There was a discussion recently about Terrell Owens, and whether or not the Bills should try to bring him back. For the most part, it seemed like the consensus was that, since the Bills had too many holes to fill (pre-emptive TWSS), they shouldn't bother giving TO the multi-year contract and millions he will likely demand when they could spend that on someone who...you know...isn't 36.
This got me wondering. I've always fallen on the "we need too many pieces" side of things, but I'm also usually wrong. So I decided to look at the most notable recent turnaround, the Miami Dolphins. The team went from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 in 2008 after blowing up their front office and coaching staff. Do we have more pieces in place than they did? How many pieces can a team possibly acquire in only 1 offseason?
Half-assed analysis after the jump.
Let's start with a few disclaimers:
For the Bills to be good next year, the Off-season can look like 1 of two scenarios:
Scenario 1 (In which our players are better than I think, and we have some sort of genie-trainer)
We sign a FA quarterback (hey chad!)
We resign Terrell Owens
LT Demetrius Bell develops into a competent LT over the next 9 months
C Geoff Hangartner is the weak link in the line (this is totally doable. Example: the 16 games Ndukwe started at G for the Phins in 08 are the only ones he's started in his career, and he's currently a backup for the Chiefs.)
RG Eric Wood returns next year and stays healthy
RT Brad Butler returns next year, stays healthy, and plays the way he was playing this year before getting hurt.
LE Aaron Maybin develops into a very, very good passrusher and splits time with Kelsay, who plays rushing downs. Together they make a good defensive end.
The Bills sign or draft the best either SLB or MLB available, and then Posluzny develops into a competent player at whichever of those spots is left empty. Ellison is a reserve.
Scenario 2 (In which our guys are so bad/unhealthy that Ralph has to sell a kidney to pay for the new guys we need):
Sign a FA quarterback
Draft/Sign a LT
Draft/Sign a C
Draft/Sign a RG
Draft/Sign a RT
Draft/Sign a LE
Draft/Sign a SLB
Draft/Sign a MLB
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.