Kathryn Smith’s hiring by the Bills an important step forward [1:54 AM]
Newsday reports: 'First, he has given my daughter and your daughter and the 45 percent of NFL fans who are women — according to a 2013 NFL commissioned report — something new to aspire to. And second, by hiring the first full-time female assistant NFL coach, he has helped focus public attention on the massive gender-hiring gap in professional sports.'
NFL's first female scout applauds Bills' coach hiring [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"To me, the best part of this is that Kathryn has a chance to just learn so much and ask questions and pick up so many things," Carberg said.'
20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, Part 4 [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Noah Spence is one of the most interesting stories in the draft this year, because it’s a bit mysterious as to how high he’ll be picked in the draft due to the off-the-field concerns.'
Some bad timing for Ryan, Bills as offseason begins [12:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'That is to say, if you’re raising ticket prices, even for unfailingly loyal and hopeful Bills fans, wait until their optimism has been buoyed a bit by free agency and speculation about the draft.'
Local family meets Jim Kelly [12:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“He talked with us for a few minutes. He was asking my boys if they were big Bills fans,” Caswell says. “He also asked them if they’re good and listen to their parents. My little guy said 'Well ... sometimes.' Jim thought that was pretty funny. He talked to me, too, and noticed my Tyrod jersey.”'
It’s not all gloom and doom in Vic Carucci’s season-ending Bills’ report card [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Other than that, there was mostly what the record reflected: mediocrity.'
Thurman remains Bills' defensive coordinator [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This will allow Dennis freedom to go, if he wants to spend more time with the secondary, with whatever, that’s fine,” Ryan said. “But Tim McDonald’s our secondary coach, and I feel great about that.”'
Rex sees hiring of brother as a way to 'tie in more' with team [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is my football team,” Ryan said. “That’s how I’m approaching it. It’s not that I’m just a defensive guy. No, this is my team. It’s offensive players … every offensive player, every special-team player, every offensive coach, special-team coach, this is it. This is all about who I am. I think (hiring Rob) will help me to really tie in more to this football team.'
Smith’s attention to detail makes her good fit as coach [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“And Kathryn goes, ‘Well, Rex, we can get that up (from a video archive). We’ll call it up on their sacks,’” Ryan recalled Friday. “I said, ‘No, it wasn’t a sack.’ So I left it at that. I go out to practice, I come back in off the practice field and she has this thing already drawn up and put it on my TV screen. And she goes, ‘I believe this is the play you were referring to.’'
Bills GM Whaley recognizes difficult cap situation [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My job is easy; we want this guy or that guy,” Whaley said. “But Jim Overdorf has the dubious task of fitting them into the salary cap and dealing with the agents. Right now it’s pretty restrictive. I believe we’re over the cap and JO will be working hard, working his magic.”'
Rex Ryan finds criticism of him and Rob Ryan 'hilarious' and takes it personally [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You know what? I'm a competitor," Ryan said Friday. "Above everything else, I'm a competitor. And I believe in myself, but I believe in this team. I believe in the coaches I've got and I believe in the players I have. ... (Being) linked with something that underachieved, that bothers me. And so I'm ready to go. I can tell you that much. I don't know what the results will be, but I know what the effort's going to be. I can't wait to play. I don't even know who's going to be on the team, but I can't wait. I can't wait until it's all said and done and we're ready to roll. Hey, we're coming out here on Sunday. I can't wait for that. Maybe it's the competitor in me and whatever, but I know one thing: I believe in myself and I believe in the people that are with me."'
Why Rex and Rob Ryan changed their minds, decided to work together with Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, there's an old saying that one bullet gets both of you," Rex explained Friday. "In that business, that's what happens. You set your own path. That was something, as much as we're proud of being the son of Buddy Ryan and things, for us to make it, I wouldn't be standing in front of you today if all I did was follow my dad. And the same thing with my brother."'
Rex Ryan recalls day he realized Kathryn Smith was cut out to coach in NFL [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"She's picked up things along the way," Ryan said. "This is just another opportunity for her to move forward. Is it and entry level position in the coaching field? It is. A lot of people break in as quality control coaches, but don't think it's not an important position, because it really is. It's a very important position. But I feel great about it. I truly believe she's going to do a tremendous job this way. She does not have field experience per say, I get that, but I know she's going to excel in the other areas of being a quality control coach, and I think she's going to be successful on the field as well."'
Kathryn Smith's rise with Bills merits applause, but now her work really begins [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now, though, the real labors begin. Getting these kinds of gigs is relatively (note the italicized letters and bold-faced type) easy. Keeping them is another matter. And on this, 99 percent of all coaches, hired to be fired, will agree.'
Rex Ryan defends hiring of twin brother [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I understand where it’s coming from, because my brother, twelve years he’s been a co-ordinator. But we brought my brother in just to add to what we have and to have other eyes in it.”'
Bills coach overcomes attitudes against women in football [1:49 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“The biggest advantage I had with those guys was the street credibility having played,” Welter told USA Today. “That might be the most difficult part for her.”'
How St. John’s experience helped Kathryn Smith land historic job [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: '“It doesn’t shock me, but at the same time it’s shocking to see her face associated with this,” said St. John’s assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih, who worked with Smith as a team manager. “We knew back then with her affiliation to the Jets and working with the Fan Fest stuff, she was really geared towards working in the NFL. Following her career since we graduated in 2007, it’s amazing how everything has come full circle [with her" target="_blank"> as the first woman’s NFL coach.”'
Props to Bills for hiring a female assistant coach. Now about the cheerleaders ... [1:47 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'If the Bills' elevation of Smith suggests an enlightened mindset when it comes to women in the workplace, the lawsuit their former cheerleaders filed against the team, which a New York state judge earlier this month allowed to proceed, leaves an utterly different impression.'
Ryan saw Kathryn Smith's coaching potential with the Jets [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"She goes, 'I believe this is the play you were referring to,'" Ryan said Friday. "And I'm like, 'Oh, my goodness. And it was.'"'
Ryan praises Smith as NFL's first full-time female assistant coach [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"But I have known her professionally for seven years and the reason that I think she is going to do a tremendous job here, it starts with everything else just like any profession, you have got to have a work ethic, you got to have a passion for it, and I just like the way she is.'
Rex: Dennis Thurman is still the Defensive Coordinator [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Absolutely,” Ryan responded when asked if Thurman will keep the title. “And I understand where it’s coming from, because my brother, twelve years he’s been a coordinator. But we brought my brother in just to add to what we have, and to have other eyes in it.”'
20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, part 3 [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, the best pass rushing prospect available in the 2016 NFL Draft is Clemson’s Shaq Lawson.'
Kathryn Smith not first historic move for Bills [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"If you can help a player that is all they are interested in," Ryan said when asked about the remarks. "Also that you care about them and you want them to do well, I think those are traits players will look up too and respect regardless of how the person looks."'
Role explained: First female assistant coach in the NFL has important job [1:41 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“She’s going to be grinding through hours of film. The quality control guys are the guys who know exactly who is playing well, who is not playing well, what they can do and what they can’t do.”'
Smith’s quality-control job is a big part of today’s NFL [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of that goes with the tough things. Doing all the computer stuff, doing all the drawings, all that type of stuff,” Ryan said. “Working mainly with scout teams. … She’s done things like this in the past. “With the knowledge and commitment she has – very committed young lady – I think she’ll do a great job.”'
Buffalo Bills restricted free agents: The players, the guidelines & what we'd offer [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here are the Bills’ seven restricted free agents, in our priority order, along with what we’d do in each situation.'
Bills continue tradition of progressive thinking in hiring women [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m pretty sure Linda Bogdan never met Kathryn Smith, but I’m guessing that somewhere, she is smiling at the way the team is carrying on a tradition of sorts.'
LeSean McCoy backs out of Pro Bowl [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: The Bills could still have a representative in Hawaii, as left guard Richie Incognito, center Eric Wood, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus are alternates. The roster will be finalized after the AFC and NFC championship games Sunday. Players from teams that advance to the Super Bowl are not eligible for the game, so some alternates will get into the game.
Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills deserve credit for hiring Smith and pulling sports farther into the 21st century.'
Power Take: Kathryn Smith’s promotion wins public-relations points [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith never played football and has never coached. I’ve read two books on Ryan and her name was never mentioned. But when a team has missed the playoffs for 16 straight years, any sort of progressive vision is welcome.'
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