Every year around this time, I end up writing a bit about mistakes the Buffalo Bills are making, or have made, or are about to make. It’s an inexhaustible source of material, it seems. This Alonso-for-McCoy trade is not quite as stupid as trading a first round pick for a wide receiver, but it’s close.
A good linebacker is worth more than a great running back. Good running backs are cheap, and the value increase from a good running back to a great one is small when compared to the price. Look at New England. Their running backs are all later draft picks or guys they got cheap in free agency. Anybody who is halfway competent at running the ball will be more than sufficient, provided he has a good line and a good quarterback.
Add to this the fact that McCoy is on the downswing of his career, and showed signs of decline last season, and it makes the trade look completely insane.
I do like the Cassel trade, though. He is not the quarterback of the future, but I think he’s better than Manuel. You can win with a game manager quarterback and a strong defense–Baltimore proved that in 2000. Rex Ryan almost did with the Jets in ’09-’10. If they had just traded for Cassel and kept Alonso, I would have felt much better about it.
Oh, and speaking of the Jets: I see they just traded for Brandon Marshall. They think they are so clever because they are giving Geno Smith “weapons”. I have no doubt Smith will squander Marshall’s talents just as he did those of his previously acquired weapons, Eric Decker and Percy Harvin. Meanwhile, New England has been criticized for years for not giving Brady enough “weapons” at receiver–but I’d have to say it’s working out OK for them.