LeSean McCoy backs out of Pro Bowl [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: The Bills could still have a representative in Hawaii, as left guard Richie Incognito, center Eric Wood, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus are alternates. The roster will be finalized after the AFC and NFC championship games Sunday. Players from teams that advance to the Super Bowl are not eligible for the game, so some alternates will get into the game.
Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills deserve credit for hiring Smith and pulling sports farther into the 21st century.'
Power Take: Kathryn Smith’s promotion wins public-relations points [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith never played football and has never coached. I’ve read two books on Ryan and her name was never mentioned. But when a team has missed the playoffs for 16 straight years, any sort of progressive vision is welcome.'
Rex and Rob Ryan appear as mystery guests at Buffalo naturalization ceremony [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Turns out the Ryans were there for the same reason, the naturalization of one of the 60 immigrants taking the oath of citizenship on Thursday. She’s believed to be a family friend from Russia.'
Bills ST report card: Definition of mediocrity [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Penalties were a team-wide problem as the Bills committed 143 total, tied for the most in the NFL with Tampa Bay. On special teams, the Bills were flagged 25 times, third-most behind the Rams and Raiders.'
The latest on the Bills' hiring of Smith [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And then last summer, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians laid the ground work for the potential of women serving as coaches when he brought in Jen Welter as a part-time linebackers coach during their training camp. But this was a temporary position as some teams bring on extra coaching assistants during that time of year to deal with the much larger group of players on the rosters.'
Bills inspire with latest hire: NFL's 1st female coach [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As a quality control coach, she'll spend a lot of her time breaking down film of Buffalo’s opponents and preparing reports for the head coach. Smith's new job title may not sound glamorous, but it's an important role for the Bills organization — and for breaking the coaching glass ceiling.
Kathryn Smith thanks Buffalo Bills in statement after being hired as NFL's first full-time fema [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The amount of attention generated from this announcement in the past 24 hours has been extraordinary, however, my focus remains on my job responsibilities and helping the team win.'
Cleveland radio host has issue with Bills hiring female assistant coach [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's no place for a woman in professional sports, in football, coaching men," Kiley said. "Men will not take to it. If you have 10 men on special teams, eight of them will be mumbling under their breath. It's counterproductive. You're setting her up to fail. It's not her fault, it's the idiot who hired her."'
What players, others are saying about Bills' Kathryn Smith becoming NFL's first female coa [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Naturally, the hire quickly became national news and plenty of people reacted on social media. Here's what people had to say about the Bills' historic hire...'.
Here’s something to cheer about: Kathryn Smith as the first female full-time NFL coach [1:46 AM]
Toronto Globe and Mail reports: 'But this is a huge moment for merit winning out over gender bias. It’s also a pretty great teachable moment. If you have a son who thinks girls don’t play football or a daughter who ever wonders, rightly, why there are only men on teams, you’ll need to turn on a Bills game next season. Even if you don’t root for the team, it’s going to be easy to cheer for Kathryn Smith.'
Cleveland radio host Kevin Kiley calls Buffalo Bills' hiring of female coach 'absurd' [1:45 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"If you have 10 men playing on special teams, eight of them will be mumbling under their breath," Kiley said. "It's counterproductive. You're setting her up to fail."'
Meet Kathryn Smith, the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history [1:44 AM]
Washington Post reports: '“They get along famously,” Robert Smith, Kathryn’s father, told the Post-Standard. “She likes him, he likes her. The fact that he asked her to go wherever he ended up is a big vote of confidence for her. She enjoys working for him very much.”'
Kathryn Smith was ‘surprised’ when Rex Ryan made her a full-time coach [1:43 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Smith said she appreciated expressions of support from members of the Bills and nationally in the wake of the news of her hiring. She singled out congratulatory tweets by Barbie and the Girl Scouts of America as “pretty cool.”'
Cleveland radio host has some unbelievably sexist thoughts on female coaches [1:42 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'She couldn’t possibly be qualified to the same level that a man could be qualified to do that.'
Bills’ trailblazer expects more women in coaching business [1:41 AM]
New York Post reports: '“It’s really just been an amazing opportunity more than anything. I got into sports. I got into football. Obviously, you want to grow your role. You want to go into the next thing. It’s an entry-level coaching position. I’m going to start here on the coaching track and go from here.”'
Bills new female coach Kathryn Smith ‘surprised’ by sideline hire [1:40 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“There are so many other females in very important roles in football organizations, whether it’s in administration, athletic trainers, public relations, so many departments have women,” Smith added. “Kim Pegula, for example, is our owner. I’m an entry level coach. So yes I might be the first coach, but I’m not the only woman in the building or dealing with the coaches or players on a daily basis. So that’s how I’m looking at it.”'
Meet Kathryn Smith, the NFL's first female full-time assistant coach [1:39 AM]
USA Today reports: '“She wasn’t the best player on those teams, but she worked as hard as anybody and was respected as much as anybody,” Wleklinski said. “It’s great to see she continued to work hard while at St. John’s and with the Jets and, now, the Bills.”'
Bills gender-breaking assistant was 3-sport high school star [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"She goes from being someone hard-working, doing the right stuff, to all of a sudden being the answer to a trivia question. And it couldn't happen to a nicer person," Wleklinski added. "You couldn't have foreseen this happening. I don't think anybody could. But all that we are is just proud in knowing that she worked hard to get to where she is. She earned this."'
Jen Welter had conversation with Bills, still confident in NFL chances [1:37 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You always wonder what results your sacrifices, your work and your efforts will allow to happen, and this has happened in very real time, and I think it's exciting."'
Radio host beside himself over the Bills' hiring of woman as an assistant coach [1:36 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Because you can't have an NFL head coach who's never played football, can you? Well, actually, you can, if he's a man. Todd Haley, now the Steelers' offensive coordinator, became head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs even though he never played organized football, not even in high school.'
What you need to know about Kathryn Smith and her new role [1:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Quality Control Coach is often a thankless, tireless job. They aren’t the coaches who ever get their name in headlines. Long hours are put in staring at computer entries and having to pay attention to minute details. But it’s a very important position all teams rely upon in all three phases of the game. It’s an entry-level coaching position that allows those who stick with it and do a good job to possibly move into roles as a position coach, and maybe go on from there.'
20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, Part 2 [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The second five of 20 edge rushers to know when it comes to the Bills...'.
Kathryn Smith taking pioneer coaching status in stride [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I was surprised at first, but I also know Rex really puts a lot of faith in his staff and his people, so from that standpoint it made sense knowing I’ve worked with Rex directly and indirectly for a number of years,” said Smith. “So he knows my work ethic and what I’ve done in the past, but it was a bit surprising that he came to me with this.”'
A look at Bills’ restricted free agents [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A restricted free agent can sign a contract offer from another team, but if their original team – in this case, the Bills – offered a one-year qualifying offer at a price determined by the NFL, that original team would have the right to match whatever contract offer the player receives, or possibly be entitled to draft-pick compensation, depending on the amount of the qualifying offer they made.'
Bills make NFL history by hiring first full-time female assistant coach [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills did not make Smith available to the media Wednesday night, nor did they include any comments from her in their release. A team spokesman said he planned to talk with her in “upcoming days” and guessed the earliest she would address reporters would be at some point after the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for Feb. 7.'
Former All-Pro Darren Woodson sees some Deion in Bills CB Stephon Gilmore [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gilmore plays a premium position in today's pass-happy NFL — cover corners are rare. So the question is, do the Bills pay him like an elite cornerback? One of the greats believes so because he sees Deion-like traits in Gilmore. Five-time Pro Bowler Darren Woodson views Gilmore as at least a “top 6” cornerback who is “absolutely” in the upper echelon.'
Rex Ryan needed to convince Ed Reed's son, a Pats fan, on coaching in Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You just have to be able to relate to guys," Reed said. "Relate to players, relate to the person. I've been running my football camp for 14 years, and coaching kids, and trying to help kids out. I mentored a bunch of guys on every level --- high school, college and pros. So I think I've already been a coach for that matter.'
Bills' LeSean McCoy: Rex Ryan is 'laid back,' where Chip Kelly 'dictates how eve [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“His thing is how you approach the game. He’s monitoring everything, where Rex is more if it’s a big game against whatever team — you know how important this game is, I shouldn’t have to tell you to study, I shouldn’t have to tell you to get in your playbook, I shouldn’t have to tell you those types of things. You shouldn’t be out late, you should be already mentally focused for this game. Chip’s more on you. He has his thing with the sleep and different things. They’re obviously a lot different but they all have the same goal.”'
Bills DB report card: A bright spot on defense [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As the Bills look ahead to 2016, they can at least take solace in the fact that they are set at this key position (though Gilmore is in the final year of his contract and needs to be extended) and they can take aim at safety and linebacker to improve the defense.'
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