I don't think this should be much of a shock to anyone, but I want to write it down nonetheless.
The Bills are rebuilding. You know what usually happens when you rebuild? You lose more than you win, often by a lot. Any chance you're thinking that the Bills are going to be really good and end their 13 season playoff drought probably is the result of you ignoring many things.
Let us take a look at the rundown...
Two or more new receivers
Tight end coming off ACL surgery, so, new tight end?
New left guard
Excuse me while I take a breath, because that's just the offense.
On defense, we've got a new coach, so obviously a new system, a couple of new linebackers, a new strong safety, maybe another new starting cornerback and perhaps even a new position for Mario Williams due to the new system.
That's an awful lot of change. So let me ask you a question. What are the chances that the Bills at least adequately fill all of those holes through free agency and the draft while teaching the holdovers how to effectively play the new offense and defense?
Come on. That a lot to ask, I think. Sure, the Bills could strike gold and draft this years version of Russell Wilson and win lots of games while we all go bananas. Getting struck by quarterback lightning would change everything and I'm not saying there's no chance of that happening because it could.
I just think it's much more likely that whatever the Bills do at quarterback, there are just too many holes to fill and new stuff to learn for them do anything but be pretty bad in 2013. Thinking this way has me less worried about the Bills finding their long term franchise quarterback in this draft. I still want them to pick one. I don't need it to be at #8 overall. I'd prefer they grab another need, maybe wide receiver, and wait until pick #41 to try for a quarterback.
If that doesn't work out, guess what? My money is on them having a great look at picking near the top again in 2014 and getting their quarterback then.
Rebuilding usually takes more than one year. Especially if you don't get to pick Andrew Luck or RG111.