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#1 Wagon Circler

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:49 PM

Anyone else get the feeling that Russ is in charge of the team at the moment?
If Nix gets fired, it'll be because Russ wanted it.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:50 PM

Since when has Russ not been in charge of the team?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

View PostWagon Circler, on 31 December 2012 - 04:49 PM, said:

Anyone else get the feeling that Russ is in charge of the team at the moment?
If Nix gets fired, it'll be because Russ wanted it.

That certainly is the feeling although Brandon is the Bills CEO so in that regard he is Buddy's boss.

In a nutshell, the team has to figure out if/where Buddy fits with a new head coach. Do they know each other? Can they work together? If the long term doesn't look good is there a feasible exit strategy for Buddy?

The situation is naturally complicated by the personnel department and all the scouting that's already been done to this point.

It's a difficult situation but one several teams find themselves in at the moment.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

just heard on GR that's it Brandon and not Nix meeting with Ralph tonight.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

Brandon is high up the ladder but Nix was 100% in charge of football matters.  So you are upset Brandon is making the decisions?  Would you rather Ralph make 'em?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

Russ is the Boss and fills Ralph in.. Nix makes all the moves and Russ watches every move. If the old man doesn't like it, Russ takes of his duties for him. It's that simple.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

Brandon is a big improvement over Ralph.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:55 PM

View PostWagon Circler, on 31 December 2012 - 05:40 PM, said:

Brandon is a big improvement over Ralph.

is that... serious?

with regards to providing a winning product.... he hasnt proven to have any success. at all. even remotely.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:05 PM

View PostSameOldBills, on 31 December 2012 - 04:50 PM, said:

Since when has Russ not been in charge of the team?
Any coincidence that the Bills franchise has declined since Russ Brandon became a major player?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

View PostWagon Circler, on 31 December 2012 - 04:49 PM, said:

Anyone else get the feeling that Russ is in charge of the team at the moment?
If Nix gets fired, it'll be because Russ wanted it.

True.  Russ is in charge for Ralph.

View PostWagon Circler, on 31 December 2012 - 05:40 PM, said:

Brandon is a big improvement over Ralph.

The record does not support this.  Since Brandon has been around and in key postions the Bills are in their longest playoff drought in team history.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

View PostJPS, on 31 December 2012 - 06:05 PM, said:

Any coincidence that the Bills franchise has declined since Russ Brandon became a major player?

That is a major oversimplification.  Too many contributing factors to count.

On the business side, he's the best thing that ever happened to the franchise.  And you might say you don't care about that, but you have to if you want the Bills to stay in town.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

View PostBillnutinHouston, on 31 December 2012 - 06:09 PM, said:

That is a major oversimplification.  Too many contributing factors to count.

On the business side, he's the best thing that ever happened to the franchise.  And you might say you don't care about that, but you have to if you want the Bills to stay in town.

First thing I'd do is fire Brandon and announce when you build a winning culture marketing will take care of itself, and that has NOT been happening!

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:17 PM

Personally I don't see any dilema for OBD. Brandon is in tune as well as any fan is, so are others in the FO. Look at Nix's 3+ drafts. They don't look so good other than the obvious precious few players. He needs one safety at least. Several linebackers, a wide receiver, his depth is maybe average at best. Those depth players were drafted as eventual starters too. Some of them hopefully won't be in Buffalo next season.
The Merriman payout to ROI was bad. Cornell green? Really? On and on. Can he be ready and trusted for the task of hiring a complete coaching staff, plus get a true starting quarterback, and filling all those holes, plus the new ones. Cut bait and run, should be the thinking this week on Buddy Nix.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:24 PM

View PostJPS, on 31 December 2012 - 06:05 PM, said:

Any coincidence that the Bills franchise has declined since Russ Brandon became a major player?

Brandon's tenure began in '98 after he worked for the (World Series champion) Florida Marlins previously.  I'm not a big fan of Mr. Smithers, but he's not the main issue at OBD.  

The "coincidence" is the personnel department never maintained the level of production coming off the Butler era and the GM did not identify good HC's.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

View PostJStranger76, on 31 December 2012 - 06:14 PM, said:



First thing I'd do is fire Brandon and announce when you build a winning culture marketing will take care of itself, and that has NOT been happening!

Yep. Brandon was involved in football decisions once, anybody remember that disaster? Brandon is part of the losing culture, and gets more credit than deserved.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

View PostBillsNYC, on 31 December 2012 - 07:08 PM, said:

Yep. Brandon was involved in football decisions once, anybody remember that disaster? Brandon is part of the losing culture, and gets more credit than deserved.

Yeah it's a disater no one cares to admit. His input from the business side is WAY OVERRATED. Get rid of him.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:41 PM

Reading Buddy's reaction to Chan's firing it seems obvious he is NOT in charge of football matters.  Buddy made it sound like it was someone elses decision.
I'm not a fan of Brandon.  How did he get to where he is?  Does he have incriminating evidense on Mr WIlson?
He's a marketing guy full of gimmicks (ala T.O.) and smoke and mirrors.  His MO is to dupe the fan base.

Dick Jauron?  Chan Gailey?  Really?  Did any of you think these guys were going to being us to the big dance?
Let's see who they present us with .... this time.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

View PostJoe W, on 31 December 2012 - 07:19 PM, said:

Yeah it's a disater no one cares to admit. His input from the business side is WAY OVERRATED. Get rid of him.

Hey Joe. How're you liking that new lease?

View PostDallasBillsFan1, on 31 December 2012 - 07:41 PM, said:

Reading Buddy's reaction to Chan's firing it seems obvious he is NOT in charge of football matters.  Buddy made it sound like it was someone elses decision.

Buddy's reaction to Chan's firing?

Where did you see that?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

This is how ridiculous we've become. Why don't we fire the secretaries and janitors too. They are part of the "losing culture" too. Anything to satisfy our blood lust. Heads must roll. Any will do.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:06 PM

View PostWagon Circler, on 31 December 2012 - 04:49 PM, said:

Anyone else get the feeling that Russ is in charge of the team at the moment?
If Nix gets fired, it'll be because Russ wanted it.
The CEO in charge? That doesnt sound like a good business