I know he's just a sports writer, but Jesus Christ! He could at least make his headlines grammatical.
What he meant to say:
The Bills have a better chance than the Jets at knocking off the Pats.
What he said:
The Bills have a better chance at knocking off the Jets than they do the Pats.
FML. Who pays these *******s?
Who knew Mario Williams was good enough to propel the Bills to the playoffs and possibly even into New England territory
As for Ryan being a "better coach" than Chan Gailey, that's debatable. He's had a better record with the Jets primarily because he inherited a better team than Gailey did, and don't even try to deny that. He didn't do so well last season when he didn't have as much talent on his team as in years past.
You can make all the excuses about why Ryan was clueless about the locker room rift that developed last season, but it's the HC job to know what's going on with his team, all parts of it not just the defense or the offense, and to deal with the problem. OTOH, Chan Gailey moved pre-emptively in 2010 to quash any kind of QB controversy/locker room split when he named Fitzpatrick the starter over Edwards: Edwards was released.
I'm not sure that hiring Tony Sparano as OC = "better" coaching, either, as Sparano has never been an OC. Calling plays for a few games in one stretch of a season does NOT an offensive coordinator make. There's a lot more to the job, and the fact that the Jets were talking about bringing in Todd Haley at one point to be a "co-coordinator" for the passing game raises questions about Sparano's qualifications and ability. Well, good thing that idea fell through, as it appears the Jets are considering abandoning the modern NFL game to run some kind of platoon system with Sanchez and Tebow -- at least according to Rex Ryan.
The Bills, in contrast, replaced their DC with Dave Wannstadt, who brings a wealth of experience as a sucessful defensive coordinator to the team. The Bills also added the innovative and well-respected QB coach David Lee, who introduced the latest version of the wildcat into the NFL in 2008 in Miami, and who helped Matt Moore improve last season.
As for the Jets being more "talented" than the Bills in 2012, that's also debatable. The 2009-2010 Jets had a dominant defense, offense line, and running game that carried them into and through the playoffs. That dominance was eroded in 2011. The defense was still good but not dominant. The OL play was mediocre, partly because the quality of the personnel declined as Pro Bowl caliber linemen left and were replaced with journeymen or backups. OL depth was nonexistent because of injury and the failure of younger players to step up. Finally the Jets 2011 running game stunk it up. They were 29th in YPC. Shonn Greene was uninspiring as the supposed featured RB. What, exactly, has changed for the better, talent-wise, on the Jets for 2012 in these key areas with the exception of adding Coples through the draft?
The Bills have significantly raised the talent level on their team every year since Buddy Nix took over in 2010. They have had a plan and have gone about it in a very business-like way. The Bills prefer younger FAs, even street FAs, rather than older, big name vets past their prime, so a lot of the Bills aren't well known. Yes, the Bills made a big splash in FA by signing Mario Williams and then Mark Anderson -- actually their first big FA signings in three years -- but it's putting Super Mario on the same DL with Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, and Mark Anderson that gets Bills fans and other observers excited; that's a formidable DL.
On the other side of the ball, the Bills have one of the best 1-2 RB combos in the NFL. If their young OTs (Hairston, Glenn, Sanders) can come through, they may be able to run successfully out of pro sets rather than just out spread formations, meaning that they would certainly be able to "ground and pound" better than the Jets if they chose to do so. Oh, yeah, and they recently signed Vince Young to compete for the backup QB and/or wildcat QB position.
Match up the Jets and Bills, and the talent levels are fairly even, although, admittedly, the Jets do have more guys with bigger names and bigger contracts.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. -- John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961
How is Ryan vs. Gailey debateable? Gailey ZERO playoff wins, Ryan 4 in less years as a HC. head to head? 4 to ZERO for Rex's team.
Rex inherited a 9 win team that wasn't nearly as good as a real 9 win team, we all faced creampuff scheds in 2008 to fatten our records. Rex then led a team w/ a rookie QB to the conf title game, in year 2 he led a 2nd year QB(who you guys think sucks) to a conf title game.
Gailey inherited a 6 win team from 2009 and won 4 and 6 his first 2 seasons. Gailey as Dallas HC lost a playoff game at home to the jake Plummer led Cardinals who hadn't won a playoff game since 1947 and a team Dallas swept in the reg season that would get humiliated just a week later at Minnesota.
When I say better coached I'm mostly talking about Rex vs. gailey which is no contest. gailey is a good assistant but he lacks something as a HC.
Wannstedt is a good DC
What has David lee ever done? outside of the WC in 2008
How did David lee help Matt Moore last year when he wasn't coaching in Miami?
as far as talent?
QBs: edge Jets
RBs: edge Bills
TE: edge Jets
OL: edge Jets
DL: edge Bills
LBs: edge Jets
DBs: edge Jets
K/P: edge Bug
STs returns/coverage: edge Jets
winning experience: edge Jets
Homerism, like love, is obviously blind. I doubt there's a worse QB duo in the NFL than Sanchez-Tebow. Sanchez is a mediocre starter at best, and Tebow can't even give a reasonable imitation of an NFL passer.
Isn't debating San-Bow vs Fitzpatrick kinda like debating which chick has the uglier face? It doesn't really matter because both of them are staying home alone on Saturday nights.
Insert pithy saying here.