Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Bills need to pull the trigger on Gaither + Quick thoughts

Jared Gaither is 6'9, 330lbs, 24-years old and plays left tackle. Sold! Get that man a uniform, Buddy. Look, I know it's very hard to not fall head over heals over any offensive lineman that appear to be going to the Bills. Everyone seemed to be happy as punch when the Bills signed Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker in 2007. Hey, as long as they weren't Mike Gandy and Tutan Reyes, they were an upgrade. Of course, Walker and Dockery weren't that good and definitely not worth the money the Bills gave to the duo. Speaking of money, that's going to be another question for the Bills, do they want to invest 6-7 million dollars a year for Gaither?

Now, Gaither seems to be a hell of a lot better option than the two guys I've mentioned. He played on a Ravens line that didn't give up a lot of sacks and that opened up a ton of holes for whoever Baltimore had lined up at running back. Plus, I trust the Ravens track record for being able to groom young players. It's very important for the Bills to find players that aren't on the wrong side of their career. Gaither is still very young and is entering the prime of his playing days. On the other hand, Demetrius Bell is entering his prime of trying to figure out where he should line-up on the line of scrimmage.

If the Bills believe that Gaither can be a franchise left tackle, then you make the deal for a 2nd rounder (which seems to be the asking price). Like I've said all along, the Bills are 2-3 years away from being a playoff contender. By addressing the LT situation, on the surface, it would seem that you won't have to worry about the offensive line for the next 10 years. Plus, if the Bills decide to look for a quarterback next year, at least he'll be going into a situation with a pretty decent offensive line and established running attack. It's almost the same situation that rookies Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco walked into.
Quick Thoughts:

-Real happy that Chan Gailey has decided to have an open competition for his quarterbacks. I mean, duh! Tell me something I didn't know. Look, I've said it before, I want Brohm. Not because I believe in him, but I just don't want to go through another year of Fitzpatrick or Edwards. Just give me something different-

-Read that Ralph Wilson brought up the name Bill Polian as a possible candidate for the Bills Wall of Fame. How about putting Bill Polian's name on an office door at One Bills Drive? All kidding aside, good for Ralph on letting bygones be bygones with Polian. He deserves it-

-BTW, for everyone who bitches about Cookie Gilchrist and Lou Saban NOT being on the Wall of Fame, think of this: One guy played only three years with the Bills and the other guy quit twice on the team. Look, at first, I put on my twitter page that both guys should get in. However, after recalculating their career accomplishments, I had to rethink it.

-If you decide to put Gilchrist up there, you may as well put up Doug Flutie. Yes, I know that Larry Felsar said that he was one of the greatest players that he ever saw play the game, but you can't ignore the fact that he only played three years with the club. Sorry, but the only way you should make a team hall of fame with only three years under your belt is if you won the Heisman Trophy in college-

-As for Lou Saban, I honestly can't blame Ralph's ill will towards the guy. I mean, he quit twice on the team. Yes, I know all the old-timers are going to cry about it. However in today's world of fans being so driven to attack players when they make a mistake; I ask you, if Saban quit on the team twice in this day and age, do you think you could forgive him for that? I'm just saying-

-Look, if I had a vote, I'd say Saban, because he was a great coach for the Bills for a long period of time. Cookie just didn't play long enough-

-Speaking of Wall of Fame snubs, how about Cornelius Bennett? He seems to be like the lost Bill from those great teams from the 90's. Bennett was one of my favorite players growing up. He could do it all. Rush the passer, play in pass coverage, make a play behind the line of scrimmage, and at times, even out played Bruce Smith. I remember during the 1991 season, when Smith only played a handful of games due to injury, Bennett had a career season. The defense that year was so injury ridden that Bennett had to play inside LB, outside LB and even defensive end. Plus, the guy made more pro bowls than Jim Kelly and Darryl Talley. It's long overdue that Bennett should get this honor-

-I'm hearing some media types and fans giving high praise for the work that Chan Gailey did with Jay Fiedler in Miami, and how the team went 11-5. First off, that 2001 Dolphins team had a nice record because Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor were a part of a kick ass defense. Secondly, look at Fiedler's numbers; 20 touchdowns and 19 interceptions? Sorry, but that isn't something to build your resume around-

-BTW, what happens if Edwards, Brohm and Fitzpatrick stink under Gailey's teachings? Do we just chalk up all three guys as just sucking and Gailey remains blameless because he can't make chicken salad out of chicken $hit? Well, if you keep telling me how great Gailey did with Tyler Thigpen, Kordell Stewart and Jay Fiedler, wouldn't you have to say that Gailey didn't do the job?-

Joke of the Weekend
No one knows how to pull out early after a long weekend than Tiger Woods does.

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