Bills: 3 Thoughts on the McCoy/Alonso Trade

The Buffalo Bills showed aggressiveness in trading Kiko Alonso for LeSean McCoy. Here are three quick thoughts on Buffalo's trade for a workhorse running back.

1. Buffalo has their workhorse running back

Greg Roman was the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator from 2011-2014. In his four seasons in San Francisco, Roman used Frank Gore as his workhorse running back. Gore saw 282, 258, 276, and 255 carries in Roman's four seasons. Now, the Buffalo Bills have added LeSean McCoy in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. McCoy has proven that he can carry the load in Philadelphia. In the last two seasons, McCoy has 626 total carries and 2,926 yards. McCoy can also contribute as a receiver in Buffalo's offense. The Bills needed to add offensive weapons this offseason and they did so in trading for McCoy.

2. Nigel Bradham made Kiko Alonso expendable

Nigel Bradham's strong play in 2014 made Alonso expendable. The linebacker showed that he could produce as a run stopper and as a pass rusher when sent. Bradham was also decent in coverage. Alonso's torn ACL was a blessing in disguise for Bradham, who emerged as a terrific linebacker in 2014.

In 2013, Bradham also showed the ability to play inside linebacker in Mike Pettine's 3-4 defense. Bradham spent some time in Doug Marrone's doghouse that season so his snaps (287) were limited. That said, Pro Football Focus rated Bradham as their 10th best ILB in 2013. In 2015, the Bills will have Bradham and Preston Brown slotted in as their inside linebackers. While Alonso would have seen his fair share of snaps, the Bills had a surplus of talent at the position.

3. Playoffs or Bust in 2015

At Rex Ryan's introductory press conference he promised that the team would make the playoffs in 2015.

"I know it's been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well, get ready man. We're going. We are going."

When Ryan took the New York Jets to the playoffs in his first two seasons, he relied on a strong defense and running game. The Bills already have a strong defense in place for Ryan. Now, Buffalo has their No. 1 running back and depth in Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. The Bills still have issues along their offensive line, but the team can address this in free agency and the NFL draft. 

Ryan is using the blueprint that brought him success in New York as he looks to get the Bills into the postseason. The Bills and Ryan are being highly aggressive as they look to end their playoff drought.


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