Buffalo Bills, Def, Bills
2014 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)Last updated on Jul-06-2014 by Rusty Reeves
This unit was extremely good in two important categories last season -- interceptions and sacks. Specifically, they finished second in the league in both. However, there's no way a repeat performance should be expected. Safety Jarius Byrd is now in New Orleans. Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin are on the mend following offseason hip surgery. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who loved to dial up the pressure that led to those 57 sacks is now the head coach in Cleveland. Worst of all, the Bills lost the heart of their defense when linebacker Kiko Alonso suffered a torn ACL during a workout. As a rookie last year, he finished third in the league with 159 tackles and paced the Bills in tackles for loss and interceptions. He finished second in the Defensive Rookie of the Year voting, and now he's almost certainly done for the season. Playing the Jets and Dolphins twice per season may be good matchups, but the Bills don't have the personnel to exploit them as well as they did last season.
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