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Stacking Up the Buffalo Bills’ New Offense After Wave of Offseason Acquisitions

Friday, March 20th, 2015
LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills' new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is set to be the centerpiece of the Buffalo Bills’ new-look offense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Rex Ryan is known to be a defensive-minded coach, but you wouldn’t know it from the Buffalo Bills’ personnel moves during his first offseason with the team. Since the start of February, the Bills have acquired eight new players; all of them play offense.

In February, the Bills claimed wide receiver Justin Brown off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, then signed veteran guard Richie Incognito as a street free agent. In early March, one week before free agency, the Bills really cranked the volume up to eleven when they made trades on back-to-back days for Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel. Since then, the Bills have continued to load up on offensive playmakers in free agency with the signings of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, fullback Jerome Felton, wide receiver Percy Harvin and tight end Charles Clay.

The Bills have taken a clearly defined approach to the offseason so far, and it’s easy to understand why. Their defense ranked fourth in the NFL in both points allowed and yards allowed last season, and will be returning nine of its 2014 starters for 2015. The Bills offense, on the other hand, ranked just 26th in yards per game, 18th in points per game and 26th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA.

As a result of the Bills’ active offseason thus far, their offense could be unrecognizable in 2015. That’s a good thing—the Bills’ 2014 offense is certainly not one they ever want to replicate going forward—but it could take some getting used to.

There is likely to still be more talent added to the offense through the NFL draft, but at least in terms of free-agent signings and trades, the Bills’ big roster moves are probably complete. With that in mind, we can start breaking down how Buffalo’s new combination of parts, under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, could all come together to form the 2015 Bills offense.

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Rex Ryan Reportedly Set to Be Buffalo Bills’ Next Head Coach

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
From one AFC East team to another, Rex Ryan is set to be the Buffalo Bills' new head coach. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

From one AFC East team to another, Rex Ryan is set to be the Buffalo Bills’ new head coach. (Photo: Brad Penner — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ new head coach will be a familiar face. Rex Ryan, who has spent the past six years coaching the AFC East rival New York Jets, is reportedly being hired to lead the Bills after being fired by the Jets in December. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (more…)


Buffalo Bills Report Card: 2014 Season-in-Review

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Mario Williams was one of the NFL's best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Mario Williams was one of the NFL’s best defensive ends once again in 2014. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills put an exclamation point on their first winning season since 2004 with a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in Week 17. The big win not only raised the Bills record to 9-7, but it snapped what had been a 15-game losing streak for Buffalo while playing on the road against New England.

A majority of the Patriots’ best players were on the sidelines by the second half of the game, which can be expected for a playoff team in the last week of the season. With that in mind, we look past the Bills’ season finale and back at the entire 2014 season for this week’s team grades.

As if you weren’t already aware, the defense was able to create havoc all year and really anchored this team, which led to excellent grades for many of its players. On the other side of the ball, the offense as a whole struggled most of the season, even though some players were able to finish up with good overall marks.

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What to Watch For: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

Ron Brooks will be in the spotlight Sunday as he fills in for injured Bills starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore. (Photo: Kyle Terada)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Much to the chagrin of Buffalo Bills fans and the delight of New England Patriots fans, Sunday’s regular-season finale between the two teams is essentially meaningless. The Bills, at 8-7, have been eliminated from the playoffs for a 15th consecutive year; the Patriots, at 12-3, have already clinched the AFC’s No. 1 postseason seed.

Still, there will be pride on the line in Sunday’s game, especially for the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t beat the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium since 2000 and have lost 26 of their 28 games against the Patriots since. Additionally, a victory Sunday could secure the Bills’ first winning record since 2004, another year they went 9-7.

With that in mind, there’s still reason for Bills fans to watch Sunday’s season finale, and there’s still reason for the Bills to play as hard as they can to secure a win—but it’s also undeniable that everyone involved with the Bills should have one eye toward the offseason at this point. As much as the Bills will play for a W on Sunday, it will also be a final chance for both players and coaches to prove their worth to the Bills and/or to the league as a whole heading into 2015.

Here’s some of the dynamics that will be worth keeping an eye on Sunday.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 16

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins made a big play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to propel the Buffalo Bills to a win. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills entered Sunday’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders with their playoff hopes still intact, only to squander the opportunity in a 26-24 loss at the O.co Coliseum. Rekindling memories of the Bills’ heartbreaking 2004 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo was unable to overcome injuries and another inept offensive performance on their way to a 15th consecutive season without a playoff berth.

The Bills defense gave up a couple big passing plays and was vulnerable against the run, which led to a below-average performance for this typically stellar unit. The offense had three passing touchdowns of 25-plus yards, but it was unable to get anything going on the ground.

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