New Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane provided a glimpse of the blueprint that he and coach Sean McDermott plan to put in place for the team during Beane's introductory news conference Friday.
"The long-term vision is to build a consistent winner here, sustained success," Beane said.
The No. 1 goal?
"Win the division," he said.
Beane acknowledged that the AFC East title has belonged to the New England Patriots, but he hardly presented it as a daunting task.
"Got to go win the division," he said. "That's what you have to do first."
To get there, Beane sees the Bills taking a methodical approach. He said it wouldn't happen overnight.
"We're going to build through the draft," Beane said. "You're not going to see big splashes in free agency. ... We're going to build from the ground up."
Bills owner Terry Pegula said that Beane would have control of the 53-man roster, but also was quick to add that it would be a collaborative process.
Asked about the future of Bills senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf, something Pegula said would be up to Beane to decide, the new GM said, "I'm coming in eyes wide open on everybody." Beane said he knew Overdorf, but would get to know him better as they work together.
"We'll see how it works out and go from there," Beane said.