I'm more excited about what it means for the future of the Bills and attracting top-flight prospects than anything else.
I just think it speaks volumes that the consensus top prospect CHOSE Buffalo. I think that says we are a desirable place to come, and that attracts free agents and gets people excited to come be part of your organization.
Pegula's changing the culture. This isn't the Chan Gailey, Dick Jauron, safe pick. This isn't the no-name-nobody who won't cost us money. It's a fundamental change in the attitude of ownership to shoot for, and actually acquire, the top prospect.
Granted, we're ultimately glad not to have had Shanahan, but I remember when he had his choice of anywhere and CHOSE not to go to Buffalo because we suck and are awful...
It's a fundamental change in the culture, front office, and future management of the team, and that excites the hell outta me.
As to Rex not being "What we need" I honestly don't think that's as much a factor as who he brings in to be his staff.
Bill Belichick is a defensive mind, and yet his Ds have traditionally been mediocre supported by godlike offensive play at New England.
Brian Billick was an offensive guru, and yet his offenses in Baltimore were so PUTRID that they ultimately had to give him the boot despite consistently being competitive.
John Harbaugh was a defensive guy coming into a Baltimore team that didn't need defensive help. Consistent playoff appearances and a Super Bowl later, I think Ravens fans are fairly pleased.
Jim Caldwell is an offensive/quarterbacks guy...Stafford arguably REGRESSED this year.
Bill O'Brien supposedly offense and QBs, Chuck Pagano supposedly D, the list goes on...coaches play to the strengths of the teams they coach and the coordinators they bring in, and they generally don't just magically cure whatever ails a team no matter what their supposed area of expertise.
Not to mention DOUG MARRONE. Supposedly an offensive guy, and a quarterbacks coach...womp, womp.
Oh and also, the sheer number of Bills fans that hate it makes me feel like it's an amazing move. We haven't been right about anything we've actually been excited about in so long, that maybe something we hate will turn out to be amazing.
This is the fanbase that loved JP Losman, and CJ Spiller. That justified the hiring of Chan Gailey and ran Marshawn Lynch out of town. We clearly know nothing about football.
I would have really liked Hue Jackson, personally, but I'm cautiously optimistic about Ryan himself and extremely excited by what I think is a fundamental change in the way the Bills' organization is going to be run.