Paul Jannace: Too little, too late for Bills

Paul Jannace

Terrell Owens may have been joking when he said after Sunday’s win that he had called for the team to be more aggressive weeks ago, but he’s 100 percent correct.

It’s been very refreshing to see a far more aggressive Perry Fewell-led Buffalo Bills team the last two weeks, but this attitude and philosophy change came far too late to save this season.

Now Bills fans can only hope it’s not too late to save 2010 and beyond — assuming owner Ralph Wilson follows through on his sudden change of heart to go hard after a big-name head coach.

Even though the Bills have looked much better in two weeks under Fewell, there are still plenty of warts. You can’t help but wonder whether things would have been different if this change happened much earlier.

Could the Bills be thinking about what AFC?teams have to lose in order to sneak into the playoffs? Rr scrambling to figure out the tiebreakers over Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Tennessee, Jacksonville and Miami?

Whether Dick Jauron started the season as coach or not, and even if a whole new regime and philosophy had been in place from the start of training camp, the Bills probably would have still eventually figured out Trent Edwards is not the quarterback of the future. They also probably would have found out Fred Jackson is a better football player than Marshawn Lynch, the offensive line needs much more time to grow, and the linebackers are painfully inferior.

Would a more aggressive approach save some of these injuries? Maybe some of the ankle sprains and muscle strains, but not the gruesome Eric Wood injury.

No matter how this season ends for the Bills, it will be one of the most important off-seasons in franchise history. This very well could be the final coach Wilson hires, plus every decision he makes could impact whether or not this team is still playing in Orchard Park in five years.

On Tiger

In many ways, celebrities are just like everyone else. They wake up, take a shower and put their pants on one leg at a time. However, fair or not, most everything else is so much different than the “common folk.” In the world of gossip Web sites and tabloid publications, nothing they do is private.

So, Tiger Woods can say his accident this past weekend is a personal matter and he can be tight-lipped with the police and the media, but that could come back to haunt him.

Most of the media that covers golf on a regular basis has always had a fear of losing access to Woods since he so closed up, and interviews with him are rare and normally very brief. Yet the National Enquirer, or any other celebrity tabloid is not worried about losing access to Woods and will dig deeper and deeper, even if The Golf Channel or ESPN choose not to.

More details about what happened and other not-so-flattering reports could very well pop up about Woods and his family, and he will never address it and just go on with his business on the golf course. Unfortunately, this may not be the type of situation that a few green jackets and Claret Jugs could cure.

On Losman

I guess the Buffalo Bills were right after all — J.P. Losman is the type of quarterback that can lead a team to a championship.

However, unless Losman gets cut next summer as he struggles to make it in the NFL again as a backup, the Las Vegas Locomotives will probably have to defend their UFL title with a different quarterback.

On the Cowboys

Not sure about anyone else, but I’m still waiting for the Dallas Cowboys to fold like a cheap suit.

On hockey

It’s not often Lindy Ruff gets knocked for the job he has done with the Buffalo Sabres — despite the team missing the playoffs five of the last seven years — but his biggest fault has to be a continued lack of trust in any backup goalie.

Patrick Lalime is not as good as Ryan Miller, but the backup is not supposed to be as good as the starter. Every year we hear how a more concerted effort will be made to get the backup more starts early in the season to keep Miller fresh for the stretch run. Yet, here we are once again, with more than a quarter of the season gone, and Lalime has appeared in three games and made only two starts.

Keep in mind, if Miller is not snubbed like he was in 2006 and is named the rightful starting goalie for the United States in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, he will likely be playing close to, if not more than, 70 games for the Sabres — not counting possible playoff games — and then those few weeks in the Olympics added on.

The Sabres just had a stretch of five consecutive weeks in which they played Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Lalime should have played every Saturday in that stretch and then get one game a week for the remainder of the season. A goalie who plays as rarely as the Sabres’ backups have the last few years are being made to fail miserably while Miller has to carry the load by himself.

Paul Jannace writes for the Daily Reporter in Wellsville, N.Y.