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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2015

Marker Bills' defense can no longer be called 'elite' [11:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Meanwhile, where’s the starting defensive line that’s eating up 28 percent of this year’s $143 million salary cap?'

Marker Bills coach takes step back on issue of penalties [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The penalties is something, you know, kind of keeps you up at night trying to think of what to do, how we can fix it,” Ryan said Monday. “It doesn’t go away by talking about it, or that would already be done. We have tried to do some things, but make no mistake – we are trying to get fixed. I am trying to get it fixed.”'

Marker No surprise that Bills are a target for refs [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That has to change. Ryan and the Bills have to find an emotional middle ground. They have to play inspired, emotional football without going over the edge. Otherwise, the bully mentality will follow them around and cost them the playoffs.'

Marker Analysis: Forget penalties, Giants won the battle in the trenches [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That’s pretty discouraging,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about that. We’re a team that prides ourselves on being able to run the football. Obviously it wasn’t a secret that they were pretty good at stopping the run. We get that. But two yards a clip is discouraging. Not being able to pick up a third and six inches was discouraging so we have to get a lot better.'

Marker Jeff Glor aims to introduce the Pegulas to a national audience Tuesday on Showtime [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Pegulaville” is at least the third Western New York-based story that Glor has done in his eight years at CBS. Last year, he interviewed Jim Kelly as the Bills legendary quarterback battled cancer. In 2009, he reported from here on the tragedy of Continental Flight 3407.'

Marker Rex Ryan at a loss to fix Bills' penalty problems [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The penalties are something that kind of keeps you up at night, trying to think of what to do, how we can fix it," Ryan said Monday in a much calmer state than he displayed on Sunday when discussing the penalty problem. "It doesn't go away by talking about it, or that would already be done. We tried to do some things. But make no mistake: We're trying to get it fixed. And I'm trying to get it fixed."'

Marker Rex's recap: Will he bench players who lose their cool? [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have now been flagged 42 times in their three home games, and 47 times overall. Meanwhile, 11 other penalties were either offset or declined. The penalties weren't why the Bills lost 24-10 to the Giants, but they played a huge role.'

Marker Rex Ryan gives slightly different tone on Bills' penalties [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"And when you look at this one here, clearly some of the unsportsmanlike penalties and all that, No. 1 we have to clean up. There is no question about that. That can't happen. Is that an issue, is that something that we get reputation-wise? It's something certainly to look at."'

Marker Where we went wrong picking the Buffalo Bills to beat the New York Giants [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills' offense is going to struggle as long as Sammy Watkins (calf) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) continue to miss time. Percy Harvin and Robert Woods struggled to get open as the focal points of the passing game, and Karlos Williams found little running room behind the Bills' offensive line. Watkins and McCoy open up the offense quite a bit with the attention they draw from opposing defenses. That was a bigger factor Sunday than we anticipated.'

Marker New York Giants show Rex Ryan, Bills who the real bullies are [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan did all the talking, while the New York Giants were the ones who muscled up when it counted.'

Marker ESPN's Mike Golic, Cris Carter blast Rex Ryan, Bills for being more 'dumb' than ' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Build a bully, but you've got to be a smart bully, to use (Ryan's) terms," Golic said. "You can be tough, but to get stupid penalties? My gosh, 17 of them in this game. You gave the stats there. You have now crossed the line. Now you're past tough, you're into dumb. You can be as tough as you want — you can be the big boy throwing out your chest all you want— but when the referee stands in front and gives the signal for personal foul and points at your team, you've just entered the dumb phase. You just have, and all you'll do is cost yourself. There should be no one that leaves that game and says, 'Well, I know we beat them, but boy, are they tough.' I mean, come on. If you're playing in the league, you're tough. There's a line of tough and stupid penalties and they've crossed it, and they need to come back."'

Marker Consistency eludes Buffalo Bills [1:49 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Consistency is the mark of a true championship contender. This football team just hasn't learned how to win yet. That sounds so vague, but it's true. It takes time for the team and patience from the fans. I know the latter is in pretty short supply in Orchard Park these days.'

Marker Take note, Rex: Old man Coughlin can teach you some tricks [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Instead of hammering his players with negative reinforcement at 0-2, Coughlin kept them positive in the face of the negativity surrounding the poor start, reminding them about the good things they were doing and pointing out the “little things’’ that were keeping them from winning.'

Marker Coach Rex Ryan plans to fix Bills' penalty woes [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"So sometimes penalties don't tell the whole story," Ryan said. "But sometimes they do."'

Marker Bills punchless without McCoy, Watkins [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Without needing to worry about those two dynamic players, the Giants effectively clamped down on wide receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, and New York often had eight men in the box to handle rookie running back Karlos Williams. And that was the name of a tune that ended with New York winning 24-10. '

Marker Bills embarrassed by penalties [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I mean, it's embarrassing," Graham said. "It's embarrassing to go out there and get all those penalties. I mean, it's one after another. Dumb penalties, situations you just have to shut up sometimes. Let's not sit here and act like it doesn't factor in. I mean, if it's close, they're going to throw the flag on us. As players, you have to know that you can't be borderline."'

Marker Gray may have broken forearm; Rambo hurts quad [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I don’t know how significant that is, we will see,” Ryan said of Rambo’s quad injury. “And then [MarQueis" target="_blank"> Gray he might have broken a forearm. He might have broken a bone in his forearm. So those are the two guys that, out of the game, I think those are the only two guys."'

Marker Rex: ''We're trying to get penalties fixed'' [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Make no mistake, we’re trying to get it fixed,” Ryan said, before adding that he and his staff will do some things with his players that he wouldn’t divulge. “I’m not going to share with you some of the things we’re going to do, physically, and everything else, until I have a chance to address my team.”'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Ryan said he has some ideas and first wants to discuss it with his players. He also didn’t rule out the idea of benching players for it as well. Either way, the Bills are acknowledging all the calls against them were an internal problem, and one they have to sort out immediately.'

Marker Darby and Gilmore holding it down on the corner [1:41 AM] reports: '“I think he’s playing extremely well,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Gilmore. “He’s made several great plays so you know he’s playing like we envisioned him. He’s one of the top guys certainly at that position so he’s playing extremely well.”'

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October 5, 2015

Marker Bullies don't play by the rules [4:27 PM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'I never thought I’d say this, but I wish Rex Ryan were more like Doug Marrone.'

Marker Giants shred the Bills 24-10 [10:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Those penalties, besides costing the Buffalo two TDs, also extended a New York drive in which it disdained a made field goal and went in for a touchdown. That’s an 18-point swing, if you’re counting.'

Marker Bills unravel in loss to Giants [10:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“New England was definitely the low point,” he said. “Those penalties were all on us (Buffalo’s fault) not them. But there were a lot of things going on out there today, from a lot of different perspectives … a lot of things you get in trouble for talking about. So we’ll just leave it at that. Obviously, we have to be better, but a lot of people have to be better.”'

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Marker Bills’ defense comes undone against Giants [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They lost for multiple reasons – with shortcomings in all phases – but the most glaring was a defense that not only failed to live up to its price tag and Ryan’s boasting, but managed to reach a whole new level of embarrassment.'

Marker Playmakers were present, but not accountable [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet Taylor rarely went deep at all and Williams, who starred the first three games, was bottled up. A non-factor. The Bills didn’t even have a 20-yard play until the 8:13 mark of the third quarter. For one game, anyway, this resembled Bills offenses of Edwards and Losman and Fitzpatrick.'

Marker Giants borrowed Pats’ formula to keep pass rush at bay [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We saw what the Patriots did,” Pugh said, “and tried to get the ball out quick and stop the run and put them in bad positions.”'

Marker Grim echoes of Bills’ past are hammered home [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Really, how many times have we seen this movie before in this millennium? Just when you get drawn in, when you start to believe this will be the year with the happy ending, they turn in a performance that exposes all their shortcomings.'

Marker Loss of playmakers McCoy, Watkins derails Bills offense [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Sammy Watkins (calf) sidelined, the Bills played a miserable game of small ball.'

Marker Open field tackling puts hurt on Jennings’ TD [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills actually showed the veteran Manning a lot of respect. Buffalo rushed five or more men at him on 10 of 36 pass plays, by unofficial count.'

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