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Buffalo Bills News - February 3, 2017

Marker CBS report says Bills have 'significant interest' in Romo [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A report from CBS’ Jason La Canfora, citing both team and league sources, says the Bills have "significant interest" in Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo this offseason, but acknowledges that might be a tough sell because Romo would prefer to go to either the Texans, Broncos, Cardinals, or Chiefs.'

Marker Report: Bills have 'significant interest' in Tony Romo [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Bringing in the soon-to-be 37-year old quarterback is good for the next year or two, but that's more of a band-aid on the franchise. It would afford them the opportunity to take a quarterback in the first two rounds, develop that player, and hope they are the answer for the long-term.'

Marker Bills add five to coaching staff [1:47 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced today that five coaches have been added to the team’s staff – Phil McGeoghan, John Egorugwu, Marc Lubick, Matt Smiley and Bill Teerlinck.'

Marker Bills Today: Anthem recording for Super Bowl XXV first sent to Buffalo [1:46 AM] reports: 'The anthem music was played in 4/4 time, slower than the typical 3/4 time. The aim was to make Houston’s rendition more soulful.'

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February 2, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's Power Take: Rex Ryan's comments show he's staying true to form [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan got by on his reputation from back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances with the Jets for far too long. The idea that he would be “open” to going back to New York, as he told the Daily News, is laughable.'

Marker Twenty years after retirement, Jim Kelly is still missed [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'We didn’t know it at the time, but as we awoke on Feb. 1, 1997, the Bills were about to take their first steps toward one of the darkest periods the now 58-year-old franchise has ever endured, a one from which it remains inexorably ensconced.'

Marker Ungrateful Rex Ryan fires away at Buffalo Bills [1:57 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Why would any NFL owner give this babbling fool another chance to be a head coach? If there was a Super Bowl for excuses, Rex would be champion.'

Marker Former Buffalo Jills don't agree with recent lawsuit filed against the NFL [1:56 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That's why she can't understand the recent class action lawsuit filed against the NFL by a group of NFL cheerleaders. The suit demands higher wages and better working conditions. “When you signed up to cheer, you knew you were not going to get paid. So, to go back and say I should get paid seems frivolous to me.” “You choose to go to the tryout,” said Kimberly Zak who was a Jill from 1996 to 2000. “Nobody forces you. And, you tryout and it's a difficult tryout. So, then you make the team, but again it's your choice. Nobody's forcing you to do it.”'

Marker Maximizing player potential a McDermott hallmark [1:55 AM] reports: '“When I think about a Luke Kuechly, or Thomas Davis or myself — some of those top leaders, anybody that understands this game that you could call upon to help lead your team — he’ll say, ‘Is there something we need or don’t need in this game plan, something we need to change or modify,’” Coleman told the Sun. “He’s really receptive to changing things, so we can play better, play faster and be more efficient.”'

Marker Bills Today: Reid: Culley very qualified as Bills QBs coach [1:54 AM] reports: '“He played quarterback so he always wanted to get back to doing that,” Reid told “He was always involved in our pass game all the time. He’d set it up with me and present it to the players. He’s done installs. He’s done everything. I looked at him like another coordinator.”'

February 1, 2017

Marker Report: Bills to hire Phil McGeoghan as wide receivers coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prior to coaching at ECU, McGeoghan spent four years with the Miami Dolphins, serving as an assistant wide receivers coach from 2012 through November 2015, when he earned a promotion to wide receivers coach for the remainder of that season. McGeoghan helped Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry set a single-season franchise record with 110 catches in 2015.'

Marker Rex Ryan on Bills to NY Daily News: 'I don't wish them good luck' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I put that truck around town. I was all-in. Even though those other three had quit, I wasn't a quitter. I was ready. And I wanted to be there. And I wanted to win. And I thought I could win."'

Marker Bills announce 14 assistant coaches will not return in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the departures come as a big surprise, although with McDermott retaining special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, it seemed like a possibility that Eric Smith and Kathryn Smith could return.'

Marker Quinn's success shows McDermott what's possible [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And you've seen Sean and what he can be," Quinn said. "So for him and Sean McVay (the former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator who recently became head coach of the Los Angeles Rams), guys I'm totally pumped for, because I've seen their work. I've seen what they've done as coordinators, and now as they're taking the next step, it's like, 'Alright, men, go for it.''

Marker Sean McDermott sweeping out Rex Ryan's coaching staff [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It is uncertain how many more coaches McDermott will bring in, but at the minimum, he still lacks a coach for defensive backs and wide receivers.'

Marker Rex Ryan breaks his silence, and bitterness spews out [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was classic motor-mouth Rex, and in many ways, served as the perfect bookend to his two-year tenure in Buffalo. He came in spewing all kinds of rhetoric that day he was introduced as the Bills’ new head coach, and now he has exited doing the same thing, albeit with a far different tone.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly named among top 15 QBs of all-time by ESPN [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Topping Clayton's list was New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. The only other active quarterback to make the list was Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (No. 10).'

Marker Kathryn Smith among 14 coaches who won't return to Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is the only remaining holdover from the Rex Ryan staff. His retention seemed like good news for the rest of his staff, but after just one season as a special teams quality control coach, Kathryn Smith, a Syracuse native, is again looking for work. '

Marker Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan to organization: 'F--- you guys' [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Supporting" a winner is all Rex ever did, unfortunately. He went seven straight seasons without a winning seasons. He went six straight seasons without the playoffs, becoming just the fourth coach since the merger to do so. His defense was a constant source of disappointment in Buffalo. In 2016 alone, he allowed three 200-yard rushing performances and had 10 players on the field for arguably the most pivotal play of the season.'

Marker Comparing the Bills & Pats each New England Super Bowl season [1:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have had few constants in those years and the shape of the franchise in Western New York has had multiple twists and turns along the way from different coaches, players, and more.'

Marker Rex reflects: Former Buffalo coach tells off Bills [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I don’t wish (Buffalo) bad will,” Ryan said. “I don’t. But I don’t wish them luck either. I’ll be honest: I don’t wish them good luck. I don’t wish them bad luck. I just don’t wish them luck.”'

Marker Ed Reed won't return for second season on Bills' coaching staff [1:48 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Reed spent 11 of his 12 NFL seasons with the Ravens and established himself as one of the top players in franchise history. He had long expressed an interest in coaching and it was hardly surprising that it was Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Ravens, who gave him his first opportunity.'

Marker Bills will not retain Smith, NFL's first female assistant [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was fairly expected as new head coaches often bring in their own assistants, shifting away from those already in an organization.'

Marker Ex-Bills coach Ryan will be picky about return to NFL [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"The one thing about (being on TV) is that you don't lose," Ryan told the newspaper. "You'll remember every (expletive) loss. But the wins? You don't necessarily remember. So, it takes a lot out of you. I'm tired of getting (expletive). Unless it's a real situation, there's no sense of getting into it again."'

Marker Rex Ryan 'not bitter' about Bills' firing, but 'I was hurt by it' [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I'm really not that bitter [about being fired] and maybe that $15 million [remaining on the deal] is one of the reasons," Ryan told the Daily News. "I'm not bitter, man. ... Yeah, I'm hurt. I was hurt by it. There's no question. But bitter ain't how I feel. I'm like, 'Shoot, if they never wanted me here, then fine. I ain't here. I'm not your coach anymore. Fine and dandy.'"'

Marker Bills will not keep NFL's first female full-time coach, Kathryn Smith [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In her entry-level position last season, Smith broke down game film of past and future opponents, helped assemble special-teams game plans and assisted Crossman in coaching those units during practices and games.'

Marker Bills dismiss 14 coaches from contracts [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As McDermott continues to build his coaching staff, the team announced they will not move forward with 14 coaches that were under contract.'

Marker Rex Ryan's comments show why split with Bills was necessary [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'That was commonplace with Rex Ryan. He would be the first one to say that he takes the blame for everything that happens on the field, while if you listen to him for long enough, he'll also dole out veiled critiques as to why things went awry.'

Marker Bills announce coaching staff moves [1:41 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that Bobby April, John Blake, Aaron Kromer, David Lee, D’Anton Lynn, Tim McDonald, Pat Meyer, Chris Palmer, Ed Reed, Eric Smith, Kathryn Smith, Dennis Thurman, Jason Vrable and Jeff Weeks will not be part of the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season.'

Marker What they're saying: Bills players on new head coach Sean McDermott [1:40 AM] reports: '“I like Sean. Even when I played with Philly and he was there, I liked him. He’s tough, he’s honest and he’s fair. I think that he’s the right guy for the job. The guys in Buffalo, we need somebody that we can believe in and trust. And not to say anything bad about Rex, because I love Rex, but I think that Sean is a guy that will get it done.”'

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