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Buffalo Bills News - September 19, 2016

Marker Like quick turnaround, extended break comes at the right time for Bills [1:57 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'It’ll be 10 days between games. The season isn’t over, but the playoffs are a long shot now. Teams starting 0-2 have approximately a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs. In fact two teams did it just last season, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. There’s 14 more chances for the 2016 Bills to get it right, and they better for their head coach.'

Marker Bills’ scapegoat speaks: ‘Damnable lies’ about Rex relationship [1:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'It was “my move, without question” a desperate Ryan said, putting all the responsibility — and blame, and credit — for this season onto himself.'

Marker Bills owners reportedly met with offensive players without Ryan [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The meetings -- involving key players such as quarterback Tyrod Taylor and others -- were to get a sense of what was wrong with the offense, including play-calling, according to the report.'

Marker Greg Roman's final act with Bills was to pose for team picture [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'After Roman, and all the Bills coaches and players posed for the picture, head coach Rex Ryan informed Roman that he was relieving him of his duties.'

Marker Rex Ryan reportedly irate about Bills owners meeting with players in private [1:53 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'When his bosses are going behind his back and meeting with his employees it's a very bad sign.'

Marker Greg Roman says reports of discord with Bills' Rex Ryan are 'damnable lies' [1:52 AM]
The Sporting News reports: '"I have nothing but respect for coach Ryan and I thought we had a great working relationship," Roman said Sunday afternoon in a telephone interview. "We met and he informed me of his decision. I thought it was handled very professionally. We then discussed how we could best make this work for everybody moving forward."'

Marker Panic In Buffalo? Will Rex Ryan Win Again? [1:51 AM]
Forbes reports: 'But Rex has problems you can’t charm away with a dose of personality and feature stories. He’s got to win and that hasn’t been happening for him. For the first time in eight years as a head coach Ryan has started the season 0-2. Bills ownership is dissatisfied. The hammer dropped on offensive coordinator Greg Roman. He was fired the day after the Bills’ Thursday night loss to the Jets. That move might shake things up. Will it turn the Bills into winners?'

Marker Sources: Roman firing was 'about eighteen games, not two' [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Additionally, I’m told Ryan and other high-ranking members of the organization, including owners Terry and Kim Pegula, had met several times over the course of the offseason to address these concerns.'

Marker Report: Greg Roman fired after taking team picture [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills fired the highest paid offensive coordinator in the NFL on Friday, and did it after taking the team picture, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.'

Marker Rex wasn't at owners-players meetings before Roman's firing [1:48 AM] reports: 'Rex Ryan -- the coach who said the decision to fire Roman two games into the season was "my move, without question" -- was not present for these meetings. He wasn't in the room. Ryan also wasn't pleased when he learned of the nature of them, according to one source briefed on his thinking.'

Marker Coming off long weekend, Bills ready to regroup [1:47 AM] reports: '“We just have to pick back up,” said Jerry Hughes. “We aren’t calling some things right. So we have to fight. We have to scratch to figure how we are going to get some wins. We have to figure out something. We have a long weekend so we will be able to put something together.”'

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September 18, 2016

Marker How history views the Bills' 0-2 start [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, only 12 percent of teams that started 0-2 went on to qualify for the postseason.'

Marker Why what’s happening at One Bills Drive seems so familiar [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It shouldn’t be long before another word, tank, works its way back into the local vernacular and ignites another tumultuous season. I’m sure there are enough people out there who have identified the next generational football player. Here’s hoping they realize it takes more than a Heisman Trophy winner to build a playoff team.'

Marker Rex and Rob Ryan spotted at Clemson football game Saturday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You could argue the Ryans should be spending every waking moment trying to fix the Bills after their 0-2 start, but I'm fine with this. Family moments are important and this is a rare break in the Bills' schedule that Rex had to get down to Clemson.'

Marker Is Greg Roman's firing a lift for Bills? [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As I’ve stated many times, in every form of media known to mankind, I think it would be stupid to pull the plug on the Ryan Era during this season, or even after the season, because firing coaches every two or three years and hitting the reboot button is a proven GPS setting that will lead to a 16-year playoff drought that, as the joke goes, is now old enough to drive.'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills 'excited' about offensive coordinator Greg Roman's dismissal [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball, and Anthony Lynn's job will be to play to their strengths over the course of the season.'

Marker Bills heading for another long, miserable season [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Perhaps most discouraging for these Bills was the play Thursday night of starting cornerbacks Stephone Gilmore and Ron Darby. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and his trio of receivers -- Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa -- embarrassed Gilmore and Darby all game long. For both, career nadirs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan fired the only coach he could - besides himself [1:53 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Many Bills players felt the offense lacked an identity under Roman – even last season, when the team led the NFL in rushing, people with knowledge of dynamics in the locker room told USA TODAY Sports after Ryan informed players of the decision Friday.'

Marker Already 0-2, here's why things are about to get worse for the Bills and Rex Ryan [1:52 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'It's not difficult at all to envision a 2-6 stretch over the Bills next eight games (best case?) and them sitting at 2-8 and effectively done for the year coming out of the bye.'

Marker New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn's to-do list [1:51 AM] reports: 'Let the playmakers make plays.'

September 17, 2016

Marker Are Bills on the verge of lost season? [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for the remainder of Buffalo’s season, let’s do some discouraging math.'

Marker Ryan pushes 'everything into the middle of the table' by firing Roman [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among the biggest issues the Pegulas had with the offense was that it ranked 21st the league in fewest third-down conversions last season and are atrocious in that area again this year. The owners didn't like the fact there were communication issues the past two games between the sidelines and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was getting plays from Roman slowly via the receiver in his helmet.'

Marker Bills fire Greg Roman, promote Anthony Lynn to OC [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The owners expressed their concerns to coach Rex Ryan during a meeting Friday morning, a team source said, and Ryan took action.'

Marker Richie Incognito: 'I don’t think we’re abandoning this offense' after Greg Rom [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A-Lynn spoke to us real quick, kind of a bang-bang thing. His message was we’re going to get this right. We have the people in the room to do it.”'

Marker When the defense fails, fire the offensive coordinator [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Real tough guy, that Rex Ryan. As soon as things got a little hot for the Bills' head coach, he proved what a fraud he really is by throwing Greg Roman under the bus. He presides over one of the most embarrassing defensive performances in Bills history and scapegoats his top offensive assistant as a result?'

Marker Five things to know about new Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After the Jets fired Ryan, Lynn interviewed for head coaching positions with the Jets and Dolphins.'

Marker Two very concerning quotes from the Bills' loss to the Jets [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was afraid to pressure," Ryan said, "because we weren’t holding up in man coverage."'

Marker Searching for positives: Three (sort of) good things that happened in the Bills-Jets game [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills played against one of the NFL’s best defensive lines Thursday – without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn – and still managed to get through the game without allowing a sack. Taylor did get hit hard enough that he had to briefly exit to be checked for a concussion – and, technically, there was a sack on that play that was nullified by a penalty – but putting a zero in that column in the official stats is still something to build off. And for a replacement left tackle like Cyrus Kouandjio, not being the story after the game may as well be a positive.'

Marker What They Said: Rex Ryan, Richie Incognito and more after Greg Roman's firing [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, I recognize this isn’t an ideal situation to make a change, but we do actually have a couple extra days and I thought it’s better than doing it maybe after a Sunday game, so that’s kind of why we went with this decision today.'

Marker Statement from fired Bills OC Greg Roman [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just want to thank the Pegulas for the opportunity to work in Buffalo, Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, Rex Ryan and the entire Bills organization -- all the great players and coaches I got to work with. I want to thank all the great fans of Buffalo for all and we love the community of Buffalo. I wish the Bills' organization the best moving forward."'

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