The Buffalo Bills made waves in this offseason by naming Doug Marrone as their new head coach, and also for the first time in their franchise’s history taking a quarterback with their first selection in the NFL Draft with E.J. Manuel.
They are also a team that’s based on high-speed offense, similar to the type that they had when they attended four-straight Super Bowls from 1990-94.
The Bills upgraded their wide receiver corps by selecting Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in back-to-back rounds, and took Chris Gragg, a tight end, in the seventh round of this past year’s draft as well. And then there’s the running game which is spearheaded by one of if not the most electrifying back in the entire league in C.J. Spiller, who had 1,244 rushing yards on only 207 carries. With Spiller’s touches likely to go through the roof in 2013, who knows how many yards he could get this year.
Also, Stevie Johnson is back as well, who wants to keep adding to his legacy with the Bills by getting his fourth-straight year of 1,000 receiving yards. With everything looking as good as it can be, the Bills could realistically win the AFC East and go 11-5 without batting an eye.
With the good comes the bad, and Spiller suffers a serious injury and is out for the year early in the season. Also, if Kevin Kolb or rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel gets named the starter for Week 1 and then on, it will not bode well for fans of the Bills at all. Not to mention, with the new look defense, if something happens to second-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore, those cornerbacks wouldn’t have any leadership and would likely get burnt to a crisp all year long. with this worst-case scenario playing out, the Bills could go 3-13 and they are back again picking in the top five of the draft.