OK, so I’m blogging like a bat out of hell and I’m just thinking of different topics that have been really bothering me. As of late I’ve been feeling quite angry about the Buffalo sports world. I really can’t think of anything positive to look forward to (Besides going to the Bills bar in NYC) that is on the field related. Yes, I’m excited about T.O. being in Buffalo, but lets call it what it is, its a rental deal. He most likely won’t be here after this year unless he turns the team completely around, and I’m not talking 9-7. In other words there really isn’t anything to hang your hat on to look forward to these days. And why is that? Well that’s why they make top 5 lists. Here it is Bloggers (Mom and the homeless guy looking in my window) the 5 individuals to blame for the the Buffalo sports world being in recession.
Well, he use to be a NFL player….(Insert cricket sounds)..OK that’s all I got on the guy. The guy reeks of just Mediocrity. His game day coaching decisions from when to challenge a play to when to go Conservative should all be archived in “the how not be an NFL Coach” handbook. I know his players love him and that’s probably because he goes easy on them at “Club Dick” aka training camp and that he doesn’t call out his own players. I remember when Tom Coughlin was almost getting run out of NYC by his players and media because he was abrupt with the press and the locker room wanted to kill him. Michael Straham and a couple of other players met with Coach Coughlin and told him he needed to smile a little more and act nicer to the players. And that’s what he did, now don’t get me wrong he wasn’t singing camp fire songs with his players, he just discovered there’s a yin to yang with coaching. Jauron needs to find that yang. Another reason Jauron is hated is that he’s not the prototypical coach that the city of Buffalo would embrace. Buffalo fans love in your face guys! That’s why Lindy Ruff has made it in Buffalo for so long without fans calling out his name, it’s because he doesn’t take s$%t and will express himself. Coach Jauron has the same expression win, lose, or draw. Even when he talks to the media I wonder if the guy is thinking “what the hell am I doing coaching in the NFL.” Coach Jauron better get that mojo he had 8 years ago in Chicago when he had his only winning season or he will be going back to Yale University and teaching a course on “BSing your way to the NFL”
For years now I have been giving Darcy the benefit of the doubt. He works for an ownership group whose bottom line is making money and cutting costs with scouting and even suspending guys with heart problems. But every time I hear the guy talk it’s like listening to a husband who is miserable in marriage and has to keep it positive for the kids sake. Well if your sick of this marriage then why don’t you get a divorce. The guy has gone from being a GM to being a math teacher. His rhetoric about how the market is out of control has been said for the last 300 years it seems like and I’m sure he will say the same next year and the year after. All I know is you can sum up Reiger’s GM tenure in two terms, the Rigas and Golisano years. During the Rigas years they guy wheeling and dealing with the best of them. Grosek for Dumont and Gilmour, Briere for Gratton, Drury for Warner, Barnaby for Barnes. The deals he made at that time were very impressive. Since the lockout we all know the Sabres have done a terrible job in resigning talent, but even worse is the fact that Reiger has only made 4 trades in 5 years. And these trades aren’t even close to what the one’s in the 90’s were. Zubrius and Rivet have been the only guys of note that have come to the team and have made a marginal improvement. That tells me that he is being held back by Quinn/Golisano. But on the other had if your going to avoid the FA Spending which this team has done then you should be drafting a team of stars. In Darcy’s 13 years with the team he has only developed 3 all-stars (Vanek, Miller, and Campbell). That is not good enough! And I don’t want to hear about Roy and Pommer being developed because those guys are role players at best. Darcy to me is a Riddle trapped in a Enigma, I just can’t make out if the guy is really that dumb or if he is just pu$$y whipped by his bosses.