2009 Buffalo Bills Season Preview
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2009 Buffalo Bills Predictions
By Adam Barone
Bills’ head coach Dick Jauron has built himself a reputation for having his players loving him, the fans growing tired of him, and his teams finishing with a 7-9 record. In fact, under Jauron, the Bills have finished with that same exciting record in all of the past three seasons. In an effort to finish with a different record, Buffalo acquired 35-year-old wide receiver Terrell Owens. Get’cher popcorn ready.
Edwards is just as unexciting as Jauron. He completed 65.5 percent of his passes in 2008, but racked up a boring 2,699 yards. His quarterback rating was 85.4. There isn’t even anything to say about that, or about his 11:10 touchdown to interception ratio. Maybe Owens will be like Red Bull for this offense.
Last season was a disappointment for Owens, as he caught only 69 passes for just over 1,000 yards, but just one season before that he caught 81 balls for over 1,300 yards with 15 touchdowns. Lee Evans has as much untapped potential as any receiver in the league, having caught just 55 and 63 receptions in the past two seasons. In 2006 he caught 82. Evans has been seeing a lot of attention from opposing secondaries without a real threat across from him. Add the development of James Hardy to the arrival of “the player,” and Evans could be in for a career year.
Running back Marshawn Lynch is as scary looking as he is talented. He’ll miss the first three games due to a suspension. Despite the aforementioned snoozieness of the passing game, Lynch has rushed for 2,151 yards in his first two seasons. He’s also hit pay dirt 15 times. Yes, maybe “the player” will help him too.
Offensive tackle Jason Peters was traded, but the Bills believe that Langston Walker and Brad Butler will make suitable bookends. Louisville’s Eric Wood was drafted 28th overall, and will replace Derrick Dockery, more a matador than pass blocker, at left guard.
The NFL’s 14th ranked defense added eleventh overall pick Aaron Maybin, who will Aaron-up with Schobel, who missed 11 games last season with a foot injury. The front four will be formidable with Marcus Stroud and Kyle Williams inside.
Third year middle linebacker Paul Posluszny has a chance to be one of the league’s best after making 110 tackles in ’08. Jauron may have to play strong side linebacker, a gaping hole, himself.
The cornerbacks have talent, with Leodis McKelvin, the 11th pick in 2008, Terrence McGee, free agent Drayton Florence, and second year man Ashton Youboty. Youboty is talented, but only played five games last season before getting hurt. Yes, the Bills had the 11th overall pick two years in a row. Shocking, huh? Oh, and the safeties didn’t have a single interception last season. Yikes. Rookie Jairus Byrd, who had 17 picks in college as a corner, will start at free safety.
Kicker Ryan Lindell had a down year last season, making less than 80 percent of his kicks. Roscoe Parrish and Leodis McKelvin will look to remain among the league’s best in punt and kick returns. They’re likely to do so, as the Bills typically have quality blocking special teams units.
T.O. and the few dynamic young players on this team better be the spark Jauron needs, or he’ll be going 7-9 somewhere else.