Head Coach Chan Gailey has a simple plan for this upcoming season. Find as many good players as you can and let them battle it out for a position. If you win, you play.
“We made some good additions to our football team. We said at the end of the season, our biggest challenge was to improve our pass rush, and that’s what we have done to this point. We haven’t done it on the field, but at least we’ve done it on paper. We’re excited about that. And when you help your football team in one area, you help your football team – there’s a ripple effect in a lot of different areas. So help your team in a lot of ways.” – Coach Chan Gailey on Buffalo upgrading its pass rush with free agents Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.
But the key for the year will be a defense that ranked the third worst in the NFL giving up 27.1 points a game.
New Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt is looking to switch the Buffalo Bills defensive scheme from 3-4 to 4-3 and, with the help of former Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, they are keying in on and signing the right players. That was evident when the team offered former Houston Texan Mario Williams a 6-year deal worth over $100 million. Williams will most likely switch back to his natural DE position.
On the opposite of Williams will be Mark Anderson who also signed a long term deal. The former Patriot had fantastic 2011 season and finished with 10 sacks on the year. Both players are expected to make such an impact for the team that the Bills are already being proclaimed the “unofficial season champs.”