May 26, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) stretches during the organized team activities at the ADPRO Sports Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Bills modeled their 2015 offense on the 2014 Jets offense that cost Ryan his job with a bad offensive line and overpaying for skill players while ignoring the quarterback position. With an over-the-hill backup challenging a two-year disappointment at quarterback, the Bills will not challenge anyone in 2015 no matter who is at running back and how many tight ends and wide receivers are brought in. A bad quarterback who will be under pressure all year is a recipe for disaster.
If the defense stays healthy they can probably be a .500 team. Defensive end Mario Williams turned 30 this year and defensive tackle Kyle Williams is 32 years old. Tackle Marcell Dareus is suspended in week one and could be one more stupid off-field incident from taking himself out of action for an extended period. Changes in the secondary and lack of depth at linebacker is going to leave the defense vulnerable at times in 2015.
The Bills have a collection of intriguing and young skill position players on offense with wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, tight end Charles Clay, and running back LeSean McCoy. On defense, the defensive line remains solid and while there is talent at linebacker the depth is limited. If the secondary can improve the defense could be a top unit like last year.
However strong the defense and no matter the number of playmakers, the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills are going to be let down by a leaky offensive line and poor options at quarterback. Unless another veteran like Kyle Orton falls into their laps again, the Bills may be hard pressed to get back to nine wins let alone challenge New England in the AFC East in 2015.