The Buffalo Bills gave up 55 pass plays last season of 20 yards or more. 55! That was tops in the league. In a defense geared toward stopping intermediate to long throws, the Bills were shockingly ineffective. Why? What happened? I guess a lot of things happened. Lack of pass rush, lack of rush defense for shorthand. The Bills had 26 sacks last season, only 2 teams had less. The lack of pass rush did not help our corners, allowing QBs to manipulate a perfectly formed pocket and find holes in our zone defense. The Bills ranked 25th against the run, forcing our SS to play up and our corners to play back... giving receivers a nice cushion and a free release to get into their routes. Oh yeah and we led the league in players on IR.
All of this and we still finished 7-9.