Pressure on Brian Daboll to stick the landing as new Bills offensive coordinator Week

#1 von panxing18 , 08.11.2018 08:07

1 of the 2018 NFL regular season is upon us White Jerry Hughes Jersey , and the Buffalo Bills will be kicking off their season-opening matchup with the Baltimore Ravens in just a few short hours. If you have tiny shivers of excitement running down your spine right now, you are not even remotely alone.For the first time in nearly two decades, the Bills are entering a regular season with playoff-level expectations facing them. That’s what happens when a team ends a 17-year playoff drought: the standard raises. Buffalo is still, however, very much a team in transition as year two of the Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott era commences: the roster is still very much in turnover phase, there’s a new franchise quarterback in the pipeline, and McDermott is still trying to iron out his coaching philosophy on the offensive side of the ball.Every Bills fan has his or her own primary point of focus entering the new year. Speaking personally, mine is that last point from the previous paragraph. Yes, I’ll be paying attention to the general, overall look of the team, how the new additions (chiefly rookie middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds) perform, and the rest of the major talking points you’ve all read about at length this offseason. But the men I am most eager to evaluate are offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, and by extension, the man who hired him this past winter.Daboll is Buffalo’s fourth offensive coordinator in the past four years, following in the footsteps of Rick Dennison (fired by McDermott after the 2017 season), Anthony Lynn (who took the head coaching job in San Diego Los Angeles after the Bills fired Rex Ryan), and Greg Roman (who Ryan unceremoniously canned after the first two weeks of the 2016 regular season). He’s also a coach that the Bills aggressively pursued for the role; the team announced the hiring of Daboll just two days after announcing Dennison had been relieved of his duties.This was an important hire for McDermott, and one that he ultimately did not waste time in making. Now that the Bills are taking on the important, dual-focused work of turning Josh Allen into a franchise quarterback, as well as improving an offense that has not finished in the Top 10 in total offense since 2000 (and was No. 29 a year ago), it is imperative that Daboll stick the landing and manage to stay around for, say, at least a second season.His job won’t be an easy one, despite having a future Hall of Fame running back on the roster to work with. The Bills have a challenging schedule ahead of them this season, starting with today’s Ravens outfit that is setting out to erase the sting of their own season-ending breakdown in Week 17 last season - one that cost them a playoff berth, and paved the way for the Bills’, instead.Nathan Peterman was named Buffalo’s starting quarterback earlier this week. He won the job after outplaying Allen and the since-traded AJ McCarron by a considerable margin this preseason, completing over 80 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and one (tipped) interception. He clearly has the best command of Daboll’s offense at the moment, which is why he’s playing over the highest-drafted quarterback in Bills franchise history.That said, Peterman is merely keeping the seat warm for Allen , and it is his job, as well as his play-caller’s, to try to turn this into the best problem the Bills have ever had. If the Bills are going to have success offensively against not only the Ravens, but a slew of other highly-talented defenses coming up on the schedule, it will be because Peterman is playing well, and because Daboll is putting him and the rest of the Bills’ meager skill talent in position to succeed.It’s a big ask. Peterman, for as well as he played this summer, is still one of the least-experienced starting quarterbacks in the league. The Bills are replacing three very skilled and tenured starters from their offensive line, and that unit’s play ranged from dodgy to awful in preseason action. Beyond star tailback LeSean McCoy, the Bills do not have a skill position player that is going to require significant game-planning focus for opponents. It’s going to take a smoke-and-mirrors effort for Daboll to turn this offense into a respectable unit, and it’s going to take patience on McDermott’s part to let Daboll try to establish some sort of consistency in his role.With so many questions surrounding the Bills’ offensive coordinator position in general, Peterman and the timing of Allen’s ascent, the offensive line, and the viability of the skill position pool beyond McCoy, expectations for this unit are understandably much lower than they are for the team as a whole. More than anything else, the Bills really need to start to build a consistent foundation offensively this season. There can’t be a revolving door anymore. That effort - or, at least, our evaluation of it - begins in earnest at 1:00 this afternoon. Whatever issues his quarterback has with his offensive game plans, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy made sure he didn't escalate the tension by airing his own frustrations on Monday.On Sunday, Rodgers reacted to the team's 22-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills by saying that the offense was "terrible" and calling the 423-yard effort "as bad as we've played on offense with that many yards in a long time."And when asked what was wrong with the offense, Rodgers said, "We need to find ways to get our playmakers in position to get some more opportunities," referring to wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Jimmy Graham.Asked how the team could get Adams more involved, Rodgers said, "It's by the plan. Find ways to get him in No. 1 spots."McCarthy, in his 13th year as head coach and offensive play-caller, is in charge of the game plan.All that led to McCarthy spending much of Monday answering a host of questions about Rodgers' comments.McCarthy was measured and seemed to be intent on not making matters worse."I'm not going to referee words here," McCarthy said at one point. "I understand the topic at hand, but we're about improvement. That's the focus."Asked specifically about his relationship with Rodgers, McCarthy said , "I have good relationships, proper relationships, with all of our players. Aaron and I, we have gone through a lot of years together, so I feel good about our relationship."As for their communication McCarthy said that "Aaron and I talk on a daily basis. Whether your opinion of how things are communicated within our structure, your opinion is heard and respected."But, at the end of the day, I feel very good, very confident about our operation. I think it's important to always move forward at all times. I worry more about the good times than the stress points."Asked directly if he was disappointed that Rodgers had publicly questioned the offensive plan, McCarthy said, "I'm not going to ... I think we all recognize and realize that this is football. I'm not going to get into tone and things like that. (Rodgers is a) very passionate man. Very passionate, very competitive."Hey, I'm no different, too. I've called a lot of games in this league and I've gone through a lot of game plans and still represent the team as a head coach. But when I closed my door last night and watched the game, I felt like we left a lot out there (on offense)."At 2-1-1 through four games, the Packers trail the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears, who are off to a 3-1 start.Chicago's only loss is a 24-23 defeat to the Packers in the season opener, when Rodgers came back from a first-half left knee injury to rally Green Bay from a 20-0 deficit.Rodgers' knee injury has been an issue ever since, although he appeared more mobile against Buffalo than he has been since the injury. Rodgers completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown, one interception, two sacks and a lost fumble (76.9 passer rating) against the Bills. He missed a handful of throws he usually makes and was victimized by five drops by receivers.The offense's up-and-down day stood in stark contrast to the defense, which registered its first shutout since Oct. 31, 2010, and allowed just 145 yards."We were championship defensive level and non-playoff team offensive level," Rodgers said after the game. "That was not great by any stretch of the imagination."The Packers have two games left before their Week 7 bye with a trip to Detroit this week followed by an Oct. 15 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on "Monday Night Football.""I'm not totally hung up on numbers and statistics. I think it's important to look inside those," McCarthy said."There's times where you do put up big numbers but frankly you didn't play as well as you'd like fundamentally. I know one thing: If you stay after the fundamentals and you keep the play style consistent, you're going to win a lot of games. And that's what we're after."


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