Bills G.M expects playoff drought to end this year
Every year, when you ask most NFL fans whether or not they think the Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs, you normally get the same answer, laughter followed by a definite no. Not only has the team struggled to find a quality starting quarterback since Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 season, they haven’t even made the playoffs since 1999, the longest such drought in the NFL. In fact, the last time the Bills were in the playoffs, Bill Clinton was still the President and the world was celebrating a new millennium.
With a fresh season on the horizon, at least there is one person who believes this is the year the team ends their playoff drought. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley says the team owes it to their fans, to their late Hall of Fame owner and to the rest of the NFL to make the playoffs this year.
“We haven’t been in the playoffs in a long time and we owe it to the fans, our late Hall of Fame owner and everybody in this business to show that we’re not the Bills anymore,” Whaley said. “We want to be a playoff team. We’re planning to be a playoff team and that’s our goal.”
Whaley added that he feels the team made the right moves this off-season for the playoffs.
“That’s why we’ve built this roster and the moves we made in the off season were with the eye of making the playoffs,” Whaley said. “We feel that we have a roster that we are building with some cornerstone pieces that we believe can consistently compete for playoffs and championships.”
While I fully expect the team’s general manager to come out saying the team expects to make the playoffs, as a Bills fan, I like Doug Whaley’s bravado. I want my general manager to come out and say he believes this team will be successful and they will be successful this year, not sometime soon.
Will this be the year the Buffalo Bills end their playoff drought? The 2014 NFL season kicks off in 47 days.