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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2015

Marker Analysis: Passive approach on 'D' burns Bills in loss to Chiefs [8:28 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wondering why defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was biting his tongue afterward? Here’s one theory: On both of Smith’s scoring strikes, the 6-foot-3, 331-pounder who inked a $108 million contract extension dropped into coverage… against air.'

Marker A.J. Tarpley goes from first in to out for Bills [8:27 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Head coach Rex Ryan announced Monday that rookie sixth-round draft pick Tony Steward will start in Bradham's place. "I think that's the way we're going to go, is with Tony," Ryan said before the team announced Tarpley's release. "He's doing a decent job on the practice field. I think with a full week’s preparation he'll be ready to go."'

Marker Bills once again in a bad spot with injuries [8:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie running back Karlos Williams left Sunday's loss with a shoulder injury and did not return. Ryan said the team will have to see how Williams progresses during the week before updating his status for the game against Houston.'

Marker Rex Ryan says changes are coming to Bills' challenge review process [8:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As for what – or who – will change in regards to the process, Ryan refused to get into specifics.'

Marker Report: DE Alex Carrington out for the season [8:25 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive end Alex Carrington, who was replacing the injured Mario Williams (foot) on the line, is done for the season. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Carrington tore a quad tendon in the 30-22 loss and will have surgery today.'

Marker Jerry Hughes: QB Tyrod Taylor rallying the Bills after loss [8:24 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's like Tyrod said when he pulled me aside after the game, 'We've got to pull the guys back into it. The season is not over with,'" Hughes said. "He said it best. We just had a quick little one on one. He told me to pull the guys aside. He saw my head down because he knew how badly I wanted to win this. For him to do that and tell me to pick my head up, and let's pull the guys up so we can finish the season up strong, that speaks tremendous volumes to the character we have leading this team.'

Marker Three up, three down following Buffalo's loss to Kansas City [8:24 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to remember a worse performance by a head coach when it comes to using his challenge flag.'

Marker Sammy Watkins was brilliant, then ignored [8:22 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sadly, the second half resembled the Watkins we've seen far too much of in his time with the Bills: No catches, ignored by the quarterback, a non-factor as the game got away from the Bills. This wasn't his fault. Roman cowered to the Chiefs once they decided to roll coverage toward Watkins in the second half, and thus he was thrown to just one time. Why would Roman be spooked? He let the Chiefs dictate what the offense would do, and that can't happen, especially when you've got a weapon like Watkins who could not have been hotter.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' pass rush gets no pressure on Alex Smith [8:20 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex Ryan's defense, the one known for attacking the quarterback, sat back and let Smith beat them for 290 total yards and two touchdowns. The only sack the Bills recorded came when Smith was chased out of bounds late in the game. Pro Football Focus credited Buffalo with just five quarterback hurries.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan vows to change system for challenging plays after embarrassment in Chiefs loss [8:20 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'One aspect of the Bills' system that was called into question Sunday is why James Trapp, who is listed as the team chaplain, was standing next to Ryan and seemingly advising him on the Hogan play.'

Marker Rex Ryan isn't the answer in Buffalo, but Bills are stuck with him [8:19 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is the guy the Bills hired in January, and Bills fans already seem to be growing tired of him. Twitter became the breeding ground for the "Fire Rex" campaign after the latest 30-22 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. While it's clear Ryan hasn't coached well enough to live up to the hype he created all offseason, he's also not in any danger of losing his job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey can't figure out why he keeps getting penalties [8:18 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I didn't like it again," Robey said. "Again, I think it was a bad call. I'll see the film later on tonight when I get on the plane and see if it really was a pass interference. I don't think it was pass interference. I feel like I had some contact, but I wasn't holding him, none of that. I was running down the field. I looked back for the ball, stuck my hand out and did the best I could. I felt like the ball was overthrown, actually. But they had a different opinion about it. I was disappointed about the call but just had to keep playing football."'

Marker Bills coach Ryan throws red flag on how he challenges calls [8:15 PM]
AP reports: '"It's frustrating, without question," he said. "It's my responsibility to get a process in place that's effective."'

Marker Bills place defensive lineman Carrington on season-ending IR [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy is a candidate to be promoted off Buffalo's practice squad. The Bills have also opened another roster spot by releasing rookie linebacker A.J. Tarpley.'

Marker Ryan's Bills defense experiencing issues [8:13 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'They tried to flood the coverage zones and rush three or four, and what happened was Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had plenty of time to pick the Bills apart. Incredibly, the Bills never recorded a quarterback hit on Smith, let alone sack him.'

Marker Bills lose DE Carrington for rest of season [8:12 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Carrington reportedly tore a quad tendon in Sunday's 30-22 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and will need surgery. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that Carrington will have surgery on Monday to repair the injury, ending his season.'

Marker Rex: Changes coming to Bills challenge process [8:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan’s decisions to challenge calls and not challenge others were dubious and could very well have had an impact on the outcome of the game. Or at the very least they leave plenty of room to wonder if things would have turned out different. He first chose not challenge a catch made by Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin when it appeared the ball hit the ground as he slid for the catch. '

Marker 5 Bills takeaways from Rex Ryan (11/30) [8:08 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills suffered an excruciating loss on Sunday, and now will likely be without at least one more starter on defense against Houston. Starting linebacker Nigel Bradham suffered an ankle injury against the Chiefs, and the Bills are pessimistic on his chances of playing this coming Sunday. Without Bradham, that will force rookie and sixth-round pick Tony Steward into the starting lineup, as A.J.Tarpley was deemed a liability on defense during his time on the field.'

Marker Stupidity Sinks Bills [8:06 PM]
Bills Daily reports: The Bills had an opportunity to control their own destiny and now they don’t, and when you have to rely on other teams screwing up so you can make the playoffs you’re in a world of hurt. For a team that needed to turn things around, the Bills have done what they always do – get our hopes up, then crush them by losing four of their last six games.

Marker Rex enacts changes for coach challenge decision making [8:05 PM] reports: '“There is a process in place. Did that process let us down yesterday? It absolutely did. It failed on a couple of occasions obviously. I’m not going to get into the specifics of it, but there is something that clearly we have to improve on,” said Ryan Monday. “I thought it was going well this year, but obviously we need to find a way to get it to where it’s better. When people see something at home and we don’t see it, that can’t happen. And it won’t happen in the future.”'

Marker Bills place DL Alex Carrington on IR; release AJ Tarpley [8:05 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills made two roster moves today by placing DL Alex Carrington on injured reserve and releasing LB AJ Tarpley.'

Marker What they’re saying: Bills-Chiefs postgame comments [8:04 PM] reports: '“We have great leaders. We all rallied up in the locker room and talked it out. We don’t need negativity. We don’t need anybody bringing us down. From here on out, we need to focus on Bills football and keep our heads up. We have five more games to finish out the season. You never know who’s going to lose two games in a row or who is going to lose to who. This is the NFL. We just have to be positive.”'

Marker Bills just not ready yet [12:42 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'I still think this team has the tools to be great but for some reason they’re just not there yet. It’s frustrating because you see flashes of greatness like Sammy Watkins’ performance in the first half and think ‘why can’t they do that more often?’'

Marker Blunders, stupidity led to Bills' loss [12:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the only backing off the Bills did on Sunday was away from being a viable playoff contender.'

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Marker Bills anything but ready for ‘playoff game’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rex Ryan, who could never figure out when or when not to pull that red challenge flag out of his pocket, and the rest of the Bills’ coaching staff didn’t. The Bills’ defense, which couldn’t handle a third-string running back or Alex Smith’s passing or running, didn’t. Tyrod Taylor, who was on fire for a half and then struggled with the Chiefs’ defensive adjustments in the final two quarters, didn’t.'

Marker Watkins cites lack of urgency by Bills in second half [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kansas City adjusted at halftime by giving the Bills different looks, he said, and “those guys get paid, too.” He understands Tyrod Taylor didn’t want to force the issue and throw an interception. But an offense so rhythmic, so unstoppable in the first half suddenly resembled the Bills offenses of old. The days of Trent and JP, of punts and more punts.'

Marker Ryan trapped into no challenge on Hogan [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The play obviously should have been challenged. CBS cut to a shot of Rex Ryan. An assistant in the press box, detached from the sideline madness and with the help of TV monitors, presumably was instructing Ryan what to do.'

Marker Ryan and coaches get schooled countless ways [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How do I count the ways? Offense, defense, game management, even the post-game interviews, Ryan came out on the short end. The offense, after a fabulous beginning, allowed the Chiefs to take Sammy Watkins out of the game. The defense got shredded by an average offense with a crippled offensive line.'

Marker Defense doesn’t lay a finger on Chiefs quarterback [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In this 2015 season nearing the brink, blitzing was not an emphasis.'

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