Believe in Beane

March 17, 2020 - 2:55 am
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Monday's "legal tampering period" before the start of NFL Free Agency was another example of just how far the Buffalo Bills front office has come over the last three years.

The Bills made two underrated signings in linebacker A.J. Klein and defensive end Mario Addison, but the big story was how the organization was able to pull off a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Vikings to land a true, No. 1 wide receiver in Stefon Diggs.

The moves were a reminder that the days of inept regimes taking the likes of C.J. Spiller in the first round, continuously whiffing at the quarterback position and how to build around it, and even being fooled by prank trade calls, are a thing of the past.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott appear to have the organization looking like one of the more well-oiled machines in the NFL. Perhaps even a top team in the AFC next season.

While that is an exciting thing to ponder, just having this team build and go about business in a way remotely similar to other teams is such a relieving feeling. For so long, it felt like the other 31 teams did things a certain way... and then there was the Bills.

Now, the vision is much more clear. The goals are far higher. This team is looking to win a championship and they appear to have an idea of how to do it.

The Bills have made the playoffs in two of the last three years, but both times you could tell something was missing.

In 2017, it was the lack of a true franchise quarterback. They went out and traded up for Josh Allen in 2018.

In 2019, it was the absence of a true "WR1". They went out and shipped out a first, fourth, fifth, and sixth round draft pick on Monday to find Allen that star pass-catcher in Stefon Diggs.

Beane didn't get complacent. He could've sat on his hands and pointed at the success of John Brown and Cole Beasley in 2019.

He could have also eluded to the fact that he did try to bring a star in last year when the Bills had a deal done for wide receiver Antonio Brown, before Brown likely blocked the move.

Instead, Beane showed that was a sign of things to come. He continued to build around his most vital asset and pulled off the big splash many have been waiting for.

For a quarterback like Allen, who's biggest ailment coming into the league was accuracy, having such an athletic group of weapons is crucial. The front office knew the best way to build around him was to add speed and elite route running.

The Diggs-Brown-Beasley trio is as explosive, and as good at creating separation as any in the league.

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