Watching Russ Brandon speak in the press conference on the 1st of January and hearing what he had to say really made me feel good about the future of the franchise. However, I want to know where the sense of urgency is coming from.
There was no sense of urgency in 2009 when we were 10 years removed from playoff contention. The answer back then was to hire Buddy Nix and his answer was to hire Chan Gailey, a very innovative, offensive minded, but CONSERVATIVE coach in 2010. Dick Jauron and Mike Mularkey were also very conservative coaches. This makes me believe that Ralph Wilson had a lot to do with these hirings. I’ve always seen Ralph as a conservative individual.
When Ralph “passed the torch” to Russ Brandon, I wonder if he was conceding that he had made some bad decisions at head coach and was relieving himself of this responsibility. I think this is why there is now a sense of urgency.
Russ Brandon is calling the shots and I believe he has a different mindset than Ralph. He said it himself when he said he is rarely satisfied. The sense of urgency is here because there is a new sheriff in town and he will not be satisfied until the Bills are a winning organization.
Now with Russ taking full control, I can only hope that he brings in a coach who is willing to take some chances and will motivate the players to go out everyday and compete for a job and playing time. Based on what I saw and heard in the press conference, there is a sense of urgency to make positive changes at OBD and Russ Brandon will, “go to the end of the earth to make sure we change it.”
Let’s just hope he sticks to his words.