by Christopher Golding
The Buffalo Bills made a good call on Sunday in regard to the situation on Offensive Line coach Aaron Kromer. With the legal charges dropped from his alleged incident in Florida last month involving charges of battery against a minor, it's safe to assume a lot of eyes were going to be shifted toward the NFL or the Bills to hand down any further punishment, if any. The Bills announced in a team statement Sunday night that they will be suspending Kromer without pay for 6 games this season beginning September 7th and ending at the end of regulation against the Bengals on October 18th.
The team statement set a tone going forward. Even though all charges were dropped in the matter and Kromer faces no further legal trouble with this whole debacle, it shows that the Bills mean business. They made it clear to everyone involved with the franchise that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated. The Bills have a good thing going so far this year and while there will always be questions and concerns with the production on the field with players, the team has made it abundantly clear to their staff and their fans that they mean business.
The punishment itself may seem steep on paper considering Kromer will be gone for almost half of the season but it seems fitting for all parties involved. The Bills organization is able to show a stern front, Kromer gets to keep his job (much to the chagrin of many considering his past), and the players get to continue with training camp to focus on what really matters for them. Everyone gets to move forward and focus on the season without the additional attention on an outside issue.
At the end of the day, the organization wants to win. The players want to win. The fans want to win. That's all that everyone is focused on. Again, the pieces seem to be in place for this season to exciting for everyone involved and if the Bills feel that Kromer's presence will help them get to where they want to be then the fans should buy in. There has been no reason to not trust the organization this year in regard to personnel considering the off season moves made by the team and it wouldn't be wise for fans to start questioning the team's decisions before a single down has been played this season.