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Buffalo Bills: Things We Know This Week

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Speaking of Buffalo… who knows the really Technical Buffalo Theory?

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole because the general speed and health of the whole group keep improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Cliff Clavin

“Work isn’t WORK unless you would rather be DOING something else,” – Don Shula

“Let’s make sure we play like the (expletive) New York Jets and not some (expletive, expletive) team. That’s what I want to see tomorrow. Do we understand what the (expletive) I want to see tomorrow? Now let’s go eat a Goddamn snack.” – Rex Ryan

It’s hard to fathom this weekly article began right around the time Doug Marone got paid and opted out of his contract due to the ownership change. It was the off-season the Buffalo Bills acquired Shady McCoy and Tyrod Taylor. Yes, T-Mobile. Kelly, Thomas, and Smith had beer and wings with Rex Ryan. The picture made sports magazine covers. Some acted like we hired Vince Lombardi. Yes, Rex had SWAG. It was great he said he was assembling a “bully”. It was exciting that he took the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games. But the truth leaked through.

Rex Ryan was a fine coordinator. Rex Ryan was not a good head coach. His incredible secondary on the Jets allowed him to do many things. When he arrived at One Bills Drive, he had the talent on defense to coach to great places. Instead, the Bills defense regressed during the Rex Ryan experiment. He didn’t write things down which is fine, but don’t forget to follow up on promises. Unorganized. Cocky. Lazy. But I wanted a cocky coach after Dick Jauron and Wade Phillips.

“You know me; I make some comments that aren’t really good” – Rex Ryan

Brilliant Rex. 

“How do you WIN? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you WIN.” – Bum Phillips

Rex was never the first one in or the last one to leave. He risked everything getting his brother a job. The two of them rode a double-person bike in the afternoon at times while the team was working. His attention to detail was weak. That hire by the Buffalo Bills was a big letdown, but it led us to McBeane. Hopefully, they win championships and division titles in a similar fashion to that Hoodie guy in Boston.

On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is, can you win or lose like a man? –Tony D’Amato

The last time our beloved team from Orchard Park, NY lost the AFC Championship game was following the 1988 season. They won the division with a solid 12-4 regular-season record. The loss came at the hands of Boomer Esiason and Icky Woods in the other Queen City, Cincinnati.

Buffalo Fanatics on Twitter: “The #BickeringBills are BACK BABY. Let’s go win us a damn Championship 😤 pic.twitter.com/IzMebvk4hh / Twitter”

The #BickeringBills are BACK BABY. Let’s go win us a damn Championship 😤 pic.twitter.com/IzMebvk4hh

It’s not whether you get knocked DOWN, it’s whether you get UP.” –Vince Lombardi

The four championship games they remarkably went to in the ’90s ended with the Buffalo Bills going to the Super Bowl four times IN A ROW. So rebounding after championship game losses became less of a focus. They needed leadership (obviously) to lose so many Super Bowls but found ways to focus and win during the season, playoffs, and championship games. Maybe McBeane should benchmark with Marv Levy to see how he saddled up the egos, overcame the heartbreak, and got the team performing at a high level to keep dominating to return to the dance.

“Once you LEARN to quit, it becomes a HABIT.” –Vince Lombardi

Which was more of a challenge: Losing the AFC Championship game in ’88 to the Bengals after playing flawless football down the stretch of both the game and that season? Or losing four straight Super Bowls, but winning four straight AFC titles in the process?

I digress. Deal with it.

Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:

Spencer Brown signed his rookie contract, which finalized all drafted rookie signings.

-Interesting rating of Quarterbacks by Chris Simms:

  • P. Mahomes
  • J. Allen
  • A.Rodgers
  • Watson
  • R. Wilson

USA Today picked the Bills to win the AFC East again. Solid prediction.

I am semi-retired leaving my enjoyable 24 year management career due to multiple health issues. My dad retired from The Buffalo News after 49 years. I have been an avid fan for quite some time. Got that Marv Levy Fight Song In My Head for absolutely no reason.

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