New England Atop AFC Again

New England is once again atop the AFC.  The Patriots routed the Steelers 36 – 17 in the championship game.  Tom Brady had a spectacular day, going 32 of 42 for 384 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The Patriots again demonstrated they are the best team in the league.  Brady is the foremost quarterback ever to play in the NFL.  New England is Buffalo’s nemesis in the AFC East.  BILLS FANS CAN HOPE FOR PROGRESS UNDER NEW HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT.  HOWEVER, THE PATRIOTS ARE LIKELY TO DOMINATE THE DIVISION FOR AS LONG AS BRADY PLAYS.  AN IMPROVED BUFFALO TEAM CAN LOOK FOR WILDCARD BERTHS IN SEASONS TO COME.  ACCEPTING THIS REALITY, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

Terry Pegula has been ranked the 17th richest professional team owner.  Forbes estimates his wealth at 4.1 billion, just ahead of Buffalo area resident Jeremy Jacobs.  Pegula has just under half his net worth invested in Buffalo sports enterprises.  He paid 1.4 billion cash for the Bills, 189 million for the Sabres, and 200 million for the downtown hotel and hockey complex.  As wealthy as he is, his fortune pales by comparison with that of Steve Ballmer, the richest team owner worth $27.5 billion.  TERRY PEGULA HAS SHOWN HIS LOYALTY TO WESTERN NEW YORK BY INVESTING JUST UNDER HALF HIS FORTUNE IN LOCAL SPORTS BUSINESSES.  TOGETHER WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM AND HIS WIFE KIM FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT.  WITH THEM WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

Sammy Watkins has had second surgery on his left foot.  The Bills wide receiver is expected to be ready for training camp in July.  Defensive end Shaq Lawson, the number 1 draft pick in 2016, underwent arthroscopic suregery on his knee.  He should be able to participate in offseason activities.  THE PROGNOSIS IS GOOD FOR BOTH PLAYERS.  TOGETHER THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST TALENTED PLAYERS ON THE SQUAD.  BILLS FANS JOIN IN WISHING THEM WELL.  TOGETHER WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have hired Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator.  The seasoned veteran has 22 years coaching experience in the league.  Dennison most recently served as offensive coordinator in Denver, leading the Broncos to 3 Super Bowl appearances, including the 2015 victory over the Panthers.  He has also coached for Houston and Baltimore.  HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT HAS MADE ANOTHER SMART MOVE IN HIRING DENNISON.  HIS BREADTH OF WINNING EXPERIENCE SHOULD HELP REVIVE THE BILLS STRUGGLING OFFENSE.  LOOKING FORWARD TO BETTER TIMES WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

Terry Pegula can’t have it both ways.  The Bills owner is trying to maintain his primary residence in Florida to avoid New York State income taxes.  The Bills and Sabres are suffering because of this.  He can not be an absentee owner.  The 2 franchises are floundering because he delegates managerial responsibility to incompetent subordinates.  The successful sports teams are managed directly by hands on owners.  The economics of this are foolhardy.  Fellow regional billionaire Tom Golisano, former owner of the Sabres, reportedly saves just $5 million in year in taxes by relocating from Rochester to Florida.  This pales in comparison with the $1.8 billion Pegula has invested in the Bills, Sabres, and downtown hotel.  TERRY PEGULA MUST ESTABLISH FULL TIME RESIDENCE IN BUFFALO TO TURN AROUND HIS TROUBLED SPORTS EMPIRE.  THEN FANS CAN UNITE AROUND HIM AS 1BUFFALO.

Rex Ryan has listed his house for sale.  The former Bills coach is asking $1.1 million for his home in an upscale Orchard Park subdivision.  He paid $975,000 for the property.  Ryan is pulling up stakes and leaving Western New York.  His next career move is unknown.  Here’s hoping his house sells faster than Mario Williams palatial $3 million mansion which has languished on the market for nearly a year.  RYAN IS CLEARLY PUTTING HIS BUFFALO EXPERIENCE BEHIND HIM.  WHETHER HE RELOCATES TO NEW JERSEY OR FLORIDA IS UNCERTAIN.  BILLS FANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR HIS WORK HERE.  TOGETHER WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

Lorenzo Alexander has been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-AFC Team.  The Bills outside linebacker and special teamer was honored for his standout season.  He was also named second team All Pro.  Alexander had a spectacular individual year as the Buffalo defense generally floundered.  CONGRATULATIONS ARE DUE ALEXANDER FOR HIS GREAT ACHIEVEMENT.  HE WAS THE ONLY BILLS PLAYER RECOGNIZED BY THE PFWA.  SHARING IN HIS ACCOLADE THE FANS UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.

Sean McDermott continues to hire his coaching staff.  Leslie Frazier will be the defensive coordinator and Juan Castillo has been hired as offensive line coach.  The search for offensive coordinator focuses on 2 veterans:  Greg Olson and Brad Childress.  COACH McDERMOTT IS MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES IN ASSEMBLING HIS STAFF.  AS A FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH HE IS GOING WITH EXPERIENCE.  WE COMMEND HIM FOR HIS SELECTIONS.  WITH RENEWED HOPE FOR NEXT SEASON WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.

Mike Waufle has been named Bills defensive line coach.  The upstate New York native has coached since 1979.  His decades of experience have included stints coaching for the Raiders, Giants, and Rams.  The Giants won the Super Bowl with Waufle on staff.  His expertise is needed to turn around the struggling Bills defense.  Marcell Dareus in particular should benefit from his tutelage.  HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT IS GOING WITH EXPERIENCE IN ASSEMBLING HIS COACHING STAFF.  HE IS MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES.  WITH RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE, WE RALLY BEHIND HIM AS 1BUFFALO.

Sean McDermott signed his contract yesterday and then held a press conference.  He was introduced by owner Terry Pegula who took no questions.  McDermott confirmed that he and general manager Doug Whaley will report directly to the Pegulas.  Whaley will retain control of the 53 man roster.  McDermott has already made key personnel moves.  Leslie Frazier is the new defensive coordinator, Bob Babich the linebackers coach, and Juan Castillo as offensive line coach.  WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN McDERMOTT AS HE TAKES COMMAND OF THE FOOTBALL DEPARTMENT.  HE HAS THE DETERMINATION, PRECISION, AND WORK ETHIC TO MAKE BUFFALO PLAYOFF CONTENDERS.  HE BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS FLOUNDERED.  WITH HOPE FOR THE FUTURE WE UNITE AROUND HIM AS 1BUFFALO.

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