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Buffalo Bills News - January 20, 2015

Marker Attitude won't be an issue with Rex Ryan on board [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Through hard work, through preparation, and all that, we’re going to see how many teams match our work ethic,” Ryan said. “The Buffalo Bills represent this community of Buffalo. We’re going to be tough. We’re going to be as loyal to our fans as they are to us. We are going to earn that loyalty and that trust, and one thing you’re going to see, come September, this team will be ready, period. That’s going to be my guarantee.'

Marker David Lee named Bills QB coach [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'During his time with the Jets, Lee oversaw QB Geno Smith—who in 2013 became the first rookie quarterback in team history to start all 16 games and became the first quarterback since the merger to record four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven career games.'

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January 19, 2015

Marker Eminent domain could be used for site of new stadium [1:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If you can pay a little more for a property but acquire it through a negotiated sale, you do that,” he said.'

Marker ‘We have not had a chance to read the report,’ Bills co-owner Kim Pegula says [1:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We need community input, and we want to make the Bills happy,” said Schumer, who is close to Terry and Kim Pegula. “We also need the cooperation of the NFL and all three levels of government.”'

Marker A look at the owners of land within the four ‘shortlisted’ Bills stadium sites [1:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But selecting a site for a new stadium is just one issue; acquiring the land necessary to build it would be another.'

Marker Sammy Watkins says Rex Ryan, Bills a perfect fit [1:03 AM]
Newsday reports: 'Ryan often was criticized for not paying enough attention to the Jets' offense, but Watkins isn't concerned about that happening in Buffalo. "He's a head coach," Watkins said. "He's got to touch on every critical position."'

Marker Study notes 3 best sites for a new Buffalo Bills stadium [1:02 AM]
AP reports: 'The study estimates the cost of a Cobblestone domed stadium at $787.6 million. An open-air stadium at either of the other sites would reduce costs by $188 million.'

January 18, 2015

Marker Charismatic Ryan can talk a good game [5:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Do we want to develop a quarterback? Of course, but we’ll take steps. The first step that we took as an organization is to bring Greg Roman in to be our offensive coordinator. (I’ve) never seen a guy get criticized more than Greg for going to three (NFC) championship games.'

Marker A move downtown could undermine Bills fans’ tradition of tailgating [7:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Most of the fans I talk to, if they’re tailgaters, they’re totally against moving the stadium downtown,” said Johnson, a software engineer who attends all away Bills games, too.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

January 17, 2015

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

January 16, 2015

Marker 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?'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.’”'

Marker Ryan stocks Bills’ staff with familiar faces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All are carry-overs from his New York Jets staff.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.”'

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