The Buffalo Bills began training camp Thursday at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and the team has high expectations despite finishing the 2018 season with a 6-10 record. Brandon Beane sat down with WGR 550 Sports Radio prior to the team taking the field for their first practice and discussed a variety of topics, but one of the more interesting points he brought up was regarding his expectations and goals for the 2019 Bills.
Beane did a masterful job plugging holes and constructing a roster that not only had talent, but depth throughout all of the position units. He turned the team’s biggest weakness – the offensive line – into a unit that now has multiple veterans fighting for multiple starting jobs. The wide receiver and running back groups will have serious competition with real quality players from top to bottom and the same can be said for the position groups on the defensive side of the ball.
When asked about his goals for the upcoming season, Beane wouldn’t go as far as to give a win total, but he explained that by creating a deep roster will help the team trend up and enjoy success even when the inevitable injury bug does strike.
“Well, we want to be trending up,” Beane said Thursday. “We’re not in the prediction business. I know everyone wants to hear me or Sean (McDermott) say ‘hey, we expect this number of wins.’ This league is hard. It’s very hard. There are ebbs and flows and things happen. It’s a marathon. There’s so many things, you think about every season, many years where things happen that the ball bounced perfect and you maybe got two or three more wins than you even saw coming. And on the inverse, the ball didn’t go your way, the injury bug hit you for four or five games, whatever. So there’s all sorts of things. But we hope we’ve built a team that can handle adversity, that has more depth than we’ve had in the past to have the next guy step up when injuries do hit.”
When asked to elaborate on just what the phrase ‘trending up’ means in relation to Buffalo, Beane pointed out several statistical categories that he believes determines the outcomes of games. He added that winning the division and making a run in the postseason is the ultimate goal, but he wants to see steady improvement in certain areas, which will ultimately lead to those goals being achieved.
‘I think the eyeball test is important, but you’re looking statistically at how you rank in specific categories,” added Beane. “You know, turnovers, yardage, taking care of the ball, red zone, how well your defense is playing, efficiency on both sides of the ball. Important categories that sway wins and losses, we do look at those. It’s bigger, but we are judged on wins and losses. That’s the way it is. We obviously are striving like heck to get into the postseason. Win your division, get in the postseason. That’s your goal. That’s what we’re trying to do everyday. Beginning today, picking up where we left off but again, I cant sit here and tell you we’re going to have x number of wins.”
Thursday is the beginning of the Bills making that steady upward climb and with a revamped roster in place, the table is set for Buffalo to make some real noise in the AFC East during the 2019 NFL Season.