New Bills owner Terry Pegula says he has no immediate plans to makes changes to the team’s administration, writes Vic Carucci for the Buffalo News. Pegula said, “We recognize, A, that we’re in the middle of a season and, B, the season’s not going too bad right now. So I think the smart thing right now is to just let everything be and let the season play out.”
However, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out, no owner buys an NFL club fully intent on maintaining that club’s head coach and GM, and Pegula’s comments are consistent with the prevailing notion that he will hire a new coach and/or GM at the end of the season unless the incumbents “do so well that the fans wouldn’t tolerate change.” That probably means a trip to the playoffs at least.
Indeed, Carucci points out that the Pegulas had a similar approach when they bought the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, eventually making major changes after allowing some time to pass. So one way or another it appears as though Bills fans will have something to look forward to in 2015; the club will be either coming off a long-awaited trip to the postseason, or it will be entering yet another new coaching era under new ownership.