For Bills Magic Word Is: WHY?

Matt BrancatoContributor IOctober 3, 2010

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson Jr. poses with his bust at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the 2009 enshrinement ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2009 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Perhaps no word summarizes the last 10 years of Bills football better than the word: WHY? Throughout all the changes, the only constant has been the fans consistently asking WHY? Whether it be draft choices, coaching staff and front office hirings, or player signings, almost every move made by One Bills Drive has been questionable. Be it hiring a rookie-gm in Marv Levy, signing Dick Jauron to an extension, or drafting Aaron Maybin, the front office for the Bills has been at best mediocre.

The most puzzling sequence of moves however, has to be the treatment of QB's. Despite coming off a 2,900 yard 20 TD season, the Bills gave the team to first round pick JP Losman. Following Losman's 3,000 yard season, the Bills drafted Trent Edwards. After a 1,000 yard season by Trent Edwards, the Bills refused to draft a QB until the seventh round, only to cut him and re-sign him week 3. Now the Bills are here with Ryan Fitzpatrick. A journey-man, career backup and they are staring down the barrel of a very mediocre season. Many would think with a draft class including 3 top QB prospects, the Bills couldn't mess this draft up, but messing up the draft appears to be the Bills specialty.

The drafting for the Bills has been just downright terrible for a long time now. Trading up for John McCargo, who now in his 5th season is struggling just to get activated for games. Drafting Donte Whitner, a mediocre safety who more often than not struggles just to make tackles. Drafting Aaron Maybin over such players as Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, and Brian Orakpo. Finally, the cream of the crop, drafting CJ Spiller over filling glaring holes at QB, WR, LT, DT, DE, LB, and TE. Not to say Spiller will not be great, but now through 3 games, Spiller has carried the ball just 14 times. The scariest of all is that the Bills were willing to draft a QB when their starter had a 3,000 yard season, but wouldn't pull the trigger when Edwards had 1,000 yards in a season. 

Perhaps no move has personified the reason for the Bill's mediocrity more than the extension of Chris Kelsay. Chris Kelsay who was a mediocre DE, has actually gotten worse in his move to LB. How do the Bills reward such mediocrity? By extending him for 4 years and 24 million, with 13 guaranteed. The Bills will gladly give a terrible player the big money, but will refuse to sign Terrell Owens, or trade for Donovan McNabb, or trade for Michael Vick, or trade for Anquan Boldin or Housmanzadeh. 

The question remains, WHY? Why do the Bills continually reward mediocrity and engage in it? Why do the Bills continually sign garbage players and coaches? Why do the Bills have a front office and owner that resemble a nursing home?


But perhaps the biggest question is WHY DO THE BILLS FANS CONTINUE TO LINE RALPH WILSONS POCKETS? Until that question is answered, Ralph Wilson has no incentive to build a winning team