Sep 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Mike Mohamed (54) chases Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) during the second half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
At least October proved fun for Buffalo Bills fans. Kyle Orton replaced E.J. Manuel and the team went 3-1 to shoot to 5-3 and into the playoff discussion at the bye week. Two weeks ago, everything felt right in Bills land.
Now, after two losses and a disheartening performance in Miami, the Bills are back to 500 – the same place they were when Orton took over for Manuel. For 15 seasons now, the weeks and months keep rolling by without the Bills actually getting anywhere.
At this point, I’d let Manuel start against the Jets next week. There’s no playoff trip happening in 2015. This year, like so many others, is down the drain with no playoffs in sight. It’s time to start thinking about the future.
A few strong performances from Manuel over the final six weeks might help Bills fans forget about the fact there’s no first round pick to look toward in 2015. After all the optimism that surrounded the first eight weeks, it’s possible the Bills are in the worst spot of their league-leading playoff drought. No playoffs, no first round pick, and fading belief in the team’s coaches and management.
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The bright spot in the season is the Pegula Family – the team’s new owners. They’ll have no easy decisions as they figure out who should leave and stay moving forward. They can’t be thrilled with inheriting a team that lacks both a quarterback of the present and future.
Still, there is hope they’ll deliver the determination and influence necessary to bring this team back to a contender in the NFL. Since the Pegulas began making moves in Buffalo, there’s been a ton of positive energy in the city.
The Pegulas seem like people who get things done. They don’t seem like people content to ow a team spinning in mediocrity. Year after year, the Bills change coaches, players and even mid-season records, but in the end, it’s always the same view. Mediocre season after mediocre season have left the team with next to no answers.
Here’s hoping the Pegulas can see a way forward. Here’s hoping they can stop the spinning that leads to nowhere.