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Buffalo Bills News - January 23, 2016

Marker Rex Ryan recalls day he realized Kathryn Smith was cut out to coach in NFL [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"She's picked up things along the way," Ryan said. "This is just another opportunity for her to move forward. Is it and entry level position in the coaching field? It is. A lot of people break in as quality control coaches, but don't think it's not an important position, because it really is. It's a very important position. But I feel great about it. I truly believe she's going to do a tremendous job this way. She does not have field experience per say, I get that, but I know she's going to excel in the other areas of being a quality control coach, and I think she's going to be successful on the field as well."'

Marker Kathryn Smith's rise with Bills merits applause, but now her work really begins [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now, though, the real labors begin. Getting these kinds of gigs is relatively (note the italicized letters and bold-faced type) easy. Keeping them is another matter. And on this, 99 percent of all coaches, hired to be fired, will agree.'

Marker Rex Ryan defends hiring of twin brother [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“I understand where it’s coming from, because my brother, twelve years he’s been a co-ordinator. But we brought my brother in just to add to what we have and to have other eyes in it.”'

Marker Bills coach overcomes attitudes against women in football [1:49 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“The biggest advantage I had with those guys was the street credibility having played,” Welter told USA Today. “That might be the most difficult part for her.”'

Marker How St. John’s experience helped Kathryn Smith land historic job [1:48 AM]
New York Post reports: '“It doesn’t shock me, but at the same time it’s shocking to see her face associated with this,” said St. John’s assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih, who worked with Smith as a team manager. “We knew back then with her affiliation to the Jets and working with the Fan Fest stuff, she was really geared towards working in the NFL. Following her career since we graduated in 2007, it’s amazing how everything has come full circle [with her" target="_blank"> as the first woman’s NFL coach.”'

Marker Props to Bills for hiring a female assistant coach. Now about the cheerleaders ... [1:47 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'If the Bills' elevation of Smith suggests an enlightened mindset when it comes to women in the workplace, the lawsuit their former cheerleaders filed against the team, which a New York state judge earlier this month allowed to proceed, leaves an utterly different impression.'

Marker Ryan saw Kathryn Smith's coaching potential with the Jets [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"She goes, 'I believe this is the play you were referring to,'" Ryan said Friday. "And I'm like, 'Oh, my goodness. And it was.'"'

Marker Ryan praises Smith as NFL's first full-time female assistant coach [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"But I have known her professionally for seven years and the reason that I think she is going to do a tremendous job here, it starts with everything else just like any profession, you have got to have a work ethic, you got to have a passion for it, and I just like the way she is.'

Marker Rex: Dennis Thurman is still the Defensive Coordinator [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Absolutely,” Ryan responded when asked if Thurman will keep the title. “And I understand where it’s coming from, because my brother, twelve years he’s been a coordinator. But we brought my brother in just to add to what we have, and to have other eyes in it.”'

Marker 20 draft pass rushers to know for Bills, part 3 [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'After Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, the best pass rushing prospect available in the 2016 NFL Draft is Clemson’s Shaq Lawson.'

Marker Kathryn Smith not first historic move for Bills [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"If you can help a player that is all they are interested in," Ryan said when asked about the remarks. "Also that you care about them and you want them to do well, I think those are traits players will look up too and respect regardless of how the person looks."'

Marker Role explained: First female assistant coach in the NFL has important job [1:41 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“She’s going to be grinding through hours of film. The quality control guys are the guys who know exactly who is playing well, who is not playing well, what they can do and what they can’t do.”'

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Marker Smith’s quality-control job is a big part of today’s NFL [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of that goes with the tough things. Doing all the computer stuff, doing all the drawings, all that type of stuff,” Ryan said. “Working mainly with scout teams. … She’s done things like this in the past. “With the knowledge and commitment she has – very committed young lady – I think she’ll do a great job.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills restricted free agents: The players, the guidelines & what we'd offer [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here are the Bills’ seven restricted free agents, in our priority order, along with what we’d do in each situation.'

Marker Bills continue tradition of progressive thinking in hiring women [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I’m pretty sure Linda Bogdan never met Kathryn Smith, but I’m guessing that somewhere, she is smiling at the way the team is carrying on a tradition of sorts.'

Marker LeSean McCoy backs out of Pro Bowl [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: The Bills could still have a representative in Hawaii, as left guard Richie Incognito, center Eric Wood, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus are alternates. The roster will be finalized after the AFC and NFC championship games Sunday. Players from teams that advance to the Super Bowl are not eligible for the game, so some alternates will get into the game.

Marker Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills deserve credit for hiring Smith and pulling sports farther into the 21st century.'

Marker Power Take: Kathryn Smith’s promotion wins public-relations points [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith never played football and has never coached. I’ve read two books on Ryan and her name was never mentioned. But when a team has missed the playoffs for 16 straight years, any sort of progressive vision is welcome.'

Marker Rex and Rob Ryan appear as mystery guests at Buffalo naturalization ceremony [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Turns out the Ryans were there for the same reason, the naturalization of one of the 60 immigrants taking the oath of citizenship on Thursday. She’s believed to be a family friend from Russia.'

Marker Bills ST report card: Definition of mediocrity [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Penalties were a team-wide problem as the Bills committed 143 total, tied for the most in the NFL with Tampa Bay. On special teams, the Bills were flagged 25 times, third-most behind the Rams and Raiders.'

Marker The latest on the Bills' hiring of Smith [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And then last summer, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians laid the ground work for the potential of women serving as coaches when he brought in Jen Welter as a part-time linebackers coach during their training camp. But this was a temporary position as some teams bring on extra coaching assistants during that time of year to deal with the much larger group of players on the rosters.'

Marker Bills inspire with latest hire: NFL's 1st female coach [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As a quality control coach, she'll spend a lot of her time breaking down film of Buffalo’s opponents and preparing reports for the head coach. Smith's new job title may not sound glamorous, but it's an important role for the Bills organization — and for breaking the coaching glass ceiling.

Marker Kathryn Smith thanks Buffalo Bills in statement after being hired as NFL's first full-time fema [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The amount of attention generated from this announcement in the past 24 hours has been extraordinary, however, my focus remains on my job responsibilities and helping the team win.'

Marker Cleveland radio host has issue with Bills hiring female assistant coach [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"There's no place for a woman in professional sports, in football, coaching men," Kiley said. "Men will not take to it. If you have 10 men on special teams, eight of them will be mumbling under their breath. It's counterproductive. You're setting her up to fail. It's not her fault, it's the idiot who hired her."'

Marker What players, others are saying about Bills' Kathryn Smith becoming NFL's first female coa [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Naturally, the hire quickly became national news and plenty of people reacted on social media. Here's what people had to say about the Bills' historic hire...'.

Marker Here’s something to cheer about: Kathryn Smith as the first female full-time NFL coach [1:46 AM]
Toronto Globe and Mail reports: 'But this is a huge moment for merit winning out over gender bias. It’s also a pretty great teachable moment. If you have a son who thinks girls don’t play football or a daughter who ever wonders, rightly, why there are only men on teams, you’ll need to turn on a Bills game next season. Even if you don’t root for the team, it’s going to be easy to cheer for Kathryn Smith.'

Marker Cleveland radio host Kevin Kiley calls Buffalo Bills' hiring of female coach 'absurd' [1:45 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"If you have 10 men playing on special teams, eight of them will be mumbling under their breath," Kiley said. "It's counterproductive. You're setting her up to fail."'

Marker Meet Kathryn Smith, the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history [1:44 AM]
Washington Post reports: '“They get along famously,” Robert Smith, Kathryn’s father, told the Post-Standard. “She likes him, he likes her. The fact that he asked her to go wherever he ended up is a big vote of confidence for her. She enjoys working for him very much.”'

Marker Kathryn Smith was ‘surprised’ when Rex Ryan made her a full-time coach [1:43 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Smith said she appreciated expressions of support from members of the Bills and nationally in the wake of the news of her hiring. She singled out congratulatory tweets by Barbie and the Girl Scouts of America as “pretty cool.”'

Marker Cleveland radio host has some unbelievably sexist thoughts on female coaches [1:42 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'She couldn’t possibly be qualified to the same level that a man could be qualified to do that.'

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