What a year it has been for the Buffalo Bills. A team that wasn’t suppose to finish the season with more than 5 wins came out and proved everyone wrong with a 9-7 record plus a playoff berth for the first time in 17 years. When Sean McDermott took the podium just over a year ago to be introduced as head coach one of the first things he mentioned was establishing a culture. Not only did he follow through with his plan he also set a standard that hasn’t been set in 17 years and that is playing like a playoff caliber team. Its hard enough to establish a culture and change the roots of a team as a head coach. But to join an organization that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 17 years, develop a winning culture after years of losing seasons, and to lead the team into the playoffs is the sign of an elite head coach. It’s safe to say that the Pegulas found a diamond in the rough.
With the offseason upon us the Bills have some key decisions to make mainly on the offensive side of the ball. During the end of the year press conference held on Tuesday Bills GM Brandon Beane was quoted saying “We’re not satisfied with the whole offense”. Days later Sean McDermott and the Bills parted ways with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. The Bills offense ranked nearly dead last in the league in passing yards at 31st and ranked 22nd at total points averaging 18 per game. There have been times this year where Dennison’s play calling has been questioned along with poorly put together game plans. As the hunt for the new offensive play caller begins it seems that the team will also be headed in a new direction next year at the quarterback position. In a year where the Bills are loaded with draft capital it seems obvious that they will move up in the draft to select a quarterback. It’s also likely that the team will move on from Tyrod Taylor. After three seasons with the team under a different coordinator each year Tyrod never showed any development as a passer, in fact this year Tyrod threw for a career low 2,799 yards, it’s clear to see that a change is needed. To many Bills fans, including myself, it’s refreshing to see that the Bills are planning to hit the reset button on the offense that has struggled mightily this year, expect to see some new faces on the offensive side of the ball next year.