Here’s a simple request for Bills coach Sean McDermott: Take care of your side of the ball.
McDermott’s Carolina defenses ranked in the top 10 from 2012 to 2015. You’d like to think the Bills defense is in great hands. You’d think this would be a no-brainer. Yet this is the Bills we’re talking about.
The Drought has seen Bills head coaches repeatedly fail at their area of expertise. Let’s review. Defensive wizard Gregg Williams did, in fact, get the Bills D to excel by his third year. But Mike “Inspector Gadget” Mularkey had offenses that ranked 25th and 28th in yards. Dick Jauron oversaw four years of defensive mediocrity. Jauron couldn’t even get defensive player evaluations right. (Donte Whitner over Haloti Ngata; Ko Simpson over Jim Leonhard.) Then came Doug Marrone, who inherited a QB disaster and oversaw a Bills offense that ranked 26th and 19th in yards. Even worse: Marrone’s O-lines regressed. Rex Ryan turned a D that ranked fourth in yards and first in sacks into No. 19 in yards and No. 31 in sacks. Brilliant!
The bar is low, Mr. McDermott. Surprise us.