From what I've witnessed with Buffalo for the past 3 years and what we'll see more of for the next year(s - depending how long DJ is still coach) is a very young team trying to find it's way in this league. From that DJ style of conservatism has fit this team to a "T" in essence of 3 7-9 campaigns.
Here's my proof. How many times do you see the Bills attack, attack, attack both offensively and defensively? DJ's strategy is to not give away the game. We constantly defer the kickoff only to watch the other team score on their opening drive. We call TO's during the half because we can't get the play call in time or try to do something to confuse the other team, only to screw up the play call because our team is "young" and inexperienced to fully execute. We sit on the ball before half time when we have TO's (rarely) and feel comfortable to go into the lockeroom without taking any shots at scoring. We have no offensive or defensive identity because we are constantly reacting to the other team and what they are doing to us. Our "Cover II" defense is a reactionary defense. It doesn't attack. It is a read and react defense. Don't give up the big play defense, etc. Our offense is suppose to be a ball control offense with a good balance of run and pass with the occassional down field throw to "surprise" the defense. How many times do we see Buffalo receivers running routes that are 8 yards and stop, turn and let Edwards drill the ball into you. How little do we see Evans or Parrish ever catching the ball at full speed on crossing or flag patterns that puts pressure on the defense. They don't have to be bomb's all the time. Wes Welker had 111 catches this year. I bet 50% of those catches were in the 5-7 yard range and he was moving when he caught the ball.
Edwards is a snap QB that has one of the nicest spirals of any QB in this league. However, he has been coached all wrong. He has been coached to read coverage and then go to his next option if coverage dictates that his receiver is not going to be open. Other teams know this and put man-over coverage on Evans in pre-snap looks or when the snap occurs only to make Edwards quickly move to his next option. Hence this is why Josh Reed has had such a productive year (plus the fact that he is the best stop, turn and catch the ball receiver we have). Look at Romo, Ryan, Rodgers, etc. these are younger QB's that can "wing it" because they plays designed to put pressure on the defense and WR's that make plays. Ryan's first pass in the NFL this year was a post route that was 20 yards hitting the receiver on a dead run for TD. His first pass in the playoffs... a stop route that was picked off.
DJ's plan is to control the ball, do not give up the big plays and win by a little bit at the end of the game, Even when we were 5-1, what game did we dominate to get to 5-1? Our only dominating win was KC this year and even then, we allowed KC to make efforts toward the end of that game (not to win it), but where we didn't have that killer instinct.
I think our team is soft under DJ. I think he makes to many excuses for our team because they are "young". Well 2009 will be the year for "No more excuses". I am certainly not going to be all hyped up and will let the product on the field determine the outcome of year. However, I can tell you with no matter who we bring in at FA or how many draft picks we sign to fill key holes on this team. If I go to John Fisher in Rochester to watch training camp this year and I see the majority of WR's running stop routes, locking schemes that are "zone blocking"/straight ahead blocking - where we have no one pulling or counter runs, a defensive line with no penetration or rush LB from the outside, I will know that nothing has changed and we are destined for more excuses and a missed playoffs for the 10th straight year.