This weeks Water Cooler features QCS writers Mike Bundt, Ryan Talbot, Brandon Hess, and Ryan Talbot
Mike Bundt: What’s up everybody! Let’s get into business right away.
The Bills lost in disappointing fashion Sunday, falling to the Rams 15-12. Watching the game, it was clear to me that Buffalo was the more talented team but ended up blowing it in the end. How disappointed should Bills fans be with the team’s loss on Sunday?
Brandon Hess: Bills fans should be extremely disappointed with this year’s squad. In previous seasons Buffalo just simply hasn’t been as talented than many of their opponents. This season however they’ve simply lost games to teams they are better than because of poor execution late in games, turnovers, and bad coaching. Home losses to St. Louis and Tennessee are inexcusable.
Ryan Talbot: Very disappointed. The team came into the season talking about the playoffs and now they’re looking at another 6-10 type of season. It’s unacceptable based upon the amount of talent on this team.
Mike Bundt: The disappointing loss brings me to my next question. Should Chan Gailey be fired?
Ryan Talbot: Yes. As head coach, Gailey needs to take responsibility for this season. Seeing as this season was a failure for the franchise, the team needs to fire him and go in a new direction.
Robert Quinn: This question is really hard. He really should give up his play calling duties and focus on the game planning aspect of the contests, but that’s incredibly unlikely. Then again, if he were to be fired, do we really want to go through another three years of rebuilding? A new coach would want “his guys,” which means yet another roster turnover. It’s really a no-win situation, but Chan has another year left on his contract supposedly, so if there aren’t drastic improvements by next year, he definitely shouldn’t be renewed. Besides, do we really think we would get a top-notch coach on the open market anyway? We saw what happened when we reportedly went all-in on Mike Shanahan, even offering him a stake in the OWNERSHIP of the team! I don’t think any coach would want to come to this team, even with the strong core of players we are building throughout the roster.
Mike Bundt: If you’ve ready any of my previous columns, most of you should know that I think Chan needs to go if not for one main reason, he doesn’t give CJ Spiller enough touches. Do you see any legitimate reason for Spiller not getting more carries?
Brandon Hess: There’s no justifiable reason for not riding your best player. It’s plain and simple; there is no more talented player on this Bills roster than CJ Spiller. Taking the ball out of his hands, regardless of the weather, or the match-up is asinine. Look at what Minnesota is doing with Adrian Peterson coming off major knee surgery and with a quarterback who is arguably worse than Ryan Fitzpatrick. This all falls on Gailey, which is why the next thing that falls on him should be the axe.
Robert Quinn: This has baffled me all reason. I mean, there has to be something wrong with him, and I guess you have to buy Gailey’s reasoning. Now that I think about it, he really does call for a replacement back often after his big runs. Maybe there is something wrong with him, but at 25 years old, it still is really hard to believe. There’s no way anybody in their right mind uses a top 10 draft choice and spends that kind of money on a running back to give him 10-12 carries a game. You sign a speed back for a low price in free agency if that’s what you are looking for.
Mike Bundt: Sunday marks the first time that Marshawn Lynch will go up against the Bills. Looking back, the Bills make the right decision to let him go?
Ryan Talbot: Yes they did. The team had Fred Jackson and Lynch, albeit talented, is a head case. Buffalo made the right decision.
Brandon Hess: Absolutely, Buffalo hasn’t had a hard time replacing running backs over the years. Marshawn found a perfect home in Seattle where the head coach wisely built his offense around Lynch’s hard nosed style of play and now the entire Seattle team has taken on that tough identity. I hate to steer everything back to Chan Gailey but these teams are a contrast in what to do and what not to do with impact rushers in the NFL.
Mike Bundt: Buffalo is taking on an 8-5 Seattle team that is coming off of a 58-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, do the Bills have any chance of pulling off the upset?
Robert Quinn: No. It definitely wont be 58-0, but I don’t see us winning another game for the rest of the year. Seattle is looking to make a playoff run, Miami wants revenge, and the Jets are looking to stay competitive in the Wildcard hunt. The Seahawks have a good offense, with good receivers and a great run game. They have one of the best defenses in the league. I think Seattle is the most overrated and overlooked team in the entire National Football League, and they will continue there winning in Toronto.
Ryan Talbot: Yes, but only if Spiller receives 25 carries. The team needs to control the clock and tire out the Seahawks defense if they hope to win.
Mike Bundt: Lastly, since the Bills are playing in Toronto on Sunday, just give some thoughts on how you feel about the Toronto series?
Brandon Hess: To me the Toronto scenario has played out pretty well for Ralph Wilson. He was able to secure millions of dollars for the franchise while sacrificing home games in seasons where the Bills have been pretty putrid to watch by Christmas anyway. Let’s face it, it’s not as if Bills season ticket holders and die hard fans are missing a game at the Ralph that has major AFC playoff implications for them. If Seattle drops another 50 plus points on the Bills this week and Chan Gailey favors Tashard Choice over CJ Spiller then they might as well play these games in Siberia if Wilson can get paid for it.
Robert Quinn: Living in South Florida, it really doesn’t affect me as much as it does to the people of Buffalo and Western New York, but from watching on television, these games are another away game for the Bills. There are always more fans of the opposing team in the stands, and it doesn’t feel like I’m watching an NFL game. It’s quiet, the team doesn’t seem into it, and it really isn’t fair to the players, who deserve eight home field advantages per season. I understand there is a ton of money involved and the team is trying to widen their market to stay viable in the region, but there has to be another way to do so.
Mike Bundt: Me personally, I’m for whatever keeps the team in Buffalo. I hate losing a home game to Toronto but if it helps the team out, I’ll put up with it.
That does it for another edition of the QCS Buffalo Water Cooler. We’ll be back next week with analysis of the Bills game against Seattle and talk a little about some local big four basketball teams potentially.
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