If you’ve ever spent any time in or around the western New York area, you can almost feel the dejection in the air regarding the Buffalo Bills. It’s been 10 years and counting since the team last smelled the playoffs.
New GM Buddy Nix is in charge of fixing a mess that resembles that of curing America’s tumbling economy. The Bills have virtually no core players to rebuild their organization around, save for C.J. Spiller, whom Nix may have reached for at No. 9 this past April.
But as a team chooses to build through the draft, it may also refrain from making any significant splashes in free agency. In addition to being strapped for cash, the underlying feeling is that there aren’t very many players who are dazzled by the prospects of playing in Buffalo. To be frank, the weather is terrible, the city is very blue collar, and the team hasn’t shown any signs of improvement.
So as this “build through the draft” faze engulfs Nix’s regime, he may find that unless he hits the jackpot in the next couple of years, the Bills won’t find success any easier to come by in upcoming years.
2010 has been brutal thus far, as the Bills are one of two remaining winless teams at 0-5. Fortunately, they did not lose last week as they had a bye.