There's no denying one simple fact as training camp is set to open up: the 2016 season is an incredibly important one to the Buffalo Bills. Still mired in the longest active playoff drought in the National Football League, the Bills still boast a talented roster, and a coaching staff that has had success at previous stops.
However, going into the second year of Rex Ryan's tenure as head coach, it puts even more of an emphasis on the upcoming season to produce results. That much was expressed by Bills co-owner Kim Pegula, who appeared on WGR Sports Radio 550 on Thursday afternoon.
Pegula was asked for her expectations in 2016. Her response was quite simple:
"Win. Winning," she started off. "We're expecting wins."
The co-owner cited the fact that last year had plenty of moving parts, and that they believe continuity will help set them up to potentially win in the 2016 season. Ryan is back along with his key assistant coaches, and most of the team's talented core starters.
The Bills, despite having a talented roster, could only muster up an 8-8 record and fell short of the playoffs in 2015. There has been some speculation that a season yielding an extremely low number of wins will cost Ryan his job after 2016. Perhaps in his favor, though, Pegula waxed poetic about the virtues of continuity being a building block for winning and success.
The Bills arrived for training camp on Thursday, they have a conditioning workout on Friday, and the team's first practice is scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 am.
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