As Chan Gailey prepares for his third training camp as the Bills’ head coach, he sees a lot of differences between the current roster and the team he took over in 2010.
In fact, Gailey said he and Bills G.M. Buddy Nix are blown away by how big a difference they’ve made in Buffalo. According to Gailey, with the roster he inherited in 2010, they were stretching to find 53 guys good enough to play in the NFL. With this year’s roster, there are a lot more than 53 players good enough to play in the NFL, and the challenge will be deciding which good players to part with as they cut down from 90 players in training camp to 53 at the start of the regular season.
“Not even close,” Gailey told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “Buddy and I laugh from time to time. It’s a good laugh. We were trying to find 53 players that we thought could help us win that first year. This year we may have to let some good football players go that we wouldn’t even have thought about [releasing] two years ago.”
In addition to having a deep roster, Gailey says the Bills also have quality at the top of the roster, with great — or at least very good — players throughout the starting lineup.
“The starters we will put on the field this year are all in that really good football category if not great,” Gailey said.
It’s been a long time since the Bills have really good, let alone great. But there’s a lot of optimism in Buffalo that this is the year.