The Buffalo Bills are currently sitting at a 3-5 record, a concussed quarterback, two starting running backs, TO (who has yet to go TO), a plethora of wide receivers who can't consistently catch the football or make plays, or even get the ball thrown towards them by the illustrious arm cannon of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Lee Evans has been able to do it consistently, only when he gets the ball. The coach is a disaster, the talent of the field is subpar and the front office is being run by businessmen who have no football knowledge or even a history of football. They have no General Manager, and two previous front office men, AJ Smith and Bill Polian, have gone on to great success with the San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
AJ Smith was the Director of Pro Personnel during the years and Polian was the General Manager. Smith has since built a consistent playoff-caliber team in the Chargers and Polian has done historic things in Indianapolis and some forget that he was the General Manager of the Carolina Panthers in the expansion years, and built the team that made it to the NFC Championship game in its second year of existence.
Every year, the Bills seem to go 7-9 with a glimmer of hope that next year may be the year, and every year Bills fans get kicked in the face with another abysmal 7-9 performance.
The front office does a great job in making the fans think that this will be the year with free agent signings (Terrell Owens, Kawika Mitchell), trades (Marcus Stroud, Jason Peters) and draftees (Leodis McKelvin, James Hardy, Trent Edwards).
They have let some good players go due to free agency (Nate Clements, Antoine Winfield, Jabari Greer,) heck, even Coy Wire has found a place in Atlanta and Jim Leonhard has gone on to be a role player in Baltimore and now with the New York Jets.
Not only free agency has hurt them but poor draft picks as well. Everyone in Buffalo cringes inside when they hear the names Erik Flowers, Willis MacGahee, JP Losman, John McCargo, and Mike Williams.
Through the years 2000-2006 the Buffalo Bills had eight first round draft picks. Of the eight, three are still on the roster, and that includes John McCargo, whom they tried to trade but he failed a physical and got sent back to Buffalo. Of the three, two are starting—Lee Evans and Donte Whitner.
Basically, it comes down to putting the blame on the people making the decisions from the top including Ralph Wilson Jr., who refuses to spend money on bringing in talent on the field and on the coaching sideline.
If the Bills fans are to endure another 7-9 or even a 6-10, there may be that infamous glimmer of hope in when they have a late season charge and win a few games they may start jumping in the middle of Route 20A and Abbott Rd. What the Bills need and it will be painful is a 3-13 season and just look horrible doing it.
They need to lay an egg and score 80 point over the next eight games and be a horrendous NFL team. They need to get a reality check that in the NFL, especially in the same division as the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins, all well run organizations, and the same conference of the Colts, Ravens, Steelers, Chargers, and Broncos. All teams that are perennial contenders for the five playoff spots in the AFC.
This seems to be the year to do it. Ralph Wilson Jr needs to eat the buyout contract on Dick Jauron and bring in a guy that is a proven winner, and they are out there.
Bill Cowher is there along with Mike Holmgren, Jon Gruden, Mike Shanahan, even guys like Brian Billick, Marty Schottenheimer are out there, and all have proved that they could win in the NFL. Schottenheimer was fired after going 15-1. 15-1. All because they said he couldn't win in the playoffs. Buffalo would implode itself in riots if they went 15-1.
The only way this can happen though is to show what it is and has been doing in the past doesn't and isn't working. Maybe a 3-13 season can change that. Maybe. Please?