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Buffalo Bills News - January 7, 2015

Marker Reich would point wayward franchise in right direction [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Reich would go a long way toward stabilizing a dysfunctional organization that lost its way after he left and never fully recovered. He is how he presents himself, an honest and righteous man who doesn’t have ulterior motives. He would come with credibility and class, two qualities they need with so many arrows flying across the front office.'

Marker We’re interested in playing role in downtown Bills stadium, Jacobs family says [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve been going to a number of stadium and arena developments around the country where, when placed in the right spot in a community, it creates significant economic development around a property. Obviously, that hasn’t happened out in Orchard Park,” Jerry Jr. told reporters. “But picking the right location in this city could be very impactful, not just in terms of having a new home for the Bills but in terms of driving economic development within the city itself.”'

Marker Sal Maiorana hands out his Bills grades [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We'll add a new position each day.'

Marker Was Watkins worth it? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I look at it this way; we're extremely happy with Sammy Watkins and we expect big things from him and I'll let you guys discuss if the trade was worth it," general manager Doug Whaley said to the media in defending the trade and pick. "We got a No. 1 wide receiver and if we didn't have a No. 1 wide receiver we'd still be looking for one so in the long term future, however long he plays and if he's here with the Buffalo Bills, we expect him to put up No. 1 wide receiver numbers."'

Marker Pegula innocent of Bills’ current puzzle [1:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Pegulas and Brandon aren’t qualified, from a football sense, and because the Bills didn’t expect to be in the market for a coach, the usual names were quickly thrown at the wall: Seattle coordinators, Darrell Bevell (offense) and Dan Quinn (defense), offensive coordinators Adam Gase (Denver) and Hue Jackson (Cincinnati) and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.'

Marker Bob Casullo, surprised his comments on Doug Marrone went viral, doesn't take back strong words [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I moved on. This isn't about me. I don't want it about me. I'm not always right ... This has been magnified beyond belief. This is my personal opinion about Doug Marrone. If it's national news, hey it's a slow news day."'

Marker How many Buffalo Bills head coaching candidates are there, and which ones have interviewed? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here's a list of coaches connected to the Bills...'

Marker Rochester woman wants to be next coach of Buffalo Bills, sends application to new owners [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'She says her experience as a triathlon coach "involves guiding athletes to achieve the dreams they dream. I believe a coach needs to manage a team and a team of coaches."'

Marker Doug Marrone's interview with the New York Jets didn't go well, according to report [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Marrone also interviewed with the Falcons this week, so the Jets aren't his only option, but it appears a return to New York isn't as likely as it appeared to be a few days ago. Things change quickly in the NFL.'

Marker Is it a surprise Doug Marrone walked out on Bills after walking out on Syracuse? [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Don't you see? Doug Marrone may be many things, but "unaware" is not one of them. And so, he finagled that opt-out clause (complete with a $4-million golden parachute) with the dopey Bills and has used it to become a free agent.'

Marker Buffalo Bills: Accountability lacking again [1:48 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'In the middle of this dysfunction is the man who has been with the organization the longest through the 15 years without a playoff: President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon. Brandon allowed Marrone, a coach with no big-time resume, an opt-out clause that would allow him to receive $4 million even if he did not coach in the third year of his contract.'

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [1:47 AM] reports:
Bills will interview former NY Jets coach Rex Ryan Thursday (New York Daily News)
Jets will interview Frank Reich, Todd Bowles for coaching job Wednesday: sources (New York Daily News)
Esiason: The coach candidate who will ‘blow [the Jets] away' (New York Post)
Bills may interview Rex Ryan for their coaching vacancy (Newsday)
Rex Ryan, ex-Jets coach, will have head coach interview with Buffalo Bills on Thursday, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
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Marker 5 more names the Bills should talk to about the HC opening [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If the Pegulas reach out to more than just the 14 names that have been identified already, perhaps they may want to contact these five names that have some intriguing skills and backgrounds...'

Marker Marrone exodus offers peek into the Pegulas [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I think the Pegulas are impressed with stardom and in football like other sports coaches are often stars. Mike Shanahan met with them. Reports have it that they've called Mike Holmgren. Bill Cowher has said he's not ready to coach again, but you know that he and Terry spoke.'

Marker Sammy Watkins is a Rookie of the Year finalist [1:44 AM] reports: 'Watkins joins Odell Beckham, Jr., Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Evans, and Jeremy Hill as finalists for the top rookie honor.'

Marker OL Alex Kupper signed to futures deal [1:43 AM] reports: 'Kupper originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2013 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Louisville product spent both the 2013 and 2014 seasons on the Texans practice squad. Kupper played in all 13 games during his senior collegiate season, earning second team All-Big East honors.'

Marker Searcy, Spikes weighing free agent options [1:42 AM] reports: '“I would say most definitely because a lot of us have been playing together for three and four years,” Searcy said of the value in staying put. “If we keep everyone together then the sky is limit. We wouldn’t even have to learn anybody new. We might have to bring some rookies up and coach them along, but it’ll be easy with everybody coming back.'

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January 6, 2015

Marker Bills doubling down on Shanahans in search [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is no indication that they have established a favorite among any of the candidates with whom they have met to date.'

Marker Mike Shanahan would be ideal for the Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shanahan might be playing the Bills this time. The Raiders and 49ers are both said to be interested. Both teams have young franchise quarterbacks. But the Bills have a top defense, which might be enticing for Shanahan.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Running backs [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The backs were not all to blame as the offensive line was too often unable to create any gaps to run through, but in general, all of the backs disappointed. The Bills surpassed 100 yards only eight times as a team — the high was 193 on opening day at Chicago, the next-highest was just 118 against the Vikings — and no back came close to 100 individually.'

Marker Marrone's credibility shot after his Bills departure [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With a foot out the door, Doug Marrone wasn't trying to win games for the franchise, he was trying to win for Doug Marrone so much so he wouldn't even give Manuel the start in a meaningless season finale at New England.'

Marker Buffalo Bills request interview with Kyle Shanahan, according to report [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kyle Shanahan has spent one season as the Browns' offensive coordinator after spending three years in Washington as the offensive coordinator under his dad. At the time of his hiring, he was the youngest coordinator in the NFL.'

Marker Former Syracuse assistant Bob Casullo on Doug Marrone: 'self-centered, selfish and greedy' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's coming out now, and I don't want to say I told you so. I just sit here and mind my own business and move on."'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills to interview Eagles OC Pat Shurmur for head coach job [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Shurmur has previous head coaching experience with the Cleveland Browns. He spent two seasons in Cleveland, where he had a 9-23 record before getting fired. Prior to coaching the Browns, Shurmur spent 1999-2008 with the Eagles as a positional coach, and that helped him earn a job as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis, where he spent two seasons.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interviewed Mike Shanahan on Sunday, according to report [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Shanahan confirmed the meeting to ESPN's Adam Schefter Monday. The Pegulas are obviously casting a wide net and aiming high in their coaching search. Shanahan, a three-time Super Bowl champion, last coached in 2013 for Washington.'

Marker Report: Doug Marrone interviewing with Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Part of what made Buffalo a tough spot to win was the lack of a quarterback. That would still be an issue with the Jets, who had Michael Vick and Geno Smith on their depth chart in 2014. But the Bears and Falcons both have better quarterback situations than the Bills and Jets.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2015 schedule: London game against Jaguars highlights finalized list of opponents [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The only dates that are set in stone for Buffalo next season are the Oct. 25 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London and the bye week the following week. Other than that, the Bills just know who they will be playing and where.'

Marker Fred Jackson says Doug Marrone text felt like getting 'punched in the stomach' [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Anytime you get a text message saying that it's happening, you feel like you got punched in the stomach," Jackson said. "Stuff could have been handled different. We all weren't in the room and understand what went down. But it's like I said man, what we've got to do as players is not dwell on it and let it be what it is."'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Pep Hamilton [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, the Oakland Raiders have also requested an interview with Hamilton. With the Colts still alive in the playoffs, a team will have to be patient to land Hamilton, but there is some interest around the league.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Teryl Austin [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Austin is not as seasoned as some of the other candidates the Bills will interview. This season is his first as a defensive coordinator in the NFL. He has never been a head coach at any level, either, so it may be a bit soon for him to make the jump to NFL head coach.'

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