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Buffalo Bills News - February 14, 2016

Marker Bills’ pairing of Rex Ryan, Jim Schwartz never stood a chance [1:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan made another unfulfilled promise – that the Bills would reach the playoffs in 2015 – but it’s fair to say the largest disappointment in going 8-8 during his first season at the helm was the shocking regression of the defense. The many variables that can influence landing a postseason berth, not to mention the significant question mark hovering over the quarterback situation at the time of Ryan’s hiring, made such talk ring a bit hallow even to the most optimistic Bills fan.'

Marker Would adding RG3 make sense for Bills? [1:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But even after flaming out in Washington, Griffin still has name value and his mere presence could very well detract from Taylor's feeling, after four years as a backup in Baltimore, he finally has established himself as a firm No. 1 QB. Unless, of course, the Bills still aren't completely settled on that.'

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February 13, 2016

Marker No arrest warrant for McCoy until ‘at least’ Wednesday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kenney has spoken with the police commissioner and is waiting for the district attorney’s office to issue warrants for McCoy and the three other suspects involved. He has seen the video posted of the incident.'

Marker Reports: Charges against McCoy expected next week [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The police department has already announced that the officers involved in the fight - Darnell Jessie, Roland Butler, and Sgt. Daniel Ayers – will not be disciplined by the department for their role, nor will any charges be filed against them. Butler and Jessie were both hospitalized, Butler suffering a broken nose, broken ribs, a sprained thumb, and a laceration to his right eye, while Jessie was treated for a possible skull fracture and received eight stitches to close a cut over his left eye. Both have since been released.'

Marker How much will Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham be worth? [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Bradham's case is complicated. Heading into 2015, most considered the athletic linebacker from Florida State a priority among the Bills' upcoming free agents. He was coming off a stellar season in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense and figured to play a prominent role in Rex Ryan's hybrid scheme.'

Marker Kevin Kiley out at 92.3 The Fan: 'You shouldn't accept censorship ever' [1:56 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The outspoken Kiley sparked controversy last month when called the Buffalo Bills hiring of a female assistant coach "absurd." Those comments in addition to previous statements that women shouldn't be allowed to vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame or work as an NFL official drew negative attention for Kiley and 92.3 The Fan. Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk called for a boycott of the station.'

Marker McCoy's lawyer: No decision on charges until next week [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Defense attorney Larry Krasner says authorities told him a decision won't be made until at least Wednesday.'

Marker Radio host that called Bills' Kathryn Smith hire ''absurd'' resigns [1:54 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"Don't let some clown in New York tell them what to say and then you think it's your opinion or what not to say," Kiley told WOIO on Thursday. "That's what happened here and I'm not accepting it."'

February 12, 2016

Marker McCoy changes attorney, no charges filed yet [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, the DA’s office is prepared to file warrants and levy charges against McCoy and three other suspects involved in the Philadelphia nightclub brawl earlier this week. The DA’s office, however, is not expected to make any formal decisions on warrants or charges until next week, according to CSNPhilly. Law enforcement officials told the site that the office was “moving slowly for reason” and “this can’t be rushed.”''

Marker It's been a strange year for LeSean McCoy in Buffalo... [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's the timeline.'

Marker New York State not yet ‘buying in’ on new stadium for Bills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not going there yet,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters and editors at The Buffalo News. “We’ll deal with the new stadium issue when we have to.”'

Marker Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney says Bills RB LeSean McCoy 'needs to pay the price' [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If he wants to pound our officers and stomp our officers, then he needs to pay the price and answer for his actions."'

Marker LeSean McCoy latest: No arrest warrant for ex-Eagle ... yet [1:55 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'While it is hard to speculate on how this might play out in the legal system, it is safe to assume that the NFL will have their say as well as to what happens to McCoy.'

Marker LeSean McCoy latest: Will he be arrested? And did he admit to making a mistake? [1:54 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'Since the fight, details have emerged slowly as to what happened at the bar, and with each passing day, the chances of McCoy and his friends being charged because of the fight seem to grow.'

Marker Meet the lawyer reportedly representing LeSean McCoy [1:53 AM]
Harrisburg Patriot News reports: 'He defended anti-racism activists who were arrested after a fight at a supposed KKK meeting in 2008. During the case, a judge ordered prosecutors to reveal the identity of two off-duty police officers believed to be members of the Klan.'

Marker Mayor Kenney On LeSean McCoy Brawl: ‘He Needs To Pay The Price And Answer For His Actions& [1:52 AM]
KYW-TV reports: 'The mayor said that he has seen some of the video. “In addition to punches being thrown, there were some kicks that looked as if they were being leveled and that’s unconscionable and it’s cowardly,” Kenney said.'

Marker The LeSean McCoy in the news today is far cry from one who played at Pitt [1:51 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'McCoy jumped in with both feet. Now, he appears to be sinking fast.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Player Reveals Why He Proposed to Terminally Ill Girlfriend [1:50 AM]
People reports: '"Every single day was an adventure with her and just really being able to have something like that is unbelievable," he says. "It's amazing because a lot of people never even get to experience that in life and I got to experience it for four of the greatest years of my life.'

Marker Harvin's contract set to void today, making him a free agent [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills signed Harvin to a three-year deal last March, but only for salary cap purposes. The deal was essentially for one-year, with a base salary of $3 million, plus a $3 million signing bonus. The extra two years were added on to spread that bonus out over the life of the deal, only counting $1 million per year towards the Bills cap number in 2015, 2016, and 2017.'

Marker ESPN lists Bills as top landing spot for RG3 [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bringing in Griffin as insurance and/or to push Taylor for the starting job could make sense for the Bills. Backup EJ Manuel's career appears to have run its course in Buffalo. His expected departure would open a spot for Griffin to compete with Taylor, whose deal voids after the 2016 season. Griffin would fit better in coordinator Greg Roman's offense than he would in most other systems, making Buffalo one of the few natural scheme fits.'

Marker McCoy warrant not expected until next week [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Philadephia attorney Dennis Cogan will also represent McCoy along with Krasner.'

February 11, 2016

Marker Defensive coaches devising solutions in the offseason [8:25 PM] reports: '“The first thing you do is you go through all your cut-ups, all your calls, but I think when you’re looking at specific trends in the league, like zone read was a big one a few years ago,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We had to devise a way to defend it. We’ll look at similar things, but more specifically we look at how people attack us.”'

Marker LeSean McCoy says he's misquoted, hires new lawyer [1:33 PM]
CSN Philadelphia reports: 'McCoy, 27, initially retained the services of high-profile Philadelphia defense attorney Jack McMahon. Since then, McCoy has reportedly changed his mind and hired Philadelphia lawyer Larry Krasner to represent him. Krasner did not immediately return a request for comment.'

Marker Arrest warrants expected soon in McCoy assault case [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The video we’ve seen clearly indicates that they were being stomped and beaten and struck while they were on the ground,” Perri said. “So for anybody to characterize this as a bar fight – this was aggravated assault that occurred in a bar – plain and simple.'

Marker Conviction or not, NFL could come down hard on McCoy [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL. We must endeavor at all times to be people of high character; we must show respect for others inside and outside our workplace; and we must strive to conduct ourselves in ways that favorably reflect on ourselves, our teams, the communities we represent, and the NFL.”'

Marker Arrest warrant reportedly expected by Thursday for LeSean McCoy; off-duty cops won't be charged [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As of now, the case is in the hands of the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, which will ultimately decide what charges, if any, are brought against McCoy and the other parties involved. Police are reportedly recommending charges for all four suspects including possible aggravated assault.'

Marker Bills DE Mario Williams out to prove a point in 2016, but where will he be if not Buffalo? [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We were building a defense that we can go and shut people down, shut people out, and then all of a sudden everything just changes as far as how the players are used," Williams said. "That's just kind of odd to me. ... I'm not saying that the scheme is wrong, I'm just saying that our strengths could be utilized better. ... In our meetings defensively, especially in our defensive line room, we said, 'Can we go straight? Can we just go? Can we turn it loose?''

Marker McCoy's latest legal issues should surprise no one [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'OK, we’re not talking Manzielian proportions, and the Bills have been known to be a halfway house for questionable characters, but McCoy may be close to turning into more trouble than he’s worth — for financial, ethical and practical reasons.'

Marker Life with LeSean ... one disgrace at a time [1:54 AM]
Delaware County Daily Times reports: 'And if you’re an advocate of the team — or human decency — then you should be counting your lucky stars that McCoy is not your problem anymore.'

Marker Sources: Arrest warrant coming soon for LeSean McCoy [1:53 AM]
WPVI-TV reports: 'Perri says, "They suffered serious facial fractures and multiple bones in their faces. The video we've seen clearly indicates that they were being stomped and beaten and struck while they were on the ground. So for anybody to characterize this as a bar fight - this was aggravated assault that occurred in a bar - plain and simple."'

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