“Trust me, continuity, especially in those two positions, is important,” said Lindell, a native of Vancouver, Wash. “When I left Seattle (after the 2002 season), I knew that was a good group. That group stayed together for the next three years and they went to a Super Bowl. Continuity is very important in this league.”
Lindell and the Bills have had only one winning season — 9-7 in 2004 — since Lindell joined the team in 2003, going 60-93 over that stretch. The Patriots have now beaten the Bills 18 times (versus only two defeats), or roughly 20 percent of their losses.
The irony is that Lindell isn’t complaining. He loves Buffalo ... the team and region. It’s why he re-upped on a four-year deal worth $10 million in February.
“Obviously, one of the reasons was the money,” said Lindell. “But this is where I want to be. I want to win like everybody else does. I want to win with this team. We’re close, like we were today. We just have to finish the job.”
As for many people in New England who are not happy with the way the Patriots, now 6-3, have looked this season, Lindell says “they” should get over it.
“Maybe the Patriots weren’t at their best,” said Lindell. “But this league is about winning. And since I’ve been around, nobody has done it better than these guys.”
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