Why the hell would I choose to write about the Buffalo Bills on a Tuesday morning? Especially after they got embarrassed last week in Toronto. Especially when it happens to be just a basic "news report" that DGWU generally stays away from. And especially when I could be writing about something awesome like the New York Knicks or this awesome breakfast burrito I just put away.
Well, the answer is simple. Despite how disgustingly awful this franchise has been this season (and the twelve before), I really like the offensive line for the first time in a decade. Top to bottom this is the one facet of the roster that has finally become what I hoped it would become. You can even listen to me get hopelessly excited about them back after week 3.
For years, the Yachysman and I lamented about the old days of dominant 90's Bills O-lines and criticized the front office for ignoring these positions in free agency and the draft. But now, I think this is one positive to take into next year. Scizz being positive? Am I on crack? I could be. My coffee WAS really strong this morning. Or maybe this is just to rub it in all of our faces even more so that this team finally has a great offensive line and an all-pro running back to match, yet with this an inept Head Coach, shitty quarterback, and senile owner, it will still never amount to anything. /jumps in East River
I like Kraig Urbik. If I hadn't stopped purchasing Bills merchandise five years ago, this is the the type of odd jersey purchase I'd make. He plays hard, opens monster holes in the running game, and you rarely here his name during games, which is usually a solid way of knowing an offensive lineman is actually doing his job. He also can seamlessly shift to Center if need be, which of course with Eric Wood's injury history thus far, will most likely be needed often. He's still fairly young at 27 and he has been surrounded by other talented young linemen; Before his injury Cordy Glenn looked like an absolute beast at left tackle, and with a few more years could be straight up dominant. On the other end Erik Pears surprised many fans, including myself for doing a great job....also before injuries, and back-up Chris Hairston is probably better than a lot of starting right tackles in the league. Of course the Bills need to lock up Andy Levitre this off-season to keep the core together, and Eric Wood has to stop having gruesome injuries before his leg falls off, but overall this is something this team can work with. I don't dare give coaching any credit to this staff, but maybe Joe D'Alessandris is worth keeping around. Hell, even nobodies like Sam Young and David Snow have looked decent in the run game when filling in. (Sidenote: Sam Young & David Snow were definitely a 70's R&B duo, right?)
Anyways, I know I've already said I'm over this team, and god forbid will I let them get my hopes up again, but for some reason I feel positive today and I like the Bills offensive line. Sue me. Feel free to mention that the pass protection is still not even close to what it should be, but then again, this line has barely played every game together this season. Oh look! Conditioning is an issue with a Buffalo sports team again!
There you are negativity! I've missed you so.