I am writing to all you Bills fans this evening to dispel the belief that Buffalo is actually in a rebuilding mode. Possibly, I may be the only fan out there who has this feeling. However, I am hoping that by the end of this FanPost, I would have convinced at least one of you.
To understand where I am coming from let us first take a look at where the Bills have taking a new approach to the business of the National Football League. I don’t know if any of you like Russ Brandon, but to me he is the ONLY reason the Bills have remained in Buffalo the past five years and hopefully the long term future. I personally believe, if the organization did not branch out and attempt to attract the southern Ontario region and into the Rochester area, they would not still reside in western New York. Brandon has been awarded the moniker Executive of the Year a few years ago according to people who know how to run a football franchise. With him making the ultimate decisions, the Bills have begun their way to being part of the hip, new look of what a successful organization appears like.
Second, I for one have at times questioned what Buddy Nix is thinking, but intelligent people have to admit that the roster is considerably stronger than what it was when he first inherited it. He has hit on every first round draft pick since he has been here. Fans forget how talentless this team was when Nix was hired. The looming factor that could either make or break his reputation will be whether he hits or misses on drafting the quarterback this team has needed ever since Flutie left. He jumped on the Fitzwagon but there were all kinds of holes to be filled when he felt that he could fly with Fitzpatrick in the cockpit. With Whaley helping him out Buffalo will find the right one.
Third up is Whaley. Asst. GM Doug Whaley is one of the best young GM’s-in-waiting currently in the NFL. He is highly respected/desired across the league and Buffalo has got him for the long haul. I have complete faith that being paired up with Nix will assist in finding the right piece to put the team on the right track. The quarterback they pick will be the correct one.
Next on the list is our new head coach Doug Marrone. It is a small miracle that he was even able to bring the Syracuse program back to respectability, let alone win the Big East title! He did it with limited talent and even less respect from other programs. He was able to mold average players into limitless possibilities. Nassib is a great example of such a player.
This leads me to the next section: offensive and defensive coordinators. Mike Pettine’s defense was ranked in the top ten the three years he was in charge with the New York Jets
. I think he wanted to jump off a sinking ship (Rex Ryan’s Circus Cruise) and attach himself to a staff that will make waves this year. Plus, I believe that he wanted recognition for his defense and not always defer to Ryan for that. Mike Hackett is a smart, innovative young coordinator who is unknown but already is getting some love for grooming Nassib and creating mismatches with Nassib that ostensibly John Gruden couldn’t stop gushing over (check out this website’s article related to Nassib at Gruden’s QB camp). With those two top assistants, they have the ability to get the best out of the talent they now have in their arsenal. Yes, there is plenty of talent on the defensive line.
Lastly, I like to admit that Buffalo has one of the most explosive players in the league currently in C.J. Spiller
. He is the best thing to hit Buffalo since Thurman Thomas. He has a huge future in front of him and Hackett will help him maximize his attributes. Plus, with Brandon running the team, when Spiller’s time comes to get a fat paycheck, Russ will pay. No doubt. As a matter of fact, while we are on the subject of young talented players, let us mention others who will step up this year. There are three different articles on NFL.com that mention three players who will take the next step up this year: Nigel Bradham
, Stephon Gilmore
, and Marcell Dareus
= young players with a lot of potential.
All in all, the pieces are there. As fans all we have needed is the right staff to mix it all together correctly. True, they need a long term solution to the QB question, but Kolb is good enough to take them to the playoffs. He is more efficient and has a slightly better arm than Fitz. They will get their QB in the upcoming draft (please, please, PLEASE let it be Nassib) and he will take over when he is truly ready. The Buffalo Bills
are led by intelligent, savvy men and their product will finally make their fan base smile for once. If not, I will be the biggest naturally optimistic buffoon to ever write a FanPost.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.