When the Buffalo Bills signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson it was big news locally. The national news outlets, however, were more focused on the Peyton Manning watch to do any more than make a quick blurb of Buffalo's acquisitions.
Although little coverage is what Bills fans have become a custom to, the national media is beginning to take notice of just how much Buffalo's defensive line has improved. Sport's Illustrated's Peter King is the latest to take notice, when he ranked his top 10 most liked free agent signings, as reported by Buffalobills.com.
“No. 4: DE Mark Anderson from New England to Buffalo. The Bills’ defensive line has a tremendously improved look right now. Keep in mind new defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt will switch to a 4-3. He’ll have Mario Williams at left end and Anderson and Chris Kelsay (and maybe a draft choice) playing the right side, with Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Torell Troup in the middle. That’s the best line in the AFC East," King wrote.
While it's taken some time for national outlets to notice Buffalo's moves, the Bills themselves knew all along that they've improved their team, with just two defensive end signings. Bills Gm Buddy Nix was interviewed by SiriusXM NFL Radio and stressed that the defensive line can directly make the entire defense better as a whole, Buffalobills.com reports.
“I don’t care if you’re an average quarterback in this league, if you let him stay on rhythm and set his feet, he’ll pick you apart. You have to make that guy move and throw off balance. If our front four can do that then all the sudden our corners and safeties get a lot better,” Nix was quoted by the team's website.
It's no question the Bills have made drastic improvements to become relevant in what has become a crowded AFC East division. Buffalo hopes they can turn their prized signings into wins and a playoff berth.
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