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A deeper look at Buffalo Bills' changing culture

By Tim Graham

It was a big day for me in Cheektowaga. I finally had the chance to meet Zach the baby and Harold the dog and then I got to sit down in Brad Riter's kitchen and do a Trending Buffalo podcast.

Brad has a wonderful kitchen. Studio, schmudio, I say. He doesn't need one. And aside from the fact Brad was wearing a headset and we had ice water in our tumblers, it felt just like the other times he and I shoot the proverbial breeze.

We spent 44 minutes talking about the Buffalo Bills and, in particular, my culture-change story that ran recently in The Buffalo News. We mused about how the Bills have morphed from dysfunctional bizarro team that seemingly had no master plan to a franchise on the rise.

We covered a lot of ground, going back to the Tom Donahoe era on through Donte Whitner and Trent Edwards and Marshawn Lynch and Terrell Owens and Aaron Maybin. Somewhere along the line, however, the Bills started making shrewd and, at times, unflinching moves.

The Bills also went from a team you had to force yourself to like to a team that's easy to embrace.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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