Posted: Tuesday October 24, 2006 12:57PM; Updated: Wednesday October 25, 2006 2:49PM
If the first 15 games of the J.P. Losman era are any indication, the Bills won't be within sight of the playoffs for a long, long time.
Peter King will answer your questions each week in Monday Morning Quarterback: Tuesday Edition.
Now for your e-mail:
THE WILLIAMS ARE IN TROUBLE, WILLIAM. From Bill of Buffalo: "After the Bills looked so bad in their defeat to the Patriots this week, how far is Buffalo from being mentioned with the likes of Arizona, Detroit and Houston in the basement of the league? There is no end in sight. Do we even have a block to build on?''
You're in trouble, Buffalo Bill. J.P. Losman has had three bad games in a row and doesn't look like the answer. The only thing I can say that's positive is the running game is OK, the secondary is good for the long term and the special teams are good. But you're right. There's a lot of building to do.
THIS AND THAT, FROM MATT. From Matt of Savannah, Ga.: "First, thanks for the continued fine coverage of the NFL, and for your support of our brave troops. One point and one question for you: While the storybook ending in Tampa is one for the ages, shouldn't Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb be getting some heat regarding the mismanagement of the clock at the end of the first half of that game? They score any points during that botched drive and the fairy tale probably never happens. And why was there no Sunday-night game this week?''
I think the Eagles wanted to get out of the first half without giving the Bucs a chance to score again. It's always a tightrope a team walks between making sure the other team doesn't have a chance to score and trying to score itself. But I agree with you: Once they got to the Tampa six, they had to get points. If you're not going to get the ball to L.J. Smith and get a touchdown, Smith has to get out-of-bounds. Which he didn't. Dumb play.
NOW THIS IS AN INTERESTING QUERY. From Darrell Zall of Milwaukee: "If he elects to stay in the game (although not playing), Tiki Barber seems to be someone who could run a team as a GM or coach. What players today can you see being head coaches in the NFL?''
Well, a few. But the problem is most of them won't want to put in the time, understandably, to climb the ladder to be head coaches. It's not like walking off the field in baseball and being able to be a bench coach for a year or two, or a third base coach, and then sliding right into the manager's office. If you ask me which players would make good coaches if they put in the time, I would say these five: Derrick Brooks (strong work ethic, great principles), Matt Hasselbeck (he gets all aspects of the game), Mark Simoneau (really bright, hard worker, good grip of the game), Zack Thomas (ditto), Adalius Thomas (one of the smartest and hardest workers in football) and Trent Dilfer (ditto). Oh, and Rod Smith. Really bright guy, and really smart about offensive football.