Is it safe to say Dick Jauron is on the Hot Seat? Last season, you'll all recall there were a couple of other coaches on the Hot Seat: Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennell. Well, both of those coaches and their front offices spent extravagantly on free agents and made some gnarley trades to save their jobs. Buffalo is undoubtedly Dick Jauron's last stop as a professional head coach, and he knows it. Will he try to make significant player changes this off-season to save his hide? The nonfrugal ways of his co-workers did not work out so well for them.
Well, it could go either way. Management has shown the willingness to go after guys (Stroud and Dockery are the only marquis names, but they're not afraid to try). To their credit, when they see a problem, they use the off-season to address it. First, it was the O-line, then the D-line. Now, we need a DE and another WR. There are four guys available who can dramatically change the fortunes of the Bills on-field perfomance: Terrell Suggs, Julius Peppers, TJ "Championship" Housamazilly, and Anquan Boldin. If the Bills can land just one of these top-flight talents, their free agency period would be considered a great success. Imagine landing 2 of them (now we are in elisium).
However, DJ has to deal with a republic front office and a fiscally conservative commander-in-chief (although I think this point is exaggerated and belabored). So what now? If Buffalo can gain a star in FA thusly blowing the draft wide open, then this roster may perhaps (finally) be ready to make a REAL run at the playoffs. And don't forget the value of Trent Edwards making improvements if he, in fact, does so.
If I'm DJ I make preparations this off-season as if I never drafted James Hardy or Chris Ellis and as if Chris Kelsay is no longer on this football team.