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Buffalo Bills News - January 22, 2015

Marker Bills next quarterback probably not in Alabama, and 5 things we learned from day one of Senior Bowl [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While the Buffalo Bills could certainly come away from the 2015 NFL Draft with a quarterback, the prevailing opinion is that the 2015 Senior Bowl lacks a difference maker at the position. In past years, players like Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and Derek Carr have been able to steal the show in Mobile. On Tuesday, the best quarterback was probably Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, who has a chance to play himself into the second day of the draft with a strong showing this week. If the Bills are looking for a mid-round quarterback with some upside, Grayson fits the bill.'

Marker Why I Don't Want Your Damn Stadium in Downtown Buffalo [1:57 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'An NFL football stadium is too large for any of the three proposed downtown sites. Too many people will come, and they won’t come often enough to justify the type of infrastructure, such as a monorail to a new city of parking, or better yet, a working regional public transportation system, that would be needed to make this thing work.'

Marker Before We Get Ahead of Ourselves... [1:56 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'For instance: Do we really need a new stadium now that the Pegulas have committed to keeping the Bills in Western New York? Who will ultimately decide whether a new stadium is built? Which of the four “shortlisted” locations identified in the report—the Cobblestone District, the Exchange Street site, Orchard Park, or the South Park site—would be best overall for our region? Are any of the non-shortlisted sites worthy of further consideration? Should a new stadium be an open-air, football-focused venue or a domed roof, multi-purpose facility? If the new venue includes a dome, should it be retractable or non-retractable? How much of the development costs, if any, should be shouldered by taxpayers when Buffalo’s residents have so many pressing needs? Etc. Etc.'

Marker Bills fire director of pro personnel Tom Gibbons [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Gibbons' contract was set to expire in June, a source said.'

Marker Lamar's Hamlin to get professional coaching start with Bills [1:54 AM]
Florence Morning News reports: 'Hamlin says his contract is a two-year deal and he will leave for Buffalo this weekend and have meetings next week. Some of his duties as quality control coach will deal with breaking down film and advance scouting on opponents. He said he will get the rest of his duties when he meets with the other coaches Monday.'

Marker Bills Tab Anthony Lynn as RB Coach [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lynn was previously with the New York Jets, where he worked as the running backs coach from 2009 through 2014, and earned the assistant head coach title in 2013. Lynn has also coached running backs for the Browns, Cowboys, and Jaguars.'

Marker QBs coach David Lee glad to be back in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You leave a place and you just think, ‘Golly I’m going to miss some people.’ The people in Buffalo were great to me, great to our staff,” Lee told the John Murphy Show on location in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. “The greatest thing about being there were the people and you can’t say that about everywhere I’ve been, but you can there and I’m certainly glad to be back. Excited about what Rex is going to do with this entire organization. It’s going to be fun to be part of it.”'

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January 21, 2015

Marker Ryan ready for quarterback challenge [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“But it starts with a system,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to have a system that’s flexible and plays to the strength of, not just your quarterback, but all your players. And then make sure you’ve got the right guys that are teaching. I’m certainly not going to teach the position.'

Marker Marrone will be assistant for Jaguars [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So much for all those head-coaching opportunities that beckoned when Marrone bolted the Bills.'

Marker Rex Ryan discusses Bills' quarterback situation and wanting players to compete at 2015 Senior Bowl [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everybody has their own reasons or whatever, but the main thing is you're a football player," Ryan said. "We can go get a track and field guy if we want someone to run fast. But getting the opportunity to come out, compete against the best of the best in the country, I think it's just a great opportunity. It does put up a little flag on why somebody wouldn't take that opportunity. There's nothing to be fearful of. Just go out here and compete. I think that's more important than what you run at the Combine."'

Marker Rex Ryan meeting Bills' scouts for first time, builds relationship with Doug Whaley at Senior Bowl [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think it's a real selling point here, the type of person (Whaley) is, how you can see this is about the team, and I think that's the only thing," Ryan said. "It's not ego-driven whatsoever. It's like, 'Let's go out and get the right guy.' You can see the excitement he has, especially when you bring up a guy and he already know this guy and (says), 'Oh, you're going to love this guy.' I think we look at players the same way. I'm really excited to see that process go through. I want to be heavily involved and just, 'Hey, bring me with you and I'll sit there and watch tape with you, whatever it is.' I'm looking forward to that."'

Marker Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Doug Marrone showed 'great humility' in interviews [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"No, I didn't really get into it," Bradley said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. "For me, it was obviously that he's a good teacher, a good developer and a good person. The topics that we talked about, I think one thing we feel is really important is humility. If you have humility you identify your weaknesses and get better at those. I just felt a great sense of humility. Unbelievable visit, unbelievable visit."'

Marker Hue Jackson reportedly felt he was going to get Buffalo Bills head coaching job [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Lance McAlister of ESPN Radio in Cincinnati was joined by Jackson's agent, who said they both felt really good after the Bills' first round of interviews.'

Marker Possible quarterback targets for Buffalo Bills, and 5 things to watch for during 2015 Senior Bowl we [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bryce Petty, Baylor; Blake Sims, Alabama; Shane Carden, East Carolina; Sean Mannion, Oregon State; Nick Marshall, Auburn.'

Marker Hung out to dry [1:52 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'You never really want to gloat over someone else's misfortune, but it doesn't seem improper to suggest that Marrone is getting just what he deserves.'

Marker Marrone not such a hot commodity after all [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'From head coach to offensive line coach? That’s quite a drop.'

Marker Rex Ryan says Bills coaching staff will be in place by week's end [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In taking questions from Bills beat reporters for 10 minutes at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, Ryan also said he, his coaches, general manager Doug Whaley and the Bills scouting staff had an introductory dinner of sorts planned in the evening. Ryan said he literally did not previously know a single one of the Bills scouts.'

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Jets Hire Chan Gailey as Offensive Coordinator (New York Times)
NY Jets officially name Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator at last (New York Daily News)
Bowles gets his man: Jets hire Chan Gailey as O-coordinator (New York Post)
Jets name Chan Gailey offensive coordinator (Newsday)
Jets officially hire Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator (Newark Star Ledger)
Doug Marrone, former Jets head coaching candidate, lands assistant job with Jacksonville Jaguars (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn't Buffalo Bills' first choice for head coaching job (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets pick Chan Gailey as new offensive coordinator (Bergen Record)
Chan Gailey hired as Jets' offensive coordinator (AP)
Jets name Gailey offensive coordinator (The Sports Network)
Jets hire Gailey as OC (The Sports Xchange)
Chan Gailey hired as Jets' OC (ESPN)
Jets Tab Chan Gailey as Offensive Coordinator (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Wednesday's Jacksonville Coverage [1:48 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Jaguars expected to hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator Wednesday (Florida Times Union)
Jaguars hire Marrone as assistant head coach, O-line coach (AP)
Jaguars hire Marrone as assistant head coach (The Sports Network)
Marrone, Olson join Jaguars (The Sports Xchange)
Doug Marrone joins Jags' staff (ESPN)
Jaguars hire Marrone as assistant head coach, offensive line coach (Fox Sports Florida)
Marrone hired as assistant HC-offense/offensive line (Jaguars.com)
Marrone an experienced, developmental OL coach (Jaguars.com)

Marker Marrone hired by Jaguars as OL coach [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition to his responsibilities, he was also given the title of "assistant head coach" to the team's main head coach, Gus Bradley. Marrone interviewed for the offensive coordinator position in Jacksonville last week.'

Marker Rex Ryan to meet with Bills scouts at Senior Bowl [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m looking forward to that,” Ryan told the John Murphy Show on location in Mobile. “Usually I know some people, I don’t know any of the scouts. This will be a great opportunity for me, we’re having dinner. Just to get to know somebody instead of just a name and picture in a media guide—really looking forward to that.”'

January 20, 2015

Marker Who would pay for a new Bills stadium? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 10 brand-new stadiums built with the assistance of the NFL loan program, which started in 2001, show that the average stadium price was $750 million.'

Marker If the Bills leave, what happens to the Ralph? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That could include razing only a portion of the stadium, such as removing the upper stands and leaving only the lower bowl available for special events, he said.'

Marker Many of Doug Marrone's assistants, some who followed him from Syracuse, looking for new jobs [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Here's an update on where the Bills' 2014 assistant coaches stand.'

Marker David Lee hired as QB coach for Bills [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Lee's first stint in the NFL came with the Dallas Cowboys as the team's offensive quality control coach from 2003-06 and added quarterback responsibilities in 2005. In his four years with Dallas, three different quarterbacks reached the 3,000-yard mark in a season.'

Marker Lee rejoins Ryan as Bills' QB coach [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He is also expected to add Aaron Kromer to his offensive staff.'

Marker Rex Ryan talks EJ Manuel's future, plans for Sammy Watkins and Bills' elite D [1:54 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'We're going to be the most physical team in the league. And we're not shy of saying it. Obviously we have a lot of talented players including Sammy Watkins. We have a lot of talent on defense. We're going to add that same type of talent on offense. I'm excited about building this offensive line. I think if you have a strong offensive line, you can do a lot of things. That's where it starts and I'm excited about that.'

Marker Bills name David Lee quarterbacks coach [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lee guided Ryan Fitzpatrick to a personal best 24 touchdown passes in 2012 in Buffalo. Serving as the quarterbacks coach in Miami from 2008-2010, Lee coached both Chad Pennington (2008) and Chad Henne (2010) to 3,000-yard passing seasons.'

Marker Do they fit Rex & Roman? A look at Bills' 2015 UFAs [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'To relate it to normal life, C.J. Spiller is thought of by many as the classic ‘what if’ significant other from your past. Signs of potential were seen throughout the relationship between the Bills and Spiller, which led some to think he could have a greater impact than what he had. The reality of the matter is this: Spiller is exactly what we’ve come to know him as. For as many years as he’s been in the league, 2012 is the anomaly. He hasn’t proven to be an every down back in his time in the NFL, but likely wants to get paid like one.'

Marker Bills better off after crazy 16 day stretch [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It started December 29th and ended on January 14th. The 16 days probably made your head spin at times and explode on occasion. It led to many in the national media to tag the Bills as "dysfunctional" (again) but if everyone takes a step back and catches their breath, you should realize the 2015 Bills will be better because of this.'

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