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The Buffalo Bills have started fast before, but they didn't stick to the process

We can't say it enough, #TrustTheProcess

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The Buffalo Bills haven't made the playoffs in seventeen years. Most of those seasons were doomed from the start and left little-to-no hope for the team. More recently the Bills have been able to get a good jump to start the season just to watch it wither away.

Eric Wood and Kyle Williams have stuck around for most of those fast starts and know how important it is to keep your foot on the pedal. They both spoke to the team earlier in the week about sticking to the process and not allowing their success to fall through their fingertips.

Coach Sean McDermott said the previous Bills teams didn't sustain success because they, “didn't stick to the process” and focus on individual steps instead of overall success.

In 2008 the Bills started 4-0 until a trip to play the soon-to-be NFC champions, Arizona Cardinals , stopped them dead in their tracks. Trent Edwards took a massive hit and suffered a concussion. While he had his best game as a pro in the next game, his play fell off considerably afterward. During the first half of the 2011 season, the Bills started 5-2 and followed that up with seven (SEVEN!) straight losses to crush any playoff hope. That year, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Last year, in 2016, the Bills started 4-2 until losing three straight heartbreakers to head into the bye week.

The Bills have had recent short-term success but haven't been able to keep the ball rolling. Coaching has played a huge part of the wheels falling off the wagon in a hurry. With a guy like Sean McDermott, we can be optimistic that the Bills continue their success but they still have a long 12 games ahead of them.