Season Over, Donahoe Must Be
again my faithful followers, it is the amazing Roscoe
here again to give you the best sports information in
the free world. The Bills fell to 4-7 with their recent
loss to Carolina. The playoffs are no longer in sight.
More importantly, the future of this team is rapidly deteriorating.
Only one man can be blamed for the miserable state of
affairs at One Bills Drive: president and GM, ďTeflonĒ
Bills have been under the Donahoe regime for 5 years,
three with Gregg Williams as head coach and the past two
with Mike Mularkey. Donahoe inherited a team that was
8-8. During his five-year tenure he has provided one 8-8
team, one 9-7 team and three god-awful football teams.
His front office skills as president are undeniable. The
stadium is packed for every game. The revenues are through
the roof. For those of you who think Donahoe will be fired,
forget itóhe is going nowhere. He will be president of
this organization for as long as Ralph Wilson is majority
owner. You want him fired? Buy the team. If not, he is
going to be the man in charge.
is possible that Donahoe could drop the GM title and allow
someone else to take over that portion of his responsibilities.
He would have to put his huge ego aside, but it is possible.
The problem with that is that Donahoe will be the one
picking or promoting the new GM. If there is one thing
we know about Tommy, itís that the man canít spot talent.
Besides Mularkey and Williams, there was the Drew Bledsoe
trade, Mike Williams, Josh Reed, Lawyer Malloy, Sam Adams,
Ryan Denney and several other lousy signings and draft
picks. Many feel that JP Losman is the savior the franchise
needs. Not quite. At this point, the most important person
in the organization is John Guy, the likely replacement
for Donahoe as GM. Somehow we need Guy to be promoted
to GM and more importantly, we need him to be talented.
What is going unnoticed is that as the team flounders
and Ralph gets older, the likelihood of the Bills leaving
Western New York increases. The fans in this area only
have so much money to spend on entertainment. Donahoeís
pompous attitude is starting to piss people off. Fans
have had enough and if changes arenít made, the tickets
wonít be purchased. If he doesnít quit, the fans will
split. Sabres owner Tom Golisano is a billionaire, but
he comes across as an average Joe. Donahoe meanwhile acts
as if we are all idiots and he is the only one who understands
football. Guess what Tom; the fans are getting fed up.
Every Bills fan would have loved Charlie Weiss as head
coach. You took Mularkey. Despite this, they still buy
tickets and they will show up for the pointless remainder
of this year.
will also get to watch the NHL sooner, now that the Bills
season is basically over. The early returns are in and
the new brand of hockey is a hit. Joe Buffalo may plunk
his hard-earned cash on something entertaining like a
Sabres game (I know it seems hard to believe; entertaining
and Sabres in the same sentence). Most Bills fans donít
care about the Sabres until at least February. Well guess
what? This year they are watching in November. The dedicated
season ticket base may decide the Sabresí value pricing
is better than dropping $50 on a downright depressing
product like the Bills. The
have held this city hostage ever since Kelly retired.
Each year the threats come out. Will the team be moving?
Is there a buyout in the lease? What if Ralph dies? Are
there enough luxury boxes? Etc, etc. The community has
always provided, like the bunch of suckers we are.
close attention to what happens after this year. The future
of the team will hinge on this off-season. The Bills are
a strong market for the NFL, but the reality is that Los
Angeles is going to get a team. The Saints appear to be
the proper candidate, but the NFL does not want to look
like the bad guy, impeding the rebuilding of New Orleans.
Bills season ticket sales will drop dramatically. Stories
will emerge in March about the team moving, about a buyout
if season tickets fall below a certain mark.
prediction is it will be the single biggest drop in team
history. Letís hope it is enough for Donahoe to lose his
job. If not, five years from now Losman may be winning
Super Bowls back in his hometown.