The House that Marv Levy Built: 2009 Buffalo Bills Coaches Progress Report

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The House that Marv Levy Built: 2009 Buffalo Bills Coaches Progress Report

It was more than twenty years ago when Hall-of-Famer Marv Levy came to the Buffalo Bills in 1986. He began his illustrious journey with the Bills the same year as Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly. The team overall was not very impressive going 4-12 that year, improving to only 7-8 the next year.

In Levy's third year, however, the Bills went 12-4, won the division, and played in the AFC Championship. The Bills went to the playoffs eight out of the nine next seasons under Levy.

He left as head coach in 1997, only to return in 2006 as general manager, twenty years after his coaching career with Buffalo began. His job was clearly to rebuild Buffalo to a respectable winning franchise like the one that thrived so much in the 90's.

Levy was very instrumental in building the franchise the way it is now, making personnel decisions, hiring Dick Jauron: former Coach of the Year with Chicago, and providing input on the team's draft, picking up Marshawn Lynch and Trent Edwards in 2007.

Levy stepped down as the Buffalo Bills general manager after the 2007 season, confident he had the team headed in the right direction despite a second consecutive 7-9 finish.

Levy was successful in his third year as head coach, but let's give Jauron a year grace period considering Trent Edwards was drafted his second year.

So, four years since Levy came back, now in Jauron's fourth year, will the Bills repeat history and go to the playoffs and win the first division championship since 1995?

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