Santa doesn't deliver championships--unless Santa wears stripes and throws a questionable flag in a critical situation to allow a team to win the Super Bowl..... In the spirit of Christmas, however, I thought that it would be interesting to look back on the presents the Bills delivered in the 2013 season.
EJ Manuel wasn't much of a blessing this year, at least not directly. He was, however, the reason that Hackett designed an offense that emphasized running the ball in order to protect Manuel from defenses and the Bills from Manuel. Many fans jumped on the Fire Hackett bandwagon. The team rather quietly became one of the best rushing offenses in the league--this behind a line that has a pair of weak links. The inexperienced cadre of QBs wasn't asked to make game winning plays with any regularity. They were expected to throw to obviously open receivers while letting the running game keep the offense in good down-and-distance situations.
Buffalo's defense hasn't been great and has let the team down at critical times. With that being said, the team has been much more fun to watch when faced with opposing offenses. In previous years we'd watch dejectedly as the defense folded into the fetal position while whatever random team put together long (yardage) drives while racking up points. Pettine's defense is a different story. While the team gives up big plays too often and turns run-of-the-mill backups into 100+ yard rushers/receivers, there is the legitimate hope that on any given play the defense can shut down the offense with a sack or turnover.
That's the start of my list of Christmas presents. What is your take on the presents the Bills have given us this non-playoff (again) year?