Even the strongest teams have weaknesses

With only so many dollars to go around thanks to the salary cap, teams can't address all of their weaknesss.

Updated: August 27, 2003, 3:27 PM ET
By By Ryan Early | NFL Insider
Currently in the NFL, there are no dominant teams. The Bucs won the Super Bowl last year with a mediocre running attack and a below average offensive line. With only so many dollars to go around thanks to the salary cap, teams must choose which parts of their rosters to concentrate on, and leave weaknesses that they hope to hide or just overcome. Here is a list of the top contending teams this season, and the weakest part of their team that might keep them from winning it all.

Buffalo Bills - Safety
The Bills made a major push to upgrade their defense, but they forgot a position. Last year's starters, Coy Wire at strong safety and Pierson Prioleau at free, return to do little more than occupy space on the field. Wire was a rookie starter in '02 and certainly looked like a former linebacker in the way he played the position. He was aggressive, made big hits and overran plays in his zeal to get to the ball. He could develop into a pretty good safety if he learns to play within himself. Prioleau is trying to hold off former Bronco Izell Reese for the starting job, but neither is much to brag about. He has some cover skills but has limited range. Neither one made a single interception last season. The hope is that an improved front seven will allow the safeties to be depended on less this season.


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