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Buffalo Bills News - January 13, 2016

Marker Defensive backs coach Henderson out as Bills shuffle coaches [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson is the odd man out as Rex Ryan reshuffles his staff.'

Marker Two Bills assistants let go [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Henderson, 58, did not offer an explanation for his departure when contacted by The Buffalo News on Tuesday but did confirm a report that he interviewed with the Indianapolis Colts for their defensive backs coaching vacancy.'

Marker Two Bills coaches out; two new WRs in [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henderson served as the Defensive Backs Coach since 2013 and Hamlin was a member of the coaching staff this past year in a Special Teams Quality Control capacity.'

Marker Henderson out as Bills DBs coach [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Henderson primarily worked with the cornerbacks, while co-defensive backs coach Tim McDonald worked with the safeties. The report also hinted at the idea of defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman working with the defensive backs in 2016.'

Marker Bills add WRs Greg Little and Jarrett Boykin [1:42 AM] reports: 'The Bills added two more receivers to their offseason roster Tuesday as Greg Little and Jarrett Boykin join Greg Salas, who was re-signed a day after the regular season ended.'

Marker Bills announce two departures on coaching staff [1:41 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that Donnie Henderson and Michael Hamlin will not be returning to the team’s coaching staff.'

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January 12, 2016

Marker When Watkins got the ball, Bills passing game finally took off [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What went right: When Watkins spoke, his offensive coordinator and quarterback listened. Perhaps it was a bit too late to help the Bills make the playoffs, but at least they responded.'

Marker Rex doubles down with brother Rob [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s amazing to think that, despite having his defensive methods exposed in such a fashion, Ryan would be allowed to double down on his system by bringing his brother into the fold. But did the Bills really need to invest more heavily into the Ryan family myth, which is losing traction in an ever-evolving NFL?'

Marker Three up, three down for the 2015 season [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There were pleasant surprises and big disappointments. With that in mind, here is our final look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling following the 2015 season.'

Marker Bills report card: Is Tyrod Taylor the answer at QB? [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unlike Roman, many of us lacked faith in Taylor at the start of the year because even though he had won the three-man training camp quarterback battle, he beat out Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel which wasn’t saying a whole lot. All we knew about Taylor was that he was a former sixth-round pick of Baltimore who sat on the bench for four years, throwing 35 passes, mostly in mop-up duty.'

Marker Rex Ryan on Bills defense: 'We're going to do things much different next year' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We don't make the calls as players. We've got to go out and execute whatever's called by any means. If it's three guys going, then it's three guys going, and we have to figure out a different way to get there faster on our part."'

Marker Rex once broke Rob Ryan's nose [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex: "I got him good, and it was over. I felt terrible. I couldn't believe I hit my brother like that."'

Marker Rex: Bills use analytics, but tape still 'the meat and potatoes' [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I still think there’s a lot of things that come down to feel,” he said while wearing an orange Clemson polo shirt on set. “This isn’t baseball. There’s no righty-lefty matches and all that kind of stuff. But you will look at some things, ‘hey, how’s this quarterback do versus pressure?’ all those type of things that you’ll look at. But the tape is really the meat and potatoes.”'

Marker Rex says Bills tried to merge two defensive systems, won't next season [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan said, “there are a lot of things you can point to,” regarding the team’s defensive struggles this season. “This, that, and the other…..but we just didn’t get it done,” and added “we’re going to do things much different next year and we’re going to be better because of it.”'

Marker Oh, Brother! [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While I wasn't happy with the news, It won't matter as much as the off season player moves. Those should help the defense more than any staff changes. The Bills need to find a pass rushing end to replace the soon to be released Mario Williams. They might be in the market for a successor to Nigel Bradham should they not be able to re-sign the pending free agent linebacker. They need at least one starting safety and maybe two should Aaron Williams be unable to play football again.'

Marker Rex: Bills defense to operate 'much differently' [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We’re going to do things much differently next year, and we’re going to be better because of it," Ryan said. "In a way, I tried to merge a couple of things, you know, two systems and things like that. And quite honestly, it didn’t work, so we’re going to be all in, we’re going to play Buffalo Bill defense, and we’re not going to be fun to play."'

Marker Bills finish fourth overall in toxic differential [1:49 AM] reports: 'Buffalo finished a lofty plus-35 in toxic differential, the highest figure the club has ever posted since the metric was published by analytic researchers in 2009. It’s also the second time in three seasons the Bills have finished in the top 10. They ranked ninth overall in 2013 with their only other positive figure (plus-11).'

January 11, 2016

Marker Rob Ryan joining Bills’ defensive coaching staff under twin brother Rex [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rob Ryan has served as defensive coordinator for four different teams: the Saints (2013-15), Raiders (2004-08), Browns (2009-10) and Cowboys (2011-12). The Raiders had the worst defense in the NFL in 2005, but rebounded to finish No. 3 overall the following year. The Saints had the worse defense in NFL history in 2012, but under Ryan's leadership improved to fourth in 2013. Ultimately, however, Ryan was fired from each job.'

Marker Bills owner Kim Pegula announces contract extension for GM Doug Whaley [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The photo appears to be on Pegula's yacht in South Florida. The team's leaders, including the Pegulas, Brandon, Whaley and coach Rex Ryan were to have year-end meetings this weekend at the owners' residence.'

Marker McCoy deal was a winner for Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How well did the investment pay off? The Bills finished first in the NFL in rushing, and McCoy made a significant contribution with his team-leading 895 yards.'

Marker Bills lose assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson to college ranks [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At the conclusion of that stint, Bills coach Rex Ryan praised Anderson for the job that he did, indicating it would be only a matter of time before he got to coach a line of his own. That time came Saturday.'

Marker Jills win ruling in fight for better wages [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Justice Timothy J. Drury declared that a class action “would be a far more efficient means of litigation as opposed to a multitude of individual lawsuits.”'

Marker Bills extend Whaley contract, hire Rob Ryan [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Rob Ryan comes to Buffalo with 28 years of coaching experience, 17 in the NFL. He has served stints as a defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08), Cleveland Browns (2009-10), Dallas Cowboys (2011-12) and the Saints (2013-15), and has four years of experience heading up defenses at the collegiate level.'

Marker Rex Ryan adds twin brother Rob Ryan to Buffalo Bills' defensive coaching staff [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rob Ryan was most recently the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. Sean Payton fired him in the middle of his third season as defensive coordinator. Between 2004 and 2012, Rob Ryan was the defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, GM Doug Whaley agree to contract extension [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During Whaley's time as general manager, the Bills have made a number of bold moves, including trading up for Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft and trading for running back LeSean McCoy. Whaley has also been tied to the team drafting quarterback EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2013 draft. In his two-plus years, Whaley has done enough to earn the trust of the Bills' new owners.'

Marker Bills extend GM Whaley, add Rob Ryan [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Reports of discord between Whaley and Ryan, Buffalo’s first-year head coach, repeatedly leaked last summer and fall, raising questions as to whether the duo could continue working together.'

Marker Rob Ryan joins brother Rex on Bills' staff as assistant [1:50 AM]
USA Today reports: 'More than 20 years after they last coached together, the Ryan brothers are reunited on the same staff.'

Marker Bills double up on Ryans, with Rex hiring twin brother Rob [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'What was immediately unclear is where Bills current defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman fits in the team's hierarchy.'

Marker Bills sign general manager Whaley to contract extension [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The extension was reached after Whaley, coach Rex Ryan and other team officials spent the weekend holding postseason meetings with the Pegulas at their home in Florida.'

Marker Bills add Rob Ryan to brother's staff [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills co-owner Kim Pegula posted the news on her Twitter account Sunday afternoon. She included a picture of Whaley signing a contract with her husband and co-owner, Terry, and team president Russ Brandon looking on.'

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