Now that Super Bowl XLVI is history, we can turn our attention in earnest to the upcoming 2012 season, which is the third year of the Buddy Nix/Chan Gailey rebuilding effort, and the year that you would expect to start seeing some positive results.
Assuming that the Nix is able to direct another successful draft, and that the Bills can use their salary cap space to roster some key free agents, the Bills should be in a position to start contending for the playoffs beginning in 2012.
While some people will scoff at the mere mention of the Bills and playoffs in the same sentence, the premise here is that the Bills are due to catch a break in regard to the number of injuries that they have suffered to key players over the recent past. That string of bad luck is due to take a turn in the other direction.
Assuming that players like Shawne Merriman, Fred Jackson, Marcus Easley, Kyle Williams and Eric Wood are able to come back at full strength, the Bills will expect to be a physical team on both sides of the ball in 2012. This is also dependent upon the Bills successfully meeting its top offseason priority—upgrading the pass rush.
Let's bring everybody up to speed on recent Bills developments and what lies ahead in the next couple months.