Inside The Bills

National optimism for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2012 – 2:00 pm

The Bills offseason has got national pundits excited about the team’s chances this coming season.

Count’s Clark Judge among them. He sees Buffalo with more wins than losses in 2012.

The Bills made strong offseason moves, including the additions of linebacker Mario Williams and defensive end Mark Anderson, but none is stronger than naming Dave Wannstedt as defensive coordinator. With Wannstedt in charge, the club goes to a 4-3 that should improve on its next-to-last-place standing in sacks and No. 19 ranking in pass defense. Williams and Anderson will squeeze the pocket, while first-round draft pick Stephon Gilmore should step immediately as a starter at cornerback. Adding Nigel Bradham and Tank Carder brings depth at linebacker, while versatile Cordy Glenn was a second-round steal who should be in the mix at left tackle.

All the moves are aimed at improving in the AFC East, and you don’t gain ground unless you figure out how to overcome Tom Brady who, it just so happens, is 18-2 against Buffalo. With the defensive additions the Bills just made, I like their chances of finishing second in the AFC East and producing their first winning season since 2004.

Judge also likes Fred Jackson getting extended with his only concern being the schedule, with just 2 clubs in the first 10 games that finished under .500 last season.

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