Bills holding second meeting with Sean McDermott; signs point to 5-year deal (report) [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hiring McDermott would mean that the Bills would operate out of the 4-3 on defense in 2017. Buffalo has the personnel to make a smooth transition to this scheme. It's likely that McDermott would hire his own defensive coordinator in Buffalo. Aaron Wilson of Houston Chronicle pointed out that Texans defensive backs coach John Butler has ties to McDermott.'
Latest: Bills hire Sean McDermott as next head coach [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Associated Press has also confirmed the hiring.'
Bills hire Sean McDermott to replace Rex Ryan [1:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The most important decisions the duo make will be the hiring of an offensive co-ordinator and putting an end to the Tyrod Taylor saga, either by calling him the long-term guy or simply moving on and going searching for a new starting quarterback.'
Panthers DC Sean McDermott to become next head coach of Buffalo Bills [1:41 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'McDermott interviewed for the Cleveland and Tampa Bay jobs last year that went to Hue Jackson and Dirk Koetter, part of a trend that saw all seven openings go to offensive coaches.'
Meet the NFL grunt looking to step into Rex Ryan’s mess [1:40 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The 42-year-old made his bones overseeing the Panthers defense, which has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in four of his six seasons and propelled the team to a 15-1 record and Super Bowl appearance in the 2015 season. He prefers a 4-3 defense to Ryan’s beloved 3-4 scheme, and there is no word on whether or not he is prepared to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings.'
Sean McDermott hired as next Bills head coach [1:39 AM]
USA Today reports: 'McDermott, 42, had a second interview with the team Wednesday and emerged as the team's choice to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired before the final week of his second season with the Bills.'
Buffalo Bills agree to hire Sean McDermott as coach [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Lynn was considered an initial front-runner to take over on a permanent basis, before the Bills began leaning toward McDermott, who was the first candidate the team interviewed. The Bills also interviewed Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.'
Bills turn to Panthers DC McDermott as head coach [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"His resume should speak for itself," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said last month of McDermott. "Sometimes when you hire people, you need to look at not whether or not they're the hot guy, but what they've done consistently over a period of time."'
Sean McDermott gets nod in Buffalo after six years as Panthers D-coordinator [1:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It remains unclear how much control McDermott will have over the Bills' roster and personnel decisions. General manager Doug Whaley had final say over the 53-man roster during Ryan's two-year tenure, though sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter earlier this month that the Bills were planning on giving their new coach more power within the organization. Both Whaley and Ryan reported directly to owner Terry Pegula.'
Bills tap Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as next head coach [1:35 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The Bills might have tabbed McDermott because they feel he's the perfect coach to come in and clean up Ryan's mess. To help run the defense in Buffalo, McDermott will likely bring in Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb to serve as defensive coordinator, La Canfora has reported.'
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.'
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