Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson…OK, those three guys aren’t exactly the future Hall of Famers that filled their positions in Western NY in the early 90’s, but these current Buffalo Bills are no less optimistic on what they will be able to do as an offensive unit in 2012 that that early 90’s groups were.
These current Bills filled Western NY with excitement last fall as their spread offensive attack lit up scoreboards early in the year, shooting to a 5-2 start. But at the season wore on the offense slowed, and that is something they are looking to prevent this year.
”That’s what’s exciting. Last year, we just kind of wanted everybody to know we were legit,” said Wide Receiver David Nelson. ”Now that we’ve made that known, and people have to take account of who we are and what we’re capable of, now we have to take that next step and be that dynamic offense.”
Buffalo did prove some things to people last year as still put up solid numbers on the offensive side of the ball, despite struggling to a 6-10 record. The group averaged a strong 30 points per game the first seven games of last season, and still finished the year with 5,624 yards on the year. That yardage total was good for 14th in the league and the most for any Bills team since 1992.
”We know we have the talent,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will be key to the group’s success. “We know we have the system and the pieces. It’s just a matter of going out there and being consistent.”
As a Bills fan I can only hope that the team can recreate their early 2011 success and build on it in 2012.
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