On March 25th, Time Warner Cable News is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and every day this month, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest news to make headlines since we debuted on air. Time Warner Cable News Sports reporter Kevin Carroll has a look at how the past five years have fared for the Buffalo Bills.
Early 2009 was a pretty exciting time for the Bills. Fans were told to get their popcorn ready, after outspoken wide receiver Terrell Owens, to the surprise of many, landed in Buffalo for the season.
That summer, owner Ralph Wilson Jr and sack leader Bruce Smith were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
That season was less than exciting. The Bills went 6-10, Dick Jauron was fired, and in the offseason the Bills named Chan Gailey as coach and Buddy Nix as GM.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Trent Edwards three games into the next season. Things looked promising. In 2011, the Bills started the season 5-2, including a huge win at home over the hated New England Patriots. But the team ended up dropping 8 of their final 9 games.
A warm winter was enough to land big time sack man Mario Williams prior to the 2012 season. But again, the Bills failed to live up to expectations and once again were looking to change.
Gaily was fired, and Fitzpatrick released. Russ Brandon became president and CEO, Buddy Nix gave way to Doug Whaley, and Doug Marrone came west from Syracuse to take over as coach.
The Bills drafted EJ Manuel in the first round. The often injured quarterback did not finish the season. And again- no playoffs. The Bills have not been to the post season since 1999.
Now, with the offseason underway the Bills recently announced they dropped the ill received Toronto series for 2014, and lost Jairus Byrd to free agency.
With there still a chance to bring in veteran talent, the Bills are also focused on the draft coming up in May.