Random thoughts: McDermott is saying the right things, but we heard it before, turkey season is drawing nigh, and what is Victor lacrosse up against?

The Buffalo Bills are on their fifth head coach this decade in Sean McDermott. The Pittsburgh Steelers? They’ve had two coaches since 1992.

Of course, the Bills haven’t been to the playoffs since 1999, when we were watching new releases “The Matrix” and “Fight Club” in movie theaters. The Steelers? They’ve won two Super Bowls and lost another since the last time Bills fans even had a playoff game to enjoy.

There’s always enough optimism to believe that this will be the year the Bills finally break through, and the release of the 2017 schedule earlier this week primes the pump even more for that optimism. 

And with McDermott in charge now, there’s a sense of professionalism that’s been lacking in Buffalo. Since his arrival, McDermott appears to be the type of coach who is locked in on the task, and his task in Buffalo is obvious.

Talk is cheap, though, and it’s getting to the point where Bills fans can appreciate the attitude, but it’s all hollow until playoff tickets are printed. When the Buffalo News asked McDermott if he had the Week 2 game against Carolina, his former team, circled on the calendar, McDermott’s response was fantastic. He said the only thing he’s got circled on his calendar “is the next practice.”

McDermott also told the Buffalo News that he’s a big believer in “sticking with the process” in order to get the team on track. There’s a lot to be said for that approach, so let’s hope Buffalo management adheres to the same school of thought and gives McDermott enough time to prove himself.

This carousel wheel of coaching changes isn't doing the players any favors, nor any good for the team. Besides, wouldn't a playoff berth this coming season be a nice high school graduation gift for the fans who were born in the same year the Bills last made the playoffs?

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There’s an old saying that if you want me to listen to what you’re talking about, then start talking about hunting and fishing. 

That said, the spring turkey season is right around the corner. Well before the sun rises on May 1, plenty of hunters will make their way through fields to sit at the edge of the woods with hopes of seeing a gobbler about 40 yards away.

My unscientific observation: There are plenty of turkeys to get got. We’ve had consecutive mild winters, which means plenty of survivors. Second, last fall’s deer season and a couple of shed hunting expeditions in February gave these eyes dozens of birds to see and watch.

Get out there and take advantage of the surge. In my neck of the woods, I’m seeing plenty of turkey from the road out at 9 a.m. working the fields for grub.

Parting thought: If you haven’t already, please consider non-lead shot. Not only does it keep the lead out of the environment, it keeps it out of you by keeping it out of the animals you harvest and eat.

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The Victor boys lacrosse team extended its win streak to 50 games with Thursday’s win over Loyola Academy, but will it reach 51 with Sunday’s matchup in Hamburg against Brother Rice of Michigan? 

We’ll know more after the game, of course, but exactly what are the Blue Devils up against? The suburban Detroit high school is in Bloomfield Hills, and its lacrosse alumni includes Warrior founder Dave Morrow, who went on to play for those great Princeton teams in the 1990s. 

The aptly named Warriors have won every Division I state championship in Michigan since the state tournament was started in 2005 and they have 18 players back from a team that finished 20-2. The list of Division I commits offers schools such as Georgetown, Penn State, Notre Dame and Rutgers. 

Of course, being No. 1 in Michigan and being No. 1 in New York are two different scenarios, but the Blue Devils would be wise to not take lightly the talent at Brother Rice. They learned on Thursday that there is fantastic lacrosse being played outside of New York.

Chavez is sports editor at the Daily Messenger. Contact me at rchavez@messengerpostmedia.com or follow me @MPN_bchavez