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Bills fans put bleak season behind them in light of promising changes

by Kevin Plinzke - Staff Writer
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 09:35 pm
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 KP's Bills Weekly will be undergoing a slight transition this semester, as the only action Bills' fans ever experience this time of year is waiting for the draft. Cue the sarcastic 2017 Super Bowl predictions. I will be writing a weekly sports article this semester, and it will now be called "KP's Sports weekly" and it will cover a myriad of  various sports topics, ranging from NBA coverage (and another one of the unfortunate teams that I adore, in the New York Knicks) to NFL offseason, and draft coverage.

   I'll be bringing the same fiery passion, however. So please, sit back and enjoy the first edition of KP's Sports Weekly.

   Now, luckily (or not, depending on perspective) there is indeed still Bill's' stuff to discuss. After a disappointing, but not so shocking finish to the Rex Ryan era in Buffalo, it was time to start turning over rocks again, in hopes to find the coach that can get the Bills' back to the playoffs. After weeks of uncertainty and inner turmoil within the organization, the Bills' finally hired Panthers Defensive Coordinator, Sean McDermott.

     The move comes as not much of a surprise, as many people have already dubbed McDermott as "the Anti Rex Ryan" based on the fact that he is a no nonsense, straight forward, disciplinary head coach.

   I personally am greeting the move with the most cautious of optimism, as us Bills' fans have been burned by expectations before (see last 17 years.) that being said though, McDermott really comes off as a winner, and has the track record to back it up in recent years, having taken his Panthers to the Super Bowl just two seasons ago, and featuring a dominant defense lead by Stud Cornerback Josh Norman, and perennial all-pro Linebacker, Luke Kuechly. These players development is largely credited to McDermott, who has always been known for holding players accountable, and fitting a scheme to his players, as opposed to trying to make his players fit his scheme. This was always a problem with Ryan, as he was famously stubborn about the system he implemented, even though the Bills' have been better suited for a 4-3 all along.

    In other sports news, the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday, and I feel it is only appropriate to make a prediction. Based on what I've seen from both teams in the playoffs, one thing I am certain of is that this will be a good super bowl.

   The most hated man in Buffalo, Tom Brady, and the super bowl new comer, Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan will likely be engaged in a duel for the ages, and while logic makes picking against Bill Belichek and Brady very difficult, something tells me this Falcons team will have to much star power on offense, and with the game on the line, Matt Ryan will make a career defining play. I see Atlanta winning the game 27-24.


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