Busy Offseason begins for Bills
Bills Low In Attendance: Thanks to four straight non sellouts to finish the season the Bills finished with the worst percentage of filled seats in the league this year. They filled 84.5% of their seats this year which was far less then the next worst team, Jacksonville at just over 90%. Since the Bills have a big stadium of around 74,000 seats they didn't finish last in total attendance, they were 19th in the league with an average home attendance of 67,646. Check back tomorrow for our final player grades!
Friday January 5, 2007
Crowell Healthy: Angelo Crowell told the official team website that he is healthy and will start doing his rehab work. He suffered a fractured lower leg in the loss to San Diego a month ago. He is now pain free and says he's 90-95% healthy and walking without a limp. He will begin doing cardio work to strengthen the leg. Injury Report.
Thursday January 4, 2007
Evans Wins Honors Three Times: We have released our final player of the week tallies on one page complete with stats for the winners. Lee Evans led the way winning the award three times against Chicago, Houston, and Baltimore. London Fletcher, Aaron Schobel, and J.P. Losman one it twice. Player Of Week Winners.
Wednesday January 3, 2007
McGahee Gets Most Gameballs: Bills Daily tallied up our final gameball totals. Each week we gave gameballs to players deserving up them based on their performance that week. Willis McGahee led the way with six gameballs and was followed by four players with five gameballs including Nate Clements who received all five in a six week span. Lee Evans, Rian Lindell, and London Fletcher also had five each. Lindell had no goats giving him the greatest differential between gameballs and goats. Evans and Fletcher had one goat apiece while McGahee had two. Gameballs Tally.
Losman Has Most Goats: In our final tally of gameday goats, J.P. Losman led the way with seven goats, getting most of them during his rocky period early in the season. Nobody else received more than four goats. Goats Tally.
Tuesday January 2, 2007
Foundation Laid For Playoff Berth In 2007: Dick Jauron held his end of the season press conference yesterday as the players cleaned out their locker. He liked how the team fought all the way to the end against Baltimore but the team did not meet its goal of making the playoffs. They weren't pleased with the 7-9 season but they felt they took big steps in the offseason program through the regular season. He feels the foundation has been laid and the expectations will be higher next year as they will fight for a playoff berth in 2007, it will be their goal and ambitions. He said in the era of free agency it's sad that this team will not be the same next year but they will evaluate and analyze every play and come up with a plan for free agency. He knows its a business and the team's free agents may want to see what is out there but he will hope that they keep the Bills in the loop in hopes to re-sign some of them.
Fletcher Unhappy: London Fletcher was emotional and unhappy when he spoke to the media while cleaning out his locker yesterday for perhaps the last time as a Bill. He said he was upset that he was not given a contract extension last offseason when other people were given one. He felt that what he has done for the organization on and off the field the last four years deserved an extension. He said he needs a mental rest before deciding what his future holds but that he will be selfish this time and put his family ahead of the team when looking for a new deal. It sounds more and more like a player that won't be here in 2007.
Monday January 1, 2007
Bills To Draft 12th: Things broke right for the Bills yesterday as far as their draft position goes. Several teams moved to 8-8 with wins as the Bills fell to 7-9 with the loss to the Ravens. They now draft 12th, which is last among all 7-9 teams because they had the toughest schedule of those teams and are considered slightly better because of the strength of schedule.
Next Year's Opponents Set: The schedule is set for next year as far as who the Bills play and where. Dates and times will be determined in April. Besides the home and away series against division opponents the Bills play Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, The New York Giants, and Denver at home. The road contests outside the division are in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington, and Jacksonville. Future Opponents.
Bills Faced 6 Playoff Teams: The Bills played half of their 2006 schedule against teams that will eventual make the playoffs. They played each of the top five seeds in the AFC and also played the Chicago Bears who are the top seed in the NFC. The Bills played the Jets and Patriots twice making it eight games against six different playoff teams and they were 1-7 in those eight games, beating the Jets in New York a few weeks back 31-13. That means they were 6-2 against non-playoff teams, it shows they are one of the better average teams in the league but not on the plateau of the playoff teams.
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