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Buffalo Bills News - January 15, 2015

Marker Rex Ryan (is back) press conference: 8 things to know [1:28 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Consider ourselves very much hashtag blessed to have Rex back in our lives and fully empowered by an ownership group that feels "Wild and Crazy Rex" is the best Rex to make the Bills both relevant on and off the field.'

Marker Bills looking at OL coaching candidates [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have requested permission to speak with San Francisco OL coach Mike Solari and Washington OL coach Chris Foerster.'

Marker Rex Ryan Day One: My favorite answers [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I know what wins in this league and do I have to get better in certain areas? There’s no question about it. The fact that, do we need to do a better job…do I need to do a better job in building a quarterback and all that stuff? Sure. Certainly but you learn from different things. You have to protect things. We can’t lose games because of the position."'

Marker Kelly likes what he sees with the Bills and wants to join in [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jim Kelly has never been shy about his desire to be more involved in the Bills organization. Now that he’s come out the other side in his fight against cancer, it seems like he’s up for it again, “Hopefully in short time I’ll be able to sit down with Terry and talk with him. I’ve already talked to Rex about my ideas, but right now he needs to settle in, he’s got to understand who his staff is, but yes of course, I’d like to get my two cents where I feel it’s needed whether it’s the quarterback position or whether it’s the wide receiver position which are two positions that I feel are my strong point.”'

Marker Marrone interviews with Bears [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone had worked with Bears new general manager Ryan Pace for three years in New Orleans, as well as coached Jets offensive line for four years before he jumped to New Orleans to serve as the Saints' offensive coordinator.Before Tuesday's interview with Chicago, Marrone had also reportedly interviewed with the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.'

Marker Ryan: Bills QB picture not clear yet [1:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It was great theater, and no doubt, it'll fire up the Bills fans who have seen their heyday as a NFL power fade further and further in the rearview mirror. But their friends in green will tell you that's exactly what it is — theater — and that wasn't enough with the Jets and won't be enough with the Bills, either.'

Marker The best quotes from Rex Ryan's first day [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Start preparing that we’re going to be playing games in January.”'

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January 14, 2015

Marker Schwartz officially gone, Roman new offensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”'

Marker Hiring big-name coach shows Pegulas are serious about creating a winner [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Forget the Super Bowl. There are 239 days until the 2015 season begins.'

Marker Ryan makes his first coaching decisions [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Schwartz is a staunch believer in the 4-3 base defense and doesn't like to blitz, opting to let his front four rush the quarterback and cover with seven defenders. Ryan, who is considered one of the brightest defensive minds in the game, is the opposite. He prefers the base 3-4 and he prides himself on changing things up and blitzing to create havoc.'

Marker 10 lesser-known facts about Rex Ryan [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ryan wasn't the best student growing up, but it wasn't until 2007 that he learned a major reason why. He suffers from dyslexia, a learning disability that affects someone's ability to read, write, spell and pronounce words. Coaches these days bounce up and down the sidelines with complex, color-coded play cards in their hands. Ryan says he color-coded his plays long before it became the norm so he could comprehend them easier.'

Marker Grading the Bills: Defensive backs [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The defensive effort was certainly impressive and once again — as was the case with the line and the linebackers — it was such a shame that this type of play by the defense went to waste this season.'

Marker Could Cardale Jones be a Bill? [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jones is 22, having spent a year at a military prep school; he has a child to support; and even though he's got a national title to his credit, there are no guarantees he'll beat out Miller or Barrett for the Buckeyes' starting job in the fall. Miller could also be leaving, and that would impact Jones' decision.'

Marker Chicago Bears interview Doug Marrone for head coach opening Tuesday [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Even if Marrone is unable to land a head coaching gig, he has a standing offer from his old friend Bill O'Brien to become a consultant for the Houston Texans.'

Marker New Bills coach Rex Ryan greeted with giant pizza upon arrival in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan has lost quite a bit of weight since becoming an NFL head coach, but Buffalo's pizza and wings may not be the best recipe for keeping the weight off.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have more than enough talent to make up for loss of DC Jim Schwartz [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But as the Bills proved over the last two seasons, they have a wealth of defensive talent capable of playing in a variety of different schemes. While Schwartz gets credit for improving the run defense in 2014, the Bills also added a star rookie linebacker in Preston Brown and a proven run-stopping linebacker in Brandon Spikes. Schwartz's defense was atop the league in sacks, but how tough is it to figure out ways to get pressure on the quarterback when you have three Pro Bowl defensive linemen?'

Marker Buffalo Bills: Change amid a status quo [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Ryan is a leader. Some others, still with the team's management, do not have that ability.'

Marker With Ryan hire, it feels like Bills finally may be relevant again [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Good luck getting a top coach for this organization, most thought. But, lo and behold, they got one.'

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [1:48 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Rex Ryan’s first day in Buffalo: custom pizza, beers with Jim Kelly (New York Post)
Buddy Ryan says Rex Ryan 'did a hell of a job' with Jets, will 'compete even harder' with Bills, per report (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan and Jim Kelly had a beer together on eve of Ryan's introduction with Buffalo Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Greetings from Buffalo: 5 things to expect from Rex Ryan's first Bills press conference here Wednesday (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan Gets Endorsement From Bills Legend Jim Kelly (WFAN-AM)

Marker Bills shuffle coordinators: Roman in, Schwartz out [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Roman was hired after spending the past two days negotiating with the Bills. He spent the previous four seasons serving as the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator, and shares the same run-first philosophy as Ryan.'

Marker Schwartz no longer with Bills [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force."'

Marker Bills, Schwartz split; Thurman to rejoin Ryan [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'He coached defensive backs with the Jets from 2008-2012 and worked with Ryan previously as a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens.'

Marker Roman in, Schwartz out with Bills [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Roman worked on coach Jim Harbaugh's staff for the past four years in San Francisco before Harbaugh left after the 49ers' 8-8 finish in 2014 to accept to head coaching job at Michigan. The Bills and Roman were in negotiations for two days to work out a deal.'

Marker DC Jim Schwartz out at Buffalo [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The reason, according to the source, was due to differing defensive philosophies.'

Marker Bills lose Schwartz [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' The Bills wanted Schwartz to stay and Schwartz did speak with Ryan before making up his mind to go elsewhere.'

Marker Greg Roman named offensive coordinator [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Including playoffs, the 49ers had an overall record of 49-22-1 during Roman’s four seasons with the team—the third best mark in the league over that time span. The 49ers also excelled at protecting the ball under Roman, only committing 66 turnovers from 2011 to 2014 which tied with the New England Patriots for the least in the NFL.'

Marker Bills terminate Jim Schwartz's contract [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ryan said, “I have the utmost respect for Jim and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career and I know he feels the same about me. Jim’s defenses are always tough and ranked near the top of the league standings. I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”'

Marker Greg Roman named offensive coordinator [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Prior to joining the 49ers, Roman gained NFL experience as a member of the coaching staffs of the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07). He also spent two seasons (2009-10) on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff at Stanford.'

Marker Roman's scheme could be spark Bills offense needs [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Over the four seasons in which Roman was in charge of San Francisco's offense the 49ers attack ranks second in total rushing yards (8,912), second in rushing yards per game (139.3), third in rushing attempts (1,965) and third in rushes of 10 yards or more (267). They also rank sixth in yards per carry average (4.54).'

January 13, 2015

Marker Grading the Bills: Linebackers earn high marks [5:24 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But if Schwartz leaves and Ryan switches to his preferred 4-3, well, things will get interesting. That would probably mean defensive end Mario Williams would play standup outside linebacker, and Manny Lawson might play the opposite side in the likely event Jerry Hughes is no longer on the team. That would leave Alonso, Bradham, and Brown to play the two inside spots, and Bradham struggled in that role in 2013.'

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