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Buffalo Bills News - January 11, 2017

Marker Bills zero in on McDermott as new head coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could finalize an agreement with McDermott within the next day or so.'

Marker Carpenter felt better about kicks, but results still didn't come in 2016 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t really feel like I hit the ball poorly at all this year,” Carpenter said during locker cleanout. “I feel like I struck the ball better this year probably than I have in the last two years, for sure. So it’s just things like (hitting the uprights), it’s frustrating. You’re talking inches when you’re 48 yards away or whatever.”'

Marker The Big Tree Inn is a piece of Bills' history [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Does all this displayed history make it more painful for patrons to watch this season’s Buffalo-less Wild Card, Divisional and Championship action inside the Tree? That all depends on whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist, two predilections I jostle between on a daily basis.'

Marker Here's vote for Deshaun Watson in Buffalo Bills uniform [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the process, Watson gave NFL teams needing a quarterback — and there are plenty out there — a lot to chew on.'

Marker Buffalo Bills 'zeroed in' on hiring Sean McDermott as next head coach (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This season, the Panthers defense did not fare nearly as well as it had in the past. Carolina's defense was 26th in points allowed (25.1), 21st in yards allowed per game (359.8), 29th in passing yards allowed (268.2) and sixth in rushing yards allowed (91.6).'

Marker Philadelphia Eagles interested in Buffalo Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Sanjay Lal, Buffalo's wide receivers coach, could be retained by the next head coach, but if he's let go Lal may find work rather quickly. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in adding Lal for the same position with their team.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Who should Buffalo Bills take with No. 10 pick? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Corey Davis, wide receiver, Western Michigan.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interim HC Anthony Lynn continues meeting with San Diego Chargers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In addition to meeting with San Diego, Lynn has already interviewed with Buffalo and is believed to be a candidate for the head coaching vacancies with the 49ers, Rams and Broncos.'

Marker 'A great hire:' What players, media are saying about Jaguars hiring Doug Marrone [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's not like we're bringing in a brand new coach and he's going to wipe the face of the earth of everything we've built."'

Marker Teams that could use Bills QB Tyrod Taylor [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Taylor’s skill, plus the fact that there are more NFL teams than franchise quarterbacks being produced, make the signal caller a prime target for multiple teams across the NFL.'

Marker Texans’ John Butler has ties to Bills HC target Sean McDermott [1:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'With McDermott reported to be the leading candidate for the Buffalo Bills’ head coaching vacancy by The Buffalo News and his friendship and respect for Butler, a highly-regarded assistant coach for the NFL’s top-ranked defense, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Butler emerged as a strong option for the Bills’ defensive coordinator position should McDermott land the job.'

Marker Bills in positive talks with Panthers' Sean McDermott for head coaching job [1:48 AM]
USA Today reports: 'One of the people said talks had not yet advanced to the stage of negotiating a contract, though, indicating there’s room for things to change. McDermott interviewed Tuesday with the San Francisco 49ers. He previously interviewed with the San Diego Chargers.'

Marker Bills to interview McDermott again for coaching search [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'McDermott's initial meeting with the Bills happened last Wednesday. He was the first of four candidates to interview for the job to replace Rex Ryan, who was fired two weeks ago.'

Marker McDermott emerging as front-runner for Bills job [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Multiple sources familiar with the search have told WGR that the team’s front office and ownership have all been very impressed with McDermott since they first interviewed him over a week ago and may be ready to offer him the job. McDermott and Anthony Lynn have both been considered the leading candidates to replace the fired Rex Ryan. They were two of the four official interviews the team conducted, along with Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.'

Marker Buzz growing about McDermott-Bills pairing [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Terry and Kim Pegula ultimately hold the final decision on the next head coach, and 7 Eyewitness News has heard that the initial interview between McDermott and the Bills' brass went extremely well.'

Marker Foxworth: Defense and run game provide the blueprint for Bills future success [1:44 AM] reports: '“If I were a coach looking for a job I would be excited about that roster.”'

Marker Bills Today: New coach timeline on pace with 2016 [1:43 AM] reports: 'In 2016, the first new coach was hired seven days after the end of the regular season – Adam Gase in Miami. The seven coaching openings were filled anywhere from seven to 16 days after the 2015 season ended. By January 18th all of the hires were made, and it would’ve concluded four days earlier had Doug Pederson not had to coach with the Chiefs in the Divisional playoff round first.'

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Marker Pressure is on Whaley to find the right coach [9:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Interviewed, so far, have been former Bills offensive coordinator and current interim coach Anthony Lynn plus Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and two defensive coordinators, Sean McDermott (Carolina) and Kris Richard (Seattle). Not exactly a quartet that has you rushing out to renew your season tickets.'

Marker Buffalo in the '60s: Bills players stand up to racism [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kemp was the backup quarterback for the East All-Stars, had just won the AFL Championship with the Bills, and was also the president of the league’s players’ union. He and San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Ron Mix were among the white players at that final meeting. The two agreed to lead white players to stand by their teammates -- but not all white players embraced the move. Patriots linebacker (and later Hall of Famer) Nick Buoniconti called the walkout a “raw deal” which “hurt the league a great deal.”'

Marker Sullivan: So many questions about this uninspiring Bills coach search [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But how do you sell that to a prospective head coach? Would the new guy really have a say on Taylor? What first-time head coach wants to start out with an inferior situation at the game's most vital position? And what if the next coach wants to win right away and pushes to trade for, say, Tony Romo?'

Marker Things to know about Bills coaching candidate Kris Richard [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Richard is the youngest candidate the Bills have interviewed so far. He has less than a decade in coaching, but has moved up the ranks quickly.'

Marker 5 takeaways from first week of Bills HC search [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'All four candidates are also under the age of 50, with Richard (37) being the youngest. With this head coaching search, it appears the Bills front office wants all egos and previous reputations checked at the door -- seeing as how their previous head coach pointed to his track record far too often when asked about 2016 in-season failures. However you slice it, the Bills are looking for something quite a bit different than what they just had.'

Marker The Search: Getting to Know HC Candidate Anthony Lynn [1:55 AM] reports: 'Going back to his work with the Browns, Lynn coached running back Jamal Lewis — who was at the tail end of his NFL career — to a pair of 1,000 yard seasons. In 2007, the Browns finished No. 10 in yards rushing, and No. 6 in rushing yards per play.'

January 9, 2017

Marker Bills reportedly heading west to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'NFL rules stipulate that the Bills’ search team – comprised of owners Terry and Kim Pegula, along with General Manager Doug Whaley and Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos – have to meet with Richard in Seattle. As an assistant coach on a team that won on wild-card weekend, there is a window for Richard to interview between now and the divisional round. If the Seahawks win in the divisional round, Richard can’t be interviewed again until the week after the conference championship games.'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Bills' search continues for coaching jewel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pegula is a patient man by nature, and he’s operating in the naturally impatient and pressurized environment of the NFL. This is an entirely different challenge.'

Marker Buffalo Bills planning to give next HC more power within organization (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schefter didn't give any additional details in terms of what power the next head coach may have in Buffalo, but GM Doug Whaley noted at his end of the year press conference that he was open to a different structure within the organization and possibly giving up some of his power.'

Marker What Kyle Williams has endured with the Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'A complete rebuild is something Williams doesn’t want to be a part of. Regardless of Williams’ decision, he has endured quite the load as a member of the Buffalo Bills, both physically and mentally.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard for head coaching job [1:55 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Richard, who according to his Seahawks’ bio is 37 years old, has been Seattle’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, taking over for Dan Quinn, who left following the 2014 season to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Quinn took over for Gus Bradley, who left after the 2012 season to become the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bradley was fired this year with a 14-48 record while Quinn led the Falcons to an NFC South title this year in his second season and will host Seattle on Saturday in a divisional playoff game.'

Marker Rams interview Anthony Lynn, Doug Marrone for head-coaching vacancy [1:54 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'Lynn is an intriguing candidate not only because of his coaching talent but because, according to a report from ESPN, if Lynn becomes a head coach he intends to hire Gus Bradley as his defensive coorindator. Bradley was a successful coordinator in Seattle before he was hired (and later fired) as head coach in Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills plan to give new head coach more power within organziation [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Ryan reported directly to Bills owner Terry Pegula but only had power over the 46-man game day roster. General manager Doug Whaley retained control of the 53-man roster.'

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