Ralph Wilson Jr. has been the owner of the Buffalo Bills franchise since the inception of the National Football League 50 long years ago. Still today, Buffalo Bills' loyal fans have yet to see the confetti fall, despite the four consecutive Super Bowl losses that has broken the hearts of every resident in the great city of Buffalo, N.Y.
Now, Ralph Wilson has had enough. A decade away from his 100th birthday, he has stuck with the team through thick and thin, but this season we have seen another side of the normally quiet, behind the scenes owner.
A billboard pleading for the firing of the much hated Dick Jauron must have opened the eyes of our beloved Ralph Wilson Jr; as he was fired within a month. Now, Russ Brandon, the team's General Manager (who specializes in MARKETING) has been replaced by Buddy Nix, a man with superior experience in scouting and evaluation the talent of up and coming players.
Nix served as a scout for Buffalo in the early '90s, before becoming the assistant GM of the San Diego Chargers, as well as the director of player personnel, encouraging the team to draft top-tier players such as Shawne Merriman, Drew Brees, LaDanian Tomlinson, Quinten Jammer, Antonio Cromartie, and countless others. I think we all know how that turned out.
Although Nix is not as big a name as newly appointed president of the Cleveland Browns, Mike Holmgren, Nix has a knack for evaluating players and developing a team with players that fit the desired system.
While working with the Bills, he scouted and eventually brought in Buffalo favorites including Pro Bowl corner Antoine Winfield, and our favorite defensive end since Bruce Smith, Aaron Schobel. Additionally, he coached Terrell Owens, during his time at Tennessee Chattanooga, for those of you that like to nitpick.
This may seem like a small step for the Buffalo Bills, but a GM with a high football IQ is what we need. This could easily be the beginning of something new. Something that will bring pride and joy to the city of Buffalo. Something that will make America tune in to Bills' games, not to see a losing team, but a team feared by all.
I could be wrong, but hey, coming from Buffalo, all you can do is hope!