FLFan Posted March 19 Share Posted March 19 3 hours ago, Success said: If we talked about this team anytime in September or October, I think it would have been hard to find a poster here who didn't think we were either the best team in the league, or at least even with the best. We went to the house of the eventual SB champ, and beat them, without any breaks or anything flukey. We had some blowouts. The offense was clicking on all cylinders, and the defense - at that time - was pretty smothering. Our losses were all 1 score, 1 play. Cincy in the playoffs was the 1st time that any team took it to us, and just beat us up and down the field, all game. THAT is now how many here now view the team. Very flawed, and much weaker than we thought. But ultimately, it was just one game. Teams lay eggs, and given how emotional the last month of the season was, it's easy to see in hindsight how that affected the team (and the Bengals were kind of the opposite, playing w/ a real chip on their shoulder). They also may just be a bad match-up for the Bills, which I'm hoping will change w/ the change in DC. I think Frazier's defense was very effective against quite a few teams - but against Cincy & those receivers, you have to be aggressive, and challenge them more at the line. I don't buy the whole "we were already behind the top teams and now we're falling further behind" narrative of FA. When healthy, we're still right there w/ the best teams - and we're rolling everything back minus Edmunds, and with a new guard, a faster receiver than we've had in awhile, and the draft still ahead. I don't see us taking a step back in '23. We'll be right there w/ the top teams. Agree. There has been a massive overreaction by fair weather fans and self styled so called objective “fans”. We were probably over confident to start the year which did not help the woe is us hysteria that resulted at the end of the year. Injuries took a major toll on the team, as did external circumstances. Players who were counted on to step up did not. Lessons will be taken. The Bills are still a strong contender. The draft will have its impact , and then the coaches will need to meld the revised team into winning form. Injuries over the course of the year and just the breaks of the game will have their impact as always, but i expect the Bills to be in contention from beginning to end again. Any greater expectation, of any team, is simply unrealistic. 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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