I, like everyone else, am thrilled about the direction in which the team seems to be heading. I believe that we have, in the last several years, laid what should be the foundation of a very successful football team for years to come. By drafting and keeping talented players, we are moving in the direction of teams like Pittsburgh, GB, and NYG--teams that draft, develop, and keep their best players. I believe that signing Mario Williams shows how far this team has come from just about any angle you choose to view it: Whether it is the management's confidence in our roster, the ability of our organization and city to lure free agents, or the potential for our team to win games.
However, in recent days I have become worried about what I believe is an over-exuberance in Winning Now. I am an enormous Bills fan, and I am positive that this town and this fan-base are more than deserving of a winning franchise much sooner than later. We have endured years of hardship and ridicule from football fans far and wide, and it is high time to strike back. That being said, I do not believe that it is time to stray from the path that has led us to where we stand today.
Ideas such as trading Freddie Jackson, signing Drew Brees, and trading away first round picks have been bounced around on this site. Ideas that I believe would drive us away from Buddy's stated plan of building through the draft and adding key free agent pieces where we see the ability to do that. Ideas that could potentially cripple our salary cap in years to come and prevent us from resigning key pieces to long-term extensions. Ideas that sound more Redskinian (for lack of a better term) than those that have gotten us to where many us believe we are now--ready to compete for years to come.
If you believe that we are a very good rookie LT away from competing for a Superbowl, then anything is a go. But when was the last time a team won a Superbowl with a rookie at the position? If you think that a shot at one championship this year or next is better than a shot at several more in the next two to six or seven or eight years is worth it, then Winning Now should be the priority. But how many times has the "better team" lost a game they should have won on what seems like one decisive drive or play?
Clearly, I am of the belief that it is important to have faith and stay the course. We have waited a long time--too long--to be where we are now. But me, personally, well I would like to see us do just what we have been doing under Buddy and Chan. I think the outcome will be well worth the wait.