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Buffalo Bills News - January 13, 2017

Marker How will the Bills front-7 look in Sean McDermott's 4-3 scheme? [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McDermott runs a 4-3 defense, a shift from the 3-4 hybrid look Rex Ryan ran for the past two years in Buffalo. Three seasons ago, under Jim Schwartz, the Bills ran a 4-3 defense and finished 4th in yards allowed, 3rd against the pass, 11th against the run, led the league in sacks, and were highly ranked in several other statistical categories. Several key players from that season are still on the roster, but there’s also been some change. So, let’s look at the Bills current roster and where certain players would likely fit. Of course, it’s only January and there’s a lot of change possibly still ahead, including free agency and the draft...'.

Marker Top 5 questions for new Bills HC Sean McDermott [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'If the two can't co-exist, or perhaps have different ideas as to what the right moves are to build the best roster for McDermott's scheme, then inevitably that could hurt their prospects for winning. It's not an ideal situation for Whaley with McDermott on a little stronger ground with the owners at this point, but, it's also something he must make work.'

Marker Report: Bills hire former Vikings HC Leslie Frazier as DC [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Frazier was not the only name linked to the defensive coordinator job. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Bills are interested in Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb for that role. Holcomb has worked with McDermott over the past four seasons in Carolina.'

Marker Lynn tabbed as Chargers next head coach [1:27 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Lynn was one of four candidates for the Bills' head coaching job, the one that ultimately went to Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. The Bills former offensive coordinator was considered the only other real contender to win the Bills job.'

Marker Ravens secondary coach Leslie Frazier will be Bills' defensive coordinator [1:26 AM]
CSN Mid-Atlantic reports: 'Frazier’s work with the Ravens secondary in 2016 was a key reason for that unit’s improvement. Frazier worked extensively with rookie cornerback Tavon Young, who became an immediate contributor. During games, Frazier’s experience in the coaching box upstairs made defensive coordinator Dean Pees comfortable enough to coach from the sidelines, where he could communicate directly with players.'

Marker Ravens to hire Greg Roman: Three reasons the addition makes sense [1:25 AM]
CSN Mid-Atlantic reports: 'The Bills were ranked No. 1 in the NFL in rushing in 2015, and in five full seasons as an NFL coordinator, Roman’s teams have never ranked lower than eighth in rushing. Anyone who watched the Ravens closely this past season knows their running philosophy needs to change. In fact, I think the success or failure of their running game is the key to their 2017 season.'

Marker Buffalo reportedly hiring two assistants away from Ravens [1:24 AM]
WNST-AM reports: 'Both Castillo and Frazier worked with McDermott in Philadelphia as part of Andy Reid’s staff. Ironically, it was Castillo who replaced McDermott as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 2011.'

Marker Ravens hire roman as senior offensive assistant, tight ends coach [1:23 AM]
WNST-AM reports: 'Roman will hold the official title of “senior offensive assistant” while also becoming the tight ends coach. After working with the tight ends the last two seasons, Richard Angulo will now become the assistant offensive line coach.'

Marker Report: Leslie Frazier leaving to become Buffalo's defensive coordinator [1:22 AM] reports: 'Frazier, 57, spent just one season with the Ravens, and he helped the secondary make steady improvement under his guidance. When Frazier arrived in Baltimore a year ago, he preached the importance of a ball-hawking mentality.'

Marker Report: Juan Castillo leaving Ravens to join Buffalo Bills [1:21 AM] reports: 'Castillo, a 35-year coaching veteran, has spent the last four seasons with the Ravens. He was first hired as Baltimore’s run-game coordinator in 2013 before becoming the offensive line coach for the last three years. Castillo had spent 18 seasons as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles before coming to Baltimore.'

Marker Greg Roman officially joins Ravens coaching staff [1:20 AM] reports: '“Greg had other opportunities over the last few days, and we’re pleased that he has decided to join the Ravens,” Head Coach John Harbaugh stated. “I’ve known Greg for a long time, and he’s a hard worker and very creative. Our football team just got better.”'

Marker 5 differences to expect in Sean McDermott's defense [1:19 AM] reports: '“In Carolina they played a lot of zone under McDermott,” Kelso said. “When they went to the Super Bowl they were playing a ton of Cover 3 with basic zone defense and had linebackers that really understood leverage control and where to drop and whether they needed to be inside or outside of receivers.'

Marker Bills G Richie Incognito named to Pro Bowl [1:18 AM] reports: 'Incognito started all 16 games for the Bills in 2016 at guard and helped pave the way to the Bills having both the top rushing attack in the NFL in yards (2,630) and yards per carry (5.35). The Bills rushing attack also tallied 29 rushing touchdowns on the year—a new franchise record surpassing the old mark of 26 rushing touchdowns set in 1976.'

Marker Bills Today: McDermott earned his stripes [1:17 AM] reports: '“I can tell you that Sean knows when to pat guys on the back, but when they need some tough love,” Person said. “He’s not just going to say anything that he thinks players want to hear. I’ve seen him get into it with players, but I’ve seen him get with guys individually after wins and losses and have a heart to heart type of talk.”'

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Marker Will McDermott function without Whaley meddling? [8:38 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'On Friday, the Bills will introduce McDermott in a press conference, but presumably general manager Doug Whaley, he of the disastrous meeting with the media 10 days ago, will be there. Questions for him will abound. Start with the fact he was supposed to lead the search, but on Wednesday it was made clear that owners Terry and Kim Pegula made the coaching choice.'

Marker Bills hire McDermott as their 20th head coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott's contract is expected to cover five years, the same length as the agreement the Bills reached with McDermott's predecessor, Rex Ryan, in 2015.'

Marker McDermott's philosophy rooted in legendary defensive coordinator [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not surprisingly, the signature of McDermott's scheme is similar to that of Johnson's. It features a 4-3 base and is known for being extremely aggressive. Opposing quarterbacks not only can expect to be blitzed, they can usually count on not knowing who is blitzing and the direction from which the blitzer is coming.'

Marker The Bills have their coach; now they need coordinators [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy would be a solid selection for offensive coordinator – if the Bills can get him. The ex-Chargers coach has interest from other teams and will reportedly be one of the candidates new Broncos coach Vance Joseph interviews for the position Thursday. McCoy may be more attracted to a team with better structure and a more developed passing attack.'

Marker Fox analyst Long praises McDermott hire, Tyrod [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"McDermott is a Jim Johnson disciple from Philadelphia," said Long. "The late Jim Johnson, great defensive coordinator. And he’s been great down in Carolina, McDermott. We talked about him on the way up here in the truck, McDermott. Really aggressive. I think he’ll switch to a team up in Buffalo that fits their personnel... They'll go from a three-man front to a four-man front, which I think fits what they do. And I think he’s ready. They got a good coach.”'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: McDermott hire would seem to further diminish Whaley [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Word is, McDermott wants control of the 53-man roster, which is typically the province of the GM. But with Whaley a weakened figure, any established coaching candidate would have demanded full control. According to reports, the Pegulas were impressed enough by McDermott to consider giving him some control of the roster. There's talk that he and Whaley will share control of the 53.'

Marker Report: Sean McDermott could bring Panthers LB coach to be Bills defensive coordinator [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDermott and Holcomb have worked together for four years. Holcomb has coached Carolina's linebackers since 2013, helping develop Luke Kuechly into a four-time Pro Bowler and the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Hot Read: The Drought be damned, let Doug & Sean Show breathe [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are not close to being a contender. They reshaped the roster according to Ryan’s vision. Now they’re going to have to reshape it again, especially since McDermott runs a 4-3 defense. And check out next year’s tough schedule. It screams 4-12.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: New coach, but same old Bills? [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'My problem with McDermott actually has nothing to do with McDermott. The same beef would have applied to any coach the Bills hired so long as the same people remained in charge of the front office. They can’t be trusted to make sound decisions, so there’s little reason to believe they made the right call now.'

Marker Things to know about Bills new head coach Sean McDermott [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Phenomenal football coach,” Reid told the Charlotte Observer of McDermott earlier this year. “(The Panthers defense is) getting coached like crazy by a guy who is going to be a future head coach in this league.”'

Marker Reaction to the Bills hiring Sean McDermott [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills just hired the anti-Rex, and that's a great thing.'

Marker Things to know about Mike McCoy as the Bills' potential offensive coordinator [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One thing that should jump out from the list of McCoy's experience is that he was the offensive coordinator who won a playoff game with Tim Tebow at quarterback. Sure, Denver's defense that year was insanely good. But, Tebow!'

Marker It's official: Sean McDermott is Bills new head coach [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the hallmarks of McDermott’s coaching style is his ability to adapt. While he runs a base 4-3, his approach has been to tailor the scheme to the strengths of his players because with all the turnover in the NFL, you’re constantly adjusting to different skill sets.'

Marker Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy withdraws from 2017 NFL Pro Bowl [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Despite McCoy withdrawing from the game, Alexander may not be the only Bills player represented at the Pro Bowl when all is said and done. Richie Incognito and Kyle Williams were both named first alternates for the game. Stephon Gilmore, Jerome Felton and Zach Brown are also alternates who could appear in the game if other players back out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Sean McDermott as next head coach [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With McDermott in place, the Bills still have some questions to sort through. Who will have control of the 53-man roster? What will the team do about quarterback Tyrod Taylor? What will the organizational structure look like? McDermott is just the first piece of a complicated offseason puzzle for the Bills, who are attempting to improve on a 7-9 season and end a 17-year playoff drought.'

Marker Sammy Watkins supports idea of Buffalo Bills drafting Clemson QB Deshaun Watson [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Draft analysts believe that Watson will go in the first round so the Bills would likely have to use the 10th overall pick on the quarterback if they wanted to add him to the roster.'

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