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Buffalo Bills News - January 15, 2015

Marker Ryan was his usual brash self [8:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He added, “We’re going to pull this team all together. When you play the Buffalo Bills, you’re going to know that you’re playing a team, not just the 53 guys, but the coaches. The entire organization is going to be pulling that rope in the same direction."'

Marker Rex Ryan hits the right notes in Buffalo debut [8:56 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“We want the Buffalo Bills to be a nightmare to play against,” Pegula said. “So, that’s our objective. With the staff that Rex is building, and with his knowledge of the game, we’re going to be a tough team defensively, and, I know that Greg Roman used that word, nightmare, and I love it.”'

Marker It’s Rex’s world now, but QB is still a problem [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Do I need to do a better job of maybe building a quarterback and all that kind of stuff? Sure, certainly,” Ryan said when asked about the lessons he learned with the Jets. “We can’t lose games because of the position. We’ve got to take care of the football. We’re going to run the football, but we’re also going to be able to throw the football.”'

Marker Whaley will still assemble roster [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The only change from what was in place with Marrone is that Ryan will report directly to club owners Terry and Kim Pegula, as will Whaley and Brandon.'

Marker Ryan expects defense to be No. 1 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Fourth in the league is probably a little disappointing, to be honest with you, because that’s not where my expectations are,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday during a news conference introducing him as the 18th head coach in Bills history. “I know we’ll lead the league in defense. That’s just the way it goes.”'

Marker With trademark swagger, Ryan has a knack for Buffalo culture [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan had Bills fans at hello. He lived in Toronto for eight years. His father, Buddy, coached at UB. Later, when Buddy coached for the Jets, Rex came to Buffalo to see games at the Rockpile. He gets this place. He knows what makes people tick, and he pushed all the right buttons Wednesday.'

Marker Ryan brings bravado to Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You do the best job you can,” Ryan said. “I used to always tell my players ‘Don’t listen to that little voice. That little voice tells you “That’s all you got.” But there’s another voice that if you ask for a little bit more, you can get it."'

Marker Rex Ryan vows to 'not let our fans down' [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not going to let our fans down," the bombastic Ryan said early on during a lively 50-minute Q&A with the media. "I'm not going to do that. I know it's been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well, get ready man, we're going. We're going. Am I guaranteeing a Super Bowl and all that? I'll tell you what I will do; I will guarantee the pursuit of it. Through hard work, through preparation, we're going to see how many teams match our work ethic, and all that."'

Marker T-Rex: Can he win the game? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I really don't think that the Buffalo Bills at 9-7 … needed to have a young coach standing in their locker room,'' Pegula said. "I thought we needed to go with somebody who had done it before.'''

Marker Jim Kelly is pumped up about Rex Ryan's arrival [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's not a phony, he's going to tell it like it is," Kelly continued. "The media and the players see it in him; what he says he backs it up. Everyone respects him as a coach and I don't think there's many players out there who wouldn't want to play for him."'

Marker Grading the Bills: Special teams [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'According to advanced metrics website Football Outsiders, the Bills ranked 30th in the NFL in 2013 in special teams efficiency, but they soared all the way to fourth in 2014, and the reasons were plentiful.'

Marker Rex Ryan explains firing Jim Schwartz, says Buffalo Bills' defense will rank No. 1 in NFL [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I recognize that we're kind of a little different, but quite honestly, I've been part of record-setting teams that base out of a 4-3 and I've been part of record-setting teams that base out of a 3-4," Ryan said Wednesday. "One thing you'll find out about me is that it's not ego-driven. We're not going to definitely play a 3-4 or a 4-3, for that matter. We're going to have in our arsenal the ability to do anything. As an opponent, you've got to prepare for everything because, if not, I'm going to find out what you're not prepared for and I'll attack you appropriately. That's how we play defense. We play defense based on our personnel, not just the scheme. I don't try to put a square peg in a round hole."'

Marker Rex Ryan says Bills will consider Mark Sanchez; Doug Whaley says all options open at quarterback [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well, I'm not concerned at all," Ryan said. "Right now, we're obviously in an evaluating process right now, in particular about the quarterback position and other positions as well, so we're just getting on the job. I can't tell you who that quarterback's going to be right now but when you surround a quarterback with outstanding players, it's not just about one man. It's about every man. Not just one man, and I think that's where our focus is going to be. Do we want to develop a quarterback, not just a franchise quarterback? Of course, but we'll take steps."'

Marker Rex Ryan denies Bills were his third choice, is thrilled to be in Buffalo [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He said he the report that the Bills were his third choice was "definitely false."'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone interviewing for a job with Jacksonville Jaguars [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'There are reports that Doug Marrone interviewed for job as offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. How the mighty average have fallen.'

Marker NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on new Bills' leadership: 'It's the right formula' [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I also like the fact that we now have an offensive coordinator joining the team from San Francisco," she added, referring to Greg Roman. "I think between the two of them it's the right formula we need."'

Marker Rex Ryan press conference: 15 things we learned from Buffalo Bills new coach [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills are going to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. "I am not going to let our fans down. Get ready. We are going to the playoffs. We're going."'

Marker New Bills coach Rex Ryan says EJ Manuel 'has a lot of traits you look for in a quarterback' [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He said Manuel "was somebody that we looked at when he came out (of college)." He added that he would like to see Manuel use his legs more.'

Marker Fred Jackson says going from Doug Marrone to Rex Ryan is an upgrade for Buffalo Bills [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Well, you've got to believe that," the running back said Wednesday. "We feel like we got better at the head coaching position. Obviously you hate to see things unfold the way that they did, but you've got to look at the best side of it. We have a coach coming in here who wants to win, who's proven himself as a coach that can win. You've got to feel like you've gotten better."'

Marker Bills take a step back with Ryan [1:42 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Even with Marrone’s unexpected departure, what this team needed was a chance to keep growing and improving and some serious attention to fixable offensive challenges. Instead, what we have gotten is another full blown demolition project.'

Marker Rex Ryan is the coach Buffalo Bills fans have been waiting for [1:41 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'What Ryan will do to help complete the Bills' turnaround won't be known until the team returns to action in September. But one thing is clear: Ryan brings a new attitude to the franchise. He's committed to winning, not rebuilding or taking steps back. He aims to be the best and asks for nothing less from his players.'

Marker Smilin' Rex Gives Bills a Character [1:40 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'Ryan might already be the most charismatic Bills coach since Lou Saban, but let’s be honest. It’s a pretty low bar around here.'

Marker Rex Ryan promises to build 'a bully' in Buffalo [1:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“Where does the most snow fall in the area? I want to live there,” Ryan proclaimed.'

Marker ‘We will not be pushed around,’ Rex Ryan promises Bills faithful [1:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If you thought Ryan would be a humbled man after a flame-out finish to his once-promising six-year run as head coach of the New York Jets, you thought wrong. If anything, Ryan cranked it.'

Marker Rex Ryan a Buffalo kind of guy [1:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This is why Pegula is excited about his new coach. The Bills and Sabres owner, like the rest of this area, is sick and tired of being the butt of national jokes. About the weather. About wide right. About a depressed economy. About a football team that has not reached the playoffs in 15 years, a dry spell Ryan promised will come to an end.'

Marker Top 10 Rex Ryan moments [1:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Ryan’s loyalty to his quarterback is lauded. The result of that loyalty is not. McElroy, Tebow, Sanchez, Michael Vick, Geno Smith. Ryan never finds a way to win with any of them. Now he goes to another team without a proven quarterback and where he has to hope that EJ Manuel turns out to be more than a pretty face on a tattoo.'

Marker Rex Ryan hits podium running as Bills head coach [1:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'It’s at times like these that we’re reminded of an essential truth of pro sports: Being a head coach or GM is a lot like being a salesman. And Ryan, as his five-year contract worth $27 million (U.S.) might suggest, happens to be one of the sporting world’s best.'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [1:34 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
With Familiar Bluster, Rex Ryan Signals Change Is Ahead for Buffalo Bills (New York Times)
Rex Ryan his bold, defiant self as he's introduced as new Bills coach (New York Daily News)
Former NY Jets coach Rex Ryan will face a familiar nemesis in his new gig with Bills: the Patriots (New York Daily News)
Fred Jackson talks up ‘creative’ Chan Gailey as new Jets coach Todd Bowles is expected to make veteran coach Gang Green’s offensive coordinator (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan tweaks Patriots, Marrone at blustery Bills intro (New York Post)
Hey, Buffalo, Rex will deliver more laughs than wins (New York Post)
Chan Gailey’s gift: Getting most out of offensive talent (New York Post)
Former Jets coach Rex Ryan knows his shot with Bills will probably be last in NFL (Newsday)
Rex Ryan says 'I'm going to show you,' as he gets 'last shot' with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says he is gunning for New England Patriots more than Jets (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan takes not-so-subtle shot at Doug Marrone's loyalty in first press conference with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Rinse and repeat: Rex Ryan guarantees Buffalo Bills will make playoffs, have NFL's No. 1 defense (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar expected to join Rex Ryan with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan, now with Buffalo Bills, says he'll consider signing Mark Sanchez. Tampering violation? (Newark Star Ledger)
Same old Rex: Ryan brings his bravado to Buffalo, but usual questions remain (Newark Star Ledger)
The 10 best quotes from Rex Ryan in his introductory press conference as Bills' head coach (Newark Star Ledger)
Bills fans think Rex Ryan's everyman personality fits perfectly in Buffalo, a city desperate to win (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan vows to build Buffalo Bills into bully (Bergen Record)
Buffalo Wraps Ryan In Its Warm Winter Embrace (Wall Street Journal)
Rex Ryan in His Own Words (Wall Street Journal)
Jets’ New Offensive Coordinator Goes With What He’s Got (Wall Street Journal)
AP source: Chan Gailey to be Jets' offensive coordinator (AP)

Marker Brash and bold, Ryan vows to build Buffalo Bills into bully [1:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Referring to the job as his last shot to prove himself, Ryan stopped short of guaranteeing Buffalo winning a Super Bowl. Ryan did "guarantee" winning a championship as being his sole pursuit.'

Marker Loyalty lands Rex in Buffalo [1:32 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Uh, shocked," Pegula said at Ryan's introductory press conference on Wednesday when asked about Marrone's abrupt departure. "More than shocked, but hey, I liked Doug Marrone when he was here. He was probably the guy I talked to more than anybody. So he made that decision. He moved on."'

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