Inside The Bills

Nix doesn’t care if he’s not ‘big splash’

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2009 – 3:54 pm

Buddy Nix was well aware of the fact that fans and media were expecting some kind of big splash with respect to the hiring of a GM. And he had an answer for those that did.

“I can see some disappointment on some of your faces that one of the geniuses isn’t standing up here,” said Nix to the assembled media at One Bills Drive. “I know it wasn’t quite what you expected, but I’m going to tell you this. It’s kind of like getting up the morning after the draft and reading the paper and see where you got an A+ and two years later with that same class you’re getting your tail beat and you get fired. So it doesn’t matter what kind of splash we make today. What matters is two years or three years down the road that we have this thing turned in the right direction and we’re winning.”

Mr. Wilson made it clear that he wasn’t about making the big splash either. He was focused more on getting a GM that could succeed in turning the franchise’s fortunes around.

“I’m not looking for big names,” said Wilson. “I’m looking for someone who can get the job done and I believe he can. I say to fans that I know Buddy. He’s done a good job wherever he’s been. I don’t think it’s going to come immediately. It’s going to take some time to turn things around, but we’re not that far away.”

Nix doesn’t believe the Bills are that far away either.

“The league is watered down,” he said. “Almost every game is two or three crucial plays or two or three mistakes that make a difference. If we do a good job we can get away from that.”

Nix feels the Bills are a lot closer to winning that the team he helped turn around in San Diego, which was 1-15 the year before he arrived with John Butler and A.J. Smith.


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