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He was also given a top QB in Josh Allen to work with. He hasn't gotten over the hump. Maybe that's not all on him and yes Mahomes stands in his way, but hell, the Bengals of all teams managed to get past the Chiefs. McDermott hasn't. Heck, he's lucky new boy genius Mike McDaniel decided to have his 3rd string QB throw 45 passes in a playoff game. It nearly worked anyway.

McDermott is a clown because of his fake tough guy persona. He's always been that way and it could be argued that despite all the talent on his team, they have under-acheived over the last couple of years.
 

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He was also given a top QB in Josh Allen to work with. He hasn't gotten over the hump. Maybe that's not all on him and yes Mahomes stands in his way, but hell, the Bengals of all teams managed to get past the Chiefs. McDermott hasn't. Heck, he's lucky new boy genius Mike McDaniel decided to have his 3rd string QB throw 45 passes in a playoff game. It nearly worked anyway.

McDermott is a clown because of his fake tough guy persona. He's always been that way and it could be argued that despite all the talent on his team, they have under-acheived over the last couple of years.
100%. One of my best friends is a diehard Bills fan...I dont see him all that often but visited him and his fam this weekend and he's got his 5 year old daughter wearing Josh Allen jerseys and screaming about McDermott. He doesn't think Bills will reach their ceiling and/or get past the Bengals/Chiefs with him at the helm. That's not to say he's right, its still armchair coaching, but my guess is a lot of bills mafia feels this way. His last two seasons ended with an all time gut punch loss to the Chiefs, barely scraping by Thompson before getting blown out at home by the Bengals...would still rather be a Bills fan next few years than a Pats fan though. sigh.

(ps sorry if it seems like im stalking your posts, seems as though we have the same downtime schedule!)
 

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He was also given a top QB in Josh Allen to work with. He hasn't gotten over the hump. Maybe that's not all on him and yes Mahomes stands in his way, but hell, the Bengals of all teams managed to get past the Chiefs. McDermott hasn't. Heck, he's lucky new boy genius Mike McDaniel decided to have his 3rd string QB throw 45 passes in a playoff game. It nearly worked anyway.

McDermott is a clown because of his fake tough guy persona. He's always been that way and it could be argued that despite all the talent on his team, they have under-acheived over the last couple of years.
The players love McDermott. He completely changed the culture of one of the worst franchises of this century and took them to the playoffs in 5 of his 6 years after a 19 year drought consisting of awful awful football. He's a former football player and wrestler. Not a faux tough guy just no nonsense. Your description is of what you want or imagine a person to be, not what he is.

So what is the Diggs situation all about?

The offense took a massive step backward last year after losing Daboll. The stats look similar, but everything just seemed so much more difficult for the offense. Nothing came easy, and it seemed like the entire game plan was "Josh, go do stuff". Many believe the players have no confidence in Ken Dorsey, Diggs in particular.
 

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If the players love McDermott why is one of them having a very public meltdown over touches or ... something?

I stand by my assessment of McDermott 100%. He's a fraud. He didn't change the culture, his GM finally drafted a decent QB.
 

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This is weird drama in June that I think will amount to zero.

The Bills biggest problem is that the AFC is tough. Not that they have a diva wide receiver who is having an issue 3 months before the first games. That will all be straightened out.
 

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If the players love McDermott why is one of them having a very public meltdown over touches or ... something?

I stand by my assessment of McDermott 100%. He's a fraud. He didn't change the culture, his GM finally drafted a decent QB.
Calling him a hardo who is too extra is fair. Calling him a fraud is really not correct.
 

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McDermott is a clown and always has been. This may well be the year where he loses control of the whole operation due to his relentless attempts to seem like a tough guy.

Here's to hoping.
Would love to see him collapse, but he seemed like a pretty decent coach to me. Is the belief that he's just winning because he's got vastly superior talent? I could buy that, I guess, but I had a positive impression of him as an NFL head coach. I don't pretend to be an authority on that though.

Edit: already covered by others, I won't dirty delete it but sure, views differ here.
 

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Antonio Brown stiffed the National Arena League on bills and his team has been given the boot
Antonio Brown has neglected more bills and now a bunch of football players are out of work.


The National Arena League team that Brown purchased earlier this year — Albany Empire — has been kicked out of the league due to lack of payment.
“After exhausting all avenues, the NAL board of owners have decided unanimously to terminate the membership agreement of the Albany Empire,” the NAL said in a statement. “The decision was reached after an emergency conference call of the members in good standing to discuss the Empire’s failure to pay their league mandated and overdue assessments. Each team is responsible to pay for 1/7 of the league’s operating budget via monthly assessments starting in April. The Empire’s owner, Antonio Brown, was also fined $1,000 for Conduct Detrimental to the League for his recent public comments. Mr. Brown refused to pay that fine.”
Brown had until noon on Thursday afternoon to pay the outstanding bills and didn’t meet the deadline. It’s not the league’s first payment issue with him, either.



“After acquiring the Albany Empire, new team owner Antonio Brown paid the Empire’s April assessment,” they said. “The team then failed to make their May 15th assessment payment and last week just before the Empire’s game in Orlando, the league was notified that the April assessment was being challenged. That payment was subsequently credited back to Mr Brown. The league informed his accountant, Alex Gunaris, who in previous communications requested that the league communicate directly with Mr Gunaris regarding financial obligations with the Empire. Mr Gunaris was informed of the league’s attempts to collect the delinquent assessments and he communicated to the league that it didn’t seem like Mr Brown was going to pay the assessment or fine.”
https://www.masslive.com/sports/2023/06/antonio-browns-arena-team-kicked-out-of-league.html
 

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He was also given a top QB in Josh Allen to work with. He hasn't gotten over the hump. Maybe that's not all on him and yes Mahomes stands in his way, but hell, the Bengals of all teams managed to get past the Chiefs. McDermott hasn't. Heck, he's lucky new boy genius Mike McDaniel decided to have his 3rd string QB throw 45 passes in a playoff game. It nearly worked anyway.

McDermott is a clown because of his fake tough guy persona. He's always been that way and it could be argued that despite all the talent on his team, they have under-acheived over the last couple of years.
Wait......

Josh Allen was VERY far from a mortal lock great QB. He was largely viewed as a cannon arm who was more likely to end up as a Jamarcus Russell than a Pat Mahomes. McDermott has done a great job putting the right people around Allen to develop him and grow him.

As far as fake tough guy personas, come on. They all do that crap. Whether it is Belichick or Parcells ignoring the media, or Dan Campbell doing his Ric Flair stuff, or Jimmy Johnson cutting a guy on a plane, I mean....it's all silliness. I hated McDermott when he was with the Eagles. I thought his defensive play calling was tone deaf and easily read. But he has done a nice job building this Bills team and has had some crap luck in the playoffs so far.
 

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Just because a lot of guys do it doesn't mean I like it, and McDermott is one of the worst offenders. I'm not a fan of Campbell's knee-biting shtik either but at least that's genuine from him. I think McDermott is putting on an act.

As for crap luck, not seeing it. They were lucky to escape the Miami game with a win despite Miami playing their 3rd string Qb, and then they got destroyed by Cincy. They underachieved.
 

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Wait......

Josh Allen was VERY far from a mortal lock great QB. He was largely viewed as a cannon arm who was more likely to end up as a Jamarcus Russell than a Pat Mahomes. McDermott has done a great job putting the right people around Allen to develop him and grow him.

As far as fake tough guy personas, come on. They all do that crap. Whether it is Belichick or Parcells ignoring the media, or Dan Campbell doing his Ric Flair stuff, or Jimmy Johnson cutting a guy on a plane, I mean....it's all silliness. I hated McDermott when he was with the Eagles. I thought his defensive play calling was tone deaf and easily read. But he has done a nice job building this Bills team and has had some crap luck in the playoffs so far.
Who was the ultimate "tough-guy/idiot" who had the axe in the locker room resulting in an injury?
 

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The players love McDermott. He completely changed the culture of one of the worst franchises of this century and took them to the playoffs in 5 of his 6 years after a 19 year drought consisting of awful awful football. He's a former football player and wrestler. Not a faux tough guy just no nonsense. Your description is of what you want or imagine a person to be, not what he is.

So what is the Diggs situation all about?

The offense took a massive step backward last year after losing Daboll. The stats look similar, but everything just seemed so much more difficult for the offense. Nothing came easy, and it seemed like the entire game plan was "Josh, go do stuff". Many believe the players have no confidence in Ken Dorsey, Diggs in particular.
Cap issues aside, (and I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't clear to Diggs), but I bet he's hoping he can get himself reunited with Daboll with the Giants.
 

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As for crap luck, not seeing it. They were lucky to escape the Miami game with a win despite Miami playing their 3rd string Qb, and then they got destroyed by Cincy. They underachieved.
Ahh, I dunno -- the Damar Hamlin thing was pretty awful luck, if you want to call it that. And it clearly took a lot out of the team, including Diggs. Here in NE, there's a pretty good case to be made that the Tomasi tape and Moss sexual assault stories that came out literally within 24 hours of the Super Bowl were part of the reason the Scottish Game ended the way it did. These things can drain a team in ways you can't predict -- and you can't lay that sort of thing at McDermott's feet.
 

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Ahh, I dunno -- the Damar Hamlin thing was pretty awful luck, if you want to call it that. And it clearly took a lot out of the team, including Diggs. Here in NE, there's a pretty good case to be made that the Tomasi tape and Moss sexual assault stories that came out literally within 24 hours of the Super Bowl were part of the reason the Scottish Game ended the way it did. These things can drain a team in ways you can't predict -- and you can't lay that sort of thing at McDermott's feet.
We're going to disagree on that. Hamlin's injury was awful luck but he was also out of the hospital by January 9. The playoff game against Miami was Jan 15 and the one against Cincy was Jan. 22. They could have used it for inspiration. Instead they played listlessly. That's on McDermott.
 

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Cap issues aside, (and I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't clear to Diggs), but I bet he's hoping he can get himself reunited with Daboll with the Giants.
If Diggs' move here is to divorce himself from Allen to team up with Jones (even with Daboll) than his judgment is severely out of whack. Yes, Jones had a few good games, but Allen has become the QB unicorn you can ride your whole career. Aside from Mahomes or maybe Burrow, there's no other QB that fits that bill.
 

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If Diggs' move here is to divorce himself from Allen to team up with Jones (even with Daboll) than his judgment is severely out of whack. Yes, Jones had a few good games, but Allen has become the QB unicorn you can ride your whole career. Aside from Mahomes or maybe Burrow, there's no other QB that fits that bill.
Additionally, Diggs turns 30 in November. His prime has maybe 2-3 years remaining. I don't understand why he's pouting in Buffalo when his situation likely represents the best he'll find anywhere in the league.
 

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Additionally, Diggs turns 30 in November. His prime has maybe 2-3 years remaining. I don't understand why he's pouting in Buffalo when his situation likely represents the best he'll find anywhere in the league.
I have no data to back this up, just my general misanthropy. But I tend to think that a player's off-field noise-making (non-criminal variety) is directly related to the fact that *he* knows his skills and/or desire are slipping. Athletes may be the last to admit such things about themselves, but they are likely the first to recognize them.
 

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Additionally, Diggs turns 30 in November. His prime has maybe 2-3 years remaining. I don't understand why he's pouting in Buffalo when his situation likely represents the best he'll find anywhere in the league.
I don’t think these guys are entirely rational. He is probably one of those guys — you see them in sports — who is really up in his own head and just thinks about stuff all the time. Little perceived slights get exacerbated. They don’t have full time jobs in the off-season. They are working out and doing other stuff where there is time to think and brood and start to tilt a little.
 

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I have no data to back this up, just my general misanthropy. But I tend to think that a player's off-field noise-making (non-criminal variety) is directly related to the fact that *he* knows his skills and/or desire are slipping. Athletes may be the last to admit such things about themselves, but they are likely the first to recognize them.
This is as good a theory as I've ever read and maybe that's why wide receivers seem particularly prone to it.
 

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I don’t think these guys are entirely rational. He is probably one of those guys — you see them in sports — who is really up in his own head and just thinks about stuff all the time. Little perceived slights get exacerbated. They don’t have full time jobs in the off-season. They are working out and doing other stuff where there is time to think and brood and start to tilt a little.
Yeah, I can see the same traits that make them great in the first place might work against them latter on in their careers. Many top WRs are pretty damn petulant and moody.
 

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Yeah, I can see the same traits that make them great in the first place might work against them latter on in their careers. Many top WRs are pretty damn petulant and moody.
They also have, like, one job that is directly connected to the QB alone. "Throw me the damn ball" -- obviously it's more complicated than that, but WRs have way fewer responsibilities on the field. They (should but) don't have to think about protection schemes, time, etc. and are probably the most removed of anyone from the other 8-10 guys on their side of the ball.
 

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If Diggs' move here is to divorce himself from Allen to team up with Jones (even with Daboll) than his judgment is severely out of whack. Yes, Jones had a few good games, but Allen has become the QB unicorn you can ride your whole career. Aside from Mahomes or maybe Burrow, there's no other QB that fits that bill.
The flip side to this is that Diggs may feel like too much credit goes to Allen when he (Diggs) feels that Allen only became an MVP candidate after Diggs arrived.
Maybe he thinks if he goes to an ascendant NYGiants, and BUF suffers in his absence, he’ll get more “RESPECT.”
 

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Additionally, Diggs turns 30 in November. His prime has maybe 2-3 years remaining. I don't understand why he's pouting in Buffalo when his situation likely represents the best he'll find anywhere in the league.
His prime may be over quicker than that. The list of WRs 30 and over still even in the league is short and ones that are productive is much shorter.
 

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I'm way late to the conversation about "tough guy" coaches.

But as it pertains to Belichick, my perception is that his treatment of the media is not so much about being tough, macho or anything directly along those lines. Rather, I have always thought that he was loathe to reveal anything to the media that might give opponents an insight into what the Pats were doing or more generally might make winning more difficult. Or said differently, that would not advance his overall goals.

Media types have always been offended by this and have at various times made the argument that he needlessly keeps information close to the vest that the fans of his team, the ones who essentially pay his salary, want revealed. So that by being so secretive, he's harming us, they argue. My reaction has always been that if Bill thinks that being more forthcoming would in any way retard the cause of winning, then by all means continue being less forthcoming. And I admit it, I have enjoyed seeing the likes of Volin and the CHB being so indignant at Bill's behavior.

Is that a "tough guy" thing? I don't think so. I mean all football HCs have some of that in them. It''s a tough guy sport.

And to be clear, while I am deferential to Bill on this point, cause I err on the side of doing anything that makes it more likely that the team I root for will win, I also know that many very open HCs have won in the NFL. Bill's way may not be the right way or necessary, but no matter how you view it, I don't think it's about being Mr. Tough.

As to Parcells, I think the two Bills are pretty similar in how and why the deal with media as they do, but I haven't thought much about the Bigger Bill in a while or seen his act up close. But it seems pretty similar in most ways to me.
 

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They also have, like, one job that is directly connected to the QB alone. "Throw me the damn ball" -- obviously it's more complicated than that, but WRs have way fewer responsibilities on the field. They (should but) don't have to think about protection schemes, time, etc. and are probably the most removed of anyone from the other 8-10 guys on their side of the ball.
Related to my "he's probably the first one who knows he's getting old" theory -- I think "throw me the damn ball" is close. If Diggs is aware that he's slipping just enough to start making a difference, then he's also probably aware which type of plays (or exact plays) can hide whatever he's lost. It's not like he's suddenly useless, but he could be worried that if they keep using him at 30 like they did at 27, it will start being more noticeable. (Obviously, I'm spitballing from a spitballed premise, but aging --and otherwise healthy -- star players have always intrigued me.
 

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Browns Make Final Call on DeAndre Hopkins-Deshaun Watson Reunion (msn.com)

Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com took issue with that report and set the record straight on Hopkins.

“I think they’re completely out on DeAndre Hopkins,” Cabot said during an appearance on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland on June 29. “Somebody got that all revved up against [Wednesday] and it’s funny. Sometimes people wait until the national media says something. But if I’m telling you they aren’t in on DeAndre Hopkins, you can take that to the bank.”