Polian elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Polian, 72, becomes the 11th former member of the Bills organization to join the Hall and second in as many years. Andre Reed was selected in 2014.'
Erie County voters split on public funding for new stadium [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Clearly there is a reluctance among many voters to even paying some of the costs, much less paying most or all,” said Donald P. Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute, which conducted the poll for The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV.'
Think hard, think twice about a new stadium [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You have 65,000 people show up on occasion,” SUNY Cortland’s Fay told me by phone. “But the other 350 days a year, it’s the equivalent of a huge vacant lot ... Be careful what you wish for, and where you put it. You can lose a lot by mislocating it.” As new members of the elite club of NFL owners, the Pegulas are being initiated into the culture – and encouraged to build a new stadium.'
Jim Kelly never had silver spoon [1:56 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"When you grow up in a family of six boys, you're going to be tough," he said. "I had three older brothers. They always said you're not allowed to cry. They said, 'If you want to cry, I'll give you something to cry about.'?"'
Jets' Geno Smith on Rex Ryan landing with Buffalo Bills: 'I think it'll be fun' [1:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"You know what? I think it'll be fun," Smith said. "I think it'll make our division a lot more fun. I think with having New England, with having the Dolphins, and having Rex in Buffalo will make for a very fun AFC East."'
Fomer Bills GM Polian headed to Hall of Fame [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Polian is credited for a number of key moves that helped put the Bills into the Super Bowl four straight times, the last appearance coming the season after Polian's departure. Those moves included the hiring of Marv Levy as Bills Head Coach in 1986. That year, Polian also signed Jim Kelly who had been playing in the USFL. The 1987 trade for Cornelius Bennett and the drafting of Thurman Thomas in 1988 brought in other major pieces to the puzzle.'
Goodell says Bills need ‘next generation’ of stadium [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I do believe that a stadium, long term, is going to be needed in that marketplace,” Goodell said. “That’s one of the things” the Pegulas are “evaluating with their franchise: What’s the next generation of stadium? I think that that’s an important consideration for the Buffalo market and that region, but also for the NFL and Terry and Kim.'
Polian awaiting word on call to Canton [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Polian could give the Bills a Hall inductee for the second year in a row. Former Bills receiver Andre Reed was inducted last year.'
Rex spreads the word in Phoenix [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan had 11 media stops in a three-hour schedule. He was trailed by reps from Pizza Hut, where he has recently landed a national ad campaign that features him throwing a red challenge flag at celebrities - Tony Romo, for one - who commit the infraction of not eating the new triple crust offering.''
Bills will rise, fall with Roman [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The greatest predictor of future events is the past,” Roman said. “We could have been No. 1 in the league in rushing in San Francisco every year if that was my goal. … But my goal is to win, and I think you’ve got to strike a commensurate level of balance to do so in this league.”'
Bills’ Jackson says Patriots don’t need to cheat to win [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We just have to focus on beating them handily on the field so it doesn’t come down to things like footballs being inflated to the proper pressure. Let’s put up enough points so that it doesn’t matter.”'
Several businesses would be among casualties of Exchange Street stadium site [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s great for Buffalo and would love to see it down here, but not exactly on one of the sights they picked, obviously, because it impacts us.”'
Rex on Bills DC Dennis Thurman: 'He makes me look good' [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They played well enough to kill us twice," Thurman said, referencing Buffalo's two lopsided wins over the Jets last year. "There's a lot of talent here and they played good defense a year ago, and that's a credit to coach Schwartz and his staff. There's talent on this defense up front, at linebacker, and in the secondary."'
Bills DC Dennis Thurman is more 'low key' but shares Rex Ryan's passion and bravado [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"If you're good and you know you're good, who cares if you talk about it. What do you have to do? You have to go out on the field and prove it. Talking doesn't win games. Being brash and having bravado doesn't win games. You have to go out and back it up, so who cares."'
Former Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett will rejoin Doug Marrone in Jacksonville, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In Jacksonville, Hackett will have a chance to work with 2014 No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles, who struggled in his rookie season with the Jaguars. Hackett, 35, has six seasons of NFL coaching experience, including two as a coordinator, but he has never been a quarterbacks coach in the NFL. Hackett previously worked with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley in Tampa Bay as well.'
Jackson: Beating Lions meant a lot to Jim Schwartz [1:53 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"He was a guy who made those guys aggressive and put them in the right places to make plays, and you saw it," Jackson said of Schwartz's impact. "That's why they had a league high in sacks and we had a bunch of different people who had double digits in sacks just because he created a lot of different havoc and brought people from all over the place.'
Hackett lands with Jaguars as QB coach [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hackett reportedly pulled out of the discussion to become the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams to take the job in being the point man for developing former first-round pick Blake Bortles starting in 2015. He and Bradley previously served on the same staff in Tampa Bay in 2006 and 2007.'
Bills' Thurman yet to commit to one defensive scheme [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Whatever the talent dictates," Thurman said Tuesday. "We'll play a 3-4, we'll play a 4-3. We'll get in the 46. We'll get in an odd front. It's whatever our guys do best. We're gonna play to their strengths, and when you do that, you're giving your guys a chance to be successful. That's what it really comes down to, is those guys that are out there on the field, are you giving them the opportunity to go out and succeed? So it doesn't matter."'
Does reading Rex's record lead us to EJ? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Especially considering the obvious difficulty the Bills would have in making a big upgrade at quarterback, I think Ryan and Roman will go with Manuel if need be and not hate their fates for it. If something else comes along, fine. They'll need some kind of veteran QB to fill out the roster. But I'd bet Ryan thinks he has Sanchez's equal in Manuel. This, of course, is as this evaluation process starts.'
Jerry Hughes free agency foray could be different [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I know (Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf has been in touch with his representatives and started the process,” said Whaley. “We want him back. He’s a great part of our defense. He brings a lot of energy, and hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later.”'
Dennis Thurman a product of HOF pedigree [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“After my seventh year at Dallas coach Landry asked me if I ever thought about coaching,” Thurman said. “I said, ‘No, I majored in journalism and minored in communication. I wanted to talk about sports on television.’ I didn’t want to get into coaching, but he said, ‘You prepare like a coach. You might want to give it some thought.’”'
New DC Thurman has tough act to top [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They did an excellent job,” Thurman said of the Bills’ defenders in 2014. “There is talent on this defense up front, at linebacker and in the secondary. Our job is to put that talent in the best position to give them an opportunity to be successful. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do.”'
Roman ready to tackle Bills' offense [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We've been evaluating the entire roster and EJ and Jeff, we've got some film on both of them and we're going through it," said Roman. "Both of them possess skills to play the position, and I think we're just going to focus on rolling the balls on the field, working with them, and going from there. Everything else at this point is water cooler talk."'
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman says EJ Manuel will have 'clean slate' [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Whatever we end up being, whatever we end up looking like, is going to be a reflection of what our players can do," Roman said. "It might look a lot of different ways. Maybe our tight end position gets a little beefed up, we like our receiver position, where does a fullback fit in to all this? It might look a lot of different ways, but ultimately, we're going to try to do what our players do well, try to minimize what your players don't do well."'
Bills running back Anthony Dixon played the 2014 on a partially torn meniscus [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Dixon later tweeted that he expects to come back stronger from the surgery. He better hope so given the current state of the Bills' backfield. With Fred Jackson entering the final season of his contract and getting up there in age and C.J. Spiller getting set to hit free agency, the Bills could be relying on the depth of Bryce Brown and Dixon. Buffalo will likely add another running back through free agency or the draft to provide some competition as well.'
Why should Buffalo Bills' fans trust Greg Roman's commitment to the run? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think we want to build a team that kind of reflects the city of Buffalo," Roman said. "I think part of that is being smart, tough and making Buffalo a place that nobody wants to come in December, January, etc. I think if you can exert your will at the line of scrimmage, it's going to open up a lot of other things in the offense. To simply say we're just going to run the football, well nobody simply runs the football. We want to run the football to a level where people respect and fear us and our ability to do so. That will help everything else in the offense open up. It will help us control the game, which is ultimately what we want to do."'
Greg Roman to give Bills quarterback EJ Manuel a clean slate [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'General manager Doug Whaley previously said he intends to add one and potentially two quarterbacks this offseason. Until that happens, Roman can only focus on the players he has.'
Bills officially introduce OC Roman, DC Thurman [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We want to run the football to a level where people respect and fear us in our ability to do so," the new Bills OC said. "That will help everything else in the offense open up and help us control the game which is ultimately what we want to do."'
Bills' Roman says clean slate on the way for EJ Manuel [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."'
10 reasons to be excited about the new Bills coordinators [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We want to be aggressive because we don’t want to sit back and let the offense dictate to us. We want to dictate play to them,” said Thurman.'
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