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2012 BROP Competition: Finalist voting!


The votes are in, and the top 5 Buffalo Rumblings Offseason Plans have been chosen! Congratulations to Lord Gloom, ATF, Fanntastic, ChadM, and TCMiller30 for writing the most-liked BROPs! Let's break down the five finalists, chosen by YOU, the fans at Buffalo Rumblings. And of course, at the end of this post is one final poll, a head-to-head showdown that will decide the man fit to replace Buddy Nix!

Lord Gloom BROP

I had two main goals here: Find a QB of the future, and improve the defense.

Front Office

Gloom wanted stability here, opting to either keep Nix or promote Doug Whaley from within.

Coaching

Chan Gailey is out. In is one of Jon Gruden, Jay Gruden, Bruce Arians, or Mike Zimmer. Gloom had two essential hires to fill out his staff: Joe D'Alessandris, Buffalo's 2012 offensive line coach, and John Teerlinck, a defensive line coach who is from Rochester and works miracles.

Free Agency

Lord Gloom kept the following:

Andy Levitre
Jairus Byrd
Leodis McKelvin
Corey McIntyre
Chad Rinehart
David Nelson
Kyle Moore
Tashard Choice
Bryan Scott

Notable Departures:

Donald Jones
Dorin Dickerson
Terrence McGee
Brad Smith
Tyler Thigpen/Tarvaris Jackson

Gloom also signed Manny Lawson, an OLB from Cincinnati, and Kevin Vickerson, a huge DT from Denver.

The Draft

No trades, but here is Lord Gloom's haul:

Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
Brad Sorenson, QB, Southern Utah
Travis Howard, CB, Ohio State

ATF's BROP

My choice for HC would be Jay Gruden. Has done an outstanding job in Cincinnati doing pretty much exactly what we need to do here in Buffalo. Implement a system a young but talented rookie can execute with good results.

Front Office

ATF didn't have any specific plans as to the GM position.

Coaching

ATF chose Jay Gruden to lead the new system, and allowed Gruden to bring in his own coordinators and coaching staff to work with.

Free Agency

ATF kept the following players:

Jairus Byrd
Andy Levitre
Leodis McKelvin
Chad Rinehart
Donald Jones
David Nelson
Kyle Moore

Notable departures:

Brad Smith
George Wilson
Terrence McGee
Chris Kelsay
Dorin Dickerson
Corey McIntyre
Tyler Thigpen/Tarvaris Jackson
Bryan Scott

ATF also signed Dominique Rogers-Cromartie to man the second starting cornerback position. In the process, he moved Aaron Williams to Strong Safety.

The Draft

ATF made one trade, giving up Buffalo's second, fourth and 2014 second round picks to St. Louis in exchange for another first round pick. Here is what Buffalo ended up with:

Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
James Ferentz, C/G, Iowa
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

Fanntastic BROP

For this BROP, I’m going to do what A) I think is going to happen in the case of coaching, etc. and B) what I would think is an effective way to get out of the 2013 off-season with a Buffalo Bills team ready to compete game-in and game-out.

Front Office

Fanntastic kept his front office stable, retaining Buddy Nix as GM.

Coaching

Mike Zimmer was the choice, thanks to his experience with many different coaches, players, and owners. He also brought along Hue Jackson to be the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Fanntastic also believes that Zimmer is a great talent scout when it comes to defenders, and that Zimmer can be an asset in the war room on draft day.

Free Agency

Mario Williams, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and George Wilson all receive renegotiated contracts. In Mario's case, he gets his 2013 salary converted into a bonus spread out through the next 5 years - still fully guaranteed. Fitz and Wilson both are given around 75% pay cuts with a "take it or leave it" attitude. They take it.

Here are the players Fanntastic kept around:

Andy Levitre
Jairus Byrd
Kyle Moore
Chad Rinehart
Leodis McKelvin
Bryan Scott
Donald Jones
David Nelson
Dorin Dickerson

Notable departures:

Chris Kelsay
Terrence McGee
Tyler Thigpen/Tarvaris Jackson
Corey McIntyre
Tashard Choice

In free agency, Fanntastic signed Derek Hagan back as a camp body at WR. For a depth end with potential, he went after Lawrence Jackson, DE from Detroit. He also signed Pat Sims, a depth DT from Cincinnati.

The Draft

No trades. Here's Buffalo's final draft class:

Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Chris Gragg, TE/FB, Arkansas
Kenny Tate, OLB, Maryland
Darius Slay, CB/S, Mississippi State
Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

BROP from ChadM

I honestly think Gailey has been a reflection of Nix’s persona and management style. They seem too much alike and this has been counterproductive in seeing the "forest thru the trees" as is necessary in most any type of management. Nix comes across as a knowledge football guy, but too often shows that he is stuck in his ways and lacks the flexibility to think outside of what he’s comfortable with.

Front Office

Buddy Nix is out, replaced by David Caldwell, Atlanta's current Director of Player Personnel. Doug Whaley is kept as assistant GM.

Coaching

Chad M fires Gailey and doesn't look back. For the head coach, he takes Mike Zimmer. He looks to hire away Dirk Koetter or Rob Chudzinski, offensive coordinators for Atlanta and Carolina, to join his staff as offensive coordinator. For defensive coordinator, he looks at either Ray Horton, whose job is in flux at Arizona, or Winston Moss, a linebackers coach with Green Bay. Chad hopes that the combined stature of Caldwell, Whaley, and Zimmer is enough to convince those coaches to switch allegiances to Buffalo.

Free Agency

A goal of Chad's was to heavily pursue a WR or TE in free agency.

Players Buffalo re-signed:

Jairus Byrd
Andy Levitre
Leodis McKelvin
Chad Rinehart
David Nelson
Donald Jones
Bryan Scott

Notable departures:

Chris Kelsay
Terrence McGee
George Wilson
Brad Smith
Tyler Thigpen/Tarvaris Jackson
Corey McIntyre
Torell Troup
Tashard Choice

Chad promises to make the cap room necessary to sign 3 players: First, Dwayne Bowe, the WR from Kansas City, to start outside and allow Stevie to shift into the slot. Second, Jared Cook, the athletic TE from Tennessee. Lastly, Yeremiah Bell, a SS from the Jets who would back up Da'Norris Searcy.

The Draft

Chad M makes a trade, giving up his second, fourth, and sixth rounder (and possibly next year's second rounder) to move back into the first for a quarterback.

Buffalo ends up with:

Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse or Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Shawn Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

TCMiller30's BROP

To replace Gailey, I would like to bring in a guy who has a history of getting outstanding QB play: Marc Trestman. I think with him at the helm and David Lee still in as QB coach would be a great situation for a rookie to come in and develop (hopefully I don't forget to draft one!!).

Front Office

Doug Whaley is promoted from within to the GM position. Nix is gone due to questionable drafting.

Coaching

Chan and Wannstedt are gone too. David Lee is kept as QB coach, though. To replace Gailey, TCMiller hires Marc Trestman, the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes. He brings in Bill Callahan, an offensive coordinator and offensive line coach with the Dallas Cowboys, to act as his offensive coordinator, and hires away Ken Norton Jr. - LB coach in Seattle - to be his defensive coordinator.

Free Agency

TCMiller is looking to do some big spending, but at the same time to keep around Buffalo's good pieces.

These are the players Buffalo re-signs:

Jairus Byrd
Andy Levitre
Leodis McKelvin
David Nelson
Chad Rinehart
Donald Jones
Corey McIntyre

Notable Departures:

Terrence McGee
Chris Kelsay
Brad Smith
Rian Lindell (replaced with John Potter)
George Wilson
Tashard Choice
Bryan Scott
Dorin Dickerson

In free agency, TCMiller makes three targets: First, Chase Daniel, QB from New Orleans, to act as the third string backup, potentially becoming a second stringer if Fitz is cut. Second, Manny Lawson, OLB from Cincinnati, as competition for the starting SLB spot. Lastly, Dwayne Bowe, WR from Kansas City, to start outside.

The Draft

TCMiller would prefer Manti Te'o to any of the non-Geno QBs in the draft, but he still wants a franchise guy, so he trades his second and third rounder with next year's second rounder to move up to the 15th pick in the first round.

Buffalo's draft class:

Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Drew Frey, SS, Cincinnati

Voting

So there you have it! Five excellent candidates, all with five different plans for how they will turn this Bills team into something that isn't as disappointing! Vote below in the poll! Voting goes until Sunday at midnight, when the winner will be determined once and for all!

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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