The Bills have finished in last place in the AFC East for four consecutive years, tying them with the Redskins for the NFL’s longest streak of consecutive last-place finishes. The Bills have also missed the playoffs for 12 straight years, the longest streak in the league.
But Chan Gailey likes the Bills’ chances to change that this year.
Gailey said today that he thinks the Bills, based on the team they already have and the additions they’re going to make in free agency and the draft, have a good chance of being the 2012 AFC East champions.
“I think we have a legitimate chance to win the division,” Gailey said, via the Bills’ Twitter. “We beat New England last year, went to New York and played good. Played bad against Miami [but] we match up well in the division.”
Gailey pointed to the Bills’ Week Three win over the Patriots last season as a reason for confidence heading into this season.
“The team believes we can win the division,” Gailey said.
So no one can question the Bills’ confidence. Of course, considering that after the Bills beat the Patriots, they went 3-10 the rest of the way, including 0-5 in the AFC East, some might think they’re overconfident.