With each at-bat, the Buffalo Bills swing for the fences.
Hiring Rex Ryan. Trading for LeSean McCoy. Signing Richie Incognito. Paying up for Charles Clay.
Hiring Rob Ryan. Drafting a player (Shaq Lawson) with a shoulder issue. Drafting another player (Reggie Ragland) with an enlarged aorta. Hiring Ed Reed. And always, always, always gambling on the characters other teams wouldn't touch.
Give this to the Bills: they’ve been unconventional for two years. Bland, they are not. And while the Incognito second chance paid off big time — he’s one of the best guards in the NFL — we still don’t know if the high-stakes gambling will pay off. Rather than carefully, meticulously build through the NFL Draft and think 2-3 years down the road financially, the Bills keep on spending big and saying rookies will start “off the bus.”
I don’t know if this pan out. Maybe it does. If enough of the gambles pay off, this team could end the playoff drought.
But if the Bills go sub-.500 this season, they absolutely should restructure how they construct a roster.
Start ripping up contracts and skew young. Accumulate 10-plus picks a year and trust your scouts.
Until then, they're still in it to win it right now.