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Buffalo Bills News - January 12, 2017

Marker Jerry Sullivan: McDermott hire would seem to further diminish Whaley [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Word is, McDermott wants control of the 53-man roster, which is typically the province of the GM. But with Whaley a weakened figure, any established coaching candidate would have demanded full control. According to reports, the Pegulas were impressed enough by McDermott to consider giving him some control of the roster. There's talk that he and Whaley will share control of the 53.'

Marker Report: Sean McDermott could bring Panthers LB coach to be Bills defensive coordinator [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott and Holcomb have worked together for four years. Holcomb has coached Carolina's linebackers since 2013, helping develop Luke Kuechly into a four-time Pro Bowler and the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: The Drought be damned, let Doug & Sean Show breathe [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are not close to being a contender. They reshaped the roster according to Ryan’s vision. Now they’re going to have to reshape it again, especially since McDermott runs a 4-3 defense. And check out next year’s tough schedule. It screams 4-12.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: New coach, but same old Bills? [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'My problem with McDermott actually has nothing to do with McDermott. The same beef would have applied to any coach the Bills hired so long as the same people remained in charge of the front office. They can’t be trusted to make sound decisions, so there’s little reason to believe they made the right call now.'

Marker Things to know about Bills new head coach Sean McDermott [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Phenomenal football coach,” Reid told the Charlotte Observer of McDermott earlier this year. “(The Panthers defense is) getting coached like crazy by a guy who is going to be a future head coach in this league.”'

Marker Reaction to the Bills hiring Sean McDermott [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills just hired the anti-Rex, and that's a great thing.'

Marker Things to know about Mike McCoy as the Bills' potential offensive coordinator [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One thing that should jump out from the list of McCoy's experience is that he was the offensive coordinator who won a playoff game with Tim Tebow at quarterback. Sure, Denver's defense that year was insanely good. But, Tebow!'

Marker It's official: Sean McDermott is Bills new head coach [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the hallmarks of McDermott’s coaching style is his ability to adapt. While he runs a base 4-3, his approach has been to tailor the scheme to the strengths of his players because with all the turnover in the NFL, you’re constantly adjusting to different skill sets.'

Marker Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy withdraws from 2017 NFL Pro Bowl [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Despite McCoy withdrawing from the game, Alexander may not be the only Bills player represented at the Pro Bowl when all is said and done. Richie Incognito and Kyle Williams were both named first alternates for the game. Stephon Gilmore, Jerome Felton and Zach Brown are also alternates who could appear in the game if other players back out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Sean McDermott as next head coach [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With McDermott in place, the Bills still have some questions to sort through. Who will have control of the 53-man roster? What will the team do about quarterback Tyrod Taylor? What will the organizational structure look like? McDermott is just the first piece of a complicated offseason puzzle for the Bills, who are attempting to improve on a 7-9 season and end a 17-year playoff drought.'

Marker Sammy Watkins supports idea of Buffalo Bills drafting Clemson QB Deshaun Watson [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Draft analysts believe that Watson will go in the first round so the Bills would likely have to use the 10th overall pick on the quarterback if they wanted to add him to the roster.'

Marker Bills holding second meeting with Sean McDermott; signs point to 5-year deal (report) [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hiring McDermott would mean that the Bills would operate out of the 4-3 on defense in 2017. Buffalo has the personnel to make a smooth transition to this scheme. It's likely that McDermott would hire his own defensive coordinator in Buffalo. Aaron Wilson of Houston Chronicle pointed out that Texans defensive backs coach John Butler has ties to McDermott.'

Marker Latest: Bills hire Sean McDermott as next head coach [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Associated Press has also confirmed the hiring.'

Marker Bills hire Sean McDermott to replace Rex Ryan [1:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The most important decisions the duo make will be the hiring of an offensive co-ordinator and putting an end to the Tyrod Taylor saga, either by calling him the long-term guy or simply moving on and going searching for a new starting quarterback.'

Marker Panthers DC Sean McDermott to become next head coach of Buffalo Bills [1:41 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'McDermott interviewed for the Cleveland and Tampa Bay jobs last year that went to Hue Jackson and Dirk Koetter, part of a trend that saw all seven openings go to offensive coaches.'

Marker Meet the NFL grunt looking to step into Rex Ryan’s mess [1:40 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The 42-year-old made his bones overseeing the Panthers defense, which has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in four of his six seasons and propelled the team to a 15-1 record and Super Bowl appearance in the 2015 season. He prefers a 4-3 defense to Ryan’s beloved 3-4 scheme, and there is no word on whether or not he is prepared to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.'

Marker Sean McDermott hired as next Bills head coach [1:39 AM]
USA Today reports: 'McDermott, 42, had a second interview with the team Wednesday and emerged as the team's choice to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired before the final week of his second season with the Bills.'

Marker Buffalo Bills agree to hire Sean McDermott as coach [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Lynn was considered an initial front-runner to take over on a permanent basis, before the Bills began leaning toward McDermott, who was the first candidate the team interviewed. The Bills also interviewed Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.'

Marker Bills turn to Panthers DC McDermott as head coach [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"His resume should speak for itself," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said last month of McDermott. "Sometimes when you hire people, you need to look at not whether or not they're the hot guy, but what they've done consistently over a period of time."'

Marker Sean McDermott gets nod in Buffalo after six years as Panthers D-coordinator [1:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It remains unclear how much control McDermott will have over the Bills' roster and personnel decisions. General manager Doug Whaley had final say over the 53-man roster during Ryan's two-year tenure, though sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter earlier this month that the Bills were planning on giving their new coach more power within the organization. Both Whaley and Ryan reported directly to owner Terry Pegula.'

Marker Bills tap Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as next head coach [1:35 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills might have tabbed McDermott because they feel he's the perfect coach to come in and clean up Ryan's mess. To help run the defense in Buffalo, McDermott will likely bring in Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb to serve as defensive coordinator, La Canfora has reported.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Panthers DC Sean McDermott as their next head coach [1:34 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'This will be McDermott’s first stint as a head coach in the NFL. Expectations will be high with Buffalo’s last playoff appearance coming in 1999, so there will be a minimal grace period for him. Rex Ryan lasted only two years despite being just one game below .500 (15-16).'

Marker Seven reasons to believe Bills got it right with Sean McDermott as coach [1:33 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Ryan made a lot of noise and boasted with little results. McDermott will be fiery, but he also won't bring out the bold silliness. Gase was the right type of no-nonsense personality to put in a division with Bill Belichick. McDermott fits that profile, too.'

Marker Report: McDermott agrees to become next Bills head coach [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McDermott has been the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers for the past five seasons, ranking in the top-10 in four of those years. McDermott replaces Rex Ryan who was fired before the end of the 2016 regular season.'

Marker McDermott agrees to be Bills' next head coach [1:31 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The biggest problem is potentially finding a middle linebacker that's as quick and instinctive as Luke Kuechly was for McDermott in Carolina. While Preston Brown would be better suited in a 4-3 defense, he's not nearly as quick as Kuechly and could struggle in the zone-based coverages McDermott employs.'

Marker Bills praise new head coach Sean McDermott [1:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Sean McDermott is an excellent football coach and we feel he is the perfect leader for this team," Bills General Manager Doug Whaley added. " Sean’s intelligence, leadership qualities, and vision for our team impressed us throughout the interview process. I am excited to begin working with Coach McDermott and his staff."'

Marker Bills fans react to new Head Coach [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"We've got some stars so hopefully he can make them into a superstar so I don't know what they're going to do with the offense so we'll see," said another fan.'

Marker Bills receiving corps could see major change in 2017 [1:28 AM] reports: 'The four free agents accounted for 1,350 of Buffalo’s 3,250 passing yards and eight of the 17 passing touchdowns this season.'

Marker Bills Today: Did we see future Bills in national title game? [1:27 AM] reports: 'Since 2011, the Bills have drafted 13 players who have appeared in the national championship game during their college career. That’s more than two players per year. Almost a quarter of those picks (4) have come in the second round for Buffalo. Here’s a look at all the Bills draft choices since the 2011 NFL draft that appeared in a national title game.'

Marker 5 things to know about Sean McDermott [1:26 AM] reports: 'McDermott’s playing career was self-made at the college level. He went from a walk at William & Mary to team captain by his senior season. For two of those seasons Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin was a teammate of McDermott’s with the Tribe.'

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