While the playoffs have been but a dream during a deep sleep for many years, Whaley has done what he believes is enough to clinch a playoff berth since Bills fans had their hearts shattered in 1999.
The acquisitions of both Mike Williams and Brandon Spikes sent a message to fans that the Bills are more serious than ever about becoming a contender for the playoffs. This message was backed up when the Bills aggressively traded up in the first round of the draft to select Sammy Watkins. Stevie Johnson was moved less than 24 hours later, and the Bills continued to remain aggressive by moving up in other rounds of the draft and eventually landing Bryce Brown in a trade with Philadelphia.
What does all this mean? Well, for starters, the Bills are tired of being the laughing stock of the league. Doug Marrone began to change the atmosphere in Buffalo when he took the reigns last season, and the team seemed to look better, and play better despite a 6-10 record. Watkins is expected to be a difference-maker immediately, and isn't Buffalo's only threat in the passing game. Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin are both coming off of decent rookie campaigns, while Williams serves as a big target for EJ Manuel. Mix that with the double-threat of CJ Spiller and the punishing running style of Fred Jackson, and the Bills could have a decent offense, assuming Manuel continues to progress.
On the defensive side, Buffalo addressed their run-defense with the signing of Spikes. Spikes is a run-stopper and plays with an attitude. He also comes from New England and has a chip on his shoulder after the way his time with the Patriots ended. The Bills were a top-10 defense last season and even losing Jairus Byrd to the Saints shouldn't impact them much. In fact, the Bills played defense just fine while Byrd was pouting on the sidelines because he was Buffalo's franchise tag player. In fact, Aaron Williams played just fine in Byrd's absence and Buffalo's defense might even be better this season without the distraction of Byrd acting like a diva.
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