It’s only been three games, but the Buffalo Bills (2-1) find themselves sitting alone at the top of the AFC East. You would think that would make fans feel elated and optimistic for the future. Have the Bills finally put together a front office, coaching staff and roster that can propel them into the playoffs?
Maybe, but if they have managed to do so it may take some time before Bills fans go “all-in” after experiencing every possible permutation of misery for nearly two decades. It’s understandable why fans are reluctant to stick their toes in the water of hope without feeling terrified they’re about to be bitten off. Only a cardiologist would smile at the heartache Bills fans have endured over nearly two decades.
The problem with being entrenched in our cocoon of despair is that sometimes we become oblivious to the signs better days are right around the corner… or maybe they already started and we’re missing what’s right in front of us?
We all know how fast the door can shut behind us… bringing a sledgehammer dose of reality to quash even a glimmer of hope that our misery is coming to an end. Just when we thought it was safe to step into the light, the power goes out and we’re paralyzed with fear of the boogeyman about to leap out and snatch our dreams away.
Will it be the Atlanta Falcons who crush our hope for redemption from playoff-less hell? Do we dare go out on a limb and BILLieve that this is the Bills team that will finally break through the glass ceiling?
As remarkable as the Patriots dynasty has been since the turn of the century, so has our collective misery. For every winner there is a loser, and the Bills have served the loser role in this dance with unrivaled fortitude. No one loses like the Buffalo Bills.
I’m not suggesting it’s time to do the dance of optimism right now… but am thinking there’s at least a bit of a release from the anchor of negativity weighing us down for far too long.
Consider the following evidence for optimism:
- Draft picks like CB Tre’Davious and free agent signings like Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde and E.J. Gaines demonstrate some serious competency on the part of the newly assembled front office. When was the last time that happened?
- The new faces in the secondary gelled faster than anyone expected.
- Penalties have been dramatically reduced .The Bills no longer shoot themselves in the foot with undisciplined play.
- For all the worry at WLB position, Ramon Humber is holding his own.
- Depth at some positions is better than expected. Finding guys like Eddie Yarbrough are another testament to the Bills coaches and front office.
- This team shows grit and determination in a way we haven’t seen in quite awhile. Tre’Davious White’s rise from the depths of despair in the first half of the Broncos game to his second-half comeback was eye-popping.
- This Bills defense is capable of keeping them in any game. It’s the offense that needs more consistency.
It’s no secret I’ve babbled for awhile about how this team could turn out to be better than most people thought before the seasons started. I’ve had this feeling for awhile this coaching staff and front office redo feels right to me.
However, like many fans I loathe to step into the light without at least keeping the door open so I can run back into my dark cave if Atlanta crushes the Bills’ nascent chances for redemption.
Editor’s babble: Thanks for reading my sappy posts. And if you really want to put yourself through hell, you can find my tripe on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.