R Bills didn’t make the playoffs for a 15th straight season, and when you’ve seen every one of those years up close and personal it’sometimes difficult to see the forest for the trees. MMQB’s Don Banks paints a pretty good picture of all that was accomplished by a franchise that endured a tumultuous year.
Banks references everything from Mr. Wilson’s passing to Jim Kelly’s cancer fight to the Pegula ownership transfer to Snow-vember. Perhaps his close to his look at the Bills season read best.
For a franchise that has enjoyed just one other winning season amid the gloom and doom of eight last-place finishes these past 15 years, the 2014 Bills offered hope that a brighter day is finally on its way to the shores of Lake Erie. With a defense that made the likes of Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers look downright ordinary, the Bills put up a fight from start to finish, and Doug Marrone’s team proved it would do its part to usher in a new era of Buffalo football. These were not the same old Bills, and there was no mid-season swoon and descent into irrelevance. Buffalo didn’t go away, and the Bills signaled they’re here to stay, with the club’s annual Toronto series ending and the ticking clock that was the threat of relocation being unplugged for good.
The 2014 NFL season won’t be remembered fondly by many people, what with its litany of depressing off-field developments and unwanted headlines. But in Buffalo, for a change, it was a very good year.
Tags: 2014 Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly, Ralph Wilson
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