State study focuses on three Buffalo sites for Bills stadium, as well as the Ralph [7:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Because of natural lighting issues, though, only a domed stadium would likely meet NFL requirements at the Cobblestone site, whereas either a dome or an open-air stadium would work at the other two city sites, said a source who was involved in compiling the study.'
What’s ‘home of the Bills’ worth to Orchard Park? [7:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the stadium moved elsewhere, some Orchard Park businesses would suffer, but town coffers should collect the same amount of sales tax should the Bills stay in Erie County. That’s because sales tax payments to towns are based on population and assessed valuation, not the sales that take place in the particular town.'
Bills’ Roman has legendary influence [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 2011, the 49ers ranked eighth in the NFL in rushing (11 spots higher than the previous season) on the way to a 13-3 finish and a trip to the NFC Championship Game. In 2012, they were fourth in the league in that category on the way to the Super Bowl, where they lost to Baltimore. A year later, their ground game was third in the NFL and they lost to Seattle for the conference title. Last season, despite the turmoil that led to coach Jim Harbaugh leaving the 49ers for the University of Michigan, Roman still managed to guide the league’s fourth-best rushing attack.'
New stadium for Bills should draw on, and enhance, the renaissance of Buffalo [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With costs likely to approach a billion dollars, it is essential for a new stadium to meet its potential for other revenue-generating public uses. It makes no sense to spend that kind of money on a gargantuan structure that could be used as few as eight times a year.'
The Bills made them want to ... get married [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He proposed to me on the 50-yard line at the Bills stadium,” said Moultrie Brown.'
Bills need QB to live happily ever after [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There's no question that Whaley will push Ryan to give EJ Manuel, the team's benched 2013 first-round pick, a long, fair look. And there's no question Ryan will want to make a strong case to bring in free agent Mark Sanchez, a player he had with the Jets and liked so much he got a tattoo of his wife wearing a Sanchez jersey.'
Rex Ryan's tired act gets another run off Broadway [1:55 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'He was like a stand-up comedian who had his own long-running show on Broadway and then was relegated to performing the same worn-out act in the Catskills. Ryan talked the other day as if he was a three-time Super Bowl winner. The man has an ego.'
Rex Ryan finds comfort in Buffalo [1:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Ryan, however, has a comfort level in the AFC. He’s familiar with the division and has some unfinished business left with Belichick. That trumped all.'
Bills add Kromer, Lee to coaching staff [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Kromer spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator in Chicago. The Bears ranked 15th in passing yards (237.0) and 27th in rushing yards (90.1) last season.'
Brunell says Ryan can figure out Bills’ QB problems [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’ll yell. He’ll cuss. He’ll crack jokes. You just don’t know what you’re going to get, but everything you do get is fascinating. You’re going to be entertained and inspired.”'
Ruben Brown adapts to a post-football diet [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Five years after the perennial All Pro Buffalo Bills guard retired from football, Brown weighs roughly 70 pounds less than his top playing weight of 340 pounds. He’s also passed along his eating habits to his children – Solomon, 15, Benjamin, 12, and Isabele, 10 – sort of.'
Doug Marrone interviewing with Denver Broncos' head coach opening, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Broncos will also be interviewing current Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak over the weekend and have four other candidates for the opening. Marrone has already interviewed with the Jets, Bears and Falcons. The Jets have filled their head coaching opening, while the Bears are reportedly close to a deal with Fox.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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?'
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.'
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.’”'
Ryan stocks Bills’ staff with familiar faces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All are carry-overs from his New York Jets staff.'
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.'
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.”'
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.”'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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?'
Friday's New York Coverage [1:49 AM]
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)
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.'
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