Figuring out who’s not present in a group is tricky. It takes a true party animal to be noticed for not attending. Our football gatherings don’t have rooting interests for now. That’s no reason to stop celebrating. Didn’t you hear about the tournament appearance?
The glaring absences featured on the Buffalo Bills roster were apparent during the wild card. Still, it remains acceptable to marvel that same game actually occurred. Now that emotions have subsided, we can truly appreciate at what this team did with players we were told aren’t good enough.
The timing seems off. Starting over after obtaining a wild card is like settling a bar tab before drinking. Our favorite franchise has often been unconventional. That’s not necessarily praise.
If the Bills want to be one of those jerk teams that bores the league by making the playoffs every year, the push should have started weeks ago. The notion of continual talent evaluation seems obvious. At the same time, recall this franchise goes back-to-back as often as a call goes against the dang Patriots.
It’s hard to think of another playoff team with as many offseason personnel needs. Does that offer comfort? Yeah – I know it’s a no. But roster members still felt like it committed some sort of record. This club could replace half its starters in a testament to overachievement. Remember they’re in the midst of a rebuild if you haven’t felt grateful enough for the structure built with the materials on hand.
Like the troubled Lifetime Movie character with a new identity whose face is familiar to a shrewd reporter, the Bills couldn’t escape the past. Their troubles inevitably caught up to them. But they outpaced their deficiencies long enough to appear as postseason extras.
The needs exposed in the second game were evident in the 17th. Scoring a single field goal against Carolina reflected an inability to advance the ball through the air. The greatest offseason challenge will be remembering the names of receivers who valiantly attempted to fill a need.
Both sides need serious restocking if you’re interested in equality. General manager Brandon Beane could use an entire draft on the front seven if he wants to be novel. It was seemingly impossible to have gotten at least this far, so hooray for overachieving.
There are a rather high percentage of defensive starters who would be welcome back for depth. On the other hand, Kyle Williams has earned the right to walk away if he pleases and also should totally stay to feel revitalized around so many new comrades.
These makeshift mechanics weren’t going to end the season on the shoulder.
The Bills were a Volkswagen Beetle kept running with duct tape and paperclips.
It’s fine to remain surprised the jalopy got this far. Wags can no longer joke that this is the Bills, not an NFL team. But it’s nice looking forward to a season that will presumably feature more players widely thought of as genuine starters.
The next step involves doing something with the promotion. It’s not to bring up another drought, but this franchise’s last playoff win came on December 30, 1995. That was during a different Bill’s first term. Sure, there will be another midterm election before Buffalo even has the chance. But at least we’re used to the sensation of patience.
Fans of this oft-challenging franchise passed the tolerance test. There were a couple more years of agony just when you thought you had reached the breaking point. But 2017 was about actually fulfilling a promise. I’m shocked by the honesty, too.
The process of simultaneously removing and acquiring players will at least ensure this will be a relatively eventful offseason. Buffalo’s list of draft needs reads like a bowl of Alpha-Bits. The only thing worse than high employee turnover is sticking with players who aren’t expected to replicate a remarkable feat.
You earned a football miracle. It was true a decade ago, but the universe is not on your timetable. The Bills somehow got to nine wins despite the number of faces who’ll be replaced. Sure, they had numerous recognizable players we may even know by name. Bless the many ostensibly anonymous players who created cherished memories before they leave time.
The football factory reset the sign to zero seasons without a playoff appearance. Yet supervisors should remain unsatisfied. It’s tempting to become content with a promotion. At least win a division before slacking.
Upcoming personnel moves will be designed to ensure a wild card loss wasn’t the franchise’s Super Bowl. If they got this far with this many glaring deficiencies, imagine what having a full roster will do.
The 2018 Bills will be one year further removed from Rex Ryan and thus his regrettable influence. I had forgotten he was this club’s coach, too, as it seems like an odd dream. Regular nightmares have been interrupted. The process isn’t going to become untrustworthy now.