2009 NFL season in review: Buffalo Bills
What can we say about a team featuring Terrell Owens, which went a very disappointing 6-10 and in the process got their head coach fired. They also happen to play one of their regular season games in a foreign country. It is a very weird time for the Buffalo Bills, who seem to be searching fro a new direction. Fired head man, Dick Jauron, didn’t have a terrible record with the team but got axed for the sake of change. Chan Gailey takes over the team, and it will be on him to get this team in the playoffs.
Before the 2009 season even began the Bills Offensive Coordinator was fired, leaving the offense to be run by former QB and new OC Alex Van Pelt. They ran the no huddle throwback offense and were able to score just 258 points, good enough for the 28th best offense in the NFL. While they completed between 55 and 60% of their passes the Bills QB’s in 2009 just threw far too many interceptions to make up for. While they gained 1,867 yards on teh ground they only scored six rushing TD’s.
Their defense faired a little better; they allowed their opponents to score 326 points, or 20.4/game. That was good enough for the 16th best 2009 NFL defense, and means they were outscored on average by just over four points a game. Had their QB’s not be so careless with the ball it seems that the Bills may have had a far better 2009 season.
Now the Bills look to complete a partial rebuild on teh fly, they need a franchise QB to take the reins of their no huddle offensive attack, and may have to be active in the trade market this spring to find such a player. However it seems that their lack of a true franchise QB will lead the Bills to reach for someone in the 2010 NFL Draft.