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Buffalo Bills News - February 8, 2017

Marker Gill Byrd has been hired to coach Bills defensive backs [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Byrd is entering his 13th season as an NFL coach, though he was out of football in 2016. Byrd coached cornerbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15, and prior to that coached for the Chicago Bears from 2006-2012 and started his coaching career with the St. Louis Rams in 2003.'

Marker Lone Bills fan protests Patriots Super Bowl win [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm just a strong Bills fan and I'm just like disgusted with the Super Bowl," said Brian Holloway, a driver for Rochester Pedal Tours. "I wanted to show up to protest with a lot of other upset Americans. Even though it is only me, one is better than none."'

Marker Bills offseason dates 2017: Stephon Gilmore franchise tag, Tyrod Taylor option, more [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The most important decision, however, concerns quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Bills have to decide whether to pick up the option on his contract by March 11. Monday marked the first day the Bills could release Taylor, who is currently rehabbing from offseason groin surgery. He started 29 games the last two seasons and would have a cap hit of just under $16 million if the Bills bring him back in 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills among league's bottom-dwellers in ESPN's way-too-early power rankings [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills have moved on to their eighth coach since they last made a playoff appearance in 1999," Seifert said. Sean McDermott has a defensive background -- much like Rex Ryan, Dick Jauron, Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips before him -- but what the Bills really need to focus on is their offense. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has shown some promise, but the front-office decision to bench him in Week 17 suggests the team will commence yet another offseason search for a quarterback. The cycle continues in Buffalo."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Gill Byrd to coach defensive backs [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also announced Tuesday they hired Bobby Babich to serve as an assistant defensive backs coach. Babich spent last season as an assistant at Florida International, and previously worked with McDermott on the Carolina Panthers staff.'

Marker Bills season ticket prices won't rise in 2017 [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The entire organization understands this past season was a disappointment and we share in your frustration. While we did not achieve our goals, we remain steadfast in our commitment to bring a championship to Buffalo.'

Marker Staying or Going? Bills WR Robert Woods [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'While the Bills don't have much behind Sammy Watkins, they also don't have much cap room to do all the things that they likely want to do. With so many questions on the defensive side of the ball, and still with some other free agent wide receivers (Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter) that can be brought back on lesser deals, it likely makes the most sense for the Bills to initially inquire on Woods, but to ultimately pass if his price tag is going to be in the $8 million per season range.'

Marker Bills add Gill Byrd as defensive backs coach [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Byrd will enter his 13th season as an NFL coach in 2017. Byrd coached cornerbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014-15. He coached for the Chicago Bears from 2006-2012 and started his coaching career with the St. Louis Rams in 2003. Prior to coaching, Byrd enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers from 1983-1992. He was named All-Pro in four seasons (1989-92) and is the Chargers all-time leader in interceptions with 42. Byrd was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1998.'

Marker Bills Today: Buffalo second in TV ratings for Super Bowl [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo pulled a giant 57.2 rating, topped only by Pittsburgh with a 57.9.'

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February 7, 2017

Marker Bills hire Gill Byrd as defensive backs coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bears fired Byrd in 2013. He spent the 2014 season as cornerbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who let him go after the 2015 season.'

Marker Bills' 2017 strength of schedule ranks as fourth-most difficult [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In addition to their AFC East opponents, the Bills will face the AFC West (visiting the Chargers and Chiefs while hosting the Broncos and Raiders) and NFC South (visiting the Falcons and Panthers while hosting the Buccaneers and Saints) teams. Buffalo also will host Indianapolis and visit Cincinnati by way of those teams finishing in third place − like the Bills did in the AFC East − in the AFC South and AFC North, respectively. The Colts have the "easiest" schedule, with an opponent winning percentage of .424.'

Marker Bills' season-ticket prices to remain flat in 2017 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last year, a Bills' spokesman told The Buffalo News that the average price of a regular seat for a Bills game was $68.18 in 2016, which ranked in the bottom five of the NFL.'

Marker Bills open with 80-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have 80/1 odds, according to the website. Just six teams have worse odds -- the Jaguars (100/1), Bears (125/1), Rams (150/1), Jets (150/1), Browns (400/1) and 49ers (400/1).'

Marker Bills rank 26th in ESPN's 2017 'way too early' power rankings [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills have moved on to their eighth coach since they last made a playoff appearance in 1999. Sean McDermott has a defensive background -- much like Rex Ryan, Dick Jauron, Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips before him -- but what the Bills really need to focus on is their offense," Seifert wrote. "Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has shown some promise, but the front-office decision to bench him in Week 17 suggests the team will commence yet another offseason search for a quarterback. The cycle continues in Buffalo."'

Marker Greatest comeback? Patriots get nod over Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So let the debate begin.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Gill Byrd, father of Jairus Byrd, as secondary coach [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Byrd fills the biggest vacancy remaining on the Bills' coaching staff. The team will likely hire a few more assistants, but Byrd is the last of the primary position coaches that needed to be hired.'

Marker Super Bowl 52 odds: Patriots are favorites, but where do Buffalo Bills stand? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As for the Buffalo Bills, few teams have worse opening odds. After a 7-9 season that led to Rex Ryan getting fired and replaced by Sean McDermott, the Bills have 60-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. They are tied with the Lions, Saints, Chargers and Jaguars with those odds. Meanwhile, the Bears, Rams, Jets, 49ers and Browns are the only five teams with worse odds.'

Marker Bills still weighing options with Taylor, Gilmore [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gilmore is seeking a deal which would pay him among the top five players in the league at his position, which would be $14 million or more per season. The Bills offered him roughly $10.5 million per year during training camp in August, but did not negotiate after that.'

Marker Top 5 questions facing the Bills this offseason [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Outside of the two men that were just mentioned, the Bills also need to figure out where the rest of the defensive starters fit in McDermott's 4-3, zone-based defensive scheme. Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes, and Shaq Lawson should all be fine along the defensive line. The question remains with the back-seven.'

Marker Bills have 6th-worst odds to win Super Bowl 52 [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The website has the Bills odds to win Super Bowl 52 as 66-to-1... a long-shot bet, and a figure that is tied for the sixth-worst in the National Football League. The only teams that have worse odds than the Bills are San Francisco (150-to-1), Cleveland (150-to-1), Chicago (100-to-1), the New York Jets (100-to-1), and the Los Angeles Rams (75-to-1). The Bills also have the same odds as Washington, Jacksonville, and the Los Angeles Chargers.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor anxious to resume offseason work [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Just continue to keep improving my play,” Taylor said. “I just finished up my second year as a starter, going into my seventh in the league, but like I said it sounds crazy, I’m still learning. We’ve been without a couple guys in the lineup for two years now, so the main thing is that we stay healthy, that we get healthy, and that we remain healthy and go out there and play winning football. I know guys are excited.”'

February 6, 2017

Marker A little more conversation [1:59 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“I was looking around my house for something to get me on TV. I found a guitar and painted it white and put, “Squish the Fish” on the back. I had a stupid looking white suit, my wife painted sideburns and chest hair on me.”'

February 5, 2017

Marker Local Patriots fans feel your hate, Bills fans [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Not my style," says the computer software salesman. "I don't wear a lot of Patriots gear but work is always more fun on Fridays and Mondays (during the season)."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor plays wait-and-see game [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Of course,” said Taylor in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. "I know the team very well. I know how close we are as a team. I know the talent that we have on the team. We can be a very special team, especially with the right leadership, and I believe we have some coaches in that are definitely ready to go out there and make us work and get things turned around. So definitely looking forward to seeing what they can bring."'

February 4, 2017

Marker Tyrod Taylor reiterates his desire to remain with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's just a sit-and-wait game right now," said Taylor, who has been in Buffalo this offseason rehabbing from sports hernia surgery that was performed a month ago.'

Marker Rex's ESPN tryout one of many reasons to watch Super Bowl Sunday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The best-case scenario Sunday is that Ryan will say something outrageous about New England Coach Bill Belichick or quarterback Tom Brady. The worst-case scenario is he pulls a Belichick and just gives out coach speak.'

Marker If Bills will have him, Tyrod Taylor wants to be back [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My focus is not on the contract situation or what’s gonna happen, it’s more just being healthy,” said Taylor, who underwent groin surgery a few weeks ago. “The thing that keeps my mind off of it is rehabbing. If I didn’t have to rehab, I’d probably be thinking about (the contract situation) all the time.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills' Jerry Hughes named a top 10 edge rusher using Next Gen Stats [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo is expected to move to a 4-3 defense in 2017 and Hughes will start at defensive end. Hughes thrived as a DE in Jim Schwartz's wide-nine defense and his ability to disrupt the quarterback will make him an important piece to Sean McDermott's defense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy says he's the NFL's best running back [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Coming off a season in which he had 1,623 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in 15 games, McCoy certainly can make the case he's the best back in the NFL. McCoy turns 29 in July, however, so the Bills have to hope he can stay among the league's best running backs for a few more years. '

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Quarterback would like to return to the Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The thing that keeps my mind off of it is rehab," Taylor said. "If I didn't have the rehab it'd probably be on my mind all the time."'

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