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A case for Mike Martz

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

With the loss at Atlanta Sunday to drop the Buffalo Bills to 5-10 in yet another wretched season, it’s a near-lock the search for a new head coach, among other appointments will commence in roughly seven days.  Interim head coach Perry Fewell, 2-4 since taking over for Dick Jauron, will not be brought back in a permanent capacity.  Ralph Wilson may appear a tad senile on occasion but is sharp enough to know his fan base will never buy into a continuance of Fewell and this era of football.

It’s not like Fewell didn’t have opportunities to change the thinking. For all his fire, passion and straight-forwardness with the media, ultimately Fewell has proven to coach very much in the manner of his abortive predecessor.  How many times did Fewell play it safe late in  first half or second half decisions?  Was the decision yesterday to punt on fourth-and-three from the Atlanta 37 rather than go for it or kick a field goal something you haven’t been accustomed to in recent years?

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Sabres continue Western dominance in win over Blues

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm

The Buffalo Sabres seemed to have everything stacked against them going into their Sunday evening contest at St. Louis.  Derek Roy, the team’s leading scorer didn’t travel with the team after suffering an upper body injury in Saturday’s loss to Ottawa.  Ryan Miller was given the night off to rest, meaning the game would be in the hands of backup Patrick Lalime.  And of course, it was the second of back to back games, having to travel to Missouri after playing in Buffalo last night.

None of it mattered, thanks in no small part to veterans Mike Grier and Tim Connolly.  Each scored twice as the Sabres tallied three unanswered third period goals to overtake the Blues on their home ice, 5-3.

Each player added an assist for three point nights.

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Falcons Pound Subdued Bills, 31-3

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Fans of the Buffalo Bills closed the book on the 2009 NFL season weeks ago.  On Sunday it looked the players officially joined them.  The Bills looked like a conquered team from the game’s first snap, and the Atlanta Falcons made certain it stayed that way in a 31-3 pummeling.

At least the annual march towards 7-9 has concluded.  With the loss, the 5-10 Bills won’t go 7-9 for the fourth straight year and are guaranteed double digit losses for the fourth time this decade.

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Live UStream Post Game Show - “Buffalo Bills Now!”

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Following the Bills game in Atlanta keep it right here for Sal Capaccio’s “Buffalo Bills Now!” live post-game Ustream show.  With Brian Brohm’s first career start, we’re sure there will be plenty to discuss.
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No time for Sabres to dwell in St. Louis

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres they suffered a shootout loss to Ottawa last night. Fortunately they don’t have much time to dwell on it.  The team is in St. Louis to take on the Blues tonight at 6pm in the only meeting between the two this season.

After getting Thomas Vanek back last night the Sabres will have more injury adversity to deal with tonight.  Derek Roy suffered an upper body injury last night and didn’t make the trip to Missouri.  Roy leads the team with 30 points.

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Sabres get what they deserve against Sens

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

Is it so much to ask for the Sabres to come out with a gritty and hard working effort for the full sixty minutes against the Ottawa Senators?

Saturday night saw the Sabres out-shot 19-1 in the first period and earning a resounding cheer from the HSBC Arena crowd when Steve Montador put the puck on net late in the frame.  If the Sabres looked like hot garbage in the opening third against the Washington Capitals, they were the equivalent of a landfill fire against the Senators.  There was no work ethic, no physicality and no fight in the home team at all and the Senators were imposing themselves at will.

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Brian Brohm Starts for Bills Today

  • Posted on December 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

With opening-day starter Trent Edwards reportedly on his way to IR (that has not happened yet, by the way - either way, he’s not playing any time soon) and de facto starter Ryan Fitzpatrick dealing with an ailing ankle, second-year quarterback Brian Brohm will start for the Buffalo Bills today in Atlanta. It will be Brohm’s first career NFL start. Jason La Canfora first broke the news via Twitter.

Signed by the Bills off of Green Bay’s practice squad on November 19, Brohm will take the reigns of Buffalo’s offense with less than six weeks’ worth of (mostly scout team) work in offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt’s system. He’ll also be playing behind the eighth starting iteration of Buffalo’s offensive line; Bills quarterbacks have thus far been sacked 44 times this season.

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