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Buffalo Bills News - January 19, 2017

Marker Bills hire Skipper as RB coach [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Skipper will be tasked with keeping LeSean McCoy and Buffalo's top-ranked rushing attack headed in the right direction. The Bills averaged 164.4 yards on the ground per game last season and 5.3 yards per attempt.'

Marker Van Pelt a long way removed from first stint as Bills OC [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If unfamiliar with the first time around for Van Pelt as Bills OC, that’s probably because it lasted just one season, and he was actually hired the week leading up to the team’s opening game after Turk Schonert was fired after the preseason. Van Pelt had already been on the Bills staff for a couple years, serving as the team’s offensive quality control coach from 2006-07, then QB coach for the 2008 season.'

Marker Bills tab Skipper as RB coach [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Skipper also coached in college at UCLA, where he went from running backs coach to offensive coordinator and Washington State, where he was the special teams coach on top of coaching the running backs.'

Marker Imagining the Bills as open [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I just think as hard as it is to find a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback, you've got to find one or you're wasting your time. I'm going to be 66 in March. I didn't buy this team to make the wild card. I want to make history.'

Marker Report: Bills interview Ken Dorsey for O.C. [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Dorsey has long been viewed as a bright young mind in the NFL, which helped pave the way for his interview with the Bills. He spent six seasons in the NFL as a quarterback, following one of the most decorated careers in college football history with Miami.'

Marker Report: Bills 'may be inclined' to pursue Van Pelt for O.C. [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The latest report from CBS Sports.com'son LaCanfora says that the Bills "may be inclined" to pursue Green Bay quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt. A longtime member as a player with the Bills as a quarterback, Van Pelt also got his NFL start in coaching with the Bills back in 2006.'

Marker Bills name Kelly Skipper running backs coach [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Skipper joins the Bills after spending the last two seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ running backs coach. He originally began coaching in the NFL in 2007 with the Oakland Raiders (2007-2014) before joining the Jaguars (2015-2016). Skipper spent the first nine years of his coaching career in the college ranks, working at UCLA (1998-2002) and Washington State (2003-2006).'

Marker Bills Today: Decision making at QB will be a process [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously it’s a quarterback driven league. It’s the hardest position to play in sports. There aren’t that many guys out there. With that being said we do have a guy on the roster who has played well and won games,” Whaley said. “First of all we have to wait to see what staff members coach brings on as quarterback coach and offensive coordinator.'

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January 18, 2017

Marker Taylor’s future a key question for Bills bosses [8:31 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure, last season, he’d have been more effective had he not been on a team with a defense that was giving up 31 points a game in its losses. He’d have been less criticized had he enjoyed a reasonably healthy receiving corps instead of one that employed nine different wideouts over his 15 starts.'

Marker With work still to be done, Corey Graham ponders playing future [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I know how important it is here to get to the playoffs with the drought and everything like that,” Graham said earlier this month, as the Bills cleaned out their lockers following a 7-9 season. “When I signed here, that was my main focus, to get that over with and try to get us into the playoffs. We still haven’t accomplished that, so obviously I’ve still got some work to do. I’ve got one more year to try to do that.”'

Marker Bills hire Rob Boras as tight ends coach [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Boras has coached in the NFL since 2004, working with the Chicago Bears (2004-09) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-11) in addition to the Rams. He coached tight ends with the Bears, Jaguars and Rams before serving as offensive coordinator the past two years.'

Marker Bills to interview Greg Olson for offensive coordinator job Thursday [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The News also learned that Brad Childress, the Kansas City Chiefs' co-offensive coordinator, no longer appears to be a candidate for the Bills' OC job.'

Marker Latest honor for Bills' Alexander: All-AFC choice by PFWA [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alexander was the only Bills player to be recognized by the PFWA for his performance during the 2016 season.'

Marker Trading for Philip Rivers looks like a long shot for Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's that time of year when a single, vaguely sourced post on social media can start speculation. Such was the case Monday, when a tweet was sent out about Philip Rivers not wanting to move with the Chargers to Los Angeles.'

Marker Anthony Lynn has forgettable first moment as Chargers' coach [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lynn, who finished the 2016 season as the Buffalo Bills' interim coach, was officially introduced Tuesday as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. In his first official meeting with the media in each city, he misspoke in a rather embarrassing way.'

Marker 3 Buffalo Bills ranked among ESPN Insider's top 50 potential free agents [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo has quite a few talented players who could fit the market. ESPN Insider's John Clayton recently ranked the top 50 potential 2017 NFL free agents and three Bills made the list.'

Marker Bills owner Terry Pegula thinks criticism of Doug Whaley is 'grossly unfair' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Because he's our GM," Pegula said. "The GM, whether it be hockey, football, baseball, whatever, their job is not to win a press conference. It's to build a team and win championships. If I have a GM and people think his press conferences are a disaster every year, but we start winning, who cares? Let the media say what they want to say. I know there's a guy in New England who gets criticized a lot, but he wins. It's not all about winning the news conference."'

Marker McDermott could make signing Stephon Gilmore a higher priority [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'But Ryan’s defense isn’t the only one that took a dip. McDermott, who spent 2011-2016 running his 4-3 scheme in Carolina, also had a noticeable dip in his defense in 2016 and it coincidences with the departure of cornerback Josh Norman.'

Marker Bills hire ex-Rams coordinator Boras to coach tight ends [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'He becomes the second former Rams assistant to join the Bills after Mike Waufle was hired to serve as defensive line coach last weekend.'

Marker Boras named Bills' tight end coach [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Boras spent his first 11 years of his coaching career in the college ranks, working with DePauw, Texas, Benedictine and Nevada-Las Vegas.'

Marker Rex Ryan's Bills-themed pickup truck has new theme: Clemson [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In addition to removing the Bills' colors from his truck, Ryan also put his house on the market Tuesday. The nine-bathroom Orchard Park, New York home is listed at $1.1 million and spans 6,511 square feet. Ryan bought the property for $975,000 in 2015.'

Marker Olson willing to adapt scheme, but results have been uninspiring [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Olson’s offenses have ranked in the lower third of the league in almost every major statistical category on a yearly basis. In ten seasons as an OC, he’s only had one top ten finish in total yards, points scored, rushing yards, or rushing TDs. He’s had only two top ten finishes in total passing yards and passing TDs. His best season was over a decade ago in St. Louis when the Rams finished the season sixth in yards and tenth in points scored. They were eighth in passing yards that year. Otherwise, there are a lot of mid-20 area rankings for Olson’s groups. Here are Olson’s offensive rankings as a coordinator...'.

Marker Report: Olson to interview for Bills OC, Childress out [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Olson, 53, has been an offensive coordinator for five different teams, including the Lions (2004-05), Rams (2006-07), Buccaneers (2008-11), Raiders (2013-14), and Jaguars (2015-16). He was fired by the Jags in October of last season.'

Marker 5 names Bills should consider for O.C. [1:45 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'So, what if the Bills looked outside the box for the offensive coordinator vacancy? Five names they should consider, in no particular order...'.

Marker Bills name Rob Boras tight ends coach [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Boras joins the Bills after spending the last two seasons as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. He originally began coaching in the NFL in 2004 with the Chicago Bears (2004-2009) and has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-2011) in addition to the Rams (2012-2016).'

Marker William & Mary coach saw McDermott's leadership early [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We knew of him and we knew of his abilities,” said Laycock. “That was something we have been doing ever since I’ve been here is not using all of our scholarships for just scholarship players and try to really have a strong walk on class. Bring in good, young guys and get them to work hard and earn their scholarships. Sean was a perfect example of that.”'

Marker Bills Today: Alexander named to PFWA All-AFC team [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Alexander was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-AFC team. The PFWA tweeted their All-NFL team as well as their all conference teams for the AFC and NFC. Alexander was the only Bills player named for any of the PFWA lists.'

January 17, 2017

Marker Bills' new D-line coach won't pull any punches [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sure, Waufle's 62 years old and some of the players he coaches are almost 40 years younger. He doesn't care. Waufle is an ex-Marine with zero tolerance for insubordination. He has even less than that for incompetence.'

Marker Buffalo Bills interviewing Greg Olson for offensive coordinator vacancy (report) [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In 2015, Olson had some success in Jacksonville. He helped the Jaguars offense finish 18th in total offense. Blake Bortles, then in his second season, threw for 4,428 yards while throwing 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Allen Robinson also emerged in 2015 at wide receiver. Robinson caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns that season.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan to interview for Washington job (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rob Ryan has bounced around the league as a defensive coordinator. He has served as a defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders (2004-2008), Cleveland Browns (2009-2010), Dallas Cowboys (2011-2012) and New Orleans Saints (2013-2015).'

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