No owner buys an NFL team for the privilege of employing the team’s current G.M. and/or head coach. And most owners take over the team with an idea or two about the persons who will be hired to fill those jobs.
In Buffalo, the new owners of the Bills won’t be making any changes in the immediate future. Key word: Immediate.
“We recognize, A, that we’re in the middle of a season and, B, the season’s not going too bad right now,” co-owner Terry Pegula told the Buffalo News on Wednesday. “So I think the smart thing right now is to just let everything be and let the season play out.”
That’s hardly a guarantee that changes won’t be made, A, when the season is over and, B, if the season doesn’t turn out very well. In fact, Pegula’s comments mesh with the impression many have had throughout the process of selling the Bills. The new owner will hire a new coach and/or G.M. unless the guys currently do so well that the fans wouldn’t tolerate change.
Pegula, who was interviewed along with his wife and co-owner, Kim, hinted that changes could be inevitable.
“Hire good people and let them run with it; that’s my attitude,” Terry said regarding the intended management approach.
He said “hire good people” not “trust the people who already have the jobs.” It may be nothing; it may be something.
It may ultimately depend whether the Bills parlay their 5-3 start into the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 1999.