Tyler Dunne's three Bills thoughts: Billick on QB's, Gannon on leadership, Brunell on Tayl [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As Billick said, it might not be Taylor's fault that he rarely risked throws over the middle of the field. He's running the plays called. But he'd want to see more out of the quarterback before committing long term.'
Bills OL report card: Progress, and now retention [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Continuity is key amongst offensive linemen and to have us back would be a huge step in the right direction for this team,” said Incognito. “We played well together and built that cohesiveness and we started dominating games at the end of the year.”'
Hurt, and across the Atlantic, Taylor and Watkins' chemistry began to form [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Taylor heads into next season knowing he will be the starting QB. Watkins knows, too. They’ll have the entire offseason to work - and talk - together and get on the same page a lot more quickly. And they won’t have to be on the other side of the Atlantic to start that process.'
With Marrone shut out of coaching gigs, should we still be mad? [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He’s being called a guy that “isn’t a player’s coach.” Which, again, is carefully crafted language. It implies that he’s going to be the new sheriff in town – he’s going to clean up all that nonsense ya’ll been havin’ here in these parts. Imagine if they said, “he’s a tyrant that constantly ticked off every leader on the team and belittled everyone around him.”'
Sammy Watkins took a step toward dominance in 2015 [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We feel he is a dominant player,” said Whaley. “He himself has put a lot of pressure on himself to be that type of player. He wants to be, believes he can be and he’s working to be and we have all the faith in the world that he’ll become one of the top tier receivers in the league. We’re extremely happy we have him.”'
Darby helped secondary become a primary asset [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When you play defensive back for Rex Ryan, you have to survive residing on an island. For the most part, the Bills’ DBs did. And it wasn’t as if they had a whole lot of help from the pass rush, which generated a mere 21 sacks and usually applied minimal pressure on the quarterback.'
Tyrod Taylor on being the long-term QB: 'Ultimately, the management makes that decision' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Ultimately, the management makes that decision," Taylor said. "I think I've shown what I can do. I'm going to continue to get better. I love working with the guys we have there and I love being around my team and the coaches so I just have to continue to keep working."'
Ted Marchibroda passes away at 84: 'The man upstairs got a good coordinator' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Ted had a vision," Reed said, "and the vision was he wanted to have a fast-paced offense and we just happened to have the right players in the right places. We were innovators and Ted was a big innovator of that offense."'
Tyler Dunne's three Bills thoughts: Rex's plans on D, WNY'ers lead Packers, LeSean Mc [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ''On film, this resembled a confused unit at times. Marcell Dareus dropped into coverage on two Kansas City touchdowns. Then, the final two weeks, things were simplified as Preston Brown said. Compromise helped with Ryan letting the Bills front four rush. However you slice it, the Bills are giving Ryan everything he wants/needs in 2016.'
For linebackers, a year to forget [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The popular explanation is that most of the problems stemmed from the drastic change from the scheme that former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz employed to the one Rex Ryan introduced when he became head coach. The linemen complained publicly and so did at least one linebacker: Brown.'
Is Tyrod Taylor franchise material? NFL experts make the call [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s the classic question: Is he an athlete who can throw or a quarterback who can run? Right now, based on what they’ve asked him to do, he’s an athlete who can throw.”'
Cranking up the pressure, ownership stability & how far can game-managing go? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finally (or, at least for the moment) he adds Ed Reed to his staff as an assistant defensive backs coach. Reed is football royalty, one of the greatest safeties in NFL history, but he has never been a coach. And there's the fact that whatever is going to be done to allow the Bills to improve from their disappointing finish in 2015 will primarily be done with the same roster because the team doesn't have the salary cap room to spend much in the offseason.'
'16 Bills 10-step offseason blueprint [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills will have to eliminate some players from their roster rather than just Mario Williams. However, Williams is clearly the biggest fish, and by releasing him the Bills would save $12.9 million on the 2016 cap. His days are numbered with the Bills. From there, the Bills have some options, but the main players to keep an eye on are three others: cornerback Leodis McKelvin, safety Corey Graham, and running back Boobie Dixon.'
Bills’ defensive line goes from being terrors to just terrible [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the end, there wasn’t a clear-cut understanding of how it all unraveled, although the popular theory is that Ryan made a mistake by forcing the defense to adapt to his ways – by trying to fix something that wasn’t broken and breaking it.'
Mel Kiper weighs in on how the Bills should go about rebuilding their defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With Mario Williams' situation, do you find somebody to bring in there? Obviously, you look at the defensive end spot," Kiper said. "They want a big guy who can stop the run. ... You look at Jonathan Allen – outstanding pass rusher, 280, 285 pounds – he can stop the run. Underrated player all the way through his career. It was always A'Shawn Robinson, and then it became Jarran Reed, and then there was Allen, showing up big in key moments of just about every game. So (it would be good) if you can get a guy like that at that point. We have to see what happens, these underclassmen still making some decisions there."'
Power Take: Part of Wilson’s legacy was standing up for little guy [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We’ll never know how Wilson would have voted when the NFL approved the St. Louis Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, but history suggests he would have argued against the move. Twenty years ago, he was one of only two owners who opposed the Browns leaving Cleveland for Baltimore.'
Tyler Dunne's three thoughts: How will Ed Reed help the secondary? [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, Donnie Henderson did a very, very solid job developing young talent on the Bills roster. But many players in the league say they love working with former players, players who were the best at their profession. McDonald and Reed bring a ton of clout to that defensive backs room.'
Bills TE report card: Clay, and not much else [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One season into his five-year, $38 million free agent contract — a lucrative deal that his former team, the Dolphins, had the right to match via their transition tag designation and chose not to — I would have to say Clay was a bit underwhelming, and certainly not the difference maker the Bills thought they were getting.'
Rex Ryan desperately grasps for Bills coaches who believe in him [1:54 AM]
New York Post reports: '“The fact that he didn’t bring his guys with him hurts,” Scott told The Post’s Justin Terranova last month. “When he came to New York he brought [me], Jim Leonhard, Marques Douglas, guys that have been in his system and understand his message and were able to push that message to the rest of the team during hard times. Right now, there’s nobody to stand up for him in the locker room because they don’t have that kind of history and know where he’s coming from and [what] his vision for the team is.”'
In 2015 Tyrod Taylor delivered on and off the field [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Taylor’s first season as a starter was a rousing success. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman brought him along steadily as Taylor attempted the fewest number of pass attempts per game among quarterbacks who made more than 10 starts this past season (27.1). Supported by the league’s top-ranked rushing attack, Taylor did not have too much on his plate and that allowed him to make consistent progress.'
Buffalobills.com 2015 Player Awards [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Most Valuable Player: Tyrod Taylor.'
Incognito becomes O-line’s feel-good story of season [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thanks in no small part to Incognito and stepped-up performances from others on the line, the Bills led the NFL in rushing with 2,432 yards and their offense improved from 26th to 13th in the league.'
Bills looking for who to drop, who to keep [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chances are, you won’t hear from most of them again. But of the 14 darts thrown at the board, a few should land.'
Bills increase season-ticket prices [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's reflected in the cost," Bills vice president of communications Scott Berchtold said Wednesday of the manner in which season-ticket holders were informed of the increase. "You can see there's an increase right there. I think it's clear, when you look at the pricing, that it's communicated."'
Jay Skurski's three Bills thoughts: Size at wide receiver; don't freak out about Rob Ryan; [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Don't be surprised if the team continues that effort in the draft. Outside of Sammy Watkins, the Bills don't have a sure thing at the position. Robert Woods has been a reliable player, but is entering the final year of his contract. After that, the depth chart is wide open.'
Bills hire Ed Reed as assistant DB coach [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Obviously, he’s played in this system at a MVP-caliber level and he’s a real student of the game,” said Ryan. “I think he’s going to be a phenomenal coach and I truly believe our players are going to love learning from him.”'
Bills report card: Sammy Watkins' star is rising [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Definitely think that we progressed each and every week,” Taylor said. “Started off a little slow, wasn't getting the ball to him as much as I would like to, but was able to get the ball to him (later) and that type of guy you want him to have it because he's special when the ball is in his hands. We didn't have a lot of time in the preseason to work with each other. He was injured a couple times early, I was too. So us just being out on the practice field together each and every day, finally getting reps and working towards getting him the ball.”'
Rex Ryan adds former Ravens safety Ed Reed to Buffalo Bills' coaching staff [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The 2015 Bills finished as the worst defense Ryan has ever coached, and he's making some adjustments to the coaching staff in hopes of turning things around in 2016.'
Rams moving to Los Angeles, but Buffalo knows it could have been Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, Buffalo's burghers can wink and nod because if not for the deep pockets of Terry and Kim Pegula, coupled with their corresponding allegiance to western New York, the Bills might have beaten the Rams to southern California.'
Buffalo Bills' 8 biggest needs heading into 2016 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Dan Carpenter missed six extra points this season, the second-most in the league. Oddly enough, he missed fewer field goals than extra points this season. Still, Carpenter's 85.2 percent field goal percentage was his lowest since 2010. The Bills should bring in some offseason competition for Carpenter.'
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