AFC East: Marhsawn Lynch

New arrests prolong Buffalo's grueling offseason

May, 15, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend can't get here fast enough for the Buffalo Bills.

They could use a jolt of pride.

Embarrassing news keeps piling up for the club. Two more arrests were made Friday.

All-time sacks leader Bruce Smith, who'll be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with owner Ralph Wilson on Aug. 8, was arrested for drunken driving for a third time.

An Associated Press report stated Virginia Beach police stopped Smith for excessive speed. He was charged with speeding, driving under the influence and refusing to take a breath test.

Fullback Corey McIntyre was arrested for indecent exposure after a weeks-long investigation. Rather than try to describe what he was doing, you can see how the Palm Beach Post and the Treasure Coast Newspapers covered it.

McIntyre's agent, Brett Tessler, refuted the allegations.

"Corey McIntyre is one of the highest character people around and the last guy who would do what he is being accused of," Tessler said in a statement. "We look forward to proving that these embarrassing accusations are false and that Corey is guilty of absolutely nothing."

Whether McIntrye or Smith are guilty of these charges isn't the point of this post. It's that the Bills' image has taken a colossal pummeling.

It's only May, but 2009 already has been a trying year with the deaths of AFL legends Lou Saban and Jack Kemp and Wilson's daughter, Linda Bogdan, a team vice president and the assistant director of college and pro scouting.

The Bills drew the ire of fans by retaining head coach Dick Jauron after three straight 7-9 seasons and no playoffs for nine years running. They also made controversial transactions in acquiring star receiver Terrell Owens and trading Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters.

But the police-blotter activity has been absurd.

McIntrye is the fourth member of the roster to have been arrested already this year.

Cleveland police used a Taser to subdue Bills safety Donte Whitner, who was arrested for aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest last month for his role in what was described as "a near riot."

The NFL suspended Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch three games for two transgressions in a nine-month span. He was the driver in a hit-and-run incident last summer in Buffalo but escaped with a traffic ticket.

Lynch's latest incident was a Feb. 11 arrest in Culver City, Calif. He was charged with carrying a concealed, loaded and unregistered 9-mm handgun. He pleaded guilty to one of the misdemeanor charges in exchange for having the other two dropped. He was sentenced to three years' probation and 80 hours of community service.

Safety Ko Simpson was arrested for disorderly conduct at 2 a.m. ET on New Year's Day outside a bar in his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C.

Police were in the process of arresting two of Simpson's friends for disorderly conduct, while he kept yelling, "I'm Ko Simpson with the Buffalo Bills. I am worth millions!" Police claim they asked Simpson to leave the scene several times, but he kept screaming.

Audibles: AFC East Week 8 preview

October, 24, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills (5-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-4), 1 p.m. ET

Eight weeks into the season, the Bills finally get to play a divisional game, and the matchup is more significant than it might appear.

Buffalo has been the AFC East's most consistent team, but a loss on Sunday would disrupt the lone constant.

The Dolphins have lost two straight, but they proved with back-to-back victories over the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers that they can compete against anybody.

Sunday's outcome will come down to the run game. The Dolphins are concerned about Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson, and it doesn't look like they'll have nose tackle Jason Ferguson, who suffered an oblique injury and barely practiced this week.

Miami's success has been dictated by a run-first-pass-when-convenient philosophy. The Baltimore Ravens eliminated Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams last Sunday, and the Dolphins simply don't have any gamebreakers in the passing game to compensate.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) at New York Jets (3-3), 1 p.m. ET

The Jets desperately need to win. They emerged from their Week 5 bye with the NFL's most enviable upcoming schedule. They kept the Cincinnati Bengals winless and then had games against the Oakland Raiders, Bills (it looked like a potential showdown for first place at the time) and St. Louis Rams.

The Jets fell to the Raiders in overtime and the Rams aren't the same team they were two weeks ago.

If the Jets want to keep pace in the division, they need to handle the Chiefs, who are having trouble at quarterback and running back and in the front office. A loss would drop the Jets below .500 with only nine games to play.

The Jets have been concentrating more on establishing a ground attack behind Thomas Jones in recent weeks, and Sunday should fall in line.

Kansas City ranks 31st in total defense, dead last in rushing defense and 13th in passing defense because opponents don't throw in the second half.

St. Louis Rams (2-4) at New England Patriots (4-2), 1 p.m. ET

Welcome to the Anybody's Guess Bowl presented by Dow Jones.

The Patriots have experienced wild swings. They haven't won or lost consecutive games since Weeks 1 and 2. They have either scored or surrendered at least 30 points their past four games.

While the Rams are pulling themselves together under new coach Jim Haslett, the Patriots are losing players left and right.

In the past week, they've placed running back Laurence Maroney and safety Rodney Harrison on season-ending injured reserve. Running back Sammy Morris probably won't play because he hurt his knee after rolling up 138 yards in the first half of Monday night's victory over the Denver Broncos. Several other injuries dot the roster.

But the Patriots are coming off their most dominant overall game of the season -- most points scored and fewest allowed. They ran for 257 yards and looked equally devastating with Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis once Morris was out of the game.

The Rams rank 30th in run defense, giving up an average of 5.0 yards per attempt, 161.5 yards a game and 10 juicy touchdowns.

Bills forced to win the second half again

September, 28, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

A troubling trend has developed for the Buffalo Bills. To win this afternoon in the Edwards Jones Dome, they will need to come from behind in the second half for a third straight game. They trail the St. Louis Rams,14-6, at halftime.

The Bills have 30 minutes to preserve their unblemished record and distance themselves farther from their AFC East brethren. The New York Jets (2-2) went nuts against the Arizona Cardinals, while the New England Patriots (2-1) and Miami Dolphins (1-2) are on byes.

Buffalo's offense has looked shaky. Trent Edwards completed only 8 of 17 passes for 109 yards with one interception. He was sacked four times. Marshawn Lynch had eight carries for 18 yards but did have four catches for 24 yards.