Below are actual texts an old friend who works in the NFL sent to me around midnight.
Sunday afternoon's games were mentally and emotionally processed, but the one that raised the most questions was the Buffalo Bills' mesmerizing 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center.
Sean McDermott's decision to replace quarterback Tyrod Taylor with rookie Nat…
Trust the process, they said.
This time will be different, they said.
I'm not ready to say Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane aren't advancing the cause, but they've fielded a team that's performing as woefully as any of the franchise's previous incarnations.
Forget the .500 record. Buffalo over the past three games has been poor …
Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate.
Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation.
The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed.
The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …
Jake Plummer is one of the tiniest few quarterbacks in modern NFL history who can relate to what Tyrod Taylor is experiencing.
The Buffalo Bills took away Taylor's job even though he's healthy and they have a winning record. They gave the gig to rookie Nathan Peterman.
Such moves are rare, which gives Plummer distinctive credibility. He would advise Taylor not to let…
Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito signed off his phone call this way:
"We're taking Peterman all the way to Minnesota, baby."
Incognito dialed up "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan to discuss Wednesday's news rookie Nathan Peterman has replaced Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback.
Incognito also tripled down on his criticism of Thursday nig…
Nathan Peterman's first starting assignment will be knotty.
The Buffalo Bills are switching to their rookie quarterback for a road game. Three hours away, no less.
Ten-year veterans have trouble adapting to playing in the Pacific time zone. Peterman must prepare for the Los Angeles Chargers in four days, one of which will be spent on an airplane.
One of the most s…
Last week's loss to the New York Jets was atrocious. At least it could be rationalized.
The Buffalo Bills were on the road on a Thursday night. Short week, banged up, pushed around, unpleasant but that happens sometimes.
The Bills had extra time to rest and prep for the New Orleans Saints and got pushed around even worse Sunday at New Era Field.
A couple weeks ago…
The New Orleans Saints dropped by New Era Field on Sunday to slap around the Buffalo Bills.
The Saints handed their hosts one of the mousiest defeats in NFL history, stunned Bills fans with unchecked dominance and even drank their beer.
We should have known how much New Orleans would feel at home 8:42 after the opening kickoff. Mark Ingram scored his first touchdown,…
Lorenzo Alexander is in his 11th NFL season. He spent two seasons on Carolina's, Baltimore's and Washington's practice squads. He stayed seven seasons on Washington's active roster, two with Arizona and one with Oakland before coming to Buffalo in 2016.
He seems to have played or been coached by many of the top players of his generation. Here is an all-star team of his …
Lorenzo Alexander has been fortunate to play with a number of star players in his lengthy NFL career.
In the style of the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, you can connect Alexander to the dawn of the modern NFL era in four steps, and the league's origins in five.
People know Forrest Gump was exposed to an inordinate amount of history.
Now get a load of Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
He's not old. He's only 34 and appears to have more years of quality football left in his body. That means he only will add to his long list of remarkable teammates.
Alexander is in his 11th season. He spent two seasons on Carolina…
The Buffalo Bills ball-hawking defense didn't create any turnovers in last Thursday's loss to the New York Jets.
The only other time the Bills recorded zero takeaways was their Week 2 defeat to the Carolina Panthers.
Sunday's matchup also will be difficult. The surging New Orleans Saints come to New Era Field, where the Bills hope to solve passing mastermind Drew Bre…
That's how long Buffalo Bills fans must lament their team's circumstances.
The Bills were supposed to beat the New York Jets on Thursday night, but suffered a gruesome 34-21 defeat at the Meadowlands. The result was a reality check, perhaps a beneficial wake-up call but at the very least a reminder nothing will be easy.
With a few extra days to mull the …
The past three days were a roiling sea, crashing waves of pending doom against a breakwall of assumptions.
Many of us chalked up a victory against the New York Jets, putting the Bills at 6-2 with a few extra days rest before next Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints at New Era Field.
Many in the national media trumpeted the Bills as a playoff team.
Yet a s…
Jerry Sullivan already is in New Jersey for the Buffalo Bills' rematch with the New York Jets on Thursday night.
"The Tim Graham Show" dialed up our senior sports columnist for his thoughts on the 5-2 Bills and the surprising acquisition of receiver Kelvin Benjamin.