Bye to the Bye As Buffalo Bills Return Soon

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Enduring an empty football week rebukes those who think this is not a cruel world. This horrible interlude has given Buffalo Bills fans time to ponder ways for making favorite athletes obey our suggestions. Everyone should do what I say so the world runs smoothly.

A bye offers the opportunity to think about everything that’s ever happened. This is the desolate era where historical comparisons come to mind. Take the unfair and also understandable way every non-Jim Kelly Bills quarterback gets compared to him. Trying to live up to his standard is impossible, which is the best reason to try.

As for the most recent player attempting to measure up, Josh Allen has already stamped his identity on the Bills. This is not Tyrod Taylor’s team, according to my analysis of the present roster.

It’s fine to still think fondly Buffalo’s only playoff quarterback in recent memory.  After all, he’s the league’s best non-Matt Barkley backup. Taylor has completed his pass this season if you’re wondering how he’s been doing while waiting for Philip Rivers to retire.

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Yet the comfort offered by the Chili’s menu can also make patronizing it monotonous. The Bills went with danger instead of predictability. Taylor wouldn’t buy insurance because it’s too dicey. Why spend money on the prospect of life going badly?

Similarly, the easiest way to limit turnovers is to never make a dicey throw. Everyone wants to live safely, but it’s possible to be too cautious. Reducing the highway speed limit to 20 miles per hour would reduce scary collisions but at the cost of never getting anywhere on time.

The need to avoid lethal turnovers doesn’t mean never holding off on facing down peril. Quarterbacks just have to make the right kinds of throws that might be caught by the other team.  Kelly led the league in interceptions one year as a side effect of of completing many glorious touchdown passes. As with accepting Andrew W.K.’s invitation to party,  some risks are worthwhile.

The franchise’s undisputed all-time best would roll the dice while throwing. He went bold presuming a covered receiver could make a play, not because a sack is worse than being bitten by a zombie. Allen merely needs to put the distinction into action.

The best quarterbacks manage potential peril. Only some bets have favorable odds. Swiping right haphazardly leads to low-quality matches.

Allen can keep promising he’s learned to not heave the ball to the parcel of field 19 cornerbacks are guarding. But he has to show the ability of restraint and not just claim he possesses it.  It’s easier to not do something if that helps.

This evil week off is for internalizing commands we’ve shouted from the stands and couches. A communication major can accept the message that it’s okay to throw away the ball instead of forcing an impossible throw. Toss it to an appreciative fan who paid to watch.

Nobody can complain that much about a second-year quarterback who’s made tremendous strides, although that won’t stop me. After all, Allen presently has a winning record as a starter, going 9-7 in his first full season’s worth of starts.  And he’s improving, with only one fewer win in 2019 than he had as a rookie in six fewer tries.

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Getting the help he needs will make any king outlast his counterpart on the football board. An offensive line that’s still getting used to its stations and each other still looks promising despite lapses during learning. And John Brown and Cole Beasley have emerged as the most quietly productive tandem around. Adding quality quietly is how to truly make a free agency splash.

We can only request for the defense to keep doing whatever they have so far. Looking for a weak spot is like complaining that The Irishman has too much cussing.

I don’t want to quibble but will anyway, as I suppose it’d be nice to see more post-bye sacks. Even without introducing that many quarterbacks to the surface, the Bills have still been bothering them. The wall of hands that makes completing a pass challenging adds to fun results.

The only advice they’d better partake pertains to not getting full of themselves. This club teaches us nothing is certain, which is the sort of life lesson we’d prefer not be necessary.

The Bills also won 80 percent of their first five games in 2008 and 2011. Anyone remotely familiar with this franchise’s intimate connection to pain can guess how those seasons ended without looking up the results. Exorcise the ghost of Ko Simpson by playing through the end.

Take nothing for granted. It’s the Bills motto that’s easy to forget. Roster members must continue not be foolish about gambling. The right kind of chances make fans thankful for the way they play.

We demand a return of football, and sometimes our terms are met. Reviewing what’s worked is the best way to move past the horrid void. I watched the Jets play the Cowboys to kill time and want to move past the trauma.

Editor’s babble: Here’s hoping Josh Allen is learning how to balance that risk/benefit ratio a little better as we move through the next phase of the season. Thanks to Anthony Bialy for always keeping a level head and his terrific contributions to our blog. You can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.

About Anthony Bialy

Anthony Bialy recently moved back to Buffalo from New York City and acts like he never left. He thinks "Buffalo 66" is biographical and considers it a crime against mankind that Steve Tasker is not in the Hall of Fame. He likes getting Tim Hortons on the way to get Labatt Blue. Follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyBialy.