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Another season just about in the books, another monumental disappointment and the beginning of what looks to be another new regime. You can almost set your watch to it at this point. The final game of the season and absolutely nothing to gain from a win and zero meaningful games in the entire month of December. Some will say at least it’s the last time we’ll likely see Chan Gailey and Ryan Fitzpatrick in Bills gear but honestly it’s just the end of another shitty year in Buffalo, New York.
In the spirit of the season I thought I’d take a look at the positives that have come out of the 2012 Bills campaign. Mario Williams is the first player to record double digit sacks since Aaron Schobel notched 10 in 2009, C.J. Spiller emerged as one of the most electrifying backs in the league and Jairus Byrd has become one of the dominant safeties in the NFL. Did I miss anything?
It feels good to rest on your laurels and search for the positives for about 15 seconds before you realize that your team is an absolute mockery and you haven’t had a group of players that was worth a damn since the 20th century. As we look forward to Sunday’s game there really isn’t much to hope for but I’ll give it a shot.
-Sunday will likely be Gailey and Fitzpatrick’s last game in Buffalo red, white and blue
-C.J. Spiller has a good shot to get to the 1,300 yard rushing mark, making him only the fourth player in Buffalo Bills history to accomplish the feat (O.J. Simpson, Thurman Thomas and Travis Henry)
-Stevie Johnson is 65 receiving yards away from becoming the first Buffalo Bill to amass 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons
-If the Bills lose to the Jets and the Lions and Eagles both win, Buffalo will be propelled to the fourth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Beyond that we’re really just grasping at straws. In the end, Sunday will likely end the Gailey, Fitzpatrick and Buddy Nix experiment in Buffalo and a full regime change is probably on the horizon. Whether it’s Doug Whaley who takes over as the General Manager or if Russ Brandon wants a completely fresh start, another cycle of a failed GM and coach has likely been completed. Nix and Gailey will be written off in Buffalo folklore with the likes of Donahoe and Williams; Donahoe and Mularkey; and Levy and Jauron.