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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2017

Marker Bills confirm hiring of Frazier, add two more coaches [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Castillo spent the past four seasons as the Ravens offensive line coach. A 22-year NFL coaching veteran, Castillo reunites with McDermott in Buffalo after spending time with him in Philadelphia. Castillo spent 18 seasons with the Eagles, filling the role of the team’s offensive line coach from 1998 to 2010 and then was the team’s defensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012. Castillo originally got his NFL start with the Bills, participating in the team’s Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship in 1992.'

Marker Hi Sean McDermott, welcome to Death Valley [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As for the new coach and the direction owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley went in this time, holy smokes. It’s like they gave up margaritas and steaks and became teetotaling vegetarians.'

Marker What they're saying about Bills coach Sean McDermott [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Outstanding move. I honestly believe Sean has what it takes to move forward pretty quickly when it comes to leading guys. Look at where he’s been and who he’s learned from in this league — Jim Johnson, Andy Reid and Ron Rivera. Those are three quality bosses to learn from."'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott non-committal on QB Tyrod Taylor [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"When you look at it, obviously the quarterback play in this league is critical," McDermott said. "I know-- I actually just met Tyrod 10 minutes ago before we came down here, had a nice conversation. Really at this point, whether it's Tyrod's situation or any other position, let's not get ahead of ourselves right now in terms of those positions. I'm going to go through and evaluate every position group, every player the same way I do everything else, in a methodic nature. So with respect to specific players, Tyrod in this case, there will be a time for that. Right now, it's about this organization and 'we' and getting this thing looking the way it needs to look.'

Marker Doug Whaley, Sean McDermott weigh in on who has control of Buffalo Bills' roster [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is a team effort," Whaley said. "We're working together to get this franchise to where we know it should be. It starts at the top. The Pegulas' mantra is we're working together, we're not working for them. And that perpetuates through every level of this organization."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said at first press conference (transcript) [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The first people I want to address is the players, our players some of whom are here today. I am proud to be one of you, it is an honor to coach you and I look forward to doing this together. I understand the expectations that come with the job of this magnitude and I accept that challenge. I am looking to build a culture of winning and that starts insides these walls and extends to our community.'

Marker What Andy Reid, Mike Tomlin said about new Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Sean's a great coach, but he's an even better person. He is intelligent and very thoughtful. He's got natural leadership skills. The Buffalo Bills are in great hands under his leadership. It's been a pleasure knowing him over the years. I'm not surprised by this opportunity, and I won't be surprised by the success he has in Buffalo."'

Marker Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula: Dysfunctional talk an insult to organization [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"First off, I think that all started with some false information printed in the national media about our organization," said Terry Pegula. "I've got to believe it's from people who have no idea what our organization's like or how we operate within. I honestly believe that. I disagree with their opinions, and I can tell you one thing: We had a lot of applications and people who wanted that coaching job with the Bills. So I don't know what these guys are writing about."'

Marker Chargers hire Anthony Lynn to guide team in new L.A. home [1:40 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Having identified a head coach is one. Lynn, 48, will be looked upon to infuse an added toughness to a locker room with an ever-creative tendency to lose close games. Eighteen of the Chargers’ 23 losses the past two years were decided by a one-score margin, including nine of 11 this season.'

Marker Chargers officially hire Anthony Lynn as new coach [1:39 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '“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 McDermott short on boasts, specifics as Bills new coach [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"I've gone to two Super Bowls. I know what that looks like and smells like and tastes like," he said. "I feel extremely confident with my ability to lead this franchise moving forward."'

Marker LA Chargers hire Anthony Lynn as head coach a day after move [1:37 AM]
AP reports: 'Lynn attracted extensive interest on the NFL job market, and the Chargers took a break from planning their move out of San Diego to secure a deal with him. Lynn becomes the first black coach in franchise history.'

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.”'

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