Uh oh. It looks as if Dick Jauron is starting to have his doubts, too. In the leadup to the final preseason game last week, Jauron twice bemoaned the lack of time to get his team prepared. "Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of time," the head coach said, referring to his sputtering running game. Jauron also complained about the shortage of preparation time in general terms.
What, all those OTAs and mini-camps and weeks of drudgery at St. John Fisher aren't sufficient to get an NFL team ready? Not enough time? Why not play the starters more if the running game is slow to come around? They gave Marshawn Lynch two carries in the first exhibition. If Jauron needs more time, why not make better use of the time he has? He said he didn't have enough time, then added that his offensive linemen would play only a series or two in the final preseason sham in Detroit.
The Bills don't look ready for the regular season. Maybe it's more than a lack of time. Jauron runs a soft training camp. He acts like he's Marv Levy in the Super Bowl years, leading a bunch of elite NFL players who know how to flip the switch in September. Maybe the coach needs to get a little tougher and put a greater emphasis on hitting and tackling in training camp. If time is so precious, let the players know it by setting a higher standard in camp. And stop whining. When the coach starts making excuses, the players aren't generally far behind.