Have the Bills set themselves up for disaster yet again?

When the Bills went on the clock with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, many pundits figured that they would take an offensive tackle or a quarterback. But new GM Buddy Nix threw everyone the finger when he selected Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, which was a surprise move to say the least.

When it came time for the Bills to select in the second round, Nix once again surprised the masses by taking Central Florida DT Torrell Troup, instead of nabbing Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen. Then came DE Alex Carrington in the third and receiver Marcus Easley in the fourth before Nix finally took an OT in Ed Wang in the fifth. It also took Nix until the seventh round before finally taking a quarterback (Levi Brown).

In a recent interview with the Bills’ official website, Nix may have provided some insight as to why he didn’t take a quarterback in the draft.

“The offensive coordinator getting fired two weeks before the season starts, your left tackle is cut with a week to go before the first game,” said Nix.

“It was formula for disaster and a lot of it (the quarterback) couldn’t control, but it all happened. Everybody wants to put it on the quarterback and try to make a change.”

There’s obvious truth to what Nix is saying, but what has he done to help the situation in his first offseason? Instead of helping whichever quarterback lines up under center this year by drafting a franchise left tackle in the first or second round, Nix ignored the position until the fifth. And while Wang has good size and intelligence, he’s a project, which means Demetrius Bell (who was highly ineffective before suffering a torn ACL last season) will likely be the team’s starting left tackle again this year.

New head coach Chan Gailey also has a tough decision to make at quarterback, where Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm and Brown will all compete for the starting job. Edwards is coming off yet another poor season and it’s clear that years of playing for Dick Jauron have ruined his confidence and decision-making. Fitzpatrick is more suited for a backup role, while Brohm and Brown are massive projects. (Although it’s noteworthy that Brown’s skill set match up well with Gailey’s offense.)

The bottom line is that Nix did very little to improve the offense this offseason and it looks like the Bills are heading for another disastrous season.

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