Now under center: Brian G from SB Nation's Buffalo Bills blog, Buffalo Rumblings.
tommasse: How does Marv Levy the general manager compare with Marv Levy the coach? What do you think of his drafts? Free-agent acquisitions? Coach hirings/firings? How much longer can/will he do this?
Brian G: It's tough to make a comparison like that because his responsibilities are so much different. What he has brought to the table that he brought back when he was a coach is consensus-building. Under the dictatorial rule of Tom Donahoe, the team had no direction and was doing everything to make themselves look good. That's not Levy -- he, the rest of the front office, and the entire coaching staff are on the same page, and as a result the team finally has a good young nucleus of players to build around, rather than stopgap vets.
Personally, I think he is making all the right moves as a GM, although most media folks see some of the players that have left town and the Darwin Walker situation as negative. I love the decision to hire Dick Jauron (in retrospect; I wasn't a fan at first), I love the fact that his drafts are deep and value-based, and I love that he's spending money on the right positions, rather than on what the fans want. He knows how to build a team.
I expect Levy to stick with the franchise at least as long as Ralph Wilson remains the owner. Right now those two, to me, are attempting to build a little continuity in the golden years of the current ownership. If Levy can build this team up to playoff level with a consistent, hard-working coaching staff and a cohesive front office, it will make the transition to a new owner and a new GM that much easier.
tommasse's retort: Marv Levy's strength is that he's one of those guys who can judge talent and determine how 50 guys with varying talent can make a cohesive unit. Not sure that talent extends to recognizing coaching talent, but we'll have to wait and see. Incidentally, Levy is 82 and Wilson is almost 89.
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