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Buffalo Bills News - January 22, 2016

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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...'.

Marker 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.”'

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January 21, 2016

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.'

Marker Bills make history, hire NFL's first full-time female coach [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Smith takes the place of Michael Hamlin, who was relieved of his duties shortly after the 2015 season ended. Smith has worked 13 years in the NFL, the first 12 with the New York Jets, and last year with the Bills.'

Marker Bills hire Kathryn Smith, a CBA grad, as first full-time female assistant in NFL [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Smith, whose official title is Quality Control-Special Teams, spent the 2015 season as the Bills' administrative assistant to the head coach. She has worked in the NFL for 13 seasons, 12 with the New York Jets (six with coach Rex Ryan).'

Marker How Bills' Kathryn Smith, a CBA grad, became first female coach in NFL history [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The achievement is both admirable and historic, and Smith, 30, got here by climbing the NFL's proverbial ladder the way anyone else might. In fact, she did so without any sort of connection to the anyone in the league and with a glass ceiling in place because of her gender. This promotion was her way of breaking that glass ceiling for her and other women hoping to achieve similar status in the male-dominated NFL.'

Marker Rex Ryan had to sell Ed Reed's son, a Patriots fan, on his dad coaching Bills [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Well two days later — it wasn't the weekend — he called me and he was like, 'So what you thinking?' My son, he wasn't for it at first. He's actually a Patriots fan. So I was like, 'Coach, we got to sell my son a little bit more, man. You got to get him some gear.' And he was like, 'He can get whatever he wants.'"'

Marker Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Most NFL teams have “quality control” assistants for offence, defence and special teams. These full-time positions are purely entry-level in terms of responsibilities; they usually involve a lot of gofer work.'

Marker Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach [1:48 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The league also had its first full-time female on-field official this season, having hired Sarah Thomas last spring.''

Marker Bills hire first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history [1:47 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rex Ryan is helping to break down gender barriers in the NFL.'

Marker Rex Ryan, Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female coach [1:46 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rex Ryan and the Bills made the right kind of history Wednesday by hiring Kathryn Smith as its special teams quality coach, making her the NFL’s first full-time female coach.'

Marker Bills hire NFL's first female full-time assistant coach [1:45 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have made NFL history.'

Marker Bills hire NFL's first full-time female assistant coach [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job," Incognito said in a post that included a thumb's up and smiley face.'

Marker Bills break ground with first full-time female assistant coach [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I consulted with (Cardinals coach) Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer," Ryan said. "You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."'

Marker Kathryn Smith hired by Bills as NFL's first full-time female coach [1:42 AM]
ESPN reports: '"You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs," Ryan said, referencing Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, the NBA's first full-time female coach, "and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."'

Marker Bills make NFL history, hire first-ever full-time female assistant coach [1:41 AM]
CBS Sports reports: '"I consulted with Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer," Rex Ryan said in a statement. "You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Greg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."'

Marker Bills Hire a Female Assistant Coach [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Smith was an administrative assistant to Ryan last season and also worked with the Bills coach in his final season with the New York Jets.'

Marker Monos says Bills need another WR, leaves door open for Harvin return [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Percy Harvin was supposed to be a big help for us and we're still not sure what's going on. He's got to make some decisions here coming up. But we need to get somebody opposite of Sammy to be a real threat to that defense. I think that's a big key for our offense, to take one more step, and obviously Tyrod (Taylor), more experience, hopefully the better he gets.“'

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