The makeup of an NFL team is ever-changing. The offseason is naught but a myriad of storms that shape rosters. This volatile process molds the sentiments of fans, as well, with the mantra of hope known as “next season.” For the Buffalo Bills and their fans, this offseason’s storm has been particularly fierce, with major changes already made from top to bottom. With so many things to look forward to, let’s discuss our favorites.
Another year, another coordinator change. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison failed to cut the mustard with his 2017 game plan and was relieved of his duties as a result. With many fingers pointed in his direction for a sub-par scoring output, you may feel that this “addition by subtraction” is the most exciting development. Or, perhaps the hire of his replacement, Brian Daboll, was the better move.
A similar situation exists at quarterback. Incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor was traded to the Cleveland Browns. Some fans seemed to think this was a solid move. With two new QBs on the roster, feel free to voice your allegiance to Team AJ McCarron or Team Josh Allen below if that’s your favorite thing so far.
The defense saw massive changes and big moves for sure. Star Lotulelei was brought in at defensive tackle to help bolster a run defense that was less than stellar last year. A pass rush that struggled to sack the quarterback (with only 27 on the year) could be drastically improved with defensive end Trent Murphy attacking opposite Jerry Hughes. There’s also some buzz around two new rookies. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips have already become fan favorites.
There’s plenty of sentimental journeys to choose from, as well. Signing veteran favorite Kyle Williams up for another year was a popular move. The idea that Fred Jackson’s one-day contract should have been longer was put forward by more than one person.
Maybe you liked a different move. Mike Tolbert was not retained, with Chris Ivory taking his place at running back. Jeremy Kerley could help whichever QB takes the reins at wide receiver. Vontae Davis provides star potential at corner. Offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse has a strong Twitter game.
Let the positive vibrations flow through you and discuss your favorite(s) below. To get the ball rolling, the Rick Dennison firing is the single largest change that has inspired hope for this fan. Dennison consistently underwhelmed. It’s tough to root for someone to be fired, but it shows Sean McDermott’s conviction to make difficult but necessary moves. By doing so, he removed the single largest barrier to success in this author’s opinion.