Only time will tell if hiring Buddy Nix as G.M. was the right move for the Bills.
After Thursday’s plainspoken press conference, we can confirm it should be entertaining.
Nix acknowledged the perceived disappointment in the media room that the team didn’t hire some big name from outside the organization. Then he said winning the day-after headlines wasn’t the team’s goal. He said that’s as meaningless as “A+” draft grades from writers.
There was a “whirlwind process” over the last week that led to Nix’s hiring. Some highlights from Nix’s presser are below. We hope to get a transcript later because the team’s online broadcast had spotty moments.
Nix on the team’s head coach search: “I know we have a list. I haven’t been involved yet, but I’m fixing to be.”
On Aaron Maybin: “He’s a guy you decide in three years if he’s going to be a really good player or if you missed on him.”
On Buffalo’s quarterbacks: “It’s important to let the new coaches have a shot with these guys. If they’re good enough, they’ll have a chance to be here . . . It’s hard to throw when you’re lying on your back.”
On the roster: Nix says the team is further ahead than the Chargers were when he arrived there with A.J. Smith. “I don’t know about rebuilding.”
On Terrell Owens: “Terrell will be a guy the next coach will make a decision on.”
On Marty Schottenheimer: “We have a list. I’d rather not talk about the names. We’re in the process of tracking them down.”
Finally, Bills owner Ralph Wilson seemed to appeal for a change in mojo in Buffalo.
“Number one, we’ve got be lucky,” Wilson said. “That’s my philosophy. That’s with anything you’re doing.”