Bisons notes: Tellez improving, herd debuts

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By Brandon J. Koch

With no recent delays in Bisons baseball, the herd have been playing their regular schedule….go figure. Mother nature is treating Buffalo baseball well.

Here are some notes.

Rowdy Tellez has stepped up his game after a brutal start to the season. Tellez was hitting .056 at one point this season, but his eight game hitting streak has him at .259 average.

Conor Fisk and Justin Dillon made their Bisons debut last night. They both combined for 6 innings of scoreless relief, giving up 3 hits, 1 walk and striking out 7 chiefs.

Anthony Alford has been struggling since coming up to Buffalo. He had a three strikeout game last night and is hitting .171 so far in 35 at bats. He’s the third ranked prospect in the Jays system, it’s only a matter of time before he starts heating up.

It’s intriguing to see how Devon Travis will play out for the Bisons and how long he will be here for. He struggled to start the season in the majors so could being in Buffalo upstart his game and help the Bisons?

 

Gronkowski apologizes for cheap shot, blames refs


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By Brandon J. Koch

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apologizes for his cheap shot hit on Tre’Davious White that led him into concussion protocol.

“Definitely want to apologize to number 27,” Gronkowski said. “I’m not in the business of doing that. I was just really frustrated at that moment. Naturally through emotions and frustrations, I want to apologize to Tre’Davious White, I don’t really believe in shots like that. But just through the frustration process, the game of football, emotions, just what happened.”

Gronkowski felt that he was held and was frustrated about not getting a call. He also said it was crazy how we was called for some penalties throughout the game.

“What am I supposed to do.”- Gronk

Bill Belichick talks Buffalo Bills

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By Brandon J. Koch

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his Wednesday press conference talking about the Buffalo Bills.

“On to Buffalo,” Belichick said.

On running back LeSean McCoy: “can make four guys miss in a phone booth.”

Continued: McCoy can take any play and turn it into a play that doesn’t look like any other play you’ve seen before.”

Belichick said Tyrod Taylor is “like a running back when he runs. Plenty of teams have put a spy on him, then he beats the spy and there’s nobody left”

He said the Bills defense plays “A lot like Carolina plays schematically.”

National Media continues to play the narrative that Tyrod Taylor is a victim

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By Brandon J. Koch

The national media knows absolutely nothing about small market teams, especially the Bills.

NOTHING. And it shows.

They are so out of touch.

When it comes to the Tyrod Taylor benching, the national media wants to push their own agenda, a false one that is: Tyrod Taylor being blackballed by McDermott, Bills.

That couldn’t be more wrong.

  1. Since day one, Sean McDermott has said he will make decisions that is best for this football teams to win games.
  2. Yes, it back fired. But McDermott was looking for a spark, what’s wrong with that? Taylor against the Saints threw for 56 yards in a brutal performance. Of course it wasn’t all his fault, he’s not playing defense. But, he’s gotta be better than that.

The national media believes that mediocrity is good enough for the Bills because they haven’t made the playoffs in 17 years. So the Bills can’t try and be better? I like Taylor, he’s good enough to make it into the playoffs, but that’s it. Bills fans, like me, want more than just mediocre play.

For instance, John Clayton was on Schopp and the Bulldog a couple of weeks ago and said this: “Is it that big a deal in any city to be able to make the second wild card, lose by 2 touchdowns… in Buffalo it’s huge.” “I know that in the big picture it’s like ‘OK a wild card loss isn’t great’, but for Buffalo it’s fantastic.”

Now, I ask you this: How much in depth does Clayton really watch and study the Bills? He lives in Seattle covering the Seahawks. Just because he’s the “insider,” doesn’t mean he’s right when he says just making the playoffs and losing by two touchdowns is “Fantastic,” for Buffalo. That’s settling for just being mediocre.

After the Kansas City win,  Jonathan Jones wrote a piece at MMQB SI.com

He acts in this piece that Taylor is being a victim.

In Sunday’s 16-10 win against Kansas City (struggling with its own problems), Taylor proved once again that he’s good enough to win his team games and maybe good enough to sneak into the playoffs with just one fellow star on offense in LeSean McCoy. How many times must he prove his worth at this sport’s most important position?

Apparently, many times. Even though Buffalo is threatening to make its first postseason since 1999—which would end the longest active playoff drought in the NFL (yes, longer than the Browns)—Taylor, a wholly decent seven-year veteran, will still likely not play for the Bills next season. Buffalo went so far as to give rookie QB Nathan Peterman the chance to unseat Taylor last week against the Chargers, and, well, we all know how that went. Peterman is clearly not the Bills’ answer at quarterback, and never should have been considered to be so.

“Good enough,” and “Decent.”

He wrote in a tweet: “Tyrod Taylor is now 20-18 as a starter for a team with 1) the longest active postseason drought and that 2) doesn’t want him”

What 20-18 is something to be proud of? Ask that to the Bills front office who is trying to build a something bigger.

And then of course the two that know all! The PTI guys! Do you think they watched one quarter of a Bills game all year? Doubt it.

Mike Wilbon said if he owned the Bills, he would’ve fired McDermott and doesn’t know why he’s still employed. He also called McDermott: “dopey.”

Then of course there are sarcastic Twitter people who act like they have never made a mistake. I saw something Sunday about Paxton Lynch starting and there were multiple tweets saying, “The Bills would’ve benched Tyrod Taylor to start Paxton Lynch.”

Really creative.

I get it, that’s how sports work, McDermott’s move ended up being terrible, so he got the criticism,  But know why he made that decision. Be informed. This is just all overreaction and being blowup by national media who barley watch the Bills.

Taylor is not the victim, this is the other side of how sports work. The Bills want to be better than 19-for-29 for 183 yards.

Signs that Nathan Peterman will get another start

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By Brandon J. Koch

In Sean McDermott’s press conference yesterday, there were some rumblings from him that leads me to believe that Nathan Peterman will get another start Sunday in Kansas City.

The coach did say he is evaluating the quarterback position. He also said last week Monday that Tyrod Taylor was the starter then a few days later went with Peterman, so take this with a grain of salt.

On Peterman’s first start:

 “One game is not going to define Nathan or Nathan’s career.”

“I’m confident in Nathan and his mental toughness.”

McDermott believes in all of his players, so this is not a shock quote.

Here are some quotes from McDermott that lead me to believe that Peterman will get another shot Sunday.

“There were some plays he’ll want back, but there were also some plays where you said, ‘hey, that was pretty darn good.”

“As a decision maker, when you waver, that’s when you get yourself in trouble.”

Remember that last quote come Wednesday. He is telling me he doesn’t want to flip flop on decisions. McDermott wants to stick to his guns.

Now he also has a leadership counsel and McDermott takes that very seriously. This head coach is very detailed oriented, he takes in as much information as he can. If he goes back to Tyrod, it’s because he has a strong meeting with his leadership counsel.

All in all, I believe Nathan Peterman will get a second start in Kansas City this Sunday. Would I be surprised if it’s Tyrod? No. Nothing would surprise me with this team.

Sabres Pouliot has been a bargain

 

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By Brandon J. Koch

When the Buffalo Sabres signed forward Benoit Pouliot this past off-season, I thought the $1.15 million dollar deal had the chance to be a bargain.

So far it has.

After a slow start to the season, Pouliot is heating up. He is contributing in secondary scoring, something this hockey team has been missing for a long time. He scored the game winning goal in Tuesday’s game against Washington. A nice one.

Last year for the Oilers, in 67 games, Pouliot had 8 goals and 14 points. Through 15 games this season, he has 5 goals and 7 points.

Other than scoring, Pouliot has been on the penalty kill and has been a nice complement to Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo. Finally finding a partner for that line. I hope Housley doesn’t break up that line, the chemistry is there and is taking on opponent’s top lines.

The question is, can Pouliot stay consistent? Can he get to, say, 15 goals? Near 40 points? He has a chance, he’s playing confident hockey.

Just remember, $1.15 million.

Anything this team can get from him, is a bargain.

Bills offense has potential to break out 


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By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Bills begin the second half of the 2017 season this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at New Era Field.

While this football team is built through defense, the offense has got to step their game up if this team wants to be in playoff football this coming January.

I think this new offense has the potential to break out this second half, here’s why.

Tyrod Taylor 

Since coming off the bye, Taylor has been better in my opinion. He’s made throws that we never see him make against Tampa and Oakland. Against the Jets last Thursday, I thought he was sharp, but the offensive line didn’t give him much time. I loved the touchdown throw to Zay Jones. Stayed and stepped up in the pocket and threw a strike. If he can continue to step up into throws and yes, use his legs, it makes this offense so much more better.

Kelvin Benjamin 

Benjamin, a player this offense was missing and needed. He can stretch the field, he has good hands. Defenses need to keep an eye on him. Opposing coordinators can’t leave him one on one. He is one of the best at 50-50 balls, I hope Tyrod takes some shots. He will open up the running game for LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert.

Offensive line 

After an atrocious performance against the Jets, look for them to rebound for the rest of the season. Everything starts with this group. If they give Tyrod time, throwing the ball can be a huge strength. We’ve seen what the running game can bring if they are on top of their game.

Charles Clay

He is expecting to come back this Sunday. Once the top receiver on the team before he got hurt, showed how much chemistry he and Tyrod had together. The deep play action pass game worked tremendously before Clay’s injury, I think it will get going again.

Zay Jones

After a struggling start to his rookie season, he has come along the past couple games. He has shown his speed and route running ability and how much he’s adapted to the NFL game. It’s all out of his head now.

Deonte Thompson 

Don’t look now but I think he’s getting some chemistry down with the quarterback. It may have been garbage time, but Thompson and Taylor found each other quite often in the second half. That’s how things get started.

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