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Tag:Aaron Maybin
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:40 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 4:24 pm

Hot Routes 7.7.11: Redskins don't want Clausen

Posted by Ryan Wilson

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  •'s Mike Freeman thinks "a handshake agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement will happen next week, not on Thursday or Friday." Either way, that's welcome news.  

  •'s Matt Williamson thinks Shawne Merriman "is done." In that sense, he should complement former Bills first-rounder Aaron Maybin nicely.
  • Redskins QB update via blogger Rich Tandler: "I would say there is zero chance that the Redskins are interested in [Jimmy] Clausen. Think they would rather go with who they have." Washington should subscribe to the addition-by-subtraction personnel philosophy more often.
  • We thought this went without saying since the Broncos spent a first-round pick on Tim Tebow a year ago, but the team has no interest in a poor man's Tebow, aka Terrelle Pryor.
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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:54 pm

Hot Routes 5.23.11: Brady, Gisele frolic poolside

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • You think Tom Brady spent his weekend sweating the Rapture? Hell no he did not. So what did he do? He spent his weekend at a resort in Mexico, frolicking around a pool on a waterslide with his mildly attractive soulmate, Gisele. Yes, there are pictures. And yes, it's entirely possible to enjoy the lockout without actually SAYING SO. 

Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:45 pm

Offseason Checkup: Buffalo Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

S. Johnson had some good moments last year for Buffalo (US Presswire).

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Although the Bills went 4-12 last season and were never in contention for any kind of postseason berth, there was reason for optimism at the end of last year. Against all previous indications, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t half-bad, young faces like RB C.J. Spiller and WR Steve Johnson showed potential, and the team took the Steelers, Chiefs and Ravens into overtime before eventually losing.

The head coaching abilities of Chan Gailey – in college or in the NFL – have never been that impressive to me, but I’d be an idiot if I didn’t say that he is making progress in Buffalo. Progress enough to compete with the rest of the AFC East? Not yet. But any kind of progress is good.

Very little elite talent

This obviously is a problem, because, aside from NT Kyle Williams – who’s a top-five interior defensive lineman – the Bills don’t feature any elite players (maybe S Jairus Byrd can get there at some point). With the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, that should change (you’d like to think so at least, if you’re a Bills fan). But remember, Buffalo went with Aaron Maybin with the No. 11 pick in 2009 and Leodis McKelvin with the No. 11 pick in 2008. Apparently, this franchise doesn’t always know how to pick the elite guys.

While Fitzpatrick did a decent enough job at the starting spot last year, after Trent Edwards thoroughly failed at it and Brian Brohm didn’t do enough to win it, Fitzpatrick doesn’t scream, “FUTURE FRANCHISE QB.” Since the Bills have the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, it makes sense for them to take somebody who could make that claim. Considering GM Buddy Nix said that now is the perfect time to draft a QB, Buffalo might just do it.

Buffalo needs to shore up its 3-4 defense in a big way and procure players who can figure out how to get to the opposing quarterback. The Bills – who were tied for 27th in sacks last year – already have Shawne Merriman and Aaron Maybin at OLB, but it’s unclear if the former can stay healthy and the latter has been a big draft bust thus far in his career. Von Miller’s elite speed certainly would help in the linebacker corps.

The Bills were the worst team in football at stopping the run, so this spot obviously is in need of an upgrade. The line itself seems to be OK with Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards, but a Da’Quan Bowers pick wouldn’t be shocking (though many experts are predicting Miller).

The Bills are still nowhere near making a bid for the playoffs, but there’s no reason they can’t improve on last year’s record. I think 8-8 would be a stretch – especially if Fitzpatrick is back at the QB spot – but 6-10 or 7-9 wouldn’t be out of the question. And it would be a sign of more progress.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 9:11 am

Chan Gailey puts the heat on Aaron Maybin

Posted by Andy Benoit

If it’s authentic, honest analysis you want, don’t listen to an NFL head coach’s press conference. When talking about their own players, coaches tend to be as transparent as a stained glass window.

Unless the coach is Chan Gailey. While understandably not utterly forthright, the Bills second-year head coach is better than most. Case in point: Gailey’s sentiments about disappointing defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Maybin.

The former first-round pick has recorded exA. Maybin (US Presswire)actly zero sacks in his first two seasons as a pro. Last year, Maybin was a healthy game day scratch from the active roster on more than one occasion. Speaking to reporters at the NFL owners’ meetings earlier this week, Gailey said this is a make or break year for Maybin, that he knows what’s expected of him but just “hasn’t shown it in practice or in games.”

Gailey made it clear that Maybin’s desire is not the issue. But he also made it clear that an issue is there.

"I don't think I've lit very many fires," Gailey said. "We might provide a spark, but he's got to get his own fire going.

"He's got to understand where he is. I always talk to guys about 'This is where we are. This is where we want to be, and this is how we get there.' Individually, guys have got to do that. 'This is where I am. This is where I want to be. Now, how do I get there?'

"We tell him all the time how to get there. He's got to do it. Talking's over. You've got to go get it done."

It’s easy to say this now, but the Bills could be getting what they deserve here. Maybin redshirted at Penn State in 2006, recorded four sacks off the bench in ’07 and didn’t start until the third game in ‘-08. He had a breakout season but entered the draft as a one-hit wonder.

Stunting Maybin’s development was a prolonged rookie holdout in ’09 and a position change in ’10 (from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker). He also doesn’t turn 23 until April.

But there were plenty of people inside the NFL who said Maybin lacked the strength to compete at the NFL level. The Bills, obviously, did not agree with those people.

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Posted on: January 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 9:23 pm

Hot Routes 1.6.11: Get your chapstick ready

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson 

  • Hey, you. Yeah, you. Not impressed with the job Tom Coughlin did this season? Think he should have been fired despite the Giants 10-6 record? Yeah? Well, you can kiss his ass, then. You all can line up and kiss his ass.
  • John Elway has joined Twitter. Hopefully, he won't be as psychedelic and, well, weird as Jim Irsay).
  • Mike Mularkey has decided not to interview for the Broncos head coaching job at this point, though he still will interview with the Browns. He wants to keep focused apparently on the Falcons playoff run.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 8:04 am

Hot Routes 11.24.10: Frazier is reverse Garrett

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • The situations in Minnesota and Dallas seem pretty similar, right? Well, interestingly, Leslie Frazier is considered a 'players' coach' (like Wade Phillips) and perhaps he'll bring a less, ahem, confrontational style to the Vikings locker room. This seems interesting because Jason Garrett's found success so far by being heavy-handed in Dallas, and Frazier might do the opposite. Or, you know, just not being a bad game manager.
Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:49 pm

Aaron Maybin worse at rapping than football

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the many benefits of being a professional athlete is lots of money. A side benefit to "lots of money" is "getting to have a dream side hobby even though you may be terrible at said hobby." Perhaps this is golf.

Or, perhaps, if you're Aaron Maybin, it's being a terrible rapper.

See, Maybin just released a brand spanking new rap song, called "Maybin Mayhem," which you can hear at his website (via Chris Chase at Shutdown Corner).

The name alone should inform you that, yes, it's terrible. A quick sampling:
Mayhem Maybin- Quarterback cravin’
Go hard, crazy
Defensive Wes Craven
The o-line can’t save him
He stay misbehaving
You go hard, he go harder
Not fair sergeant slaughter
The Bills bought him/joe taught him
Party hard/no boredom
Combat like contact
That new nike contract
Ciroque cipper, stocked colder
Super star/ rock and roller
Gonna bowl the block/you can’t hold him
No shaping no mo’
No run attack/ no running back
Call the stretcher/too much pressure
Can’t hide I’ll come fetch ya
So, yeah, that's the introduction, and while I'm not a lyrical demon or anything, I'm pretty sure I understand a few things about this song.

Maybin thinks he is talented, hard-working and a good football player. While I can't undermine the first two parts of that, but 23 tackles and zero sacks in two YEARS (and the fact that the second option on Google for his name is "Aaron Maybin Bust") tend to rule out "good football player."

Additionally, the line "the Bills bought him" just has to ring wonderfully with Buffalo's front office, right?

The point here, really though, is that Maybin should probably not quit his day job [to go do a job that he's somehow worse at].

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 12:21 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 8

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active in the AFC: Bengals CB Leon Hall.

And here’s who is out:

Dexter McCluster, WR, Chiefs: He has a high ankle sprain, and it looks like he’ll be out the next couple of weeks. Not only do the Chiefs lose a receiving and running threat, but they lose a dynamic kickoff and punt returner. CB Javier Arenas is expected to take over McCluster's duties.

Chinedum Ndukwe, S, Bengals: CB Johnathan Joseph and SS Roy Williams also are out, and when you pair that news with the fact Ndukwe won’t play, that’s a bad, bad sign for the Cincinnati secondary. Tom Nelson – with limited experience and limited talent – should get plenty of playing time in Ndukwe’s place, though Reggie Nelson will start.

Jeremy Mincey, DE, Jaguars:
Earlier in the week, he was named starter ahead of first-round bust Derrick Harvey. But then he broke his hand. So, he’s out and Harvey is back in the starting lineup.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills: The freefall of Maybin continues.

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