Dick Jauron was hired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 23, 2006, by Marv Levy - then the team's General Manager and easily the most heralded head coach in Bills franchise history. Coming off of a 5-11 season in 2005 led by predecessor Mike Mularkey, Jauron inherited an underachieving, veteran squad and quickly began re-assembling his roster.
With the help of VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak and VP of Pro Personnel John Guy, the Bills have spent four off-seasons completing a roster overhaul (though one could argue these overhauls are never complete). The result is that from those '05 Bills - themselves removed by a year from a 9-7 2004 season and flirting with the playoffs - just ten players remain on the squad today.
Here's a look at the Buffalo Bills that Jauron and the current regime inherited at the end of the 2005 season, side-by-side with the team that the Bills will field in 2009. Your task: deciding which Bills team is better (on paper).
Quarterbacks, 2009: , ,
Running Backs, 2005:
Running Backs, 2009: , ,
Wide Receivers, 2005:
Wide Receivers, 2009: , Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish, , ,
Tight Ends, 2005:
Tight Ends, 2009: , ,
Offensive Tackles, 2005:
Offensive Tackles, 2009: , , ,
Guards/Centers, 2009: , , ,
Defensive Ends, 2005:
Defensive Ends, 2009: Aaron Schobel, Chris Kelsay, , Ryan Denney, ,
Defensive Tackles, 2005:
Defensive Tackles, 2009: , , ,
Outside Linebackers, 2005:
Outside Linebackers, 2009: , , , , ,
Inside Linebackers, 2005:
Inside Linebackers, 2009: ,
Cornerbacks, 2009: Terrence McGee, , , , , ,
Safeties, 2009: , , , George Wilson, ,
Specialists, 2009: Rian Lindell, Brian Moorman,