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Nix: Our talent hasn’t been maximized

Posted by Chris Brown on January 2, 2013 – 1:13 pm

In a one-on-one sitdown with, Bills GM Buddy Nix went one step further in explaining why the results on the field have not proven the talent level on the roster is better.

The Bills general manager has said on more than one occasion that he believes the team’s roster is better from a talent and depth perspective. Fans don’t want to hear that because the won-loss record was the same as that of a year ago. So the question posed to Nix was whether he thought the potential of the talent on the roster had been maximized. This was his answer.

“Probably not, no,” Nix told “I don’t think that necessarily just falls on the coaches. You can coach them and put them out there, but they’ve got to do it and make plays. So I think that there’s two parts in our evaluation. I take full responsibility for what happened. I put them out there, but they’ve got to make plays. We didn’t make enough for whatever reason.”

It’s interesting that Nix believes that maximizing a player’s potential is equal parts coach and player responsibility. Once again a losing culture can compromise a player’s mental toughness in games, thereby compromising their performance. Coaches obviously play a role there too by putting them in position to succeed and motivating them, but as some of the players on locker clean out day said Monday, ‘not making enough plays, that’s on us.’

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