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Buffalo Bills News - January 17, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills' Lorenzo Alexander named to 2016 PFWA All-AFC team [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alexander joined the Bills in free agency and was expected to provide linebacker depth while playing on special teams. Alexander found himself in Buffalo's starting lineup after first round pick Shaq Lawson underwent shoulder surgery.'

Marker Report: Bills targeting two for OC position [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Childress, a co-offensive coordinator for the Chiefs under Andy Reid, was a former head coach with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2010. Childress had a 39-35 record with the Vikings and was replaced by current Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.'

Marker Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills could make the playoffs with Tyrod Taylor but there's only so far Taylor can take you. Hopefully the Bills know that and have that in mind as they formulate their off season game plan.'

Marker Bills O.C. candidates Olson and Childress by the numbers [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Brad Childress, based on the numbers in almost every single category listed, has shown to be the superior candidate. The trouble there, however, is that he hasn't had been the full-on offensive coordinator of a team since 2012 in Cleveland. Much of Childress' success can be considered outdated based on how the game has evolved.'

Marker Five things that need to happen for the Bills to stop the slump at 17 years [1:52 AM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'The Bills have to make a decision on their quarterback by March 11. If you pick up his option, you're locked into him for at least a couple more seasons, and owe him $30.5 million dollars guaranteed. That seems like a lot of money, but for the quarterback position in today's NFL, it's not.'

Marker Bills Today: Closing in on an OC [1:51 AM] reports: 'Kansas City Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress and former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson are the favorites to land the job.'

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January 16, 2017

Marker Childress, Olson emerge as top candidates for Bills' OC job [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Olson, who the Jacksonville Jaguars fired as their offensive coordinator late last October, is also considered "a top target" of the Bills, Rapoport reported and The News confirmed. Former Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett replaced Olson in Jacksonville.'

Marker Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams planning to come back in 2017 (report) [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"As far as weighing my options, it's hard," Williams said. "It's like a tipping scale. You have a lot of pros and you have a lot of cons. Sometimes you don't want to listen to the cons. That's one of the more important things that I've learned that you have to listen to the cons more than the pros."'

Marker Brad Childress and Greg Olson 'top targets' for Buffalo Bills OC job (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Childress, currently in his first season as co-offensive coordinator of the Chiefs after serving the last three seasons as Kansas City's spread game analyst.'

Marker Sean McDermott begins to assemble Buffalo Bills coaching staff [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Four coaches have agreed in principle to join McDermott's staff and one coach has been retained. Here's a look at each coach.'

Marker Local fans indifferent over hire of McDermott as head coach [1:55 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '“I’m completely numb to the Buffalo Bills. Nothing they do excites me, nothing they do annoys me. It’s probably the worst possible category for a fan to place themselves in,” explained Fredonia resident Mike Rukavina. “The new coach seems fine, but we’ve heard enough talk, we’ve seen enough promises fall well short of the ultimate goal and we’ve spent far too long hoping that for just one season we can cheer for more than the mirage that’s constantly being offered each and every Sunday.”'

Marker Bills hire Hornell native Mike Waufle to coach d-line HIDE CAPTION MIKE WAUFLE [1:54 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Waufle is a native of Hornell and began his coaching career at Alfred University as a defensive line coach in 1979.'

Marker Bills safety Aaron Williams leaning toward returning to play [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'He was more definitive in a note posted on his Twitter account earlier in the day. In referring to Buffalo's hiring of new head coach Sean McDermott, Anthony Williams wrote: "Excited about the new HC (head coach) and Aaron coming back to be part of the team that finally brings playoffs and a SB (Super Bowl) to the deserving BLO fans."'

Marker Report: Aaron Williams leaning toward return to football [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"It’s been back and forth with, ‘yeah I’m going to play this year,’ to, ‘man I feel good not playing.’ I’ve been doing it for so long it’s pretty much all I known. Change can be scary sometimes but this offseason made me realize how precious life really is.'

Marker Report: Childress, Olson leading candidates for Bills OC [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Childress, was previously the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-2010, and worked under Reid as the Eagles QB coach and offensive coordinator from 1999-2005.'

January 15, 2017

Marker Analysis: Why Rex Ryan's defense failed in Buffalo [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But in Buffalo, Ryan’s defense seemed to lose its identity. Players openly criticized his scheme in his first season with the Bills, with Mario Williams among its most vocal opponents. Those complaints seemed to die down in Year Two, but after he was fired, Marcell Dareus wasted no time telling ESPN that he wished they would’ve been “more aggressive” on defense. “It was just too much detail for a lot of guys,” he said.'

Marker Waufle to coach Bills' defensive line [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Waufle spent the past five seasons as the defensive line coach with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. He also coached with the Oakland Raiders in two separate stints and also was on the New York Giants’ staff.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release DC Dennis Thurman and OL coach Aaron Kromer from contracts [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The only coach to officially be retained from Ryan's coaching staff to date is special teams coach Danny Crossman.'

Marker Buffalo Bills not picking up Tyrod Taylor's option 'seems like insanity' [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The consistency he displays within his skill-set, like he may be just an average quarterback but the consistency he has within his skill-set means you can build a good offense around him. He's not a guy who you don't really know what you're going to get from snap to snap the way Jay Cutler is, he's a guy who can create, who can extend plays, who can elevate guys around him. Sure, he'll miss a couple of open receivers at times but overall he had a really, really good year and he kind of took the blame for everything that went wrong around him in Buffalo."'

Marker Chargers new coach knew he was in like Lynn [1:55 AM]
Los Angeles Daily News reports: '“And that’s exactly what Rex gave me,” said Lynn. “I wasn’t just a token assistant head coach. I was literally the assistant head coach. I filled in for him, a lot of times, with media obligations I spoke to the team a lot of times. I was in every football operations meeting. I learned so many things about the job and this business being his assistant head coach.”'

Marker Bills agree in principle with Waufle to coach defensive line [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Waufle is from Hornell, New York, and began his coaching career at Alfred University in 1979.'

Marker New Bills head coach brings new hope for many fans [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I have a lot of hope that he will be the guy that will be able to bring them back," said Power. "I think he'll get the defense up to where they were three years ago or so."'

Marker Bills agree in principle with Mike Waufle to coach defensive line [1:52 AM] reports: 'Waufle joins the Bills after spending the last five seasons coaching the Rams’ defensive line. He originally began coaching in the NFL in 1998 with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2003) and has spent time with the New York Giants (2004-09), Oakland Raiders (2010-11) and the Rams (2012-2016).'

Marker Carolina's Rivera, Kuechly attest to McDermott's readiness [1:51 AM] reports: '“One of the things that we talked about when Sean came here was becoming his own guy,” Rivera said. “Developing his own personality, but more importantly building his own defense. Putting his own stamp and I think that’s probably the biggest thing that really separated him as far as the guy that I had when we first got there – the guy that just came from Philadelphia to the guy that left to go to Buffalo to be the head coach.”'

January 14, 2017

Marker McDermott looks good, at this point [11:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'At his introductory press conference, McDermott never stumbled … he was prepared, concise and direct. No bluster, no ego, no predictions.'

Marker McDermott 'looking to build a culture of winning' with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I understand the expectations that come with a job of this magnitude, and I accept that challenge," he told a crowd of reporters, Bills front-office staff and a few team alumni at the AdPro Sports Training Center. "I'm looking to build a culture of winning and that starts inside these walls, and extends to our community. It's an honor and a privilege to lead this football team and this organization ... and as I mentioned before, one we will look to do as a team."'

Marker McDermott takes wait-and-see approach on Taylor's future [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you look at quarterback play in this league, it’s critical," McDermott said. "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.'

Marker McDermott introduced on eve of Rex's day two years ago [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The on-stage population was reduced by half. Only McDermott and Whaley occupied it Friday for questions from the media. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula were present, and Terry introduced the new coach before returning to a spot in the front-row next to his wife. In 2015, Terry Pegula occupied the stage with team President Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley and then coach Rex Ryan.'

Marker Bills' McDermott familiar with 'building a defense, brick by brick' [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In my opinion, this was the best job on the market," McDermott said. "Mainly (because of) the ownership, Terry and Kim. I have seen what great ownership looks like and we have two great owners. ... Secondly, when you talk about a fan base, I've been up here and I've played here before and I've seen those fans, capacity crowds, screaming. ... That's what I want to be a part of."'

Marker Sully: Self-effacing McDermott fills role of the anti-Rex [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Later, McDermott called himself a "meticulous and thorough guy." Intended or not, it was a retroactive knock on Ryan, who was famous for his lack of attention to detail. No one has yet given a reason for Ryan's firing, but that was clearly a reason for his downfall as the Bills' coach.'

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