The Texan trap
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Love your column. I know you have spent a lot of time responding to criticism on Drew Bledsoe. So sorry in advance....Perhaps the Bills will make a late run, but it doesn't look that way after the debacle in Dallas. If they continue to falter it is likely that the Bills will hire a new head coach next year and possibly a new offensive coordinator. If that happens I would like to know how many different offensive coordinators and systems Drew has had to learn in his tenure. It is incredible how many times he has had to change coordinators and systems. I am starting to think that it may be a result of some of Drew's weaknesses and his inability to win the "big game" since 1996. What do you think?
-- Mark Woelfel, San Diego, CA
A: No need to soften your question to me Mark. Drew isn't my brother or anything. He's a player that I covered for many years that I grew to respect as a person. People love to trash him. They love to rub it in his face, which is something I just don't understand and never will. I don't think the guy ever did anything to deserve that. That's all. I had the same respect for Roger Clemens in the 12 years I covered him. Drew is definitely on the decline. Anyone can see that. The teams that have good blitzes can get to him. He needs maximum protection and if he doesn't get it, you'd might as well have Alex Van Pelt in the game. Since 1996, I think he did win some big games. He was the QB, spelling Brady, in the AFC championship game against Pittsburgh. But I don't think that enters into it. His type of QB just doesn't fit with the NFL today unless he can drop back and he has a Kansas City Chiefs-like offensive line that can protect him. I thought he did a good job making the Bills respectable last season, but he hasn't been able to take them to the next level.
Your journalism continues to exceed the highest standards! (Yes that is gratuitous brown nosing to get this posted!) Here is a comment and a question.
First, let me say that I am glad for Terry Glenn, for as immature as he was here in New England it seems like he's got his act together for Bill P. I can't say I was a huge fan of his but I'm glad he's doing well at least on the field. Hopefully he's taking the route Irving Friar ran, that is out of here to bigger and better things personally if not professionally.
Second, do you know why CBS specifically WBZ does not have an HD channel on Comcast? It is the only local channel that is not carrying an HD signal. The game this week will be fantastic not only because it's Bill Bowl , but also because it will be on ESPN. I never miss a game but I really wish the games were broadcast in HD the sox and bruins have got it going on, how about the pats? Is this a Viacom/Comcast thing? I figured if anyone would know you would Continued...