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Buffalo Bills News - February 1, 2017

Marker Bills announce 14 assistant coaches will not return in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the departures come as a big surprise, although with McDermott retaining special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, it seemed like a possibility that Eric Smith and Kathryn Smith could return.'

Marker Quinn's success shows McDermott what's possible [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And you've seen Sean and what he can be," Quinn said. "So for him and Sean McVay (the former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator who recently became head coach of the Los Angeles Rams), guys I'm totally pumped for, because I've seen their work. I've seen what they've done as coordinators, and now as they're taking the next step, it's like, 'Alright, men, go for it.''

Marker Sean McDermott sweeping out Rex Ryan's coaching staff [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It is uncertain how many more coaches McDermott will bring in, but at the minimum, he still lacks a coach for defensive backs and wide receivers.'

Marker Rex Ryan breaks his silence, and bitterness spews out [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was classic motor-mouth Rex, and in many ways, served as the perfect bookend to his two-year tenure in Buffalo. He came in spewing all kinds of rhetoric that day he was introduced as the Bills’ new head coach, and now he has exited doing the same thing, albeit with a far different tone.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly named among top 15 QBs of all-time by ESPN [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Topping Clayton's list was New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. The only other active quarterback to make the list was Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (No. 10).'

Marker Kathryn Smith among 14 coaches who won't return to Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is the only remaining holdover from the Rex Ryan staff. His retention seemed like good news for the rest of his staff, but after just one season as a special teams quality control coach, Kathryn Smith, a Syracuse native, is again looking for work. '

Marker Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan to organization: 'F--- you guys' [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Supporting" a winner is all Rex ever did, unfortunately. He went seven straight seasons without a winning seasons. He went six straight seasons without the playoffs, becoming just the fourth coach since the merger to do so. His defense was a constant source of disappointment in Buffalo. In 2016 alone, he allowed three 200-yard rushing performances and had 10 players on the field for arguably the most pivotal play of the season.'

Marker Comparing the Bills & Pats each New England Super Bowl season [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have had few constants in those years and the shape of the franchise in Western New York has had multiple twists and turns along the way from different coaches, players, and more.'

Marker Rex reflects: Former Buffalo coach tells off Bills [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I don’t wish (Buffalo) bad will,” Ryan said. “I don’t. But I don’t wish them luck either. I’ll be honest: I don’t wish them good luck. I don’t wish them bad luck. I just don’t wish them luck.”'

Marker Ed Reed won't return for second season on Bills' coaching staff [1:48 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Reed spent 11 of his 12 NFL seasons with the Ravens and established himself as one of the top players in franchise history. He had long expressed an interest in coaching and it was hardly surprising that it was Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Ravens, who gave him his first opportunity.'

Marker Bills will not retain Smith, NFL's first female assistant [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was fairly expected as new head coaches often bring in their own assistants, shifting away from those already in an organization.'

Marker Ex-Bills coach Ryan will be picky about return to NFL [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"The one thing about (being on TV) is that you don't lose," Ryan told the newspaper. "You'll remember every (expletive) loss. But the wins? You don't necessarily remember. So, it takes a lot out of you. I'm tired of getting (expletive). Unless it's a real situation, there's no sense of getting into it again."'

Marker Rex Ryan 'not bitter' about Bills' firing, but 'I was hurt by it' [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I'm really not that bitter [about being fired] and maybe that $15 million [remaining on the deal] is one of the reasons," Ryan told the Daily News. "I'm not bitter, man. ... Yeah, I'm hurt. I was hurt by it. There's no question. But bitter ain't how I feel. I'm like, 'Shoot, if they never wanted me here, then fine. I ain't here. I'm not your coach anymore. Fine and dandy.'"'

Marker Bills will not keep NFL's first female full-time coach, Kathryn Smith [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In her entry-level position last season, Smith broke down game film of past and future opponents, helped assemble special-teams game plans and assisted Crossman in coaching those units during practices and games.'

Marker Bills dismiss 14 coaches from contracts [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As McDermott continues to build his coaching staff, the team announced they will not move forward with 14 coaches that were under contract.'

Marker Rex Ryan's comments show why split with Bills was necessary [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That was commonplace with Rex Ryan. He would be the first one to say that he takes the blame for everything that happens on the field, while if you listen to him for long enough, he'll also dole out veiled critiques as to why things went awry.'

Marker Bills announce coaching staff moves [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that Bobby April, John Blake, Aaron Kromer, David Lee, D’Anton Lynn, Tim McDonald, Pat Meyer, Chris Palmer, Ed Reed, Eric Smith, Kathryn Smith, Dennis Thurman, Jason Vrable and Jeff Weeks will not be part of the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills players on new head coach Sean McDermott [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I like Sean. Even when I played with Philly and he was there, I liked him. He’s tough, he’s honest and he’s fair. I think that he’s the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody that we can believe in and trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex, because I love Rex, but I think that Sean is a guy that will get it done.”'

Marker Bills Today: Anderson: Decision to re-sign was easy [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I got to Buffalo last offseason and immediately fell in love,” he said. “My season was cut short with an injury, so I felt it was an easy decision. The way I looked at it I felt I had some unfinished business there. So I’m looking forward to getting back and being the leader on special teams.”'

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January 31, 2017

Marker Hogan has used everyone's doubts as his jet fuel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s the business side of things,” Hogan said. “It wasn’t personal at all. That organization gave me my first shot at playing in the NFL and gave me a chance to prove myself as a football player. And without them giving me that opportunity, I wouldn’t be here today.”'

Marker Jim Kelly named to ESPN list of best 15 QBs of all time [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With that in mind, ESPN senior writer John Clayton wrote a column ranking his top 15 quarterbacks of all time. Brady tops that list, while Bills great Jim Kelly comes in 13th.'

Marker Rex Ryan to work for ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to the report, the deal is only for the Super Bowl, but Ourand suggests "it clearly makes ESPN a front-runner to sign Ryan to a longer deal if he’s unable to find a coaching job he likes."'

Marker Report: Rex Ryan to work Super Bowl Sunday for ESPN [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The boisterous Ryan, whose news conferences were often akin to stand-up routines, is considered a "can’t-miss'' as a TV analyst. ESPN’s Markman once said that when he closed his eyes and listened to Ryan “I hear a little bit of John Madden in him.’’'

Marker Buffalo Bills hiring East Carolina's Phil McGeoghan as WRs coach (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Caplan noted that McGeoghan is one of the better young teachers of the position.'

Marker ESPN hires former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan for Super Bowl coverage [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'After the Bills fired Ryan, four networks reached out about securing his services. While his demonstrative personality and propensity for jokes didn't create much success on the football field over the last six years, Ryan will find a natural home in front of the camera. He'll have particularly useful insight into this Super Bowl, which includes the New England Patriots, the team Ryan played often but always struggled to beat.'

Marker Rex Ryan lands ESPN job [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Ryan will appear on Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN, which will air from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday.'

Marker ESPN hires Ryan to do analysis for Super Bowl broadcast [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”'

Marker Former Jets coach Rex Ryan signs with ESPN for Super Bowl Sunday show [1:51 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It’s unclear what Ryan will choose to do next, but TV seems to be calling him.'

Marker Rex Ryan starts second career with ESPN [1:50 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Ryan’s boisterous opinions will play well on television, and was sought after by FOX, CBS and NFL Network.'

Marker Report: Rex Ryan inks deal with ESPN for ‘NFL Sunday Countdown’ [1:49 AM]
Newsday reports: '“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SBJ. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”'

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