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Buffalo Bills News - January 26, 2016

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito headed to Pro Bowl, will replace Cardinals' Mike Iupati [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Incognito and Wood were part of the Bills' much-improved offensive line. Incognito, who was suspended by the Miami Dolphins in 2013 for his role in a bullying scandal and did not play in the 2014 season, was signed to a one-year deal for 2015. He is now a free agent.'

Marker Wade Phillips, once fired by Buffalo Bills, is a hero in Denver [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The man is 68 and has been coaching somewhere — in high school, college or the pros — in 47 of the last 49 seasons, which bears witness to both his skills and stubbornness. And today, in (a) Colorado and (b) among all those coaching lifers out there, he is pretty much a football hero.'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor, Eric Wood to replace Cam Newton, Ryan Kailil in 2016 Pro Bowl [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wood is making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl following his seventh season in the league. He made a big jump forward, along with the rest of the Bills' offensive line, under new offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Buffalo led the league in rushing in 2015, and Wood played a part in that.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor, C Wood, G Incognito added to Pro Bowl [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'This was Taylor's first season as a starter after spending the previous four years as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore. He set a Bills quarterback record with 568 yards rushing while throwing 20 touchdown passes versus six interceptions.'

Marker Hogan, Bryant, Rambo headline Bills RFA list of seven [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bryant was a key member of the defense this past season. He started week one while Marcell Dareus sat out for his suspension. He then became the full-time starter in place of Kyle Williams after he was lost for the season. He's regarded as one of the smartest players on the team, able to pick up the defense very quickly and understand his roles and responsibilities. That's very valuable for this team going forward, considering last year's issues in that department. Although he came into the league in 2011, Bryant hasn't played enough to qualify for unrestricted free agency, so the Bills have a great opportunity to keep one of their own here without overspending.'

Marker Taylor, Wood, Incognito headed to Pro Bowl [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Running back LeSean McCoy was voted in, but pulled out so he can continue to recover from a late-season injury. Chris Ivory of the Jets will take his place.'

Marker Bills UFAs: Plenty of decisions to be made [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'But Incognito and Glenn are only two of what will be eight unrestricted free agents come the middle of March. There are also seven restricted free agents the team has to make decisions on, as well. The Bills obviously can't keep them all.'

Marker Bills G Richie Incognito named to Pro Bowl [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Along with QB Tyrod Taylor, RB LeSean McCoy and C Eric Wood, this marks the first time the Bills have had four Pro Bowlers on the offensive side of the ball since 2002 when four Bills (QB Drew Bledsoe, G Ruben Brown, RB Travis Henry, WR Eric Moulds) earned Pro Bowl honors.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor and Eric Wood named to Pro Bowl [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Taylor and Wood were two key pieces to Buffalo’s resurgence on offense in 2015. Under offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Wood led an offensive line that rebounded from a ranking of 25th in rushing in 2014 to lead the league this past season. A Pro Bowl alternate in 2014 as well, this will be Wood’s first opportunity to play in the game.'

Marker In 2015 young leaders stepped forward [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Over the last two games, evidence of that new approach showed on the field with Buffalo, despite being severely shorthanded in terms of injured starters, posted a pair of victories to end the 2015 campaign. Yes, it was too late to qualify for the postseason, but young players helped to chart a new course for future success.'

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January 25, 2016

Marker Are Bills doubling down on run-first? Ryan believes it’s the right model [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you look at it with that kind of wind, you have got to be able to run the football in those conditions and we are able to do that,” Ryan said. “So I think it is a great thing. I think it speaks volumes about our football team, where you go in your first year you implement a system and be No. 1 in the league in rushing. I think that is a great thing moving forward. And I think it is only going to help our passing attack.”'

Marker Phillips, DeHaven get Super Bowl shots again [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The last time the Bills made the playoffs, in 1999, Phillips was their head coach and DeHaven was their special teams coordinator. Phillips fired DeHaven after Kevin Dyson ran “Home Run Throwback” for a touchdown in Tennessee in the playoffs, giving the Titans a 22-16 win.'

January 24, 2016

Marker Rex, Bills hire female coach, make history [5:05 PM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'And so, for once, Rex being Rex is not just a cheeky commentary on one of the NFL’s true characters. It’s a respectful one for a man who showed true character.'

Marker Percy Harvin and the Bills may be best together [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley's words do indicate a stark change in tone. The 2016 Bills could certainly use a deep threat opposite Watkins, who emerged as a star the final nine weeks of the season. While there's a good chance Buffalo looks to the NFL draft to find that player, it's not time to completely rule out Harvin. Whoever plays on the other side is bound to see one-on-one coverage.'

Marker OC Greg Roman's return crucial in Tyrod Taylor's growth [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think overall — when you look at this being his first year playing — I think there’s some encouraging signs," former NFL MVP Rich Gannon said of Taylor. "I think the guy’s in the right system. I think he’s with the right coach. Greg Roman is fantastic in terms of formulating a game plan that takes advantage of his strengths. They’re going to run the football and that includes the quarterback. I think his accuracy is something you can get excited about and build on."'

Marker Watkins on the part to becoming a leader [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Folks, to have wisdom, one must have experience. I think a player going into his third year with a team is a fine time to assume a leadership role. The thing that convinced me is that during his “rant,” he said, “You’ve got to go out there each week and play for the guy next to you.” He gets it.'

Marker NFL abandonment of St. Louis ups the ante in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s nice that Poloncarz is willing to stand up to the NFL monolith, and push for whatever option takes the smallest bite out of taxpayers’ wallets. But the goalposts keep moving, and our circa-1970s stadium is an anachronism in the 21st-century NFL.'

Marker Those who know Kathryn Smith believe she will succeed with Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Newsday reports: 'Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted he, too, was caught off guard by the news. “I’m surprised but not shocked,” Tannenbaum, now the Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations, said in a phone interview Friday. “She really was always interested in things, was always around, a lot of energy, a lot of questions.”'

Marker Kathryn Smith’s hiring by the Bills an important step forward [1:54 AM]
Newsday reports: 'First, he has given my daughter and your daughter and the 45 percent of NFL fans who are women — according to a 2013 NFL commissioned report — something new to aspire to. And second, by hiring the first full-time female assistant NFL coach, he has helped focus public attention on the massive gender-hiring gap in professional sports.'

Marker NFL's first female scout applauds Bills' coach hiring [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"To me, the best part of this is that Kathryn has a chance to just learn so much and ask questions and pick up so many things," Carberg said.'

Marker 20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, Part 4 [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Noah Spence is one of the most interesting stories in the draft this year, because it’s a bit mysterious as to how high he’ll be picked in the draft due to the off-the-field concerns.'

January 23, 2016

Marker Some bad timing for Ryan, Bills as offseason begins [12:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'That is to say, if you’re raising ticket prices, even for unfailingly loyal and hopeful Bills fans, wait until their optimism has been buoyed a bit by free agency and speculation about the draft.'

Marker Local family meets Jim Kelly [12:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“He talked with us for a few minutes. He was asking my boys if they were big Bills fans,” Caswell says. “He also asked them if they’re good and listen to their parents. My little guy said 'Well ... sometimes.' Jim thought that was pretty funny. He talked to me, too, and noticed my Tyrod jersey.”'

Marker It’s not all gloom and doom in Vic Carucci’s season-ending Bills’ report card [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Other than that, there was mostly what the record reflected: mediocrity.'

Marker Thurman remains Bills' defensive coordinator [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This will allow Dennis freedom to go, if he wants to spend more time with the secondary, with whatever, that’s fine,” Ryan said. “But Tim McDonald’s our secondary coach, and I feel great about that.”'

Marker Rex sees hiring of brother as a way to 'tie in more' with team [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is my football team,” Ryan said. “That’s how I’m approaching it. It’s not that I’m just a defensive guy. No, this is my team. It’s offensive players … every offensive player, every special-team player, every offensive coach, special-team coach, this is it. This is all about who I am. I think (hiring Rob) will help me to really tie in more to this football team.'

Marker Smith’s attention to detail makes her good fit as coach [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“And Kathryn goes, ‘Well, Rex, we can get that up (from a video archive). We’ll call it up on their sacks,’” Ryan recalled Friday. “I said, ‘No, it wasn’t a sack.’ So I left it at that. I go out to practice, I come back in off the practice field and she has this thing already drawn up and put it on my TV screen. And she goes, ‘I believe this is the play you were referring to.’'

Marker Bills GM Whaley recognizes difficult cap situation [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My job is easy; we want this guy or that guy,” Whaley said. “But Jim Overdorf has the dubious task of fitting them into the salary cap and dealing with the agents. Right now it’s pretty restrictive. I believe we’re over the cap and JO will be working hard, working his magic.”'

Marker Rex Ryan finds criticism of him and Rob Ryan 'hilarious' and takes it personally [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"You know what? I'm a competitor," Ryan said Friday. "Above everything else, I'm a competitor. And I believe in myself, but I believe in this team. I believe in the coaches I've got and I believe in the players I have. ... (Being) linked with something that underachieved, that bothers me. And so I'm ready to go. I can tell you that much. I don't know what the results will be, but I know what the effort's going to be. I can't wait to play. I don't even know who's going to be on the team, but I can't wait. I can't wait until it's all said and done and we're ready to roll. Hey, we're coming out here on Sunday. I can't wait for that. Maybe it's the competitor in me and whatever, but I know one thing: I believe in myself and I believe in the people that are with me."'

Marker Why Rex and Rob Ryan changed their minds, decided to work together with Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, there's an old saying that one bullet gets both of you," Rex explained Friday. "In that business, that's what happens. You set your own path. That was something, as much as we're proud of being the son of Buddy Ryan and things, for us to make it, I wouldn't be standing in front of you today if all I did was follow my dad. And the same thing with my brother."'

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