Bills need to improve pass rush

Updated: February 24, 2004, 4:02 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider

With free agency beginning March 3 and the draft just around the corner, Scouts, Inc., breaks down the biggest offseason needs for the Buffalo Bills.

Defensive end: Because the Bills have trouble generating a strong pass rush from their front four, they often have had to rely on a blitz-heavy package that puts a lot of pressure on their defensive backs in man-to-man coverage schemes. Starters Aaron Schobel and Ryan Denney are young, aggressive players who should continue to get better, along with second-year man Chris Kelsay, but the Bills are lacking that dominant pass rusher who will turn in a double-digit sack total every year and force offenses to change their blocking schemes. Schobel's 11.5 sacks in 2003 indicate he could develop into that guy, but a team can never have enough help at this position -- especially one whose pass rush was so anemic a year ago.