Let me be clear right from the start. Don’t expect this post to outline every nuance of ‘McBeane’s’ pre-draft press conference on Monday making any correlations between one word uttered and any valid inference that can be made from this yearly exercise in obfuscation about their comments regarding the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
First up, I do have to take my hat off to Brandon Beane – when you can get the whole room laughing at something Jerry Sullivan says – you’ve accomplished something.
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) April 16, 2018
This yearly exercise in futility is always amusing because people actually expect to ferret out a nugget of the Bills’ intentions in the draft. The goal of the general manager and head coach is to provide as little information as possible and the media’s is to extricate whatever they can.
The only thing better than Sean McDermott running a pre-draft press conference is watching him teamed up with Brandon Beane. These guys are good.
I closed myself in a room and watched the entire press conference in the same mode as I used to while assessing clients. There’s a level of intensity that goes up a notch when “actively observing” people in their natural state of behavior.
People often unconsciously reveal information without intending to do so, especially if you focus your concentration on their face and watch them as they speak.
So, what did I learn by putting my eyeballs intently on this press conference?
This was about as great a performance as I’ve ever seen in terms of masterfully deflecting questions. Furthermore, I was really impressed with Beane’s candor and emphasis about why it’s unprofessional to reveal even the slightest hint of information about their drafting intentions to anyone outside their tight inner circle.
What really struck me the most about this press conference was the synchrony that exists in the relationship between Beane and McDermott. It’s obvious these two men have more than just an authentic bond of friendship – they seem to see the world through a similar lens.
‘McBeane’ truly do enhance one another, and their affection for each another is obvious. There’s none of the ego and bluster of past regimes. It’s clear they are on the same page – and that can’t be anything but music to the ears of a FAMbase suffering from decades of incompetence and dysfunction.
So – rest assured BillsMafia, we are in good hands with McBeane. No matter what direction they take the draft, they have already demonstrated every reason for us to trust they will get the job done, and done right.
Editor’s babble: Watching that press conference made me feel almost giddy. I couldn’t care less about who they pick in the draft. I might just get a custom jersey made with “McBeane” on the name plate. At this point, they’ve more than earned my trust. Bring on the draft!!! If you can stand the optimism, you can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.
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