The Buffalo Bills are getting ready for the 2015 season, their second without longtime owner Ralph Wilson. Bills tickets for games at home and on the road are just one click away. Let’s take a moment of remembrance for Wilson, who was one of the about half-a-dozen men or so responsible for turning the NFL into what it is today. However for the longest of time now, the Bills have been trying to find their way out of the wilderness, trying different combinations of GM’s and coaches. Currently, Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone are trying their hand at the general manager and head coaching positions. The Bills currently are trying to move forward with second year quarterback E.J. Manuel, who has been inconsistent to this point in his career.
Since they are trying to build for the future, the draft is of course very important to this team. If a young quarterback is going to improve, he needs good pass catchers to throw the ball too. The Bills drafted the best pass catcher in this draft, Sammy Watkins, the wide receiver from Clemson, in round one. The Bills also had a major need at offensive tackle. They filled this need by selecting Cyrus Kouandjio from Alabama in round two. This is a big powerful tackle who is tough to get past. The Bills also had a need in the middle of the defense at the linebacker position so they drafted Preston Brown from Louisville in round three. This is a classic three down linebacker who will fit right in with Buffalo. The Bills also needed a cornerback so they selected Ross Cockrell from Duke in round four. The Bills also opted for a pair of late-round low risk high reward offensive lineman. They drafted Cyril Richardson, an offensive guard from Baylor in round five and Seantrel Henderson from Miami in round seven. Both have off the field issues that caused them to drop from the first round to the end of the draft.
Bills Football Organization Founded 54 Years Ago
The Bills were one of the many teams founded in 1960 when the AFL opened for business. Throughout their history, the Bills have called two buildings home. First the played at War Memorial Stadium from 1960-1972. In 1973 they moved into Ralph Wilson Stadium which is their home to this day. The Bills have made the playoffs 17 times, won their division 10 times, and of course had the stretch where they won the AFC four years in a row from 1990-1993 and losing all four Super Bowls, two the Giants and two to the Cowboys.
Rex Ryan’s First Season as Head Coach
Currently the Bills are coached by the eccentric Rex Ryan. After a very loud and fun five year run as head coach of the Jets, the “other” New York team fired Ryan. His unemployment didn't last long, as he was hired by the Bills just days later. The Bills surprised many people in Ryan's first season as head coach, finishing 8-8. Tyrod Taylor enjoyed a fine season as well after spending his first five seasons as a backup quarterback for the Ravens. Taylor threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also ran for 568 yards and four touchdowns.
2016 Bills Draft Picks
In the draft, the Bills beefed up Rex Ryan's defense. With their first round draft choice they selected Shaq Lawson, who is a pass rusher, and pass rushing is the backbone of the Rex Ryan scheme. In round two, they got their inside linebacker Reggie Ragland. In round three they picked up a very good defensive tackle from Ohio State named Adolphus Washington. Many people are expecting the Bills to take a step forward this season, and possibly end the longest playoff drought currently going in American professional sports.