Whether the Buffalo Bills have actually improved offseason is a debatable issue.
But they've undoubtedly gotten a whole lot younger, which could be a harbinger of better things to come.
From top to bottom, the organization has shed years in hopes that a younger, fresher approach could end the club's record 13-year playoff drought.
The club got a full half-century younger in the president's job alone. Owner Ralph Wilson still signs the checks, but the 94-year-old turned over control of the team to 45-year-old Russ Brandon. He, in turn, hired 40-year-old Doug Whaley to replace 73-year-old Buddy Nix as general manager and 48-year-old Doug Marrone to replace 61-year-old Chan Gailey as coach.
Gailey also served as offensive coordinator, a job now in the hands of 33-year-old Nathaniel Hackett. And on the defensive side, 46-year-old Mike Pettine takes over for 61-year-old Dave Wannstedt.
The Bills – long known for their old-school stance on league matters – now have the youngest front office trio in the NFL. Brandon, Whaley and Marrone have an average age of 44 years. Brandon said that is in line with the promises he made upon his promotion in January to bring new thinking to One Bills Drive: