I had a family emergency Sunday night and could not watch the game live. I saw it on tape, later, and I’m glad I didn’t see it unfold live.
I’ll start by saying what a gem of a game our defense played, perhaps its best of the year. Holding the Bills to only 14 points is incredible. 3 turnovers, including one of the best plays of the century by Christian Wilkins.
The stop right before halftime. The stop on 4th and inches. Those are plays that the Bills “knew” they were going to pick up, but we imposed our will on them, and not vice versa.
Extreme kudos to Vic Fangio and the players for their effort in a shorthanded situation. The defense proved what it can do vs. a strong offense, and we’ll need more of that in the playoffs.
As for Mike McDaniel, we got yet another week of no adjustments. No second-half touchdowns (or points!!!) again. It’s been a long time since we got a TD in the second half. We got 2 of them in the Titans game, but if you remember, both TDs came after turnovers so our drives began at like the 5 yardline. So let’s say we have no real touchdown DRIVES in over a month in the second half. Disgusting.
Can you imagine McDaniel’s speech at halftime? “Hey, guys. Achane is doing too well tonight, so I’m going to call pass plays all during the second half instead. Why run the ball down their throat? Why not call pass plays where we throw it into the heart of their defense.”
McDaniel’s strategy is simply costing us games. He’s not tactical winner. Tua is not as accurate when the defense knows the passes are coming, and McDaniel doesn’t seem to notice or care. Every single man on our defense should be allowed to punch McDaniel in the face as they walk by him on the plane to Kansas City.
More to come.