The Buffalo Bills have been looking for a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season.
Thirteen passers have started five or more games for the Bills since Kelly retired — and none of them could fill Kelly’s shoes.
Now they have three candidates to become the 14th starter in that procession this year. Will one of them finally be The Answer?
It’s too early to tell, but the Bills’ nightmare scenario is that none of the three turns out to be the long-term answer, even though they made a big investment at the position in the offseason.
The 13th was Tyrod Taylor, who took them to the playoffs with a 9-7 mark last year, but sealed his fate with a poor performance in the postseason loss at Jacksonville and was traded to Cleveland, where he is now the starter.
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So how did the Jacksonville Jaguars go from 3-13 to the AFC title game in one year?
The conventional wisdom is that drafting Leonard Fournette as the triggerman of their run-first offense made the difference along with their tenacious defense.
Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and added 302 pass receiving yards while playing in just 13 games, and he did it by running against eight men in the box 49 percent of the time — the most in the NFL. And he was more elusive than his reputation, evading 74 tackles and gaining 420 yards on those plays
The Jaguars were so enamored of their run-first offense that they doubled down on it this year, making guard Andrew Norwell the centerpiece of their free-agent class to bolster the blocking up front.
They seem ready to try the same strategy again.
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It’s time for the NFL to stop letting Donald Trump bully them on the anthem issue.
They should get together with the NFL Players Association and issue a statement saying the NFL and the union set the league policies according to what they feel is best for the owners and the players without outside interference.
That would be a reference to Trump without mentioning his name.
They then should announce the two sides have agreed that the players have the right to peacefully protest before and after the games.
They would only prohibit protests during the game.
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Al Davis used to say the shelf live for an NFL coach was about a decade.
This is probably because Davis was the Oakland Raiders and didn’t want a coach staying too long and upstaging him.
Yet the problem with staying too long is that most coaches win with just one quarterback — and once the quarterback leaves, so do their title years.
Although Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three difference quarterbacks, most winners of multiple Super Bowls won with just one.
For example, Paul Brown’s titles came with Otto Graham, Chuck Noll’s with Terry Bradshaw and Tom Landry’s with Roger Staubach.
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Doing the popular thing is not always the right thing.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s decision to virtually ignore Terrell Owens at the induction ceremony because he is refusing to attend falls in that category.
It was a popular move because it was an in your face answer to Owens’ refusing to show, probably because he was snubbed the first two years he was ineligible.
The move cements Owens’ reputation as an immature, me-first kind of guy who was often a cancer on the teams he played for.
He wore out his welcome so often that he played for five teams despite his talent.
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