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Letters for Dec. 27

Better to let Ryan go as soon as possible

I guess I jumped on the bandwagon as many did when we hired Rex Ryan. Unfortunately, Ryan has been anything but an upgrade on Doug Marrone.

With arguably a better roster than Marrone’s with additions to bolster the offensive line, a trade for LeSean McCoy, the signing of Tyrod Taylor, a good draft and more depth, Ryan and his staff have failed the fans of Buffalo.

The defensive coordinator and Ryan are a huge downgrade from Jim Schwartz. They tried to fit the players to a defense instead of vice versa. The result has been a total waste of talent. Players who were excellent last year are mediocre this year.

Marrone had poor talent on offense and with the upgrades this season one wonders what the coordinator is thinking half the time. The special teams coach was decent last year and is a total disaster this year.

I’ve never seen so many injuries on a roster, so many penalties, a total lack of discipline, constant clock management disasters, technical problems with headsets and lack of communication between the coaching staff and the players. We’ve also lost home field advantage because of Ryan’s complicated defense.

I hate to say it but it’s time to own up to our mistake and start over instead of sticking with this guy for several more seasons and then fire him. I’m getting too old for that.

John Kowalski


Ryan may have topped previous failed coaches

Rex Ryan has succeeded where Harvey Johnson, Jim Ringo, Kay Stephenson, Hank Bulluogh, Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey have all failed. Rex Ryan has single-handedly made me stop caring about the Buffalo Bills.

I surprisingly find it liberating. I have freed up Sunday afternoons for years to come. Rex Ryan took a marginal offense and a superior defense and turned it into a marginal offense and a horrible defense. Don’t even get me started on special teams. Meanwhile, Todd Bowles is using Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick to march toward the playoffs. Ryan oversold and under delivered.

I imagine the line of salesmen at the Pegulas’ front door is long and anxious. After all, who wouldn’t want a chance to sell them something?

Ray DeTine


Amid all the analysis, QB the heart of matter

The Dec. 21 sports section consumed nine pages of rhetoric when one would have sufficed. Why rehash the dreary team and individual statistics that only serve to expose the many inadequacies that the Bills have consistently failed to improve upon over the past 16 years?

Annual hype stokes the fans hopes that this year will be better than the last one. It gets fans to buy tickets and somehow keeps new and loyal patrons filling the seats, only to be disappointed again and again.

No less than six sports writers provided coverage in Monday’s paper. No one involved in the team’s makeup from top to bottom escaped their individual opinions – excessive penalties, defensive malaise, mismanagement of the clock, ineffective play-calling in the red zone (first-and-goal from the 1 and nothing to show for it), failure to challenge officials’ calls when it is evident that it is prudent to do so, poor judgment at draft time.

The beat goes on when the real crux of all the Bills’ woes is simply lack of a quality, effective and efficient quarterback. All the teams that have winning records that will end up in the playoffs have such a leader. We haven’t had one since Jim Kelly.

Scott Patterson


Changing colors can be hard to do

I’ve been wearing a lot of black and yellow clothes lately, trying to get these Buffalo Bills out of my system once and for all.

If I had switched to Pittsburgh years ago I would have been reveling in Super Bowl victories, constant playoffs and most of all stability, stability, stability. Why not?

Pittsburgh’s a nice town. Same blue collar tradition. Lots of great bars. A few relatives living there. I could go for that, how about you? Mike Tomlin, Big Ben and those Terrible, and I mean terrible, Towels.

But just when I thought I’d kicked my Bills addiction, I found myself wandering aimlessly around the house Sunday morning in a red, white and blue T-shirt. And to make matters worse, I later discovered myself perched in front of the TV at 3:45 p.m. weeping through another episode of “Football Futility” with our current host Rex Ryan.

Joe Sullivan


When it comes to Bills, silence may be golden

Just a thought on how to make it known to the Buffalo Bills how unhappy we fans are with missing the playoffs for 16 straight years. Stop calling the local radio sports shows and talking about the state of the team.

The local radio feeds the beast of the Bills. Any talk good or bad makes the beast larger. Our silence would be deafening.

As the talk show host tries to guide you back on topic, change the subject to hockey, baseball or anything not Bills related. Show the owners we as fans are no longer interested with the inferior product. I’m not saying boycott the Bills, just stop talking about them.

Daniel Ruggiero


Somewhere along the way, the script got flipped

At the end of last year it seemed the Bills would have a good chance to make the playoffs in 2015. On the other hand, the Jets had a bad season and it looked like 2015 could be even worse.

The the outlook for both teams took a drastic change. The Jets fired Rex Ryan, who then came to Buffalo and promised the Bills would be headed for the playoffs while the Jets got a new coach who now has made them playoff contenders.

Somewhere along the line the Bills got shortchanged. At the age of 90 it appears I will never get the chance to see the Bills in the playoffs again.

Don Weimer


Concussion issue bigger than game itself?

Thank you, Bucky Gleason, for your column in the Wednesday, Dec. 23, Buffalo News on the Odell Beckham Jr. case.

I am losing interest in football because of the concussion/brain damage issue. Thank you for the reminder to look up the “Concussion” movie after the holidays.

Steel, chemicals, electrical construction – I’ve done many jobs that are dangerous if not done properly. We never encouraged deliberate brain damage. Anyone fighting or deliberately attacking another worker was gone, immediately and permanently.

So what’s with pro football? One suggestion, from a safety professional, is to take away the pads and helmets – heavy hits would not be offered or received like backyard football when I was a kid. Rugby players, for instance, beat each other to a pulp and actually sustain very few serious injuries.

David Gaeddert


Props to South Park on being winners

Let’s give credit where it’s due – a City of Buffalo high school winning a football championship not only for the city, but the state. The Superintendent of Schools should have been at the school to congratulate the team for a job well done.

Let’s not say South Park is a failing school, but a winning school. Keep going, South Park.

Karen Bognar


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