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Last Year Team Won a Playoff Game: 1995
Last Year Team Appeared In Playoffs: 1999
Number of Playoff Wins in Last 10 Years: none
Last Time Team Appeared in Super Bowl: 1993
Number of Super Bowl Wins in Franchise History: none
Why team has such a bright future: The Buffalo Bills had a series of horrendous draft picks over the past decade, setting the team back about 10 years (give or take).
The guilty parties were Tom Donahoe, Marv Levy, Russ Brandon and Tom Modrak. It wasn't until the Bills hired Buddy Nix to become the general manager of the team that the Bills finally had somebody competent to call the shots, reminiscent of Bill Polian.
The Bills have as unique an offense as anybody in the NFL.
All of the key players on offense were either drafted late or not drafted at all. Ryan Fitzpatrick (draft pick No. 250), Steve Johnson (draft pick No. 224) and Fred Jackson (undrafted rookie free agent) are all examples of how the Bills find players who have been overlooked or told they weren't good enough.
This mentality keeps all of them playing together and wanting to reward Buffalo for giving them a chance to start and carve out a career in the NFL. All three players rewarded the team by signing a new long-term deal within the past year.
The 2012 offseason has to be considered as one of the best in Bills history. Landing the No. 1 overall draft pick from the 2006 draft in free-agent defensive end Mario Williams is a statement that will have positive repercussions around the league.
For future free agents, playing in Buffalo is now viewed as a more attractive option than it was before Williams signed. Players take notice of developments like that, as do their agents.
The Bills are building up a core of top young talent on defense. With Marcell Dareus, Aaron Williams, Stephon Gilmore, Kelvin Sheppard, Jairus Byrd and Ron Brooks, the Bills look like they will be improving their defensive rankings across the board. The Bills' defensive line in 2012 will have a pass rush that might be one of the best in the entire league.
If you add Kyle Williams, Mark Anderson, Chris Kelsay to go along with Dareus and Mario Williams, you have a formidable group, with solid depth, that will be very difficult to block.
Even if they get off to a slow start, expect them to gel in the second half. This week's release of Shawne Merriman shows that the Bills mean business this year. Things are finally looking up in Buffalo after a long drought that has tested the patience of their loyal fans.