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Buffalo Bills News - January 4, 2015

Marker Bills setting up more interviews [1:23 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase was already scheduled to be interviewed in Denver on Saturday. Gase is available to be interviewed during the Broncos' weekend off before they prepare to host an AFC Divisional playoff game on Jan. 11.'

Marker The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: 2014 Season Review [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So after a review of the 2014 Bills season we can all agree there are plenty of positives and negatives. It's now up to GM Doug Whaley to put the right people in place, starting with a new Head Coach and competition at starting quarterback. With Russ Brandon's role with the team in question, Doug Whaley will have a lot to do with whether or not the Bills can break the NFL's longest playoff drought.'

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January 3, 2015

Marker Bill Polian will be going to Canton instead of Buffalo [4:56 PM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Had Polian taken over in Buffalo, he had earmarked A.J. Smith to be his general manager. A native of Cranston and graduate of Bishop Hendricken High, Smith was general manager of the San Diego Chargers from 2003 through 2012, building teams that won five AFC West titles and lost to the Patriots in the conference championship game of the 2007 season.'

Marker Pegulas get involved as Bills begin coaching search [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A source close to the situation told The News that executives from previous owner Ralph Wilson’s regime – eager to maintain their power – badmouthed Polian in Marrone’s presence during the season. After Marrone exercised his exit clause Wednesday, he told Polian what he’d heard. Polian relayed that information while informing Terry Pegula on Thursday of his decision to remain an ESPN analyst, the source said.'

Marker The 2014 Bills: 16 games, 16 defining plays [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Every game told a story, and within those 16 stories there were 16 plays that shaped the Bills' 2014 season...'

Marker Where will Doug Marrone end up? [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There are currently five other head coaching vacancies in the NFL. Sal Maiorana looks at the possibility, whether it's likely or a long shot, of him landing in ...'.

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly request interviews with Josh McDaniels, Dan Quinn and Darrell Bevell [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills will have to interview Bevell, Quinn and McDaniels this weekend while their respective teams are on a bye week in the playoffs.'

Marker Doug Whaley to lead Buffalo Bills coaching search, according to reports [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Whaley's future with the organization has been up in the air, the fact that the Bills are trusting him to run the search for a head coach is a good sign for his job security.'

Marker Mike Lupica: New York Jets' interest in Doug Marrone is reminiscent of Rich Kotite hire [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While most of the national and local New York media has painted a picture of Marrone being a strong head coaching candidate for the Jets, Lupica doesn't seem to be buying in.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Adam Gase [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Since Gase took over for McCoy in 2013, the Broncos' offense has finished first or second in scoring each of the last two years. Peyton Manning certainly had a lot to do with that, but this season as Manning's play tailed off toward the end of the year, Gase found a way to keep the offense productive with the running game.'

Marker Saturday's New York Coverage [1:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Could Rex Ryan and Doug Marrone switch jobs? Bills interested in former NY Jets coach: report (New York Daily News)
Bills interested in Rex Ryan, raising potential Jets coach swap (New York Post)
Curtis Martin, Kevin Mawae rave about Jets’ coaching favorite (New York Post)
Buffalo Bills want to talk with ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan about Doug Marrone's old job, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
History Can Help Predict Who’ll Be Next Jets Coach (Wall Street Journal)
Change In Philosophy — Jets Should Sign Marrone ASAP! (WFAN-AM)

Marker AP Sources: Bills owners joining coaching search [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'A second person familiar with the process told the AP that the Pegulas will take part in the interviews. That way, the co-owners can familiarize themselves with the candidates and directly address questions regarding their vision for the franchise.'

Marker Reports: Bills request permission to interview Gase [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills' defensive players are making a push for Schwartz, who was the Detroit Lions' head coach for five seasons. The Bills led the league with 54 sacks and finished fourth in total defense this season.'

Marker Reports: Whaley to lead the search for HC, some candidates identified [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Other names to keep an eye on as interview candidates are former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Seattle defensive cooridnator Dan Quinn, Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and even current Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.'

Marker C.J. Spiller bides time with free agency looming [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously injuries happen and unfortunately they happened to me at a critical time in my playing career,” Spiller said. “I’ve got strong enough faith that everything is going to work out for the good, so I’m really not worried about anything. I know what type of player I am and I know I can play in this league. I pretty much know what my value is too as well.”'

January 2, 2015

Marker Bills defense hoping Schwartz stays put [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Coach Schwartz has done a great job. If it were to come up for him, obviously we’d be happy for him, but he’d probably have to leave town with people hanging on his leg.”'

Marker Polian turns down ‘mentoring-advisory’ position with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The bottom line is the job description changed pretty dramatically, and the most important thing is that it would have required a really long commitment to a new coach, who deserved a long commitment that I wasn’t prepared to make. And that wouldn’t have been fair to the organization or to whomever their new coach was. The coach is going to want to know that you’re going to be there for a reasonably long time.”'

Marker New doors open after Marrone departs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His options were collecting $4 million and coaching the Bills, collecting $4 million and not working for people he didn’t trust, or collecting $4 million, plus his salary after landing another, and perhaps better, job. He had three days to make a decision and $4 million to splurge on what he needed most: time.'

Marker Why Doug Marrone walked away from the Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Simple: Greed, insecurity and thin skin.'

Marker Doug Marrone badmouthed Buffalo Bills to Bill Polian on his way out, according to report [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'A week ago, it seemed likely that Polian would be a part of the Bills' front office going forward with Marrone as head coach and Orton competing for the quarterback job. Now Terry and Kim Pegula have a bit of an organizational overhaul on their hands.'

Marker Buffalo Bills request permission to interview Broncos OC Adam Gase, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Gase, 36, is in his second year as offensive coordinator for the Broncos after taking over for current San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. He coached with the Lions and 49ers before joining the Broncos in 2009.'

Marker Bill Polian reportedly informs Terry Pegula he won't join Buffalo Bills, will stay at ESPN [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'This move keeps Bills general manager Doug Whaley safe in his current role for the time being.'

Marker Buffalo Bills players hoping not to lose Jim Schwartz, think he deserves chance to be a head coach [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's off the charts," Spikes said of the job Schwartz did with the Bills' defense. "He really came in and changed the mentality around here."'

Marker ESPN's Colin Cowherd: If I was the New York Jets I'd hire Doug Marrone tomorrow [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He is exactly what Rex Ryan wasn't. He's organized. Did you listen to Woody Johnson's press conference about Rex Ryan? He dropped that, 'I want a guy that's organized.' Rex wasn't.'

Marker Bills trending in wrong direction [1:50 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Maybe Marrone looked at his options and realized that opting out was simply the best course of action. If he had come back and the Bills went 6-10 next season, that would likely be the end of his career as an NFL head coach. Instead, he'll get paid $4 million by the Bills in 2015 and, because he left on a high note, he'll likely have multiple new suitors. Marrone can interview wherever he wants this offseason, and if he doesn't like any of his options, he can sit back, get paid and do it all again next year.'

Marker Frank Reich could return to the Bills as coach? [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“He’s a great teacher, a great communicator, and he can really handle a room as far as handling the offence. I’m not surprised that some teams would have interest in him.”'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [1:48 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Doug Marrone Is Among Jets’ Candidates (New York Times)
NY Jets coaching search takes sleazy turn as consultants apparently pushing Doug Marrone on Woody Johnson (New York Daily News)
NY Jets' interest in Doug Marrone is reminiscent of Rich Kotite days (New York Daily News)
Jets to make a run at Doug Marrone (New York Post)
Why Doug Marrone would be perfect for the Jets (New York Post)
Jets’ GM search heating up while Marrone interview set (New York Post)
Woody Johnson to interview Seahawks candidates before Doug Marrone (Newsday)
Dan Quinn, not Doug Marrone, should be the Jets' choice (Newsday)
Jets will interview ex-Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone for head coaching vacancy (Newark Star Ledger)
Frank Reich of Chargers to interview for Jets' head coaching job (Newark Star Ledger)
Has Doug Marrone accomplished enough to show he can win more as Jets' coach than Rex Ryan did? (Newark Star Ledger)
Doug Marrone and Jets: Buffalo media trashes him on his way out of town (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets taking off on search for new coach (Bergen Record)
Doug Marrone May Make Jets’ Decision Surprisingly Easy (Wall Street Journal)
Jets plan Marrone meeting (The Sports Xchange)
Report: Media Friction Contributed To Marrone Bolting Buffalo (WFAN-AM)

Marker Bills become fourth team to seek interview with Broncos' Adam Gase [1:47 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Gase already has interviews set up Friday with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. He will interview with the Chicago Bears on Saturday. He is also expected to meet with the Bills on Saturday.'

Marker Graham eyes greatness for UNH, breakthrough for Bills [1:46 AM]
Portsmouth Herald reports: '“It was a dream,” Graham said of playing for Buffalo. “So for me to have the opportunity to go back home and play is like a dream come true. I mean, I was a Bills fan growing up. I’ve always paid attention to what was going on here. So to have an opportunity to come here and play has been special.”'

Marker Polian informs Bills he's staying in broadcasting [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'It's unclear whether the Pegulas will seek outside advice during the coaching search, or rely on team president Russ Brandon and general manager Doug Whaley to identify candidates.'

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