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Talk of Fame Network
New coach Rex Ryan believes his Buffalo Bills are closing the gap in the AFC East with front-running New England. Of course, the gap was pretty wide to begin with, but implicit in Ryan’s offseason comments is a feeling that he really, truly believes he has the material to squeeze the Patriots.
And he’s not alone. Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Andre Reed thinks he does, too.
“It’s going to be an interesting year,” Reed said on the latest Talk of Fame Network radio broadcast. “On the offensive side of the ball, we’ve (the Bills) got some guys who can make some plays. Right now, the only asterisk is who’s going to be the signal caller. That’s the only thing the Bills are lacking now; that’s the only question mark on offense. But they do have the nucleus on offense with some of the guys they’ve got to make a run at New England.”
But that “asterisk” Reed mentioned is what separates New England from the rest of the field. As long as Tom Brady is standing for the Patriots, everyone plays for second – especially when EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel are your choices at quarterback.
Nevertheless, Reed is undaunted – especially when he looks at a Buffalo defense that last year ranked fourth overall and fourth in points allowed – and factors in the addition of star running back LeSean McCoy, acquired from Philadelphia.
“Definitely, defensively, they’re still tops in the league to me with the best front seven in the game,” he said of the Bills. “But their offense has to catch up. And they did some things in the offseason to kind of close the gap a little bit.
“Right now, the AFC … everybody … is making themselves better, and the Bills have definitely made themselves better with McCoy being in the backfield and Rex Ryan being the head of everything. I’m really excited about this year.”