Rex Ryan still simmering over comments from ex-Bill Mario Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Now look, with some of the comments (he made), do I wish him well? Not really," the Bills' coach said in an interview with MMQB. "But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean (expletive) that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop (into coverage), too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is.'
Rex Ryan on Bills: 'I don't know if we have 100-percent buy-in' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don’t know all the business people yet; they should be 'all in,' but I don’t know. There’s times when the doubt part, that can be driven through the media. But I’m going to surround myself with the very best, and I’m going to win."'
Taylor's time, Henderson's uncertainty & bye to Boomer? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Definitely knowing the offense, being able to put guys in the right place when things aren’t right," he said of how much better he felt than in the 2015 OTAs. "Being able to get the offense out of certain looks versus certain coverages and certain fronts or certain pressures that we get, but also just getting more reps, I think, is the main thing. Being able to know that you’re going to get a certain amount of reps going into practice and learning from those reps."'
Doug Whaley's misstep hardly bad thing [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Against that backdrop, it’s easy to see why Whaley’s bombshell remark became Topic A for every sports talk show and social media post from Bangor to Burbank.'
Rex and Rob Ryan explain why their defenses underperformed in 2015 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well, we never lost a fight in our life," Rex said. "Ever. And we ain't losing this one. And that's a true statement. Not just because we are badasses — because we are, individually — but collectively, it's a lot different. To this day, no man is going to whip me. Why? Because I've got my brother with me."'
Does Rex Ryan wish Mario Williams well with Miami Dolphins? 'Not really' [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan will get his first crack at Williams and the Dolphins in Week 6. It's clear Ryan is trying to build his defense with players who have some faith in the system. He even said he wishes he brought in more of those players when he joined the Bills. He thinks the results would have been different.'
Rob Ryan says Buffalo Bills are going to beat the New England Patriots [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex said he and Rob are "going for broke." He's never lost a fight with his brother by his side, and with their father, Buddy, struggling health-wise, they want him to be able to see his two sons coaching together and bringing the Ryan name back to good standing. Together.'
Rob Ryan’s lap band almost killed him [1:52 AM]
New York Post reports: '“I put on 30 pounds in a month. Now I can’t get [the lap band] off,” Rob explained, after having dropped to 260 pounds from 320 pounds during his time in Dallas. “And then my band was so tight, I almost died. … It was so tight, my esophagus was working as my stomach.'
Uh oh: Rob Ryan pokes at New England Patriots' Bill Belichick [1:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Thank heavens for Rex and Rob Ryan and their singular ability to murder a slow NFL news day.'
Rob Ryan: Bills are going to beat the Patriots this season [1:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"All the respect in the world for Bill Belichick. That was fantastic training, working for him for four years, and I learned a ton," Rob said. "Look, [Belichick] is the No. 1 nemesis of every coach in this league. So it's not just Rex."'
Surprise! Rex and Rob Ryan talk themselves up [1:49 AM]
CSN New England reports: 'Facts, schmacts. You want facts? From the interview...'.
Rex and Rob: The Battling (and Babbling) Buffalo Bros [1:48 AM]
SI reports: 'I have coordinated in college and in the pros. And the biggest history of improvement ever in the league, I coordinated that defense [the 2013 Saints]. The defenses I have taken over were ranked, like, 31st. Oh, “my numbers aren’t too good.” You take over the 31st group and see how you do. And you’re given about two years to do it. There are two years that don’t have my signature on them, and it’s the last two years in New Orleans. And that’s just the truth.'
Bills' Rex on Mario: 'Do I wish him well? Not really' [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"My mindset is, if you're an attack defense, you don't let anything else dictate what you do," Williams said. "We're gonna put who we're gonna put out there, and then we're gonna execute and make plays with the guys out there. I don't care - I don't need to wait on you to make a decision.'
Rex to Bills fans: Be thankful Ryans are here [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I brought in a real football coach. Not a 9-to-5er, a real football coach whose life and passion is the NFL," Rex Ryan started. "The name Ryan means something. If you are a fan of the Buffalo Bills, thank your lucky stars he is here, and myself. To me, that’s what we added to this team. When we talk about “all in,” we’re going to do everything we can in our power to help our players succeed. And that’s why we made some of the changes that we made."'
Bills' Rex & Rob Ryan going for broke in honor of ailing father [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'In an extremely candid interview with Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB, the Ryan brothers intimated that the decision to coach together, and subsequently the 2016 campaign, is for their legendary coach and father.'
WRs Boykin & Little hope bond with Taylor leads to redemption [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We played together a number of years ago, but it’s good to have Jarrett in the locker room with me,” said Taylor. “He’s a guy that I played with in college. (I) threw to him a bunch of times. I wouldn’t say it’s any favoritism or anything, but I know his body language.'
Bills at coaching: Brotherly love highlights defensive changes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just think it is in the classroom, and listening in the classroom, and how it is being taught, the back and forth from players to coach and all that," the head coach told reporters Tuesday. "I think it is a great understanding, we have some great teachers."'
Bills' Robert Woods (finally healthy) leads group of Watkins-less WR's through OTA's [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So in this offense, Woods views himself as “an all-around guy.” After catching a myriad of passes on shorter routes in his career, averaging 12.1 yards per catch, he hopes to develop into more of a deep threat for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He expects cornerbacks to press up closely on him, which will put his new wheels to the test.'
Corey Graham determined to make things right after disappointing 2015 season [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Defense is night and day from last year, where we are at this point,” safety Corey Graham said after the Bills completed their second spring practice. “They’re doing a great job as coaches, installing everything, making sure everybody understands everything. It's a lot – I wouldn't say simpler – but it's just, easier to understand. Everything is going pretty smooth. Guys are picking it up. I like where we're at right now.”'
Bills going for broke, but fix it if it breaks [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if the Bills go sub-.500 this season, they absolutely should restructure how they construct a roster.'
Whaley misspoke, but Bills have lost benefit of the doubt [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley is like many working along One Bills Drive who have lost the benefit of the doubt. People long ago grew fatigued by nonsense spewed from the organization. Therefore, when the Bills say something asinine, they invite criticism.'
Marquise Goodwin's summer, Shaq Lawson's timeline, Jerry Hughes' health [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's good to see the Bills supporting Goodwin's pursuit of the gold. With that being said, there is no question he's firmly on the team's roster bubble. Missing all of spring practice and a good portion of training camp undoubtedly puts Goodwin behind in what promises to be a heated competition at wide receiver. Surely, he knows that.'
Where does Buffalo Bills' Rex Ryan rank on worst-to-first NFL coaches list? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Ryan is known as a brilliant defensive mind, but he's going to need a bounce back season to retain that title. He hasn't produced a top-10 unit in three seasons, and he hasn't led his team to a winning record since 2010."'
4 interesting things Bills WR coach Sanjay Lal said about Buffalo's receivers [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Outside of Woods and Watkins, there aren't too many locks to make the 53-man roster. Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal joined WGR on Wednesday night and broke down the position a bit. He said it's only realistic for the team to keep five or six receivers from this group.'
Not just a playbook [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“If I’m smart while I'm playing football, I can use the resources I gain during my career to help me transition out of football and springboard into my next phase in life,” Woods said.'
Should Bills show Gilmore the money? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'When it comes to Gilmore, I’m not so sure. I want them to keep Gilmore, who forms a terrific cornerback tandem with Ronald Darby and is one of the core players on the Bills defense. But I’ve never been a fan of paying a cornerback elite level money. The Bills already have three players whose average salary for the upcoming season ranks in the top five for their position and a fourth player is getting paid top 10 money for his spot.'
Archer playing football on beach in Florida as he still hasn't contacted Bills [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Archer has posted four different pictures in that time, all with check-ins in Florida. Two at a painting/art studio in Port Charlotte on May 17 and two from Siesta Key Beach within the past week (one of those was a post he shared).'
Bills at special teams: A rookie challenger for Carpenter [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't bring in a whole bunch of challengers to make sure Carpenter knew they truly meant business about the need for him to bounce back. They simply (or at least so far) let him know that he needs to outperform a rookie, making a far smaller salary, to keep his job.'
Bills' GM Doug Whaley: 'Clearly, I used a poor choice of words' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Wednesday, Whaley and the Bills were in full damage-control mode.'
Policy motivation, a human moment & put on a happy face [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It doesn't work that way in the real world. You credential reporters to watch practice, we're going to report what we watch. We're going to provide opinions on what we see. It's all part of a process that leads to the same thing being done when we're sitting in the press box on game day. And pointing out which players are starting and which are not is also relevant and will continue to be done, just as it will when training camp begins and the stands are filled with people who will make conclusions based on what they see. By the way, the original policy included training camp in the practice-coverage rules, but Berchtold later said that was amended "because of all the fans who are there."'
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