The Buffalo Bills won their second consecutive game yesterday in thrilling fashion, and I am officially sick of seeing Bills fans fret about the team's slipping 2011 NFL Draft position.
I could turn this piece into something lengthy and self-indulgent, but I don't really need to. My point here is simple, and I offer it as a rebuttal to anyone who spared even a second's thought about the Bills moving away from No. 1 overall pick territory with two straight wins: the way these 2-8 Bills are playing football is far, far more important than being the worst team in the league.
Simply put: wanting your team to lose, but wanting the team to completely change its culture after a decade of losing football, are opposing thought processes. You can't change a culture by actively seeking the first overall pick; if you tank the season, your culture is only getting worse. Asking Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey to begin that culture change next year would doom their re-building project from the start; you can't waste a year not trying to win in the Not-For-Long league.
It's fairly clear that the culture is changing at One Bills Drive. It's been apparent for a few weeks now, even while the team was still losing, but it's crystal clear at this point: this is now Gailey's team. Despite similar personnel, they're a completely different team than they were a year ago. They play hard, they play together, and as evidenced by their historic comeback in Cincinnati, they don't quit. Ever.
This team still lacks talent. They're going to lose more games. Worrying about where they'll pick in April is nonsense. I will root these guys on harder than ever and embrace the obvious change in culture - and I'll take that development over securing the No. 1 overall pick a million times out of a million.