A first in a long time

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For many years the Buffalo Bills offense has been abysmal, but alas no more.

For the first time in a long time Bills fans will enter the offseason with hope for the offense.

Even the Bills 2004 team that was led by quarterback Drew Bledsoe had some uneasiness to it as the offensive line then wasn’t addressed. That has changed with the drafting of guards Eric Wood, Andy Levitre and tackle Demetrius Bell, along with the signing of center Geoff Hangartner two years ago.

To be honest, I haven’t felt so good about this offsense since Jim Kelly was at the helm. Yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick hasn’t proved that he is as good as Jim Kelly yet, but with the way he performed, with very few changes to the starters and knowing the system the offense should take a step forward in 2011.

The thing that excites me the most is going to be the new additions that Gailey will make to the offense next year in regards to plays.  Usually, in the first year you start with a base offense and add on to it from there, which usually depends on the players displaying that they know what they are doing. Now, with a full year in the system Gailey should add to it.

Obviously, the offense will still see some changes as they will most likely use a draft pick this upcoming April on a offensive tackle to fill their gaping hole at the position. From there Bills fans could see a change in the starting wide receivers as Lee Evans future with the team is in doubt.

In the end, the Bills offense is in way better shape than its ranking of 25th overall and hopefully that will be reflected in next years rankings.

An unexpected turn of events

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Many National Football League experts believed that Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wouldn’t return as the head coach in 2011 with his contract expiring.

However, there has been an unexpected turn of events.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Pro Football Talk, Lewis is expected to remain in Cincinnati and resolve all issues within the next 24 hours. The issues include a indoor practice facility and changes to the way personnel decisions are handled.

Bengals owner Mike Brown knows that Lewis would be in high demand once he leaves as the reason the Bengals are a mess is not due to coaching, but the lack of a scouting department. Everyone in the NFL knows Brown is cheap, but he has been so cheap that two years ago some Bengals fans took out a billboard asking for Brown to hire a general manager.

Hopefully, Lewis is smart enough to put some exit stipulations in his contract that would void the deal if Brown doesn’t follow through on his promises within a certain time frame.

In the end, it is good news for Bengals fans, but don’t get too excited, because this will mean nothing if the Bengals don’t make the playoffs soon.