The Buffalo Bills took a step back as a team in 2012, but players like C.J. Spiller, Alex Carrington and Andy Levitre enjoyed “breakout” seasons.
With a new coaching staff in place, the team is hopeful that a handful of players currently under contract will take their game to the next level in the 2013 season.
Doug Marrone took a middling Syracuse program from Greg Robinson and turned it into a national competitor. During his stay in western New York, Marrone prided himself on creative play-calling and player development, which vaulted the program to the top of the Big East.
Marrone and his coaching staff have an opportunity to complete another restoration project in New York State, but this time with the lowly Bills.
The talent on the current Buffalo squad is there, and there were moments during the Gailey regime when it looked like the young players would begin to blossom. Unfortunately for Gailey and the franchise alike, the progressions were few and far between, which led to his firing at the end of the season.
Bills fans can expect to see a much different team under the new regime. A new quarterback will probably be in place by the end of April’s NFL draft, and new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has already said that the defense will turn up the pressure next season.
The new approach for the Bills will open up a variety of competitions and opportunities for young talent looking to make an impression on a different staff.
With those summer camp competitions playing out over July and August, it would not be surprising to see plenty of breakout players for the Bills in 2013.