The Buffalo Bills are currently in the midst of the longest active playoff drought in the NFL. The Bills have not seen postseason action in the 21st century, last appearing in the playoffs in 1999. However, new head coach Rex Ryan says that streak stops this season.
“I think we’ll be in [the playoffs] this year,” Ryan told ESPN. “So we’ll see.”
Buffalo went 9-7 last season and have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. In addition to a defense that ranked in the top five last season, the Bills added running back LeSean McCoy, tight end Charles Clay and wide receiver Percy Harvin on offense.
“I can guarantee you one thing: Teams aren’t going to want to play us, I can tell you that much,” Ryan said. “You’ll see.
“Hey, come watch practice, and you’ll probably come away with the same feeling I have. We’re loaded on defense and we’re loaded at the skill positions. So we’ll see.”
They are competing in a division up for grabs given the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. For the first time in years, the Bills are saddled with high expectations. It remains to be seen if they can live up to them.