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Buffalo Bills News - January 25, 2015

Marker Poll: Bills fans very bullish on Ryan hire, but remain skeptical about playoff chances [6:39 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan received an overwhelming majority of support, with 70 percent of respondents saying the Bills made a good decision to hire the brash former coach of the New York Jets. Just 9 percent of respondents thought it was a bad decision.'

Marker Bills dare to dream of future [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The prevailing thought at One Bills Drive – among players and the front office – is the organization got better when head coach Doug Marrone exercised the out clause in his contract, essentially quitting on the team.'

Marker Poll: Majority favors downtown stadium for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In contrast, many of those in the poll see Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park as past its prime despite $130 million in renovations just last year.'

Marker Spin-off of downtown stadium depends on ‘destination’ appeal [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In fact, the consultant – the Los Angeles-based architectural firm AECOM – agreed in the case of the Orchard Park site, which lacks the potential for economic spin-off because of access and its remote location.'

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January 24, 2015

Marker Can downtown handle 60,000 fans? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While a downtown stadium has plenty of advocates, including the Buffalo Common Council, any plan to build there would require decision-makers to take stock of infrastructure, highways and mass transit and make them better. The consultant, the Los Angeles-based architectural firm AECOM, recommends tens of million of dollars in improvements to surrounding roads, walkways and rails.'

Marker Ranking quarterbacks for the Buffalo Bills, and 5 things we learned from 2015 Senior Bowl [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Tier one: 1. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State; 2. Bryce Petty, Baylor.'

January 23, 2015

Marker Q&A with Buffalo Bills' general manager Doug Whaley from 2015 Senior Bowl [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's the Buffalo Bills' guy. He's going to be great for the organization, from the fans to the scouting staff, to the players, to the region. I feel comfortable, when we went through the process, that the Pegulas were looking for somebody like that. Russ (Brandon) and I kind of gathered the sheep as they say and said, 'Who are the best guys out there?' and led them through the process, and we were all on board. It got to a point where early in the process everyone was kind of having sleepless nights and it was restless, and then after a while once we started getting some rest and saying alright, then we met with Rex and we said we have to bring this guy back in. It was a good process, but again, it's a process for the Buffalo Bills as a whole.'

Marker Doug Whaley on why Bryce Brown didn't play much in 2014 and what Bills expect in 2015 [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"They did a lot of switching in and out," Whaley said. "It seemed like every time a guy would make a big run, they would substitute. I think it was just the rotation of it. Then with Fred (Jackson) being here the longest and knowing the offense the most, I think they felt in certain situations, more comfortable having him out there. But we're excited this year coming in with the emphasis and commitment to the run game. There's going to be a rotation, but I don't think it's going to be as quick for guys. I think they'll be able to stay in and get a feel for what they're doing and get in a groove."'

Marker Doug Whaley breaks down Buffalo Bills' needs heading into free agency, NFL Draft [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I look at it this way: There's not one position we wouldn't take or try to upgrade," Whaley said Tuesday from the Senior Bowl. "We could use another receiver, you could use obviously offensive line interior, quarterback we'll have to add. If a dynamic tight end is out there or a running back. If we look to defense, those guys are going to come in and give us depth and hopefully be in the system a year or two from now to start contributing."'

Marker Why Doug Whaley, Arie Kouandjio remain confident in Bills' lineman Cyrus Kouandjio [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He had a slow start of camp and he fell behind," Whaley said Tuesday from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. "There were some mitigating circumstances because of that, but once he settled in and got comfortable, he started moving around and looking like the player we saw coming out of Alabama. We're excited to see him next year, and it's going to be interesting. If he steps up, and with Seantrel and (left tackle) Cordy (Glenn) and we get (guard) Chris Williams back and (center Eric) Wood, we think it should help us and improve our line play."'

Marker Personnel dept. committed to solving QB spot [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It all starts at quarterback to build a roster and then the draft is always the most important thing to me,” said Monos. “It’s challenging. We’re not going to back down. We’re going to meet this challenge head on. We’re going to bring guys in to compete with EJ (Manuel) and Jeff Tuel and see what happens.”'

January 22, 2015

Marker Whaley feeling positive about Bills’ new direction [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“If we’re talking about how we want to build this team, he can finish my sentence, I can finish his because it’s the same philosophy,” Whaley said. “And it’s a philosophy, I think especially in our division, and where we play, that represents not only the fan base, but the community and the region as a whole. And that’s tough, physical bullies that are going to impose their will on another team. That’s just what I subscribe to.”'

Marker Bills next quarterback probably not in Alabama, and 5 things we learned from day one of Senior Bowl [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While the Buffalo Bills could certainly come away from the 2015 NFL Draft with a quarterback, the prevailing opinion is that the 2015 Senior Bowl lacks a difference maker at the position. In past years, players like Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson and Derek Carr have been able to steal the show in Mobile. On Tuesday, the best quarterback was probably Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, who has a chance to play himself into the second day of the draft with a strong showing this week. If the Bills are looking for a mid-round quarterback with some upside, Grayson fits the bill.'

Marker Why I Don't Want Your Damn Stadium in Downtown Buffalo [1:57 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'An NFL football stadium is too large for any of the three proposed downtown sites. Too many people will come, and they won’t come often enough to justify the type of infrastructure, such as a monorail to a new city of parking, or better yet, a working regional public transportation system, that would be needed to make this thing work.'

Marker Before We Get Ahead of Ourselves... [1:56 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'For instance: Do we really need a new stadium now that the Pegulas have committed to keeping the Bills in Western New York? Who will ultimately decide whether a new stadium is built? Which of the four “shortlisted” locations identified in the report—the Cobblestone District, the Exchange Street site, Orchard Park, or the South Park site—would be best overall for our region? Are any of the non-shortlisted sites worthy of further consideration? Should a new stadium be an open-air, football-focused venue or a domed roof, multi-purpose facility? If the new venue includes a dome, should it be retractable or non-retractable? How much of the development costs, if any, should be shouldered by taxpayers when Buffalo’s residents have so many pressing needs? Etc. Etc.'

Marker Bills fire director of pro personnel Tom Gibbons [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Gibbons' contract was set to expire in June, a source said.'

Marker Lamar's Hamlin to get professional coaching start with Bills [1:54 AM]
Florence Morning News reports: 'Hamlin says his contract is a two-year deal and he will leave for Buffalo this weekend and have meetings next week. Some of his duties as quality control coach will deal with breaking down film and advance scouting on opponents. He said he will get the rest of his duties when he meets with the other coaches Monday.'

Marker Bills Tab Anthony Lynn as RB Coach [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lynn was previously with the New York Jets, where he worked as the running backs coach from 2009 through 2014, and earned the assistant head coach title in 2013. Lynn has also coached running backs for the Browns, Cowboys, and Jaguars.'

Marker QBs coach David Lee glad to be back in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You leave a place and you just think, ‘Golly I’m going to miss some people.’ The people in Buffalo were great to me, great to our staff,” Lee told the John Murphy Show on location in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. “The greatest thing about being there were the people and you can’t say that about everywhere I’ve been, but you can there and I’m certainly glad to be back. Excited about what Rex is going to do with this entire organization. It’s going to be fun to be part of it.”'

January 21, 2015

Marker Ryan ready for quarterback challenge [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“But it starts with a system,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to have a system that’s flexible and plays to the strength of, not just your quarterback, but all your players. And then make sure you’ve got the right guys that are teaching. I’m certainly not going to teach the position.'

Marker Marrone will be assistant for Jaguars [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So much for all those head-coaching opportunities that beckoned when Marrone bolted the Bills.'

Marker Rex Ryan discusses Bills' quarterback situation and wanting players to compete at 2015 Senior Bowl [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everybody has their own reasons or whatever, but the main thing is you're a football player," Ryan said. "We can go get a track and field guy if we want someone to run fast. But getting the opportunity to come out, compete against the best of the best in the country, I think it's just a great opportunity. It does put up a little flag on why somebody wouldn't take that opportunity. There's nothing to be fearful of. Just go out here and compete. I think that's more important than what you run at the Combine."'

Marker Rex Ryan meeting Bills' scouts for first time, builds relationship with Doug Whaley at Senior Bowl [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think it's a real selling point here, the type of person (Whaley) is, how you can see this is about the team, and I think that's the only thing," Ryan said. "It's not ego-driven whatsoever. It's like, 'Let's go out and get the right guy.' You can see the excitement he has, especially when you bring up a guy and he already know this guy and (says), 'Oh, you're going to love this guy.' I think we look at players the same way. I'm really excited to see that process go through. I want to be heavily involved and just, 'Hey, bring me with you and I'll sit there and watch tape with you, whatever it is.' I'm looking forward to that."'

Marker Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Doug Marrone showed 'great humility' in interviews [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"No, I didn't really get into it," Bradley said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. "For me, it was obviously that he's a good teacher, a good developer and a good person. The topics that we talked about, I think one thing we feel is really important is humility. If you have humility you identify your weaknesses and get better at those. I just felt a great sense of humility. Unbelievable visit, unbelievable visit."'

Marker Hue Jackson reportedly felt he was going to get Buffalo Bills head coaching job [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Lance McAlister of ESPN Radio in Cincinnati was joined by Jackson's agent, who said they both felt really good after the Bills' first round of interviews.'

Marker Possible quarterback targets for Buffalo Bills, and 5 things to watch for during 2015 Senior Bowl we [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bryce Petty, Baylor; Blake Sims, Alabama; Shane Carden, East Carolina; Sean Mannion, Oregon State; Nick Marshall, Auburn.'

Marker Hung out to dry [1:52 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'You never really want to gloat over someone else's misfortune, but it doesn't seem improper to suggest that Marrone is getting just what he deserves.'

Marker Marrone not such a hot commodity after all [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'From head coach to offensive line coach? That’s quite a drop.'

Marker Rex Ryan says Bills coaching staff will be in place by week's end [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In taking questions from Bills beat reporters for 10 minutes at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, Ryan also said he, his coaches, general manager Doug Whaley and the Bills scouting staff had an introductory dinner of sorts planned in the evening. Ryan said he literally did not previously know a single one of the Bills scouts.'

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Jets Hire Chan Gailey as Offensive Coordinator (New York Times)
NY Jets officially name Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator at last (New York Daily News)
Bowles gets his man: Jets hire Chan Gailey as O-coordinator (New York Post)
Jets name Chan Gailey offensive coordinator (Newsday)
Jets officially hire Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator (Newark Star Ledger)
Doug Marrone, former Jets head coaching candidate, lands assistant job with Jacksonville Jaguars (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn't Buffalo Bills' first choice for head coaching job (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets pick Chan Gailey as new offensive coordinator (Bergen Record)
Chan Gailey hired as Jets' offensive coordinator (AP)
Jets name Gailey offensive coordinator (The Sports Network)
Jets hire Gailey as OC (The Sports Xchange)
Chan Gailey hired as Jets' OC (ESPN)
Jets Tab Chan Gailey as Offensive Coordinator (NewYorkJets.com)

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