Bills' Aaron Williams: "We're going to be a winning team"
The Buffalo Bills are entering a season that brings high hopes with both a head coach and quarterback in their second year with the team. Many within the orgainization believe the Bills have the talent to make the jump into the postseason, but national pundits and betting websites are still skeptical.
That doesn't seem to have an effect on starting safety Aaron Williams. He's used to the lack of respect since he's been in the National Football League.
"It's nothing new. It's every year. Everybody thinks we're just the same old Bills -- and that's fine with me," he said. "They think we're the same old Bills that every year everybody gets hyped up for an incredible season, then people get let down with a 6-win season. To me, I'm getting tired of it as well."
For many, the belief exists that you won't change the results unless you change the way you prepare. Williams is subscribing to that theory for 2014.
"We're not gonna play any games this year," the safety said. "To me, I'm getting tired of it as well. It's a new attitude I'm bringing to the table. We're going to be a winning team and we're gonna come out here with a new attitude and be aggressive, and bring this city more wins."
General manager Doug Whaley also welcomed the criticism and agreed that it was warranted, but is very clear in their designs to change that perception.
"They should. We haven't done anything. We've got a lot to prove," Whaley remarked. "Like Russ [Brandon] said, we won't hide from it. We haven't been to the playoffs in a long time, and we owe it to the fans, our late owner and everybody in this business to show that we're not the Bills anymore. We want to be a playoff team and we're planning to be a playoff team, and that's our goal."
As Williams, Whaley and the rest of the team knows, talk is cheap unless one actually goes out and does what they say they will on the field. Fans will get their first glimpse of that new attitude on Sunday during the team's first practice of training camp at St. John Fisher College.
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