Mike Bovenzi, 25, Syracuse, NY. Graduate of Solvay HS, 2002. Mike is going back this fall to finish his associates degree at Onondaga Community College and hoping to transfer and begin pursuing journalism. A cool, laid back guy who doesn't have it all, but has most of it.
When Ralph Wilson opened his coffin to tell the world he was relieving Dick Jauron of his head coaching duties, Bills nation rejoiced. Jauron, outside of one 13-3 season with the Bears, has been the epitome of mediocre or worse his entire career. The hire was met with opposition and Jauron did little to erase any of the doubts. His ultra conservative nature, and play not to lose mentality, rubbed Bills fans the wrong way each and every season. Jauron is your cheap friend at the poker table. He isn't tryng to win, he's just trying to lose slower than everybody else. He'd rather wait for you to make a mistake than risk taking a chance himself. I lost count of how many games we lost despite big, early leads. Jauron would just stand on the sideline watching the lead slowly dwindle as our offense got more and more conservative. For a good amount of time I was convinced he was hooked on quaaludes. The news he would be gone was music to my ears. Jauron's quote to the Associated Press sums up the entire era when asked about the firing after a 3-6 start; " I really don't have anything to say".
Introducing Head Coach Chan Gailey
With Jauron gone and a lame duck coach in Perry Fewell taking over on an interim basis, the coaching search began. Despite the names of proven coaches like Mike Shanahan and Bill Cowher and upcoming guys like Leslie Frazier, we ended up with a man named Chan Gailey. All I knew about Gailey was that he coached the Cowboys. While the Cowboys were alright, he was eventually fired. I also thought about his time at Georgia Tech, realizing again, they were okay, but he was again fired. They improved leaps and bounds after he left.
I can't say that I'm excited for the Gailey era, to be honest, with 90 year old Ralph Wilson and 70 year old Buddy Nix pulling the strings. I'm not sure even Shanny or Cowher would be able to right this ship. I'll give Nix credit, he's a known talent evaluator and he at least understands that this thing isn't a speed boat. It's an oil tanker. There isn't going to be some quick turnaround. Nix knows that talk is cheap and he knows that fans don't want to hear about labor pains. The fans just want to see the baby.
A Quiet Off Season
The Bills were as loud in free agency as Silent Bob used to be before he became Kevin Smith. There was a Cornell Green signing and we recently picked up our annual former draft bust that we can still convince fans has talent in WR Chad Jackson. Nobody in the world shines crap and calls it gold like Ralph Wilson and the Buffalo Bills.
Will the future really be any different? Outside of Buddy Nix making us laugh and making fun of the Raiders is there light at the end of this tunnel? Is Chan the guy to get us there? Will Ralph Wilson ever die? Time will tell. All us Bills fans can do is just hope somebody slipped some sugar in Ralph and Buddy's coffee and we can finally give our loyal fan base another reason to shout. Come on Buddy, show us that baby.