I'm writing this as I'm watching the Bills-Packers game. The Bills look about as sharp as a bowling ball. Penalties, turnovers, dropped balls, even a blocked punt. Lack of discipline and intensity are quite evident.
This is most attributable to coaching. It must have been easy in the Super Bowl years to coach self-motivated stars like Kelly, Bennett, Talley, Odomes and Smith, but as this talent pool has begun to evaporate, incompetent coaching has failed to bring out the best in some talented but underachieving players. That's a coach's job.
It would be a great personal achievement for Marv Levy to break George Halas' record next year but I believe it would be at the expense of the fans and quality football. Tom Landry had a long, successful tenure as an NFL head coach. So did Chuck Noll and Don Shula. But when the flame begins to flicker, it's time to call it a career.
Do the right thing Marv. I can't watch this again in '98.