the draft. They just crack me up. Just because it’s the exact same experience as you would get at home. You literally miss or see nothing that would scream “you gotta be here.” Plus twitter has ruined the draft with announcing picks before they are brought out. But enough of my rambling! Here is the wish list I want in the various situations that could occur tonight.

The Bills Stay at 10

The brutal second half of the season that the Bills had, has left them with the tenth pick. Not the best of situations, but there seems to be plenty of offensive talent in this draft which I’m thankful for. So ideally at pick ten the Bills should take Mike Williams of Clemson.

Mike Williams is what exactly this offense needs. The Bills ground game is one of the best in the NFL, and that isn’t going to change this year either. But simply put, Tyrod Taylor needs more weapons around him if this team is going to have any success. Sure Sammy Watkins has proven he is the Bills number 1. But he has not been able to stay on the field. Without him, the Bills passing attack has been non-existent. Sure they don’t throw much in the first place…but you can’t have Andre Holmes as your prime receiver if Watkins suffers another setback. That is why this pick is needed. Williams has the speed and the size at 6’4 220. He’s the best redzone threat in this draft at the wide receiver position. Williams also has shown to be an effective run blocker, and more importantly can play the slot very well considering his size.

If Williams is taken

If Williams is taken before the Bills can draft. John Ross from Washington is a receiver who stands out. He lacks the size of Williams, but more than makes up for it in his speed. This dude ran a 4.2 at the combine!!! He would be great as a returner on special teams, and would be a natural inside at the slot position.

Although I am really committed to the Bills taking a receiver at this pick. I do believe that the TE positon is also a big possibility at 10. Charles Clay has not been the consistent hands that a conservative quarterback that Tyrod can check down too. He also lacks the size, and the speed that O’s want in today’s NFL. OJ Howard fits this role. He and Nick O’Leary would be ideal in the two TE sets that the Bills run the ball with. He can both run and pass block quite well, but has the hands, size, and speed that would allow him to be a match-up nightmare for defensive schemes. If there is anyone that Howard reminds me of, it’s Julius Thomas when he was with the Broncos.

If the Bills trade down

If the Bills end up trading down. It’s between two Alabama teammates who played on that stellar defense. Reuben Foster and Tim Williams. Both dudes have major red flags when it pertains to their off-field issues. Foster provides the speed and size that is needed for the Bills on the outside, and in their pass coverage at the linebacker position. Williams although undersized, has unbelievable speed off the edge, and just naturally gets too the quarterback. Williams to me is the favorite to win out with Sean McDermott moving back to a 4-3 scheme. Scouts have made the Julius Peppers comparison to Williams before, and getting pressure on the Quarterback is the most important part of any NFL defense.

But for BillsMafia, regardless how tonight unfolds. Just remember that the draft is about laughing at yearly video of horrible Jets picks.

Tony Romo Leaving Football for Broadcast Booth

Well it’s official. Today one of the most polarizing quarterbacks in the NFL officially has called it a career. Although he never got to a Superbowl, or even had much success in the playoffs. I don’t think it’s even an argument any more. Romo was one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, and had a great career. Just look at his stats. Even look at his numbers in comparison with the other Cowboy quarterbacks. There is no debate. It’s become a shame that his career will be defined by the rise of idiotic debate shows, and the circus that Jerry surrounded around him. Will he ever be mentioned with Brady, Rodgers, or Peyton? Absolutely not. Those guys are generational talents on fantastic teams. Frankly, I’m glad he’s retiring now. There is nothing worse than a guy who knows medically it isn’t the greatest idea to stick around, or to take another shot at redemption on a team going nowhere like the Browns or Texans. What I do hope now, is that his vanilla family friendly persona forces Dilfer out of the booth so we don’t have to be subjected to moronic hot-takes anymore.

PS. It literally took the NFL one full hour for them to float on breaking the news that “the door is still open for Romo’s return.”

 

The NFL Ratings Dive Continues…

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Well another week of NFL games are done, and of course another week of NFL ratings taking the dive. Now let me be clear. The ratings that are in “decline” for the NFL are not that bad for a live sporting event, they’re just bad for the NFL. Of course this issue has become a hot-take printing press that blames the election diverting our attention, or millennials watching E-sports over traditional ones like the NFL. The simple fact is that the NFL has actually done this too themselves.

The massive television contracts the NFL boasted about have become their main downfall. Mike Francesa said it best here. The NFL has destroyed its own product. First there is way too much football on now. Before I waited impatiently every week and would watch all I could on Sunday and then the one game on Monday. The NFL deciding that football needs to have more games with more teams is absurd thinking. Thursday games do not give enough time for rest and recovery, plus guaranteeing all teams a primetime game dilutes the product. Both of these things lead to bad football and lack of interest. Like besides the local audiences involved who really is going to be tuning into the Browns and Jags? Primetime audiences need stars and division leading teams. Most of these games do not have this. Plus who can really sit through an entire day of football. Because it has become an entire day thing. With the new introduction of the 1pm London time start. You actually now have football on from 9am-1130pm at night which is reckless. Hey I like football, but there’s no way I’m gonna sit and watch that much in one day.

The gameflow of the NFL has also become unbearable. The amount of delays that occur during a single game make it unwatchable. There are way too many commercials, and the challenge/scoring reviews that occur have become drawn out over simple calls. It’s one of the reasons why soccer in either the MLS or the EPL continues to increase its ratings in America. There is a constant pace of play. People complain that baseball is slow, it doesn’t compare to the NFL these days. The officiating is another big problem. Now I agree that their needs to be new rules to eliminate a lot of stuff in the NFL which will benefit the health of players. But most of these new penalties were created solely to give an advantage to offences to increase scoring. This has resulted in flags flying on every single drive. This just kills the entertainment of scoring drives or even defensive stops. Penalties for even the mildest of celebrations too has taken alot of the fun out of it as well. Can you imagine if the NBA didn’t allow cocky and exuberance to exist on our television screens? Ratings would plummet and they know that. That’s why it was so refreshing to hear Sean McDonough call this directly out and not be a shrill of the league like Schefter, Berman, Dilfer, or Mike Florio have done in the past.

Goodell has made more football available to everyone. It’s made the owners and him incredibly succesful. But he’s diluted his product into just like the rest of professional sports. Where the local market will always come before the national one. The NFL had the golden goose in holding both of these markets with its tv audience. But the fact is it doesn’t anymore, and if it wasn’t for the gamblers and fantasy football players. These ratings would even be lower than they think.