By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills have made a significant commitment to their future by turning over almost all of their important roles to younger, fresher folks.
The Bills want you to believe better days are ahead.
A group of ESPN analysts, including former Bills GM Bill Polian, doesn't have much faith.
ESPN Insider has put together its Future Power Rankings, a poll that takes into consideration how a team projects for years to come.
The project applied a weighted formula after evaluating these categories (in order of importance): the roster aside from the quarterback, whether there's a franchise quarterback, the 2013 draft class, front office reputation and stability of the coaching staff.
The Bills ranked 29th, scoring a 45.13 out of 100. They finished ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.
You must be an ESPN Insider to read the article, but here is what Polian had to say when breaking down the Bills' front office:
"A 15-year playoff drought is probably not going to end in 2013. New GM Doug Whaley will be at the helm and it remains to be seen what his philosophy will be. They have a 'winner' in new head coach Doug Marrone, but this franchise will flourish or founder over the next three seasons based on Buddy Nix's choice of Manuel. The Mario Williams signing, for good or for ill, will also determine the future of the franchise."
The San Francisco 49ers finished first with an 87.5 score, a few points ahead of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
taggedBill Polian | Buddy Nix | Doug Whaley | EJ Manuel | Mario Williams