I’d like to take this moment to officially thank the National Football League for instituting bye weeks that allow the Buffalo Bills not to play this weekend.
Five weeks in a row of this torture is enough.
Not only do the Buffalo Bills need the break, but I need the break as well.
I’ve never looked forward to a bye week the way that I have this season after the Buffalo Bills are off to their worst start since 1984 at 0-5.
After the Superbowl you sit there in complete anticipation awaiting the new NFL season and excited about the possibilities that may come, but as a Buffalo Bills fan lately you have low expectations.
No one actually thought the Bills would be contenders this year. We knew that it would take some time, but we didn’t realize it would be this bad.
I’ve actually turned the Bills off twice this season, something I have never done and never thought I would do.
The Bills have had troubles switching from the 4-3 defense to the 3-4 as they are allowing 32.2 points per game, which is the worst in the NFL. The Bills are also still allowing everyone and their mother to run against them as they rank dead last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
The frustration becomes too much and while you can sit there an analyze who is doing what wrong it isn’t going to get you anywhere, because there are just so many different aspects that aren’t right.
Even the 92 year-old owner, Ralph Wilson, came out publicly and stated it might take as many as three years to re-build this team and asked for patience. He also said that in that patience there will be pain.
I feel the pain Mr. Wilson, I feel the pain.
In fact I have felt the pain for 10 years now as we have missed the playoffs year after year. I have awaited each new coach from Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jaron, and now Chan Gailey to magically turn this franchise around and get us back to where we belong, the playoffs.
We have only had one winning season since 2000, (9-7) and that was because of one reason. We had a quarterback in Drew Bledsoe.
What is different now, I ask? It’s the same story… We need a franchise quarterback.
How have we as Bills fans known this for years but the coaches and the front office continues to ignore it?
Was there not someone in the NFL draft that could have been waiting in the wings of Drew Bledsoe since that 2000 season? Or was there not someone that was better than Trent Edwards, who is now the backup on the Jacksonville Jaguars?
In the 2001 NFL Draft we could of drafted Drew Brees, in 2004 we could have had Matt Schaub, 2006 was Jay Cutler, and in 2008 Joe Flacco.
The NFL draft is filled with unknowns so it’s tough to really pin that on the Buffalo Bills, but when you hear from the GM that the Bills will re-build themselves from the draft it makes me wonder.
In order to be successful and make the right decisions in rebuilding from the draft you need the right people surrounding you.
Is Chan Gailey, who was fired as the offensive coordinator from the Chiefs before last season, the right person?
Or was he the only person with that horrible Texas accent Buddy Nix could pull out of his ass?
There are quite a few similarities between the 1984 Buffalo Bills and now. The Bills were able to turn it around by using the NFL draft. In 1985 Bruce Smith was the first overall pick of the draft by the Bills, Andre Reed in the fourth, 1986 Jim Kelly joined and started at QB, and in 1988 Thurman Thomas joined the crew.
It was Bill Polian, the now president of the Indianapolis Colts, who changed the ways of the Buffalo Bills.
He did it by impressive drafting of Thurman Thomas, Shane Conlan, and Nate Odomes and pulling off key trades as we acquired LB-Cornelius Bennett.
The pain needs to stop in Buffalo, Mr. Wilson. So just make sure you have the right people around you to turn it around this time and we will be here…like always.