Hey, in case you have forgotten, the Bills’ 17-year playoff drought is over.
Seriously, there will be no more lamenting the interminably embarrassing inability to make the postseason because, as of right now, the Bills are on a one-year playoff streak.
The drought, in all its horror, came to a glorious end on New Years’ Eve when the Bills beat the Dolphins in Miami, then sat in their locker room watching on TV as Andy Dalton threw a miracle touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd that enabled the Bengals to upset the Ravens, thus knocking Baltimore out of the tournament and ushering the Bills in through the back door.
What a night that was, but to their credit, coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane long ago moved on from that celebration, and the moment the Bills were beaten by the Jaguars in the wild-card game, they turned their attention to this season.
Neither man would admit to being satisfied with what happened last year because, as they said, the job never ends, and there’s simply no time to relish success if, at the end of the season, you aren’t raising the Lombardi Trophy above your head and clearing your eyes of confetti. The Eagles could afford to sit back and bask in the glory for a little bit, but not the Bills or the other 30 NFL teams.
“You hit the ground running as soon as that season is over,” said Beane. “There’s a lot to get done. You’re traveling, all-star games, getting things lined up. Next thing you know, it’s Senior Bowl, Combine, pro days, visits … it picks up a lot from our end. It’s hard to slow down.”
When the Bills pull into town for their 19th training camp at St. John Fisher College on July 26, here are 10 questions they’ll need to answer before they take on the Ravens on Sept. 9 in Baltimore.
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