Published: November 18th, 2009 | Tags: Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Brandon Jacobs, Buffalo Bills, Chris Johnson, Dick Jauron, Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Ralph Wilson, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Steve Hutchinson, Steven Jackson, Terrell Owens
Bills owner Ralph Wilson has talked a good game to his fan base, expressing his commitment to bringing a Super Bowl to Buffalo. The arrival of Terrell Owens in the offseason was, apparently, a sign of such a commitment.
But if Wilson is serious about making the Bills a prominent NFL franchise once again, it’s time to fork out the money and bring in the right people, writes Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan. The firing of coach Dick Jauron on Tuesday was but a first step in the right direction, although it should’ve happened during the bye week if not back in January:
But that’s typical of the current Bills, who have been a dysfunctional mess for a decade. On and off the field, there’s rarely any rhyme or reason to what they do. The only thing you can count on is that they’ll lose — and that the owner will function on the cheap.
That must come to an end now. The Bills are at a crossroads, whether Wilson admits it or not. He has a bad team, an inferior front office, an increasingly disaffected fan base, and no franchise quarterback. And now, at last, a vacant head-coaching position.
Whatever it takes, Wilson has to loosen the purse strings and pay the going rate for good football people. It’s time. No more hiding behind the small-market excuse. No more pretending that good coaches and personnel people aren’t worth the big bucks in a rich, thriving National Football League.
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- The Seahawks’ game at Minnesota will serve as another reminder of the Steve Hutchinson fiasco.
- New Bengals RB Larry Johnson craves to play against the Chiefs on Dec. 27.
- The Cardinals are turning their focus to stopping a trio of elite RBs in Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson the next three weeks.
- Josh Morgan is taking over as starting wide receiver for the 49ers with the blessing of the man he’s replacing, veteran Isaac Bruce.
- Giants RB Brandon Jacobs hopes to break out of his early slump.