Yesterday's loss was as awful for me as anyone else, but this is what rebuilding looks like folks. We were not a good team when Jauron took over. In fact we were on the tail end of gamble and blunder. A new team had to be built from scratch including trying out and dumping a first round QB.
Jauron is a defensive guy. We all know that and he appears to be rebuilding this thing defense first. I think we can argue that we now have a sense of a Jauron defense and it's not actually bad--quite frankly, it is decent. Say what you will, but the defense has done well. They put up with a high calliber, possibly Super Bowl calliber New Orleans team. They've done a great job this season. They have cracked at the end of games, but they are built that way. This defense is built to be solid, smart, and dependable, but not a 40-45 minute time of possession defense. There is nothing wrong with that philosophy, especially if you expect your offense to give you17-21 points a game.
I think it is pretty impressive that with all the injuries we've had on the defense, we've had quality depth. One area of the team that we are not panicked with is the defense. We've seen growth and depth and there is a future on defense.
The issue now is the offense. The brass has decided to invest in the offense now and we've seen them divest themselves of bad players at great cost to themselves. Three new starters on the O-line takes guts, but it was a move they had to make for the future of the team and I think we can all agree that all three will be solid starters moving forward. We finally have the line we always wanted, but we have to wait for it to develop. The unfortunate aspect of all this is that we do have some talented pieces in other skill positions which depend on the Oline getting it's act together.
I feel like this rebuilding is actually working. The defense is where we want it to be and now the offense is getting there. We have good quality starters and now we need experience and quality depth. If you take a look at other hapless teams like the Lions of last few seasons or the Redskins, you couldn't look at them and see a path forward. With this Bills team, the issue is experience on the O-line and more offensive quality depth.
This may be crazy but I am not opposed to keeping DJ for one more year. (I can't believe I'm saying this.) But this team has come a very long way and we are certainly not Matt Millen's hapless Lions. Also, Tony Dungy was widley panned in Tampa Bay because he could not win with his extremely talented group. His demeanor was also an issue--he did not get fired up, or show emotion, etc. I'm not saying Jauron is Dungy, but I firmly believe we can get the same result if we are patient. If Jauron get's canned, I can live with it, but I think we'll see that who ever takes over will have a heck of a team to work with.