Buffalo Bills: Top 3 Free Agents To Target This Offseason
At his press conference last week, new Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan was straight to the point about his team and the approach he will take to get the 9-7 team to the playoffs.
The Bills will use ground and pound and they will be bullies when it comes to playing football.
The approach worked for Ryan in the first two seasons with Mark Sanchez as quarterback in New York, but after two trips to the AFC Championship Game, things started to come undone in the Big Apple. Ryan does not want that to happen again in Northwest New York.
Darin Gantt of profootballtalk.com wrote in his February 21 story that Ryan is well aware of the problems that need to be fixed on offense with this team and stressed how important “offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee, as much as any of the individual players they might be working with.”
“But it starts with a system,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to have a system that’s flexible and plays to the strength of, not just your quarterback, but all your players. And then make sure you’ve got the right guys that are teaching. I’m certainly not going to teach the position. . . .
“I think we understand what we’re trying to build here, and I think that’s important also.”
The defense was the team’s do-to unit last season, finishing in the top five of the league last season. Ryan said it was impressive, but he wants the unit to be better, to be the best in the NFL – which is something he will challenge his players to face in 2015.
The Bills finished second in the AFC East last season, behind the New England Patriots – a franchise he has no love lost for. He views being in the same division with the Patriots and the Jets, the team that fired him after the season, as a challenge and will instill that same kind of mentality with his players.
Quarterback still remains the team’s most pressing issue, but with a winning record and no playoff berth, there is room for improvement. Here are three free agents who the team should consider in free agency.