The Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley. The entire scouting department was also terminated 1 day after the draft. The announcement was made by owner Terry Pegula who said the decision was made by himself and his wife Kim in the best interest of the team. Whaley had 3 years remaining on his contract. His role in the front office was diminished following the hiring of Sean McDermott as head coach. McDermott has systematically consolidated power since taking the reins. THE REVOLVING DOOR CONTINUES AT ONE BILLS DRIVE. WHALEY WAS THE SEVENTH GENERAL MANAGER DURING THE 17 YEAR PLAYOFF DROUGHT. PEGULA IS LIKELY TO CONFER WITH McDERMOTT ON A SUCCESSOR. LOOKING FOR THE STABILITY THAT HAS BEEN LACKING, WE SHOW SUPPORT AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills selected quarterback Nathan Peterman in the fifth round. The Pitt star joins 4 other QB hopefuls vying for a berth. The 6-2, 225 pound Peterman started his college career at Tennessee. He later transferred to Pittsburgh where he started his final 2 years. He orchestrated a 2016 victory over national champion Clemson with a 5 touchdown performance. Peterman worked out for the Bills a month ago and won the favor of general manager Doug Whaley, a fellow Pitt alumnus. SEAN McDERMOTT IS COMFORTABLE WITH THE PICK. HE KNOWS PITT HEAD COACH PAT NARDUZZI WELL AND VALUES HIS RELIANCE ON LEADERSHIP AND GRIT. LOOKING TO THE YOUNG QB TO CONTRIBUTE ON THE FIELD AND LOCKER ROOM, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills maneuvered for position on the second day of the draft. They dealt with the Rams to move up to 37 in the second round from 44. In exchange they gave up the 91st pick to Los Angeles and received the 149th selection. They also traded up from 75 to 63 with Atlanta and gave up the 149th and 156th picks. Buffalo used its enhanced standing to take East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones and Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins. The Bills emerge with 2 fifth round picks and one sixth round selection on day 3. HERE’S HOPING THE JOCKEYING WILL PAY OFF. COACH McDERMOTT IS EMERGING AS A HORSE TRADER. GRATEFUL FOR THE YOUNG TALENT OBTAINED THROUGH HIS MOVES, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills took cornerback Tre’Davious White in round one of the college draft. The LSU standout excels in the zone coverage favored by coach McDermott. Buffalo traded its 10th overall pick to Kansas City in exchange for a third round pick this year and a first round pick in 2018. Chicago took North Carolina star quarterback Mitchell Trubisky by trading up to number 2. THE DRAFT CONTINUES TONIGHT. THE BILLS HAVE THE 44th, 75th, and 91st PICKS. SEAN McDERMOTT IS OFF TO A FAST START WITH HIS FIRST DRAFT. NEXT YEAR HE WILL HAVE 2 FIRST ROUND SELECTIONS IN A MUCH STRONGER QUARTERBACK CLASS. HEARTENED BY THE COACH’S INSPIRED DEALING, WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.
Change is in the air at One Bills Drive. Expect a major shakeup once the draft is over. Rumors abound that the entire scouting department will be canned. Rookie coach Sean McDermott wants to eliminate the holdovers in favor of his own people. General manager Doug Whaley’s days are numbered despite protestations of support from ownership. Tyrod Taylor’s tenure is shaky if the Bills use their first round draft pick to take a franchise quarterback. THE CHANGES SHOULD COME NOW TO EMPOWER THE NEW REGIME. THE BILLS HAVE STRUGGLED WITH INDECISION FOR FAR TOO LONG. LOOKING TO THE PEGULAS FOR A GENERAL HOUSE CLEANING, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.
Anticipation is running high in advance of the college draft which opens tomorrow. The strategists at One Bills Drive are plotting alternate scenarios to fill gaps in the roster. Foremost among them is the need to draft a franchise quarterback. Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina tops the list of prospects. The Bills should use their tenth overall pick to take and groom him for the future. NEW HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT DEBUTS IN HIS FIRST DRAFT. HE WILL CALL THE SHOTS WITH EMBATTLED GENERAL MANAGER DOUG WHALEY IN A DIMINISHED ROLE. LOOKING FOR INSPIRED PERSONNEL MOVES, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have failed to match New England’s offer sheet for Mike Gillislee. The star running back now joins the Patriots as a restricted free agent. His 2 year deal is worth a reported $6.4 million with $4 million due in year 1. Buffalo will pick up a fifth round draft pick. Gillislee spent 2 years with the Bills, rushing for 577 yards and 9 touchdowns. OUR LOSS IS THE PATRIOT’S GAIN. ONCE AGAIN THE BILLS HAVE BEEN OUTMANEUVERED. EARLIER THIS OFFSEASON NEW ENGLAND SIGNED STEPHON GILMORE TO A $65 MILLION CONTRACT. LAST YEAR THEY TOOK WIDE RECEIVER CHRIS HOGAN. LOOKING TO PLUG THE TALENT DRAIN, WE REGROUP AS 1BUFFALO.
ESPN is forecasting the Bills will go 4 – 12 this year. NFL Nation predicts just 4 Buffalo victories all season: versus the Broncos, Raiders, Jets, and Dolphins. The pessimistic outlook is based upon the new head coach and loss of key players such as Stephon Gilmore to free agency. This blog makes a more upbeat prediction, projecting the Bills to go 8 – 8. That would be consistent with the finishes around 500 for each of the last 3 years. LET THE NAYSAYERS SPEAK THEIR PIECE. THE BILLS HAVE THE COACHING AND PLAYER TALENT TO FINISH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK. TAKING ONE DAY AT A TIME, WE ARE ALL COMMITTED AS 1BUFFALO.
Terry Pegula professes that accountability starts with him. Speaking to the media on Friday the Bills and Sabres owner accounted for the miscues that afflict both his franchises. The Sabres have the second longest NHL playoff drought, and the Bills have been sidelined longer than any NFL team. He stressed the need for character, discipline, and communication. These are hopeful new beginnnings. PEGULA RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF RESETTING HIS FRANCHISES. THE INITIAL GROWING PAINS OF HIS ORGANIZATIONS MUST GIVE WAY TO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS. GRATEFUL TO THE OWNER FOR KEEPING THE TEAMS LOCALLY, WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have announced their 2017 schedule. The challenging lineup opens at home versus the Jets on September 10th. It is followed by contests with Carolina, Denver, Atlanta, and Cincinnati. The bye is in week 6. Buffalo then hosts Tampa Bay and the Raiders, before taking on the Jets, Saints, Chargers, and Chiefs. In December Buffalo hosts the Patriots, Colts, and Dolphins before playing at New England on Christmas Eve. The regular season finale is at Miami on New Years Eve. THE BILLS HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM. 4 DIVISION GAMES ARE LATE IN THE YEAR. HOPING FOR THE BEST WITH A GRUELING SCHEDULE, WE RALLY AS 1BUFFALO.