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The Ghost of Ralph

Referencing your Nov. 13th edition article, ”KC Loss Puts Bills in Vice,” the Buffalo Bills really needed to win their games with Kansas City and Miami this past week to legitimately put themselves in the AFC playoff conversation. At this point now, with a 5-5 record, the only way they make the playoffs is to win all the last six(6) games on this schedule to go 11-5, with the finale meaning the AFC East title. Anything short of that, it’s a 15th straight season missing the playoffs.

As constituted, the Buffalo Bills organization reflects the cheap mentality of their original owner, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.. Sure, he may be dead, but his cheap way of doing things still haunts this organization even now. The front office and the coaching staff, for these two examples, were assembled on the cheap. Had Ralphie put together a better, NFL-caliber front office, and an NFL-caliber coaching staff, this team might have been accomplishing more this past decade-and-a-half than what we have been witnessing.

With Terry Pegula now as the owner, he needs to do the right thing soon. His first order of business should be to call Bill Polian as soon as possible, and let him know there might be an opening for him starting the morning after the Bills’ finale at New England. Polian has said, “I have unfinished business in Buffalo, and would like to do what I can to see the Bills realize a Super Bowl trophy.” After Ralphie fired him(for no real reason at all, IMHO), Polian went on to assemble good teams with Carolina, and with Indianapolis...coming out of that with a Super Bowl XLI ring.

The “small market” excuses, the “injury” excuses,” and the “it’s just a game” line... as is often said on the internet, these dogs don’t hunt anymore! A better front office and coaching staff translates to a better set of players, a better win-loss ratio, and a better shot at post-season/Super Bowl contention. At this point, the question goes out to Terry Pegula... Are you game?

> Lloyd Marshall Jr., Lockport

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