Two-a-Days: 2010 Buffalo Bills
Today’s second team is the Buffalo Bills, a squad that is hoping to make strides in the right direction, after years and years of going the wrong way. With the hiring of new head coach Chan Gailey, and the drafting of running back CJ Spiller, the Bills hope they have the right pieces to compete during the 2010 NFL season and beyond.
The Bills won just six games last year and went 2-4 in a slightly down division, the AFC East. Buffalo’s season started off on the wrong foot, when they allowed the New England Patriots to overcome a two-score deficit late in the game on Monday Night Football in Week of the season. Buffalo would go on to win just 1 of their next 4 games, before playing 5-6 football the rest of the way. However, sub-.500 football was not enough to let Bills head coach Dick Jauron keep his job, and he was fired and replaced by interim coach Perry Fewell. The Bills really just never got their passing game going. Despite the arrival of Terrell Owens, the Bills receiving core was unable to step up and quarterback Trent Edwards didn’t do much to justify the hope everyone had put in him prior to the season. As a result, the Bills finished 6-10 and were on the hunt for a new head coach this past offseason.
2010 Offseason Transactions
The Bills got started early this past offseason. They hired Chan Gailey on January 19th in a move to bring some energy and funk to the team as well as the Bills offense. The Bills also made it known before the end of the season that they were not bringing Terrell Owens back the following year. Gailey then went out and brought in his own staff before the Super Bowl even started, and the real work got underway when Gailey and Bills brought in LB Andra Davis and CB Aston Youboty. In the draft, RB CJ Spiller was their first round pick, despite having both Marshawn Lynch and 1,000-yard rusher Fred Jackson on the roster. Outside of that, however, the Bills did not bring in a lot of impact players this offseason, and the lack of depth on their roster will be tested since DE Aaron Schobel was put on the injured reserve list on July 29, 2010, and the Bills have since stated that he will not be returning to the team.
2010 NFL Projection
The Buffalo Bills were not good last year. After scoring just 16.1 points per game in 2009, they let Owens go, they don’t have an answer at quarterback, and they drafted a running back, the one position in which they did not need any help. All that said, it is really hard to imagine the Bills offense being any better in 2010. Their only hope is that one of their three running backs spearheads a magical season, but even a 2,000-yard season by Chris Johnson did little for the Titans offense a season ago. And with no answers at the quarterback or wide receiver positions, the rushing games is all the Bills have, and at this point, it’s hard to say they have much. It is our prediction that the Buffalo Bills will go 5-11 during the 2010 NFL season.
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