Has it ever been worse for a Buffalo sports fan?
The Bills showed gradual improvement in 2011 under the tutelage of head coach Chan Gailey, and fans had every reason to expect that their defense—with the established studs like Kyle Williams, Mario Williams, and Mark Anderson and Jairus Byrd would be well complemented by high draft picks in Stephon Gilmore and Marcell Dareus—could be elite.
Instead, the Bills' defense has set records in yards allowed in successive games and appear as open for business for the ground game as a graveyard on Halloween.
It's a little too easy to lay the entire fate of the organization at the feet of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The numbers don't lie: in terms of quarterback rating, he's 14th in the NFL with an 86.1 rating and an above-average 15 touchdown throws. He'll never be confused for a franchise quarterback, but he should be good enough to get the Bills over the hump in an otherwise weaker conference.
The hardest pill to swallow for Bills fans is the horse tranquilizer-sized capsule that is the team's future. The NFL wants two teams in Los Angeles and at least one team in Europe in the next 10 years. Meanwhile, the Bills are owned and somehow run by a 94-year-old man in one of the NFL's smallest markets in one of the NFL's oldest and rustic stadiums with an expiring lease.
It's hard to see the positives right now. And Buffalo fans don't even have the Buffalo Sabres to distract them from the ugly truth of their team this year due to the NHL lockout.
The Bills are 3-4. It could be worse. But, there's doubt that they've earned to be considered among the bottom five teams in the league this year.
Warning: My second-half predictions will not be kind.