The unruly, bushy beard he's been growing since taking over as starter in Week 3 is coming off Monday. If only the Bills' transformation from perennial loser to clean-shaven contender could happen as quickly.
The Bills (4-12) missed the playoffs for an 11th straight season, by closing with consecutive 31-point losses to bookend an 0-8 start.
Despite showing some signs of life under first-year coach Chan Gailey, the finish was a reminder of how many holes they have to fill. That rebuilding process will take place in an offseason in which Buffalo has the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft.