We haven’t talked about the Buffalo Bills a whole bunch lately because, in all honesty, there really hasn’t been much to say. Since the hiring of Buddy Nix, things have been moving along without a lot of flash or spectacle. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
We won’t know if what the front office is doing is truly good or bad for the team until they take the field and put everything into action. So all eyes will be on this man:
As training camp opens tomorrow we’re going to get our first real look at the team that’s been constructed in the off-season. There aren’t a whole bunch of names that have changed, which might understandably upset some people, but what seems to keep fans optimistic is that Nix and Gailey seem to have a plan and know what type of team they want.
Now we may not see that team this season or the year after. Slowly but surely, however, I believe that they are putting the pieces in place to get this team back into the postseason consistently.
The quarterback position is still the biggest question mark. It’ll probably be Brian Brohm starting on Week One. Or it could very well be Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick. Chan Gailey has made a career of taking average quarterbacks and putting them in situations to succeed. Why can’t he do it again?
As I discussed with Nick Mendola, Mike Cline, Jr. and Scott Frauenhofer on a podcast for Nick’s show on WECK 1230AM, the best case scenario for this team (realistically) is to finish the season 8-8. They’re probably more of a five or six win team if they can “steal” one here and there, but, at least this season, there’s not a lot going on in terms of wins.
That said, I’m not gonna lie, I’m actually pretty excited about the Bills this year. I find their underdog role in the division to be very appealing and they may quickly become a team I really enjoy rooting for as opposed to a team I feel obligated to cheer on. No expects them to be good (and they probably won’t be) but the attitude and culture changes in the locker room and on the practice field is a very positive sign.
Chan Gailey seems like a coach who isn’t going to take any crap from his players, his staff or the media. He’s going to do what he feels is right and stick to his guns despite what anyone else tries to tell him. He wasn’t the most exciting hire (or, really, a very exciting hire at all), but he could very well be the right hire. We’ll analyze his game day approach as we begin to learn more about him and I think that air of mystery is a good thing.
In fact, the most appealing thing about Gailey right now is that he’s not Dick Jauron.
So let’s try and remain optimistic. At least for a little while.