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Buffalo Bills News - February 1, 2017

Marker Ed Reed won't return for second season on Bills' coaching staff [1:48 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Reed spent 11 of his 12 NFL seasons with the Ravens and established himself as one of the top players in franchise history. He had long expressed an interest in coaching and it was hardly surprising that it was Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Ravens, who gave him his first opportunity.'

Marker Bills will not retain Smith, NFL's first female assistant [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was fairly expected as new head coaches often bring in their own assistants, shifting away from those already in an organization.'

Marker Ex-Bills coach Ryan will be picky about return to NFL [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"The one thing about (being on TV) is that you don't lose," Ryan told the newspaper. "You'll remember every (expletive) loss. But the wins? You don't necessarily remember. So, it takes a lot out of you. I'm tired of getting (expletive). Unless it's a real situation, there's no sense of getting into it again."'

Marker Rex Ryan 'not bitter' about Bills' firing, but 'I was hurt by it' [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I'm really not that bitter [about being fired] and maybe that $15 million [remaining on the deal] is one of the reasons," Ryan told the Daily News. "I'm not bitter, man. ... Yeah, I'm hurt. I was hurt by it. There's no question. But bitter ain't how I feel. I'm like, 'Shoot, if they never wanted me here, then fine. I ain't here. I'm not your coach anymore. Fine and dandy.'"'

Marker Bills will not keep NFL's first female full-time coach, Kathryn Smith [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In her entry-level position last season, Smith broke down game film of past and future opponents, helped assemble special-teams game plans and assisted Crossman in coaching those units during practices and games.'

Marker Bills dismiss 14 coaches from contracts [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As McDermott continues to build his coaching staff, the team announced they will not move forward with 14 coaches that were under contract.'

Marker Rex Ryan's comments show why split with Bills was necessary [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That was commonplace with Rex Ryan. He would be the first one to say that he takes the blame for everything that happens on the field, while if you listen to him for long enough, he'll also dole out veiled critiques as to why things went awry.'

Marker Bills announce coaching staff moves [1:41 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that Bobby April, John Blake, Aaron Kromer, David Lee, D’Anton Lynn, Tim McDonald, Pat Meyer, Chris Palmer, Ed Reed, Eric Smith, Kathryn Smith, Dennis Thurman, Jason Vrable and Jeff Weeks will not be part of the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills players on new head coach Sean McDermott [1:40 AM] reports: '“I like Sean. Even when I played with Philly and he was there, I liked him. He’s tough, he’s honest and he’s fair. I think that he’s the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody that we can believe in and trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex, because I love Rex, but I think that Sean is a guy that will get it done.”'

Marker Bills Today: Anderson: Decision to re-sign was easy [1:39 AM] reports: '“I got to Buffalo last offseason and immediately fell in love,” he said. “My season was cut short with an injury, so I felt it was an easy decision. The way I looked at it I felt I had some unfinished business there. So I’m looking forward to getting back and being the leader on special teams.”'

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January 31, 2017

Marker Hogan has used everyone's doubts as his jet fuel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s the business side of things,” Hogan said. “It wasn’t personal at all. That organization gave me my first shot at playing in the NFL and gave me a chance to prove myself as a football player. And without them giving me that opportunity, I wouldn’t be here today.”'

Marker Jim Kelly named to ESPN list of best 15 QBs of all time [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With that in mind, ESPN senior writer John Clayton wrote a column ranking his top 15 quarterbacks of all time. Brady tops that list, while Bills great Jim Kelly comes in 13th.'

Marker Rex Ryan to work for ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to the report, the deal is only for the Super Bowl, but Ourand suggests "it clearly makes ESPN a front-runner to sign Ryan to a longer deal if he’s unable to find a coaching job he likes."'

Marker Report: Rex Ryan to work Super Bowl Sunday for ESPN [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The boisterous Ryan, whose news conferences were often akin to stand-up routines, is considered a "can’t-miss'' as a TV analyst. ESPN’s Markman once said that when he closed his eyes and listened to Ryan “I hear a little bit of John Madden in him.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills hiring East Carolina's Phil McGeoghan as WRs coach (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Caplan noted that McGeoghan is one of the better young teachers of the position.'

Marker ESPN hires former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan for Super Bowl coverage [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'After the Bills fired Ryan, four networks reached out about securing his services. While his demonstrative personality and propensity for jokes didn't create much success on the football field over the last six years, Ryan will find a natural home in front of the camera. He'll have particularly useful insight into this Super Bowl, which includes the New England Patriots, the team Ryan played often but always struggled to beat.'

Marker Rex Ryan lands ESPN job [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ryan will appear on Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN, which will air from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday.'

Marker ESPN hires Ryan to do analysis for Super Bowl broadcast [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”'

Marker Former Jets coach Rex Ryan signs with ESPN for Super Bowl Sunday show [1:51 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It’s unclear what Ryan will choose to do next, but TV seems to be calling him.'

Marker Rex Ryan starts second career with ESPN [1:50 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Ryan’s boisterous opinions will play well on television, and was sought after by FOX, CBS and NFL Network.'

Marker Report: Rex Ryan inks deal with ESPN for ‘NFL Sunday Countdown’ [1:49 AM]
Newsday reports: '“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SBJ. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”'

Marker Rex Ryan to join ESPN as Super Bowl analyst [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective," ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told Sports Business Daily. "He knows the Patriots really well. He's raring to go."'

Marker Outspoken former coach Rex Ryan to join Sunday NFL Countdown for Super Bowl [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Sports Business Daily reports that CBS, Fox and NFL Network also reached out to Ryan to serve as an analyst following his firing in December. It is unclear if Ryan will seek a long-term analyst role or return to coaching.'

Marker Jim Kelly draws from own experience for cancer campaign [1:46 AM]
Fox News reports: '“Especially with men, there are so many guys that are stubborn and say ‘Oh I’ll be fine,’ and you keep putting it off and putting it off,” Kelly said. “If you feel that there is something that is not right, get it checked. I mean, what’s it going to hurt to get it checked? It’s either yes or no.”'

Marker McDermott executes plan to hire experienced staff [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Turning 43 in March, McDermott will enter 2017 as the fourth youngest head coach in the league. It will be his first head coaching job at any level. So, he and the Bills were smart to surround him with coaches who’ve been around the game, in the league, and through a lot of different situations that he has yet to face as the man in charge. The next step will be for McDermott to strike the right balance of leaning on those assistants when he has to, but making sure they and the players in the locker room understand he’s their leader, and earns that respect.'

Marker The long build [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Days after telling the assembled media that he believed the Bills to be “close”, Whaley changed his tune and sounded like a pre-tank Sabres employee talking about championships. Plural.'

Marker Alexander Defensive MVP, Brown, Gilmore plays roles in AFC Pro Bowl win [1:43 AM] reports: 'Zach Brown was the second leading tackler in the game and made a goal line stop of Cowboys RB Zeke Elliott on fourth-and-goal from the one. Stephon Gilmore thwarted another scoring attempt intercepting a pass in the end zone that was intended for Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. And Lorenzo Alexander led the AFC in tackles with eight and had an interception en route to being named Defensive MVP of the game.'

Marker Bills Today: Bills reach out to Alexander [1:42 AM] reports: '“[The Bills] have reached out to me,” Alexander said. “They want me to be back ... I’m waiting to see what all the offers are on the table. My wife and I will sit down and make the best decision for ourselves.”'

January 30, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's Mock Draft I: Bills opt for defensive help at No. 10 [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jamal Adams, S, LSU. The biggest question here is what happens at quarterback. If the Bills bring back Tyrod Taylor, it means they’re not entering into a total rebuild and should try and find an immediate contributor. Adams would be just that in the secondary. Another option would be to add another wide receiver to pair with Sammy Watkins – either Western Michigan’s Corey Davis or Clemson’s Mike Williams would fit that bill. Adams looks to be a complete prospect, with solid intangibles, an ability to play against the run and the explosiveness teams look for in a top-10 pick.'

Marker Bills' defenders come up big for AFC squad at Pro Bowl [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The decisive play was turned in by Alexander, the former journeyman who had a career season with 12.5 sacks. He intercepted Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Cousins' pass bounced off the hands of Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham and into the arms of Alexander, who returned it 20 yards before throwing a lateral to Denver's Aqib Talib, who then raced inside the NFC 10-yard line before getting stripped by Cousins.'

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