This is the space on the internet where I, Buffalo News writer Tim Graham, am supposed to supply my most scalding of blistering-hot takes minutes after Bills GM Brandon Beane's introductory news conference.
I'm paid for this. So I will dig deep into the coals within my boiler and belch pure fire:
There's still no way to be sure Beane will be any good at his job.
Beane was sharp and insightful Friday morning at One Bills Drive. So was Doug Whaley a few years ago. So was Tom Donahoe a year into the Bills' 17-season famine.
Any declaration of how Beane can, will or should perform is folly.
Hopes always are high for the new guy. Beane didn't throw up on his tie, drop an F-bomb or deliver a treatise about the benefits of communism. No red flags Friday, at least.
But I am encouraged by the direction the Pegulas have taken with their two GM hires.
New Sabres boss Jason Botterill also was talkatively vanilla Thursday in KeyBank Center. There were no sensational sound bites, just good common sense.
As I've written before, Beane and rookie head coach Sean McDermott presumably share the same long-range vision, a refreshing combination for the Bills, who have slapdashed their GMs and coaches (and coordinators) in maddening fashion since they dumped Gregg Williams.
Collaboration, the keyest of key words in Pegulaville, shouldn't be an issue like it has in the past.
I like how the Beane hire looks, but brighter minds -- and hotter stoves -- than mine have been stoked before.