It's been a long few days for Bills team President Russ Brandon in navigating the logistics with his front office team and Buffalo's coaching staff to put the team in position to be as prepared as possible for what is now their Monday night game against the Jets in Detroit. What lies on the horizon is their next scheduled home game the following Sunday, and with six feet of snow to remove from the One Bills Drive complex including Ralph Wilson Stadium the clock is ticking.
Brandon didn't make any guarantees, but as of Friday said the plan is to have the Ralph ready for their Nov. 30th home game against the Browns.
"We're going to prepare for that and do everything we can to get the facility ready, but it's hard to predict what we face if the weather does warm up, if we do face flooding, how our facility handles it and see how we come through that over the next few days," said Brandon. "We'll continue to assess that, try to get through this weekend and then go from there. So we're preparing to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Browns, God willing, if the weather holds up for everybody."
The Bills President, who arrived with the team in Detroit late Friday afternoon,
Brandon did admit that the club has broached the subject of their home game against the Browns with the NFL, but only in a preliminary fashion.
"We've talked to the league about a variety of scenarios. That's something we haven't jumped too far into at this point," he said. "As it evolves we'll continue to engage the league. We engaged the league during the whole process along with Governor Cuomo and Mark Poloncarz and the staffs of the county and the state and the league have been great to work with. Their focus obviously is where it should be and that's on our community."
Brandon said the plan is still to leave Detroit immediately following Monday night's game against New York to return to Buffalo.
"We have a short work week as we prepare for Cleveland, but we'll stay nimble and see how this situation evolves and go from there," Brandon said.
As of Friday evening Brandon said the team's indoor practice facility in Orchard Park is intact despite the onslaught of a persistent lake effect snow band that has dropped more than four feet of snow on the Bills' campus over the last three days. So it's the team's belief that they can return to One Bills Drive early next week and resume practicing as normal for the Browns game.
"We hope so," said Brandon. "Our practice facility has held up well over the last few days, but again as we warm up and see the effects of flooding… there's over six feet of snow inside the (stadium) right now. As far as the stadium is concerned we have a heck of a clean-up much like our community does and we'll just have to game plan and try to get that done."
Photos of One Bills Drive and Ralph Wilson Stadium following a record snow storm in Buffalo.