Ralph Wilson conducted his first interview by phone with the AP and is prepared to to revamp his entire football operation after the season and warned that no position is safe. When asked about spending money, Wilson said he’s open for anything to get the Bills back on track.
“It’s not about money, it’s about winning,” Wilson said by phone from his home in suburban Detroit. “If it was about money, we wouldn’t have brought in and paid for somebody we know was a great player.”
Wilson was referring to the signing of receiver Terrell Owens(notes) to a one-year $6.5 million contract in March after he was cut by Dallas.
“Anybody that says I’m cheap is looking down the wrong side of the street,” Wilson said. (Quotes From AP)
Mind of Joe
Look, I’m happy it would seem on the surface that Wilson is finally going to open up his treasure chest and bring in a real football guy. But for him to say that he’s not cheap because he signed Terrell Owens is a little flawed. Sure he spent 6.5 million dollars, but you decided to jettison Jason Peters because you didn’t want to pay him. You refused to pay for the offensive line. You didn’t see fit to sign a legit linebacker so Bills fans could see an end to the Keith Ellison era. Lastly, you’ve been extremely cheap for the last ten years when it comes to paying your coaches.
That’s the problem with Mr. Wilson, he thinks he spends a ton of money on this team when in actuality he really doesn’t do enough. He better realize that to get a high priced coach it’s going to cost him a lot more than the 6.5 million dollars he paid Terrell Owens. Help us all, if Wilson thinks paying guys like Jim Haslett and Jim Fassel 4 million dollars a year is a way to break the mold of paying for coaches.
Again, I’m still a little apprehensive that this “wish list” may be a smoke screen to calm Bills fans down for demanding a high priced coach. Just because the Bills decide to talk to guys like Shanahan and Cowher, doesn’t mean they will act on hiring them.
-When asked about the prospect of interviewing Mike Shanahan, Wilson discounted the reports saying, “I don’t know anything about him.” He did add that the team would release a statement today regarding all the speculation-
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