Good morning Bills Nation and Happy Friday,
There was a time when it was good to be a Bills fan. I remember a time when if you were a Bills fan in Brooklyn, NY, you were considered a "bandwagon" fan. A lot of our younger fans may not remember this time; but we were one of those franchises that were considered a winning franchise. We had an explosive offense, a dominant defense, and a hall of fame coach. We had stars on our teams and future hall of famers. I remember wearing my Buffalo Bills hat when I was 12 or 13 years old, and wearing it with pride and honor. Knowing that I rooted for a team that was amongst the NFL elite. I remember getting in to fights with Jets fans at my school and arguing over who was better Thurman Thomas or Marshall Faulk. I've got suspended on 3 different occasions for fights, because the Jets fans were jealous that I was a Bills fan.
I'm saying all of this, because as an adult I haven't felt that sort of pride in a very long time. I'm almost ashamed to tell people who I root for. "Oh you a Bills fan, how did that happen"? Geez, a Bills fan, good luck with that one? I have no choice, but to laugh it off because unfortunately there isn't much to be proud of.
So what happen? When did it all go so wrong? How did this franchise lose it's way? Are we cursed?
My thoughts after the jump.
There was one moment that stuck out for me, more than anything else. In my heart, in my gut, I felt this was wrong. Little did I know that this was going to be the moment in which this franchise will never recover. That moment was when Wade Philips or Ralph Wilson decided to bench Doug Flutie and start Rob Johnson in the first round of the playoffs against the Tennessee Titans. We all know the story so I won't bore you with the details, but ever since that moment this team has been doomed. I always felt like Doug Flutie was our little lucky charm. This guy won at every level and he had a certain magic about him. He led us to an 11-5 season and a playoff berth. But we did the unthinkable, by benching him for a guy who put up career numbers in a meaningless week 17 game against the Colts. Call it bad luck; call it karma, or simply just call it cursed. In my opinion we haven't been the same since.
So tell me Bills fans, what happen? I'm really relying on some of the older fans who remember some of the behind the scene things that were going on. Living out of town, I never felt like I knew the whole story. So please educate me and others. What was it that made this franchise make a turn for the worst?