This post in more interested in the responses than the post itself. I'm hoping to get some thoughts strung out below for a little more insight into the psyche of our fan base. I'll spell out my feelings on the topic and then (hopefully) sit back a view your interpretation of this weekends match up.
In the last five weeks the Bills have played well. Well enough to debate the job security of almost an entire team and coaching staff with a more favorable flavor than the first quarter of the season. Yet even with Buffalo's recent success on the field, winning two in a row might not be good enough. Keeping it close against upper tier teams might be quickly forgotten. Why?
Well for one, the three close games against the Ravens, Chiefs, and Bears were still losses.... regardless of the improved performance. And for two, the subsequent wins were against teams occupying space in the same basement as our own. I'm not judging folks, just stating the obvious truths.
Buffalo hasn't yet made that statement to the rest of the league that would announce their arrival. So you won't hear much from the media unless it's about Stevie Johnson's undershirt on an episode of "C'mon Man". But if that's the only way to get on a national broadcast, so be it say I. At least people recall that there is still a team called the Buffalo Bills out there, somewhere.
This weekend against Pittsburgh is an obvious place to make such a statement. With a win of any type, Boomer and his crew will be forced to analyze future games against the Bills asking questions like "How do you stop their offense?" or "How do you beat a defense that seems to have forgotten how bad they really are?" What a pleasant thought.
But what does the fan base need for a statement that really sticks to the bones? Will any win do the job, or will it take a blow out before people at least pour the cool aide into a glass and consider taking a drink? I really don't know the answer. As for me, any kind of win against a powerful Pittsburgh team is good enough. But there are some who have made it clear already that before they will give credence to Buffalo's turn around that the Bills need to score at least 35 points. I fully understand why such a sentiment is garnered. But is it a fair one against a Steelers celebrated defensive squad? Maybe, maybe not.
Will it take:
- the Bills grabbing the lead early and never relinquishing it throughout the game?
- the Bills making another comeback late in the fourth to win it in the final seconds... or overtime?
And what is the cost of losing against the Steelers this weekend? Will it dismantle all of the positive spins placed on an abysmal season for the remainder of the year, regardless of how they finish? Will a loss against a Super Bowl contender have us reeling with contempt, or looking for answers in desperate measures? I doubt all of this, but we have all seen it before. What say you, BR? If we can't make that statement this weekend with a solid win, should people like me stop wishing for meaningless wins and a winning cultural change so that our draft position improves. No sarcasm intended here. I'm trying to figure out how to best root for this teams future... and I'm not attempting to condemn attitudes that I've debated since my blogging on this site began.
So to sum it up... a win means just what? (in your opinions). If the Bills lose, the Buffalo front office and coaching staff should do what? (in your opinions).
Yesterday was a fascinating study in blogging pitfalls for me... I learned a lot. But you know what they say about what one should do if they fall off of a horse. So I'm back in the saddle and hoping this post has been titled, and articulated adequately enough to employ its intent.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.