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Buffalo Bills News - September 17, 2016

Marker Roman firing was best decision moving forward [1:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I recognize this isn’t an ideal situation to make a change, but we do have an extra couple of days," Ryan said. "I thought it’s better than doing it maybe on a Sunday game. That’s kind of why we went with this decision today."'

Marker Bills fire Greg Roman [1:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Roman was just starting his second season with the Bills as the offensive coordinator. In the first two games of the season, the Bills combined for just 553 total yards of offense.'

Marker What Now? [1:30 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Complicating the decision on Taylor will be what happens if this season spins out of control. 0-4 looks very doable sitting here right now and if big change were to happen do the new people coming in want to kick in the big money on Taylor? You might think new people would like to start all over again win their own new quarterback.'

Marker Bills fire OC Greg Roman, promote Anthony Lynn to OC [1:29 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills offense, which struggled to put together consistent drives in Thursday night's 37-31 loss to the Jets currently ranks 29th.'

Marker With Roman fired, Rex is betting on Rex even more [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'For the Bills lack of offensive prowess in 2016, Tyrod Taylor should earn quite a bit of the criticism for that. There were many times — five by my count — that he missed a wide open big play down the field against the Ravens. He hit the two deep passes against the Ravens, but there were players running open down the middle of the field that he just flat missed, again.'

Marker Wheel Of Misfortune [1:27 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Yes – there is one Y, as in yet another coordinator. The defense was horrific on Thursday, so the natural move to be made was to fire the offensive coordinator – if you’re in Bills management this all somehow makes sense. Certainly the offense has looked bad – Thursday reminded us all of the Trent Edwards years when you just prayed that the offense could find some way to stay on the filed longer than a minute and let the defense catch its breath – remember that?

Marker Rex: This move will help our team [1:26 AM] reports: '“I know the kind of coach Anthony is,” said Ryan. “I know the kind of person he is and I think the direction that he can take us, I think we need to change. I think we have a lot of talent on offense. I believe that and I believe we’re going to do what we can to put the ball in our playmakers’ hands and I think Anthony can do that.”'

Marker Offensive players prep for changes under new OC Lynn [1:25 AM] reports: 'The players really don’t have any choice. The good news is the anticipation is the offensive scheme will remain largely the same. The changes that will take place will be rooted in Anthony Lynn’s personal preferences for what is best to utilize against the opponent each week along with a more focused effort to get their premier playmakers the ball.'

Marker Bills relieve offensive coordinator Greg Roman of his duties [1:24 AM] reports: 'The Bills named Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn as the team’s new play caller on offense, the first time he will man the coordinator role in his coaching career.'

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September 16, 2016

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Marker At 0-2, Bills already find themselves in daunting spot [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Thursday night, their defense, which had held up well last Sunday, fell off a cliff. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former Bills quarterback whose three interceptions killed the Jets' playoff chances in last year's season-finale in Orchard Park, was made to look like Tom Brady.'

Marker Bills follow historically anemic offensive display with historically meek defensive effort [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets also amassed 28 first downs, making them the fourth opponent to score so much, gain so many and move the chains so often when the Bills were at home. The three previous times, Tom Brady was the quarterback.'

Marker Fitz carves up the Bills and gets his redemption [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So at the risk of depressing Bills fans even further, roll this around in your head: Over the span of five days, the Bills quite possibly had their most humiliating offensive and defensive performances in a decade.'

Marker Few answers in Bills' secondary after Fitzpatrick picks apart defense [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They beat us in pretty much all categories,” corner Nickell Robey-Coleman said. “We just had a bad day.”'

Marker Another week, another opponent says the game plan against Tyrod Taylor was to 'make him be a qu [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor finished the game 18 of 30 for 297 yards, three touchdowns and one interception Thursday, but did not complete a pass for a 25-minute stretch in the second half.'

Marker Thursday game doesn't do Sammy any favors [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, playing on Thursday after a bad loss could be a good thing for the Bills. Sometimes, a quick turnaround is a welcome antidote. "It'll be great to get that bad taste out of our mouths," said Jerry Hughes, who had two sacks against the Ravens in the opener. But it's hardly the best thing for star wideout Sammy Watkins, whose surgically repaired left foot has been a persistent source of mystery in recent days.'

Marker Bills are least valuable franchise in NFL, according to Forbes [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just ahead of the Bills on the list is the Detroit Lions, who have a valuation of $1.65 billion, according to Forbes. The Lions’ operating income of $65 million is more than double that of the Bills.'

Marker Marquise Goodwin scores long-awaited touchdown, Sammy Watkins starts, roster moves & more [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After he crossed the goal line, Goodwin celebrated with a long jump – fitting for the former Olympian. "It was just something that happened," he said. "Natural."'

Marker Bills' glory days enough to make a grown man cry -- even Bruce Smith [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t know if I’m … worthy or … lucky enough to deserve all this,” Smith said between sniffles while struggling to collect his emotions. “I’m going to try to enjoy it. My family is here. I had some folks put their heart and soul into making this go without any blemishes. I’m so grateful. I’m grateful.”'

Marker Bills now have issues on both sides of the ball [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills lost a major chunk of belief from a fan base that was expecting much better for the home-opener. The crowd seemed as stunned as the Bills to be in a 0-2 hole.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's Matchup Winners: Fitz & Gailey were ready for prime time [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Score one for the former Bills head coach. He showed his scheming brilliance in orchestrating a 493-yard explosion against the Bills’ defense. Wow. The game really was not as close as the score indicated.'

Marker Mark Gaughan's 10 Plays That Shaped the Game: Jets passing offense puts on a clinic [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills took a 24-20 third quarter lead, but New York answered with an 84-yard scoring drive to take the lead back for good. The key play was a third-and-8 pass to Eric Decker for 17 yards to the Bills’ 29. The scheme of Jets coordinator Chan Gailey gets quick separation for the Jets’ quality receiving corps.'

Marker Jay Skurski's Report Card: Two A's for the Jets, two F's for the Bills [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The inability to gain a first down on two plays in the fourth quarter inside New York territory with just a yard to go was an epic failure.'

Marker Buffalo Bills postgame transcripts [1:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And so you got to give them credit because they certainly did a great job and we couldn’t do anything to disrupt them rhythm wise. I was afraid to pressure because we weren’t holding up in man-coverage, which we played the whole game in. We tried to stuff No. 15 (Brandon Marshall), we tried quarters, we tried deuce; we did everything. But you know what? To their credit, it never mattered what we played because they were the better team today.'

Marker Bills lose game; fans lose faith [1:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The pressure gets cranked up even more on Rex Ryan and his team, which could be staring down the barrel of 0-4 if they don’t get things straightened out soon. The Arizona Cardinals, which preseason prognosticators had headed for the Super Bowl, roll into town Sept. 25 before Buffalo visits New England.'

Marker Fitz carves up the Bills and gets his redemption [1:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards, repeatedly challenging the Buffalo secondary down the field as he and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey -- his head coach here in his Buffalo days -- gained a measure of redemption for last year's failure here.'

Marker Chan Gailey rides high and Bills' playoff odds sink low [1:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here was a case where the Bills needed more pocket push and quick pressure on the quarterback. Yes, they missed Marcel Dareus. And they could have used another edge rusher opposite Jerry Hughes.'

Marker Good luck trying to understand these two games [1:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running EJ Manuel twice ... then taking a timeout to set up a fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter – on which you slam LeSean McCoy into an offensive line without Cordy Glenn? Yeah, you got me. I don't know what that was.'

Marker Bills offense finally shows up, notices their defense left a long time ago [1:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was fun to watch, but not enough to win. The defense couldn't make stops, letting the Jets convert eight of their 12 third downs.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Points After: Jets 37, Bills 31 [1:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was involved in three of the Jets' first downs on the game's first series. First, he was beaten on a 34-yard reception by Quincy Enunwa. Then, Gilmore was penalized for holding, which gave the Jets five yards and an automatic first down. Finally, he missed a chance to tackle Enunwa well before he gained 10 yards on third-and-9 from the Buffalo 36.'

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