Here are my three thoughts on the Buffalo Bills in their second week of OTAs:
1. The contrast in conversations is impossible to ignore. In Buffalo, it's all about an overhaul, with massive front-office changes and Sean McDermott and his new coaching staff trying to fix all that was broken with the Bills. In Miami? They're talking about being dissatisfied about one-and-done playoff appearances. Specifically, that's coming from the one player with the potential to do something about it: Ndamukong Suh.
The Dolphins are paying Suh massive amounts of money to be the difference-making force he clearly wasn't on a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league against the run.
“I'm definitely sick and tired of making it to the playoffs and not going further," Suh told the Miami Herald. “I think everybody feels that way. . . . It feels like guys weren’t satisfied with where we were at. It’s exciting, from my vantage point, to see hunger still.
"... I put a lot of it on myself. I’m supposed to be the anchor. I plan to be the anchor and continue to be that way. So I think it starts with us front, without question. With the way the defense is set up."
2. The Patriots have made yet another smart move in an offseason when they seemingly keep finding ways to improve a team still in the warm afterglow of a fifth Super Bowl crown.
Yup. Another reason to assume the Grand Canyon-sized gap between them and the Bills will remain Grand Canyon-sized.
The Patriots restructured Rob Gronkowski's contract in such a way that if he can do the thing he has been unable to do for much of an otherwise amazing NFL career -- stay healthy -- and perform at the level that has made him one of the game's all-time great tight ends, he will cash in. Big time.
According to the Boston Herald, Gronkowski can more than double the $5 million he is due to earn this season from the incentive-laced restructuring. He'll receive $10.75 million if he catches 80 passes or has 1,200 yards in receptions or earns Associated Press All-Pro recognition or plays 90 percent of the offensive snaps. Gronk, who underwent back surgery last season and has had nine known surgical procedures, hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2011.
The Patriots already figured to have made their defense better with the additions of former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore and former Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy, and their offense better with the additions of former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks, former Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, and former Bills running back Mike Gillislee.
Providing incentive that could very well get Gronkowski back to his highest level of production might prove to be one of the Patriots' smartest moves of them all.
3. This is just a guess, but given the button-down approach McDermott is instilling with the Bills, don't be surprised if the NFL's more relaxed celebration rules announced Tuesday wind up making very little difference with his team.
The Bills haven't had much in the way of players doing over-the-top celebrating after touchdowns. Certainly, the types of acts that will still be banned -- miming weapons, offensive gestures and sexually suggestive actions such as twerking -- haven't been part of the repertoire of any Bills players, even with anything-goes Rex Ryan at the helm.
With McDermott, however, it seems unlikely that even the allowable demonstrations (such as group celebrations, using the ball as a prop and making snow angels) will be kept to a minimum. This coach is big on the "we" not "I" approach.