Typically, a coach doesn’t pick a general manager. The hiring process is actually usually in the reverse, at least according to my notes. The Buffalo Bills may have just tried the novel way. And why not? Conventional approaches haven’t worked since the Seinfeld finale. Fellow former Carolina Panther employee Brandon Beane knows how Sean McDermott works, so comfort’s not a problem.
Getting the band back together is a sign McDermott gets what he wants. I’m guessing the team wouldn’t hire someone the coach disliked working with at his last gig. Even if he didn’t get final approval, a good word from the club’s true boss already counts for a lot.
I hope the owners checked with the rookie who’s leading like a veteran before making the final call. McDermott is quiet about growing authority, which is the precise opposite of the last guy. He can’t prove it’s working yet. But at least the change of pace is refreshing.
The coach gets a GM he can work with instead of simply bypassing. It would reinforce the hierarchy established at the draft. Handing over this much authority is acceptable if it’s the right dude.
Did the Pegulas make the right call for a change? This perpetually troubled franchise has tried every other style and failed, so they may as well let the intense new coach work along with a promising young manager on personnel moves. After drafting who he wanted, McDermott is ready to work with Beane. The even newer guy presumably knows who’s in charge.
Franchises win football games in the spring even if the USFL hasn’t played in decades. A high turnover rate now could lower the fumble rate during the season.
Beane is on board with a refreshing mentality. The plan is for new character to replace no character. As seen the last two seasons, being loud is a poor substitute. By contrast, I had to play a video to remember what McDermott’s voice sounds like even though he’s been serving as the public persona. Even when talking, he seems focused on action.
An astounding spectrum of personalities has produced similarly glum results. Six straight full-time head coaches have created sadness, and that’s generously not including Wade Phillips. It’s hard to be productive while miserable unless you’re Robert Smith.
Beane and McDermott’s primary job is pumping in new atmosphere. The toxic environment has made the Bills sick well into the 21st century. Trying to win while coping with negativity is like working in Oakland’s ticket office: you try putting on a brave face when you know how hopelessly the day will go.
Good ingredients can be wasted by a bad chef. Erstwhile Pizza Hut spokesperson Rex Ryan was the Little Caesars of coaches, as he couldn’t get players to go somewhere useful or avoid committing penalties once they got there.
Concurrently, Doug Whaley seemed like he could do nothing but watch as the roster he assembled fizzled. There’s nothing more frustrating or more Buffalo than talented players who don’t maximize it. Let’s change stereotypes starting now.
This franchise could’ve at least gotten a bargain on mediocrity. Instead, they’ve coped with Malt-O-Meal quality at name brand prices. As someone who worked his way up from an internship to learning personnel, Beane could be adept at smart shopping.
Luring assistance is tough while brushing against the salary ceiling. Like it or not, the league has what’s supposed to be a limit on being too successful. Someone tell the Patriots. By brutal contrast, the Bills invested fortunes to maintain a lock on third place. Cap man Jim Overdorf will supposedly have his fate decided by Beane, who should have the record of deals in mind.
Like checking the parachute after jumping, boldness isn’t a virtue in and of itself. Ryan won’t admit that provocation for the sake of it is foolish. That means there’s no reason to check him out on ESPN where he’s now working in lieu of coaching.
Betting big might not bring victory. Michael Scott going all in on Casino Night was an imprudent large wager that just meant losing more quickly. Take an audacious draft move by the last regime that might just not work. A declined option shows this team remains unsure if Sammy Watkins will return on a massive investment.
Waiting to see if Doug Whaley’s signature move was crazily amazing or just plain crazy shows coping with what the last guy did is just part of the job. Beane knows he hasn’t inherited a perfect situation, which makes his willingness to take it on even more impressive.
This may take awhile. I know that’s the team motto. But genuine reconstruction is incremental. Grand gestures don’t necessarily pay off and can in fact indicate a lack of patient planning. As with Downtown Buffalo’s gradual transition from ghost town to party central, improvement comes with gradually implementing a broad vision. A magic bullet usually misses multiple targets.
Coach got the general manager off to a good start. The Bills addressed needs at the draft with guys they wanted. Without a chance to show this is finally the edition that can win games, remaking the roster will have to count. At least Beane won’t be bored.