Originally written January 07, 2013 on The Football Fan Spot:
With an easy schedule and a revamped defense, the Bills were a popular sleeper team heading into the season. The defense looked good and as limited as Ryan Fitzpatrick is, their stellar offensive line and strong running game would be able to support him enough against an easy schedule. Well, that was about half true. Fitzpatrick held up the “limited” part of the bargain and the offensive line and running game played well. After ranking 1st in 2011, the Bills ranked 4th in pass block efficiency this season, while CJ Spiller had a major breakout year, averaging 6.0 YPC. He held the NFL record for yards per carry going into week 17. The defense didn’t hold up its end of the bargain, however, allowing 27.2 points per game, 26th in the NFL. Much of the blame can fall on terrible defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, who won’t be back next season. That’s the case with the entirety of the coaching staff as Head Coach Chan Gailey was fired, replaced by former Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marron...
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