I had to put this up into a fanpost, in light of the 1-4 start, and the dysfunction of our favorite football team. This is from Michael Lombardi over at the National Football Post.
Bills GM Russ Brandon on the 6-3 loss: “It is frustrating. I said it last week and I will say it again this week, this is a low point for the organization and for the fan base. We worked our tails off in the offseason to put us in a position that should be better than where we are now. Certainly, we understand the frustration of our fans and everyone that supports this organization.” Working your tail off doesn’t ensure success in the NFL. Working your tail off and making the right moves, however, do ensure success. The Bills placed too much faith in quarterback Trent Edwards, believing he could be their answer as a starter. He’s not a starter. News alert: The Bills need a quarterback.
I could make many points here, but the main point I want to make is about the Bills Front Office. There are many flaws in Buffalo's organizational structure....but work ethic is not one of them. It's not like Brandon, Jauron, Modrak, Guy, etc are lazy people. The problem lies in the fact that there is no one LEADER. The APPROACH and ATTITUDE of this organization is defined by a committee of people rather than one VOICE, which is why we have no identity as a football team. There is no football vision. What are we? The only thing about the Bills under Dick Jauron that is clear, is that we are a Tampa 2 defense that plays extremely hard, and usually under Bobby April has spectacular special teams. There is no offensive identity. They have clearly misevaluated the talent of the OL, and the capability of Trent Edwards as a starting caliber QB in this league. What separates good businesses from great businesses in any sector is not work ethic, because everyone knows you must work hard to succeed. It's knowing how to fix things when they go wrong. It's admitting mistakes and fixing them. Dick Jauron has had no clue what to do on the offensive side of the ball during his entire tenure and neither has anyone else in the organization for that matter, which is why we have had 3 OC's in 4 years.
Simply put. Dick Jauron is a great coach, a great leader and a great person. He is not however, a General Manager a talent evaluator, nor is he the one clear voice in the Bills organization. He clearly has his flaws, but those flaws are due to the committee approach of the organization and his lack of ability to make football decisions. They obviously screwed up big time spending all those FA dollars on Dockery & Walker. They have yet to find a QB, or an offensive coordinator. They have yet to find an identity in 3+ seasons.
Last thing I'll say. Everyone was giving so much kudos to the no-huddle approach in the off-season. This was clearly Dick Jauron's attempt at trying something new, something different to finally score enough points. In theory it was a good idea. However, he failed to think about having such a young and inexperienced OL and what it would take for them to run this system. The failure to think ahead about the APPROACH, led to the disaster and atrocious discipline of yesterday's circus of false starts. Trent IS NOT Peyton Manning. He cannot read a pre-snap defense and get them in the right play like they had hoped the no-huddle would allow him to do. They did not evaluate him correctly, or maybe they aren't putting him in the best position to succeed. He has regressed. Why? Remember when you were in school and the teacher was teaching you something you already knew? What did you do? You sluffed off and didn't pay attention because you knew it all already. Or how about when a teacher was shuffling through notes, trying to figure out what to say next? I feel this is what the OC position for Edwards has been like. No clear identity, no clear vision, and thus Edwards has not progressed, but rather has regressed because he spends his time trying new things that AVP/DJ are pulling from you know where. Has he worked hard? No doubt. Is he of high character? Yes. But he has not progressed because no one has any clue what the offense is supposed to look like in Buffalo. The APPROACH stinks and the attitude suffers because of it.
For the last 3 years on this blog, as the Bills have suffered, at some point every year it comes time to talk about firing the coach, time to rebuild, and etc. Every time we have this conversation it ends with the same conclusion in my opinion: As long as Ralph Wilson is the owner of this team, the Buffalo Bills will never build a consistent winner. The days of Jon Butler and Bill Polian seem like light years ago. And until or unless Ralph or some new owner realize this, that you have to have one voice, one leader, one man in charge of your organization, the only time of year we will have any amount of excitement will be between February and August. Because, when the games count, and they start counting wins and losses, the teams that have carefully executed their approach and plan for success (i.e Pitt, Indy, NE, Denver, Balt to name a few) will always be light years ahead of (Buffalo, St Louis, Cleveland, Washington).