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Letters for Jan. 5

Accountability is keyword for Bills

This Buffalo Bills team would make a good situation comedy. This team has severe discipline problems that started from day one. Coach Doug Marrone’s benching of Marcell Dareus only scratches the surface. The team lacks heart and commits the same mistakes every game. The mindless penalties, poor tackling, dropped passes, poor execution of plays - the list is endless. What this team needs is a much needed wake-up call and that starts at the top and means everybody should be accountable or this team will continue its losing ways.

John Jendrysek

Orchard Park

Another season ends, and little has changed

New coach, same old results. Last place in our division again. For Doug Marrone to make excuses for this team is completely inexcusable. This is what happens when you bring in a college coach to do a pro coach’s job.

In my opinion Marrone is following in the footsteps of Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey. The lack of discipline on this team is so obvious. It’s time for the team to bring in a coach that has a winning record and no more college coaches.

If the Bills do not want to spend the money to bring in a big name head coach the results will be the same.

Stan Marlinski


Fans having trouble taking Bills seriously

Another year, another 6-10 season. What started out as a promising season turned into a train wreck. This has left many Bills fans shaking their heads in disbelief.

Apparently no matter what this organization does, they simply cannot get it right. Fourteen years without a playoff berth an no playoffs in anyone’s sight.

Answers were to replace or make changes in the front office. They did. Trade and replace the quarterback. They did. The future depends on EJ Manuel’s health, good luck. Bring in new coaches and personnel, they did. Re-sign some key veterans, they did. Shore up the offense and defense, they did. Tough schedule? Maybe. Bad weather? Sometimes. Injuries? Always. And look at New England and the supporting cast. Bill Belichick is the coach of the decade.

Too many problems with no easy solutions. The Bills are simply entertaining at times, however, they still cannot be taken seriously during any season. In other words, it is just like watching wrestling or harness racing.

Tony Hammill


A disappointing season with little hope in sight

A review of the just-completed season would say the Buffalo Bills will again miss the playoffs in 2014. New England lost top players but found a way, and owner Robert Kraft is far ahead of the East Division as a decision-maker.

Baltimore will be back, with Ozzie Newsome as GM. Pittsburgh will be back with the fire burning in Mike Tomlin. Even Houston may get back with Bill O’Brien as the coach.

The Buffalo Bills lack consistency, from mental penalties to a suspect injured QB. Missing team meetings, a Toronto “away” game, players such as Jairus Byrd, Stevie Johnson, and some others are part of the numerous problems. The Bills’ braintrust is just not comparable to the real playoff teams.

David Conners


Someday, perhaps, things will be better

Cheer up, Buffalo Bills Fans. One day, Tom Brady will go off into the sunset to be with his supermodel wife, and Bill Belichick will then revert to the degree of success he had coaching the Cleveland Browns, and we will all live happily ever after (except, perhaps, Belichick.).

Carmina Silvaroli


Eight-man football a viable alternative

Over the past several years some of the smaller schools in the area have seen declines in the student census such that it is no longer possible for some schools to field an 11-man football team. So far the response to this problem had been to merge teams, e.g. Sherman-Ripley and Forestville-Silver Creek.

May I suggest an idea other than merger which I believe deserves a thorough, serious examination before too many more mergers happen? Why not let the eight or nine smallest schools in the area transform their teams to eight-man football?

There are serious problems of transportation and scheduling with mergers, Eight-man football would ease these problems. Also, more kids would have an opportunity to participate. If two schools with thirty-five kids each have eight-man teams then seventy kids get to play. If they merge to form one 11-man team, twenty kids will be denied the chance to play.

Most kids and most parents would choose to have their kids play at home rather than on somebody else’s field a long way down the road. Most people (kids and parents) would rather see their kids on the field than on the bench. Ask a kid if he wants to be on the field playing for his home school or on the bench for someone else’s school down the road.

There is historical precedent for the idea that football teams do not necessarily have to have 11 per side. In the 1950s many of the smaller schools in the area played six-man football and it worked, until the numbers swelled with the postwar baby boom.

The number 11 is not a sacred number. Let us ask if eight might be just as good as 11 for some of us.

Larry Zollinger

South Dayton

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