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).'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
Bills receiving corps could see major change in 2017 [1:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Bills Today: Did we see future Bills in national title game? [1:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
5 things to know about Sean McDermott [1:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'
Bills zero in on McDermott as new head coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could finalize an agreement with McDermott within the next day or so.'
Carpenter felt better about kicks, but results still didn't come in 2016 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t really feel like I hit the ball poorly at all this year,” Carpenter said during locker cleanout. “I feel like I struck the ball better this year probably than I have in the last two years, for sure. So it’s just things like (hitting the uprights), it’s frustrating. You’re talking inches when you’re 48 yards away or whatever.”'
The Big Tree Inn is a piece of Bills' history [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Does all this displayed history make it more painful for patrons to watch this season’s Buffalo-less Wild Card, Divisional and Championship action inside the Tree? That all depends on whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist, two predilections I jostle between on a daily basis.'
Here's vote for Deshaun Watson in Buffalo Bills uniform [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the process, Watson gave NFL teams needing a quarterback — and there are plenty out there — a lot to chew on.'
Buffalo Bills 'zeroed in' on hiring Sean McDermott as next head coach (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This season, the Panthers defense did not fare nearly as well as it had in the past. Carolina's defense was 26th in points allowed (25.1), 21st in yards allowed per game (359.8), 29th in passing yards allowed (268.2) and sixth in rushing yards allowed (91.6).'
Philadelphia Eagles interested in Buffalo Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Sanjay Lal, Buffalo's wide receivers coach, could be retained by the next head coach, but if he's let go Lal may find work rather quickly. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in adding Lal for the same position with their team.'
2017 NFL Mock Draft: Who should Buffalo Bills take with No. 10 pick? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Corey Davis, wide receiver, Western Michigan.'
Buffalo Bills interim HC Anthony Lynn continues meeting with San Diego Chargers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to meeting with San Diego, Lynn has already interviewed with Buffalo and is believed to be a candidate for the head coaching vacancies with the 49ers, Rams and Broncos.'
'A great hire:' What players, media are saying about Jaguars hiring Doug Marrone [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's not like we're bringing in a brand new coach and he's going to wipe the face of the earth of everything we've built."'
Teams that could use Bills QB Tyrod Taylor [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Taylor’s skill, plus the fact that there are more NFL teams than franchise quarterbacks being produced, make the signal caller a prime target for multiple teams across the NFL.'
Texans’ John Butler has ties to Bills HC target Sean McDermott [1:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'With McDermott reported to be the leading candidate for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching vacancy by The Buffalo News and his friendship and respect for Butler, a highly-regarded assistant coach for the NFL’s top-ranked defense, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Butler emerged as a strong option for the Bills’ defensive coordinator position should McDermott land the job.'
Bills in positive talks with Panthers' Sean McDermott for head coaching job [1:48 AM]
USA Today reports: 'One of the people said talks had not yet advanced to the stage of negotiating a contract, though, indicating there’s room for things to change. McDermott interviewed Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers. He previously interviewed with the San Diego Chargers.'
Bills to interview McDermott again for coaching search [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'McDermott's initial meeting with the Bills happened last Wednesday. He was the first of four candidates to interview for the job to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired two weeks ago.'
McDermott emerging as front-runner for Bills job [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Multiple sources familiar with the search have told WGR that the team’s front office and ownership have all been very impressed with McDermott since they first interviewed him over a week ago and may be ready to offer him the job. McDermott and Anthony Lynn have both been considered the leading candidates to replace the fired Rex Ryan. They were two of the four official interviews the team conducted, along with Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.'
Buzz growing about McDermott-Bills pairing [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Terry and Kim Pegula ultimately hold the final decision on the next head coach, and 7 Eyewitness News has heard that the initial interview between McDermott and the Bills' brass went extremely well.'
Foxworth: Defense and run game provide the blueprint for Bills future success [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“If I were a coach looking for a job I would be excited about that roster.”'
Bills Today: New coach timeline on pace with 2016 [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In 2016, the first new coach was hired seven days after the end of the regular season – Adam Gase in Miami. The seven coaching openings were filled anywhere from seven to 16 days after the 2015 season ended. By January 18th all of the hires were made, and it would’ve concluded four days earlier had Doug Pederson not had to coach with the Chiefs in the Divisional playoff round first.'
Pressure is on Whaley to find the right coach [9:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interviewed, so far, have been former Bills offensive coordinator and current interim coach Anthony Lynn plus Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and two defensive coordinators, Sean McDermott (Carolina) and Kris Richard (Seattle). Not exactly a quartet that has you rushing out to renew your season tickets.'
Buffalo in the '60s: Bills players stand up to racism [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kemp was the backup quarterback for the East All-Stars, had just won the AFL Championship with the Bills, and was also the president of the league’s players’ union. He and San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Ron Mix were among the white players at that final meeting. The two agreed to lead white players to stand by their teammates -- but not all white players embraced the move. Patriots linebacker (and later Hall of Famer) Nick Buoniconti called the walkout a “raw deal” which “hurt the league a great deal.”'
Sullivan: So many questions about this uninspiring Bills coach search [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But how do you sell that to a prospective head coach? Would the new guy really have a say on Taylor? What first-time head coach wants to start out with an inferior situation at the game's most vital position? And what if the next coach wants to win right away and pushes to trade for, say, Tony Romo?'
Things to know about Bills coaching candidate Kris Richard [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Richard is the youngest candidate the Bills have interviewed so far. He has less than a decade in coaching, but has moved up the ranks quickly.'
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