In his 50 seasons as the owner, the Bills have a record of 365 wins and 404 losses. That is a win percentage of 47.46%. The Bills have been to the playoffs 20 times in 50 years or 40% of the time. 4 of the 20 playoff teams were in the old AFL. The team has had 5 or less wins (a rough equivalent of non competitive) 15 times or 30% of the time. He has had 14 head coaches and 4 have a winning percentage over .500. Marv Levy (1986-1997) has 123 wins or 33.70% of all the franchise wins while coaching 23.67% of the team’s games. Bill Polian (1986-1993) was the GM during most of Levy’s tenure. The Bills’ record while Levy and Polian were together was 91 wins and 52 losses or a win percentage of 63.64%. In their 8 seasons together they went to the playoffs 6 times. Three other coaches have winning percentages over .500 – Lou Saban, Chuck Knox and Wade Phillips.
There is an adage always used in baseball that any player over the course of a season becomes the back of his baseball card, In other words your career stats are who you are and cannot be outperformed over any reasonable period of time. I believe this adage can also be applied to football. I started thinking about this when commenting on a fan post and decided to take a more detailed look at H of F owner, Ralph Wilson. The back of his card after the jump.
What have you done for us lately? In the 21st century the Bill have won 63 and lost 89 for a win percentage of 41.45%. There have been no playoff appearances and 4 head coaches. The Bills are one of 15 NFL teams to have never won a Super Bowl.
Ralph paid $25,000 for the franchise in 1960. The latest estimate by Forbes of the value of the Bills is $637,000,000.