Forget Misery! Alternate Buffalo Bills timeline ends the curse and brings glory

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The Super Bowl is done and over with and now we get this lull in the season before the NFL Draft. Free agency, draft, roster construction, and salary cap questions will be asked, answered, and asked again. I however will take a different approach. Since Sean McDermott took over, the Buffalo Bills have enjoyed 6 out of 7 years of making the playoffs. Overall, it’s fun to be considered a perennial playoff team. But do you remember the years that preceded this run?

I call those years the bad times. While the Patriots embarked on an unbelievable run of success, the dark times, the Bills had an undeniable run of misery. I believe it was Bane from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ said it best: “You think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man.”

This really shaped a lot of Bills fans for being overly optimistic at the beginning of the season and always waiting for the disappointment at the end. (Raises hand) Guilty. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if things were done differently? What if attitudes were different and egos were kept in check? Well, sit back and enjoy, this is my revisionist history.

What if the Buffalo Bills operated differently after the 1999 playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans?