5 Reasons Why There Are Brighter Days Ahead For Buffalo Bills

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5 Reasons Why There Are Brighter Days Ahead For Buffalo Bills

5 Reasons Why There Are Brighter Days Ahead For Buffalo Bills
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Obviously, the 2013 season didn’t go the way that the Buffalo Bills wanted. Although let’s be honest, since their run of four straight Super Bowls back in the early 90s, few seasons have gone the way the Bills and their fans would have liked. But just because things didn’t go their way doesn’t mean that they can’t have brighter days ahead of them.

The 2013 season, the first season for the Bills under new head coach Doug Marrone, was plagued by injuries to key players and resulted in a slew of close and frustrating losses. Buffalo lost three games by three points or less and five games by a touchdown or less, at times letting games slip away that they should have won. A young Buffalo team adjusting to a new coaching staff struggled to close out games, which adversely effected their record in 2013.

That said, however dark the cloud (and Buffalo is prone to some dark clouds), there is always a silver lining. The Bills do have an early-season win against the Carolina Panthers to hang their hat on, making them just one of four teams to beat the Panthers this season. Despite their 6-10 record, the Bills remained competitive in most of their losses, which hasn’t always been the case. They also closed out the season by winning three of their last six games, which is promising. In addition to that, here are five reasons why the future could be bright in Buffalo:

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5. The AFC East is Opening Up

5. The AFC East is Opening Up
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Buffalo was 3-3 inside their division this season, and they weren’t far from winning four or five games against divisional opponents, which is a promising sign for the future. Moreover, New England has shown some vulnerability this season, and Tom Brady won’t be around forever. So in the next year or two, the AFC East will be open to challengers. Neither the Jets nor Dolphins have distinguished themselves as teams that can challenge the Patriots, which means the door is open for the Bills to become the team that eventually takes the division away from New England.

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4. Young Wide Receivers

4. Young Wide Receivers
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Veteran Stevie Johnson isn’t likely to return in 2014, but the Bills have a nice contingent of young wide receivers to go along with its young quarterback. There’s no no. 1 wide receiver, but Robert Woods looks like a solid no. 2 receiver while T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin have speed to burn and plenty of room for growth, which could make them dangerous receiving targets in the years to come. It’s a talented trio that has the potential to be real good one day, and if the Bills can sign a veteran receiver who’s a little younger than Johnson that can complement the younger receivers, the Bills will be in good shape offensively especially with a strong-armed quarterback and an offensive-minded head coach.

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3. E.J. Manuel

3. E.J. Manuel
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In a perfect world, Manuel would have stayed on the sidelines for at least the first half of his rookie season. However, an injury to Kevin Kolb forced him into action right away and then injuries took him off the field for a significant chunk of the season, stunting his development. However, he has the arm strength, intelligence, athleticism and coaching that he needs to succeed; it’s just a matter of staying healthy and gaining experience that’s going to make Manuel the kind of quarterback that can lead the Bills to wins on a regular basis.

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2. Defensive Line

2. Defensive Line
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One of the things you need to win in the NFL is a pass rush and the Bills have that. The defensive line trio of Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, and Mario Williams is one of the best around and gets consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That trio will stay intact in 2014, so Buffalo should once again be strong up front, which will allow them to make up for some weaknesses in their secondary.

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1. Doug Marrone

1. Doug Marrone
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The rest of the league doesn’t know it just yet, but Marrone is going to be one heck of an NFL head coach, and he’s the right person to lead Buffalo into the future. He just needs a little more talent to work with and a little more time for his young team to improve and gain some experience, and then he’ll be able to starting winning more consistently with the Bills.

Many coaches have tried and failed to turn around the Bills, but Marrone is different. He understands how difficult it will be to win in Buffalo, and he relishes the challenge in front of him. After all, Syracuse was one of the worst teams in college football when he took over there, and they were co-champions of their conference by the time he left. Moreover, Marrone isn’t happy thinking that the Bills will need a long rebuilding process; he wants to win now, and he’s not going to settle for mediocrity, which will give the Bills a fighting chance to compete for a playoff spot in the near future.


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  • E Kowa

    Why isn’t Stevie Johnson likely to return? The team has said they want him and he is under contract….