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Ralph Wilson: Don't call me cheap

There’s a perception around the NFL that Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson won’t spend the kind of money it would take to hire one of the highly sought-after coaching free agents like Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren or Bill Cowher.

Wilson, in his first interview since firing head coach Dick Jauron, insisted that he has no problems with spending the money he needs to spend to put a winning team on the field — and to have a winning coach on the sideline.

“Anybody that says I’m cheap is looking down the wrong side of the street,” Wilson told the Associated Press.

Wilson noted that he signed off on the one-year, $6.5 million contract that the Bills gave wide receiver Terrell Owens, citing it as an example of his willingness to pay what he has to pay to field a winner in Buffalo.

“It’s not about money, it’s about winning,” Wilson said. “If it was about money, we wouldn’t have brought in and paid for somebody we know was a great player.”

It’s debatable whether Owens, at age 35, is still a “great player,” and the fact that the Bills made Owens their big off-season acquisition may be a sign that the Bills need to overhaul their player personnel department and hire a general manager who can re-shape the team’s football operations. Wilson acknowledged that he’s considering such a move.

“We’ve got to revamp and take a look at the whole operation and that’s what we’re going to do,” Wilson said.

But Wilson downplayed reports that the Bills are talking to former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, saying, “I don’t know anything about him.”

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32 Responses to “Ralph Wilson: Don't call me cheap”
  1. Desides says: Nov 19, 2009 12:19 PM

    But Wilson downplayed reports that the Bills are talking to former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, saying, “I don’t know anything about him.”
    One of many things Wilson knows nothing about. Winning the Super Bowl is another.

  2. schism says: Nov 19, 2009 12:19 PM

    anybody here have a grandparent or parent over 85, they are probably out of it a little, Ralph is 93.
    Whatever, this is the best headline of the week.

  3. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 19, 2009 12:21 PM

    “”Anybody that says I’m cheap is looking down the wrong side of the street,” Wilson told the Associated Press.”
    what does that even mean?
    i’m going to start randomly saying that in retort to people when they say things about me.

  4. VoxVeritas says: Nov 19, 2009 12:24 PM

    Signing TO was about putting butts in seats, period.

  5. Citizen Strange says: Nov 19, 2009 12:25 PM

    I guess you can go crazy and over pay for famous name head coaches but if any team is spending right up to the salary cap they can’t be called cheap. Tampa Bay has some cap room but nobody really has that much to be called cheap.

  6. CTownCBI says: Nov 19, 2009 12:30 PM

    Looking down the wrong side of the street? What does that even mean? Was that some term they used during the prohibition era?

  7. Richm2256 says: Nov 19, 2009 12:30 PM

    Fear not, Bills fan, Ralph Wilson just heard about this hotshot new coach; some kid by the name of Rockne?
    Can we get somebody uner the age of 82 into Wilson’s sphere of influence, please?

  8. BillsFan27 says: Nov 19, 2009 12:31 PM

    Don’t call it a comeback. Ralph’s been here for years…

  9. DynastyDriven says: Nov 19, 2009 12:36 PM

    Ralph Wilson sounds like the other cheap fraud in Buffalo, who was also rumored to be interested in buying the Bills but can’t since he owns the Bruins.
    That would be none other than Mr. Jeremy Jacobs who has his own fan club here:
    http://www.PleaseSellTheBruins.com Maybe a similar Bills site will pop up soon.

  10. jj jones says: Nov 19, 2009 12:36 PM

    “Wilson noted that he signed off on the one-year, $6.5 million contract that the Bills gave wide receiver Terrell Owens, citing it as an example of his willingness to pay what he has to pay to field a winner in Buffalo.”
    He is clueless.

  11. ilivincin97 says: Nov 19, 2009 12:38 PM

    Say what you want about this guy and Mike Brown, they ARE good for the league, period. If it weren’t for these guys, the NFL would look more like the MLB. No one will want that to happen. Competition is at the highest level, year in and year out. They are also advocates for a more structured rookie pay scale, that will only help the league in the long haul.

  12. HappyBunny says: Nov 19, 2009 12:39 PM

    …Wilson went on a few minutes longer asserting that he spends money freely as he has since he was a youngster. He then tossed an intern a nickel and asked him to fetch him a bag of ginger snaps and a Coke.

  13. CornFlorio says: Nov 19, 2009 12:41 PM

    Richm2256 says:
    November 19, 2009 12:30 PM
    Fear not, Bills fan, Ralph Wilson just heard about this hotshot new coach; some kid by the name of Rockne?
    Can we get somebody uner the age of 82 into Wilson’s sphere of influence, please?
    _________
    LAME comment, as usual from the board’s resident clueless idiot, PoorMORON2256.
    Don’t you have homework for your preschool class to finish, loser?
    GFY, PoorMORON.

  14. leatherneck says: Nov 19, 2009 12:50 PM

    Bills! You need a strong-armed quarterback. You play in a windy stadium, and two of your road games every year are in the blustery northeastern US. That’s 10 out of 16 games per year. You need a strong-armed quarterback if you are the Bills. That eliminates Trent Edwards, who needs to be traded. That might also eliminate Brian Brohm, though I don’t know much about Brohm’s arm strength other than hearing a rumor that it is weak.

  15. Deb says: Nov 19, 2009 12:53 PM

    @Desides …
    Okay, granted that Ralph is past his football prime. But he is the guy who put together the braintrust that won four consecutive AFC championships. No, they didn’t win a Super Bowl, but that’s still a pretty impressive accomplishment no other team has matched. Just sayin’ …
    And Ralph still seems to have more football sense than Al Davis–and he’s almost old enough to be Al’s daddy!

  16. Ranoversquarells says: Nov 19, 2009 12:58 PM

    BillsFan27 says:
    November 19, 2009 12:31 PM
    Don’t call it a comeback. Ralph’s been here for years…
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH.
    I laughed so hard I got a stern talk by my boss about being disruptive.

  17. HarrisonHits says: Nov 19, 2009 12:59 PM

    “Say what you want about this guy and Mike Brown, they ARE good for the league, period”
    How long did it take you to create the fantasyland you live in ? Wilson, Al Davis, Mike Brown, Randy Lerner the Fords and the Glazers are all terrible for the league and its competitiveness.
    But hey, as long as Ralph owns the Bills it means 2 easy division wins every year for the Pats. Personally I’d rather see the bad teams get new owners with a clue.

  18. tufar says: Nov 19, 2009 1:08 PM

    Putting some games into Toronto was an interesting move by Wilson and the Bills. I’m sure that was an attempt to make some extra money while irritating the Bills fan base. In hindsight, that move looks a lot like losers attracting losers. In Toronto they would kill for any sports team that knew how to win. The Argonauts of CFL were pathetic, The Raptors are well on their way to another losing season, The Maple Leafs are truly the Maple Laffs and then they add the Bills to Toronto to continue the trend.

  19. schism says: Nov 19, 2009 1:09 PM

    The Bils need to clean house, get rid of almost everyone
    keep-
    fred jackson
    jarius byrd
    lee evans
    josh reed
    james hardy
    the D line
    ditch-
    lynch
    edwards
    fitzpatrick
    revamp the O line

  20. LastYooper says: Nov 19, 2009 1:22 PM

    Deb said: “And Ralph still seems to have more football sense than Al Davis–and he’s almost old enough to be Al’s daddy!”
    Aint that kinda like me sayin that my 430 pound spouse is thinner than your 475 pound spouse???

  21. VonClausewitz says: Nov 19, 2009 1:42 PM

    So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. ‘Give me five bees for a quarter,’ you’d say. And that’s the way I like it!

  22. beyond2k says: Nov 19, 2009 1:48 PM

    *But Wilson downplayed reports that the Bills are talking to former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, saying, “I don’t know anything about him.” *
    Wilson is cheap and senile too.

  23. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 19, 2009 1:49 PM

    i think we should give ralph wilson, bud adams, and al davis their own radio show. extemporaneous hour, just speak what’s on their mind.
    we’d hear about all sorts of interesting things, like oatmeal, matlock, and how nice of a guy president taft was.

  24. Deb says: Nov 19, 2009 2:03 PM

    @LastYooper …
    Yeah, kinda LOL
    But both Wilson and Davis did a lot for football in their prime, so I feel guilty being disrespectful now. Maybe there should be a mandatory pass-the-reins age for owners so they step down before embarrassing themselves.
    And once they pass the reins, they can go on Sirius like texasPHINSfan suggested. But I’d bet Al and Bud would come up with something more lively to talk about than oatmeal and Matlock! :-)

  25. ilivincin97 says: Nov 19, 2009 2:12 PM

    HarrisonHits says:
    November 19, 2009 12:59 PM
    “Say what you want about this guy and Mike Brown, they ARE good for the league, period”
    How long did it take you to create the fantasyland you live in ? Wilson, Al Davis, Mike Brown, Randy Lerner the Fords and the Glazers are all terrible for the league and its competitiveness.
    But hey, as long as Ralph owns the Bills it means 2 easy division wins every year for the Pats. Personally I’d rather see the bad teams get new owners with a clue.
    I only meant to keep other owners from doing to the NFL what has happened to baseball. In the NFL, any team can be competitive, while in baseball the rich get richer.

  26. Occam says: Nov 19, 2009 3:22 PM

    “”Anybody that says I’m cheap is looking down the wrong side of the street,” Wilson told the Associated Press.”
    what does that even mean? i’m going to start randomly saying that in retort to people when they say things about me.”
    If you do, people will start talking about you like you mail has been given to the postman.

  27. Richm2256 says: Nov 19, 2009 3:39 PM

    That’s what you have to add, CornHolio? Nothing about the topic, just a stupid juvenile comment towards me?
    Did I hurt your widdle feelings or something?
    Unless you have something to rebut, or add, or have something to do with the topic, maybe you should just stay on the porch with the puppies.
    The point of my post, in case it was over your head, is that Ralph Wilson – at his advanced age – is hopelessly out of touch with today’s NFL.
    What you got, genius?

  28. Greener95 says: Nov 19, 2009 3:55 PM

    schism says:
    November 19, 2009 1:09 PM
    The Bils need to clean house, get rid of almost everyone
    keep-
    fred jackson
    jarius byrd
    lee evans
    josh reed
    james hardy
    the D line
    ditch-
    lynch
    edwards
    fitzpatrick
    revamp the O line
    ————————-
    Really? You want to ditch Lynch and the entire O-Line.
    You want to ditch a solid rookie talent in Eric Wood?
    You want to ditch a solid centre who plowed the way for De’Angelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart?
    You want to move a guy who last year was the heart and sole of this offense, a guy who plows D-Linemen down and has one of the strongest stiff arm’s in the game. A guy who certainly has some off-field issues but is a guy you can build a rushing game around in Marshawn Lynch.
    Come on, changes need to happen but you dont need to fire everyone.
    Keep your core:
    Evans, Lynch, Nelson, Wood, Hangartner, Hardy if he learns how to run a route.
    We have the makings of a stout defense, we need a linebacker core.
    Come On.

  29. kiera620 says: Nov 19, 2009 4:46 PM

    I don’t know about getting rid of the entire o-line but they do need help. On the other hand I completely agree with getting rid of Lynch. The guy is overrated and a complete waste. He may have one of the strongeest stiff arm’s in the game, but i haven’t seen him plowing many people over lately. I don’t know what happened from last season to this season but he doesn’t seem to be the back they should be building around…..

  30. Richm2256 says: Nov 19, 2009 5:13 PM

    “Come on, changes need to happen but you dont need to fire everyone.”
    OK, keep the ball boy and the water boy. They don’t suck.

  31. George C says: Nov 19, 2009 7:25 PM

    Don’t call me cheap?
    Then why did you give “Weekend at Bernie’s” star Dick Jauron the boot last year?

  32. FumbleNuts says: Nov 19, 2009 8:48 PM

    But Wilson downplayed reports that the Bills are talking to former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, saying, “I don’t know anything about him.”
    When was the last time you watched a Super Bowl?

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