It has now been 12 years since the Bills have made the playoffs and during that time, the Bills have never found a replacement for Jim Kelly and have probably had the worst record of draft day busts, especially with their first ound picks! The 49ers of Montana and Rice day's have had a long playoff drought as well, of which we can recall that the last time the 49ers had a playoff caliber team was when the Bills were a playoff team or close to it as well.
It seems that every year, we have the new flavor of the year at QB for the Bills to draft. Last year it was Blaine Gabbert, of which so far it looks like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton will turn out to be the best QB's of this lot. I am not questioning RGIII's talent, but who knows if he will be as good as some expect him to be. There have been a lot of busts at QB taken in the first round. That is why I hope the Bills continue to focus on Defense through the draft and free agency.
If you look at the 49ers and Houston, they have done it with Defense, since Alex Smith and Schaub/Yates are hardly top-rate Quarterbacks! This year, the 49ers drafted one of the top two picks besides Von Miller, in that they drafted a pass-rusher in Aldon Smith from Missouri, who has 12 sacks. Last year, they drafted Navorro Bowman in the 3rd round, who has been a sold player at linebacker for them this season. In 2007, they selected Patrick Willis, who is a Pro Bowl linebacker. The 49ers play a 3:4 like the Bills, with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald at DE and Jesse Sopoaga at NT. The point of this article is that it took the 49ers a good four years to build what is arguably the best Defense in the NFL. I would argue that they are the one team that can beat the Packers and Saints, because of their defense! The Bills drafted Dareus, which was a step in the right direction. I would hope that they don't abandon their efforts to build a sold Defense! The only problem is that their doesn't seem to be a lot of stud pass rushers this year coming out in the draft. With that being said, I hope the Bills draft Courtney Upshaw or Whitney Mercilus out of Illinois, who had 14.5 sacks this year. Either would solve our problems at OLB.