Without Khalil Mack, Buffalo suddenly becomes a thin wall of paper tissue at linebacker. (Photo credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE)
In a league where several teams are evenly matched and almost anybody can win the MAC, very few are saying that maybe Buffalo can pull it off, despite perhaps the top defensive player in the conference, linebacker Khalil Mack. About that...
Mack was suspended by coach Jeff Quinn after getting into a fight with a teammate. The Buffalo News takes it further and says that the fight is not the only reason he's suspended and he's not even allowed on the campus right now. (Classes haven't started yet, fortunately.)
It sounds worse than a little tiff, but maybe this gets resolved in a week and he's back in camp. Who knows. If the source is accurate that Mack can't come back on campus right now, then something serious is a flutter. I he misses any substantial number of games, the Bulls are going to be that much more taxed at the linebacker position. Bull Run notes that they've already dismissed two other linebackers for academic reasons: Jaleel Verser and Mack's high school teammate Wonderful Monds II. Actually, that's probably the real story here. THEY RELEASED WONDERFUL MONDS.
Maybe they don't need linebackers. Couldn't they just, like, use five down linemen and six defensive backs? At this point it's probably their only shot. Sometimes the greatest genius is curated from desperation.