ORCHARD PARK – After speaking mainly in generalities with reporters last week at One Bills Drive, general manager Brandon Beane saved his best line for an appearance on the Bills’ flagship radio station, WGR 550-AM in Buffalo. Beane was asked how many of the college quarterbacks he had personally seen this past year, and he delivered the money quote that will fuel the next three months leading up to the NFL Draft. “All of the ones that matter,” Beane said.
Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane became the first coach/general manager tandem to lead the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs since Wade Phillips/John Butler in 1999. That’s how things work in the NFL; it’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business, and while Bills fans reveled in their team’s return to relevance this season, the expectations have been ramped up for 2018. Once you get a taste, you want to keep eating, so anything less than a playoff berth next season will be considered disappointing.
That was fun, right? The Bills ended their 17-year playoff drought, and while the final game wasn’t exactly a hoot as they’ll have to carry the stigma of having lost to Blake Bortles, it was still a season to behold. Taking heart and soul and jingoism out of the equation, how many people truly believed this was going to be the Bills team that brought an end to that inexplicable postseason absence, one that spanned half a generation?
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".