So the Bills fired another coach, what's new? The big news for Buffalo is Russ Brandon taking over as President/CEO, giving him the final say in place of Old Man Wilson -- "full authority to run this franchise with zero restrictions and zero limitations." I'm a little concerned that this is like Mike Priest running the Blue Jackets, but a step away from Wilson is a step in the right direction.
Brandon, 45, joined the Bills in 1998 and has overseen remarkable off-the-field success in the last 15 years. The Bills had more sellouts in the first decade of the 2000s, when they never made the playoffs, than in the 1990s, when they were the second-winningest team in the National Football League. Their marketing of training camp is a model for the NFL. Their regionalization of the franchise to Rochester and Southern Ontario has been a great success.
Meanwhile, Brandon said he would create an analytics department, a growing trend in the NFL. ?We are going to create and establish a very robust football analytics operation that we layer into our entire operation moving forward,? Brandon said. ?That's something that's very important to me and the future of the franchise.?
Also, Buddy Nix has actually done a half-decent job as GM but could be replaced by heir apparent Doug Whaley before next season.