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2014 Buffalo Bills Season Recap

Discussion in 'TMFL' started by publik drunk, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. publik drunk

    publik drunk King of the East

    Jun 21, 2013
    The 2014 Buffalo Bills came into the season with alot of question marks but high expectations nonetheless. After being a surprise playoff team in 2013 and firing head coach Doug Marone after a late season tumble and horrible showing in their playoff game, first year coach Tomas Single had alot to prove. The NFL did them no favors scheduling as their first 9 games were amongst the toughest in the league.

    After a horrible showing to open the season against the New York Jets, a game in which the defense was lights out, EJ Manuel was benched early on in favor of Thad Lewis. Lewis was great in his first two starts including a 300 yard passing game against eventual NFC East champion Washington Redskins in the seasons only tie game. The week after the Redskin game however, negotiations with Lewis broke down, forcing owner/Gm Collins to make the decision to start EJ Manuel the rest of the year. EJ at one point was nearly traded, but a deal that was scrapped at the wire seemed to give him confidence and he made strides through the rest of the season taking steps to solidify his job. The biggest two games for the Bills were against the Chiefs week 6 and Jets week 9. A loss in either of those games would have seriously wounded their playoff chances and could have led to major changes in the offseason. Manuel threw for his first career 300 yard game against the Jets week 9 and after barely staying over .500 to this point the Bills would win 8 of their last 9 games to make their playoff push.

    In the offseason, after Fred Jackson retired, Buffalo felt the need to bring in a good 2nd RB due to CJ Spillers inability to stay healthy to this point in his career. They felt Knowshon Moreno was the perfect fit and signed him to a 4 year deal. Feeling threatened to lose his job, Spiller had a career year starting all 16 games, rushing for 1,600 yards and 16 TDs. He had the 2nd most carries of any RB on the year, which wore him down late in the season as he was clearly banged up alot in their matchup with the Texans in the playoffs.

    Stevie Johnson returned to form after a subpar 2013 season going over the 1,000 yard mark for the 4th time in his career. Anquan Boldin also gave the Bills a good year but Robert Woods seems poised to take over the number 2 spot after a great second half to the season. Rookie TE Mark Joe started off slow but came on strong at the end of the season as he appears to have stranglehold on the starting spot going forward.

    The Bills defense finished the season number 1 in the league in YPG, and kept them in pretty much every game. The only weakness was depth on the D-line behind Dareus, Hughes, and Williams. Stephon Gilmore led the league in interceptions for the second straight year, and Lache Odom has coaches drooling at SS but the Bills already have to 99 overall safeties and nowhere for him to play.

    The ownership is in a completly different mindset heading into the offseason then they were a year ago. They really like how their young players progressed, and are happy to have EJ Manuel at QB, whereas a year ago there was questions if he would ever be the franchise QB. Dont look for alot of action from the Bills this offseason, as they are focused on saving some cap for their own upcoming free agents in 2015 and adding a little depth to the D-Line. Owner/GM Collins likes the direction the team is headed and is excited for the 2015 season
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