Pegula's goal for 2017? He wants Buffalo Bills to earn respect around the NFL

PITTSFORD, NY - The Buffalo Bills have an entirely new direction with a brand new head coach and general manager for the 2017 season, in the hopes that the organization can finally turn around the playoff drought once and for all. However, whenever there is a big turnover within a franchise, things tend to take time before it gets built up to the way that the current people in charge see fit.

As head coach Sean McDermott continues to try and prepare the Bills for the 2017 season, small steps must first be made. Speaking with the media for the first time since the beginning of training camp, Bills co-owner Terry Pegula made his expectations for the upcoming campaign clear… and it’s not necessarily as black and white as wins and losses.

“Earning respect and working hard,” Pegula said succinctly.

Not wins?

“That’ll translate to wins,” he retorted.

He continued with his belief that it all stems from having respect from their peers — in this case, other teams in the NFL — is the key to turning it all around.

“That’s what you need to win. You need to have respect. When teams come into Buffalo to play, they need to be talking about it on the way up saying ‘Oh gosh, we’ve got to go to Buffalo. Let’s hope we can get one out of here,’” he said. “I think that’s a part of any winner. People respect organizations and teams that win. That’s where we have to get. We have to earn the respect of the rest of the rest of the league, the Buffalo Bills have to.”

As for the upcoming season, he kept with his common refrain of the day.

“My expectation is that we earn some respect on the field. I believe that that’s important. Then wherever it falls, it falls.”

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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