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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2015

Marker Ryan makes his first coaching decisions [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Schwartz is a staunch believer in the 4-3 base defense and doesn't like to blitz, opting to let his front four rush the quarterback and cover with seven defenders. Ryan, who is considered one of the brightest defensive minds in the game, is the opposite. He prefers the base 3-4 and he prides himself on changing things up and blitzing to create havoc.'

Marker 10 lesser-known facts about Rex Ryan [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan wasn't the best student growing up, but it wasn't until 2007 that he learned a major reason why. He suffers from dyslexia, a learning disability that affects someone's ability to read, write, spell and pronounce words. Coaches these days bounce up and down the sidelines with complex, color-coded play cards in their hands. Ryan says he color-coded his plays long before it became the norm so he could comprehend them easier.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Defensive backs [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The defensive effort was certainly impressive and once again — as was the case with the line and the linebackers — it was such a shame that this type of play by the defense went to waste this season.'

Marker Could Cardale Jones be a Bill? [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jones is 22, having spent a year at a military prep school; he has a child to support; and even though he's got a national title to his credit, there are no guarantees he'll beat out Miller or Barrett for the Buckeyes' starting job in the fall. Miller could also be leaving, and that would impact Jones' decision.'

Marker Chicago Bears interview Doug Marrone for head coach opening Tuesday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Even if Marrone is unable to land a head coaching gig, he has a standing offer from his old friend Bill O'Brien to become a consultant for the Houston Texans.'

Marker New Bills coach Rex Ryan greeted with giant pizza upon arrival in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan has lost quite a bit of weight since becoming an NFL head coach, but Buffalo's pizza and wings may not be the best recipe for keeping the weight off.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have more than enough talent to make up for loss of DC Jim Schwartz [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But as the Bills proved over the last two seasons, they have a wealth of defensive talent capable of playing in a variety of different schemes. While Schwartz gets credit for improving the run defense in 2014, the Bills also added a star rookie linebacker in Preston Brown and a proven run-stopping linebacker in Brandon Spikes. Schwartz's defense was atop the league in sacks, but how tough is it to figure out ways to get pressure on the quarterback when you have three Pro Bowl defensive linemen?'

Marker Buffalo Bills: Change amid a status quo [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Ryan is a leader. Some others, still with the team's management, do not have that ability.'

Marker With Ryan hire, it feels like Bills finally may be relevant again [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Good luck getting a top coach for this organization, most thought. But, lo and behold, they got one.'

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [1:48 AM] reports:
Rex Ryan’s first day in Buffalo: custom pizza, beers with Jim Kelly (New York Post)
Buddy Ryan says Rex Ryan 'did a hell of a job' with Jets, will 'compete even harder' with Bills, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan and Jim Kelly had a beer together on eve of Ryan's introduction with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Greetings from Buffalo: 5 things to expect from Rex Ryan's first Bills press conference here Wednesday (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan Gets Endorsement From Bills Legend Jim Kelly (WFAN-AM)

Marker Bills shuffle coordinators: Roman in, Schwartz out [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Roman was hired after spending the past two days negotiating with the Bills. He spent the previous four seasons serving as the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator, and shares the same run-first philosophy as Ryan.'

Marker Schwartz no longer with Bills [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force."'

Marker Bills, Schwartz split; Thurman to rejoin Ryan [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He coached defensive backs with the Jets from 2008-2012 and worked with Ryan previously as a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.'

Marker Roman in, Schwartz out with Bills [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Roman worked on coach Jim Harbaugh's staff for the past four years in San Francisco before Harbaugh left after the 49ers' 8-8 finish in 2014 to accept to head coaching job at Michigan. The Bills and Roman were in negotiations for two days to work out a deal.'

Marker DC Jim Schwartz out at Buffalo [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The reason, according to the source, was due to differing defensive philosophies.'

Marker Bills lose Schwartz [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' The Bills wanted Schwartz to stay and Schwartz did speak with Ryan before making up his mind to go elsewhere.'

Marker Greg Roman named offensive coordinator [1:41 AM] reports: 'Including playoffs, the 49ers had an overall record of 49-22-1 during Roman’s four seasons with the team—the third best mark in the league over that time span. The 49ers also excelled at protecting the ball under Roman, only committing 66 turnovers from 2011 to 2014 which tied with the New England Patriots for the least in the NFL.'

Marker Bills terminate Jim Schwartz's contract [1:40 AM] reports: 'Ryan said, “I have the utmost respect for Jim and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career and I know he feels the same about me. Jim’s defenses are always tough and ranked near the top of the league standings. I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”'

Marker Greg Roman named offensive coordinator [1:39 AM] reports: 'Prior to joining the 49ers, Roman gained NFL experience as a member of the coaching staffs of the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He also spent two seasons (2009-10) on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford.'

Marker Roman's scheme could be spark Bills offense needs [1:38 AM] reports: 'Over the four seasons in which Roman was in charge of San Francisco's offense the 49ers attack ranks second in total rushing yards (8,912), second in rushing yards per game (139.3), third in rushing attempts (1,965) and third in rushes of 10 yards or more (267). They also rank sixth in yards per carry average (4.54).'

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Marker Grading the Bills: Linebackers earn high marks [5:24 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But if Schwartz leaves and Ryan switches to his preferred 4-3, well, things will get interesting. That would probably mean defensive end Mario Williams would play standup outside linebacker, and Manny Lawson might play the opposite side in the likely event Jerry Hughes is no longer on the team. That would leave Alonso, Bradham, and Brown to play the two inside spots, and Bradham struggled in that role in 2013.'

Marker They called him Mr. Ryan and he earned it [4:38 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'However, don't think for a second the media are not looking forward to Rex Ryan. He will be honest with the fans, the media and his players. He will treat the staff with respect. He will get to know the names of as many people in the Buffalo Bills' organization just as he did with the Jets.'

Marker Rex Ryan isn’t perfect, but he’ll fit in with Buffalo [4:37 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Bagging Ryan, at a reported $5.5 million per year for five seasons, is a coup for new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. At first they seemed in over their heads, running a coaching search by themselves, with Russ Brandon and Doug Whaley as advisers. But they grabbed arguably the most well-regarded candidate, who had suitors in Atlanta and San Francisco but jumped at Buffalo when his top two choices dragged their feet.'

Marker Ryan’s hiring a logical choice [4:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What’s certain is, the next few weeks will be fascinating for Bills fans who couldn’t have imagined this scenario the day Buffalo beat the Patriots in Foxboro in the season finale.'

Marker Schwartz welcome, but he may move on [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So far, Schwartz, who was interviewed for the Bills’ head-coaching job, has yet to draw any interest from NFL teams with head-coaching openings. The Bills denied a request to allow him to interview for the Washington Redskins’ defensive-coordinator position, because that was a lateral move and the Bills were still considering him to become their head coach at the time. The probable scenario, according to the source, is there will be a “mutual parting of ways” between Schwartz and the Bills, freeing him to pursue any coaching job in the league.'

Marker Players chime in with their approval [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even as it became increasingly clear the 2014 season would be Ryan’s last as the Jets’ coach, his players were squarely in his corner. After a 37-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the season finale, players drenched Ryan with Gatorade.'

Marker Without a top quarterback, forget making the playoffs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever the case, we should be treated to a couple of entertaining title games, featuring the four best quarterbacks in the game. I’m sure there will be times when Bills fans shake their heads and say, “Yeah, we got Rex Ryan. But what we really need is one of those.”'

Marker Bills will turn offense over to Greg Roman [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The 49ers ranked fifth in 2011 and 2012, and second in 2013 in percentage of total yards gained on the ground. The figures were 41.1 percent (2011), 43.0 (2012), and 42.5 (2013). In 2013, only the Bills ranked higher as they led the NFL with 42.6 percent of their total offense coming via the ground game. San Francisco’s 6,736 combined rushing yards were the second-highest three-year total in franchise history.'

Marker Is enthusiasm all the Bills need? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I like that Ryan is tough-minded and has thick skin, unlike Marrone and Mike Mularkey. When it comes to dealing with fan and media criticism, Ryan, whose coach/father Buddy also made a headline or two, knows the deal: It comes with the territory. Compared to the New York market, western New York is a teething puppy gumming your fingers, not a pit bull tearing into your flesh.'

Marker Dennis Thurman will be Buffalo Bills' new defensive coordinator, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Thurman has been described at Ryan's right-hand man. They spent six years together with the Jets. Thurman was Ryan's defensive backs coach for four years and defensive coordinator for the last two.'

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