Bills make history, hire NFL's first full-time female coach [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Smith takes the place of Michael Hamlin, who was relieved of his duties shortly after the 2015 season ended. Smith has worked 13 years in the NFL, the first 12 with the New York Jets, and last year with the Bills.'
Bills hire Kathryn Smith, a CBA grad, as first full-time female assistant in NFL [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Smith, whose official title is Quality Control-Special Teams, spent the 2015 season as the Bills' administrative assistant to the head coach. She has worked in the NFL for 13 seasons, 12 with the New York Jets (six with coach Rex Ryan).'
How Bills' Kathryn Smith, a CBA grad, became first female coach in NFL history [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The achievement is both admirable and historic, and Smith, 30, got here by climbing the NFL's proverbial ladder the way anyone else might. In fact, she did so without any sort of connection to the anyone in the league and with a glass ceiling in place because of her gender. This promotion was her way of breaking that glass ceiling for her and other women hoping to achieve similar status in the male-dominated NFL.'
Rex Ryan had to sell Ed Reed's son, a Patriots fan, on his dad coaching Bills [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well two days later — it wasn't the weekend — he called me and he was like, 'So what you thinking?' My son, he wasn't for it at first. He's actually a Patriots fan. So I was like, 'Coach, we got to sell my son a little bit more, man. You got to get him some gear.' And he was like, 'He can get whatever he wants.'"'
Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Most NFL teams have “quality control” assistants for offence, defence and special teams. These full-time positions are purely entry-level in terms of responsibilities; they usually involve a lot of gofer work.'
Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach [1:48 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The league also had its first full-time female on-field official this season, having hired Sarah Thomas last spring.''
Bills hire first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history [1:47 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rex Ryan is helping to break down gender barriers in the NFL.'
Rex Ryan, Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female coach [1:46 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rex Ryan and the Bills made the right kind of history Wednesday by hiring Kathryn Smith as its special teams quality coach, making her the NFL’s first full-time female coach.'
Bills hire NFL's first female full-time assistant coach [1:45 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have made NFL history.'
Bills hire NFL's first full-time female assistant coach [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job," Incognito said in a post that included a thumb's up and smiley face.'
Bills break ground with first full-time female assistant coach [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I consulted with (Cardinals coach) Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer," Ryan said. "You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."'
Kathryn Smith hired by Bills as NFL's first full-time female coach [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs," Ryan said, referencing Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, the NBA's first full-time female coach, "and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."'
Bills make NFL history, hire first-ever full-time female assistant coach [1:41 AM]
CBS Sports reports: '"I consulted with Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer," Rex Ryan said in a statement. "You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Greg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."'
Bills Hire a Female Assistant Coach [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Smith was an administrative assistant to Ryan last season and also worked with the Bills coach in his final season with the New York Jets.'
Monos says Bills need another WR, leaves door open for Harvin return [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Percy Harvin was supposed to be a big help for us and we're still not sure what's going on. He's got to make some decisions here coming up. But we need to get somebody opposite of Sammy to be a real threat to that defense. I think that's a big key for our offense, to take one more step, and obviously Tyrod (Taylor), more experience, hopefully the better he gets.“'
NFL history: Bills hire full-time female coach [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '“Kathryn has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the assistant coaches for years. She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity. She will work with Danny Crossman and Eric Smith involving a number of responsibilities.”'
RB James Wilder Jr. signed by the Bills [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Wilder (6-2, 227) is a back who is considered strong in short yardage and good at getting extra yards after initial contact. Primarily an inside runner, Wilder spent the past two seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad after the Bengals signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2014.'
Bills name Smith quality control-special teams [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I consulted with Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer. You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization.”'
Woods looks to his future, on and off the field [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’ve just got to do things, working on myself, to be more dangerous and add to this offense,” Woods said on Jan. 4, when he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers after the end of the 2015 season.'
Bills GM Doug Whaley's '15 rookie class produced; now he needs another [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The performance of the 2015 class does suggest the Bills are in good hands — and surely served as one reason Whaley was extended as G.M. The way the Bills see it, they found three starting-caliber players in cornerback Ronald Darby (50th overall), guard John Miller (81st overall) and running back Karlos Williams (155th overall).'
Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agents: Who's most likely to get re-signed, and why [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The focus on the offseason would probably be on retaining most of everything that we have. We have some guys coming up that we think will be core to what we need to go forward, so I think that’s going to be the focus. … Our free agency is going to be signing our own guys and that’s again a complement to our scouting staff. We’ve drafted well enough that these guys are coming up and we want to retain them.”'
Give Gilmore an extension, but be reasonable about it [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A fair comparison is Denver’s Chris Harris, a two-time Pro Bowler who got a five-year, $42.5 million deal last year with $25 million guaranteed. An extension in the five-year, $40 million range sounds about right for Stephon.'
Draft is a prime mining area for Bills to get quarterbacks [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s mind-blowing how much this front office has overlooked the position. Since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season, Buffalo has drafted four quarterbacks. Yes, four.'
Bills LB report card: Dark hole in the middle [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We all learn at a different level so I mean with the checks, everybody wasn't on the same page at all the times,” said Brown. “That's why you see the big plays in the run and in the pass, it's just something that we needed to iron out and it just continued to happen … it's my job to make sure everybody knows what's going on so I definitely have to take some of the blame for that.”'
First Super Season: An epic blowout of the Raiders [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills turned in one of the most stunning performances in team history, embarrassing the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game and earning a trip to Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Florida, to play the Giants.'
LeSean McCoy: Bills' Rex Ryan more 'laid back' than Chip Kelly [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: '"Chip is ... he wants to win. He's very, very intelligent," McCoy said. "The offense, they'll find ways to get big numbers. They'll find ways to put stats up offensively. You just got to, I think, with him coming in there, no matter how good of a player or lower of a player you are, if you just automatically believe him -- no matter if it sounds crazy and you're like, 'What is he talking about?' -- if you just automatically believe and buy in, I think you'll be fine."'
McCoy: 'We can do a lot better, especially myself' [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I think this next year, with Tyrod, the way he played, he had a great year,” Shady said as he sat live on set. “I think the second year under his belt, when he’s more confident, you know, he’s running the show for sure. And actually another year of Greg Roman. I love his offense. And I think the pieces we have there we can get it together. For sure. And also Rex Ryan. He’s going to control the defense and make it work, with his brother.”'
20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, Part 1 [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Each week, 7 ABC will go through and outline some of the players you should know in this year’s draft process. This week, it’s all about the players that put heat on the quarterback — the edge rushers.'
Ronald Darby named to PFWA All-Rookie team [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s hard to play corner in this league. There isn’t any doubt about that, but this guy’s up for the task,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Darby. “This young guy has it in here (pointing to heart). It takes a rare individual to be able to go out there on the corner, especially playing as much man coverage as we do. It’s him going up against whoever he’s up against, and that’s it. He’s up for that challenge week-in and week-out.”'
Draft prep intensifies as Doug Whaley and his staff hit the road [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We like to say, is this guy a starter? Is this a guy we can win with? Or are we just getting by with him as a starter? That’s the type of discussions we have,” Monos says. “You really need to step up, whether it’s Doug or Rex or whoever, you really have to step up and have conviction as far as who we have on the field.”'
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