It has been ten years since the infamous "Music City Miracle" and that play was the last play that Bills fans would see in the playoffs. Bills fans are some of the most loyal in the NFL year after year they fill "The Ralph" even though they know deep down that their team is not going to make the playoffs. Now as the team is off to their worst start in twenty five year owner Ralph Wilson dropped the worst news on the loyal Bills fans, that the team is still three years away from contending again. How can this be? What have they been doing for the last ten years? Are we going to be the next team to go 0-16? These were some of the questions going through the city of Buffalo after Wilson's comments ten days ago.
Looking at the remaining schedule it can be hard to see where a Bills win could come from. The best chance looked like two weeks ago against the Jaguars where the team raced out to an early lead. Now the best chance looks like home contests against the Browns and Lions, but even those teams have been playing better the Bills. With the AFC East playing the AFC/NFC North schedule this season the remaining schedule is daunting not including rematches with AFC East rivals Patriots, Dolphins, and Jets.
Are there reasons for optimism for the remainder of the season and the hope that the Bills can avoid 0-16? Yes, the Bills finally listened to reason and used logic when they decided to make Fred Jackson the unquestioned starting running back with the trade of Marshawn Lynch. C.J. Spiller has showed flashes of his game breaking ability, and Ryan Fitzpatrick showed at times that he can lead this offense. However the bad for this season far outweigh the good. The defense is giving up 32.2ppg (30th), 382.4ypg (29th), and are giving up 21.6 first downs per game, (27th). The anemic offense is struggling with 251.0ypg ( 30th) and scoring has been limited to 17.4ppg (29th).
Ralph Wilson seems to have thrown in the towel and mentioned that GM Buddy Nix is out on the road scouting potential top picks Ryan Mallet, Andrew Luck, and Jake Locker. When this season the Bills need to start from scratch, yes this will mean it will take three more years but with a team in this shape a total re-haul not just quick fixes is needed.