Remember last year when McCargo was thrilled because defensive line coach, Bill Kollar, left the team for the Houston Texans? It was insinuated by some members of the press and fan base that McCargo would breakout since Kollar defected. Well, it didn’t really work out that way. McCargo did next to nothing last year and the only reason he’s still with the team has to do with the organization being desperate to justify his first round status with the club. Sorry, but if you have a new head guy in personnel like Buddy Nix, shouldn’t he decide to do away with the previous regime’s left over garbage? Bottom line: McCargo is lucky as hell to still have a job with the Bills. It also doesn’t help matters that he’s too small to play nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. Furthermore, he’s considered a bust in my book.
Spiller is going to touch the ball 10-15 times a game via running and receiving. Those kind of numbers make me a little queasy to think that he cost the Bills the 9th pick in the draft. Of course, I’ve been proven wrong before and if the Bills can make Spiller into their version of Chris Johnson, then he’ll be worth the high pick. Personally, I think the Bills need production from all three of their running backs to have a legit chance of doing something productive with their offense. I know most fans will think that three running backs are too much for the Bills to deal with, but don’t forget what the Giants did during their 2008 season. Remember, the trio of Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward gained almost 2,500 yards in rushing and helped the Giants to a 13-3 record. Of course, having a legit quarterback in Eli Manning helped matters. Spiller will be an important part in that scenario, especially since the Bills don’t really have a 2nd legit receiving threat on the team. The pressure is going to be on Gailey to find ways to utilize Spiller in the passing attack.
However, when you are talking about Fitzpatrick, he’s the same guy who outplayed Edwards last year and gained the confidence of his teammates throughout the season. He’s the same guy who also got T.O. and Lee Evans 100-yard receiving games, which was something Trentative couldn’t do. Of course, Fitzpatrick also started a game where he passed for less than 100 yards. So, he’s not very good, but in comparison to Brohm and Edwards from last year, it’s he, who should be in the driver seat to be the starter. However, what is working against Fitzpatrick is that he’s labeled as a lifelong back-up. He’d be a decent stop-gap quarterback for a game or two, but as a 16-game starter? Eh…not going to happen. As a back-up quarterback, Fitzpatrick would get a B. However, I’m grading the player as a whole.
I think most fans feel sorry for Vanek because he seems to really care about how well/bad he is playing for the Sabres. It’s sometimes hard for fans to vilify a player when they seem to hurt just as much as the fans do when he fails. Well, I most certainly can vilify Vanek. The guy needs to play better and I know if he believes in himself, he can be the Sabres best offensive weapon. Here’s the bottom line: Vanek needs to get back to what he did when he first walked into the NHL in 2006. That’s being creative with the puck and being aggressive. Too many times last year I saw Vanek not believe in himself and just plant himself in front of net and try and chip in rebounds. That’s not his game. Be creative, Thomas. Because if you play next year like you did this year, fans aren’t going to feel bad for you anymore.