Word on the Street: Bills not embracing Toronto

Word on the Street: Bills not embracing Toronto
October 27, 2011, 1:47 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comUpdated, 11:25 a.m.Quick thoughts on the breaking news out of College park that sophomore guard Pe'Shon Howard broke his foot and could miss 10-12 weeks.- As if Mark Turgeon's roster was not thin enough, now he will be without the services of a rising sophomore who averaged 18.5 minutes, 5.4 points and 3.3 assists per game as a freshman. With Alex Len's status still in flux, the Terps will have only eight scholarship players for the November 13 season openeragainst UNC Wilmington. - If Howard returns in 10 weeks, he's back just prior to start of ACC play. 12 weeks out, he would miss 3-4 ACC games and 16-17 overall.- Without the combo guard, the Terpsare down to four scholarship players in the backcourt; Sean Mosley, Terrell Stoglin, Nick Faustand MychalParker.Stoglin can run the offense, but his style last season was primarily that of a shoot-firstpoint guard. Coach Mark Turgeon said recently he is working on having Stoglin change his approach. - Faust could be thrust into point guard minutes.The Baltimore product and heralded freshmanwing also could wind up starting. Mosley and Stoglin are the only locks. Taking Ukrainian center Alex Len out of the equation, Berend Weijs and James Padgett likely have the inside track on the two interior roles, though frontcourt minutes are there for the taking.That leaves the 6-6 Faust or Parker in line for the third guardsmall forward role. Parker averagedsix minutes per game as a freshman last season. Behind Enemy Lines - Buffalo Bills weekBills Safety George Wilson is hardly embracing the idea of playing a "home" game across the border. Hey George, a friendly tip; ripping the fans will not exactly get them on your side. (Toronto Sun)Running back and MVP candidate Fred Jackson epitomizes 'us-against-world' Bills (Toronto Sun)Lacking a singular replacement to replace Shawne Merriman, the Bills will go with a committee approach at outside linebacker.(Buffalo News)There was a time the City of Buffalo had more going on in the world of professional sports than the Nation's Capital. Due to long-term economic woes,not so much anymore. (Loverro - Washington Examiner)Mike Shanahan, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the wonderlic test (Buffalo News)Frustration in Terp land Only seven games into the Randy Edsall era - with losses in five of the last six games - and we get blistering commentary like this from a certain alum in the D.C. mediaabout how the head Terp is running (or ruining) the ship. (106.7, The Fan)...Having covered the team on a weekly basis this season, having talked to those who follow and root for the team, I can vouch that this tough talk on Edsall is hardly a rogue opinion.Beyond the losing, I can understand why folks have a hard time embracing Edsall, whose stiff style is a stark contrast from Ralph Friedgen's more jolly ways. It is certainly opposite of thepirate-y vibe generated by former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, reportedly the candidate Edsall beat out for the job. I too prefer the names on the back of jerseys, if nothing else because it makes my job easier, but also because names belong on the back of jerseys. The benching of D.J. Adams, Danny O'Brien's drop-off, switching All-ACC performer Kenny Tate from safety to linebacker, these are on-the-field matters that deserve closer scrutiny. Yet while I am hardly defending Edsall practices or the results, I would note the following:1) It is year one of a new era, a transition to a different style and tone (note I did not use the term "rebuild", which even the coach said this is not). Mark Turgeon's take on this topic is a reasonable assessment. Fans loved Ralph, he certainly rebuilt the program after several lean seasons. The handling of his dismissal will no go down as one of the best in PR lore.When a new athletic director comes in, he or she wants to make their mark.That is what happened. Kevin Anderson was afforded the opportunity to move on from Friedgen because the Terps were not exactly swimming in BCSbowl appearances or ACC titles, something fans complained about over the years even if that faction is silently sitting out this latest beef. It was Andersonthat canned Ralph, not Randy Edsall.If Gary Williams stuck around College Park for one more season and the losses mounted as many project, do not be naive to think the new guy in charge would have sat by and done nothing. And Gary wona National Championship. This is the business they chose.2) Winning cures all, but it's hard to win when injuries take out key players on both sides of the ball. Two of the Terps four co-captains are out for the season while three freshmen including 17-year-old Alex Twine started against No. 8 Clemson. Injuries cannot be blamed for that disastrous home loss to Temple, but perhaps a few more bodies would have helped Maryland hold on against Clemson or rally earlier against Georgia Tech.Change is rough, especially when you - meaning the fans - did not necessarily ask for it or get to pick the new path. Perhaps Edsall has made the transition more complicated then needed, but he was brought in to run his program, not the previous coach's. When asked this week how he remained upbeat during these trying times, Edsall said, "I am who I am. I am not going to be someone that I'm not. I have a level of expectation from what I believe in. I believe in it 100 percent."That level of resolve is what every fan wants to hear from the head coach. They just needs the wins to go with it. And maybe some names on the back of uniforms.Breakfast BuffetThe complicated Cooley call and Adam Carriker's best professional season (O'Halloran - CSNwashington)Voicing an opinion about programming is one thing. Driving a car into the WJFK studios is another . Picture of said incident included...Facing Miami on national TV this week, Mike London's Virginia Cavaliers have a chance to get noticed (Washington Examiner)You will never believe this: D.C. area native Michael Beasley claims he received improper benefits during his prep basketball days (Washington Post)One local college hoopster was mentioned on this lengthy and entertaining college basketball all-name list (BallinIsAHabit.com)NBA All-Stars are set fora world tour, minus a few notables (Pro Basketball Talk)