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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2017

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.'

Marker Buffalo Bills HC Sean McDermott hires Leslie Frazier as DC (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2016 season was Frazier's first with Baltimore. Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Ravens as the league's 10th best secondary this season under Frazier.'

Marker Buffalo Bills react to Sean McDermott being named the team's head coach [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's safe to assume that the people speaking highly to Wood are players that McDermott coached in Philadelphia or Carolina. Messages like these could go a long way in the locker room. Kyle Williams' retirement decision, for example, could be based on what he hears about McDermott.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to add Ravens OL coach Juan Castillo to Sean McDermott's staff (report) [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Castillo has been coaching in the NFL since 1995 and has coached both sides of the ball. His most extensive experience is as an offensive line coach, the role he has served in Baltimore for the last three seasons. He was the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line coach from 1998 to 2010, which was the entire duration of McDermott's coaching career in Philadelphia.'

Marker Buffalo Bills left guard Richie Incognito named to 2017 NFL Pro Bowl [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Incognito started in all 16 games this season with Buffalo and was graded by Pro Football Focus as the team's best pass and run blocker. He was a part of a unit that helped the Bills finish first in rushing for the second consecutive season. Behind Incognito and the rest of Buffalo's offensive line, the Bills were able to set a new franchise record for rushing touchdowns in one season (29).'

Marker Ravens add Greg Roman to revamp run game, while Juan Castillo, Leslie Frazier leave team [1:46 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Secondary coach Leslie Frazier, who was instrumental in the improvement of the team's defensive backfield in 2016, will also depart and become McDermott's defensive coordinator in Buffalo. In his one season with the Ravens, Frazier's impact was felt as the team tied for the league lead with 18 interceptions, more than they had the previous two years combined, and finished with the NFL's ninth-ranked pass defense. ESPN first reported Frazier's departure.'

Marker Chargers expected to land Buffalo's Anthony Lynn as new coach [1:45 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'Before his mid-season promotions this past season, Lynn – a former all-conference running back at Texas Tech – had spent almost his entire NFL coaching career overseeing his former position, doing so in Jacksonville, Dallas, Cleveland and New York (with the Jets) before following Ryan to Buffalo in 2014.'

Marker Chargers close to deal for new coach [1:44 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The newest Los Angeles franchise is currently in negotiations with Bills interim head coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, a source said Thursday evening. This is the latest layer to an atmospheric rise for the 48-year-old, who began 2016 as Buffalo’s running backs coach, became its offensive coordinator in September and then interim coach in late December.'

Marker With Sean McDermott, you just knew [1:43 AM]
Bucks County Courier Times reports: 'If you're a Bills fan, you're going to love him. Buffalo just lost Rex Ryan as its head coach — a good guy in his own right, but the polar opposite of McDermott personality-wise — and replaced him with the most humble guy you could ever meet.'

Marker Ravens hire former Bills coordinator Roman as assistant [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'Roman returns to the Ravens after serving as the team's assistant offensive line coach from 2006-07. He's built a reputation for building a sound running game, a deficiency for Baltimore this season.'

Marker Lynn is in as Chargers' new head coach [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'This is a major step up for Lynn, who has never been a head coach nor a coordinator until this season.'

Marker Ravens add former Bills OC Roman to coaching staff [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I am very excited to join the Ravens' staff and help coach (John) Harbaugh and Marty Mornhinweg in any way I can," Roman said. "The building blocks are there for this team, and we're all looking forward to being better. I've been with the Ravens before and know firsthand what a great organization they have. My family and I are happy to be back."'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula says 'no truth to this dysfunctional talk' [1:39 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."'

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