The Radney Report: Bills Beaten by Steelers 23 – 16

The Buffalo Bills surprisingly having running back Zack Moss inactive, was a clear sign thegame plan is to pass the ball and win on the arm of Josh Allen.  It was a defensive struggle with both teams making key stops. 

   The Bills change in punters has come back to haunt them as current punter Matt Haack had a critical punt blocked in the fourth quarter

   The Bills did not want to pay Corey Bojorquez, who was one of the leagues top punters last season. He’s now punting for the LA Rams, who cut their current punter for the more accomplished Bojorquez. You must keep in mind winning and losing in the NFL is a fine line.

   I don’t expect Bills QB Josh Allen to put up the same numbers as last season due to no crowds being in stadiums for most of the season and you could hear the defensive signals, which allowed the offense to make last second adjustments that resulted in big plays for the offense.  Allen is not as bad as we saw against the Steelers but somewhere in between as we will know after the next 16 games are completed. Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll must go to a physical running attack along with getting explosive back Matt Breida the ball in space. Daboll needs more draw plays along with screen passes and isolating him on a linebacker could remedy the situation. Keep  in mind that Josh Allen is not good at throwing screen passes or the short dump off passes in the flat. That’s something he has to get better at if he’s  really  going to be a top quarterback in the NFL.       He is now about to be paid next season as a top QB, and  he needs to continue to grind to reach this level. 

The Bills offensive line has always been a problem and this season is no different. Dion Dawkins had COVID – 19 and was hospitalized for four days and he said he thought he might not make it. We are learning that COVID – 19 affects your respiratory system. Dawkins lost 15 pounds and currently does not have endurance, as he  gets tired quickly and should have been splitting time with Spencer Brown against the Steelers.  I would bring veteran offensive lineman Jamil Douglas from the practice squad to split time with Dawkins until he regains more of his strength and stamina. 

 Bills linemen Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams got beat down by a ferocious Steeler defensive front. Did  anyone think that a healthy Steeler team led by Head Coach Mike Tomlin would not give the Bills a tough game? It was first time the Steelers were healthy against the Bills in their last three meetings.  Bills offensive line Coach Bobby Johnson must get to work in order to build back up his line for the upcoming game at Miami  next  Sunday.

 The Bills defensive unit played well enough to win but could not hold up to the constant pressure from the Steeler’s offense. I was glad to see Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver being moved around in order to take advantage of his quick feet, which allowed him to put pressure on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben looked really slow in the first half but in the second half he got rid of the ball quicker, especially on wide receiver screen plays that eventually wore down the Bills defensive unit. 

Keeping Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison was another bad personnel move by Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott. They should turn over the edge rushing duties to A.J. Epenesa, Efe Obada, Greg Rousseau and Boogie Basham. There’s no doubt nobody beats “Father Time.” You must know when to move a player before they get too old. That’s what the  New England Patriots Head Coach/General Manager Bill Belichick is good at –  moving his players while they still have some value and replacing them with younger talent.    

Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin commented on  Aquinas Grad and Rochester native Jamir Jones: “That’s probably one of the core reasons why he’s on the 53 – man roster, he was highly productive in the pre-season in the special teams game. He’s got upside as an outside linebacker, but he’s still developing in those areas like a lot of young people. Meanwhile, he needs to be a core contributor in the special teams’ units. And I know he’s working hard day to day to be that.” 

   Another Rochester native, Arizona edge rusher Cardinal Chandler Jones, made history with 5 sacks and two forced fumbles becoming the third player in NFL History since 1982 with at least three games of at least 4 sacks, joining Derrick Thomas, Reggie White, and Leslie O’ Neal. 

Congratulations to our Rochester natives Jamir Jones and Chandler Jones.          

Prediction: I see Bills getting back on track next week by squishing (Miami) the fish 31 – 21. 

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