I hate making preseason predictions. I hate anointing division winners in May. And if there's one thing I can't stand about sports, especially the NFL, it's that everyone has the belief their team will win it all.
But I suppose that's why we all connect with sports. So I'll make one preseason prediction.
The Bills won't make the playoffs.
But come on, these are Buffalo Bills, coined "North America's Team." It has to be their year. Right?
This league is all about what have you done for me lately.
So far, the Bills in that regard have been lackluster to say the least.
I'm a realist, and with the Bills, how can I predict that they will even get into the playoffs let alone win the division?
They've stunk the past decade, and I have no confidence that T.O. or Maybin will get this team over the hump.
So long as Ralph Wilson is enamored with head coach Dick Jauron, this team will just spin its wheels.
Here's the facts on Jauron. He's 57-76 as a head coach in the NFL, posting one 13-3 season with the Chicago Bears in 2001. Since that season, Jaruon has gone 4-12, 7-9, 1-4, 7-9, 7-9, and you guessed it, 7-9.
I was puzzled why the Bills thought it was necessary to bring this guy back after last season, but it was the cheap route.
Wilson doesn't want to spend the money or does he posses the energy to bring a new coach in.
After last season, it was pretty apparent that this team needed a fresh face in the organization, someone who brought life and attitude to the franchise.
Jauron's tenure and his presence on the sideline gives me no hope that this team will turn it around.
How can I?
I want to think good things will happen, but that franchise needs to prove the doubters wrong, including me. Jauron needs to prove me wrong.
The big free-agent deal with T.O. is a PR tactic, much like the Drew Bledsoe trade in 2002.
I'm not going to buy into this team until I see results after a playoff berth.
I'm especially not going to buy into Jauron, who's guided teams straight into the offseason, rather than the postseason.