Well, well, well Buddy Nix has been reading my letters

Buddy Nix finally crawled out from hiding yesterday and issued some statements. They are OBVIOUSLY in reply to my postings. ūüôā

First, I’m finally happy to learn he’s not blind. He admitted that the team is an utter disaster.

He asked the fans be patient, that the rebuilding will take time.

See that’s what I still have an issue with. Buddy Nix was with the organization since January 2009. While it’s great that he’s finally doing SOMETHING in week 4 of 2010, more should have been done before the season started. A lot more.

His reasoning is that they wanted to evaluate things for themselves. Man o man. Did the man watch any game film whatsoever? I used to subscribe to the notion that “if fans were so smart, then why aren’t they GM?” Well this is one rare case where fans (and media alike) showed that they knew a lot more about the team than the “experts.”

So while we’re busy being patient while the team implodes, Buddy Nix is only now learning what he should have known long long ago.

He also addressed the Kelsay resigning. While he said that “no one is safe” on the roster, he defended his resigning of Kelsay to keep some veteran leadership. He went on to say that they realize that there is a culture of losing on the team and in the locker room, and they aim to fix it. He also alluded to knowing that Kelsay wasn’t any good!!!! Sooooooooooo. If you say no one is safe, you say you want to kill the losing culture, and you allude to the fact that Kelsay isn’t good, THEN WHY DO YOU RESIGN HIM? That action right there is what’s maintaining the losing culture.

I have a mix of emotions right now:

  • Should I be happy Buddy Nix finally “gets it”?
  • Should I be mad that it took Buddy Nix this long to get it?
  • Should I have faith that Buddy Nix will make the right moves? He¬†oversaw¬†the Maybin draft pick and extended Kelsay afterall.

Well, no I’m not happy and I have no faith in Nix. I still don’t think he realizes how terrible the team really is and he doesn’t have the skill to fix it.

Marshawn Lynch Trade

I though I’d weigh in on this since I’ve been chronicling all of the Buffalo Bills blunders.

I don’t dislike the trade. It’s too late though. The trade should have happened in the off-season, not 4 games into the season. But it’s better than nothing I guess.

I have a bigger problem with the perceived value of draft picks. This isn’t a problem for only the Bills.

So the Bills give up a well above average running back for a 4th round draft pick. Ok.

I’d like to know what percentage of 4th round draft picks end up being better than average. I’d be willing to guess it’s a small percentage. I don’t see why the value of a proven talent isn’t more than the gamble of a draft pick. Same with the Randy Moss trade. I think it’s a product of the monkey see, monkey do, behavior that’s rampant in the NFL.

Dear Buddy Nix

Dear Buddy,

Well, well, well. What did you think of the team’s performance yesterday? Are you surprised? I’m not. You did nothing at all to improve the team for 2 straight years. Yes two. Although you were GM for one, you were with the team for 2, correct? You and the rest of the imbeciles in the front office. Do you have any say in personnel matters, or is it all Ralph?

Funny thing happened this week. You gave a contract extension to Chris Kelsay. Granted he’s a super nice guy from everything I’ve read about him, but on the football field he is a liability. Don’t you see that? Don’t you watch the games? Doesn’t it bother you to see him futility try to cover rookie tight ends? Doesn’t it bother you to see running backs run right by him over and over again?

This tells me you have no clue. You are in over your head. You took two straight years off. You set the team back even further. With you in charge, I doubt we’ve even seen “rock-bottom.” Do yourself and Bills fans a favor and quit. Unless you enjoy being the laughing stock of professional sports.

Mad Bills Fan,

Matt Soreco

Bills Cut Edwards, Strange but ok

The Bills management seems to finally have had it with low quality play. First, they benched Trent Edwards in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. Then Fitzpatrick started against the Patriots, and performed much better than we’ve seen from Edwards.

Following the respectable play from Fitzpatrick, the Bills went ahead and cut Edwards. This is a strange move in my opinion. Why not just keep him as a backup?

If the Bills are trying to send a message that sub-average play is not acceptable, then great. But now they need to slice and dice some more. McCargo needs to go first. The man is inactive game after game. Why keep him around? Surely they can’t just go and cut EVERYONE who has underperformed or else there would not be too many players left. Hopefully the message is loud and clear enough for some of the other underperformers to hear and understand. That means Donte Whitner and Aaron Maybin too, whose mouths (or twitter tweets) don’t match their horrendous play.

The Barfalo Bills

Who could have guessed that the Bills would stink again this year? Well me. Also hundreds of fans I chat with on  message boards, twitter, and in person. I seems even the diehard optimists are starting to throw in the towel.

Now, I don’t mean throw in the towel on being a fan. Rather just losing hope that this team will ever be good with the leadership they have in place.

I’ve written about this many times before.

What disturbs me most is the anger and how it’s channeled. I’ve listened to two¬†straight¬†days of Buffalo radio. I’ve read the message boards. I’ve scoured twitter. Fans are getting on the QB (who has since been benched) and the coaching (who seems to “get it”).

Personally I thought the team would stink again, only be slightly better coached. The first part is right, the second is up for debate.

Fans, heed this message! The garbage you are seeing is the product of an inept front office and ownership. No coaches or single player at this point will make a difference. What you are seeing is years of personnel mistakes magnified by two years of complete disregard of upgrading any talent through free agency.

Fellow fans, please. Buddy Nix, not Trent Edwards is to blame. Ralph Wilson is to blame, not Chan Gailey. Tom Modrak is to blame, not draft busts like Aaron Maybin and Paul Posluszny.

The clowns in the front office have the plan to “build through the draft.” That’s a pipe-dream. No other team today does it without the luxury of having a solid foundation to begin with. The team is filled with no better than average to below average talent. There is no foundation.

If you plan to “build through the draft” you can’t¬†wiff¬†on picks like Aaron Maybin. Or else it’ll set you back a few years, like we’re seeing now.

“Re-building” is another excuse you’ll hear out of One Bills Drive. So, how’s the decade worth of rebuilding coming along? Seems to be getting worse and worse, no?

Unless there is a complete overhaul on this ill-conceived strategy and the front office makes a serious commitment to bring in quality proven talent, the decade of fail will start entering the century of fail realm.

Judging how this front office has performed and how they’ve squandered recent trade opportunities, I don’t see this team improving anytime soon.