Bills Hire Dennis Hickey as Senior College Scout

The Bills have hired Dennis Hickey as the senior college scout.  He is the former general manager of the Dolphins.  Hickey was a scout for Tampa Bay for 18 years before being hired by Miami.  After several losing seasons he was replaced as GM by Chris Grier.  HICKEY BRINGS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO THE BUFFALO SCOUTING DEPARTMENT.  AS GM OF DIVISION RIVAL MIAMI HE KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND THE AFC EAST.  LOOKING TO HIM FOR INSPIRED COLLEGE SCOUTING, WE OPTIMISTICALLY REGROUP AS  1BUFFALO.

The Bills are not wedded to quarterback Tyrod Taylor.   While he is likely to be starter this year, his long-term prospects are uncertain.  That management negotiated a 10 million dollar reduction in his contract confirms their lack of commitment to him.  How Taylor will fare under new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is unclear.  Taylor played for Dennison in Baltimore.  There are 3 backups vying to dethrone Taylor.  Nathan Peterman, Cardale Jones, and TJ Yates, who played for Dennison in Houston, are all contenders.  WITH 2 FIRST ROUND PICKS NEXT YEAR, THE BILLS MAY LOOK TO THE DRAFT FOR THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION.  TAYLOR IS AT BEST A TRANSITIONAL CARETAKER WHO LIKELY WILL BE GONE IN 2018.  LOOKING FOR ANSWERS TO THE QUARTERBACK DILEMMA, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.

The Patriots are favored to win the 2018 Super Bowl.  The NFL ODDS are with New England to repeat as national champion.  The current Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook put them at 3 – 1 to sweep the Super Bowl.  The Patriots are favorites by an average of 6.5 points in each game next year.  Tom Brady and company are the oddsmakers choice to win it all.  At the other end of the charts the Browns are projected to lose every game by an average of 6 points and have 300 – 1 odds of pulling off a Super Bowl upset.

The opening and current Super Bowl odds for all 32 NFL teams are as follows:

Team Opening odds Current Odds
New England Patriots 6-1 3-1
Dallas Cowboys 10-1 8-1
Green Bay Packers 12-1 10-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 10-1 12-1
Oakland Raiders 20-1 12-1
Seattle Seahawks 12-1 12-1
Atlanta Falcons 16-1 14-1
Denver Broncos 20-1 20-1
New York Giants 25-1 20-1
Kansas City Chiefs 20-1 25-1
Minnesota Vikings 25-1 25-1
Arizona Cardinals 25-1 25-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-1 25-1
Baltimore Ravens 25-1 30-1
Indianapolis Colts 25-1 30-1
Carolina Panthers 20-1 30-1
Miami Dolphins 40-1 30-1
Houston Texans 60-1 30-1
Philadelphia Eagles 60-1 30-1
Detroit Lions 60-1 40-1
Tennessee Titans 40-1 50-1
Cincinnati Bengals 50-1 50-1
Washington Redskins 50-1 50-1
Los Angeles Chargers 80-1 80-1
Jacksonville Jaguars 80-1 80-1
New Orleans Saints 80-1 100-1
Buffalo Bills 80-1 100-1
Chicago Bears 100-1 100-1
Los Angeles Rams 100-1 100-1
New York Jets 100-1 200-1
San Francisco 49ers 300-1 300-1
Cleveland Browns 300-1 300-1

Bills fans have little reason for hope.  The current line lists them at 100 – 1 to win the Super Bowl.  Their struggles are compounded by having to play the odds-on favorite Patriots twice in AFC East action.  Once again the NFL ODDS are not with the Bills.  Hoping beyond hope for a colossal upset, we bravely seek comfort as 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have signed first-round draft pick Tre’Davious White.  The rookie cornerback inked a 4 year, 9 million dollar deal.  White expressed gratitude to his parents.  He intends to purchase a home for his mother, LaShawnita Ruffins.  The Bills also signed second round draft pick Zay Jones.  NEW GENERAL MANAGER BRANDON BEANE IS WASTING NO TIME GETTING HIS PLAYERS ON BOARD.  SO FAR HE IS MAKING ALL THE RIGHT MOVES.  CONFIDENT THAT A NEW ERA HAS ARRIVED, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have hired Malik Boyd as Director of Pro Personnel.  The announcement was made by GM Brandon Beane who termed Boyd his first choice for the position.  Boyd spent 12 years in the Cardinals scouting department.  He earlier served as a scout for the Colts under Bill Polian.  He received the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year award in 2014.  BOYD IS THE HIGHEST RANKING BILLS MINORITY SCOUT.  HE IS RESPECTED AROUND THE LEAGUE FOR HIS FOOTBALL ACUMEN.  WISHING HIM ALL THE BEST, WE LAUD HIS SELECTION AS 1BUFFALO.


The new regime at One Bills Drive has its work cut out.  Foremost on the agenda of head coach Sean McDermott is the quarterback dilemma.  Tyrod Taylor is at best a caretaker for the upcoming season.  That he agreed to a $10 million salary reduction confirms his limited worth.  New general manager Brandon Beane is reviewing the roster.  Expect shuffling of players as management seeks a formula for ending the playoff drought.  THE BILLS ARE A TEAM IN TRANSITION.  THE POST REX RYAN – DOUG WHALEY ERA IS UPON US. WILLING TO GIVE THE FRONT OFFICE TIME TO FIND ITS FOOTING, WE PATIENTLY UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills have hired Brian Gaine as Vice President of Player Personnel.  He has 18 years pro experience, serving as Director of Player Personnel for Houston.  He earlier worked for the Dolphins and Jets.  A New York State native, he recently interviewed for general manager in Buffalo.  He has known GM Brandon Beane for 5 years.  Gaine is an expert in player evaluation, having overseen scouting for the Texans.  BEANE IS RAPIDLY ASSEMBLING A STRONG AND TALENTED FRONT OFFICE.  HE IS MAKING THE RIGHT PERSONNEL MOVES.  ENCOURAGED BY HIS INSPIRED HIRINGS, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.

Joe Schoen has been hired as Bills Assistant General Manager.  He spent 9 years in the Dolphins front office, most recently as director of player personnel.  He earlier was a national scout for Miami.  Schoen’s hiring is the first major move of new general manager Brandon Beane.  They had spent time together at Carolina, when Schoen worked as a scouting assistant.  He played college football at DePauw.  SCHOEN’S HIRING FROM DIVISION RIVAL MIAMI IS A MAJOR COUP FOR THE BILLS.  HE HELPED GUIDE THE DOLPHIN’S TURN AROUND THROUGH SHREWD ROSTER MOVES.  HOPING HE IS EQUALLY EFFECTIVE FOR THE BILLS, WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE AS 1BUFFALO.

Jason Botterill has been named general manager of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team.  The announcement was made by owner Terry Pegula. His hiring follows the firing last month of GM Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma. Botterrill, a former NHL defenseman, played 3 seasons for the Sabres.  He most recently spent 10 years in the Pittsburgh Penguins front office, where he helped build Stanley Cup champions in 2009 and 2016. At age 40 he is the second youngest general manager in the league.  BOTTERILL’S HIRING CONTINUES PEGULA’S PROGRAM OF GOING WITH YOUTH.  THE BUFFALO BILLS, THE SABRES SISTER TEAM, IS NOW HEADED BY COACH SEAN McDERMOTT AND GM BRANDON BEANE, BOTH IN THEIR EARLY 40s.  LOOKING FOR RENEWAL OF THE LOCAL SPORTS SCENE THROUGH THE INFUSION OF YOUNG BLOOD, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

The FOOTBALL ODDS are with Alabama to win the national championship.  The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives the Crimson Tide odds of 7/2 to sweep the college crown.  Rounding out the top 4 contenders are Ohio State at 4/1, and Florida State and USC both at 7/1.  Returning champion Clemson is pegged at 20/1.  The Vegas line on the top 18 prospects are as follows:

Alabama: 7/2
Ohio State: 4/1
Florida State: 7/1
USC: 7/1
Michigan: 15/1
LSU: 15/1
Oklahoma: 15/1
Auburn: 20/1
Clemson: 20/1
Louisville: 20/1
Penn State: 20/1
Georgia: 25/1
Texas: 30/1
Washington: 30/1
Notre Dame: 40/1
Oklahoma State: 40/1
Virginia Tech: 40/1
Wisconsin: 40/1

This begins the first of a special 3 part series on FOOTBALL ODDS.  Next weekend we will examine the Vegas line on pro football odds for the upcoming season.  Looking to the oddsmakers on how our team is predicted to fare, we bravely group as 1BUFFALO.

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