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75% say new coach, GM won’t lead Bills to playoffs

Three-quarters of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll do not expect to see the Buffalo Bills in next year’s playoffs.

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. believes new head coach Chan Gailey is the man to return his football franchise to the playoffs after a decadelong absence. Just 25 percent of Snap Poll respondents agree.

The hiring of Gailey as the Bills’ 15th head coach by new General Manager Buddy Nix was greeted skeptically by some observers. Sports Illustrated columnist Michael Rosenberg wrote that the Bills "hired a 70-year-old rookie general manager, who hired a 57-year-old retread coach. … It’s like watching your Uncle Ned run the Boston Marathon and hoping he can beat the Kenyans."

Readers are much more closely divided on whether the Bills franchise will be in Buffalo five years from now, with 55 percent answering yes.

And in this weekend’s Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, more than two-thirds of readers favor the Colts to win.

Roughly 175 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Feb. 1 and 2.

Do you think the Buffalo Bills’ new general manager
and head coach-Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey-
will lead the team back to the playoffs?
 No Yes
 75% 25%

Do you think the Bills franchise will still be in Buffalo five years from now?
 Yes No
 55% 45%

Which team do you think will win this year’s Super Bowl?
 Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints
 64% 36%
COMMENTS:
Fortunately, Bills fans have always had short memories and start each season with hopeful exuberance. Along with my fellow fans, we can say 2010 is finally the year.
-Chris Muller, Paetec

Buddy and Chan will not excite existing and/or potential season ticket holders. The Bills need to do something special in the next few months to attract the fans.
-David Cohan,
Kaman Industrial Technologies

I’m disappointed that my 13-year-old son has become as passionate about Buffalo as I am. I think I set him up for a fall.
-Bill Arieno, Faber Homes

God bless Ralph Wilson, but Ralph, please sell 51 percent of the team to a local investor group, i.e., Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, with 49 percent of Bills stock to be sold to Western New York individuals and investors, ala the Green Bay Packers.
-Patrick Herron,
DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc.

Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix have football flowing through their veins. They will do terrific and make the playoffs. The Bills have a lot of strengths in their secondary, wide receivers, special teams, running backs, part of the defensive line and part of the linebacking corps. The biggest mistake the Bills made last year was to get rid of veteran offensive linemen Jason Peters, Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker. That’s 60 percent of their offensive line. I think Chan and Buddy won’t make the same mistakes. Already, they have hired Bruce Dehaven as special teams coach to replace the great Bobby April. Bruce also has been recognized as one of the best in the business.
-John Rynne, president,
Rynne, Murphy & Associates Inc.

The Bills eventually will have to return to the playoffs. Why not get there behind these two yahoos?
-Jim Christian, retired firefighter

The Miami Dolphins had a great team with a great coach, a great offense and the "No-Name Defense." Let’s see if the Bills can win (let alone make the playoffs) with a poor offense, a poor defense and the "No-Name Coaching Staff." Where will Ralph Wilson have to spend his money in a few years? I’ve heard, "You can’t take it with you." Maybe Ralph’s doctor told him not to have good teams because his heart couldn’t take a winner. Ralph could live forever if the Bills keep playing the way they’ve played over the past decade. When the Bills move to Toronto, we all can root for Detroit.
-Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com

Old dogs can learn new tricks.
-Jim Alexander, JIT CNC Machine

When pigs fly!
-Rick Bradley

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2/5/10 (c) 2010 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.
 

75% say new coach, GM won’t lead Bills to playoffs

Three-quarters of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll do not expect to see the Buffalo Bills in next year’s playoffs.

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. believes new head coach Chan Gailey is the man to return his football franchise to the playoffs after a decadelong absence. Just 25 percent of Snap Poll respondents agree.

The hiring of Gailey as the Bills’ 15th head coach by new General Manager Buddy Nix was greeted skeptically by some observers, however. Sports Illustrated columnist Michael Rosenberg wrote that the Bills “hired a 70-year-old rookie general manager, who hired a 57-year-old retread coach. … It’s like watching your Uncle Ned run the Boston Marathon and hoping he can beat the Kenyans.”

Readers are much more closely divided on whether the Bills franchise will be in Buffalo five years from now, with 55 percent answering yes.

And in this weekend’s Super Bowl between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, more than two-thirds of readers favor the Colts to win.

Roughly 175 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted Feb. 1 and 2.

Do you think the Buffalo Bills’ new general manager and head coach—Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey—will lead the team back to the playoffs?
No: 75%
Yes: 25%

Do you think the Bills franchise will still be in Buffalo five years from now?
Yes: 55%
No: 45%

Which team do you think will win this year’s Super Bowl?
Indianapolis Colts: 64%
New Orleans Saints: 36%

Here are some readers’ comments:

Fortunately, Bills fans have always had short memories and start each season with hopeful exuberance. Along with my fellow fans, we can say 2010 is finally the year.
—Chris Muller, Paetec

Buddy and Chan will not excite existing and/or potential season ticket holders. The Bills need to do something special in the next few months to attract the fans.
—David Cohan, Kaman Industrial Technologies

I’m disappointed that my 13-year-old son has become as passionate about Buffalo as I am. I think I set him up for a fall.
—Bill Arieno, Faber Homes

Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix have football flowing through their veins. They will do terrific and make the playoffs. The Bills have a lot of strengths in their secondary, wide receivers, special teams, running backs, part of the defensive line and part of the linebacking corps. The biggest mistake the Bills made last year was to get rid of veteran offensive linemen Jason Peters, Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker. That’s 60 percent of their offensive line. I think Chan and Buddy won’t make the same mistakes. Already, they have hired Bruce Dehaven as special teams coach to replace the great Bobby April. Bruce also has been recognized as one the best in the business.
—John Rynne, president, Rynne, Murphy & Associates Inc.

The Bills eventually will have to return to the playoffs. Why not get there behind these two yahoos?
—Jim Christian, retired firefighter

The Miami Dolphins had a great team with a great coach, a great offense and the “No-Name Defense.” Let’s see if the Bills can win (let alone make the playoffs) with a poor offense, a poor defense and the “No-Name Coaching Staff.” Where will Ralph Wilson have to spend his money in a few years? I’ve heard, “You can’t take it with you.” Maybe Ralph’s doctor told him not to have good teams because his heart couldn’t take a winner. Ralph could live forever if the Bills keep playing the way they’ve played over the past decade. When the Bills move to Toronto, we all can root for Detroit.
—Clifford Jacobson, WebHomeUSA.com

God bless Ralph Wilson, but Ralph, please sell 51 percent of the team to local investor group, i.e., Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, with 49 percent of Bills stock to be sold to Western New York individuals and investors, ala the Green Bay Packers.
—Patrick Herron, DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc.

Old dogs can learn new tricks.
—Jim Alexander, JIT CNC Machine

When pigs fly!
—Rick Bradley

(c) 2010 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.

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