Outside of the early 1990s, the Buffalo Bills have had some of their best success as a franchise since Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were named head coach and general manager respectively.
This certainly was not an easy task as these two were tasked with not only changing the results on the field and trying to get them to the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season but also changing the perspective of the franchise around the league. There is a case to be made that Buffalo was viewed as one of the most dysfunctional franchises in the league during their playoff drought.
In the first few years, the message from the Buffalo Bills was ‘Trust the Process’ which was not an easy sell for a fan base that was waiting nearly two decades for a team that not only could compete but ultimately wins the Super Bowl.
It has been a slow process but there have been some notable turning points that have helped the team get to where they are currently. It started in 2018 when the team finally got the quarterback position right by drafting Josh Allen.
In fact, the Bills have done a great job in the NFL Draft with Beane leading the way, which is something that hadn’t happened during their playoff drought.
Another turning point came in 2020 and was solidified in 2021 with the Buffalo Bills being able to agree to new contracts with some of those top draft picks like Tre’Davious White and Dion Dawkins in 2020 and then the record-setting deal with Josh Allen last year. In the past, the picks the Bills got right, like Stephon Gilmore, would end up not wanting to stay in Western New York past their rookie contract.
This offseason, there were two more turning points that have shown just how far the Buffalo Bills have come as a franchise with McDermott and Beane leading the way.