The Bills just announced a unique opportunity for fans. An Open Practice, at Ralph Wilson Stadium, on Saturday June 5th. Free Admission, Free Parking, a chance to get a sneak peek at new head coach Chan Gailey, and the 2010 Bills. It got me to thinking, I wonder how many fans will take advantage? What will drive you to the Ralph in June? To me, outside of it being a great part of my job, it will be curiosity.
Truth be told this has obviously not been the most exciting off-season in recent Bills memory. No big splashes, no big names. In fact some "experts" claim that the Bills have had one of the worst off-seasons in the NFL. I would say only time will tell, but there certaintly isn't the buzz factor that we've had in years past.
It was about this time last year we had Terrell Owens sitting in the Eyewitness Sports offices getting ready to tape an episode of his reality show. (That was an interesting experience to say the least, and one I'll never forget) No, the #81 experiment didn't go as planned for the Bills. The offense still struggled, the wins didn't come, but the Owens addition certainly created some excitement leading up to the season.
I think the thing that will drive fans leading up to this year will not be the big names, or the promise of great things in 2010, but curiousity.
What will Chan Gailey be able to do in his first year of a rebuilding project with the Bills? Who will be the quarterback? Can he get Trent Edwards turned around, or is this perhaps Brian Brohm's chance? What will the defense look like in it's transition to the 3-4? Will it be effective?
I'm looking forward to seeing what C.J. Spiller can do for an offense that has lacked excitement.
Hope springs eternal this time of year. It's been clear that Buddy Nix, Chan Gailey and the Bills have not tried to create a big buzz with big names leading up to 2010, but have decided to stick to their plan. I'm curious to see how it all goes.
Fans will get thier first chance to see the work in progress on June 5th. Are you heading to the Ralph? Why, why not. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.