Bills ditch “All In” for “Playoff Caliber”

AP

A year ago, Bills players showed up for the offseason program with a phrase former coach Rex Ryan borrowed from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney: “All In.”

As it turns out, Ryan went “all in” with an eight-high hand.

This year, the Bills are touting among themselves the quality of their cards, with a T-shirt that says “Playoff Caliber.”

“That’s really the day-to-day vision for what we’re trying to get done,” coach Sean McDermott told reporters on Monday. “You’ve got to earn the right. Every team, this time of year . . . talk[s] about winning the Super Bowl. We want to do that as well, don’t get me wrong, but what’s the plan between now and then? That’s our vision on a day-to-day basis, and that standard is to be a playoff-caliber football team, and that means every day. That’s what it gets back to in terms of earning the right to win. How we meet, how we talk, how we workout, how we practice when we do practice, how we play — that’s the standard we’re trying to get to every day.”

The only player not present for the first day of the voluntary program was running back LeSean McCoy. While McDermott was careful not to say anything to suggest that the sessions are mandatory, he pointed out the value of having the players together.

“[C]hemistry – you’ve heard me mention before – is important for any team, and particularly the good teams,” McDermott said. “It’s no different for us. We’re trying to build our chemistry and that means the right people in the right places doing the right things at the right times. That’s a big part of building a good football team and I can only do so much because of the limitations. I’m not really out there to watch the conditioning and the lifting that goes on, but what we have in the meetings I can evaluate and that’s the teacher-pupil part of the equation here and that’s been fun to watch. Guys really letting their personalities show, and that’s important too — that they have enough space to be themselves because they’re here for a reason and their personalities are a part of it.”

Some would say that all that matters is a player’s on-field ability, but ultimately 53 players have to work together, and that takes a blend of personality characteristics with some players serving as leaders and others knowing that it’s their role to follow.

The primary leader is McDermott, and the first challenge for him is to get them to follow him. The bigger challenge is to make them not just “Playoff Caliber” but “Playoff Qualified.”

28 responses to “Bills ditch “All In” for “Playoff Caliber”

  1. Lolz poor Bills fans.

    When the team is more concerned with a marketing slogan and trying to convince the fans they are what the slogan says, it bodes poorly for the coming season.

  2. Shoot for the stars and youll land on the moon.

    Bills arent making playoffs with that losers mentality. “Playoff caliber” scared mentality. To scared to say champions. Bills. Nuff said.

  3. Next season the jills will change it to “let’s hope for. 500”. The next year will be “let’s try to be respectable “. The season after that will be “let’s try not to humiliate ourselves again “. It’s a slow but steady descent to reality for the jills.

  4. If they had a winning mentality they wouldn’t need a t-shirt and a juvenile slogan trying to convince themselves they can make the playoffs.

  5. billswillnevermove says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:22 PM
    Nothing wrong with it, should be every single teams goal.
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    So you’re saying the Pats goal should be to lower their standards? In a sleepy little hamlet about 450 miles ESE of Orchard Park the goal is Championship Caliber.
    “Playoff Caliber” in the AFCE means a shot at second place in the division.

  6. tdubdizzle says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:12 PM
    Shoot for the stars and youll land on the moon.

    Bills arent making playoffs with that losers mentality. “Playoff caliber” scared mentality. To scared to say champions. Bills. Nuff said.
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    The ONLY team that can currently use the slogan “Champions” are the New England Patriots. There is nothing wrong with the slogan Playoff Caliber… since they can’t use Champion YET, the Playoffs are the next best thing.

  7. I think of Buffalo, I think of talented players they let slip through their fingers. Jason Peters, Marshawn Lynch, just to name a couple.

  8. Slogans are for simpletons. It is the mentality that matters. If they all have the same mentality as that coach then they will be heading for better days.

  9. The Ralph rocks for every home game even though the team has been out of the playoffs for about 2 decades.

    The pats had to cheat to fill the seats in ‘Fix’boro. Gronk probably felt right at home at that WWE event. Hell, he was probably doing research!

  10. joetoronto says:
    Apr 3, 2017 6:06 PM
    The Buffalo Bills, try just to make the playoffs since the 90’s.

    Just lose baby.

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    One winning season since 2002 has Raiders fans feeling chesty?

  11. I sure hope they didn’t pay anyone for that marketing bomb. That might be a warm and comforting things for the Pegulas to say to their new coach, “Look Sean, we are not expecting you to win us the Superbowl this year. We are all good as long as you make us Playoff Calibre.” But by his ramblings, he obviously didn’t really understand what the message behind the slogan was supposed to be. “Chemistry is important especially for the good teams. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we are a good team. You haven’t seen us ordering a participation banner yet.” Yikes! How does anyone get behind that as a positive message.

  12. billswillnevermove says:
    Apr 3, 2017 5:22 PM
    Nothing wrong with it, should be every single teams goal.

    It doesn’t apply to this franchise

  13. And I am sure that a new slogan to sell tickets makes all the difference in the world….THE PROBLEM (at this point) is Whaley and Branden….and until the front office makes these changes the Bills will continue to miss the playoffs….CATCHY SLOGANS DO NOT WIN FOOTBALL GAMES!!!

  14. I would think a slogan that creates a culture and builds a foundation would be more appropriate – hard work, preparation, toughness, making smart decisions. Something that holds each player responsible and makes them want to play for each other. Same for management.

    “Playoff Caliber” sounds a bit average. And what happens to the slogan mid-season when they are 4-6?

  15. “…the right people in the right places doing the right things at the right times.”

    Now THAT should’ve been the Bill’s slogan…

    …but the Pegula’s found out that the Tee shirt company charges by the letter…

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