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The Buffalo News - - SPORTSTALK - Robert J. We­grzynowski Ton­awanda

Goal-line play call turned the tide

Please do not cat­e­go­rize this let­ter as sec­ond-guess­ing. This let­ter un­equiv­o­cally states that the pass­play which was called when the Bills found them­selves with a first down on the 1½-yard line was the big­gest bone­head call of the sea­son or maybe of the en­tire Bills’ fran­chise his­tory. Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell should pros­e­cute the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the call for a felony: crim­i­nally neg­li­gent play-call­ing; or at least the mis­de­meanor of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of tal­ent.

With three downs to punch it in for the score and seven points, the Bills wasted the proven power and fi­nesse of Mike Tol­bert and LeSean McCoy for the lower per­cent­age pass play. Even if the backs would have been pre­vented from bang­ing it in on all three downs, the Bills could have kicked the field goal, leav­ing the Jags with nearly 90 sec­onds less time to score in the first half. If the Bills scored the TD, the half­time score might have been 7-0, a 10-point swing!

Oh, well. I’ll just fall back to say­ing, “Maybe next year.” in the league. The Worst! Fix it. If you can’t run the ball and score from the 1- or 2-yard line with first and goal, then you have a real prob­lem. It hap­pened all year. The Bills were the bet­ter team (last) Sun­day and should not have lost.

Wide re­ceivers with speed and hands! These guys looked so slow on Sun­day, it was plain aw­ful. You can’t stretch the field with this crew.

A real tight end that can ac­tu­ally catch the ball. Clay is not the guy. Pack­age him up and trade him for a real tight end.

Make a se­ri­ous ef­fort to bring in a real QB. A lot of guys will be un­re­stricted (Drew Brees, Eli Man­ning, Alex Smith). Then draft one also.

Peter­man does not put enough zip on the ball to not get picked.

Depth at key po­si­tions is sorely needed.

The de­fense is sound but will prob­a­bly lose key play­ers. That’s too bad. These guys played (their) hearts out.

Good luck.

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