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Buffalo Bills News - January 11, 2015

Marker Sunday's New York Coverage [1:57 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Ex-NY Giants linebacker Pepper Johnson to interview for Big Blue’s vacant defensive coordinator role (New York Daily News)
Former NY Jets coach Rex Ryan scheduled to interview with Bills for second time: source (New York Daily News)
Giants to interview Pepper Johnson for defensive coordinator job (New York Post)
One Jets’ divisional rival showing strong interest in Rex Ryan (New York Post)
Pepper Johnson set to interview with Giants for defensive coordinator opening (Newsday)
Rex Ryan getting long second interview with Bills (Newsday)
Giants request permission to interview Bills assistant Pepper Johnson for defensive coordinator (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan will have second interview with Buffalo Bills on Saturday, source confirms (Newark Star Ledger)

Marker AP source: Bills interview Ryan 2nd time for coaching job [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Without revealing who or how many, the person said the team intends to have second interviews with other candidates before making a decision on who to hire.'

Marker Bills-Jaguars game in London to kick off early [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Last season, the NFL experimented with the afternoon kickoff in England when Atlanta hosted Detroit. It clearly was happy with the results, and opted for another this year.'

Marker Rex Ryan gets 2nd Bills interview [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Ryan, 52, also has interviewed with the Atlanta Falcons. He also was scheduled to meet with executives this week at CBS about a possible broadcasting job, according to a report from the New York Daily News.'

Marker Source: Interest between Bills, Rex Ryan is mutual; 2nd interview on tap [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In addition to Ryan, the Bills previously interviewed Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase, San Diego offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, former Denver and Washington head coach Mike Shanahan, current Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, former Cleveland offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Philadelphia offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.'

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January 10, 2015

Marker Former Buffalo Bills RB coach Tyrone Wheatley takes same job with Michigan, according to report [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'With Marrone opting out of his contract just before the new year, Bills assistant coaches have been left in limbo. They are technically under contract, but their fate will be decided by Buffalo's next head coach. With the lack of security, Wheatley took the chance to coach at his alma mater.'

Marker Report: Tyrone Wheatley agrees to become Michigan's running backs coach [1:58 AM]
Ann Arbor News reports: 'Wheatley will work under new Michigan offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno, and will replace longtime former running backs coach Fred Jackson -- who not only coached Wheatley, but has been in that position since 1992.'

Marker AP source: Bills to interview 2 more coaching candidates [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'The person said the Bills are meeting with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Friday, followed by Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Saturday.'

Marker Wheatley leaves Bills for Michigan [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He was in charge of the running backs for each of the last two years. Still under contract with the Bills, Wheatley did not need permission to move to a college. He would have only needed to get released from his contract if he was trying to make a lateral move in the NFL. Wheatley is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.'

January 9, 2015

Marker Bills’ Hughes seeking a market-rate contract [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So how much should team owners Terry and Kim Pegula expect to pony up? A look at contracts for comparable players suggests a five-year deal could average more than $8 million, with somewhere between $12 to $20 million in guarantees.'

Marker O-line 'was a mess' [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"A lot of guys at different spots," said Wood. "Kraig having to move from right to left after getting benched for weeks, Pears going from outside to in, that's a tough move, Seantrel is a first-year starter, Cordy had his illness deal this summer, and me, no excuse. Us not playing on a more consistent basis is disappointing and we have to improve on that."'

Marker Bungling Bills find themselves in an all-too-familiar fix [1:57 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: 'In the span of just 72 hours, any lingering optimism from the Bills’ first winning season in a decade was pancaked to the turf like a Smurf cornerback trying to take on a 350-pound offensive lineman on a power sweep. As a friend who is a long, long, long suffering fan of the team said in an e-mail: “An army of kittens couldn’t unravel a ball of yarn this fast!”'

Marker Rex Ryan reportedly wary of Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan has been through a quarterback situation like this before. He led the Jets to two AFC Championship Games despite having a young Mark Sanchez at quarterback. The Jets then saddled Ryan with Geno Smith, whose struggles in his second season as was part of Ryan's undoing in New York.'

Marker Strong second half has Stephon Gilmore on the ascent [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I would say out of everybody when it comes to studying and being on the same page and finding out what our opponents are going to do he comes to me the most,” said Graham of Gilmore. “Steph comes to me about a lot of stuff. I’ve seen him learn a lot about this game from the start of the season until now.”'

Marker Special teams took big step forward in 2014 [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We kind of knew we were going to be able to do that,” Graham told Buffalobills.com. “Special teams you just need to have a few guys that really buy into the system and really want to do their job and work real hard on special teams. When you bring in guys like myself and Boobie (Dixon), guys who really care about special teams you should be alright typically. Guys bought into it. Guys went out there and competed their butts off.”'

January 8, 2015

Marker Rex Ryan will hold court with the Pegulas [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In other developments, the Bills interviewed Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Wednesday, and have additional interviews scheduled Friday (San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman) and Saturday (Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin).'

Marker Still waiting for a dynamic TE [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Chandler has been the Bills' primary receiving tight end for four years, and there isn't a defense in the NFL that feels the need to devote more than one defender to cover him, which makes it more difficult for Buffalo's wideouts to work against single coverage.'

Marker Jacobs family interested in new Bills stadium [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've been going to a number of stadium and arena developments around the country where, when placed in the right spot in a community, it creates significant economic development around a property," Jerry said. "Obviously, that hasn't happened out in Orchard Park. But picking the right location in this city could be very impactful, not just in terms of having a new home for the Bills, but in terms of driving economic development within the city itself."'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Greg Roman [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Roman was a hot head coaching candidate each of the last two offseasons, he mostly has been getting interest from teams looking to feel offensive coordinator vacancies this offseason. The Bills are the only team set to interview him for a head coaching position.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Pat Shurmur [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Shurmur is one of the few candidates on the Bills' head coaching list that has been a head coach in the NFL. He spent two seasons as the Browns' head coach and went 9-23.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Jim Schwartz [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The biggest thing holding Schwartz back from getting another shot at being a head coach is the lack of success he had the first time he was a head coach. Schwartz went 29-51 in five seasons as the Lions' head coach. Yes, he managed to change the culture in Detroit and get the Lions back to the playoffs, but he also had four losing seasons in his five years. Eventually, Schwartz will get a second chance, but is he the best man for the job?'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Kyle Shanahan [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After a rough year in Cleveland, Kyle Shanahan hasn't been shy about exploring his options. He's even considering a lateral move to be an offensive coordinator elsewhere because of tension between coaches and the front office in Cleveland, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills coaching candidate Rex Ryan [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'One thing that was obvious during Ryan's time in New York was that Jets players loved playing for him. Despite the fact that Ryan spent most of the season knowing he would be fired, the Jets played one of their best games of the season in their finale against the Miami Dolphins. At the very least, he'll get players to play hard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to interview Rex Ryan Thursday, according to report [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan spent the last six seasons coaching the New York Jets and twice led them to the AFC Championship Game. He was fired after New York finished 4-12 this season. Of the candidates the Bills have interviewed for the job, Ryan is among the most experienced as a head coach.'

Marker Whatta Marrone! [1:50 AM]
Artvoice reports: '“I have a three-day window at the end of the season in which I can collect $4 million and get the hell out of Buffalo, and since I have absolutely no idea how to develop the young quarterback who I was involved in selecting less than two years ago, I believe Kyle Orton gives me the best chance to scrape out an extra win or two this year, which could be the difference between another team that has not really been paying attention viewing me as an up-and-comer or realizing that I am really Mike Mularkey with a Bronx accent.”'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [1:50 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Rex Ryan: Bills and CBS join Falcons in hot pursuit (New York Post)
Rex Ryan interviews with CBS, will meet with Bills Thursday (Newsday)
Former Nassau CC coach John Anselmo defends Doug Marrone (Newsday)
Rex Remains A Rock Star, Reportedly Set To Meet With Falcons Again, Bills (WFAN-AM)

Marker Thursday's Cleveland Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Cleveland Browns' Kyle Shanahan will try to convince Buffalo Bills Thursday that he's their next head coach (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns would be wise to ensure relationship with Kyle Shanahan doesn’t end after one season (Akron Beacon Journal)

Marker AP source: Ryan, Jackson among Bills' coaching candidates [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are taking an exhaustive, wide-reaching approach to the search under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula, who bought the franchise in October. Both Pegulas are sitting in on the interviews, along with general manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.'

Marker 2014 Was A Year To Build On [1:47 AM]
Bills Daily reports: Coaching: Marrone got this team to their first winning season in 10 years and deserves some of the credit for that. I give more credit to Jim Schwartz's defense which Marrone admittedly didn't pay that much attention to. Marrone is an offensive line guru who saw his favorite unit fail. His overly conservative game calling was maddening. Crossman had the special teams playing real well all season long. Final Overall Grade B: Continuity takes a blow as Marrone quits. Marrone C+: Could have stayed but was greedy. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

January 7, 2015

Marker I’m filing for a divorce from Buffalo Bills [12:35 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What bothers me is that I have passed down this addiction to my son, who has inherited the same disease I suffer from.'

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