Why the Buffalo Bills' Chances Look Promising in 2009
Most analysts say The Bills are not going anywhere this year because of the lack of talent and lack of team spirit. They also think the acquisition of Owens is going to harm them more than help them.
Let’s look carefully at what make a good team in professional sports is it big time players, money or is it the desire to win? I have been around many locker rooms in the world of sports and I can tell you that desire to win conquer all.
The Bills are probably the team with the most desire and the most to prove in the upcoming season. They will have the advantage of playing not only in one but two great sports facilities that have great fans. Rogers Centre will give them a break from the bitter cold weather conditions at Orchard Park.
If Terrell comes to camp with a positive attitude, he can prove to be the greatest weapon that the Bills needed. Owens brings a season veteran with leadership that can be the glue to bind the team together. He will be a great resource for Trent Edwards to hit many times over.
The Bills have some difficult choices when camp starts in all areas as they are packed with young talent and some season veterans who are coming to prove the media wrong.
Left guard is more of an up in the air position. Kirk Chambers could be at left guard or veteran pickup Seth McKinney. Other possibilities include Demetrius Bell and rookie Andy Levitre.
At center free agent signee Geoff Hangartner is expected to step in.
Right guard will be covered by Eric Wood, who has spent almost all of his time at that position during the rookie mini-camp.
Langston Walker who is expected to man the left tackle spot has demonstrated that he is capable to flip over to the left side from right tackle as he did it in 2008.
Brad Butler is the expected to start at right tackle but will be challenged by Bell and Chambers, who will probably be thrown into the mix.
Wide Receiver will be the most battle spot with the likes of Lee Evans and Terrell Owens. They’re expected to be challenged by Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish, James Hardy, Justin Jenkins and Steve Johnson.
With Marshawn Lynch out of the picture for the first three games, the competition between Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes will be intense.
The free safety spot features veterans like George Wilson and Ko Simpson who will be pushed by rookie Jairus Byrd. Byrd’s’ quickness to understand the plays could remove what seems to be a clear advantage for Simpson and Wilson being familiar with the inner workings of the defensive scheme.
The tight end role is a whole different story with young players like Derek Fine, Derek Schouman and Jonathan Stupar the returning players along with rookies Shawn Nelson and Travis McCall.
Nickel corner looks as though it will be hotly contested by Drayton Florence, Ashton Youboty, who went down with an injury last season and Reggie Corner.
Although everyone is not counting on them to do much, the Bills just might prove everyone wrong and not just make the playoffs but also make the trip to Miami for the big show down at Super Bowl XLIV. It will be the start of a new revived Bills generation since the days of Jim Kelly’s dynasty Bills.
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