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Buffalo Bills News - November 20, 2014

Marker Where could the Buffalo Bills play on Sunday? Carrier Dome is not an option [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The remote option of using the Carrier Dome as a temporary home for the snowed under Buffalo Bills game on Sunday will not work because of cleanup from an American Hockey League game there the night before.'

Marker Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams helps Jim Kelly dig out of snowstorm [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'So Williams was willing to lend a helping hand on Wednesday as many around Western New York tried to dig out of the snow. With Bills' players having the day off from practice, Williams went over to the house of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly to help him dig out from underneath the snow. Kelly's wife Jill documented it.'

Marker Snow causing drop in ticket prices for Buffalo Bills' game against New York Jets [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'If these prices hold, this will be the cheapest Bills' home game since they hosted the Jaguars back in 2012 when the average price for a ticket by midweek before the game was $31. The average ticket price for the Bills' game against the Jets this weekend is currently $39.'

Marker Slumping Bills provide cause for forced optimism [1:49 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'Whatever Vick has left, though, still makes him better than Smith and, for the last two games at least, more productive than Orton, who head coach Doug Marrone insists will remain Buffalo’s starter.'

Marker Buffalo Bills in race against time and snow, but game will go on [1:48 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Rogers Centre in Toronto is unlikely, but it hasn’t been ruled out. “We have not been contacted by the Bills nor the NFL,” Stephen Brooks, senior vice-president of business operations for the Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre, said in an email. “Hosting any event with such short lead time would present considerable challenges.”'

Marker Bills Get Snow Day and Logistics Headache [1:47 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Michael Signora, an N.F.L. spokesman, said the league was monitoring the situation. “We are working with the Bills to determine the status of the stadium,” he wrote in an email. “If a change to the schedule needs to be made, the league will make the decision, working closely with the club and local authorities.”'

Marker Buffalo needs a snow day, should move NY Jets vs. Bills game to Monday night [1:46 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'A league official told the Daily News that there is no set deadline to move the game that is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. The NFL, not the Bills, has jurisdiction over any time/date changes. Mother Nature had dumped up to five feet of snow on the Buffalo suburbs this week with another one to two feet expected Thursday, according to weather.com. Marrone couldn’t definitively say whether his team would practice Thursday, either.'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [1:45 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bills Get Snow Day and Logistics Headache (New York Times)
Buffalo Bills tackling chaos related to massive snowstorm, NFL says game vs. NY Jets could be moved (New York Daily News)
Buffalo needs a snow day, should move NY Jets vs. Bills game to Monday night (New York Daily News)
Bills offering $10 an hour, tickets to game for fans to help shovel snow out of stadium before NY Jets game (New York Daily News)
Buffalo Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins catches eye of NY Jets coach Rex Ryan (New York Daily News)
Bills can’t get to practice because of snow — advantage: Jets (New York Post)
Vick makes most of his second chance with Jets (New York Post)
Jets receiver Decker finally over hamstring injury (New York Post)
Jets-Bills game could get grounded by snow in Buffalo (Newsday)
Michael Vick knows if you turn the ball over, you're not going to win (Newsday)
Jets-Buffalo Bills game could be played as late as Tuesday night because of snow, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
Wide receiver Jalen Saunders, Jets' bust draft pick, signed to New Orleans Saints' active roster (Newark Star Ledger)
Buffalo Bills missing practice due to snow could be 'huge deal,' says Jets linebacker Quinton Coples (Newark Star Ledger)
Buffalo Bills can't practice because of snow? No big deal, says Jets' Rex Ryan (Newark Star Ledger)
Snow in Buffalo causing concern for Sunday's Jets-Bills game (Bergen Record)
Jets-Bills breakdown (Bergen Record)
Jets' Vick savors another start, shot at Bills (AP)
Jets prepare while Buffalo tries to dig out (The Sports Xchange)
Bills seek shoveling help for stadium (ESPN New York)
Tale Of The Tape: New York Jets At Buffalo Bills (WFAN-AM)
Which Red Zone 'D' Will Show Up in Buffalo? (NewYorkJets.com)
Locker Room View: The Snow Up There (NewYorkJets.com)
Kevin Mawae Advances as HOF Semifinalist (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Bayside grad relies on ground game in Buffalo snow [1:44 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'To try to get ready, the team scheduled conference calls with players on Wednesday night. Position coaches were to go over scouting reports. Broomfield is on the practice squad right now, so he won’t play but has to go through the preparation in case the team needs to activate him. All the players have iPads, and the scouting report was uploaded so they all spent Wednesday sitting at home, studying up for the conference call later.'

Marker Bills race clock to clear snow-filled stadium [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'It usually takes three days to clear a 1-foot snowfall, Major said. The snow removal has begun, and Major hopes to round up 500 people working three shifts around the clock to clear the facility.'

Marker Bills still planning to play Sunday despite snowstorm [1:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We are working with the Bills to determine the status of the stadium. If a change to the schedule needs to be made, the league will make the decision, working closely with the club and local authorities."'

Marker Bills plan to play Sunday despite record snowfall [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills did not provide a timetable on when the NFL would decide whether it will be necessary to postpone the game or move it to another location.'

Marker Buried Bills in dark during multi-day blizzard [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The NFL, not the Bills, will make the final determination on what to do, but the game could be pushed back to Monday, or perhaps contested at a neutral site Sunday or Monday, perhaps Toronto's Rogers Centre where the Bills played one regular-season game every year between 2008 and 2013.'

Marker Bills working around the clock to ready stadium for Sunday [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team has offered $10 per hour and game tickets to help with the readying process for the stadium, and will continue the efforts 24 hours a day until game day. The Bills said that the amount of snow inside Ralph Wilson Stadium is "four times or more" the amount they have ever had to remove ahead of a game.'

Marker Marrone pushes for aggressive play in red zone [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job up front of running the football,” Marrone said. “At the end of the day, when you’re 25-percent efficient running the football, that’s a major issue.”'

Marker Bills coaches adjust to snow to prepare players [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It affects the normal week and we're here trying to work on getting our information out to our players," said Marrone via conference call Wednesday. "First and foremost we're focused on our players' safety. Making sure everybody stays safe and making sure they abide by the rules with the driving ban.'

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November 19, 2014

Marker Bills ready to carry on in the snow [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At 5-5 and in 12th place in the AFC, the Bills may need to win their remaining six games to make the postseason. The next two come at home, where the Bills have struggled this season. Buffalo is just 2-3 at home, and in one of those wins – against Minnesota – the team played poorly.'

Marker Polian’s start with Bills was discreet [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I later found out that Mr. Wilson wasn’t told a whole lot about my being hired. Kay and others in the organization advised me to “kind of stay below the radar.” That was pretty easy, given that my office in the Bills’ administrative building in Orchard Park, New York, was the roughly the size of a storage closet. Besides, Mr. Wilson was based in Detroit, where he spent most of his time, and I was going to be out of town virtually every weekend during the season, doing advance scouting of upcoming opponents.'

Marker Coach Marrone stops to help snowbound motorist [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marrone continued to score points by signing a few autographs before resuming his quest to make it to the Orchard Park stadium.'

Marker Bills kicker Carpenter helps out snowbound neighbors [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Noble said Carpenter shoved himself a path as he headed over. “He had to cut through the snow from his driveway just to get to our front door ... and he only had a small snow shovel.'

Marker Will Marrone and Hackett be like Phillips and Jones? [1:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'After the expensive acquisition of rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Whaley indicated that he felt it was worth giving up first- and fourth-round draft choices to get a player who would lift Buffalo into playoff mix. He acknowledged it was a gamble ... but one worth taking. Unspoken was the fact that it was Marrone, not Whaley, who would be in the crucible if the Bills weren’t a playoff team.'

Marker Doug Whaley defends Sammy Watkins trade; Buffalo Bills would hold No. 14 pick in 2015 NFL Draft [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We thought it was a calculated risk and a risk we were willing to take," Whaley said in May. "The high costs not making the playoffs is something we weighed in and we thought this guy was going to get us to the playoffs."'

Marker Doug Whaley discusses EJ Manuel, Kyle Orton and the future of the Buffalo Bills' quarterback positio [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We were all on board with the pick," Whaley said. "It's one of those things where everybody was obviously... when it was Buddy, it's going to be attached to Buddy. When it's me, Sammy's going to be attached to my name. But when you're going through a scouting process, especially with the guys in the top four to five rounds, you're going to have five to six opinions. And what we do is we collectively come up with a Buffalo Bills opinion. So, EJ Manuel was a Buffalo Bills pick, and all of us were on board with it."'

Marker What it's like in Buffalo? Snowy observations from our Bills beat writer [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Unlike Dixon, I have seen snow before, but not like this. I experienced plenty of snow storms growing up in Massachusetts and braved the 20 inches Missouri got unexpectedly while I was at college, but I was told it would be different in Western New York. I can now confirm it is, in fact, different. I could hardly walk down the street, let alone drive.'

Marker Bills coach Doug Marrone, kicker Dan Carpenter help Western New Yorkers during snowstorm [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"All my life people have been telling me what I can't do," Marrone said of the driving ban.'

Marker Bills' Whaley discusses Orton, Marrone, EJ and 4th down on WGR [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Let me look at this way. We're in a results based business, and has he done some really good things? Absolutely. But the last two games, it hasn't been up to par because we're in this business to win. Will he get better? Yes. Will we get better? That's the plan. Now for the future right now, we're looking at the New York Jets because we're in playoff mode, fellas, right now. I know everybody's saying what about next year, next year, but our sole focus in this organization right now is the New York Jets. And we'll deal with everything else after the season like we always do.'

Marker Marrone pushes for aggressive play in red zone [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I don’t think we’re doing a good enough job up front of running the football,” Marrone said. “At the end of the day, when you’re 25-percent efficient running the football, that’s a major issue.”'

Marker From the Booth: 4 observations from the Bills-Dolphins game [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“There were a lot of questions about the Bills making the big move in the draft to go up and get Sammy Watkins,” Bowen said. “But when you see a player with this type of talent and you know he’s going to be a superstar, you make a move like that. “'

November 18, 2014

Marker Marrone defends his decisions on fourth down [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I tell myself this and I joke about it, but sometimes I really mean it, I feel like if we can’t make a fourth and 1, we shouldn’t be able to win that game,” he said. “Fourth and 1 is literally just taking one step. It’s all about ‘want to,’ and the attitude of wanting to get that first down or wanting to make that stop if they don’t get a first down.”'

Marker Trading up for Watkins was folly [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Do you know what makes Whaley’s Folly even worse? The NFL’s current crop of first-year wideouts is one of the best in history. This rookie class continues to validate the judgment of scouts who said last year’s draft would produce a bounty of gifted receivers.'

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