Buffalo Bills: Things we know this week

Taking a look at the things we know this week about the Buffalo Bills.

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Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet worn by the Buffalo Bills before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

I am writing this ogling over a spectacular view out of our hotel window over Herbert Park in Dublin, Ireland. Giddy I am because I have wanted to visit here my entire adult life, in addition to not having any conversations with “Negative Stanley” in several weeks. Those two milestones would be plenty on an ordinary day. This is no ordinary day.

This would complete my “win, win, win” due to the delicious cold pint of Guinness slightly off to the right of my laptop being the third win to complete the trifecta. Realistically a trifecta is not needed here. The three wins could come in any order and I would still be quite content. Quite content indeed mate.

I could go on for hours about the castles we visited, the mountain region we explored,  Temple Bar, Trinity College, The Guinness Tour, the pubs, Dart Train to fishing towns, hop on hop off bus, the tour bus, pint after pint, bangers and mash, corn beef and cabbage, Guinness stew, but I shall focus on the Bills. Did I mention pint after pint?

It was something special seeing Enya’s castle, Bono’s mansion, Sinead O’Connor’s dream house and the residence of one Mr. “THE EDGE”. Our tour guide informed us that Bono is still exploring the globe, not being home often, because he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. I digress with my news boy cap on my dome.

We saw where parts of movies such as Brave heart, Leap Year and P.S I Love You were filmed. Amazing wilderness surrounding Dublin. I now see why Hollywood sets were not the main source of filming for these motion pictures.

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It is refreshing that I wear a blue Buffalo Bills’ T-shirt in Dublin with the quotes, ”I survived, Wide Right, Four In A Row, Toronto, Home Run throwback, 17 year playoff drought”, and not one person in Dublin says anything or gets the meaning behind the listed events. I knew American football was not what filled the huge stadiums in Ireland like U2, Gaelic Football, soccer or Rugby, but I guess I overestimated that the more intense sports fan here would get the humor behind the NFL themed shirt.

That could not have been any further from truth. Being from New York to them was being from the City and no other. The teams named Sabres and Bills were not even on most of their vocabulary radar joining the Queen City’s name itself. Buffalo, where the heck is that bloody Buffalo place?

Famous duet couples date back as far as recorded entertainment transpired and as recent as future press conferences held by the Buffalo Bills. They have made their general manager hire in the form of Brandon Beane, reuniting him with Bills head coach Sean McDermott.

As much as McDermott and Pegula preached that the organization was going to be a one voice business where everything comes through McDermott to keep professionalism and consistency to an all time high. Well that was when they had Doug Whaley chained up in his new office downstairs at Initech Corporation with his red stapler.

It appears the new and desired one voice approach will become a duet with both the general manager and head coach being voices of the franchise down at One Bills Drive. Whaley is gone and the all important one voice is no more? The irony.


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Things We Know About The Buffalo Bills This Week

Malik Boyd was Bean’s first choice unconditionally and once Arizona cleared the Bills to talk to him, we quickly found him named as the Director of Pro Personnel as Bean started assembling his staff. This is regarded as a very good hire around the league.

Marvin Allen and Brian Adams have signed up for national scout honors, totaling around 54 years of experience. Adams not to BE mistaken for the Canadian rock star, the Bills do not employee the Canadian rocks star Adams as they also do not have any controlling rights over Celine Dion, Corey Hart, Loverboy, Triumph or Kim Mitchell. This was all started because the Bills have a new scout named Brian Adams which I believe spells his name differently.  Guinness, Jameson and Sheppard’s pie does not help me stay focused on one topic in case you have not noticed. That would not be my strong area to begin with. I will need an Irish coffee to stay on point. Who am I kidding? Punt.

The Bills have been very aggressive in assembling an experienced, well prepared all start staff (on paper) as I prepared for this trip and continued as I actually wear my LL Bean rain coat that can fold up into its own pocket for easy storage and roam around in my Chuck Taylor Converse All Star Hiking boots which are nothing short of simply spectacular.

Bean hired Houston Texans Director of Player Personnel, Brian Gaine, as their Vice President of Player Personnel. This comes one business day after the solid hire of Dolphins Director of Player Personnel Joe Schoen, as assistant general manager. Gaine and Schoen worked together in Miami, before Gaine headed to Houston.

It seems to me while writing this article from across the pond, and not as a beat reporter, that very qualified candidates were interviewed for the GM job and those who did not land that position were placed in other vital roles happily joining this entire restructuring Buffalo Bills identity.

The Bills certainly were not done quite yet. They hired Lake Dawson as the team’s Assistant Director of College Scouting. Once again this is a professional who has interviewed for several GM positions. Bean appears to be hiring executives who aspire to be GM’s which mean they will be hungry to prove themselves and not complacent like the old school boys at One Bills Drive.

He seems to pride himself on having a career path for each hire which it how successful corporations groom its bench strength, as opposed to the old way of promoting the only one next in line as opposed to the deserving person. Promote based on performance. What have you done for me lately applies in business. Just ask anyone who watched Dave Wannstedt coach defense in Buffalo years after his successful days.

Dawson spent last season with the Cleveland Browns as a National Scout, but spent nine years with the Tennessee Titans beforehand in their front office. With the Titans, Dawson moved up through the ranks, going from Director of Pro Personnel to Vice President of Football Operations to Vice President of Player Personnel. Not too shabby.

This is all great building the staff as a business would searching out qualified character hires who are at the point in their careers to prove themselves and not strictly collect a paycheck. It really will only be significant if the Bills play postseason football and improve as an overall organization as they have been somewhat of a joke for almost two decades. Win and this all continues to look brilliant. Continue losing and we will be cleaning house in a couple of years again with a totally different approach quite possibly.

From Dublin with Love and Irish Blessings for our Buffalo Bills.


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