Brandon Beane bangs the drum for Buffalo

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Last Friday, after trade talks that would have brought Antonio Brown to the Bills fell apart, a narrative emerged that Brown didn’t want to play in Buffalo. On Thursday, Bills G.M. Brandon Beane pushed back.

“That pissed me off, to be candid because it was an ignorant comment,” Beane told reporters. “I’m not on social media, but if you live in Buffalo or you know anything about Buffalo — don’t speak about Buffalo if you don’t know what this city and what this fan base is like. It really pissed me off because it’s not true and when you talk to players — how many guys flowed through here today? Eight, nine, whatever, and we could have had more.

“We didn’t have that narrative, it totally started with a bad rumor on the whole Antonio Brown thing. People looking for reasons, and they didn’t have all of the facts. Again, people that have been here, I can’t tell you how many people have commented, ‘This is amazing. This is awesome. What a facility. What a place. What a culture.’ All of that stuff that we have going here and we love this city and all I want to say is anybody who says that doesn’t know Buffalo and really is just speaking out of ignorance.”

The comments come at a time when the Bills have done a nice job of attracting talent players to town, beginning the process of building around a budding franchise quarterback in Josh Allen and laying the foundation to be highly competitive in the AFC East, after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally retires — and possibly before.

Indeed, the Bills made it to the playoffs in 2017, for the first time in a generation. Last year, they deliberately took a step back with the goal of making a major leap forward, building a team that could soon become a playoff contender on an annual basis and that could perhaps at some point finish a job that was started nearly 30 years ago before being unintentionally abandoned for a couple of decades.

With a quarterback who had a solid season that was largely overlooked amid the exploits of Baker Mayfield in Cleveland, the Bills are laying the foundation for something potentially special. The idea that Brown regarded Buffalo as an undesirable destination, if true, doesn’t mesh with the reality that the Bills may be far better positioned that Brown’s new team to compete in a suddenly deep and star-filled conference that has a growing list of top-flight teams that has yet to include the Bills.

As soon as this season, the Bills could force their way into that conversation, and Brown may end up wishing he’d climbed aboard wagons that could soon be circling as effectively as they did in the early ’90s.

39 responses to “Brandon Beane bangs the drum for Buffalo

  1. gone to many Buffalo games from Canada
    love the atmosphere and the fan commitment and love of their players
    been to Patriots game,
    to be honest, Buffalo fans are more loud, fun loving and support their team like no other venue
    no empty seats, no animosity

  2. I’ve been to a game in Buffalo as a visiting team fan. Spent the whole weekend hanging around and I’ll just say that I won’t be back. That’s for sure

  3. I maintain that the Bills didn’t want to wreck their cap space by paying Brown the money he wanted. That’s why they didn’t trade for him. I believe the Bills & Steelers agreed on terms or else they wouldn’t have allowed Rosenhaus to talk to them.

  4. Preach!

    Buffalo is awesome. People always talk like it’s some lame destination, but western NY is beautiful and downtown is as lively as any mid-level city in the NFL. Most players love it when they get here. And every fan base says they’re the best, but only in Buffalo is that true.

  5. Buffalo is more a college town kinda atmosphere which is why a lot of players love it…last year Shady McCoy hardly a guy to hold back his opinions said when he first practiced with Josh Allen that he knew he was special….the time is coming soon for Buffalo not surprised a lot of free agents saw that

  6. Jets fan here; I do hate the Pats and the Dolphins, but the Bills are an old school,blue collar team with a dedicated fan base and a lot of passion. I know it’s near Canada, but really,can it be that much different than Pittsburgh?! The Bills are building a franchise, AB would have been a potential distraction. Bills fans will have the last laugh when he is on TV fighting with Gruden on the sidelines!

  7. nothing against David Carr, but Allen’s probly the only NFL QB that can overthrow a cheetah. The Bills are moving in a good direction, while the Raiders have no identity or perceived direction. This move was about the money and nothing else. He can say he joined the Raiders to win games, but when? He’s aging quickly and just got traded to the AFC’s version of the Giants. Good luck Mr. Big Chest, must be sad to know you’re not even the best receiver in the AFC (thank you Giants), let alone the NFL as you think you are. Good luck this year Bills fans, all of us Browns fans truly understand your excitement for this year.

  8. “Where else would you rather be than right here right now” – Marv Levy #buffalove #billsmafia

  9. Buffalo is a great town with great people.

    Economy is stronger than people believe, great history, many cultural outlets, amazing architecture, good job market, weather better than people believe.

    If people believe a football teams record, or supposed weather woes make a city, they are dead wrong.

  10. People will play anywhere if you pay them enough. As a Patriots fan I love the Bill’s. Bill B owns them after all.

  11. All the talk in the world won’t change the fact that nobody wants to go to Buffalo and rightfully so, it’s brutal in so many ways.

    They go when they have no choice.

  12. Let’s see, the weather sucks, the area is an economic disaster, the downtown is about the lamest in the entire NFL and the team is building some kind of resurgence around Blake Bortles 2.0.

    What’s not to like?

  13. How does Bufffalo get a bad reputation? I can understand the snow but the city itself is fine so I never understood the hatred. I’ve been to over 40 countries and Buffalo has (hands down) the best food from where I’ve explored. It isn’t a giant city – but Bills fans are a breed of their own. It’s hard to explain until you actually stay there for about 1-2 weeks in September. Sabres fans… can’t say the same, unfortunately. Buffalo is a gem.

  14. People who live where it’s warmer year round or have more big shiny buildings some how feel they’re better than the rest just because they were born or live there. People that know Buffalo know that it’s about the people whom are genuine, loyal and hard working.

    Cheap shots are about people who need to put others down to feel better about themselves. Buffalo is a great place to live and raise a family. Brandon Beane is just the most recent person to find that out.

  15. Sounds like the TRUTH hit a nerve w/ Beane. Buffalo is NFL siberia and no one wants to go play up there, not an insult just the truth. Who wants to play in 0 degree weather? There was a poll done recently, they polled NFL players and asked them to name the most desirable and least desirable NFL cities players would like to play in, Buffalo ranked 32 on that list. Players and their families do not want to move up to the Siberia of the NFL for 6 months a year, sorry.

  16. You didn’t mention the one comment about the new training facility under constructin. Beane said a couple of the new guys couldn’t wait to get back and use it, it is gorgeous!

  17. Hawkk, average winter temp there is on par with Foxboro, and warmer than Green Bay.

    So, not a very good point.

  18. et’s see, the weather sucks, the area is an economic disaster, the downtown is about the lamest in the entire NFL and the team is building some kind of resurgence around Blake Bortles 2.0

    Well it’s not like every team can draft a qb in round 6 to bring in as a camp body and luck into him being so great . Pure luck is why your team is so great . And you do nothing but troll… have you ever contributed anything to society? No need to answer- we already know

  19. carloswlassiter says:
    March 15, 2019 at 6:39 am
    Let’s see, the weather sucks, the area is an economic disaster, the downtown is about the lamest in the entire NFL and the team is building some kind of resurgence around Blake Bortles 2.0.

    What’s not to like?
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    The weather is not great, this is true but outside of snow accumulation how is it any worse than GB,Pitt,Cle,Cinn,Den,NE,or NJ?

    The economic disaster comment is bull.

    Lamest downtown? Please! It’s not NY, Miami or LA but far from the worst.

    Bortles 2.0? Lol! The kid had the worse offensive ensemble last year and still put together some serious WOW factor highlights. The kid will have skill players around him and in front of him this year. Let’s hold judgement shall we. Mahomes, Mayfield and Darnold would have bombed if they had that roster.

  20. Siberia? Buffalo is cold December to March. And it still isn’t that bad – I feel like alot of these California and Florida specimens are sissies. This is why New Yorkers take everyones jobs – we pay insane taxes, work hard and don’t complain. You also don’t see people from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit complaining about the cold. Rustbelt for the win.

  21. whysosenestive445 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:57 pm
    I’ve been to a game in Buffalo as a visiting team fan. Spent the whole weekend hanging around and I’ll just say that I won’t be back. That’s for sure

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    Yeah I spent what seemed like a year in Buffalo one weekend…..no thanks

  22. billsrthefuture says:
    March 15, 2019 at 8:35 am
    Hawkk, average winter temp there is on par with Foxboro, and warmer than Green Bay.

    So, not a very good point.

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    It is a lot colder there in Buffalo than it is in the rest of the Country from mid-late October all the way thru mid April when it starts warming up there again. Buffalo is way up there in the North Eastern part of the country, the Economy is not good, the night life is poor compared to most other NFL cities, there is not much for there families to do other than freeze thru the winter compared to many other NFL cities. There is a reason why NFL players constantly vote Buffalo as one of the least desirable locations to play in out of the entire NFL. As for Green Bay and Foxboro, they both win something Buffalo does not do. Green Bay is one of the most iconic football cities/stadiums in the entire NFL, Buffalo is Not. If you play in Foxboro Boston is a much better city to live in with far more to do and they win Super Bowls in NE and if a player plays in NE or GB they have far more marketability, meaning more Money. I can rattle off a list of players who play for both teams who make a ton of money outside of the NFL, if you play in Buffalo your marketability is damn near zero compared to most other NFL Cities. It isnt my opinion that Buffalo is among the least desirable cities/teams to play in/for, it is the players & a thing called realities.

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    forthefallendreams says:
    March 15, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Siberia? Buffalo is cold December to March. And it still isn’t that bad – I feel like alot of these California and Florida specimens are sissies. This is why New Yorkers take everyones jobs – we pay insane taxes, work hard and don’t complain. You also don’t see people from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit complaining about the cold. Rustbelt for the win
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    You dont see people from CLV, PIt, Det, Buf complain about the cold??? Then why do sooooo many of there residents that actually have the money to do so either move or west or spend there winters out west? People are not relocating in record numbers to Buffalo and CLV, however they are moving out west in record numbers and have been for 20+ years now. Turns out anyone with an IQ above 70 would rather live somewhere where it is 65-75 Deg’s and Sunny throughout the winter rather than in Buffalo shoveling snow out of your driveway at 6:30 AM just to get to work.

  24. forthefallendreams says:
    March 15, 2019 at 7:40 am
    How does Bufffalo get a bad reputation? I can understand the snow but the city itself is fine so I never understood the hatred. I’ve been to over 40 countries and Buffalo has (hands down) the best food from where I’ve explored.

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    Buffalo has the best food in 40 countries including the US?

    Please child…..

  25. All these people who are blasting Buffalo probably have one thing in common – They have never spent much time there. I graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1967. (Go, Bulls!) I lived and worked there for years after. I enjoyed the life in Buffalo. The people were very genuine and caring and incredible supporters of their teams. The weather can be a challenge sometimes, but I have also spent time in Green Bay, Montreal and Chicago, etc.

    If you polled the past players on the Bills’ teams, you would hear high praise for western New York area, its people and its quality of life.

    Those who continuously knock Buffalo are doing it so they can feel better about where they live.

  26. I love people raggin on Buffalo..please stay away…I have lived a lot of places, and though I don’t live there now, I’d move back if the situation was right. Sure San Diego is great no qualms there..but the weather/economy jabs are uneducated at best….yeah it snows..news alert. I’ve lived out west, down south and in the metro northeast…they all have some issues…well except for san diego… I’ll give em that.

  27. Lived in Buffalo suburbs for 15 years. Sneaked into the stadium with friends one February night after the bars closed and threw the football around on a snow covered field for about 20 minutes. It was really cool. Who says bad things happen after 2 AM?

    Buffalo was a great place to live. Like any area of the country, you adopt to the weather and take advantage of it. I played hockey, skied, and snowboarded. Went to the beach at Evangola St park in the summer. Had a season pass to plays in the theater district. Certainly ate my share of chicken wings.

    Buffalo was a great place to live and I would not complain if work took me back there.

  28. Buffalo is nothing compared to Vegas? Let’s ask any NFL player you want to play in Vegas with AB and Carr or you want to play I need Buffalo with Josh Allen?? Guess what all will say. WE ARE GOING TO VEGAS!!!

  29. The fact that Cole Beasley could have chosen the Patriots as his new team, but chose the Bills instead, tells you what the future trajectories are for both teams.

  30. Any fan base that shows up to support a team that bad for so many years and in that cold weather in the winter has my respect. They look like they’re having so much fun out there.

  31. beginning the process of building around a budding franchise quarterback in Josh Allen and laying the foundation to be highly competitive in the AFC East, after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally retires

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    Funny that AFC East teams aren’t even trying to built a team to beat Brady anymore, they just want to build a team that can hang around until Brady retires, HILARIOUS!!!

  32. Say what u want about the weather. I’ll take snow for 4 months over, floods, hurricanes, earth quakes, wild fires, land slides, drought, wait a few years when the west has no water. We are surrounded by the great lakes (fresh water) so have fun with that

  33. pioniere says:
    March 15, 2019 at 10:47 am
    The fact that Cole Beasley could have chosen the Patriots as his new team, but chose the Bills instead, tells you what the future trajectories are for both teams.

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    Actually it tells you a lot more about the future trajectory of Cole Beasley

  34. Steve C – they don’t have to build their teams to beat Brady anymore. So, it’s actually logical.

  35. In a recent survey Buffalo ranked dead last as a location that players wanted to go to. Big surprise right?

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