Jul 28, 2013; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone working with the offensive line during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills struggled this year when it came to the offensive line and mainly when it was the interior part of the offensive line. During this offeseason, how much work will they put into revamping the offensive line or will they just let it be and take a laissez-faire approach to it completely?
The Buffalo Bills first move has to be to let Erik Pears walk. Erik Pears is a sub par – stop gap of an offensive lineman and was no better when moved to the interior guard spot on the right hand side. Even with help on both sides of him, he still was the worst offensive lineman on the Bills line. This has to happen for the Bills to be able to move forward and with him being a free agent it should be as simple as “Thank You for you commitment to this team, but your services are no longer needed”.
Seantrel Henderson showed a lot of scouts that they should have taken him a lot sooner than the Bills got him in the 7th round. Don’t forget that he was a blue chip lineman coming into college. Off the field issues dropped his stock considerably, but didn’t have a similar effect on his playing ability. I think that he will be an anchor at the right tackle in the next couple of years for the Bills.
The Buffalo Bills have a need on the interior guard spots and with Cyril Richardson in the wings, showed that he could possibly step in next year and contribute to this offensive line. Chris Williams will be back after suffering and season ending injury, which will add some depth to the Bills. Cyrus Kouandjio, the second round pick that should have stepped right in and started, had some footwork issues, and didn’t see a lot of time during the year. He has also played some guard, so it could be possible that the Bills are looking to move him to guard next to Seantrel Henderson.
Doug Whaley chimed in on the offensive line status and what they will possibly be looking to do in the off-season as well.
"“Some would say that (it’s a priority), but we’re thinking when you get Chris Williams back from injury and another year with (Cyril) Richardson in there and get him more time in there and (Cyrus) Kouandjio played a little guard in there during the season in the practices,” Whaley said. “We think there are some guys there who can compete, but that’s not to say we won’t bring in other guys to add to the fold.”– BuffaloBills.com"