When I look back at the 2012 Buffalo Bills season to date, I can’t help but think what could have been. This isn’t an article related to play calling, rotations, quarterback play, or injuries, but more of a look at some of the breaks that weren’t kind to the team this year.
While I will never call “Any Given Sunday” as one of my favorite movies, Al Pacino’s “Inches” speech has always been one of my favorites sports movie scenes.
“Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small. I mean… one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow too fast, you don’t quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game, every minute, every second.”
When you look at the first 13 games of this season, you can’t help but wonder about the small margin for error. There are three specific plays that stand out to me, and each could have a drastic impact on the team’s playoff chances. I think back and ask myself these three questions:
- What if George Wilson comes up with the interception at the end of the Titans game?
- What if TJ Graham runs the proper route against the Patriots?
- What if George Wilson closes out the game against the Rams with an interception in the last minute?
The game of football is full of “what if’s”, but these three individual instances provide a perfect example of why so many Bills fans will continue to believe in the organization and the players. As the team sits at 5-8, with a 1% chance of still making the playoffs, fans can once again wonder what the season could have been. But rather than spend a lot of time complaining about the coaching, quarterback, or injuries, I will stay optimistic.
The Bills are 3 plays away from being 8-5, and on the verge of the playoffs. I don’t think this is an outlandish statement – and think most would agree with the assessment when looking back at each instance. So while it may be easy and commonplace to clamor for a new head coach, or dream about drafting the next Jim Kelly, I will take solace in knowing that the inches this team needs are everywhere around us.