Spiller: Bills close to being Super Bowl team
The Buffalo Bills had an extremely productive off-season this year. They added the top free agent in defensive end Mario Williams, along with a quality starter in Mark Anderson. The team then went on to address their cornerback need with Stephon Gilmore in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. They also added Cordy Glenn, T.J. Graham and Zebrie Sanders.
They also retained number one wide receiver Stevie Johnson, extended top running back Fred Jackson and held on to Derek Hagan, Kraig Urbik, Chad Rhinehart and Bryan Scott.
The Bills may have one of the scariest defensive lines in the NFL with Mario Williams, Marcel Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mark Anderson. If Shawne Merriman can stay healthy, their defense may be top five in the league.
With such a great off-season, Bills fans are understandably excited for the season. Fans are finally thinking playoffs, after a twelve year drought. Players, such as C.J. Spiller, are thinking loftier goals. “We split with New England. We had the Giants on the ropes. We are close to being a Super Bowl team,” Spiller told NFL Sirius XM Radio on Thursday. “We have to protect the ball.”
If the Bills are going to win the AFC East, make the playoffs or even contend for the Superbowl, they will have to protect the ball. Fitzpatrick’s turnovers last year cost the team down the stretch. Furthermore, Fitzpatrick will have to play how he did during the first six games of 2011 throughout the entire season.
Another aspect to success in 2012 for the Buffalo Bills, and most teams, will be health. Fitzpatrick played injured throughout the end of the season. Fred Jackson was out after week nine (he was injured during week ten). Shawne Merriman played well for one game before being injured and most of the offensive line was in and out of games throughout the entire season.
With the enormous free agent acquisitions by the Bills this year, it could finally mean playoffs. However, as a huge Bills fan, I do not agree with Spiller. The Bills are not yet ready for the Superbowl. The team has a few more needs, but the playoffs are well in reach this year.
After taking over the starting role from injured Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller had a great season. After being the 9th overall pick in 2010, Spiller has been nothing but disappointing. However, as mentioned, last year after taking the starting job Spiller had 561 yards on 107 carries for a 5.2 average with 4 touchdowns. For anyone wondering, that 5.2 average was third best among running backs in 2012. Spiller also had 269 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Bills should look to split carries between Spiller and Jackson this year if they want to have a successful run game. Jackson is Mr. Consistent and Spiller is a home run threat.