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A Few Thoughts About the Broncos Game, in no particular order


Virgil
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In writing these, I've always tried to respect the original author, Bill From NYC, by giving myself enough time after the game to gain some rationale perspective.  One never wants to write review when they are too happy after a win, or angry from a loss.  When you do, you lose the bias for your team or get carried away in the moments; and in my opinion, lose credibility.  As the hour passes from the final whistle, I realize that emotion has to be part of these thoughts.  You don't break a 25 year drought without reminiscing about all the "almost" moments, all the players who got so close and all those who stayed very far away.  With that, these thoughts are going to be a little bit different, as I believe this milestone deserves it.

 

1 - Allen - Besides Lamar Jackson, there wasn't a quarterback I wanted least in the draft than Josh Allen.  No part of me believed you could teach a small school quarterback how to both win and be accurate.  When the Bills announced they were trading up in the draft and I heard the word Josh, I got excited at the prospect of Josh Rosen leading us to the playoffs in a few short years.  When the last name of Allen was said, I was in a full blown meltdown for roughly 48 hours.  One thing I will give myself credit for is my ability to embrace any player on our team.  Once that grace period passed, Allen was my quarterback and I've supported him since.  

 

Allen joined the 4,000 yard club today and has multiple single season franchise records in his sights.  Allen hasn't only been good these past few games, he's shown the poise, command, skill set, and leadership we've waited 25 years for.  It would be easy to talk about a number of plays in this game, but I'm only going to talk about one.  The Broncos showed a defensive back blitz from the guy covering Beasley in the slot.  Allen had 20+ seconds on the play clock to fake some snaps and see what the defense was looking to do.  Josh recognized the blitz, audibled the play, and snapped the ball.  On the play, he faked the throw to Beasley, waited for the middle zone linebacker to jump inside, then he actually threw the ball a half second later to the outside of the linebacker for a 20 yards gain over the middle.  This one play shows just how much the game has slowed down for Allen and how far he's come.  Yes, the 55 yard bomb to Diggs was nice too.  Same with the Kumerow touchdown.  Oh yeah, don't forget the first down pass to Diggs while he was getting sacked.  There's a lot to choose from.

 

Anyone who wants to pick on Josh Allen's game can no longer be listened to or taken seriously.  Allen has shown high level performance against multiple top defensive talent and hasn't slowe down at all.  He's a franchise quarterback who deserves to be discussed as not only MVP, but as a top quarterback in the league.  His stats and performance on the field tonight should be an expectation now, not a hope.

 

2 - Diggs - Honest question, do teams know they are allowed to cover him?  When we traded for Diggs, I knew we were getting an elite receiver and I did have concerns about his public dissatisfaction with the Vikings.  And as I've watched other elite receivers like Michael Thomas, I couldn't figure out how teams let them go uncovered.  Now that Diggs has been here all season, broken our single season receptions record with two games left, and continues to get wide open, I realize that I didn't truly know what an elite receiver was until now.  Previously, I believed the other teams were just trash or didn't want to abandon their scheme.  In these past few weeks of watching Diggs get wide open time after time, when everyone on the field knows he's the primary target, has just blown me away.  Diggs was a monster again tonight, making catches all over the field, finding the first down marker time after time, and even breaking one deep.  From Evans, Moulds, to Stevie, we've had a lot of good receivers play for the Bills over the division drought, and Diggs has outperformed all of them in only one season.

 

3 - Tre - For the second time in as many games, the opposing teams inexplicably made comments about our team team that added just a little bit of extra motivation.  Now, why Drew Lock of all people would make those comments about Tre is beyond me.  While I want to talk focus on the play where Tre played a shallow zone, saw the pass going just behind him, and adjusted back enough to get a hand on the pass; that wasn't his most impressive play.  In taking a play out of Poyer's book, Tre played up on the line a few times and was able to make some backfield stops.  None, more important than the strip sack of Lock which led to the Hughes defensive touchdown.  Tre had to run around the entire offensive line and chase Lock down from behind and never took his eyes off the ball.  It was a truly beautiful revenge moment that you only see in movies and allowed us to score out second touchdown in under two minutes.  

 

4 - You who have found it please help me along.

I'm a man, I'm a man, - I'm not made out of stone.

My needs they are simple, I don't want anything,

but I surely want to fly on those wings, on the run, one more time.

 

5 - Daboll - Like Josh, I remember exactly where I was when Daboll got hired.  I couldn't put my phone down to stop trashing the hire.  Why would we hire a guy who hasn't proven anything at an NFL level who seemed to make his career by being friends with well regarded coaches.  Josh was going to be doomed and the offense was going to take a step back.  Have I mentioned how wrong a lot I am?  While I don't want to hate on any player from this game, Ike got a penalty called on one of the best executed Statue of Liberty plays I've seen.  Allen sold the crap out of it and Singletary walked right into the end zone.  Seriously, if you missed the game, try to find it on Youtube, as it was that well done.  Daboll deserves as much credit for this offensive output, the careers bests for Allen, Beasley, and Diggs as anyone.  He's created a scheme that's so powerful that you are almost surprised if we don't get 3rd or 4th down conversions.  Even when we were 1st and goal from the 30, you couldn't completely dismiss that we weren't going to get six.  Then, combined with Josh's arm and Daboll's play calling, Allen found Kumerow over the middle for a beautiful touchdown pass.  Even better, Daboll's found a way to make our rushing attack relevant to close out games.  Like Allen, getting 30 points out of this offense should be the expectation going forward.

 

6 - Gilliam the Unsung - High profile players get you to the playoffs, but depth and rotation is where teams become next level.  Gilliam is a prime example of a guy making the most of his opportunity.  On the long Allen touchdown scramble, Gilliam had not one, but two key blocks that allowed Allen to score untouched.  If there's a second play to Youtube, this is it.  Gilliam's field awareness was superb and made all the difference.  While this was one of many scoring plays, this one really shows how this team plays as a unit on the field.

 

7 - Defensive line - While Frazier is still dialing up the extra pressure blitzes, the front 4 has done a great job recently getting pressure on their own.  Hughes may get the glory this week after the fumble recovery touchdown, but Oliver and Addison were monsters out there today.  Oliver blew up quite a few plays and have a dominating sack.  Addison continues to impress me with his speed as he chased down a surprisingly fast Lock from behind a few times.  Maybe it's the fear of additional blitzers coming in, but the front 4 is showing the pressure we haven't seen since the Cold Front a few years back.

 

8 - The Swing - How many times over the past 25 years have you seen the Bills dominate a game, look to be in control, then one turnover and score causes it all to come crashing down?  Over the past few games, we've seen moments like this where the Bills bounced right back, and today was no different.  The Bills were up 14-0, just forces a 3 and out, then Roberts muffed the punt, bringing the defense right back out and allowing a touchdown.  Previous Bills teams would have collapsed in those moments.  This Bills team walks right back out on the field and imposes their will that much more.  In fact, until garbage time, the Broncos didn't score again.  Mistakes by the Bills don't shut the team down like before, and I would challenge it only motivates them even more.  Roberts even brought one back into Broncos territory for his own personal redemption.  The point is, this is a very different, very resilient team, that I believe would have handled that 16-0 Texans collapse very differently.

 

9 - Comradely - My favorite pre-game ritual is hearing Beasley screech "I love you Josh Allen" after each pre-game huddle.  As much as Fitz was, and still is, loved by this community, I can't remember a Bills team as close as this one.  And yes, I'm including the early 90's team.  When Kumerow scored, he may have been the least excited player out there.  The entire offense was in the endzone to congratulate him.  After the Hughes touchdown, it was dance party on the sidelines.   We've seen this for weeks, but this team genuinely loves and supports each other.  These guys play for each other more than themselves.  It's infectious, it's leading to wins, and it's all in credit to....

 

10 - McD - If a team comes out flat, it's on the coach.  When a team, wraps up the division with 2 games left by absolutely dominating another NFL team, and has built a roster that can compete with ANY team in the league, then the coach gets that credit too.  McD won't take any credit, and was quick to thank the Pegula's and everyone else for the win, but his process has built a team that should have all teams scared to play us.  When McD was hired, I didn't know what to think.  He wasn't a flashy hire.  The clapping seemed hollow and the ex-Panthers signings became comical at times.  Like Allen and Diggs, McD should be a top candidate for coach of the year and I have zero doubt that McD is going to keep this team a top the NFL for years to come.  Of the personal foul call against Allen, where he was shoved out of bounds, you could see him run up to Allen before Josh could say anything back to the defender.  McD knew exactly what Josh was about to do and tried everything he could to prevent his star QB from getting a retaliatory flag.  That's a coach who knows his team and keeps his eyes on the big prize.

 

 

Listen, I know I didn't go deep into a lot of specifics about the game.  In a blowout game where the offense goes off, the defense shuts down the opposing team, and everything was all Buffalo, there's a lot to talk about.  For me, and I apologize if I missed the mark, but the biggest take away was the entire team personality and performance.  We dominated the Broncos.  This game was never in doubt.  In a season where people were trying to predict total wins and wonder how important the *Patriots and Dolphins games would be, the Bills removed all the suspense.  I don't think anyone saw this season coming from Allen, Diggs, and our overall record.  The Bills did exactly what an elite team is supposed to do in this game and that's put away a weaker opponent.  Am I predicting a Super Bowl run?  No.  Would anyone be surprised if it happened?  No.  And to be able to say that is the greatest victory of all.

 

Go Bills!

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1 minute ago, Ann said:

Great write-up, @Virgil.


What I gleaned from your article is that you should never be an NFL GM, or even take up a position as an NFL scout. :classic_laugh:


100% correct!

 

This last draft was the most stress-free one I’ve ever seen because I just trust the process now.  
 

As I see AJ and Miss develop, I think both may be considered steals by year 3 

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Virgil, as always a good write-up. We all were wrong about somethings but the true fans have stayed to focused on the team, not on our opinions.  

 

One thing I would add is that most of the team shares the same DNA: team focused, coachable, able to learn/adapt with the drive to win.  People talk down culture but culture+talent+coaching=wins.

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39 minutes ago, Virgil said:


100% correct!

 

This last draft was the most stress-free one I’ve ever seen because I just trust the process now.  
 

As I see AJ and Miss develop, I think both may be considered steals by year 3 

1st) Great writeup.

2nd) This point is so missed on us as fans. We are seeing players that we see as failed drafts week 1- 5 become great players as the year goes on. Look at the players we wanted off the team when we had those couple real bad games and how much they are effecting the games to the positive now. Stay the course Bills and I am going to stay the course as a fan and say LETS GO BILLS! 

3rd) you may be the best thing since I came along to happen to Billsfans.com! (Sarcasm) Glad I reached out to ya! Thanks for stopping in! Trusting the process together!

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3 hours ago, GG1 said:

In fairness he had plenty of company in 2018. 


This is true. People are finally starting to admit they were wrong about Josh Allen. The kid has been nothing short of amazing.

 

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Not to rain on the parade but Josh has got to solve the fumbles.  He recovered one yesterday but he drops the ball far too often and in the playoffs, that can be the difference in a game. 

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