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Whitner reiterates Bills playoff guarantee

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
A month after Donte Whitner raised eyebrows with his playoff guarantee, the Buffalo Bills safety is more resolute than ever.

He isn't backing off his bold promise one bit.

"Because it's time," Whitner said at St. John Fisher College, where training camp opened today. "It's been a nine-year drought, and now we have all the pieces in place.

"There's no time to sit back and let people do what they want to us. Now is our time to go out and force our hand and show people that we are for real."

The Bills haven't reached the postseason season since the Music City Miracle broke their hearts at the end of the 1999 season. They teased their fans last year, posting all of their victories in a 10-game span from late September to early December. They lost their last three games to finish 7-9.

They're not often mentioned among the playoff contenders, but they're the second-best team in the AFC East and should be in the hunt.

"The positive part is that everybody's feeling it and everybody believes," Whitner said, "because if you don't believe that you're going to make it to the playoffs and be a good football team, then no matter how much you say it, you're not, because in the back of your mind you're always going to have that doubt.

"And we don't have any doubt."