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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.”'
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.”'
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.'
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."'
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.”'
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.”'
Whaley will still assemble roster [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The only change from what was in place with Marrone is that Ryan will report directly to club owners Terry and Kim Pegula, as will Whaley and Brandon.'
Ryan expects defense to be No. 1 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Fourth in the league is probably a little disappointing, to be honest with you, because that’s not where my expectations are,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday during a news conference introducing him as the 18th head coach in Bills history. “I know we’ll lead the league in defense. That’s just the way it goes.”'
With trademark swagger, Ryan has a knack for Buffalo culture [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan had Bills fans at hello. He lived in Toronto for eight years. His father, Buddy, coached at UB. Later, when Buddy coached for the Jets, Rex came to Buffalo to see games at the Rockpile. He gets this place. He knows what makes people tick, and he pushed all the right buttons Wednesday.'
Ryan brings bravado to Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You do the best job you can,” Ryan said. “I used to always tell my players ‘Don’t listen to that little voice. That little voice tells you “That’s all you got.” But there’s another voice that if you ask for a little bit more, you can get it."'
Rex Ryan vows to 'not let our fans down' [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not going to let our fans down," the bombastic Ryan said early on during a lively 50-minute Q&A with the media. "I'm not going to do that. I know it's been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well, get ready man, we're going. We're going. Am I guaranteeing a Super Bowl and all that? I'll tell you what I will do; I will guarantee the pursuit of it. Through hard work, through preparation, we're going to see how many teams match our work ethic, and all that."'
T-Rex: Can he win the game? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I really don't think that the Buffalo Bills at 9-7 … needed to have a young coach standing in their locker room,'' Pegula said. "I thought we needed to go with somebody who had done it before.'''
Jim Kelly is pumped up about Rex Ryan's arrival [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's not a phony, he's going to tell it like it is," Kelly continued. "The media and the players see it in him; what he says he backs it up. Everyone respects him as a coach and I don't think there's many players out there who wouldn't want to play for him."'
Grading the Bills: Special teams [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'According to advanced metrics website Football Outsiders, the Bills ranked 30th in the NFL in 2013 in special teams efficiency, but they soared all the way to fourth in 2014, and the reasons were plentiful.'
Rex Ryan explains firing Jim Schwartz, says Buffalo Bills' defense will rank No. 1 in NFL [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I recognize that we're kind of a little different, but quite honestly, I've been part of record-setting teams that base out of a 4-3 and I've been part of record-setting teams that base out of a 3-4," Ryan said Wednesday. "One thing you'll find out about me is that it's not ego-driven. We're not going to definitely play a 3-4 or a 4-3, for that matter. We're going to have in our arsenal the ability to do anything. As an opponent, you've got to prepare for everything because, if not, I'm going to find out what you're not prepared for and I'll attack you appropriately. That's how we play defense. We play defense based on our personnel, not just the scheme. I don't try to put a square peg in a round hole."'
Rex Ryan says Bills will consider Mark Sanchez; Doug Whaley says all options open at quarterback [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well, I'm not concerned at all," Ryan said. "Right now, we're obviously in an evaluating process right now, in particular about the quarterback position and other positions as well, so we're just getting on the job. I can't tell you who that quarterback's going to be right now but when you surround a quarterback with outstanding players, it's not just about one man. It's about every man. Not just one man, and I think that's where our focus is going to be. Do we want to develop a quarterback, not just a franchise quarterback? Of course, but we'll take steps."'
Rex Ryan denies Bills were his third choice, is thrilled to be in Buffalo [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He said he the report that the Bills were his third choice was "definitely false."'
Former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone interviewing for a job with Jacksonville Jaguars [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'There are reports that Doug Marrone interviewed for job as offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. How the mighty average have fallen.'
NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on new Bills' leadership: 'It's the right formula' [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I also like the fact that we now have an offensive coordinator joining the team from San Francisco," she added, referring to Greg Roman. "I think between the two of them it's the right formula we need."'
Rex Ryan press conference: 15 things we learned from Buffalo Bills new coach [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills are going to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. "I am not going to let our fans down. Get ready. We are going to the playoffs. We're going."'
New Bills coach Rex Ryan says EJ Manuel 'has a lot of traits you look for in a quarterback' [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He said Manuel "was somebody that we looked at when he came out (of college)." He added that he would like to see Manuel use his legs more.'
Fred Jackson says going from Doug Marrone to Rex Ryan is an upgrade for Buffalo Bills [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well, you've got to believe that," the running back said Wednesday. "We feel like we got better at the head coaching position. Obviously you hate to see things unfold the way that they did, but you've got to look at the best side of it. We have a coach coming in here who wants to win, who's proven himself as a coach that can win. You've got to feel like you've gotten better."'
Bills take a step back with Ryan [1:42 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Even with Marrone’s unexpected departure, what this team needed was a chance to keep growing and improving and some serious attention to fixable offensive challenges. Instead, what we have gotten is another full blown demolition project.'
Rex Ryan is the coach Buffalo Bills fans have been waiting for [1:41 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'What Ryan will do to help complete the Bills' turnaround won't be known until the team returns to action in September. But one thing is clear: Ryan brings a new attitude to the franchise. He's committed to winning, not rebuilding or taking steps back. He aims to be the best and asks for nothing less from his players.'
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