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Buffalo Bills News - January 28, 2015

Marker Several businesses would be among casualties of Exchange Street stadium site [8:24 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s great for Buffalo and would love to see it down here, but not exactly on one of the sights they picked, obviously, because it impacts us.”'

Marker Rex on Bills DC Dennis Thurman: 'He makes me look good' [8:23 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They played well enough to kill us twice," Thurman said, referencing Buffalo's two lopsided wins over the Jets last year. "There's a lot of talent here and they played good defense a year ago, and that's a credit to coach Schwartz and his staff. There's talent on this defense up front, at linebacker, and in the secondary."'

Marker Bills DC Dennis Thurman is more 'low key' but shares Rex Ryan's passion and bravado [8:22 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"If you're good and you know you're good, who cares if you talk about it. What do you have to do? You have to go out on the field and prove it. Talking doesn't win games. Being brash and having bravado doesn't win games. You have to go out and back it up, so who cares."'

Marker Former Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett will rejoin Doug Marrone in Jacksonville, according to report [8:21 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In Jacksonville, Hackett will have a chance to work with 2014 No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles, who struggled in his rookie season with the Jaguars. Hackett, 35, has six seasons of NFL coaching experience, including two as a coordinator, but he has never been a quarterbacks coach in the NFL. Hackett previously worked with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley in Tampa Bay as well.'

Marker Hackett lands with Jaguars as QB coach [8:20 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hackett reportedly pulled out of the discussion to become the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams to take the job in being the point man for developing former first-round pick Blake Bortles starting in 2015. He and Bradley previously served on the same staff in Tampa Bay in 2006 and 2007.'

Marker Bills' Thurman yet to commit to one defensive scheme [8:19 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Whatever the talent dictates," Thurman said Tuesday. "We'll play a 3-4, we'll play a 4-3. We'll get in the 46. We'll get in an odd front. It's whatever our guys do best. We're gonna play to their strengths, and when you do that, you're giving your guys a chance to be successful. That's what it really comes down to, is those guys that are out there on the field, are you giving them the opportunity to go out and succeed? So it doesn't matter."'

Marker Does reading Rex's record lead us to EJ? [8:18 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Especially considering the obvious difficulty the Bills would have in making a big upgrade at quarterback, I think Ryan and Roman will go with Manuel if need be and not hate their fates for it. If something else comes along, fine. They'll need some kind of veteran QB to fill out the roster. But I'd bet Ryan thinks he has Sanchez's equal in Manuel. This, of course, is as this evaluation process starts.'

Marker Jerry Hughes free agency foray could be different [8:15 PM] reports: '“I know (Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf has been in touch with his representatives and started the process,” said Whaley. “We want him back. He’s a great part of our defense. He brings a lot of energy, and hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later.”'

Marker Dennis Thurman a product of HOF pedigree [8:14 PM] reports: '“After my seventh year at Dallas coach Landry asked me if I ever thought about coaching,” Thurman said. “I said, ‘No, I majored in journalism and minored in communication. I wanted to talk about sports on television.’ I didn’t want to get into coaching, but he said, ‘You prepare like a coach. You might want to give it some thought.’”'

Marker New DC Thurman has tough act to top [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They did an excellent job,” Thurman said of the Bills’ defenders in 2014. “There is talent on this defense up front, at linebacker and in the secondary. Our job is to put that talent in the best position to give them an opportunity to be successful. That’s all we’ve ever tried to do.”'

Marker Roman ready to tackle Bills' offense [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We've been evaluating the entire roster and EJ and Jeff, we've got some film on both of them and we're going through it," said Roman. "Both of them possess skills to play the position, and I think we're just going to focus on rolling the balls on the field, working with them, and going from there. Everything else at this point is water cooler talk."'

Marker Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman says EJ Manuel will have 'clean slate' [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Whatever we end up being, whatever we end up looking like, is going to be a reflection of what our players can do," Roman said. "It might look a lot of different ways. Maybe our tight end position gets a little beefed up, we like our receiver position, where does a fullback fit in to all this? It might look a lot of different ways, but ultimately, we're going to try to do what our players do well, try to minimize what your players don't do well."'

Marker Bills running back Anthony Dixon played the 2014 on a partially torn meniscus [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Dixon later tweeted that he expects to come back stronger from the surgery. He better hope so given the current state of the Bills' backfield. With Fred Jackson entering the final season of his contract and getting up there in age and C.J. Spiller getting set to hit free agency, the Bills could be relying on the depth of Bryce Brown and Dixon. Buffalo will likely add another running back through free agency or the draft to provide some competition as well.'

Marker Why should Buffalo Bills' fans trust Greg Roman's commitment to the run? [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think we want to build a team that kind of reflects the city of Buffalo," Roman said. "I think part of that is being smart, tough and making Buffalo a place that nobody wants to come in December, January, etc. I think if you can exert your will at the line of scrimmage, it's going to open up a lot of other things in the offense. To simply say we're just going to run the football, well nobody simply runs the football. We want to run the football to a level where people respect and fear us and our ability to do so. That will help everything else in the offense open up. It will help us control the game, which is ultimately what we want to do."'

Marker Greg Roman to give Bills quarterback EJ Manuel a clean slate [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'General manager Doug Whaley previously said he intends to add one and potentially two quarterbacks this offseason. Until that happens, Roman can only focus on the players he has.'

Marker Bills officially introduce OC Roman, DC Thurman [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We want to run the football to a level where people respect and fear us in our ability to do so," the new Bills OC said. "That will help everything else in the offense open up and help us control the game which is ultimately what we want to do."'

Marker Bills' Roman says clean slate on the way for EJ Manuel [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."'

Marker 10 reasons to be excited about the new Bills coordinators [1:51 AM] reports: '“We want to be aggressive because we don’t want to sit back and let the offense dictate to us. We want to dictate play to them,” said Thurman.'

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January 27, 2015

Marker Ryan adds to Bills coaching staff [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Palmer is the most interesting of the hires. He has 22 years of NFL coaching experience and last worked as offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans in 2011 and 2012. Over his career, Palmer spent two seasons as the head coach for the Cleveland Browns and seven seasons as an offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.'

Marker Adam Schefter says it's 'too early' to say Doug Marrone made a mistake by bailing on Bills [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He'll be, I believe, at the top of the list of candidates next year," Schefter continued. "If he doesn't get a head coaching job ever again, he made a colossal mistake. Colossal. If he doesn't get a head coaching job in the next year or two? Huge mistake. But let's see how it plays out. People are ripping on him. Hey, he's got $4 million in his pocket, he's got whatever Jacksonville is paying him. He walks into a situation where there was no quarterback, was no one, and now he starts over. He rolled the dice a little bit and we'll see how it plays out. It's too early to say he made a mistake."'

Marker Siena poll: Buffalo Bills fans happy with hire of Rex Ryan to replace Doug Marrone [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'However, fans aren't quite as sold on the Bills' ability to crack the postseason in 2015: Only 49 percent of those polled think the Bills will end their playoff drought next season.'

Marker C.J. Spiller awaits “March Madness” should he test free agency [1:56 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: '“Physically, I’m back to 100 percent, back to doing normal activities,” Spiller told The Post and Courier on Friday. “As far as football, free agency will start in March, and I’ll get with my people next week and get a game plan together.”'

Marker Jim Schwartz waiting for right opportunity to continue coaching [1:55 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: '"He knows what he is doing," said Buffalo's Donnie Henderson, one of the NFL's top secondary coaches. "From the first time he walked into the room, you knew he knew the game and how to play it. He won't be out there long, somebody is going to hire him as a coordinator or head coach again."'

Marker Bills hire Kromer, 5 others to coaching staff [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills announced Monday they also hired Michael Hamlin as a special teams quality control coach, Sanjay Lal as wide receivers coach, Anthony Lynn as a running backs coach, D'Anton Lynn as a defensive assistant and Chris Palmer as a senior offensive assistant.'

Marker Bills hire Kromer, Palmer and 4 others to Ryan's staff [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Palmer is the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and last served as an offensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans. He has 22 years of coaching experience in the NFL. Lal, along with both Anthony Lynn and D'Anton Lynn, will all join the Bills staff after having been with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets last season.'

Marker Bills hire six new assistant coaches, retain four [1:52 AM] reports: 'Head coach Rex Ryan has secured the services of ten assistant coaches - four retained from the previous regime - to continue filling out his coaching staff.'

Marker 2014: A year of defensive excellence [1:51 AM] reports: 'While the Bills stood fourth in points per game allowed, when you strip down Buffalo’s points allowed to those only scored by opposing offenses, the Bills ranked second in the league allowing just 271 on the year. It was a sizable improvement from 2013 when Buffalo ranked 20th in that category.'

January 26, 2015

Marker Poll: Bills fans very bullish on Ryan hire, but remain skeptical about playoff chances [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan received an overwhelming majority of support, with 70 percent of respondents saying the Bills made a good decision to hire the brash former coach of the New York Jets. Just 9 percent of respondents thought it was a bad decision.'

January 25, 2015

Marker Bills dare to dream of future [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The prevailing thought at One Bills Drive – among players and the front office – is the organization got better when head coach Doug Marrone exercised the out clause in his contract, essentially quitting on the team.'

Marker Poll: Majority favors downtown stadium for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In contrast, many of those in the poll see Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park as past its prime despite $130 million in renovations just last year.'

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