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Another offseason of questions await

By Brandon J. Koch

Isn’t this a familiar scene?

Ten games left in a depressing, horrendous Sabres season.

Instead of talking about the ending to a playoff race or even potential first round matchups, here we are approaching another offseason where there are major questions that are waiting for answers.

Jeff Skinner deal?

You could say the future of the head coach is more important, but getting a Skinner extension done is vital for this franchise. They have scoring problems as it is, imagine losing their top goal scorer? It would be early 4th of July fireworks in Buffalo.

Head coach

There seems to be a growing sediment that Housley will be out at seasons end. I’ll believe it when I see it. That would continue a trend of the Pegulas paying coaches to no longer coach their team. Im at about 50-50 on this, can you really see Botterill saying I made a big mistake at coach not even two years on the job? Sure NHL teams go through coaches like water, but the Sabres have been doing that since 2012.

Major roster turnover part 3

The GM deserves major blame here as well. He neglected getting a number two center and failed to acquire scoring threats on the wing. Yes there’s Skinner, a great trade, and Montour, who has looked good but still to be determined. This will be the third offseason of roster turnover. Major changes need to be made. Can Larsson and Girgensons finally be let go instead of getting another one year tryout contract?

What development?

I’m all about building through the draft and proper development, but do you really see what the GM is talking about? Has he seen Tage Thompson? Of course I’m not giving up on him, but come on, it hasn’t been pretty. Casey Mittelstadt has mostly been playing with Thompson or Sobotka, that’s not ideal. I understand Eichel evolving as a leader and Reinhart becoming a complete player, but those guys were already good. They need some help.

The owners think?

What does Kim and Terry Pegula think of this mess? Do they really approve of Toronto fans invading KeyBank Center? In the end, this is a business and they run it.

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Special focus: report says Maurice Alexander visiting Bills

By Brandon J. Koch

With the second week of free agency underway, the Bills still have 14 roster spots to fill.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that former Rams and Seahawks safety Maurice Alexander is visiting Buffalo.

This is for obviously for safety depth, as Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer command the defensive backfield.

Also the team is desperately trying to upgrade special teams. Alexander played all of his 133 snaps last season on special teams.

Alexander started in 23 of the 41 games in his tenure with the Rams.

Experience and versatility’s what he has, and that’s key for the Bills.

Year three better be all about winning for McDermott, Beane

Photo Jamie Germano

By Brandon J. Koch

I understand it’s only March and the season doesn’t start for another six months, but hear me out.

It’s time for the Bills to win.

The last two seasons were all about:

Fixing the cap, you could’ve called them the dead cap Bills. They didn’t need to do it, but in the end it looks like a smart move.

Check.

It was also about building a culture, whether or not you believe in that contributing to wins and losses, McDermott came in and changed the way things were done at one Bills Drive.

Check.

Identifying and drafting a franchise quarterback, which in the 1st round of last years draft, was Josh Allen. Still a lot of question marks but positive signs.

Check.

There’s no more excuses for this McBeane regime.

No more “we’re building something,” or “we’re developing a football team.”

It’s time to win. This is year three and in the NFL, time is limited.

The Bills have a top five defense, and just spent $40 million dollars this year on the offensive side of the ball.

The excuses are gone, no more fancy talks.

Salary cap was cleared, culture was built and the franchise quarterback is here.

Go out and win.

Stevie Johnson says he’ll be rooting for Fitz against Bills

By Brandon J. Koch

With Ryan Fitzpatrick signing a two-year deal in Miami, he will be playing against the Bills twice a year.

Let’s just say his former Buffalo teammate, Stevie Johnson, will be rooting for Fitz when he faces the Bills.

Stevie tweeted his love for the Mafia and the team, but said the fans have to understand that Fitz is his man.

Many Bills fans understand and others, not so much.

How much cap space do the Bills have now?

By Brandon J. Koch

With the 1st round of free agency in the books, how much cap space do the Bills have currently?

Here’s an idea of what they have left with the second tier of free agency, the draft and any trades potentially coming up.

At about $33 million in cap space, the Bills need to set aside about $9.6M for their draft picks, according to Spotrac. That’s if they stay at those exact picks.

What else can the Bills do is the question? Ziggy Ansah is still out there, who the Bills still have interest in. Beane is always looking to wheel and deal, so there’s always room for trades.

Bills sign former Patriots valuable swing tackle

By Brandon J. Koch

The Buffalo Bills add to their offensive line, by signing a former Patriot.

The team announced on Twitter that they have signed lineman LaAdrian Waddle to a one year deal.

Not certainly a starter by any means, but a solid backup and a swingman.

Waddle will come in and compete, can be relied on when called upon.

John Miller says thank you, calls Buffalo beautiful with great fans

By Brandon J. Koch

Former Bills guard John Miller signed a 3-year, $16.5 with the Bengals today.

Miller drafts in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft, took to Twitter and said thanks to the Pegulas, the city and fans.

“Beyond grateful for the Pegula family giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream. Buffalo will always be like home to me, thankful for the friendship/relationships I was able to build and giving back to the beautiful city. Thank you to a great fan base in buffalo!!”

Bills players meet up for team dinner

By Brandon J. Koch

This is exactly what head coach Sean McDermott has been preaching ever since he walked through the doors at One Bills Drive.

Family and football.

While it was just a few teammates, Bills players gathered at a Las Vegas restaurant for a team dinner.

Backup quarterback Matt Barkley posted a photo last night of the dinner gathering.

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Teamwork makes the dream work, right? #BillsMafia

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Pictured at Javier Cantna in Newport Beach is:

Stephen Hauschka, Cam Phillips, Da’Mari Scott, Matt Barkley, Josh Allen, Jason Croom, Victor Bolden.

REPORT: Special teams ace visits Bills

By Brandon J. Koch

The Bills keep trying to upgrade at special teams after having the worst unit in 2018.

Field Yates of ESPN reports that special teams ace Mark Nzeocha was in Buffalo today for a visit.

Nzeocha was a pro bowler and 1st team all-pro in 2018.

I think after watching the atrocity that was the Bills special teams last season, I don’t think anyone will complain about them making changes.

Beane on outsiders perception of Buffalo after Brown saga: It pissed me off

By Brandon J. Koch

Bills GM Brandon Beane is not going to mince words when talking about outsiders perspective on Buffalo after the Antonio Brown saga.

“That pissed me off. Don’t comment on Buffalo if you don’t know what this city and fan base is like.”

On all the free agents that signed:

“How many guys flowed through here today? I can’t tell you how many players who said this place is awesome and what a culture we have going on here. This city, we love it.”

On WNY:

“I love Buffalo and can’t tell you how many players are blown away with what is happening here. I can’t stand people that talk about our city that have no idea what this town and fan base are about.”