The Bills got owned yesterday by the Patriots. Seven turnovers are inexcusable, and Fitz didn't make the fans any less eager to draft Andrew Luck. However, as always, there is something to be learned and perspective gained from the game yesterday.
The first thing to keep in mind following the debacle at the Ralph is that the Patriots are doing this to everybody, including the Bears and Jets. These are both playoff teams, so there is really no shame in getting owned by a team that is dominating everybody.
At this point, I fully expect to lose two more games to New England next season. This doesn't mean the Bills won't progress next season, nor does it mean that Bills nation should jump off the bandwagon.
I sincerely hope the Bills draft Andrew Luck. This is nothing against Fitz, and I feel like a commitment to the running game and improving the defense would help out just as much as getting a franchise type QB. However, after watching Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, you see how a great QB makes a mediocre talent pool like like pro bowlers.
While this was a terrible loss, and I know Bills fans are thinking that the sky is falling and there has been no progress this year, this is just not the case. The Bills have made great progress and at worst have a core of players to start building around.
I know Bills fans hate hearing this, but this is a rebuilding process. The Bills have perhaps 5 players who could start or see significant playing time on another team. The upside to that is that all our players are young and the Bills will have great depth in a couple of years when they are ready to win. Buffalo has shown they can beat middling teams/compete with a few teams better than they are.
Year one is all about stopping the bleeding. Year two is all about gaining traction for the future. I feel like the Bills will do that next season, and then the third year is where you want to see some results. Keep the faith Bills fans, were still going to be OK.