The Buffalo Bills went through one of the biggest offensive overhauls this offseason, but rumors indicate that the inability to find a quarterback could keep the otherwise talented team from the playoffs.
The departure of Doug Marrone just before the calendar turned to 2015 appeared to start a dark era for the Bills, but instead of turning into a mess, the team and owner Terry Pegula went on a spending spree. They landed head coach Rex Ryan, who in turn transformed the Bills roster, trading for LeSean McCoy and signing wide receiver Percy Harvin and quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor.
Many believe that the Bills would need only adequate quarterback play to be a playoff contender, but rumors indicate that they may not even be getting that.
The QB play at this Bills OTA practice has been gloriously mediocre IMO.
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) May 27, 2015
Sources close to the team had said in recent weeks that Tyrod Taylor may be making a strong play for the starting position. But the team resting its hopes on a career backup who rarely saw the field during his time in Baltimore is also seen as a sign of desperation.
Now many others are taking notice of the quarterback situation. NFL.com noted that the Buffalo Bills have one of the league’s most talented rosters — outside of the quarterback.
“If the Bills could somehow play without a quarterback, they would be favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 50. That’s right — I’m saying Rex Ryan’s bunch would be the odds-on pick to win the conference crown, based on the ultra-talented roster that is at his disposal heading into 2015. Buffalo returns a defense that features the top front line in football with Dareus, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes wreaking havoc on foes at the point of attack. In addition, the Bills boast a solid secondary with a standout cover corner (Gilmore) and an emerging stud at safety (Aaron Williams).”
But the report added that the Buffalo Bills could still have an explosive offense outside of the quarterback. LeSean McCoy adds a strong run element, and both he and Percy Harvin are able to make plays in the ground game and in the air.
The Buffalo Bills also have a young and talented wide receiver corps, led by Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and free agent pickup Charles Clay. Now the team just needs to find a starting quarterback.
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