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Buffalo Bills News - November 17, 2014

Marker Bills focused on next win, not playoff race [5:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s probably one of those things in the back of your head. You’re hoping that this team loses here, but at the end of the day, we control what we can control,” said Chris Hogan. “Every single week we still have to come out and prepare to win a football game. That’s the biggest thing for us right now. Don’t worry about what’s going to happen in the long run. Worry about what’s going to happen in the next game, and the next game and the next game, and control what we can control.”'

Marker Boy has ‘awesome’ day despite losing contest [5:52 AM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'Among the questions he had to field were what positions he would seek to fill in the draft; his favorite subject in school (science); and his favorite current player (Freddy Jackson because “he's a class act” and Eric Wood, because he met and took a picture with him at a Rochester restaurant). In his online answers, Mirras had listed Jim Kelly as his favorite Bills player because he was his grandfather's favorite.'

Marker Going Backwards [5:51 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'And so here we are, just as in seasons past – mid November and the Bills are all but out of the playoffs baring a mid-air collision between planes carrying the Dolphins and Patriots. The excitement of being 5-3 is long gone. The quarterback we once thought was the answer has turned out to not be much better than the guy he replaced. The offensive line is playing poorly. The defense is very good – if they can avoid being on the field all the time, but with the offense being so anemic they don’t have much choice. The Bills are still giving up big plays to opponents while running a dink and dunk offense to move the ball.'

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November 16, 2014

Marker Now may be time for Manuel’s return [12:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’d put Manuel back in now. I’ll admit, I was too quick to anoint Orton as a short-term answer. I should have waited to see if he could do what so many other Bills QBs had failed to do before him – win big games in the second half of a season.'

Marker Bills should start EJ Manuel at quarterback [12:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So I guess my question is, would you rather see the Bills finish 6-10, 7-9 or 8-8 under Orton, who we know isn't the team's quarterback of the future, or Manuel, who still has potential to be? A quarterback with 81 career NFL starts and a .500 resume or a kid with 14 that may have learned a lot and is refocused after holding a clipboard the past six weeks and is ready to show us something?'

Marker Corey Graham set to take up for Leodis McKelvin [12:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m pretty sure I’m going to be at corner now,” Graham said. “It’s weird how things happen. I’ve been at safety the last four or five weeks and haven’t had any reps at corner. Then this happens and you get thrown in at corner. But I’m prepared for it. I’ve played more corner in my career than safety so that’s kind of a natural position for me. It’s not like something that’s hard to do. I’m just going to go out there and play and make some plays and do the best I possibly can.”'

Marker 8 Bills stats to know from Week 11 [12:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills defense produced 5.0 sacks on Thursday night to total 39 for the 2014 season. Buffalo’s 39 sacks are the most in the first 10 games of the season in team history. The Bills remain league leaders in the category.'

November 15, 2014

Marker Bills, Marrone look for ways to move forward [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We have to go back to work and really get some things accomplished, really take a good look at ourselves again,” Marrone said. “We keep saying that, but obviously there are some things that we need to correct.”'

Marker Dolphins’ pass, run games had their way [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tannehill figured that out on the game’s first drive, when he deftly moved the offense down the field by attacking the soft perimeter of Buffalo’s secondary with precise outside throws and finding open receivers on slant routes.'

Marker McKelvin out with ankle fracture [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’ll have to see what we’re going to do with that,” Marrone said. “We’re in discussions there, meaning the roster spot and what goes on and where we put him as far as IR and things like that.”'

Marker Bills fell flat in spotlight [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I hate any punt executed on the other team’s side of the field, and my vitriol triples when it’s the second half and you’re losing. It’s dumb, it’s wimpy, and it shows no confidence in your team.'

Marker Buffalo Bills players say they didn't quit against Miami Dolphins, won't quit on 2014 season [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't think nobody quit or nothing," wide receiver Mike Williams said. "We just got beat on a Thursday. They came out and played a good game. We know we made a lot of mistakes, but give all the credit to Miami. Everybody responded the right way, we just came out and lost the game."'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has played the percentages right onto the hot seat [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Sure, the percentages told you to kick it, Doug.'

Marker Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin out indefinitely with fractured ankle [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Corey Graham took over at cornerback when McKelvin went down, while Robert Woods replaced McKelvin as the Bills' punt returner.'

Marker Bills Coach Stumbles on Fourth-Down Decisions, and Questions [1:52 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But Marrone’s reply was revealing; it was worrisome on several other levels because he did not offer a strategic rationale for his decisions. It’s the Bot’s belief — to the extent that bots can have beliefs — that most N.F.L. coaches aren’t making these decisions completely rationally. They’re making them based on outdated wisdom that doesn’t stand up to modern strategic scrutiny.'

Marker Kyle Orton struggles for Bills, and 5 observations from stats, snap counts [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills didn't have a ton of success running the ball against the Dolphins, but it was never more glaring than it was in the second half of the game when Buffalo had just three yards rushing. After piling up 51 yards on 13 rushing attempts in the first half, the Bills had six rushes for three yards in the second half.'

Marker Bills CB McKelvin out with broken ankle [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Doug Marrone said Friday the Bills are still evaluating whether to put McKelvin on injured reserve, and how they would fill his roster spot.'

Marker Sluggish offense sinking Bills' playoff hopes [1:51 AM]
AP reports: '"We just have to make plays down there and right now we're not making them," center Eric Wood said. "I realize that's general, but from my standpoint that's what needs to happen."'

Marker Bills' McKelvin suffers fractured ankle [1:51 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone on Friday said the team is still weighing its options on McKelvin's status going forward with just six games remaining.'

Marker Bills suddenly on brink of elimination [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We know what we have to do in the future," said quarterback Kyle Orton, who suffered through his worst game since taking over for EJ Manuel six weeks ago, throwing for just 193 yards. "We've got to go out and beat some good teams, that's all of our focus."'

Marker Bills' McKelvin out indefinitely with fractured ankle [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We’ll have to see what we’re going to do with that," Marrone said. "We’re in discussion there, meaning the roster spot and where we put him, as far as IR and things like that."'

Marker Bills' Marrone doesn't back down after 4th down criticism [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'My philosophy has always been, and I said this from the beginning, to make sure that I’m managing the game where I give our players the opportunity to win, where I don’t make decisions to take the game away from the players on that 4th and 6. It’s 4th and 6, we punt, we stop, you know what I’m saying, we get a score, whether it’s a field goal or a touchdown it’s still a two-score game with obviously three possessions each at least in the game with the timeouts and the two minute. I would find it hard pressed for anyone at that point in the game, knowing my colleagues in this league, to see who would have gone for it in that situation.'

Marker A surge in sacks for Mario [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He had a great game. He went out there and really executed his game plan,” DE Jerry Hughes said of Williams. “We talk about it in our room week and week out what to do and to see him go out there and do it, it was great.”'

Marker What they're saying: Dolphins 22, Bills 9 [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s just not good enough, whatever the reason is. We’ll just have to go back and watch the tape but our performance isn’t good enough right now. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board a little bit and the only thing I know is to go back and work harder, try to get better and it starts with the quarterback. My job is to put points on the board and whatever I’ve got to do to get this offense better I’m going to do.”'

November 14, 2014

Marker Bills suffer disturbing loss in Miami [1:02 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Because the reality is this ... if you can’t score a touchdown on the road against a team with a winning record, forget the playoffs.'

Marker Kyle Orton falls back to Earth [10:02 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Kyle Orton played his worst game as a Bill, completing 22 of 39 passes for 193 yards and no touchdowns.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 11 Report Card [10:01 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'If you can't establish any sort of rushing attack against a solid defensive unit, you make it easier for them to contain your offense. That's exactly what the Dolphins did and it was big reason why they won the game.'

Marker Kyle Orton needed to do better [9:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kyle Orton had a terrible night, and all the good will he built up in winning three of his first four starts for the Bills has been wiped out with back-to-back poor performances during which he produced just one touchdown (against Kansas City) in 22 total possessions. For three quarters, the maligned offensive line held up pretty well and Orton had time to throw. The problem was he kept throwing like EJ Manuel, which is to say missing receivers who were open.'

Marker Mike Williams not involved in Bills' loss, says building chemistry with Kyle Orton has been tough [9:33 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I played three plays, so you can't even start a rhythm," Williams said. "I mean, three plays. Two runs and a pass. I try to do my best ability on the plays. I'm just waiting for my opportunities."'

Marker Doug Marrone defends decision to punt in fourth quarter of Buffalo Bills' loss to Miami Dolphins [9:32 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Because, you know, with eight minutes, a situation like that ... we didn't get as good of a punt, that plays into the field position, like we had gotten last week," Marrone said. "We were thinking about going for it on fourth-and-6, the percentages are just not in our favor. We needed the two possessions, so we were going to get more than two possessions after that — at least in our opinion."'

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