Obviously, losing EJ was a major kick in the nuts. Bills fans have a very fragile mindset because of the losing and when adversity hits, they crash like a house of cards. EJ Manuel represents HOPE in trying to turn around a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in 13 years.
However, after you cry, you take a look at that stats and realize that I don't really consider EJ to be the end-all be-all for the Bills offense. His numbers have been decent for a rookie, but not exactly stellar for what you'd want in a starting QB (He's near the bottom 3rd in every QB category). So, I don't think there will be that big of a drop off with Thad Lewis starting. You would totally take a 3TD game against the Bengals from a undrafted 2nd year QB, right? Thad showed some nice touch on deep balls against the Bengals and has some nice mobility, albeit, he needs to handle the rush a little better. Just manage the game like EJ has done for the most part and let your defense and running game win.
Glenn has been very solid for the Bills. Right now, PFF has him ranked as the 5th best tackle in the league. He's very athletic for a guy his size and has incredibly long arms that help him whenever someone tries to speed rush him. He's only allowed 1 sack this season and when you consider the Bills have given up 19 in their last four games, it tells what part of the line isn't a weakness. Run blocking wise, I think he could do better. Right now, the Bills are averaging just about 4 yards a carry when they run to the left side. Overall, we love him.
Speed and being more physical than people give him credit for. Last year, Spiller was 6th in the NFL in yards rushing after contact. He's not just a guy who can break ankles on just moves, he can actually throw a stiff arm or two. He's at his best when the Bills run out of the spread and can give him space to run. Right now, Spiller has struggled a bit over the last two weeks because he's been battling a leg injury and you can tell he's not at 100% when he runs. Hopefully, he'll be better this week for you guys.
Probably a pretender. I don't see the Bills making a run to the playoffs. They have one of the youngest rosters in the league to go along with a rookie QB, coach, offensive coordinator and GM. It is going to take some time for them to really take the next step. Now, they have been in every game this year and outside of a late pick 6 by the Browns two weeks ago, all their losses have been decided by 7 points or fewer. So, they are making progress. I think the future stars on this team start with Kiko Alonso. He's been amazing this year for us. Tackles tend to be overrated for ILB in my opinion because a lot of them can be made down the field. What separates a good ILB from a great one is where those tackles are made. Kiko has had a bunch of tackles behind the line of scrimmage and also has four interceptions. He has great instincts and a nose for the ball.
I think he's the most impressive rookie the Bills have had in quite sometime. As for future star..he's not a star yet, but the Bills need EJ Manuel to become one. The Bills are like the Dolphins when it comes to endless voyage of finding the "Next Dan Marino" or in our case the "Next Jim Kelly". I'm pretty sure both teams have had like 30 QBs start since both guys retired. Once we find that guy, we can talk playoffs.
As for leaving for LA, they just signed a 10-year lease that has a clause in it that if someone tries to move the team during the first 8 years, they'd have to pay the city like 400-million bucks. However, after the 8th year, that number goes down to like 34-million. Hmmmmmm. Pretty much when Ralph Wilson passes away, the team is said to go up for public auction which means anyone can bid on it. I think them staying is at 65%, but we all know there are some deep pockets in Hollywood and if they moved the team to LA, the team value would probably double.