Mr. Wilson, Mr. Nix, Coach Gailey, Assistant Coach Mr. Wannstedt, dedicated fans, and members of the Buffalo Bills organization,
From time to time it is imperative for us as an organization to give our State of the Buffalo Bills address. From the beginning in 1946 when the Buffalo Bisons were in the All-America Football Conference, till the present, the Buffalo Bills are a proud and historic franchise with promise and fans that bleed Buffalo red from their hearts.
There is no secret that we all have different opinions on how to restore this team to greatness, but we all believe in one common goal, to restore the state of the Buffalo Bills. (Stand and clap)
It has been 11 years…yes 11 years…since we have entered the playoffs and during those 11 years we have seen many faces come and go.
We have seen stories of greatness, like Buffalo Bills TE Kevin Everett, who after a devastating blow in 2007 left him paralyzed. He has miraculously recovered from his injury and he credits technology, faith, and dedicated hard work. (Stand and clap)
It is from his story that we as an organization should learn from. His dedicated hard work and effort put forth have propelled him past his injury and his accomplishment has touched the heart of many.
We need to work harder and put more effort into being a dominant team like we were in the 90′s. (Stand and clap)
During our coaching staff’s first season they have made very difficult decisions and learned from their mistakes.
We learned that Trent Edwards is not the quarterback of the future, and that it was a mistake to hold onto him all these years. (Stand and clap for at least 2 min.)
We learned that Marshawn Lynch was expendable and even tried to showcase his talents in order to receive a higher draft pick, but only to see him rip off the greatest run in playoff history.
We have learned that despite our free agent additions our linebacker core is God awful and can’t stop the run. Switching from a 4/3 to a 3/4 defense has been a complete failure and at this point we still don’t know what we are doing as our GM states we are searching for 3/4 talent when our Head Coach states we are going to run multiple fronts.
Some words of wisdom offered from our coach, “We do have a long way to go. I don’t think that’s something I can try to make look any better,” Gailey said. “I think we’re probably closer than our record shows. But I don’t know how close that is.”
It’s time to move past the confusion and figure out where the hell this team is going and be confident about it.
As Bills fans we have had enough confusion for 11 years and the frustration becomes too much. While you can sit there an analyze who is doing what wrong it isn’t going to get you anywhere, because there are just so many different aspects that aren’t right.
We have only had one winning season since 2000, at a lowly 9-7 record, and Mr. Wilson has asked for our patience.
It would be easy to offer patience if we believed in what we were doing.
In order for the Buffalo Bills to succeed we need to get on the same page. Mistakes are going to be made, like signing Chris Kelsay to a ridiculous extension, but we can move forward and look forward to the NFL Draft. (Stand and clap)
The Buffalo Bills hold the third pick in the NFL draft and it is imperative for the Buffalo Bills to succeed not only with the third pick but each selection.
We were excited to draft C.J. Spiller last season, but why draft someone with explosiveness and game changing ability if we were not going to use him properly?
After the Super Bowl we sit in complete anticipation awaiting the new NFL season and excited about the possibilities that may come, but as a Buffalo Bills fan, lately you have low expectations.
We need to turn this around. We need to change the future path of the Buffalo Bills and stop running this team into the ground. (Stand and clap)
Progress…yes we have made progress.
The emergence of wide receiver Stevie Johnson, the dedication of Fred Jackson, and the impressive play of Ryan Fitzpatrick have all excited Bills fans. (Stand and clap)
The offense was far more productive under Fitzpatrick, who averaged nearly 334 yards in his 13 games and was also given an assurance he’ll remain the Buffalo Bills starting quarterback next season. (Half of the crowd stand and clap)
The Bills allowed 200 yards rushing eight times this year, and 2,714 overall – the second-highest total in team history. The 425 points allowed was also second worst and we will not allow this to continue any further!
Change is already in progress as the Buffalo Bills will waive goodbye to Donte Whitner, Keith Ellison, and Drayton Florence while looking forward to the free agent market. (Stand and clap)
The Buffalo Bills may suffer from talent, but we do not suffer from heart. Despite being the last team to win a game we continued to fight and explore every option to win. That dedication by our players, coaching staff and ownership is the hard work we have been looking for.
Like Kevin Everette this is a Buffalo Bills organization that refuses to be paralyzed any longer. We will stand up and walk again! We will become the team the fans deserve us to be!
Thank you and God Bless the Buffalo Bills