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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2016

Marker Week 3 power rankings have Buffalo Bills among worst NFL teams [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN has only the 49ers, a team with one win, and Browns are ranked below the Bills.'

Marker Diamond in the rough: Bills’ O-Line improves vs. Jets [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: ' “I thought they did improve,” Ryan said. “And really—everything’s always put on them. I put things on them, but I think even in week one a lot of that protection thing had to do with our backs in protection as well. But I did think we did a better job of protecting our quarterback in the second week.”'

Marker Bills’ Rex Ryan discusses upcoming game vs. Cardinals [1:42 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“We’re just trying to get win one in a row.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan hopes Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has 'off day' [1:41 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: '“We’re hoping for an off day. That’s pretty much it,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday during a conference call with Arizona reporters. “It’s not a very comforting thought going into a game thinking that, ‘Hey, this kid, we need him to have an off day, but that’s kind of where he is.”'

Marker Rex Ryan’s job on line as he prepares to face Cardinals [1:40 AM]
KTAR-FM reports: 'Harder still for Ryan is that he is his own worst enemy when it comes to earning latitude. Like his father Buddy, who came to Arizona in 1994 and proclaimed: “You’ve got a winner in town,” Rex Ryan’s approach is bravado-based.'

Marker Bills hope simplified offense provides boost [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '"Less plays, less thinking," McCoy said. "You go from the average of, what, 70-80 plays in a football game and you have 80-90 plays that can go. It's harder compared to something that's shorter, 30-40 plays in an 80-play game. So that's probably just the difference."'

Marker Ryan trying to steady ship after Bills' 0-2 start [1:38 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan tried to spin the doom and gloom by saying that maybe playing the Cardinals this week will do the Bills some good. As good as Arizona is, it will take supreme focus and a superb effort to beat the Cardinals. And if the Bills can pull it off, they might regain whatever confidence they have lost.'

Marker Cardinals expect different look from Bills' D [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Their backs are against the wall and we are prepared and we've got to be prepared for as much as possible," he said. "You can't ever be prepared for everything, especially with Coach Ryan, but you've got to go into these games expecting anything. When a team is in the situation they're in, where they're trying to get their first win and they've got a little turmoil going on with coaches and stuff like that, their back are against the wall and we've got to be prepared for that."'

Marker Week 3 GameScout: Cardinals at Bills [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Cardinals, 32-14.'

Marker Rex sits in on offensive meetings; Lynn will call plays from booth [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“That’s actually a good question because I’m so used to him being out there on the field and you come off the field and we’ll talk,” McCoy said. “We’ll figure it out. They have the phones. Technology nowadays is crazy. The little iPads that show you the plays. You know, what’s a good play, what’s not, or what did we do on this play that didn’t work. We’ll see if it’s a big advantage, or disadvantage I should say.”'

Marker Lynn ready for challenge as offensive coordinator [1:34 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We have to stay on the field," Lynn said. "We've had 50 plays and too many three-and-outs. I think that's been a big reason why we're 0-and-2. We want to stay on the field and simplify the reads. Maybe cut back on our variables like volume, and see if we can get better execution."'

Marker Watkins, Glenn, Clay don't practice as Bills prep for high-flying Cards [1:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring), safety Colt Anderson (foot), and quarterback Cardale Jones (shoulder) were limited participants.'

Marker The Gauge Game [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor has to show me an awful lot to justify a guarantee of 27 million dollars and a 16 million dollar cap hit.'

Marker Bills offensive staff rallies around Anthony Lynn [1:31 AM] reports: '“The whole staff those guys have been outstanding,” said Lynn in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Wednesday. “(Senior offensive assistant) Chris Palmer with his leadership he’s helped me with the passing game. Aaron Kromer he’s one of the better offensive line coaches in the game and he has called plays. Those guys have been outstanding. Pat Meyer, Tony Sparano, Sanjay Lal has been very helpful in the passing game. Jason Vrable has stepped up and is helping out with the running backs in the running back room. So everyone is playing a role and stepping up their game.”'

Marker Asst. QBs coach Vrable to help coach Bills running backs [1:30 AM] reports: 'Vrable, who was just promoted to assistant QBs coach this past March, has been part of the Bills coaching staff since 2013.'

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September 21, 2016

Marker At this point, Eagles are where Bills should be [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, their early success is still worth noting considering how quickly they started compared to how quickly the Bills have fallen. It’s not a coincidence that the two teams are trending in opposite directions. The Eagles have good people in charge while the Bills are charging into one another.'

Marker Offensive coordinator change not new for Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Any specifics, I’m going to kind of just leave blank,” Wood said of what Lynn might have planned. “It’s almost a little competitive advantage having a little mystery heading into Sunday.”'

Marker Report: McCoy facing civil suit from Philadelphia brawl [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Our investigation has confirmed that (officers) Darnell Jessie and Roland Butler were viciously attacked and beaten by LeSean McCoy and the additional defendants," Fortunato N. Perri Jr., the attorney for the police officers involved in the fight, told ESPN. "As a result of the violent assault, both men have suffered serious and permanent injuries."'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills need to stick with blitz plan, no matter what [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Put unrelenting pressure on Carson Palmer. The Bills' biggest defensive blunder in last Thursday night's loss against the New York Jets was pulling back on their pass rush because, as Rex Ryan later explained, their defensive backs were unable to hold up in man-to-man coverage.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, Rex Ryan are a 'comedy show,' says's Adam Schein [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Adam Schein, an columnist and Syracuse University alum, was the latest to talk about the move. According to Schein, the Bills are a "comedy show" under Rex Ryan.'

Marker Bills RB LeSean McCoy reportedly being sued by off-duty cops [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'McCoy, Curtis Brinkley, Tamarcus Porter and Christopher Henderson are all listed as defendants in the law suit in addition to the Recess Lounge, where the fight occurred. The lawsuit claims the bar was negligent in not providing adequate security and in over-serving McCoy and his friends.'

Marker Off-duty cops sue LeSean McCoy over Philly bar fight [1:53 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment, the Associated Press reports. McCoy's attorney has said his client was only trying to break up a fight between the officers and his friends over a $350 bottle of champagne. Police have said the fight broke out over a misunderstanding about who had bought the bottle.‚Äč'

Marker LeSean McCoy sued over Philadelphia nightclub brawl [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The civil suit says McCoy beat and kicked one officer while he was on the ground and punched another officer in the eye. The suit was filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.'

Marker Bills RB McCoy sued by Philly police officer [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The altercation began over a bottle of champagne and according to the police report one of the off-duty officers was punched and knocked to the ground, and then was punched, kicked, and stomped on.'

Marker Police officers sue Bills RB LeSean McCoy over bar fight [1:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Recess Lounge also is named as a defendant. Officers Jessie and Butler allege the club was negligent in failing to provide adequate security and for continuing to serve alcohol to McCoy, Brinkley, Porter and Henderson, "who were already visibly intoxicated."'

Marker McCoy being sued over Philly bar fight [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'An investigation took place shortly after the altercation, and in April, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams said that there would be no charges due to inconclusive proof of who initiated the fight. Police say that the fight broke out over a misunderstanding about the purchase of a $350 bottle of champagne, and McCoy's attorney Dennis Cogan told ESPN back in July that McCoy was trying to break up the fight between the officers and his friends.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Jets (9/20/16) [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Taylor deserves credit in this game for two plays in particular — both of which being touchdowns. He had the two deep TDs to Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas, and delivered a near perfect pass to get them in that position. You cannot take those plays away from him by any means. However, the Bills have seen a similar problem creep back into Taylor’s game: he’s not taking advantage of the middle of the field in the intermediate areas.'

Marker Cardinals present sizable challenge for Bills [1:47 AM] reports: '“As anybody who watched the Cardinals play this past week, realizes the task at hand,” said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. “We’re playing against, if they’re not the best team out there, they’re certainly one of them in all three phases. I think they’ve led the league in offense a couple of times. Their defense is right there at the top. We know what we’re facing and I’ll be honest it’s an impressive group. Bruce Arians does a great job and he has those guys humming right now.”'

Marker Top 6 storylines for the Bills-Cardinals this week [1:46 AM] reports: 'It all means that the Bills offense has had trouble staying on the field, which puts added pressure on a defense that struggled against the Jets. Buffalo is 31st in the league in the percentage of three-and-out offensive series. The challenge for Lynn will be to find a consistent way to move the ball, primarily on the ground. The Bills also have to make better use of their big playmakers on offense. And they’ve got to find a comfort level for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who may have been overloaded with options in the previous offensive playbook.'

September 20, 2016

Marker Ryan concedes frustration with Bills’ struggles [11:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He added, “I have no problem with it whatsoever. In fact, I think it’s a real positive thing for us. We all understand the frustrations of our fanbase, of everybody. We didn’t want to be … we didn’t expect to be 0-2 at this point, yet here we are. And as I look at it, the decision I made to move on, is because I truly believe that we can get better by making a change. That’s the only reason I did it."'

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