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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2015

Marker Greg Roman named offensive coordinator [1:39 AM] reports: 'Prior to joining the 49ers, Roman gained NFL experience as a member of the coaching staffs of the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He also spent two seasons (2009-10) on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford.'

Marker Roman's scheme could be spark Bills offense needs [1:38 AM] reports: 'Over the four seasons in which Roman was in charge of San Francisco's offense the 49ers attack ranks second in total rushing yards (8,912), second in rushing yards per game (139.3), third in rushing attempts (1,965) and third in rushes of 10 yards or more (267). They also rank sixth in yards per carry average (4.54).'

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January 13, 2015

Marker Grading the Bills: Linebackers earn high marks [5:24 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But if Schwartz leaves and Ryan switches to his preferred 4-3, well, things will get interesting. That would probably mean defensive end Mario Williams would play standup outside linebacker, and Manny Lawson might play the opposite side in the likely event Jerry Hughes is no longer on the team. That would leave Alonso, Bradham, and Brown to play the two inside spots, and Bradham struggled in that role in 2013.'

Marker They called him Mr. Ryan and he earned it [4:38 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'However, don't think for a second the media are not looking forward to Rex Ryan. He will be honest with the fans, the media and his players. He will treat the staff with respect. He will get to know the names of as many people in the Buffalo Bills' organization just as he did with the Jets.'

Marker Rex Ryan isn’t perfect, but he’ll fit in with Buffalo [4:37 PM]
Salamanca Press reports: 'Bagging Ryan, at a reported $5.5 million per year for five seasons, is a coup for new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. At first they seemed in over their heads, running a coaching search by themselves, with Russ Brandon and Doug Whaley as advisers. But they grabbed arguably the most well-regarded candidate, who had suitors in Atlanta and San Francisco but jumped at Buffalo when his top two choices dragged their feet.'

Marker Ryan’s hiring a logical choice [4:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What’s certain is, the next few weeks will be fascinating for Bills fans who couldn’t have imagined this scenario the day Buffalo beat the Patriots in Foxboro in the season finale.'

Marker Schwartz welcome, but he may move on [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So far, Schwartz, who was interviewed for the Bills’ head-coaching job, has yet to draw any interest from NFL teams with head-coaching openings. The Bills denied a request to allow him to interview for the Washington Redskins’ defensive-coordinator position, because that was a lateral move and the Bills were still considering him to become their head coach at the time. The probable scenario, according to the source, is there will be a “mutual parting of ways” between Schwartz and the Bills, freeing him to pursue any coaching job in the league.'

Marker Players chime in with their approval [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even as it became increasingly clear the 2014 season would be Ryan’s last as the Jets’ coach, his players were squarely in his corner. After a 37-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the season finale, players drenched Ryan with Gatorade.'

Marker Without a top quarterback, forget making the playoffs [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever the case, we should be treated to a couple of entertaining title games, featuring the four best quarterbacks in the game. I’m sure there will be times when Bills fans shake their heads and say, “Yeah, we got Rex Ryan. But what we really need is one of those.”'

Marker Bills will turn offense over to Greg Roman [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The 49ers ranked fifth in 2011 and 2012, and second in 2013 in percentage of total yards gained on the ground. The figures were 41.1 percent (2011), 43.0 (2012), and 42.5 (2013). In 2013, only the Bills ranked higher as they led the NFL with 42.6 percent of their total offense coming via the ground game. San Francisco’s 6,736 combined rushing yards were the second-highest three-year total in franchise history.'

Marker Is enthusiasm all the Bills need? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I like that Ryan is tough-minded and has thick skin, unlike Marrone and Mike Mularkey. When it comes to dealing with fan and media criticism, Ryan, whose coach/father Buddy also made a headline or two, knows the deal: It comes with the territory. Compared to the New York market, western New York is a teething puppy gumming your fingers, not a pit bull tearing into your flesh.'

Marker Dennis Thurman will be Buffalo Bills' new defensive coordinator, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Thurman has been described at Ryan's right-hand man. They spent six years together with the Jets. Thurman was Ryan's defensive backs coach for four years and defensive coordinator for the last two.'

Marker Buffalo Bills will hold press conference to introduce Rex Ryan as head coach Wednesday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills will introduce Ryan as the 18th head coach in franchise history at a press conference in the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Wednesday at noon.'

Marker Mike Golic on Buffalo Bills' hiring of Rex Ryan: I don't understand this one [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Players are going to love him in Buffalo. But what is he known for not doing? Developing offenses, and that's what he's going to have to do. ..."'

Marker Greg Roman to join Rex Ryan in Buffalo as Bills' offensive coordinator, according to report [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'This past year, Roman took criticism from players and outside media about the 49ers' offense, and with Jim Harbaugh leaving for Michigan, the time was right for Roman to get a change of scenery. He and Ryan spent time together with the Baltimore Ravens, Ryan as defensive coordinator and Roman as an assistant offensive line coach.'

Marker Did the Buffalo Bills make the right call in hiring Rex Ryan? [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hiring Ryan sends the message that the Pegulas want to win now. Every owner in the NFL says that, but the Ryan hire backs up that claim. They don't want to wait for someone like Adam Gase, Frank Reich, or Kyle Shanahan to grow into the job.'

Marker Buffalo Bills officially announce Rex Ryan as their new head coach [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan had a 50-52 record as head coach of the Jets, including a franchise best 4-2 record in the postseason. In his first two years as Jets head coach he took the team to the AFC Championship Game.'

Marker Buffalo Bills were Rex Ryan's third choice, according to report [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Ryan had the Atlanta Falcons' opening as No. 1 on his list. But after what he thought was a productive first interview, Ryan ended up waiting around for a second interview. Falcons owner Athur Blank was dealing with the passing of his mother, and Ryan was willing to be patient with Atlanta if the front office committed to a second interview.'

Marker Tuesday's New York Coverage [1:47 AM] reports:
Rex official with Bills, so how will his staff look? (New York Post)
Rex Ryan named Buffalo Bills' coach (Newsday)
Dennis Thurman, not Jim Schwartz, to be Rex Ryan's defensive coordinator with Buffalo Bills, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
Bart Scott 'disappointed' Rex Ryan took job with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
It’s Official: Rex Ryan Will Coach Buffalo Bills (Wall Street Journal)
Jets Fans Should Be Pumped — Not Paranoid — About Rex In Buffalo (WFAN-AM)

Marker Tuesday's San Francisco Coverage [1:46 AM] reports:
Blaming Greg Roman is pure 49ers folly (San Jose Mercury News)
Source: Roman agrees to become Bills' offensive coordinator (CSN Bay Area)

Marker Bills officially announce Rex Ryan hired as coach [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'And a person familiar with talks told The Associated Press the Bills are finalizing contract discussions to hire Greg Roman as their offensive coordinator.'

Marker Rex Ryan named new Bills coach [1:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports Sunday indicated Ryan had agreed to a five-year deal worth about $5.5 million per season.'

Marker Bills hire Ryan as head coach [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills would like to keep Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. The defense ranked fourth in the NFL and had a league-leading 54 sacks in 2014.'

Marker Bills hire Rex Ryan as coach [1:41 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He was very impressive during the interview process, as were many of the candidates to which we spoke, and we feel Rex is the best fit for our team," Pegula said. "We look forward to his leadership and expertise in directing our team to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans."'

Marker Hiring charismatic Rex Ryan pushes Bills close to must-watch territory [1:41 AM]
SI reports: 'How well Roman performs in his offensive-coordinator duties and who his quarterback will be are the variables that will determine how well this Ryan-to-Buffalo marriage works.'

Marker Bills hiring of Rex Ryan brings credibility to the Pegulas [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan has the reputation, whether warranted or not, of a top tier coach in the National Football League. One can’t ignore his first two seasons that resulted in two berths into the AFC Championship game, nor can they ignore that he hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.'

Marker Rex Ryan named Buffalo Bills head coach [1:39 AM] reports: 'Bills owner Terry Pegula said, "Following an extensive search, we are pleased today to announce that Rex Ryan is our new head coach. Rex brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we feel will be a tremendous benefit to our players and the entire Bills organization. He was very impressive during the interview process, as were many of the candidates to which we spoke, and we feel Rex is the best fit for our team. We look forward to his leadership and expertise in directing our team to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans."'

Marker Players pumped for arrival of Rex Ryan [1:38 AM] reports: '“Excited,” said RB Fred Jackson of his initial reaction to the hire. “He’s a coach that is known for winning. He’s a character and I think anytime you have a coach who is a character it brings a lot of excitement. We know he wants to win just like we do. Every player that I’ve talked to is excited about the hire. Former players of his that I’ve talked to say I’ll have nothing but fun times with him. I know he’s ready to work and I’m ready to work with him.”'

Marker 6 things to know about Rex Ryan [1:37 AM] reports: 'Ryan’s six seasons as head coach of the Jets provided the New York franchise with some of the best defensive seasons in team history. Over that six-season span the Jets ranked first in the NFL in passing yards allowed (204.3), opponent completion percentage (55.7), opponent first downs (1,667), and yards allowed per defensive play (4.9). The Jets ranked second in total yards allowed per game (306.9).'

Marker Three Bills D-linemen earn PFWA honors [1:36 AM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive linemates Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus have earned All-NFL honors from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), while Kyle Williams has been named to the All-AFC team, the PFWA announced on Monday.'

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