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Is it Bledsoe?

By Dean Nicosia

October  2004

The age-old question when a QB is getting sacked too much is ďis it the offensive line, or is it the fact that the QB holds on to the ball too long and moves like a statue?Ē Well that question is being tossed around in Buffalo as of late, and Drew Bledsoe is taking all of the blame. But at the end of the day, Drew has done exactly what he was brought in to do, put butts in seats. The fact that he is struggling now has a lot to do with the fact that this team is not the type of team that Drew can do well on.

   Donít get me wrong, Iím glad that the Patriots found Tom Brady; I really donít think we were ever going to win a super bowl with Drew. But the Patriots had success with Drew when they had good offensive lines, and good receivers, in particular a good tight end. And Drew filled that stadium every game he played, and with Parcells, saved the Patriots from being moved out of New England and helped pay for a new stadium. What more could you ask from a class act off the field? We then moved on and were able to put a team around Tom Brady to win two super bowls. Drew could have been that same stepping stone for the Bills to get to the next level. But they didnít do the right things to make Drew successful.

  What the Bills did was get rid of a good tight end after Drew had a good first year with the Bills and at the same time they got rid of a very good receiver in Price. They also focused all of there energy on the defense, and didnít even try to put together an offensive line that can block for a statue QB. At the same time, they went out and hired coaches who had no backbone to put Drew in his place when he checked off at the line to call a bomb that turned into an INT. Those coaches also couldnít put together game plans that could win against high school teams.

  There have been a lot of people bashing Bledsoe, even to the point where people are getting personal. As a Patriots fan, I would like to take this opportunity to say, ďwe told you soĒ as I was harassed by Buffalo fans when the Patriots traded Bledsoe to Buffalo. But I would also like to take this opportunity to say that itís not all Drew. Maybe the days of the statue QB are gone, but you can do a better job of taking advantage of his skill set as a team. The Bills have failed at this, and that is not Drewís fault. Also, Drew has accounted for many more sellouts and lifted blackouts than would have been had they not gotten Drew. All this team had to do was keep the good receivers they had, and put a big offensive line around Drew. They already had a good running back in Henry, so why draft another RB? This team would have kept selling out the stadium and they would have remained competitive, allowing for that same smooth transition to the future QB.

Hey Bills fans, stop blaming Drew for being Drew, blame your team for being stupid, and give a guy who is a class act off the field a break. 

...Thatís just My Slanted View!!