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What Buffalo Bills offseason move would you take back?

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills made a ton of moves this offseason, beginning with the ouster of Rex Ryan, continuing through the end of the Doug Whaley era, and culminating with a massive three-team trade package.

But now the Bills are 3-2 and poised to hit a very meaty part of their schedule where they can do some damage and make a playoff run. So something must have gone right.

So if you only had one move from the offseason to take back, which would it be? We listed the top moments from the offseason on our list. Leave your pick and reasons in the comments.

Firing Rex Ryan

No one wanted to keep him, right? I’m just putting this here.

Letting Anthony Lynn leave

Lynn was the leader in the clubhouse for the Bills’ head coaching job. His offense has performed well in two seasons, and he led the team to consecutive rushing titles. Through 16 weeks of the 2016 season, they were leading the league in scoring. That’s the point of offense, right? With a team that close, fix the defense, keep the offense, and you’re in the playoffs, right?

Hiring Sean McDermott

Do you trust the process? McDermott came in and completely changed the culture in the locker room as well as the production on the field. While his defense has been great under Leslie Frazier, the offense has been pretty bad. But they are 3-2 and in the middle of the playoff race.

Not signing a better offensive coordinator

This is the one I’m voting for. There were rumors Mike McCoy was on Sean McDermott’s short list of candidates. Instead, Buffalo ended up with Rick Dennison who has never called plays before and Buffalo’s run game has suffered immensely, the new blocking schemes aren’t working, and their passing game is worse, too.

Matching Ryan Groy’s tender

The Bills are paying the 36th-highest guard salary to a guy they won’t even play ahead of the hot mess they’ve thrown out there with John Miller and Vlad Ducasse. If he was good enough to match the offer, why not play him?

Not tendering Mike Gillislee higher

Gilly signed a big contract with New England after Buffalo failed to tender him at a second-round level. Would you rather have Gillislee or Matt Milano? The tender was actually the bigger mistake than not matching his offer. They should have placed a higher tender on him.

Passing on Patrick Mahomes/Deshaun Watson in the draft

Buffalo could have had their quarterback of the future. Instead they traded the pick, grabbed a first rounder in 2018 and selected Tre’Davious White. Would you prefer one of these young QBs or White plus a first?

Swapping Brandon Beane for Doug Whaley

It comes down to this; do you trust the process? Without the move, Sammy Watkins is still in town and a whole bunch of other things may or may not have happened. He hired McDemorr (kind of), engineered the trade for a 2018 first-round pick, and found several diamonds in the rough on the NFL free agency heap.

Trading Sammy Watkins & Ronald Darby for Jordan Matthews, E.J. Gaines, & draft picks

Unless both of these trades fall into place, neither one gets made so we are grouping them. They lost their best offensive player and gained a serviceable one in return. They may have actually improved on defense and added two draft picks. I was opposed to trading Watkins at the time, but it seems to be working out to this point.

Extending Eric Wood

The Bills gave a big contract extension to an aging veteran. Not exactly the look of a rebuilding team.

Releasing Jonathan Williams

This is one that melted Twitter and our comments section. Williams is on the Denver Broncos practice squad.

Now that the season has begun to play out, what would the Bills do today if they could go back and change one move they made in the offseason?


What Bills offseason move would you go back and change?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Firing Rex Ryan
    (15 votes)
  • 3%
    Letting Lynn leave
    (124 votes)
  • 0%
    Hiring McDermott
    (11 votes)
  • 40%
    Not adding a better OC
    (1311 votes)
  • 2%
    Matching Groy’s offer
    (67 votes)
  • 19%
    Letting Gillislee leave
    (641 votes)
  • 14%
    Passing on a QB in the draft
    (470 votes)
  • 0%
    Firing Whaley, hiring Beane
    (28 votes)
  • 7%
    Trading Sammy & Darby for Gaines, Matthews & picks
    (258 votes)
  • 2%
    Signing Wood
    (78 votes)
  • 7%
    Releasing Jonathan Williams
    (260 votes)
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