Terry Pegula expects Bills to earn some respect on the field

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The Bills made changes at coach and General Manager this offseason and, as you’d expect, the team’s owner expects some other changes to come as a result of those moves.

Owner Terry Pegula’s team ended the 2016 season, their 17th straight without a postseason bid, with reports of organizational dysfunction surrounding their decision to fire head coach Rex Ryan and then fired General Manager Doug Whaley right after the draft. That didn’t do much to generate respect around the league and Pegula said Wednesday that he expects that to change under new coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane.

“My expectation is that we earn some respect on the field,” Pegula said, via NewYorkUpstate.com. “I believe that that’s important. Then wherever it falls, it falls. I really believe that. . . . Earning respect and working hard and that will translate into wins.”

Pegula’s expectation for getting respect appears to be a more pressing one than those wins. He praised McDermott for being a “diligent planner” and that the coach has found “a good way to start” by bringing in players who share his beliefs.

Until those wins come and come consistently, however, the respect level for the Bills will always have space to grow.

19 responses to “Terry Pegula expects Bills to earn some respect on the field

  1. Well, they could always hire Aretha Franklin to sing “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” at halftime, if the product on the field is lacking.

  2. So many Fredo quotes, so little time. Just remember, they think “Bills Mafia” is a compliment.

  3. weepingjebus says:
    Aug 2, 2017 3:42 PM
    Just remember, they think “Bills Mafia” is a compliment.
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    Bills mafia, 3 unemployed fat guys in a 1990 Winnebago wearing sausage grease stained Thurman Thomas jerseys

  4. Everyone in the NFL has a great deal of respect for the legacy of Ralph Wilson and what he did for the league. This guy still needs to earn it (although keeping the team in Buffalo was a good first step).

  5. The schedule speaks volumes that the NFL thinks this team can step it up this year. With the first New England game not being scheduled to week 13, I think the Bills are being considered a playoff contender.

    This team was close the last to playoffs the last 2 years with a tool for a coach, below average WR’s and some injuries to crucial players.

    They key will be staying healthy in the defensive backfield, A late camp signing by a veteran DB, who is familiar with the AFC East, could be an interesting scenario.

  6. This reduces to yet unproven ownership and management pointing a finger at the players. Keep that BS in house, demonstrate the ability to effectively staff the front office and coaching personnel, and perhaps YOU might gain the respect of your fans.

  7. Pegula lets his wife make football and hockey decisions! Yeah that will get the respect of players and others around both leagues.

  8. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    Aug 2, 2017 3:56 PM
    weepingjebus says:
    Aug 2, 2017 3:42 PM
    Just remember, they think “Bills Mafia” is a compliment.
    ______________

    Bills mafia, 3 unemployed fat guys in a 1990 Winnebago wearing sausage grease stained Thurman Thomas jerseys
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    BillsMafia is a million strong, all with their middle fingers up looking at you & the rest of the NFL’s so called fans… You aren’t a fan unless you can stick with a team through a 17 season playoff drought! You call yourselves “Fans”… Ha!

  9. Bills Mafia is also representative of a Buffalo charity. If you don’t know that, you’re from out of town, a bandwagon fan, not a fan or a hater. Charity does great work and has branched out to other sport towns. Not New England, huge bandwagon there.

  10. Man, the comment section on this site is troll central. Reminds me why I hardly ever read them, or this site anymore for that matter. Really goes to show the average intelligence of football fans, I guess…

  11. Winning and respect start at the top. It all starts with the owner. You can fire coaches and GM’s all you want, but if you don’t have anyone in your organization who can evaluate QB’s, you’re not going to win. It doesn’t take Einstein to figure that out, but the owners in Buffalo haven’t figured it out. Or maybe they have and they just don’t care.

  12. Pegula lets his wife make football and hockey decisions! Yeah that will get the respect of players and others around both leagues.
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    His wife knows more about sports than he does. Hes a business man who is good at making money and buying nice things in a city he likes. His wife is a sports fan who knows far more about football than he does

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