Bills safety Aaron Williams leaning toward returning to play [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'He was more definitive in a note posted on his Twitter account earlier in the day. In referring to Buffalo's hiring of new head coach Sean McDermott, Anthony Williams wrote: "Excited about the new HC (head coach) and Aaron coming back to be part of the team that finally brings playoffs and a SB (Super Bowl) to the deserving BLO fans."'
Report: Aaron Williams leaning toward return to football [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It’s been back and forth with, ‘yeah I’m going to play this year,’ to, ‘man I feel good not playing.’ I’ve been doing it for so long it’s pretty much all I known. Change can be scary sometimes but this offseason made me realize how precious life really is.'
Report: Childress, Olson leading candidates for Bills OC [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Childress, was previously the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2010, and worked under Reid as the Eagles QB coach and offensive coordinator from 1999-2005.'
Analysis: Why Rex Ryan's defense failed in Buffalo [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But in Buffalo, Ryan’s defense seemed to lose its identity. Players openly criticized his scheme in his first season with the Bills, with Mario Williams among its most vocal opponents. Those complaints seemed to die down in Year Two, but after he was fired, Marcell Dareus wasted no time telling ESPN that he wished they would’ve been “more aggressive” on defense. “It was just too much detail for a lot of guys,” he said.'
Waufle to coach Bills' defensive line [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Waufle spent the past five seasons as the defensive line coach with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. He also coached with the Oakland Raiders in two separate stints and also was on the New York Giants’ staff.'
Buffalo Bills release DC Dennis Thurman and OL coach Aaron Kromer from contracts [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The only coach to officially be retained from Ryan's coaching staff to date is special teams coach Danny Crossman.'
Buffalo Bills not picking up Tyrod Taylor's option 'seems like insanity' [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The consistency he displays within his skill-set, like he may be just an average quarterback but the consistency he has within his skill-set means you can build a good offense around him. He's not a guy who you don't really know what you're going to get from snap to snap the way Jay Cutler is, he's a guy who can create, who can extend plays, who can elevate guys around him. Sure, he'll miss a couple of open receivers at times but overall he had a really, really good year and he kind of took the blame for everything that went wrong around him in Buffalo."'
Chargers new coach knew he was in like Lynn [1:55 AM]
Los Angeles Daily News reports: '“And that’s exactly what Rex gave me,” said Lynn. “I wasn’t just a token assistant head coach. I was literally the assistant head coach. I filled in for him, a lot of times, with media obligations I spoke to the team a lot of times. I was in every football operations meeting. I learned so many things about the job and this business being his assistant head coach.”'
Bills agree in principle with Waufle to coach defensive line [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Waufle is from Hornell, New York, and began his coaching career at Alfred University in 1979.'
New Bills head coach brings new hope for many fans [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I have a lot of hope that he will be the guy that will be able to bring them back," said Power. "I think he'll get the defense up to where they were three years ago or so."'
Bills agree in principle with Mike Waufle to coach defensive line [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Waufle joins the Bills after spending the last five seasons coaching the Rams’ defensive line. He originally began coaching in the NFL in 1998 with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2003) and has spent time with the New York Giants (2004-09), Oakland Raiders (2010-11) and the Rams (2012-2016).'
Carolina's Rivera, Kuechly attest to McDermott's readiness [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“One of the things that we talked about when Sean came here was becoming his own guy,” Rivera said. “Developing his own personality, but more importantly building his own defense. Putting his own stamp and I think that’s probably the biggest thing that really separated him as far as the guy that I had when we first got there – the guy that just came from Philadelphia to the guy that left to go to Buffalo to be the head coach.”'
McDermott looks good, at this point [11:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'At his introductory press conference, McDermott never stumbled … he was prepared, concise and direct. No bluster, no ego, no predictions.'
McDermott 'looking to build a culture of winning' with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I understand the expectations that come with a job of this magnitude, and I accept that challenge," he told a crowd of reporters, Bills front-office staff and a few team alumni at the AdPro Sports Training Center. "I'm looking to build a culture of winning and that starts inside these walls, and extends to our community. It's an honor and a privilege to lead this football team and this organization ... and as I mentioned before, one we will look to do as a team."'
McDermott takes wait-and-see approach on Taylor's future [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you look at quarterback play in this league, it’s critical," McDermott said. "Really at this point, whether it’s Tyrod’s situation or any other position, let’s not get ahead of ourselves right now in terms of those positions.'
McDermott introduced on eve of Rex's day two years ago [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The on-stage population was reduced by half. Only McDermott and Whaley occupied it Friday for questions from the media. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula were present, and Terry introduced the new coach before returning to a spot in the front-row next to his wife. In 2015, Terry Pegula occupied the stage with team President Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley and then coach Rex Ryan.'
Bills' McDermott familiar with 'building a defense, brick by brick' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In my opinion, this was the best job on the market," McDermott said. "Mainly (because of) the ownership, Terry and Kim. I have seen what great ownership looks like and we have two great owners. ... Secondly, when you talk about a fan base, I've been up here and I've played here before and I've seen those fans, capacity crowds, screaming. ... That's what I want to be a part of."'
Sully: Self-effacing McDermott fills role of the anti-Rex [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Later, McDermott called himself a "meticulous and thorough guy." Intended or not, it was a retroactive knock on Ryan, who was famous for his lack of attention to detail. No one has yet given a reason for Ryan's firing, but that was clearly a reason for his downfall as the Bills' coach.'
Bills hire Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator, will retain special teams coordinator Danny Cros [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The offensive coordinator position is an extremely important one, and just like the rest of the staff, it’s an active situation right now," McDermott said during his press conference. "As soon as I was offered the job I went to work on beginning to put this staff together. I believe in quality staff and hiring staff that are great teachers, great motivators, care tremendously about these players and will put them in a position to be successful.'
Jim Kelly's thoughts on the Sean McDermott hire [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I like it. If (it doesn’t sit well with the players), they won’t be here," Kelly said. "The coach is the guy. When Marv Levy came in, he told us the way it was; we bought into it. It took us a little time – I think everybody remembers those days – until we put our individual egos to the side and realized it’s all about the team."'
Steve Tasker: McDermott will be demanding of players [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He is going to demand things of his players not just on the football field but in their character -- in the way they approach the game," Tasker said of McDermott. "And, I think that's a must at the NFL level."'
What They Said: Transcript of Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott's introductory press conferenc [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is our type of town; we look forward to making Buffalo our home.'
Inside the NFL: Bills, Jags taking different approaches [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pegulas continued to believe in the integrity of their football structure, enough to keep Doug Whaley as their general manager after dumping Rex Ryan as their coach. They simply chose to fill the Ryan hole with Sean McDermott. Khan didn’t have the same trust that all was fine at the top. After showing Gus Bradley the door, he not only elevated Marrone from interim to full-time status, but he also made former Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin executive vice president of football operations.'
Bills introduce new coach, understated Sean McDermott [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan won the room that day when he took the microphone from owner Terry Pegula and his very first words were, “Is this thing on? Because it's getting ready to be on. And, that's the truth.” Which, of course, it wasn’t and he was canned inside of two years.'
Bills confirm hiring of Frazier, add two more coaches [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Castillo spent the past four seasons as the Ravens offensive line coach. A 22-year NFL coaching veteran, Castillo reunites with McDermott in Buffalo after spending time with him in Philadelphia. Castillo spent 18 seasons with the Eagles, filling the role of the team’s offensive line coach from 1998 to 2010 and then was the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012. Castillo originally got his NFL start with the Bills, participating in the team’s Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship in 1992.'
Hi Sean McDermott, welcome to Death Valley [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As for the new coach and the direction owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley went in this time, holy smokes. It’s like they gave up margaritas and steaks and became teetotaling vegetarians.'
What they're saying about Bills coach Sean McDermott [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Outstanding move. I honestly believe Sean has what it takes to move forward pretty quickly when it comes to leading guys. Look at where he’s been and who he’s learned from in this league — Jim Johnson, Andy Reid and Ron Rivera. Those are three quality bosses to learn from."'
Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott non-committal on QB Tyrod Taylor [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"When you look at it, obviously the quarterback play in this league is critical," McDermott said. "I know-- I actually just met Tyrod 10 minutes ago before we came down here, had a nice conversation. Really at this point, whether it's Tyrod's situation or any other position, let's not get ahead of ourselves right now in terms of those positions. I'm going to go through and evaluate every position group, every player the same way I do everything else, in a methodic nature. So with respect to specific players, Tyrod in this case, there will be a time for that. Right now, it's about this organization and 'we' and getting this thing looking the way it needs to look.'
Doug Whaley, Sean McDermott weigh in on who has control of Buffalo Bills' roster [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is a team effort," Whaley said. "We're working together to get this franchise to where we know it should be. It starts at the top. The Pegulas' mantra is we're working together, we're not working for them. And that perpetuates through every level of this organization."'
What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said at first press conference (transcript) [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The first people I want to address is the players, our players some of whom are here today. I am proud to be one of you, it is an honor to coach you and I look forward to doing this together. I understand the expectations that come with the job of this magnitude and I accept that challenge. I am looking to build a culture of winning and that starts insides these walls and extends to our community.'
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