Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The loss of an institution, the Bills go for talent first

The Buffalo Bills stand out because of their four straight trips to the Super Bowl. At first we used to get a lot of grief about being such losers until everyone found out just how tough it is to repeat conference championships, much less repeat three times in a row.

One mainstay of the Marv Levy Bills teams was that they were grade A, smart, character guys. You had to score well on intelligence tests and be a stand up guy to be drafted or acquired. This is a similar model that we see with New England. They go for average talent, with grade A work ethic, intelligence, good character, etc.

So it was with no small amount of distress that I read this from the Buffalo News:

The Bills expect their first two picks, Roscoe Parrish and Kevin Everett, to be immediate contributors on offense. Let's hope the new guys do a better job figuring out the offense than they did the NFL's standardized intelligence test.

Parrish scored 10 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test, given every year to draft prospects. That was the second-lowest score among drafted wide receivers. Everett scored 12, last among tight ends. Of course, the Miami program did not become famous by turning out prospective senators and neurosurgeons. Frank Gore, a Miami running back, had a 6.

The typical NFL prospect scores a 21 on the Wonderlic, roughly the same as the general population. A couple of sample questions: What is the ninth month of the year? If a pad of paper sells for 21 cents, how much will four pads cost?

Four pads will cost . . . six dollars? "I can catch the ball, though."

Am I holding out for a Super Bowl this year? Well, . . . of course! The Bills had the second best defense in the league and only lost one player. The special teams were the best in the league, and our offense can't get much worse. In fact, it figures to get better once this Losman kid begins to get the hang of it. All we need is for Losman, the kid quarterback, to put it all together in the last four games and go into the playoffs hot.


Blogger Ambrose said...

Ah yes, the Bills. Where former Patriot standouts go on their way to retirement. hehehe

3:04 PM  
Blogger Ono said...

Ouch. That was low. (And the Pats, where Bills cast offs win championships--Antwoin Smith). I hate the Pats, I hate the Pats. The only thing worse would be if Miami won the Super Bowl.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Ambrose said...

yea!!!! we CAN agree on something!!!!
I hate the PATS, too!!! The enchanted circle of Tom Brady, is what i call it.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Ambrose said...

Steeler rejects become heroes in New England, too. I mean, Josh Miller. How many play off games have I watched when he has completely (expletive expletive) the Steelers' chances of getting to the Super Bowl? And regular season games, too! UGH. and then this year he makes the punt of life....

7:38 PM  
Blogger Ambrose said...

And it wasn't that low. I could have said where Patriots standouts go to become has-beens.
Oh, oops.

7:42 PM  

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