Bills G.M. to fans: “We have work to do and we know it”

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After breaking a 17-year playoff drought in their first season together, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott took a step back last season.

Now, they’re ready to start taking more steps forward.

Via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News, Beane outlined his thoughts for the future of the Bills in a letter to season ticket holders.

We have work to do and we know it,” Beane wrote. “Although we were very encouraged by our development and growth this year, we certainly have areas of need in all three phases.”

He also spoke of the need for “long-term, sustained success,” which has been tougher to come by there.

In many regards, last year’s 6-10 record was almost expected, as the Bills changed quarterbcaks, went with a rookie. More importantly, they carried over $68 million in dead money on the salary cap, the result of getting rid of some bad inherited contracts. Eating it all last year allowed them to clear the decks financially, though Beane’s letter mentioned being “calculated” in free agency.

Winning on a consistent basis in Buffalo isn’t easy (as evidenced by their post-Jim Kelly history), and reversing that kind of tradition is going to take more than one playoff run.

25 responses to “Bills G.M. to fans: “We have work to do and we know it”

  1. The time for talking is over. You shed yourself of many of the teams best players for little or nothing in return. you got your cap money. Now do something with it or as Bill Polian said…”get out of town”…

  2. “Although we were very encouraged by our development and growth this year, we certainly have areas of need in all three phases, especially at QB where we really blew it, again.” Beane wrote.

  3. Making the playoffs in their first year did Beane and Mcdermott no favors. Uninformed fans then believed they should have gone to the playoffs this year, bringing far more scrutiny on the brass than was warranted. This was always going to be a 3-4 year deal, and they’re right on course. Beane is an excellent GM, and Mcdermott follows it up by getting the most out of the GMs signings. First time in 15 years I’ve felt positive about their future.

  4. “Winning on a consistent basis in Buffalo isn’t easy (as evidenced by their post-Jim Kelly history), and reversing that kind of tradition is going to take more than one playoff run.”

    Jim Kelly was a 4 time loser and he was the best QB they ever had by far. They literally have no winning history at all in Buffalo in any professional sport, nothing.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  5. I think Bills fans were happy with the development with Josh Allen towards the end of the year and the dominance of the their defense. If they can make improvements with the O-line/running game, as well a true #1 WR and TE, their win total should go up. Having a surplus with $90+ million in cap space and no dead cap weighing them down, they should patch a lot of the holes they had last year. I see the Bill at 7 and 9 or even 9 and 7 next year.

  6. The understatement of the year. The fans don’t want to hear about “dead money” every team deals with that issue. This year they took an encouraging first step, have to keep the momentum going.

  7. They have a ton of holes to fill and this years free agent class is not very good on the offensive side of the ball. I am not a bills fan but I would hate to see them spend all their cash reaching for iffy free agents.

  8. Michael E says:
    February 5, 2019 at 7:54 am
    Well you cut the quarterback who took you to the playoffs
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    So did every other team. He was so good he couldn’t find a job after Cleveland released him with so many QB needy teams out there. Go figure

  9. “Well you cut the quarterback who took you to the playoffs.”

    Nope. Beane traded that quarterback for a third round pick. That quarterback then lost his next job a few games into the season.

    I like Tyrod alright, but to say he “took” the team to the playoffs is a gross exaggeration. He had some good moments, but he’s more of a guy that won’t lose the game for you than a guy who will put the team on his shoulders and carry them to victory.

  10. But remember Bills fan, we still have the Black Widow and nothing is getting better under her leadership.

  11. widerightyouloseagain says:
    February 5, 2019 at 7:23 am
    “Winning on a consistent basis in Buffalo isn’t easy (as evidenced by their post-Jim Kelly history), and reversing that kind of tradition is going to take more than one playoff run.”

    Jim Kelly was a 4 time loser and he was the best QB they ever had by far. They literally have no winning history at all in Buffalo in any professional sport, nothing.
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    Wrong again Canadian Boy….Jack Kemp and 2 AFL Championships in ’64 & “65….but no Grey Cups thank God!!

  12. As much as last year’s dip was expected due to the QB situation, lack of WRs, and O-Line talent, a winning season is also expected this season. A ton of cap space and another draft with extra picks at good positions. At the Least we want to see the O-Line greatly improved, a solid # 1 WR and a TE that can help with blocking and who can catch the ball to win the game. I think that’s a reasonable expectation from Bills fans. This I put on Beane and McDermott. I say McDermott because I think he thinks defensively and if he loses sight of the offense needs he could spend all the Cap and Draft picks on defense. Beane needs to make objective decisions that are best for the team overall.

  13. Joe stick to one ID it’s easier to keep track of how wrong you are over the course of the year. So, new season upcoming…shall the Bills make it 3 in a row being a better team than your Raiders? And seriously move out of Buffalo Joe, it’s not good for your health.

  14. The Pegula’s own the Sabres. They own the Bills too. If history is any kind of a teacher (see the Sabres record since Pegula bought them) the Bills aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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