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Buffalo Bills News - January 11, 2017

Marker McDermott emerging as front-runner for Bills job [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Multiple sources familiar with the search have told WGR that the team’s front office and ownership have all been very impressed with McDermott since they first interviewed him over a week ago and may be ready to offer him the job. McDermott and Anthony Lynn have both been considered the leading candidates to replace the fired Rex Ryan. They were two of the four official interviews the team conducted, along with Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.'

Marker Buzz growing about McDermott-Bills pairing [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Terry and Kim Pegula ultimately hold the final decision on the next head coach, and 7 Eyewitness News has heard that the initial interview between McDermott and the Bills' brass went extremely well.'

Marker Foxworth: Defense and run game provide the blueprint for Bills future success [1:44 AM] reports: '“If I were a coach looking for a job I would be excited about that roster.”'

Marker Bills Today: New coach timeline on pace with 2016 [1:43 AM] reports: 'In 2016, the first new coach was hired seven days after the end of the regular season – Adam Gase in Miami. The seven coaching openings were filled anywhere from seven to 16 days after the 2015 season ended. By January 18th all of the hires were made, and it would’ve concluded four days earlier had Doug Pederson not had to coach with the Chiefs in the Divisional playoff round first.'

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January 10, 2017

Marker Pressure is on Whaley to find the right coach [9:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interviewed, so far, have been former Bills offensive coordinator and current interim coach Anthony Lynn plus Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and two defensive coordinators, Sean McDermott (Carolina) and Kris Richard (Seattle). Not exactly a quartet that has you rushing out to renew your season tickets.'

Marker Buffalo in the '60s: Bills players stand up to racism [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kemp was the backup quarterback for the East All-Stars, had just won the AFL Championship with the Bills, and was also the president of the league’s players’ union. He and San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Ron Mix were among the white players at that final meeting. The two agreed to lead white players to stand by their teammates -- but not all white players embraced the move. Patriots linebacker (and later Hall of Famer) Nick Buoniconti called the walkout a “raw deal” which “hurt the league a great deal.”'

Marker Sullivan: So many questions about this uninspiring Bills coach search [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But how do you sell that to a prospective head coach? Would the new guy really have a say on Taylor? What first-time head coach wants to start out with an inferior situation at the game's most vital position? And what if the next coach wants to win right away and pushes to trade for, say, Tony Romo?'

Marker Things to know about Bills coaching candidate Kris Richard [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Richard is the youngest candidate the Bills have interviewed so far. He has less than a decade in coaching, but has moved up the ranks quickly.'

Marker 5 takeaways from first week of Bills HC search [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'All four candidates are also under the age of 50, with Richard (37) being the youngest. With this head coaching search, it appears the Bills front office wants all egos and previous reputations checked at the door -- seeing as how their previous head coach pointed to his track record far too often when asked about 2016 in-season failures. However you slice it, the Bills are looking for something quite a bit different than what they just had.'

Marker The Search: Getting to Know HC Candidate Anthony Lynn [1:55 AM] reports: 'Going back to his work with the Browns, Lynn coached running back Jamal Lewis — who was at the tail end of his NFL career — to a pair of 1,000 yard seasons. In 2007, the Browns finished No. 10 in yards rushing, and No. 6 in rushing yards per play.'

January 9, 2017

Marker Bills reportedly heading west to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'NFL rules stipulate that the Bills’ search team – comprised of owners Terry and Kim Pegula, along with General Manager Doug Whaley and Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos – have to meet with Richard in Seattle. As an assistant coach on a team that won on wild-card weekend, there is a window for Richard to interview between now and the divisional round. If the Seahawks win in the divisional round, Richard can’t be interviewed again until the week after the conference championship games.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Bills' search continues for coaching jewel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pegula is a patient man by nature, and he’s operating in the naturally impatient and pressurized environment of the NFL. This is an entirely different challenge.'

Marker Buffalo Bills planning to give next HC more power within organization (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schefter didn't give any additional details in terms of what power the next head coach may have in Buffalo, but GM Doug Whaley noted at his end of the year press conference that he was open to a different structure within the organization and possibly giving up some of his power.'

Marker What Kyle Williams has endured with the Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'A complete rebuild is something Williams doesn’t want to be a part of. Regardless of Williams’ decision, he has endured quite the load as a member of the Buffalo Bills, both physically and mentally.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard for head coaching job [1:55 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Richard, who according to his Seahawks’ bio is 37 years old, has been Seattle’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, taking over for Dan Quinn, who left following the 2014 season to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Quinn took over for Gus Bradley, who left after the 2012 season to become the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bradley was fired this year with a 14-48 record while Quinn led the Falcons to an NFC South title this year in his second season and will host Seattle on Saturday in a divisional playoff game.'

Marker Rams interview Anthony Lynn, Doug Marrone for head-coaching vacancy [1:54 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'Lynn is an intriguing candidate not only because of his coaching talent but because, according to a report from ESPN, if Lynn becomes a head coach he intends to hire Gus Bradley as his defensive coorindator. Bradley was a successful coordinator in Seattle before he was hired (and later fired) as head coach in Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills plan to give new head coach more power within organziation [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Ryan reported directly to Bills owner Terry Pegula but only had power over the 46-man game day roster. General manager Doug Whaley retained control of the 53-man roster.'

Marker Bills may give new coach more power [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It would be a curious move if true, considering the team is likely to hire a first time head coach, judging by the list of candidates they’ve either already spoken to or are reported to be interested in. Also, the new head coach may very well be reporting directly to Whaley, a change from the past two years when Rex Ryan and Whaley both reported separately to owners Terry and Kim Pegula. I'm told either structure is still possible depending on what coach is hired and what he and the front office determine together.'

Marker Bills meeting with Seahawks DC Kris Richard in Seattle [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'He is the fourth coaching candidate the Bills have met with since firing Rex Ryan. General Manager Doug Whaley along with owners Terry and Kim Pegula and Jim Monos have also met with Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn and Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.'

January 8, 2017

Marker Shaq Lawson on his plan for 2017: 'Be the dominant player I was' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“My plan was to be rookie of the year and make it to the playoffs but it ain’t go that way. So next year we’ll see how it goes. The goal is to make the playoffs and be the dominant player I was who they drafted.”'

Marker Things to know: Harold Goodwin [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cardinals' offense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in 2015 for the first time in franchise history, setting team single-season records for points (489), touchdowns (59), touchdown passes (35), total net yards (6,533) and first downs (373).'

Marker Stats have fans believing Buffalo Bills not far off playoffs [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What they lacked is what they always lack: The ability to win close games thanks to an elite quarterback, an elite defense or if we dare dream, both.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Offense has bright spots, but not enough [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The biggest problem might be the unfortunate chance for change due to free agency and players aging.'

Marker The Pegulas should take a step back with the Bills and Sabres [1:55 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'As for their return on investment thus far, specific to the Bills and Sabres, the Pegulas have constructed themselves a clown show.'

Marker Steve Tasker on Bruce DeHaven, One of the Best Coaches You Never Knew [1:54 AM]
SI reports: 'We had this bond as a team you don’t see on many teams—maybe any other team. There’s maybe the three best players on the team, all Hall of Famers, and they knew this coach on their team was hurting, and they just had to be there for him. Bruce was so important to them, even though he wasn’t their position coach or head coach. I will always remember that.'

Marker Bruce DeHaven, a pioneer for special teams [1:53 AM] reports: '“Bruce DeHaven was not only one of the premier special teams coaches the history of the NFL, he was also a premier special person,” said Levy. “His work ethic, his love for and his dedication to the game, his caring about those players from whom he was able to bring forth their maximum talents and who revere him are all signature features which distinguished him.” '

January 7, 2017

Marker Ragland face of Bills' failed defensive plan [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe the most intriguing element is Ragland. Of the trio, he was considered the most specific fit for Ryan's 3-4 defense. As the Bills search for Ryan's replacement, there is speculation they might either end up with a defensive coordinator (such as former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley) who uses a 4-3 scheme or a head coach with a defensive background (such as Carolina Panthers DC Sean McDermott) who also uses a 4-3.'

Marker Report: Bills planning to 'move on' from Taylor [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Buffalo is instead planning to move on from Taylor, despite the fact that their scoring has increased dramatically since he arrived," Schefter wrote on'

Marker Jerry Sullivan's mailbag: Bills aren't exactly doing a coaching star search [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fact that they're not reaching out to former head coaches is a clear sign that they don't want anyone who has the clout to challenge Whaley and demand to be the most empowered figure in the football department. No one with an alternative will be interested in coming to work under Whaley.'

Marker Bills ratings down from a year ago, but still strong [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ratings for the Bills televised games this season dropped by about six percent from a year ago, which isn’t that significant considering the decline in NFL ratings the early part of this season.'

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