Owners Should Own, Not Manage!

I'm glad Fred's here...but...  - Photo via Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

I’m glad Fred’s here…but… – Photo via Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images

Imagine you shop at the same grocery store every week, and somehow, you always end up in the same cashier’s line. Mary is a super nice cashier – she has a unique ability to connect with people in mere moments, and every shopper feels like Mary is their friend. Mary is beloved by many and her great personality garners her quite a reputation, even outside the store. The only problem is, the quality of Mary’s work is failing a bit. She’s skipping items because she can’t hear the scanner, or she forgets to scan items left in carts. She’s giving back the wrong change, which causes the manager to constantly have to stop by her register to open the drawer. Erica, the store manager, loves sweet 64-year-old Mary and is proud to have worked with her for so long, but it is in the best interest of the store to let Mary go. Younger, more accurate and efficient workers are ready to take her place, and Mary is just one year away from retiring – it just makes sense. Word has started to spread that Mary may be on her way out. All of the signs are there – the new kids, slightly fewer hours. Erica hasn’t given away her plan yet, but she’s just about to when…NO! The shoppers are furious that Erica would take their favorite cashier! They threaten not to shop at the store anymore! They threaten to picket! Facebook and Twitter and Interweb, OH MY! They make all of the idle threats that our rage-culture levies and never carries through on.

Mary causin' trouble, like only Mary does. Photo from usatoday.com

Mary causin’ trouble, like only Mary does. Photo from usatoday.com

Along comes Danny, the owner of our favorite grocery chain. He’s a little out of touch; groceries aren’t really his thing. He made his money in fossil fuels, but was looking for something to pad his accounts, and everyone always needs food, so why not groceries, right? He’s heard all of the hullaballoo and he’s not happy that Erica would let Mary go. He marches into the store in a prideful stride, grabs the PA mic and announces for all to hear “Mary is not going anywhere!” The crowd cheers! Their voice has been heard! Erica stumbles into her office, and slumps down into her chair, head in hands. What is she going to do? Mary is costing the company money and taking the spot of someone who could do the job better. Danny, the shoppers – they all love Mary, but she is hurting the business, and now she will continue to do so.

Not exactly role models as owners. Take note, Terry.

Not exactly role models as owners. Take note, Terry.

Buffalo fans love our players to death. They don’t even have to be good *cough* Patrick Kaleta *cough*, and we will still back them 100%. We suffer terribly from nostalgia, and it has gotten us in trouble before (see Marv Levy, Pat LaFontaine) It is distinctly possible it is getting us into trouble again. I wanted Fred Jackson to stay as much as anyone, but if it isn’t in the best interest of the team, perhaps we should leave those decisions to the people who are being paid a whole lot of money to make them. Personnel decisions are not the responsibility of the owner. They hiredozens of people to handle that. The management staff, the coaches: each of them has a plan and was hired to carry out that plan to the best of their ability. Hopefully, each of these people were hired because the person who hired them believed them to be qualified and knowledgeable – something which owners, despite their ego and money, may not be. Jerry Jones, the late Al Davis, Daniel Snyder – they all share something very distinct. They are meddling owners whose teams are mediocre or worse season after season. They all get involved with personnel and make poor decisions based on fan reaction, and the teams they own suffer for it.

I am glad Fred is here. He is a leader, and I don’t know how many leaders we really have on this team, but the truth is that we won’t find out until someone needs to step in and take the reigns. When Terry Pegula tweets that a player is staying no matter what, it neuters the GM and the coaches, and it affects the plan they have in place. Perhaps it was their plan to let Freddy go, to force someone to step up and be the team leader, and to move forward with some younger players, but Pegula has taken away the staff’s ability to properly carry out their plan, and I don’t think good owners should do that. They need to trust their staff and allow them the freedom to do their job. Terry is a new owner and still getting the feel for it. I am hopeful that he’ll settle into his position, sit back, sip on some local brews, and let loose the leashes of management and the coaches. I think he’ll find his team will be better for it.

Whaley was hired to manage and should be allowed to do so.  Photo from wbfo.com

Whaley was hired to manage and should be allowed to do so. Photo from wbfo.com

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7 Comments on “Owners Should Own, Not Manage!”

  1. Rich Mumford March 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Perhaps when you own the Buffalo Bills you can make your own choices. Until then this article is pointless. Suck it up buttercup and LETS GO BUFFALO!!!

    • Joel Mattie March 13, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

      Exactly! Took the words right out of my mouth

    • Me March 13, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

      Exactly. Dude needs to blow it out from whatever orifice his turds of wisdom come.

  2. Anonymous March 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    This is the worst article ever written on the internet. Your computer should be confiscated and you should never be allowed to type again.

  3. anonymous March 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Really? First off 2/3 of the article you’re making a reference about a grocery store, are you comparing a grocery store to an nfl team?, 2nd how dare you “loosely” say Fred Jackson should’ve been dropped, he was still producing numbers last year and is a good backup to shady check your facts before writing, and last but not least you own the f-ing team you can do whatever you want to it, stop writing please and go do something more useful thank you.

  4. Chris Walker March 14, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Looks like the writer is just attempting to stir the pot with ludicrous analogies that are very off base….sorry…my Caesar point his thumb to the ground to your article

  5. Craig Foster March 15, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    Obviously you don’t know jack about football. When a player of Fred ‘s talent, can outplay the likes of Spiller & others, it’s no wonder he captures the heart of so many fans & the new owner !
    Age is only a number in sports, there are plenty of “older” players who laugh in the faces of these young bucks who can’t hold a candle to these wily vets when it comes to heart & talent. Keep pounding Fred, all you heard last year was how old he is while he continued to rack up numbers & out playing our young FIRST ROUND pick

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