Brandon Beane is still employed by the Buffalo Bills in case he has been too quiet to notice. He lets his transactions speak for him. It’s nice to have an executive who’s not seeking headlines. That’s different from one you’d prefer to forget. My favorite general manager for now has been wise in adding and bold in removing. We can only hope he keeps improving with experience.
Redecorating is a hassle that’s worth it if you’re facing tastelessness. Money can’t buy design sense. Beane doesn’t care how much the last tenant overpaid for tacky furniture: he’d rather eat off a TV tray until he can afford the tasteful dining room set of his choice.
Beane isn’t attached to whoever was hired by the last guy. And why should he be? His entire job is replacing anyone he deems superfluous, which is bound to include workers brought in by an underwhelming manager. It sounds fun, which is why the position is so desirable.
Like diplomat’s son John Mellor becoming Joe Strummer, those who reinvent themselves tend to emerge with strong personalities. It’s nice to care for a team’s culture. But there are limits to respecting tradition when standards involve poor signings and silly draft reaches.
Nobody is safe. It’s good to keep everyone on edge, especially rather talented players who may grow complacent due to status. Frustrated fans demand everyone be traded. Beware of granted wishes.
It’s still shocking to think about who was sent packing. Dealing Marcell Dareus meant a massive hit to both the cap and interior defense, but his presence wasn’t worth it. Sammy Watkins cost a ransom which he hadn’t paid back yet, you say? Declare bankruptcy and start over.
Trades always involve a downside despite those proposed on talk radio suggesting Pro Bowlers can be acquired for the right package of reserves. Beane has realistically pursued the opposite, namely recognizing advantages that may not be inherently evident. He has emphasized that benefits to chemistry outweigh lost talent. I mean, you need guys who can play. But underachievers can disappoint other fanbases.
The Bills finally have a manager whose personality matches the feistier owner’s. While Terry remains a quiet fellow who just happens to be worth 10 figures, Kim Pegula’s reputation for dismissing anyone she deems unnecessary makes her fit to head sports operations.
The incumbent general manager may not sadistically enjoy discarding jetsam. But he’s willing to do the most essential part of his job. The Pegulas found the perfect guy to hire for firing. Beane and Sean McDermott are the two Bobs deciding who has people skills.
Proficiency came ahead of schedule. The Bills wandered into the postseason sooner than even their general manager would’ve predicted off the record. We’re now one of those spoiled fanbases that expects to make the playoffs every year, right? After having our patience tested for a near-eternity, we can only hope the next challenge is to not be spoiled by success. Beane wasn’t expecting it immediately, which makes him just like us.
Well-rounded humans are not defined by work. Take a general manager who rips out hearts only because it’s a task for which he was hired. Beane seems like the nicest guy when he’s not working. But a pro knows he must be cold while remaking a franchise so far off the radar that other fans forgot to mock it.
Overcoming expectations is particular challenge with this team. New employees may be surprised by the psychic burden of chronically underwhelming performances. The Bills really should put it in job descriptions. But the new regime has neither complained about the tire fire they inherited nor boasted that it would be easy to extinguish.
Beane seems unlikely to obey the pattern of overreaching. Sometimes, foolishness is confused with boldness. It’s easy to forget Beane has his first draft ahead, as Doug Whaley was still pretending to hold the title last April. You knew he wasn’t actually in charge because they failed to trade a first-rounder for a parking voucher.
If you thought the Bills got good value last year, wait until it’s not a coach basically making personnel calls. McDermott can focus on his job instead of serving as de facto general manager. Like Joe Webb taking snaps, it’s fine when necessary although unsustainable if tried for too long.
We can’t argue with results. I mean, the Patriots might find a way. But grateful teams not aligned with the Dark Lord should be interested in what they can get without bartering souls. Those who haven’t made shady deals with Beelzebub have to find more laborious ways to maintain prosperity.
Beer doesn’t burn calories, and that’s not even the worst news. I’m sorry to note the Bills aren’t guaranteed to keep advancing. But it turns out they’re not doomed to let us down every single time, either. Beane’s quietly unrelenting drive provides optimism that this club didn’t peak by getting to Jacksonville.
The Bills are trying to win the regular season, which is more novel than it sounds. The real way to remake the team wasn’t with screechy bombast but rather through a clear philosophy calmly put into action. Buffalo’s already enjoyed judicious free agent signings working alongside calmly proficient draftees on his watch. Wise general managers know wins don’t follow promises. If Beane does his job, he won’t announce it beforehand.
Editor’s babble: Thanks to Anthony Bialy for keeping us laughing and presumably sane as Bills fans. You can follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.
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