Quarterback Only Half the Story for Full-Scale Buffalo Bills Offense

Photo of Tyrod Taylor from www.tmz.com

The Buffalo Bills don’t want to wear out Tyrod Taylor.  Why pay a quarterback that much to have a sore arm?  It’s only March, but he doesn’t have many guys who can catch his passes.  As the iconoclasts did in the AFL, this club seems intent to crush foes on the ground despite a wrinkle where the ball doesn’t need to be touched at all times.  Knute Rockne called it the forward pass.

Still, they could add a busload full of wideouts just in case this offense would like to have more than one dimension.  The solid additions so far will get every chance to prove they can excel out of necessity.  But the personnel group could still stand to grow. Give Taylor the tools to succeed so there’s no excuse.  Oh, and it’d also help the team win if they’re ever interested in that.

A good quarterback without anyone who can get open is a Maserati on blocks.  It’s particularly daunting to get around Orchard Park in December with a wheelless sports car.  A vehicle’s expenses only start with monthly payments, as gasoline and insurance add up.  Just please let us avoid flats.

Never has the correct tire pressure been more important.  We’re relying on Sammy Watkins staying healthy, which is like hoping video of a Bills tailgater breaking a folding table won’t go viral.  If his well-being seemed important before, at least we know there’s a degree beyond indispensable.

Photo of Sammy Watkins from 4for4.com.

Now’s the time to diversify assets.  It’s going to be hard to fake out other teams about not wanting receivers.  Even with the additions they have and will make, Taylor’s going to hand off first, which is good news for his detractors.  This team has historically gone against the grain for good and very bad.  Still, fans anticipate a promising rookie or two can complement a pounding attack in a passing league.

It’s hard to know who’s a victim or perpetrator even with so many witnesses.  Blame how many crimes the Bills have committed against football.  They did lose the second- and third-best receivers from the 30th-ranked passing offense.  But perhaps the cause is gone.  Departed players could’ve been the ones contributing to low totals.  As a football player, Marquise Goodwin is a fine Olympian.

Meanwhile, Bills observers never resolved whether Robert Woods was underutilized or if there was anything he could’ve done to stand out more.  Regardless, his first team couldn’t afford him.  If you know of anyone who could catch 50 passes per year for less, reply to any tweet from the Buffalo Bills account with the name.  They love that.

Photo of Robert Woods from rantsports.com.

The best part of the offseason is that it’s not over.  I can’t believe I typed that, but at least the endless interlude means there are transactions ahead.  Management obviously has to give Taylor more, as right now Billy Buffalo is fifth on the receiver depth chart.  It’d be unfair to blame the quarterback for not gaining more yardage without giving him weapons.  When have the Pegulas done that except with Ted Nolan?

Observers can make the case that depth receivers the Bills have added can exceed expectations.  Still, it’d be a relief if management wasn’t done filling the pool.  If they use their first pick on a wideout, the lucky former collegian should know he’s going to get chances to work from his first day.  He better not treat it as a bridge year despite rumors that this position gets to ease into the pro transition.

Some indirect fortifications would help the passer, as well.  A deeper blocking pool is an obvious way of making completions a reality.  Bringing back Ryan Groy is a small but important step for insurance.  And a better defense would mean Taylor doesn’t need to outscore foes, which is especially useful for a personnel group presently trying to determine which of the numerous backs are blocking for the others.

Photo of Ryan Groy from buffalobills.com.

On top of that, everyone has to change where they go.  The Bills are transitioning to an offense predicated on short timing routes.  Of course, that’s after the rushing platoon divides touches.  The primary catchers seem destined to be featured in a retro enough approach that players might be labeled as flankers.  They will be lining up in a two-point stance, at least I presume.

Taylor had to be patient before getting his chance to start, and the process will continue.  He’s taking a pay cut not because he underperformed but because he obeyed directions.  Ask him to do little then act surprised when he does it.

It’s not as if 300-yard games will be easier based on the present roster.  Buffalo has added the perfect components for the wishbone offense, although they still might feature more receivers in formations assuming they add more.  This team is designed to grind out wins, or, in LeSean McCoy’s case, slip past defenders trying to prevent it.

Like March snow providing extra cardiovascular exertion opportunities via shoveling, the Bills have to look at the bright side of a tough situation.  They made it cloudy for themselves, after all.  The opportunities for promotion available to young and unheralded receivers could mean nice surprises if everything works perfectly for once.  The presumed early-round wideout’s going to be given plenty of responsibility in his first job.  At least they don’t have to draft a quarterback to aim at him, as well.

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Anthony Bialy

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One thought on “Quarterback Only Half the Story for Full-Scale Buffalo Bills Offense

  1. Many of us seem freaked out over #2 WR. Reality is that Woods didn’t get much separation in man coverage. It won’t take much to replace that level of performance. The bigger problem is keeping #1 WR talent on the field for 16 games. The only real solution to that problem is to draft another guy with #1 talent. There are three of them in this draft class.
    Problems in the secondary and linebacker can be addressed in rounds two and three because of the depth of talent in the draft.
    I like your overall analysis. It was a good read. Thanks, Florida Bills Fan