Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Buffalo Bills: Playoff years to Present (Part1)

Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey watches from the sideline as they take on the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

What do the Bills need to do? What changes need to be made?  Does the answer lie within completely overhauling the coaching staff, the quarterback, the front office and starting over?  I really don’t know if this is the answer.  The Bills were a winning team back in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s.  In fact they won a combined total of 124 games from 1988 – 1999.  They only had 2 losing seasons and those were the only two they didn’t make the playoffs in some sort of manner, 1994 (7-9) and 1997 (6-10).  This calculates to a winning percentage of .646, well above .500.  What have they done in the last twelve years?  Not what they had done, to be honest, almost a complete reversal.  From 2000 – 2011, the Bills have won a total of 79 games with a winning percentage of .396.  A complete reversal, as stated.  So is the answer to overhaul everything?  I really don’t think so.

Tweaking is needed and weak points need to be addressed, which will be covered by myself and the other writers and editor for BLD as we will be looking at picks that might be viable options for the Bills from here on out up until the draft, but a complete overhaul I don’t think is the answer.  We have done this everything three years and I can say I was one of those calling for the overhaul as well.  But if you look at the past twelve years you will see That Philips was replaced in after the 2000 season after taking the Bills to two playoff stints in ’98 and ’99 but we lost both years in the Wildcard game on questionable calls (Reed fumble and the illegal forward pass).  Buffalo then went 8-8 in 2000 and we said we were going in a different direction.

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