CBS announced it’s NFL broadcast teams for the 2015 season on Tuesday.
The network will bring seven Thursday night football games and 11 Bills games to News 8 this fall.
John Kucko was in New York City for the announcement and spoke to some of the top experts about their thoughts on the Bills.
Rex Ryan’s first Buffalo team is expected to dominate with defense and hope their quarterback doesn’t get in the way, but at least one former Super Bowl winning QB doesn’t agree.
“I don’t think the quarterback’s going to be the problem,” CBS analyst Phil Simms said. “Will the defense live up to its billing? Can certain other players, like LeSean McCoy, live up to what everybody expects them to do? The quarterbacks? I think they’re all capable. They’ll be able to do a solid job to give that team a chance to win.”
Of course, who that starting quarterback is hasn’t been determined. Ex-Charger great Dan Fouts likes how Ryan is going about his competition.
“I think that they’re in position to really make a statement in the AFC East. But, the question mark is the quarterback position,” Fouts said. “Of course, Rex is going to play it close to the vest, which he should do, and let the competition play out. That’s what we have the last two preseason games for.”
For the last decade, the only team that’s made a statement in the AFC East is the Patriots. The Bills are a trendy pick to change that, but they aren’t the only one.
“I think that they have a lot of things that you have to like about what they’re doing,” CBS lead play by play broadcaster Jim Nantz said. “They happen to be in a division that has been chasing one franchise for a long time, but the Bills are better. But, Miami’s better. I think the Jets are a little bit better.”
There is certainly optimism that Rex’s Bills are better enough to erase a 15-year playoff drought. It’ll take time, but the folks at CBS wouldn’t seeing it.
“I’m not going to judge them too quickly at the beginning of the year since it’s a new coaching staff, new systems,” Simms said. “Rex is different than any other coach in the NFL, we know that. We’ll see how it goes.”
“The AFC East is always something that’s a little bit important to us along with the welfare of those four teams in that division,” Nantz said. “It’d be nice to have Buffalo back winning again on a consistent basis and I think Rex is gonna do it.”