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Buffalo Bills News - January 15, 2015

Marker Smilin' Rex Gives Bills a Character [1:40 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'Ryan might already be the most charismatic Bills coach since Lou Saban, but let’s be honest. It’s a pretty low bar around here.'

Marker Rex Ryan promises to build 'a bully' in Buffalo [1:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Where does the most snow fall in the area? I want to live there,” Ryan proclaimed.'

Marker ‘We will not be pushed around,’ Rex Ryan promises Bills faithful [1:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If you thought Ryan would be a humbled man after a flame-out finish to his once-promising six-year run as head coach of the New York Jets, you thought wrong. If anything, Ryan cranked it.'

Marker Rex Ryan a Buffalo kind of guy [1:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This is why Pegula is excited about his new coach. The Bills and Sabres owner, like the rest of this area, is sick and tired of being the butt of national jokes. About the weather. About wide right. About a depressed economy. About a football team that has not reached the playoffs in 15 years, a dry spell Ryan promised will come to an end.'

Marker Top 10 Rex Ryan moments [1:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Ryan’s loyalty to his quarterback is lauded. The result of that loyalty is not. McElroy, Tebow, Sanchez, Michael Vick, Geno Smith. Ryan never finds a way to win with any of them. Now he goes to another team without a proven quarterback and where he has to hope that EJ Manuel turns out to be more than a pretty face on a tattoo.'

Marker Rex Ryan hits podium running as Bills head coach [1:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'It’s at times like these that we’re reminded of an essential truth of pro sports: Being a head coach or GM is a lot like being a salesman. And Ryan, as his five-year contract worth $27 million (U.S.) might suggest, happens to be one of the sporting world’s best.'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [1:34 AM] reports:
With Familiar Bluster, Rex Ryan Signals Change Is Ahead for Buffalo Bills (New York Times)
Rex Ryan his bold, defiant self as he's introduced as new Bills coach (New York Daily News)
Former NY Jets coach Rex Ryan will face a familiar nemesis in his new gig with Bills: the Patriots (New York Daily News)
Fred Jackson talks up ‘creative’ Chan Gailey as new Jets coach Todd Bowles is expected to make veteran coach Gang Green’s offensive coordinator (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan tweaks Patriots, Marrone at blustery Bills intro (New York Post)
Hey, Buffalo, Rex will deliver more laughs than wins (New York Post)
Chan Gailey’s gift: Getting most out of offensive talent (New York Post)
Former Jets coach Rex Ryan knows his shot with Bills will probably be last in NFL (Newsday)
Rex Ryan says 'I'm going to show you,' as he gets 'last shot' with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says he is gunning for New England Patriots more than Jets (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan takes not-so-subtle shot at Doug Marrone's loyalty in first press conference with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Rinse and repeat: Rex Ryan guarantees Buffalo Bills will make playoffs, have NFL's No. 1 defense (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar expected to join Rex Ryan with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan, now with Buffalo Bills, says he'll consider signing Mark Sanchez. Tampering violation? (Newark Star Ledger)
Same old Rex: Ryan brings his bravado to Buffalo, but usual questions remain (Newark Star Ledger)
The 10 best quotes from Rex Ryan in his introductory press conference as Bills' head coach (Newark Star Ledger)
Bills fans think Rex Ryan's everyman personality fits perfectly in Buffalo, a city desperate to win (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan vows to build Buffalo Bills into bully (Bergen Record)
Buffalo Wraps Ryan In Its Warm Winter Embrace (Wall Street Journal)
Rex Ryan in His Own Words (Wall Street Journal)
Jets’ New Offensive Coordinator Goes With What He’s Got (Wall Street Journal)
AP source: Chan Gailey to be Jets' offensive coordinator (AP)

Marker Brash and bold, Ryan vows to build Buffalo Bills into bully [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Referring to the job as his last shot to prove himself, Ryan stopped short of guaranteeing Buffalo winning a Super Bowl. Ryan did "guarantee" winning a championship as being his sole pursuit.'

Marker Loyalty lands Rex in Buffalo [1:32 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Uh, shocked," Pegula said at Ryan's introductory press conference on Wednesday when asked about Marrone's abrupt departure. "More than shocked, but hey, I liked Doug Marrone when he was here. He was probably the guy I talked to more than anybody. So he made that decision. He moved on."'

Marker Rex Ryan: Bills will 'build a bully' [1:31 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I'm not going to let our fans down. I'm not going to do that," Ryan said. "I know it's been 15 years [since Buffalo reached the playoffs]. Well, get ready. We're going."'

Marker Ryan fits right in as Bills' new coach [1:30 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan will replace defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz with former Jets coordinator Dennis Thurman, citing philosophical differences. The Bills had the fourth-ranked defense in the NFL last season and led the league in sacks. "Fourth is a little disappointing," Ryan said. "I know we will lead the league in defense."'

Marker Digging into new Bills coach Rex Ryan's first comments on EJ Manuel [1:29 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'It is of course possible that Manuel shows great improvement under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Quarterbacks improve all the time, especially young ones. He has protypical size and good speed once he gets outside the rush and he has Sammy Watkins to throw to. But it's hard to argue, based on the scouting reports before he came into the league, or his performance since landing to Buffalo, that Manuel will ever be an especially accurate passer, and since he doesn't appear to throw a great deep ball or deal with pressure very well, it's tough to imagine other ways he can make up for his inaccuracy.'

Marker Rex Ryan (is back) press conference: 8 things to know [1:28 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Consider ourselves very much hashtag blessed to have Rex back in our lives and fully empowered by an ownership group that feels "Wild and Crazy Rex" is the best Rex to make the Bills both relevant on and off the field.'

Marker Bills looking at OL coaching candidates [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have requested permission to speak with San Francisco OL coach Mike Solari and Washington OL coach Chris Foerster.'

Marker Rex Ryan Day One: My favorite answers [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I know what wins in this league and do I have to get better in certain areas? There’s no question about it. The fact that, do we need to do a better job…do I need to do a better job in building a quarterback and all that stuff? Sure. Certainly but you learn from different things. You have to protect things. We can’t lose games because of the position."'

Marker Kelly likes what he sees with the Bills and wants to join in [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jim Kelly has never been shy about his desire to be more involved in the Bills organization. Now that he’s come out the other side in his fight against cancer, it seems like he’s up for it again, “Hopefully in short time I’ll be able to sit down with Terry and talk with him. I’ve already talked to Rex about my ideas, but right now he needs to settle in, he’s got to understand who his staff is, but yes of course, I’d like to get my two cents where I feel it’s needed whether it’s the quarterback position or whether it’s the wide receiver position which are two positions that I feel are my strong point.”'

Marker Marrone interviews with Bears [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone had worked with Bears new general manager Ryan Pace for three years in New Orleans, as well as coached Jets offensive line for four years before he jumped to New Orleans to serve as the Saints' offensive coordinator.Before Tuesday's interview with Chicago, Marrone had also reportedly interviewed with the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Ryan: Bills QB picture not clear yet [1:23 AM] reports: 'It was great theater, and no doubt, it'll fire up the Bills fans who have seen their heyday as a NFL power fade further and further in the rearview mirror. But their friends in green will tell you that's exactly what it is — theater — and that wasn't enough with the Jets and won't be enough with the Bills, either.'

Marker The best quotes from Rex Ryan's first day [1:22 AM] reports: '“Start preparing that we’re going to be playing games in January.”'

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January 14, 2015

Marker Schwartz officially gone, Roman new offensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”'

Marker Hiring big-name coach shows Pegulas are serious about creating a winner [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Forget the Super Bowl. There are 239 days until the 2015 season begins.'

Marker Ryan makes his first coaching decisions [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Schwartz is a staunch believer in the 4-3 base defense and doesn't like to blitz, opting to let his front four rush the quarterback and cover with seven defenders. Ryan, who is considered one of the brightest defensive minds in the game, is the opposite. He prefers the base 3-4 and he prides himself on changing things up and blitzing to create havoc.'

Marker 10 lesser-known facts about Rex Ryan [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan wasn't the best student growing up, but it wasn't until 2007 that he learned a major reason why. He suffers from dyslexia, a learning disability that affects someone's ability to read, write, spell and pronounce words. Coaches these days bounce up and down the sidelines with complex, color-coded play cards in their hands. Ryan says he color-coded his plays long before it became the norm so he could comprehend them easier.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Defensive backs [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The defensive effort was certainly impressive and once again — as was the case with the line and the linebackers — it was such a shame that this type of play by the defense went to waste this season.'

Marker Could Cardale Jones be a Bill? [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jones is 22, having spent a year at a military prep school; he has a child to support; and even though he's got a national title to his credit, there are no guarantees he'll beat out Miller or Barrett for the Buckeyes' starting job in the fall. Miller could also be leaving, and that would impact Jones' decision.'

Marker Chicago Bears interview Doug Marrone for head coach opening Tuesday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Even if Marrone is unable to land a head coaching gig, he has a standing offer from his old friend Bill O'Brien to become a consultant for the Houston Texans.'

Marker New Bills coach Rex Ryan greeted with giant pizza upon arrival in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan has lost quite a bit of weight since becoming an NFL head coach, but Buffalo's pizza and wings may not be the best recipe for keeping the weight off.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have more than enough talent to make up for loss of DC Jim Schwartz [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But as the Bills proved over the last two seasons, they have a wealth of defensive talent capable of playing in a variety of different schemes. While Schwartz gets credit for improving the run defense in 2014, the Bills also added a star rookie linebacker in Preston Brown and a proven run-stopping linebacker in Brandon Spikes. Schwartz's defense was atop the league in sacks, but how tough is it to figure out ways to get pressure on the quarterback when you have three Pro Bowl defensive linemen?'

Marker Buffalo Bills: Change amid a status quo [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Ryan is a leader. Some others, still with the team's management, do not have that ability.'

Marker With Ryan hire, it feels like Bills finally may be relevant again [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Good luck getting a top coach for this organization, most thought. But, lo and behold, they got one.'

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