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Buffalo Bills News - January 8, 2017

Marker Things to know: Harold Goodwin [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cardinals' offense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in 2015 for the first time in franchise history, setting team single-season records for points (489), touchdowns (59), touchdown passes (35), total net yards (6,533) and first downs (373).'

Marker Stats have fans believing Buffalo Bills not far off playoffs [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What they lacked is what they always lack: The ability to win close games thanks to an elite quarterback, an elite defense or if we dare dream, both.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Offense has bright spots, but not enough [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The biggest problem might be the unfortunate chance for change due to free agency and players aging.'

Marker The Pegulas should take a step back with the Bills and Sabres [1:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'As for their return on investment thus far, specific to the Bills and Sabres, the Pegulas have constructed themselves a clown show.'

Marker Steve Tasker on Bruce DeHaven, One of the Best Coaches You Never Knew [1:54 AM]
SI reports: 'We had this bond as a team you don’t see on many teams—maybe any other team. There’s maybe the three best players on the team, all Hall of Famers, and they knew this coach on their team was hurting, and they just had to be there for him. Bruce was so important to them, even though he wasn’t their position coach or head coach. I will always remember that.'

Marker Bruce DeHaven, a pioneer for special teams [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Bruce DeHaven was not only one of the premier special teams coaches the history of the NFL, he was also a premier special person,” said Levy. “His work ethic, his love for and his dedication to the game, his caring about those players from whom he was able to bring forth their maximum talents and who revere him are all signature features which distinguished him.” '

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January 7, 2017

Marker Ragland face of Bills' failed defensive plan [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe the most intriguing element is Ragland. Of the trio, he was considered the most specific fit for Ryan's 3-4 defense. As the Bills search for Ryan's replacement, there is speculation they might either end up with a defensive coordinator (such as former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley) who uses a 4-3 scheme or a head coach with a defensive background (such as Carolina Panthers DC Sean McDermott) who also uses a 4-3.'

Marker Report: Bills planning to 'move on' from Taylor [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Buffalo is instead planning to move on from Taylor, despite the fact that their scoring has increased dramatically since he arrived," Schefter wrote on ESPN.com.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's mailbag: Bills aren't exactly doing a coaching star search [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fact that they're not reaching out to former head coaches is a clear sign that they don't want anyone who has the clout to challenge Whaley and demand to be the most empowered figure in the football department. No one with an alternative will be interested in coming to work under Whaley.'

Marker Bills ratings down from a year ago, but still strong [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ratings for the Bills televised games this season dropped by about six percent from a year ago, which isn’t that significant considering the decline in NFL ratings the early part of this season.'

Marker Maiorana: With 24 free agents, Bills' remake is sizable [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We have a lot of work to do this offseason,” general manager Doug Whaley acknowledged during a mid-December radio appearance on Buffalo’s WGR 550, pre-playoff elimination, pre-Rex Ryan firing, and pre-regrettable press conference. “It could be that we have a whole new team next year, when you think about it. You’re going to have a lot of new faces coming in.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills to interview Seahawks DC Kris Richard after playoff game (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Richard, 37, played in the NFL from 2002-2006 with the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. Following a two-year stint at USC as a graduate assistant, Richard joined Pete Carroll in Seattle. Richard worked with Seattle's defensive backs before being promoted to the team's defensive coordinator in 2015.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Lorenzo Alexander, Zach Brown named Second-Team All-Pro [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown finished second in the NFL with 149 total tackles. He added four sacks, four passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles in 16 starts. Brown was signed to be the team's top reserve at inside linebacker, but was promoted to a starting role after second round pick Reggie Ragland tore his ACL. Brown was named a 2017 Pro Bowl alternate.'

Marker Are Buffalo Bills making a mistake moving on from QB Tyrod Taylor? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If the Bills let Taylor walk, Cardale Jones will be the only quarterback under contract for the 2017 season. He has tons of potential but is still considered a work in progress. Regardless, the team needs to add two quarterbacks to the roster between now and training camp.'

Marker Reports: Bills defender says Rob Ryan 'ruined' defense [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The same report said Rob Ryan mixed man coverage and zone coverage too much, saying the scheme was “all over the place.”'

Marker Report: Bills request permission to speak with Seattle DC [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Richard has spent his entire coaching career in the NFL, since 2010, with the Seahawks in various roles, being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2014 when Dan Quinn became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Another lost season for Bills fans [1:49 AM]
Belleville Intelligencer reports: '"Winning is like shaving,” Kemp once said. “You do it every day, or you wind up looking like a bum.” In Buffalo, the Bills are still searching for a razor that works.'

Marker Bills aware of, involved in Tyrod Taylor's decision to have surgery [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'However, sources told Schefter the surgery was not a surprise to the Bills and that team doctors recommended that Taylor visit Meyers. The team was "fully aware" of the possibility of surgery, and Taylor did not act independently from the Bills, sources said.'

Marker Mort & Schefter's wild-card notebook: Tyrod Taylor's future [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He also was seventh in Total QBR last season, and ninth in 2016. People in that company get major dollars.'

Marker ESPN: Bills have 'no intention' on picking up Taylor's extension [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Complicating issues, however, is the fact that the QB had core muscle surgery earlier this week. If the recovery period for that surgery prevents Taylor from passing his physical on the extension due date, the Bills could be on the hook for all of the guaranteed portion of the contract, which is $27.5 million, even if they don’t want to pick up the option.'

Marker Report: Bills planning to move on from Tyrod Taylor [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In two years of starting, Taylor held a 15-14 record for the Bills, throwing for 6,058 yards, 37 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Taylor also added 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing the ball in his time with the team.'

Marker Two Bills LBs named 2nd Team All-Pro [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Lorenzo Alexander and Zach Brown were both part of the AP’s All-Pro second team. The two players were ironically thrust into similar situations on Buffalo’s defense in 2016. Both were signed to one-year contracts as free agents for depth on the defensive side of their roster behind the team’s top two draft choices, but both wound up playing major starting roles.'

Marker Bills Today: Former Bills weigh in on coach search [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I don’t care if he’s a defensive mastermind or an offensive mastermind because he’s not going to do either one of those jobs,” said Tasker. “He’s going to be the head coach. There are guys who have done well with that like Andy Reid, Gary Kubiak. Sometimes it gets in their blood and they want to call plays and that’s what they want to do.'

January 6, 2017

Marker Taylor contract language might backfire on Bills [9:41 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Presumably, Buffalo’s “brain trust” was smart to take out insurance on Taylor’s contract, but the way this franchise writes deals, you never know.'

Marker Things to know about Bills coaching candidate Anthony Lynn [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lynn has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, beginning as a special teams assistant with the Broncos in 2000. He coached running backs for the Jaguars, Cowboys, Browns and Jets before Rex Ryan also gave him the title of assistant head coach in 2013. Lynn followed Ryan to the Bills in 2015, and he was promoted to offensive coordinator in Week Two after Greg Roman was fired. He served as the Bills' interim coach for the final game of the year after Ryan was fired.'

Marker Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has hernia surgery [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Hopefully it’s not as bad as they think it is," Taylor said.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor elects to have surgery on core muscle [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The wording of the statement is interesting only because it suggests this was a decision Taylor made without consulting the Bills. By March, the Bills have to decide whether to pick up the option on Taylor's contract, which would carry with it more than $30 million in guaranteed money. The 2017 portion of the deal is guaranteed for injury, so if Taylor is unable to pass a physical by March 11, he would collect that money.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Defense underwhelming [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Safety: D-plus - Rex Ryan’s defense leans heavily on its secondary. Once Aaron Williams went down, things went from bad, to worse, for the Bills. While Williams isn’t an All-Pro safety by any stretch of the imagination, he’s much better than what was behind him.'

Marker Bills coaching search update: McDermott interviews, Lynn on deck today [1:55 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The San Diego Chargers have also reportedly requested permission to interview McDermott.'

Marker Bills say Tyrod 'elected' to have surgery this morning [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'If Taylor can’t pass a physical by March 3rd, the team is forced into picking up his $27.5 million option for the 2017 season. However, it’s believed that Taylor would be fully recovered from the surgery before that date.'

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