You don’t have to be the General Manager of a Pro Sports franchise to appreciate how difficult it is to do the job well. Anyone in the position of GM must be multi-talented, a keen judge of character with an eye for detail, self motivated and a bit stubborn. It also helps to be a risk taker, horse trader, spinner of yarns and master illusionist. In today’s modern sports world, the fans are privy to more inside information than ever and as a result, question almost every decision that is made.
Today’s GM has to be a planner and tactician. Not only must they be experienced with the sport in which they ply their trade, but familiar with the seven habits of highly effective people and the philosophy of Sun Tzu. We expect our GM to be both critical thinker and con artist who always tells us the truth while artfully deceiving his peers. With the start of each draft, we expect nothing less than complete success and perfect decisions on all matters great and small. As fans we take great exception to being kept in the dark or taken for granted. An ardent multi-tasker, we want our GM to conceive and flawlessly execute a short and long range staffing plan that will propel our team to becoming champions!
It is here that I feel compelled to make a case for our current GM Buddy Nix. We have watched him transform the Bills before our very eyes into the current version we cheer and grouse about on a daily basis. The additions, subtractions and no-actions that he has taken have become a source of joy and disdain. This season, the Bills Quarterback position has drawn a lot of comments on Buffalo Rumblings about the seemingly apparent lack of short and long range planning for this position. Buddy Nix has acquired and released veteran players in an attempt to bolster the position for the near term. For the long range, he is re-vamping Ryan Fitzpatrick through the coaching of David Lee.
Fitzpatricks shortcomings have been well documented. In order for him to improve He must undergo a transformation. Like a youngster initially entering military service, there is a complete separation from the past followed by wholesale acceptance and embodiment of the desired behaviors. Sometimes this transformation is seamless and at other times it is like a death in the family. But it is away from the public until the transformation is complete. Fitzpatrick's is happening in full public view. Because it takes so long for a QB to transform, it is estimated to take 8000 passes "http://blogs.buffalobills.com/2012/06/04/fitzs-three-steps/" to complete the transformation. In the meantime, we are seeing Fitz struggle internally and externally to change himself. I've always believed in helping others who are helping themselves.
We owe it to our team and Fitz, to support him during his transition. The team game plan seems to have morphed into a ground game that will take pressure off of Fitzpatrick while he works on his game. In the meantime, let’s urge Nix to develop an alternate long range plan to draft a young QB so we keep our options open!
Lets continue to question every move Nix makes and grouse every time Fitz makes a bonehead play, so Buddy has to work hard to keep the fan base satisfied. As long as Fitz continues to show improvement, enthusiastically cheer for him while remaining hopeful of eventual success.
"Being a Bills Fan is a Tough Job for Tough People…" – Luther6