By: Anthony Spina, Sports Broadcaster & Guest Blogger
This isn’t April Fools.
After going 6-10 in Josh Allen’s rookie season in 2018, many expected that the Bills could have a slight improvement in 2019. They greatly exceeded those expectations, and they showed that the culture of this franchise has finally changed. You could start to feel it from the very beginning in week 1 at the Jets when the Bills were down 16-0 and came all the way back to win 17-16. How many years were the Bills on the other end of a game like that?
Rightfully so, there were still doubters later in the season due to this franchise’s history. On Thanksgiving, the Bills gave up an opening drive touchdown to the Cowboys, and it had the typical feel of the start of something ugly for the Bills on national television. The Bills never looked back and blew the Cowboys out in Dallas.
Although the Bills lost in the Wild Card Round, it’s clear that this franchise is in great hands. Rumors swirled in Carolina that the Panthers wanted Brandon Beane to succeed Dave Gettleman as general manager, and you can see why. Beane was Carolina’s assistant general manager under Gettleman, and you wonder how much Beane meant to Carolina’s success. Beane is one of the brightest minds in the NFL, and Gettleman is fighting for his job as general manager of the New York Giants.
has built this team through the draft. Despite selecting 7th, Beane picked the best
quarterback in the draft. Josh Allen has more to offer than Baker Mayfield and
Sam Darnold, and Allen is still getting better. Allen is a rare talent. He’s
one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the NFL, and he’s clutch.
Beane showed that he thinks the Bills can win now when he traded for Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs. Josh Allen finally has a true number one receiver, and John Brown becomes an excellent number two. Diggs and Brown on the outside is a nightmare for the rest of the league. Cole Beasley is solid, and Dawson Knox has true potential.
A big difference between Brandon Beane and Dave Gettleman is that Gettleman used the second overall pick on a running back, and Beane found a great running back in the third round. Saquon Barkley is one of the best running backs in the league, but Devin Singletary has the potential to be one among the best also. There are plenty of running backs out there, and you never draft one as high as Gettleman did. The potential of an offense led by Josh Allen and Devin Singletary should keep other teams up at night.
Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were important in the Panthers’ run to the Super Bowl in 2015, and they will be the guys that finally bring the Lombardi Trophy to Buffalo. They’re a great pairing, and that can go a long way. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the greatest pairing in the history of sports, and we’ll never see anything as good ever again. Tom Brady leaving New England came as a surprise to Brandon Beane. “That’s probably the disappointing thing as I sit here, in my time, we didn’t beat Tom Brady.” It’s disappointing that Brady dominated the Bills, but you could sense that the Bills were inching closer to turning it around against him.
Beane and McDermott know that there’s more involved with winning than just talent, and that knowledge is exactly what was missing in this organization for many years. Beane and McDermott are disciplined, and that’s how this team plays. Josh Allen has taken better care of the football, and McDermott’s defense will bend at the worst but doesn’t break.
McDermott has the best defense in the NFL, and the offense is on the rise. With the defense and Allen surrounded by all the playmakers on offense, the Bills are one of the most complete teams in the NFL. If you look at the Bills opponents this season, can you honestly count them out in any game? They showed that they could play with anyone last season, and they’ll be better this season. It’s time to wrap your head around the fact that they’re Super Bowl contenders, and if they continue to buy in, then the Buffalo Bills will win Super Bowl LV.
The only things that can stop the Bills are themselves and COVID-19. President Trump said that he expects fans to be in stadiums like normal in August and September, and the NFL starts preseason games in August and regular season games in September. We’re right in the middle of this pandemic, but things will return to normal soon.
Anthony is a member of the Inspire Careers Student Professional Launch Program™, Sports Broadcaster, and 2019 graduate of Ithaca College.