Bills GM Brandon Beane: We didn’t get it done up front, and that starts with me

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Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said that Sunday’s loss to the Bengals makes clear that he needs to do a better job of building the Bills’ offensive end defensive lines.

“Up front we didn’t get it done on either side of the ball, and that starts with me,” Beane said.

Beane said he needs to add talent on both lines, although he added that won’t be an easy job.

“If it was college, I’d love to get as many five stars as we can get,” Beane said. “It’s the cap, it’s the draft, we’ll have to work through that.”

Beane said the Bills need to be honest with themselves and say that there are things they need to improve to be on the level of the Chiefs and Bengals, who have met in the AFC Championship Game two years in a row while the Bills watched from home. Beane said the way the Bengals dominated Sunday’s game from the very beginning was humbling.

“I can’t remember a game where we kick off, down 7-0, three-and-out, down 14-0, three-and-out, in a long time, since I’ve been here,” Beane said.

One thing Beane is confident in is head coach Sean McDermott, whom Beane praised for holding the team together in the wake of Damar Hamlin‘s medical emergency.

“I thought Sean did a heck of a job this year,” Beane said. “As I told the team yesterday, this is my 25th season in the league, I don’t remember a team coming close to what got thrown this team’s way, and I thought Sean navigated that really well.”

But the ending to the Bills’ season was a major disappointment, and both Beane and McDermott may feel their seats getting hot if they don’t get past the divisional round a year from now.

10 responses to “Bills GM Brandon Beane: We didn’t get it done up front, and that starts with me

  1. A lot of excuses, not enough action. This team has turned into an old boys club from the coach to the GM. No accountability. Clean house.

  2. Too late! According to NFL fandom, our window has closed!

    I kid, I kid. It’s great to hear Beane & McD talk about the lines so much. It’s just imperative – especially that O-line. Allen can play for a long time, but he needs a line, and a better running game.

    I do trust Beane. He has done a great job making the Bills relevant again. But relevancy isn’t even close to enough. He has to do some magic this offseason to put the Bills in position to finally get over the top.

  3. Brandon Beane loves to spend huge capital on small nice guys with no aggressive edge.

    It’s like he’s drafting community volunteers who are nice guys to hang around and then the talent evaluation comes second.

    5 1st rounders on Defense that crumbles every single post season while diverting all those picks from any help for Josh on the OL.

  4. What the Bills “got thrown” is being overblown by Beane and their fans. Yes they had some injuries and yes the Hamlin situation was traumatic but all teams have adversity. Prior to the Hamlin injury it was clear the Bengals were the far superior team during that game and yet they were gifted a home playoff game. Josh Allen started every game this year and if they were good enough that should have been enough to offset what they “got thrown”.

  5. I don’t get the incessant referring to adversity – what adversity did the Bills experience that was so out of the ordinary, compared to the 31 other teams? You don’t hear Kyle Shanahan whine about adversity and he lost not one but two QB’s and had to fall back on a rookie to help carry the team.

    Yes, the Hamlin injury was shocking to see, but all this adversity talk sounds like excuses. Fact is, the Bills got beat badly in the playoffs, again.

  6. Rebuild the Defensive backfield, reinforce both Lines, add a bruising, unstoppable RB, and coach Allen to release the ball faster.

  7. Bills are going to be fine they ran into a buzzsaw. Cincinnati is hot and playing extremely well. The game planning was what the difference was. Im a die hard Bengal fan and can admit Von Miller would have made a difference, maybe not THE difference but still wouldve had an impact. As long as Josh Allen is there, there is always a chance. The fans who want the coach fired will be ok in a few days.

  8. 60ftlesbianoctopus says:
    January 24, 2023 at 3:33 pm
    Brandon Beane loves to spend huge capital on small nice guys with no aggressive edge.

    It’s like he’s drafting community volunteers who are nice guys to hang around and then the talent evaluation comes second.

    5 1st rounders on Defense that crumbles every single post season while diverting all those picks from any help for Josh on the OL.
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    Still trying to figure out what they’re going to do with Bernard… A LB who is too small, and too slow to be a safety.

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