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Buffalo Bills News - January 17, 2015

Marker First Doug Marrone, now Nathaniel Hackett reportedly interviewing with Jacksonville Jaguars [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'From a culture standpoint, Hackett may be a perfect fit for the Jaguars, who are coached by Gus Bradley, one of the more energetic personalities in the NFL. Despite constant criticism and a struggling offense, Hackett never lost his energy or positive outlook, two traits the Jaguars seem to stress. Hackett and Bradley also coached together in Tampa Bay in 2007.'

Marker Report: Bills RB C.J. Spiller says playing for Chan Gailey, New York Jets would be 'perfect match' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's not going to embarrass you," Spiller said. "He's going to treat you like an NFL player. He's not going to baby you. He's not going to treat you like you're in college. He's going to treat you like you're a grown man. He's going to give you respect."'

Marker Easley selected as Buffalo Bills Ed Block Courage Award recipient [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Easley battled back from a major knee procedure following the 2013 season to play the first three games of the 2014 season. He suffered a different knee injury in the team’s week three game against San Diego. Six weeks later, Easley returned in Week 11 against Miami and made a tackle on special teams in his first play back. Regarded as one of the top special teams gunners in the NFL, Easley played in 10 games on the season and finished with 11 tackles on special teams. In 2013, Easley recorded a career-high 23 tackles on special teams. His 34 special teams tackles since 2013 are the second-highest total in the NFL.'

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January 16, 2015

Marker Is Ryan the coach who ends the Bills' playoff drought? [1:12 PM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'Ryan didn’t pay enough attention to his offense in New York, and it came back to bite him. Hopefully, he’s learned his lesson and realizes he must be the CEO of this team and not devote too much of his time to the defense. Thanks to his Tyrannosaurus rex-sized personality, the Bills have become one of the more entertaining stories in the NFL. They’ve become relevant, but will they become better?'

Marker Snap Poll: Bills' hiring of Ryan gets good grades [1:12 PM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'A plurality—27 percent—graded the hiring a B, while another 23 percent gave it top marks of an A. By contrast, 10 percent are wildly unimpressed—they marked F.'

Marker Bills know Ryan was their guy [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We just felt that he was our guy and trust me, we had some pretty impressive people that we felt could be the Bills coach. But we said, ‘Hey, let’s go after Rex.’ And Russ told me, ‘Don’t let him out of the building.’”'

Marker Ryan stocks Bills’ staff with familiar faces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All are carry-overs from his New York Jets staff.'

Marker Ryan’s honeymoon won’t last forever [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Ryan hasn’t blown a timeout or mismanaged the clock or lost a single game, either. He talked about improving the Bills’ defense from fourth to first, a tall order for anyone. He intends to establish a running game. We’ll see if he does. I’ve been burned enough times to know it’s too early to form an opinion.'

Marker Bills alumni welcome choice of Ryan [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s really the point of the Pegulas’ take-off,” Brown said. “An experienced coach – that’s a good way to start out.”'

Marker Ryan begins filling coaching staff [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Dennis Thurman has been my right-hand man for a long time,” Ryan said. “We’ve been together I think for 12 years (going back to his days with the Baltimore Ravens). I think all through this process you’re seeing coaches get opportunities to be a head coach and Dennis Thurman will be at the top of the list in a very short time. It won’t just be talking about my defense or whatever. This has been Dennis Thurman’s defense, as well as mine, for years.”'

Marker Grading the Bills: Marrone not bad, but won't be missed [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, he did lead the Bills to nine victories in 2014, the most since Mike Mularkey — who also quit on the Bills after his second year at the helm — did that in 2004. Buffalo was in the playoff hunt until a disastrous Week 16 loss at Oakland, and Marrone deserves credit for keeping the team on task through the ownership transition, and of course the historic snowstorm that displaced the Bills for nearly a week and cost them a home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says he was interested in doing TV, won't 'seek out' HBO's Hard Knocks [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I wasn't going to be a coordinator again," Ryan said. "I was either going to be a head coach in the right place or I was definitely interested in doing the TV thing instead of being a coordinator. But I was very honest and up front. I wanted to be a head coach in the league again but it had to be a good situation. I wasn't just going to take any job. And when the Bills offered me that opportunity to be the head coach I jumped on it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Dennis Thurman as defensive coordinator, add seven others to coaching staff [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Aprill III will coach linebackers for the Bills after spending the last two years in the same position with the Jets. Dunbar will coach the defensive line after serving in the same role for Jets the last three seasons. McDonald (defensive backs) and Weeks (assistant defensive line coach) round out the Bills' defensive coaching staff. Donnie Henderson will stay on board with the Bills as co-defensive backs coach.'

Marker Rex Ryan isn't larger than life, and that's how he endeared himself to Buffalo Bills fans [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'If you were marking a notebook with asterisks for every poignant quote from Ryan, your notebook would have looked more like the MLB record book by the time you were done. In less than an hour, Ryan churned out more interesting quotes and answers than his predecessor Doug Marrone did his entire time in Buffalo.'

Marker Hiring of Rex Ryan helped Bills GM Doug Whaley get on same page with owner Terry Pegula [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Let's look at it this way: I last saw my daughter in 2014," Whaley said Wednesday. "Dec. 31 2014. Since then I've spent every single day with the Pegulas and Russ until yesterday. It was an incredible bonding experience. I think we got a feel for how everybody operates, them for us and us for them. It's something I wasn't planning on doing, but I think we made the best out of the situation."'

Marker Rooting for Rex and backing a Braves banner [1:50 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'True, the Bills-following community has caught some big waves before, only to see them crash down. Remember all the hoopla and dreams of the promised land surrounding the big trade for Drew Bledsoe?'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Rex Ryan takes NY Jets assistant coaches with him to Buffalo Bills (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan needs Bills to win or he may lose it all (New York Daily News)
With Chan Gailey running offense, NY Jets could be the right fit for C.J. Spiller (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan officially adds 7 ex-Jets assistants to Buffalo Bills' staff (Newark Star Ledger)
Defensive coaches following their leader (Bergen Record)

Marker Ryan hires Dennis Thurman as Bills defensive coordinator [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Under Thurman, the Jets defense finished sixth in yards allowed in the NFL last season, and 11th in 2013.'

Marker Ryan hires Thurman as Bills defensive coordinator [1:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bobby April III (linebackers), Karl Dunbar (defensive line), Tim McDonald (defensive backs), Jason Oszvart (strength and conditioning assistant), Eric Smith (special teams assistant), Tony Sparano Jr. (tight ends) and Jeff Weeks (assistant defensive line) were also hired by the Bills on Thursday.'

Marker Thurman named Bills DC [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Thurman joins new Bills coach Rex Ryan, under whom Thurman was defensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2013-14. Thurman also coached defensive backs for the Jets from 2009 to 2012.'

Marker Bills filling out coaching staff [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' April spent the past two seasons working with the Jets linebackers. Under April III’s guidance, Calvin Pace recorded his first career double-digit sack season in 2013 when he tallied 10 quarterback takedowns.'

Marker Thurman announced as DC; seven assistants announced [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Along with Thurman, seven other assistant will re-join Ryan with the Bills for the 2015 NFL season.'

Marker Bills add seven assistants to coaching staff [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bobby April III, Karl Dunbar, Tim McDonald, Jason Oszvart, Eric Smith, Tony Sparano, Jr. and Jeff Weeks have been hired to the coaching staff as assistants.'

Marker Dennis Thurman named defensive coordinator [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Thurman will enter his 16th year in the NFL coaching ranks in 2015 and third as a defensive coordinator. He served in the same capacity with the New York Jets from 2013-14 after coaching the defensive backs from 2009-12. While coordinator, he oversaw a defense that finished in the top five against the run in both years.'

Marker Why Buffalo already loves Rex Ryan, and the feeling is mutual [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The thing I remember most was coming in when my dad was coaching with the Jets, and I was able to get to all the Buffalo Bill games when they would play, and how passionate those fans were, and it was just amazing,” said Rex. “And you always felt that, regardless of what the weather was like, or anything else, it was packed and those fans were so passionate about their team, and that’s another huge reason I am proud to be given this opportunity.”'

Marker Pegulas set promising course for team’s future [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think that we were fortunate that Russ (Brandon) and Doug (Whaley) had experience,” said Terry Pegula. “They sort of mobilized the team. I knew we needed a coach and it was, ‘Well, ok what do we do next?’ Well, these guys started the process. We had some lists. I talked to guys that I know in the league. We put the schedule together and flew around the country. All the way through it, it was a total four-person team that put it all together.”'

Marker Bills announce two as future signings [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed DB Jonte Green and G Darryl Johnson as reserve/future signings.'

January 15, 2015

Marker Ryan was his usual brash self [8:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He added, “We’re going to pull this team all together. When you play the Buffalo Bills, you’re going to know that you’re playing a team, not just the 53 guys, but the coaches. The entire organization is going to be pulling that rope in the same direction."'

Marker Rex Ryan hits the right notes in Buffalo debut [8:56 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“We want the Buffalo Bills to be a nightmare to play against,” Pegula said. “So, that’s our objective. With the staff that Rex is building, and with his knowledge of the game, we’re going to be a tough team defensively, and, I know that Greg Roman used that word, nightmare, and I love it.”'

Marker It’s Rex’s world now, but QB is still a problem [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Do I need to do a better job of maybe building a quarterback and all that kind of stuff? Sure, certainly,” Ryan said when asked about the lessons he learned with the Jets. “We can’t lose games because of the position. We’ve got to take care of the football. We’re going to run the football, but we’re also going to be able to throw the football.”'

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