I like the off-season moves so far, bringing high character players to the organization who can make an immediate impact.
The roster will look a lot different this season and it may take some time to come together, but I believe there will be some improvement on both sides of the ball with more player friendly schemes.
McDermott has been known for developing and getting the best out of his players. Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Dawkins, Josh Norman, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly are just a few of the names who rose to stardom under McDermott. The Bills defense has a lot of young talent that could also thrive under McDermott and the new scheme.
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After having a drop off last year, Ronald Darby could get back to his rookie season form or perhaps even better. Micah Hyde already seems like a perfect fit on and off the field. Reggie Ragland could be the next young linebacker to become a star under the guidance of McDermott and Leslie Frazier. Shaq Lawson and the rest of the defensive line could become a dominant force under hard nosed defensive line coach, Mike Waufle.
On the offensive side of the ball, Rick Dennison brings a scheme that could be more beneficial to Tyrod Taylor and the passing game. The Buffalo Bills offense averaged over 25 points a game last year despite ranking 30th in passing yards and 27th in passing touchdowns. If they could improve the passing game and add some balance to the offense, it could make the offense much more hard to defend against, especially when you factor in play-action and bootleg plays.
Under Coach McDermott, I expect to see a more productive off-season training program and more importantly a more productive training camp. I believe a soft training camp is what led to an 0-2 start to last season and probably contributed to some of the injuries as well. If the players buy in and give their all to the new coaching staff, it will show on Sundays.
It’s been a long time since the Buffalo Bills have been relevant in any serious conversation of being a contender. Fans have become numb to the disappointment over the years, in fact it has become expected.
I have a feeling things are going to change with Coach McDermott at the helm.
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