Jerry Sullivan: McDermott can show influence by moving on from Taylor [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After watching Taylor for two years, I believe he's reached his ceiling, which was low to begin with. He regressed as a passer this season, though his defenders point to his last game here against Miami, when he actually threw for 300 yards, as if it were some athletic epiphany.'
From Buster Ramsey to Anthony Lynn: The previous 19 coaches of the Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills made the playoffs only once from 1967 to 1979, but that changed under Knox, who led the Bills to the postseason in 1980 and ’81 with Ferguson under center and Joe Cribbs at running back. The Bills went 11-5 in 1980, earning Knox various Coach of the Year awards. Knox reportedly couldn’t hammer out a deal to return to the Bills after the 1982 strike season and left for Seattle to become coach of the Seahawks.'
Bills to hire Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Seven years later, Frazier is finally coming to Buffalo, this time as the Bills defensive coordinator to work under new coach Sean McDermott. Multiple reports Thursday night indicated it’s already a done deal.'
Maiorana: Five-point checklist for Bills coach McDermott [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Make a pact with Doug Whaley to not get on each other’s nerves.'
Sean who? Poll finds Bills coach is unknown [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A total of 1,223 people on Twitter voted in a poll I posted on Wednesday.'
Buffalo Bills HC Sean McDermott hires Leslie Frazier as DC (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2016 season was Frazier's first with Baltimore. Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Ravens as the league's 10th best secondary this season under Frazier.'
Buffalo Bills react to Sean McDermott being named the team's head coach [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's safe to assume that the people speaking highly to Wood are players that McDermott coached in Philadelphia or Carolina. Messages like these could go a long way in the locker room. Kyle Williams' retirement decision, for example, could be based on what he hears about McDermott.'
Buffalo Bills to add Ravens OL coach Juan Castillo to Sean McDermott's staff (report) [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Castillo has been coaching in the NFL since 1995 and has coached both sides of the ball. His most extensive experience is as an offensive line coach, the role he has served in Baltimore for the last three seasons. He was the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line coach from 1998 to 2010, which was the entire duration of McDermott's coaching career in Philadelphia.'
Buffalo Bills left guard Richie Incognito named to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Incognito started in all 16 games this season with Buffalo and was graded by Pro Football Focus as the team's best pass and run blocker. He was a part of a unit that helped the Bills finish first in rushing for the second consecutive season. Behind Incognito and the rest of Buffalo's offensive line, the Bills were able to set a new franchise record for rushing touchdowns in one season (29).'
Ravens add Greg Roman to revamp run game, while Juan Castillo, Leslie Frazier leave team [1:46 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Secondary coach Leslie Frazier, who was instrumental in the improvement of the team's defensive backfield in 2016, will also depart and become McDermott's defensive coordinator in Buffalo. In his one season with the Ravens, Frazier's impact was felt as the team tied for the league lead with 18 interceptions, more than they had the previous two years combined, and finished with the NFL's ninth-ranked pass defense. ESPN first reported Frazier's departure.'
Chargers expected to land Buffalo's Anthony Lynn as new coach [1:45 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'Before his mid-season promotions this past season, Lynn – a former all-conference running back at Texas Tech – had spent almost his entire NFL coaching career overseeing his former position, doing so in Jacksonville, Dallas, Cleveland and New York (with the Jets) before following Ryan to Buffalo in 2014.'
Chargers close to deal for new coach [1:44 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The newest Los Angeles franchise is currently in negotiations with Bills interim head coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, a source said Thursday evening. This is the latest layer to an atmospheric rise for the 48-year-old, who began 2016 as Buffalo’s running backs coach, became its offensive coordinator in September and then interim coach in late December.'
With Sean McDermott, you just knew [1:43 AM]
Bucks County Courier Times reports: 'If you're a Bills fan, you're going to love him. Buffalo just lost Rex Ryan as its head coach — a good guy in his own right, but the polar opposite of McDermott personality-wise — and replaced him with the most humble guy you could ever meet.'
Ravens hire former Bills coordinator Roman as assistant [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Roman returns to the Ravens after serving as the team's assistant offensive line coach from 2006-07. He's built a reputation for building a sound running game, a deficiency for Baltimore this season.'
Lynn is in as Chargers' new head coach [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'This is a major step up for Lynn, who has never been a head coach nor a coordinator until this season.'
Ravens add former Bills OC Roman to coaching staff [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I am very excited to join the Ravens' staff and help coach (John) Harbaugh and Marty Mornhinweg in any way I can," Roman said. "The building blocks are there for this team, and we're all looking forward to being better. I've been with the Ravens before and know firsthand what a great organization they have. My family and I are happy to be back."'
Bills owner Terry Pegula says 'no truth to this dysfunctional talk' [1:39 AM]
ESPN reports: '"There's no foundation, no truth to this dysfunctional talk. I consider it an insult to our organization and the Bills and the good people with the Sabres. They can't be real happy to hear that."'
Leslie Frazier leaving Baltimore to be Bills' defensive coordinator [1:38 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In one season with the Ravens, Frazier was instrumental in helping improve the defensive backfield. Baltimore ranked ninth in pass defense and had a league-high 18 interceptions.'
Source: Chargers plan to hire Anthony Lynn as new coach [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Lynn also interviewed for the Los Angeles Rams' and Bills' head-coaching vacancies. He was elevated from running backs coach to offensive coordinator in Buffalo two games into the 2016 season when then-head coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Lynn then took over for Ryan for the final game of the season when Bills owner Terry Pegula fired Ryan.'
Former Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman joins Ravens' staff [1:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In his first season with the Bills, Roman was the playcaller for the NFL's top-ranked ground game, which averaged 152 yards per game and scored 19 touchdowns. LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams combined for 1,412 rushing yards and 11 runs over 20 yards.'
Bills defensive coordinator hire means good news for Panthers [1:35 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'With Frazier Buffalo bound, it means Holcomb will likely stay in place as the team’s linebackers coach. The Panthers are also expected to promote defensive backs coach Steve Wilks to defensive coordinator, meaning the lone vacancy on the staff to fill with be Wilks’ old secondary coach position.'
Chargers tap former interim Bills coach Anthony Lynn to take over in Los Angeles [1:34 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Lynn became known for quickly establishing the Bills as one of the NFL's best running teams this season, orienting the team's offense around the skill set of LeSean McCoy. Armed with Melvin Gordon and a strong run-blocking offensive line, it's fair to expect a similar system in Los Angeles, but before the Lynn hire, La Canfora reported that offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and the majority of his staff was expected to be retained by whoever was brought aboard.'
Ravens hire former Bills OC Greg Roman as senior offensive assistant [1:33 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Roman has been known for using a lot of motion and power running in his offenses, which Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor employed with varying degrees of success during his years in San Francisco and Buffalo.'
Chargers job, L.A. transition, latest twist of Anthony Lynn's whirlwind season [1:32 AM]
SI reports: 'All of it is enough to make one wonder if Lynn was the Chargers’ first choice, or if he was the first choice among those coaches willing to deal with all this. Other candidates confirmed by the club were Teryl Austin, Matt Patricia, Dave Toub, Mike Smith and McDermott.'
Reports: Bills hire Frazier for DC, Castillo for OL [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Frazier was the Vikings interim head coach in 2010, then had the full time job from 2011-2013, compiling a 21-32-1 record. He was the Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach from 1999-2002 where he was on the same staff as McDermott. Frazier has also worked for the Bengals, Colts, and Buccaneers.'
How will the Bills front-7 look in Sean McDermott's 4-3 scheme? [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McDermott runs a 4-3 defense, a shift from the 3-4 hybrid look Rex Ryan ran for the past two years in Buffalo. Three seasons ago, under Jim Schwartz, the Bills ran a 4-3 defense and finished 4th in yards allowed, 3rd against the pass, 11th against the run, led the league in sacks, and were highly ranked in several other statistical categories. Several key players from that season are still on the roster, but there’s also been some change. So, let’s look at the Bills current roster and where certain players would likely fit. Of course, it’s only January and there’s a lot of change possibly still ahead, including free agency and the draft...'.
Top 5 questions for new Bills HC Sean McDermott [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If the two can't co-exist, or perhaps have different ideas as to what the right moves are to build the best roster for McDermott's scheme, then inevitably that could hurt their prospects for winning. It's not an ideal situation for Whaley with McDermott on a little stronger ground with the owners at this point, but, it's also something he must make work.'
Report: Bills hire former Vikings HC Leslie Frazier as DC [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Frazier was not the only name linked to the defensive coordinator job. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Bills are interested in Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb for that role. Holcomb has worked with McDermott over the past four seasons in Carolina.'
Lynn tabbed as Chargers next head coach [1:27 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Lynn was one of four candidates for the Bills' head coaching job, the one that ultimately went to Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. The Bills former offensive coordinator was considered the only other real contender to win the Bills job.'
Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier will be Bills' defensive coordinator [1:26 AM]
CSN Mid-Atlantic reports: 'Frazier’s work with the Ravens secondary in 2016 was a key reason for that unit’s improvement. Frazier worked extensively with rookie cornerback Tavon Young, who became an immediate contributor. During games, Frazier’s experience in the coaching box upstairs made defensive coordinator Dean Pees comfortable enough to coach from the sidelines, where he could communicate directly with players.'
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