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Poll: Level of Optimism at this Stage (241 member(s) have cast votes)

I know it's early, but where are you at right now?

  1. Extremely Optimistic - Definitely Expecting​ Playoffs (32 votes [13.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.28%

  2. Mildly Optimistic - Expecting Improvement, but no Playoffs (121 votes [50.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.21%

  3. Slightly Optimistic - Hoping for the Best, but low Expectations (68 votes [28.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.22%

  4. Not Optimistic - This Team is Still Hopeless (20 votes [8.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.30%

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#41 leonbus23

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:26 AM

 

You are welcome to do so. 17 years of no playoffs and the same mistakes over and over and I no longer blindly believe. The real games will start soon and if they make the playoffs you can throw all my skepticism back in my face.

To be more accurate, skepticism is the wrong word. The correct word is pessimism.



#42 OldTimeAFLGuy

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:28 AM

...a long, LONG time coming, since the Polian era....Donohoe was obsessed with being named PRESIDENT to fuel his total control ego and then hired cheap subordinating HC's who caved at his demand...set this club back a decade....Marv and Buddy were football people, but respectfully beyond their prime.....Brandon was put in positions not qualified for...and we recycled coaches who were stale dated....hence, the "Patchwork Era of Futility"....sure not one down has been played yet, but the "Young Guns-Young Minds-Coaching Staff" sure as hell brings some optimism to OBD FINALLY getting it right after BP...stay tuned................



#43 Sandy McFiddish

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:36 AM

Mild expectations, not expecting but seriously hoping for playoffs


To be more accurate, skepticism is the wrong word. The correct word is pessimism.

Or us being Bills fans and we have had our hopes crushed so many times.



#44 Eric Moulds on my A**

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:41 AM

Want playoffs. Need a team I can be proud of. Expect another season outside of contention...

Would love to be surprised.

#45 OldTimeAFLGuy

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:44 AM

After 17 years and no playoffs.. you are crazy if you are optimistic. 

...hell, even Susan Lucci FINALLY one......you never know.....................



#46 voodoo poonani

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:52 AM

I'm optimistic about the franchise. I think all of the moves they have made were sensible. That said I foresee growing pains. We won't be in the playoffs next year, but I don't believe McD is the tank it all type of guy. Will people be able to wait 3 or more years? Given the posts on here, I doubt it.

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 11:56 AM

First round cornerback picks are very deflating... The fact that our maneuvers got us two first round picks next year isn't necessarily a good thing AT ALL... We had an opportunity to change the face of this team, and didn't get it done this draft... Next draft we may grab another corner in the frickin' first.


Edited by #34fan, 14 May 2017 - 12:00 PM.


#48 thurst44

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:01 PM

Just trying to see where everyone is at and why? I am mildly optimistic myself. I expect improvement, but the schedule coupled with the many changes makes me think we fall just short of the post season again.

I'd say I'm mildly optimistic, but don't really fit your metric. I'd say playoffs are a decent possibility as is a bit of a mess to sort out. It looks like a tough schedule, but as we saw last year, that can be an illusion. There's a lot of talent and intriguing possibilities throughout the roster -- really only place I have a hard time seeing a clear path for success is the secondary (which may be the worst place to have holes in a passing-dominant league). If Dawkins and Zay start strong, Watkins and Shady stay healthy, and Tyrod builds on how he was playing in his final 5 starts, this could be a hard offense to stop. Also, as long as players remain healthy, and play at-or-near their potential, I have far fewer worries than most about the front seven. We may be underestimating the impact of our top three picks from last year. 

 

While this feels like a .500 to slightly above .500 team with promise, I can see a 14-2 shocker breakout season (see Falcons, Panthers) more than I could see a 2-14 disaster.



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:04 PM

Definitely optimistic this year. I think McD is exactly what this already talented team needs.

Everyone talks about what the Pats have added. The Bills are adding at least 6-7 guys who can be big difference makers. Ragland, Hyde, Lawson finally getting a full season. Watkins back to full health, with Zay being a legit #2 and a guy I see as more versatile and dangerous than Woods. White might be a downgrade talent-wise, but I would bet that he won't have as many lapses as Gilmore. Dawkins will upgrade the line and bring some nasty attitude. And I think that new punter will even work out - Schmidt had some very bad games last year. Field position battles can determine games.

I can't wait to see a more disciplined, focused team. I love that we're close to last in some of the power rankings. I think this team is going to surprise a lot of people.

#50 KOKBILLS

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

Honestly I'm VERY optimistic...But it has nothing to do with the Playoffs in 2017... B-)



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:10 PM

Definitely optimistic this year. I think McD is exactly what this already talented team needs.

. Watkins back to full health, with Zay being a legit #2

 

At best, it's a "we'll see" on BOTH these counts... I'm not buying any Zay Jones stock just yet...



#52 ScottLaw

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:11 PM

You?? Not a fan of some of the moves the Bills made? Never thought I'd hear you say that. /endsarcasm

I know crazy.

I've said that for so many years and they've proven me wrong every time. Oh wait....

The one year I was optimistic(2015) Rex and the team fell flat on its face. Go figure.

Edited by ScottLaw, 14 May 2017 - 12:12 PM.


#53 WhoTom

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:15 PM

Mildly optimistic. It was clear that Rex was taking the team in the wrong direction, so I'm expecting some improvement due to the coaching change. Frankly, I don't think it'll take a LOT of improvement to at least make the playoffs, so I'm not ruling out the postseason entirely, but I'm also not expecting it this year.


After 17 years and no playoffs.. you are crazy if you are optimistic. 

 

We're Bills fans. Calling us crazy is redundant.



#54 OldTimeAFLGuy

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:17 PM

Mildly optimistic. It was clear that Rex was taking the team in the wrong direction, so I'm expecting some improvement due to the coaching change. Frankly, I don't think it'll take a LOT of improvement to at least make the playoffs, so I'm not ruling out the postseason entirely, but I'm also not expecting it this year.

...the Wrecks experiment was a two year setback.....so we're back to ground zero at least with some young gun football guys in charge.......playoffs may not be a reasonable goal this early, but who the hell knows?...so stay tuned....



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:25 PM

...the Wrecks experiment was a two year setback.....so we're back to ground zero at least with some young gun football guys in charge.......playoffs may not be a reasonable goal this early, but who the hell knows?...so stay tuned....

 

I will. (See above post about being crazy.)



#56 inaugural balls

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

Wait and see.... Not a fan of some of the moves this offseason but I'll wait and see how the product looks on the field.

My guess is 6-10 or 7-9 when its all said and done.

have you bothered to look longer term?

 

or

 

do you reassess annually? 



#57 horned dogs

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

I'm somewhat optimistic because they have a coach/gm attached at the hip and on the same contract length. I'm not sure it would be a surprise to go anywhere from 6 wins to 10 wins. Anything outside those parameters would surprise me. Secondly, we have gotten rid of an awful coach and staff. They ran an undisciplined rabble who routinely didn't show up at the wrong times to play. Go Bills!



#58 eball

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:30 PM

I don't think "hoping for the best but low expectations" qualifies as any level of "optimistic" -- that's the typical "I'm afraid of being let down" b.s. we see from lots of fans.

 

I expect immediate improvement with a floor of 6 wins (if there are significant injuries) and a ceiling of 11 wins if they get some breaks.



#59 ScottLaw

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:35 PM

have you bothered to look longer term?
 
or
 
do you reassess annually? 


The long term looks like a nice change because Whaley and company are out of the picture.

Still we have no idea what we have in these new guys. Hence the wait and see. What is wrong with this outlook?

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:48 PM

kind of in the middle of mild and extreme, (voted mild)

 

hard schedule, but going to make for a very exciting season,

 

can't wait...


Edited by Figster, 14 May 2017 - 12:48 PM.