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Buffalo Bills News - January 3, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills to interview Arizona Cardinals' OC Harold Goodwin [1:28 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Goodwin has served as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator since 2013. Arizona's offense finished the 2016 season sixth in points (26.1), ninth in total yards (366.8), ninth in passing yards (258.5) and 18th in rushing (108.2).'

Marker Doug Whaley speaks: Highlights from Buffalo Bills GM's postseason press conference [1:27 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Whaley said the decision to fire Rex Ryan was one made between Terry Pegula and Rex Ryan. He wasn't involved. He says he doesn't know why Ryan got fired when he did. He did not have input on whether Rex should be fired. Whaley also said he got no explanation from the Pegulas on why Ryan was let go.'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins to have second foot surgery (report) [1:26 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Based on Watkins' statement from Sunday, it's possible that he was advised to have a second surgery on Monday after meeting with the team doctors.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson advises safety Aaron Williams to retire [1:25 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'When asked what his family has said to him about continuing his playing career, Williams said, "They gave me their honest opinion. They think that it's time to step away."'

Marker Will Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods hit free-agent market? [1:24 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Woods set career highs back in 2014 with 65 catches, 699 yards and five touchdowns. Injuries have prevented him from matching those totals the last two years, but given the way the free-agent market has gone at the wide receiver position the last few years, Woods could get a big pay raise. So what are his priorities in free agency?'

Marker Shaq Lawson says some Buffalo Bills don't take losing seriously enough [1:23 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We really need a change of culture around here," Lawson said after the Bills lost to the Jets at MetLife Stadium in their season finale Sunday. "I ain't used to losing. We just need to come in and change the culture. Next year, we have to be on the same page and end this drought. We can't go no 18, 19 years of not making the playoffs.'

Marker L.A. Rams and San Francisco 49ers showing interest in Buffalo Bills' Anthony Lynn [1:22 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Lynn interviewed for the 49ers' head coaching vacancy last year. After the team hired Chip Kelly, Lynn was also interviewed for the offensive coordinator position.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor didn't think benching was fair, wonders about Buffalo Bills' confidence in hi [1:21 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"They made a decision last week to sit me for the last game of the season," Taylor said. "Did I believe that was fair? No I didn't.'

Marker L.A. Rams requesting permission to interview former Bills, Syracuse coach Doug Marrone [1:20 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Jaguars also have some interest in retaining Marrone. According to Rapoport, one former Super Bowl winning coach advised Jaguars owner Shad Khan to promote Marrone to head coach.'

Marker Bills continue to dig hole deeper and deeper [1:19 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'It’s all on Whaley now though, no more excuses. Or he was really clueless on everything he said he was, which seems like a stretch.'

Marker GM Whaley meets with pack of wolves; viewers respond [1:18 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Meanwhile, social media blew up in and around the GLOW region as The Daily News recorded several thousand views during their live broadcast. Whaley never really gave the reporters much although he did mention that he had nothing to do with firing Rex Ryan, and instead pointed the finger directly in owner Terry Pegula’s direction.'

Marker Tyrod isn't happy with the Bills and rightfully so [1:17 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'From the sounds of it, Taylor isn’t happy and bridges were burned last week when The 27-year-old was benched in favor of EJ Manuel and eventually Cardale Jones because of “business decisions” in regard to his contract.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2016 Season Report Card [1:16 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'In 2016, the quarterbacks were average. Taylor was the starter most of the way and while he had his moments, he also had his share of struggles. The Bills could be a playoff team with him, but they also could be better with a more traditional pocket passer. Those are hard to come by.'

Marker Buffalo Bills HQ is Dysfunction Junction, home of malfunction [1:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'So there was poor Whaley, alone at the microphone for 40 minutes. He gave it the good PR try, but failed epically at trying to explain (a) his absentee bosses’ decisions to fire head coach Rex Ryan last week without including him on the decision, and (b) his collaborative decision with the Pegulas to bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor for Sunday’s meaningless season finale at the Jets — ostensibly so backup EJ Manuel and never-before-dressed rookie Cardale Jones could give the Bills the worst chance to win. Or something like that.'

Marker Reggie Bush Ran This Season. Just Not Always Forward. [1:14 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Even as a backup, Bush was paid $1.5 million this season. That works out to $500,000 per negative yard.'

Marker It looks like Rex Ryan escaped a Bills s–t show [1:13 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Getting fired by the Bills might have been the best thing to happen to Rex Ryan.'

Marker Bills owner outlines reasons he fired Rex Ryan [1:12 AM]
AP reports: 'Pegula based his decision on his own observations, input he's received from his front-office staff over the course of the season, and also on previous discussions he's had with Ryan regarding addressing the team's struggles.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor questions future in Buffalo after benching [1:11 AM]
AP reports: '"Did I believe that was fair? No, I didn't," Taylor said, adding he's hoping to get a lengthier explanation from the team during exit meetings. "Once we have the conversation and it's actually explained to me why it was done the way it was, we'll move forward from there. But we'll see when that happens."'

Marker Bills begin coaching search with interim Lynn [1:10 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Lynn is believed to be the early frontrunner to replace the fired Rex Ryan for several reasons. Perhaps first and foremost, it would be an easier transition because Lynn has been in Buffalo two years, and was the offensive coordinator for the last 14 games of the season after Greg Roman was fired.'

Marker GM Whaley under fire as Bills begin coaching search [1:09 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Whaley claimed he wasn't even aware Ryan was being fired until owner Terry Pegula called him after the fact, and then he added that since then, he hasn't given the Ryan firing a single thought. It was further proof of the lack of cohesion in the organization.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor mulls future [1:08 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"That's what it showed," Taylor said. "That's what I think it showed. But at the same time, the conversation wasn't detailed enough to know if that was the case or not. Hopefully we can have that conversation this week. Maybe it's today. I'm not sure. We haven't met as a unit yet, nor have I met with the people upstairs, so maybe it will be clear what's the direction moving forward.'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula fired Rex Ryan when asked about future [1:07 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Pegula has not answered questions from local reporters since Ryan's introductory news conference in January 2015. He issued a five-sentence statement when Ryan was fired, wishing Ryan well and expressing disappointment in a season that ended Sunday with a 7-9 record.'

Marker Bills GM Doug Whaley insists he wasn't aware of why Rex Ryan was fired [1:06 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I look at it this way: I'm the GM of the football operation. I was told by my boss that I would no longer be working with a certain person. My role is not to figure out why. My role is to take that information and go forward and put this organization in the best possible way to win football games. So for me, I did not ask."'

Marker Bills owner explains why Rex Ryan was fired and why GM had clue [1:05 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'As soon as the words came out of Whaley's mouth, it sounded almost unbelievable: How could the general manager of a team not know why the head coach was being fired?'

Marker Bills' Sammy Watkins reportedly needs another surgery on his broken foot [1:04 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Much of that, of course, has to do with his health and his usage. Watkins has played in 37 games in his three-year career and he's been targeted 7.4 times per game. Last year, Rex Ryan admitted that his offense needed to do a better job featuring Watkins and when they finally began targeting him more frequently, Watkins' numbers skyrocketed.'

Marker The Bills GM claims that he didn't know Rex Ryan was on hot seat [1:03 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'He had no answers and only created many more questions, particularly with his assessment of Rex. Whaley said he hasn't the first clue why Rex was fired, had nothing to do with Rex being fired and hasn't bothered to think about it since.'

Marker Bills GM admits he doesn’t know why Rex Ryan was fired during bizarre press conference [1:02 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Whaley went on to say that he assumed no responsibility in Ryan’s hiring in February 2015 and added that he hasn’t “even thought about” if he agreed or disagreed with the former head coach’s firing.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor has ‘no clue’ why he was benched: ‘Opportunity was taken from me& [1:01 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Taylor’s benching shows a lack of confidence on the part of the coaching staff and front office. He has an option that the team can pick up in the offseason, which would cost the Bills more than $30 million in guaranteed money. Considering how expensive that is, Buffalo is likely to move on from him.'

Marker Reggie Bush sets embarrassing NFL rushing record [1:00 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Bush was expected to make an impact with the Bills this season, but saw himself become the odd man out of a crowded backfield which included LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee. Bush did find more success in the passing game this year, as he finished with 7 grabs for 90 yards on the season.'

Marker Kim Pegula: Lynn 'not a lock' [12:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“We are going to do a fair and compete interview process,” Pegula told me. “He is one of our candidates, but we aren’t going to just hand it over. It wouldn’t be fair to other possible candidates or to Anthony to just assume it’s a fake search.”'

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