This article is part of our Team Previews series.
State of the Franchise
A wise man once said that if you do the same things you've always done, you'll get the same things you've always gotten. In Buffalo, it's a new year and a new outlook for the Bills, with plenty of room for hope and optimism. A new coaching staff is in place, the defense is improved, special teams are taking steps forward, and there are two new quarterbacks in town.
Entering the offseason, a quick look at the Bills showed a middle-of-the-pack team, one that might not need drastic changes to improve. It could be said that sweeping changes might set the team back in the short term, so why take the risk? Well, those who know the Bills realize things had to change. Last year was just another spin on the same treadmill. Despite a well-regarded draft and some high profile free agent signings like DE Mario Williams, the Bills delivered the same 6-10 record, similar points scored, similar points allowed and another playoff season at home.
And in Buffalo, the phrase "another playoff season at home" hits harder than in any other NFL city. The Bills haven't been to the playoffs since the Clinton administration. Their last playoff appearance came in 1999, the longest drought of any team in the league.
Clearly, something had to give. Former head coach Chan Gailey managed only a 16-32 record in three years at the helm, so he has been replaced by Doug Marrone and a brand new