Fighting a Letdown Part of the New Buffalo Bills

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Success provokes anxiety.  Is nervousness always part of the playoffs?  If so, it’s no wonder the Buffalo Bills were so reluctant to make them.

But as the president who had to wear a tie realized, some problems are worth the aggravation.  The Bills are one of those teams that now has to worry about sustaining a playoff streak.  Even the shortest one possible counts.

Winning a wild card is the start of the hard work.  While making triumph a hobby feels daunting, the alternative is slacking toward another meaningless December.

Fear of a regression season is such a Bills-style concern. Everything will always feel like it’s going to fall apart, as Buffalo fans notice patterns.  Some habits may remain even as the newish guys try to discard the toxic notion that our favorite city is doomed by fate.

Unreasonable hope amidst dread is a slightly more positive trait endemic to this fanbase.  Change is to be embraced if things sucked before.  Our favorite team may need a dozen new starters, but everyone likes buying fresh jerseys.  Fans of the NHL’s worst team fervently debate a number change if you think Buffalonians aren’t dedicated.

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Even guessing is hard.  It’s foolish to think we’ll know what kind of team is going to take the field under the best of circumstances.  This particular edition is experiencing a high rate of personnel turnover even for NFL franchises.  Fast food places are relieved that they don’t lose workers like the Bills have this offseason.

You can still live in Amherst, but you may be working in Cleveland.  Discarding players who had the misfortune to join the Bills under an inferior previous staff is management’s favorite hobby.  It turns out that the staff has to find replacements for the questionable hires made by previous staffers.  Having enough players is important, so write it on a Post-it note and stick it on the computer screen.

Guys who were on this team way back in 2016 feel like grizzled veterans.  They’re aren’t many others with whom they can reminisce.  Roster churn is a crucial part of becoming self-sufficient.  The Bills seek to avoid relying on Andy Dalton even as they propose he be canonized.

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A focused coach is the best defense against setbacks.  Sean McDermott seems like the type who wouldn’t panic if his pants were on fire, much less lie about it.  I’m picturing him on the Titanic with his arms folded working on a lifeboat strategy.  The Bills have been compared to the most famous sunken ship for decades, but it may be for the first time with hope of survivors.

McDermott’s rookie head coaching season was most impressive for his ability to work with outdated technology.  It’s hard to browse quickly on a flip phone.  But the coach has already shown he can overcome transitional talent issues.

Now, that’s enough proof he can succeed under challenging circumstances.  If Brandon Beane thought he’s already seen thankful Bills fans, he should picture how big his statue will be if his personnel acquisition style pays off once fully implemented.

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There’s no reason to take his time.  For one, McDermott is eager to prove how well he can do without having to coach 3-4 defense holdovers.  He’s already gotten some curious decisions out of his system.  Learning how to react during a game is like Bill Murray realizing why repeating a day offers a chance for self-improvement.

As for a team that shares Mister Murray’s Christian name, the Bills finally determined how to break patterns that kept them locked in football’s dungeon.  And they’re still learning.  Realizing that improvement is an endless process seems exhausting at first.  But life doesn’t just stay awesome.  It’d be dull if things were that easy, so be glad for the chance to toil.

The only thing better than hard work is smart work.  Smashing a car with a sledgehammer burns lots of calories, but it may not help you get around.  The present Bills regime got inevitable first-year errors out of the way and still squeaked into the playoffs.  Imagine when they’re not screwing up coffee orders like interns.

Knowing when fans will swear at you for punting is crucial for progress.  The club has to replace its one-year replacements.  Rex Ryan did bring a playoff appearance, albeit only by being fired.

Present staff is still cleaning the mess from upturned buffet tables.  The fact they’re not making excuses bodes well for a team learning how to stay clean.

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Anthony Bialy recently moved back to Buffalo from New York City and acts like he never left. He thinks "Buffalo 66" is biographical and considers it a crime against mankind that Steve Tasker is not in the Hall of Fame. He likes getting Tim Hortons on the way to get Labatt Blue. Follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyBialy.

8 Replies to “Fighting a Letdown Part of the New Buffalo Bills”

  1. Well said, sir and yes, it is extremely difficult to overcome a losing culture. The history of the Bills has been a roller-coaster one from the days of Buster Ramsey to today’s current edition and it is easy to consider the Marv Levy years as a blip on the football radar. This young coach will hopefully be the one to break the cycle and finally build a truly winning culture for the long-suffering fans. I’m reminded of what a largely unknown Chuck Noll brought to a struggling Steeler franchise and a Lombardi did for Green Bay, so hope, as they say, springs eternal. Thanks again for your contributions; they are always appreciated.

  2. Thanks for another article Anthony! “The Bills seek to avoid relying on Andy Dalton even as they propose he be canonized,” lol, it’s great that Dalton and the Bengals helped give the Bills the huge break that they needed, let’s hope the Bills don’t have to rely on luck every year to make it into the playoffs.

    It’s seems every offseason, usually between the time in between minicamp and training camp, some Bills player gets in trouble or does something questionable. Looks like this offseason could be no exception. It’s way too early to judge McCoy as details are starting to emerge. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. All I can say is that I hope McCoy didn’t do a Rae Carruth and have any involvement in the robbery/assault on his ex g/f. If he was involved, his career is over and he should go to jail for a long time. McCoy’s loss to the offense would be devastating as he’s the focal point on the offense. Whoever did that to McCoy’s ex g/f needs to be locked up for a very long time.

  3. “McCoy’s loss to the offense would be devastating as he’s the focal point on the offense.”

    Meh…with McCoy they’re likely a bottom 5 offense. So they go from a 5 or 6 win team to a 4 or 5 win team if he misses the whole year. So what? Maybe they’ll finish with a top pick in the draft and they can finally get that QB they so desper…oh wait. I forgot we’re stuck in the shatter for the next few years. Yay.

    • Disagree. The Bills won nine games last year and it wasn’t on Tyrod’s arm as he averaged 150-200 yards passing (sometimes less) and led the offense to 3 points on four separate occasions.

  4. Joma- please help me understand why you think you are better at assessing QB talent than the Bills Scouting and Coaching staff.

  5. Greg, what makes you think the Bills scouts and coaching staff are better at it than countless other evaluators? I’m making my assessment off several dozens of analysts opinions and data that says if Josh Allen succeeds, it’ll be a first. He’s never been great, he’s always been potential. And considering anytime you hear Beane talk about what he wants in a QB, the first things he says are “big, strong…” He’s a size queen. He’s obsessed with Josh Allen’s measurables. Just because he’s an athletic phenom doesn’t mean he’ll be a great QB, especially when he hasn’t ever been against lower level competition.

    We have no choice but to watch it play out, but I see no reason to pretend I think it might work out. I’m calling my shot. Dude isn’t going to be a franchise QB. He’s more than welcome to prove me wrong…

  6. Joma- Understood. I just question the expertise of evaluators that spend little time on this as compare to teams’ staff that spend countless hours trying to figure this stuff out. I think the sportswriters and Network sport analysts only study the superficial data to make their decisions, and they seem to be all over the map.

  7. And I think the guys making the picks see and get hung up on all the potential and are overconfident in their ability to unlock it. No question Josh Allen has incredible size, arm strength, athleticism, and by all accounts he’s very intelligent…build your own ultimate QB, he probably looks like Josh Allen and has his characteristics. But he’s had all these things all the while and has still only managed being a mediocre QB at best. Why anyone would think now that he’s on the Bills of all teams, NOW he’s going to finally realize all that potential! Because all the elite talent around him? Because of how progressive and ahead of the curve the Bills are in their offensive philosophies? Yeah, the Bills are about the last team I’d expect a guy whose chances I hated to start with to go to and blossom under.