A New Era, A New Stadium

A New Era has dawned for the Bills.  A new head coach, general manager, and offensive coordinator.  The playoff drought is over.  Amid the euphoria over the new beginnings, attention turns to a new arena for the team.  An all-weather dome should logically be constructed downtown.   It will be a source of civic renewal and pride.  THE FAITHFUL LOOK TO OWNERS TERRY AND KIM PEGULA TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND DIRECTION.  COOPERATION IS NEEDED AMONG MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT, AND THE LEAGUE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.  CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL BE SET IN MOTION, WE CLOSE RANKS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have named Western New York native Brian Daboll offensive coordinator.  The announcement was made yesterday by Coach Sean McDermott between playoff games.  Daboll’s roots are deep here, having played football for St. Francis High School in Hamburg and the University of Rochester.  He first encountered McDermott when he was an assistant coach at William & Mary and McDermott was an undergraduate safety.  Daboll spent 11 years coaching under Bill Belichick in New England, where he earned 5 Super Bowl rings.  He most recently served as offensive coordinator for Alabama which won the national title under Nick Saban.  DABOLL BECOMES THE FIFTH BILLS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR IN 5 YEARS.  HE BRINGS A BREADTH OF SUCCESSFUL COACHING EXPERIENCE TO THE SQUAD.  CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, WITH A NEW QUARTERBACK LIKELY TO REPLACE TYROD TAYLOR.  SEEING THE WISDOM OF HIS APPOINTMENT, WE LOOK FOR RESULTS AS 1BUFFALO.

The Patriots and Eagles emerged victorious in yesterdays divisional games.  Nick Foles led Philadelphia to a 15 – 10 win over Atlanta.  Perennial powerhouse New England trounced underdog Tennessee 35 – 14.  Tom Brady shook off the doldrums to become the oldest quarterback to win a playoff game since Brett Favre.  Action continues today when Pittsburgh hosts Jacksonville and Minnesota meets New Orleans.  THE ODDSMAKERS ARE PREDICTING A PATRIOTS-STEELERS MATCHUP IN NEXT WEEKS AFC CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST.  IT SHOULD BE QUITE A GAME.  THE AFC EAST MAY AGAIN BE REPRESENTED IN THE SUPER BOWL.  GRATEFUL THAT THE BILLS MADE IT TO THE WILD CARD ROUND, WE WATCH AND WAIT AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have fired offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.  He departs after just one season with the team.  The offense floundered under him, ranking 22nd in points per game, 26th in first downs per game, and 29th in  yards per game.  His days were numbered after Sean McDermott failed to give him a vote of confidence in the end-of-season news conference earlier this week.  EXPECT THE COACH TO FILL THE VACANCY QUICKLY.  DENNISONS FIRING IS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL PERSONNEL CHANGES TO COME.  TYROD TAYLOR WILL LIKELY ALSO BE SHOWN THE EXITS.  AWAITING THE UNVEILING OF THE REVAMPED OFFENSE, WE EXPECTANTLY REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

The number one challenge facing the Bills this off season is the quarterback dilemma.  Critical decisions will be made whether to retain Tyrod Taylor or replace him through trade, free agency, or the draft.  While the Bills made the playoffs with Taylor as starter, his performance was rocky and uneven.  He clearly is not the franchise quarterback that the team needs.  IN THE COMING WEEKS MANAGEMENT WILL EVALUATE ITS OPTIONS.  TAYLOR WILL LIKELY BE GONE NEXT YEAR.  HOPING FOR RESOLUTION TO THE CRISIS UNDER CENTER, WE LOOK FOR WORD AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have signed a total of 12 reserve/future free agents.  Yesterday they signed Xavier Woodston-Luster and L J McCray.  This is in addition to players previously signed.  Most are members of the practice squad.  THE OFF-SEASON PERSONNEL JOCKEYING IS WELL UNDERWAY.  EXPECT MULTIPLE ROSTER MOVES AS SEAN McDERMOTT AND BRANDON BEANE REMAKE THE TEAM.  FOLLOWING THE MANEUVERING WITH GREAT INTEREST, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

The annual end of season news conference skirted the issue of Rick Dennison’s future.  Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were noncommittal about the offensive coordinator.  He is under evaluation as is embattled quarterback Tyrod Taylor.  Whether they will be back next year is unclear.  BEANE INDICATED HE HAD A POSITIVE CONVERSATION WITH KYLE WILLIAMS ABOUT RETURNING TO PLAY.  WILLIAMS IS THE HEART OF THE DEFENSE AND A NATURAL LEADER.  CHANGE IS LIKELY AT ONE BILLS DRIVE.  LOOKING FOR WORD ON ROSTER MOVES, WE SUPPORT MANAGEMENT AS 1BUFFALO.

 

The Bills will have the 21st and 22nd overall picks in the first round of the spring draft.  They also own the 53rd and 56th picks in the second round.  The 4 picks position them to deal for promising talent.  Preparations are already underway for the offseason.  Sean McDermott said he will be meeting with general manager Brandon Beane to plot strategy.  A NEW ERA OF OPTIMISM PERVADES ONE BILLS DRIVE.  THE EMPHASIS IS BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE.  LOOKING TO GROW THROUGH THE DRAFT, WE ARE HOPEFUL AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills magical season ended with the 10 – 3 loss to the Jaguars.  The let down is tempered by the renewed pride in Bills Nation.  No one would have anticipated that the team would make the playoffs and end the 17 year drought.  It was a hard fought, low scoring defensive struggle.  Tyrod Taylor, whose future is uncertain, left the game with a concussion late in the fourth quarter after being sacked.  His fate will be determined in the off season.  THE FAITHFUL ARE GRATEFUL TO THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION FOR A MEMORABLE YEAR.  SEAN McDERMOTT MADE HIS BONES IN HIS FIRST SEASON AS HEAD COACH.  GENUINE OPTIMISM PERVADES THAT NEXT YEAR WILL BE EVEN BETTER.  CELEBRATING THE TRIUMPHS OF THE BILLS AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, WE EXULTANTLY LOCK ARMS AS 1BUFFALO.

A large contingent of Bills loyalists greeted the arriving team plane in Jacksonville.  Thousands have made the trek to cheer on Buffalo as they meet the Jaguars in wildcard action.  LeSean McCoy is questionable after nursing an ankle injury sustained last week.  He is the heart and soul of the offense, having rushed for 1,138 yards and 6 touchdowns this season.  SEAN McDERMOTT HAS MADE BELIEVERS OF US ALL.  HE HAS LED THE TEAM TO THE PLAYOFFS IN HIS ROOKIE YEAR AS HEAD COACH.  ANTICIPATION IS AT FEVER PITCH IN BILLS COUNTRY.  EXPECTING SPIRITED PLAY FROM OUR ENERGIZED GUYS, WE AWAIT KICKOFF AS 1BUFFALO.


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