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 (Reggie Ragland) with an enlarged aorta. Hiring Ed Reed; hiring the first woman coach in NFL history. Always gambling on characters other teams wouldn’t touch.
Give this to the Bills: they’ve been unconventional. Bland, they are not. And while the Incognito second chance paid off big time, 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 will pan out, 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 now.