You would be hard-pressed to find a more passionate NFL fan base than the one in Buffalo. New head coach Doug Marrone hopes to help build a winning team in 2013 and repay those passionate Bills fans with a trip to the postseason.
The Buffalo Bills will enter the 2012 NFL season with heightened expectations after signing all-pro defensive end Mario Williams in the offseason. Williams was hurt for most of last season, but when he is on the field, he is one of the most imposing figures in football. Over his six-year career leading up to 2012, Williams has recorded 53 sacks and has been to the Pro Bowl twice. His addition helps make Buffalo's defensive line the best in the AFC East, and possibly in all of the NFL, something that truly helps when you have to play Tom Brady and the Patriots two times a year.
Since 1959 when the Buffalo Bills became the seventh team to enter the American Football League, the franchise has seen its share of championship-level success as well as the frustration of losing seasons. But year after year, one thing remains the same: the Buffalo Bills have some of the best fans in all of sports.
The AFL awarded a franchise to Ralph Wilson on October 28, 1959, and it did not take long for the Bills to see success. In 1963 the team tied for the AFL Eastern Division crown, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in team history. Although they lost to the Boston Patriots that year, they came back the following year better and ready to take on all comers. Winning their division straight out in both 1964 and 1965, the Buffalo Bills beat the San Diego Chargers in the AFL championship game each season. Following the 1966 season, the team lost its championship swagger, winning only thirteen games over the next five seasons.
Over the next few decades, the Buffalo Bills were not able to recapture their winning ways. In 1986, the team hired Marv Levy as their new head coach, which began a new era in Buffalo Bills history. Within two seasons Levy transformed the team, helping them to make the playoffs in six consecutive seasons. Included in the run is a string of four straight Super Bowl appearances, the only franchise to ever accomplish that feat.