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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2017

Marker Bills add Frazier, two others, to coaching staff [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'With 18 years of NFL experience as a coach, Frazier also served as a defensive coordinator with the Vikings prior to his elevation to head coach. He worked with McDermott in his first NFL job with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula says 'no truth to this dysfunctional talk' [1:35 AM]
ESPN reports: '"There's no foundation, no truth to this dysfunctional talk. I consider it an insult to our organization and the Bills and the good people with the Sabres. They can't be real happy to hear that."'

Marker New Bills coach confirms GM Doug Whaley will control roster [1:34 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I told him the GM and the coach work together," Pegula said. "Obviously, Doug is sitting in the room with him while he's interviewing. So [McDermott" target="_blank"> knows, if he's hired by this GM ... I like him. It's not like we're bringing a new GM in and hiring [McDermott" target="_blank"> as a coach first. This GM, coach working together, they both answer to the owners."'

Marker Bills owner: We're not dysfunctional; wants players and coaches 'to be the story' [1:33 AM]
CBS Sports reports: '"I guess there's been a perception we're inaccessible," he said. "But I've been consistent from Day 1 when I bought the Sabres and then with the Bills. By owning these teams, it's about the players and coaches. We didn't buy teams to be visible in the media. We bought teams to keep them in the area and to flourish with them. I let the coaches and the players be out front and be the story."'

Marker Bills GM finally discovers the secret recipe to winning: 'Players and winning' [1:32 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Let's see if the Bills fit the equation (players + winning = winning).'

Marker Chargers tap former interim Bills coach Anthony Lynn to take over in Los Angeles [1:31 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Lynn became known for quickly establishing the Bills as one of the NFL's best running teams this season, orienting the team's offense around the skill set of LeSean McCoy. Armed with Melvin Gordon and a strong run-blocking offensive line, it's fair to expect a similar system in Los Angeles, but before the Lynn hire, La Canfora reported that offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and the majority of his staff was expected to be retained by whoever was brought aboard.'

Marker Los Angeles Chargers announce their new head coach [1:30 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '“One thing that’s very clear about Anthony Lynn is he’s a leader. He’s a natural-born leader,” Chargers president of football operations John Spanos told the team’s website. “As you can tell, I am very excited about the leadership qualities he’s going to bring to our team."'

Marker Bills Introduce McDermott as Head Coach [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Doug has control of the 53. We've talked going through the process with the Pegulas. I'm very comfortable with this situation," McDermott stated. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley added, "This is a team effort. We're working together to get this franchise to where we know it should be."'

Marker Buffalo Bills introduce new head coach Sean McDermott [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"He is a smart, decisive, faith-based winning," Bills Owner Terry Pegula said.'

Marker Jim Kelly: Hope & pray McDermott is the coach we've been looking for [1:27 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It's who is your leaders in the locker room," Kelly said. "Who are the guys who are going to pulling everyone together to buy in to what the new coach is coming in here to do."'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Sean McDermott (1/13/17) [1:26 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'McDermott said that it would be "premature" to make any determination at this point about Taylor and that there is still plenty of evaluating to be done on his roster.'

Marker Fan reaction to new Buffalo Bills coach [1:25 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly went to three popular fan spots near the stadium (Buffalo Sports Garden, O'Neil's, Big Tree Inn) to see what fans thought of the new coach after they watched the news conference.'

Marker Only time will tell about McDermott [1:24 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'There wasn’t a dull moment with Ryan. There may be plenty of them with the intense, but low-key McDermott. And boring might be what the Bills need after Rex’s three-ring circus. Unlike his predecessor who wasted no time taking shots at the New England Patriots and boasted how he was going to build a bully, McDermott, 42, came across focused and businesslike.'

Marker Don’t Call The Bills Dysfunctional, Because You Might Upset Owner Terry Pegula [1:23 AM]
WBZ-FM reports: 'For one, even though it’s a “copycat league,” there’s no franchise (save for maybe the Browns) that is looking to steal intel from the Buffalo Bills. But secondly, this is an opportunity to release boilerplate traits — “commitment to winning, attention to detail, leader of men, blah blah blah” — instead of going all CIA on the reporter. But that’s Terry’s business.'

Marker McDermott's vision for Bills rooted in his dedicated approach [1:22 AM] reports: 'Driven, disciplined, dedicated. All of them are words that have been used to describe Bills new head coach Sean McDermott. There were others too as he was introduced as the 20th head coach in team history Friday, by owner Terry Pegula. Words like thorough, smart, decisive and faith-based winner. It all sounds great, but McDermott knows as well as anyone that results are what count in the NFL.'

Marker 5 things we learned from Sean McDermott's press conference [1:21 AM] reports: '“I know what I’m looking for,” McDermott said. “I know what a winner looks like, I know what it tastes like. I’ve been around a winner and that’s what I plan on bringing here."'

Marker Bills agree in principle with Leslie Frazier, Bob Babich & Juan Castillo to join coaching staff [1:20 AM] reports: 'Babich comes to Buffalo after spending 2016 with the San Diego Chargers coaching the team’s linebackers. A 14-year NFL coaching veteran, Babich’s NFL coaching career includes stops with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-2015), Chicago Bears (2004-2012) and St. Louis Rams (2003) in addition to the Chargers.'

Marker What they're saying: NFL personalities weigh in on new Bills coach Sean McDermott [1:19 AM] reports: '“Sean is a smart guy that works extremely hard and has all the intangibles lined up for him. He’s really going to be a tremendous head coach. I think the Buffalo Bills made the right decision there. He’ll come in, and what they saw in the interview process will be exactly what they see on the field, and how he carries himself in the community as well as amongst his players – high, high integrity, extremely hard working and very intelligent. I’m proud of him. He’s earned this opportunity.”'

Marker Bills Today: A unique perspective [1:18 AM] reports: '“McDermott just has that blue collar, hard-working approach. He’ll make sure they’re fundamentally sound. Rex is a multiple defense type of guy who will show you a bunch of different looks and blitzes whereas Sean is going to be very fundamental.”'

Marker Los Angeles Chargers Hire Anthony Lynn as Head Coach [1:17 AM] reports: '“I’m having a hard time even putting into words how excited I am to be the new head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers,” said Lynn. “This is really a dream come true. I want all of our fans to know that we’re going to start by putting together a great staff and we’re going to put together a team with the heart and will of a champion. I know there’s a lot of work to be done and I’m going to give everything I have to the Chargers, the Spanos family and the City of Los Angeles.”'

Marker Why the Chargers Hired Anthony Lynn [1:16 AM] reports: '“We were all very impressed from the beginning of his interview,” President of Football Operations John Spanos explained. “We set out to land the best head coach we could find, and wanted someone who fit what our team needs in a head coach. It became clear right away that this man is a leader. His answers to tough questions obviously stuck out, but that wasn’t the only thing. A lot of it was his demeanor and style. He was authentically passionate, and we could all see he was a natural born leader."'

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January 13, 2017

Marker Terry Pegula on accusations Bills are dysfunctional: 'I consider it an insult' [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' I guess there's been a perception we're inaccessible. But I've been consistent from Day One when I bought the Sabres and then with the Bills, by owning these teams it's about the players and coaches. We didn't buy teams to be visible in the media. We bought teams to keep them in the area and to flourish with them. I let the coaches and the players be out front and be the story.'

Marker Reports: Anthony Lynn to become Chargers coach; will face Bills next season [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lynn is known for his work with running backs, leading the Bills to the NFL's best rushing attack each of the last two seasons. He had been a longtime NFL assistant but enjoyed a rapid ascension in 2016, being promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator when Greg Roman was fired after an 0-2 start, and then being promoted again to interim coach after Ryan was fired.'

Marker Bills to hire Frazier as defensive coordinator [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He and new Bills head coach Sean McDermott worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles, from 1999 to 2002, when Frazier was their defensive backs coach and McDermott was a scouting administrative coordinator, assistant to the head coach, and defensive assistant and quality control.'

Marker Bills to introduce Sean McDermott as new coach at Friday news conference [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Friday at 2 p.m., the man of the hour will be Sean McDermott.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: McDermott can show influence by moving on from Taylor [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After watching Taylor for two years, I believe he's reached his ceiling, which was low to begin with. He regressed as a passer this season, though his defenders point to his last game here against Miami, when he actually threw for 300 yards, as if it were some athletic epiphany.'

Marker From Buster Ramsey to Anthony Lynn: The previous 19 coaches of the Bills [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills made the playoffs only once from 1967 to 1979, but that changed under Knox, who led the Bills to the postseason in 1980 and ’81 with Ferguson under center and Joe Cribbs at running back. The Bills went 11-5 in 1980, earning Knox various Coach of the Year awards. Knox reportedly couldn’t hammer out a deal to return to the Bills after the 1982 strike season and left for Seattle to become coach of the Seahawks.'

Marker Bills to hire Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Seven years later, Frazier is finally coming to Buffalo, this time as the Bills defensive coordinator to work under new coach Sean McDermott. Multiple reports Thursday night indicated it’s already a done deal.'

Marker Maiorana: Five-point checklist for Bills coach McDermott [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Make a pact with Doug Whaley to not get on each other’s nerves.'

Marker Sean who? Poll finds Bills coach is unknown [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A total of 1,223 people on Twitter voted in a poll I posted on Wednesday.'

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