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Buffalo Bills News - January 8, 2015

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Kyle Shanahan [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After a rough year in Cleveland, Kyle Shanahan hasn't been shy about exploring his options. He's even considering a lateral move to be an offensive coordinator elsewhere because of tension between coaches and the front office in Cleveland, according to Mary Kay Cabot of'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Rex Ryan [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'One thing that was obvious during Ryan's time in New York was that Jets players loved playing for him. Despite the fact that Ryan spent most of the season knowing he would be fired, the Jets played one of their best games of the season in their finale against the Miami Dolphins. At the very least, he'll get players to play hard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to interview Rex Ryan Thursday, according to report [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan spent the last six seasons coaching the New York Jets and twice led them to the AFC Championship Game. He was fired after New York finished 4-12 this season. Of the candidates the Bills have interviewed for the job, Ryan is among the most experienced as a head coach.'

Marker Whatta Marrone! [1:50 AM]
Artvoice reports: '“I have a three-day window at the end of the season in which I can collect $4 million and get the hell out of Buffalo, and since I have absolutely no idea how to develop the young quarterback who I was involved in selecting less than two years ago, I believe Kyle Orton gives me the best chance to scrape out an extra win or two this year, which could be the difference between another team that has not really been paying attention viewing me as an up-and-comer or realizing that I am really Mike Mularkey with a Bronx accent.”'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Rex Ryan: Bills and CBS join Falcons in hot pursuit (New York Post)
Rex Ryan interviews with CBS, will meet with Bills Thursday (Newsday)
Former Nassau CC coach John Anselmo defends Doug Marrone (Newsday)
Rex Remains A Rock Star, Reportedly Set To Meet With Falcons Again, Bills (WFAN-AM)

Marker Thursday's Cleveland Coverage [1:49 AM] reports:
Cleveland Browns' Kyle Shanahan will try to convince Buffalo Bills Thursday that he's their next head coach (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns would be wise to ensure relationship with Kyle Shanahan doesn’t end after one season (Akron Beacon Journal)

Marker AP source: Ryan, Jackson among Bills' coaching candidates [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are taking an exhaustive, wide-reaching approach to the search under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula, who bought the franchise in October. Both Pegulas are sitting in on the interviews, along with general manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.'

Marker 2014 Was A Year To Build On [1:47 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Coaching: Marrone got this team to their first winning season in 10 years and deserves some of the credit for that. I give more credit to Jim Schwartz's defense which Marrone admittedly didn't pay that much attention to. Marrone is an offensive line guru who saw his favorite unit fail. His overly conservative game calling was maddening. Crossman had the special teams playing real well all season long. Final Overall Grade B: Continuity takes a blow as Marrone quits. Marrone C+: Could have stayed but was greedy. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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January 7, 2015

Marker I’m filing for a divorce from Buffalo Bills [12:35 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What bothers me is that I have passed down this addiction to my son, who has inherited the same disease I suffer from.'

Marker Whaley talking up Manuel in coach interviews [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The source said that during interviews Whaley not only has spoken in glowing terms about Manuel, he also has made it clear he wants the new coach to make the progress in developing Manuel that Marrone and his staff failed to make.'

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.'

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.'

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