This is the paradox of the Buffalo Bills.
This is what we need, only 3 additional things, and we can be a playoff-caliber team....
1. An awesome wideout not named Stevie Johnson.
Our offense needs a strong passing game, Fred Jackson or not. We have a solid QB, but not a difference-maker at that position. We have a solid O-line, but one that could use depth and has some room for growth.
It comes down to the goon squad. I love 'em. You love 'em. They are still not good enough. We need a threat here, to keep defenses from locking us down. We've got plenty of possession receiver depth (Nelson, Smith, Roosevelt, Spiller). We need a home-run hitter on the edge.
2. A shutdown corner.
This was once Terrence McGee, but no longer. Aaron Williams is coming along nicely, but he is still only part of the equation. Drayton has a bit-role. Leodis is an afterthought. A free agency pick-up here would be a wise allocation of salary cap.
3. An outside linebacker who pressures quarterbacks.
This is the most obvious hole, and perhaps the most difficult to fill. Merriman made a difference for our team when he was healthy, but his best days are behind him. Even he wasn't really the answer. I think we need to draft two OLB's next year. Keep Merriman and Kelsay on the squad to keep a bad situation from being worse.
We must find a solution here. I don't think George Edwards is the (only) reason our pass rush stinks.
We are getting there, Bills fans. Nix will show us the baby. Come down from the ledge.