Browns down to 2 finalists; Bills DC Mike Pettine considered favorite [1:55 AM]
Elyria Chronicle Telegram reports: 'The meandering search has received the most criticism.'
Q&A: Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly [1:54 AM]
Louisville Courier Journal reports: 'ou were diagnosed with cancer of the jaw last year. How’s your health? So far so good. The cancer has not come back. In the last two years I’ve had major back surgery, neck surgery, double hernia surgery and four jaw surgeries. I feel like the Six Million Dollar Man and change.'
Browns closing in on head coach [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Cleveland is the only team without a head coach, and owner Jimmy Haslam said last week the team is "prepared to wait as long as necessary" to hire one.'
Browns search focused on Pettine [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The team initially interviewed Pettine on Jan. 16, and following the interview, Pettine's teenage daughter, Megan, tweeted that her dad was going to meet again with the team while taking a not-so-subtle shot at the Browns. "It's the browns," she posted on a Twitter account since deleted. "But hey, still pretty cool!"'
What you need to know regarding the Mike Pettine situation [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Losing Pettine would be a big loss for the Bills. But it's not fatal. He's a very good defensive coordinator. Yes, there was talent on the Bills when he arrived. But, that same talent (for the most part) was abysmal last year. And several of those same players have been here for the last 3-4 years. Also, abysmal. And they had three different coordinators running the unit over that span. So, he found a way to take much of the same talent and do a lot better with it than anyone else was unable to. He took a group that was 22nd in interceptions and 18th in sacks to 2nd in both categories - in one season. He can coach.'
Hackett taking part in QB coaching search [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it’s one of those things where if you have that person, another set of eyes, somebody that can point things out just to help the staff overall in the pass game, run game and to help EJ (Manuel) even more. All that stuff is all positive and I think anyway that we can continue to grow and I can continue to grow and just make us better as an offense. I think that’s so important and that’s one step we can take to help us.”'
Bruce Smith sees playoffs for Bills [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"One of the things that I found was very similar to back in ’87, we were losing a lot of games by 3 points or less. That’s what happened to the Bills this year. The next year we started winning those games by 3 points. Then the next year we started blowing teams out. If they can keep growing and keep adding players to the puzzle, good things will happen."'
Bills GM begins first full offseason as the man [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s been a great transition,” he said. “Most people who step into a job like I have are coming to a new organization. So they’ve got to get to know the president. They’ve got to get to know the financial officer, the cap guy, your scouts, your team. You’ve got to get to know the city and the fans and the franchise. I was already here, so it was a smooth transition. And the thing that makes it the smoothest, we all have one singular goal to win.”'
Browns leave Senior Bowl with no deal for Bills DC Mike Pettine, will interview another candidate We [1:58 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns have liked Quinn, their first interview, from the start, and are permitted a second meeting with him by Sunday. Quinn presides over the NFL's top-ranked defense and will face the Broncos in the Super Bowl Feb. 2. If the Browns like him, they'd have to wait until after the Super Bowl to hire him.'
Mike Pettine's 2nd interview with Cleveland Browns is tonight; things could move quickly [1:57 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns are also set interview Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, according to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez. But that meeting could be dependent on Tuesday night's interview.'
With Adam Gase out, Mike Pettine gets 2nd interview, Dan Quinn remains contender, Dirk Koetter surfa [1:56 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'WKYC’s Jim Donovan, the radio play-by-play voice of the Browns, reported the interview lasted about four hours without the team making an offer.'
Pettine participates in second interview with team brass [1:55 AM]
Willoughby News Herald reports: 'The Browns met with Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for about four hours Tuesday night in Mobile, site of the Senior Bowl workouts, and this time team president Alec Scheiner and General Manager Mike Lombardi were in on the meeting as well as team owner Jimmy Haslam, plus CEO Joe Banner, according to reports.'
Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine gets 2nd interview with Browns; Broncos offensive coordinat [1:54 AM]
Elyria Chronicle Telegram reports: 'Pettine, 47, is the first to receive a second interview after making a good impression on Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. He was a late and unexpected addition wo the mix with his first meeting Jan. 16. He’s been available since the end of the regular season because Buffalo missed the playoffs.'
Source: Bills' Pettine meeting again with Browns [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'The meeting is taking place in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting during its search.'
Jairus Byrd part of Bills free agent plan [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We just finished putting the map out on our plan for the offseason right before we came down here,” Whaley said. “(Senior Vice President of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf is getting some paperwork together and we’re going to send out some offers to our free agents and go from there.”'
Bills plan to add quarterback coach [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The QB coach would be a new addition to the staff. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett doubled as the QB coach during the 2013 season. But Marrone said that was a lot to put on Hackett’s plate, especially when injuries hit the QB position.'
Bills’ Dareus off to Pro Bowl [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dareus’ third season with the Bills was his best yet. His 71 total tackles were tops in the NFL among all defensive tackles. His 7.5 sacks ranked fifth among defensive tackles.'
Bills DT Dareus added to Pro Bowl [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus will join three defensive teammates already selected to play on Sunday. They are end Mario Williams, tackle Kyle Williams and safety Jairus Byrd.'
Marrone planning to hire QBs coach [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Obviously Nathaniel Hackett can do it all,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com Monday. “I think it was very difficult for him this year with three quarterbacks that we had to get ready with Kevin Kolb getting injured. I think that was very difficult."'
Marcell Dareus headed to first career Pro Bowl [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Dareus finished the season with a career-high 71 tackles and a career-high 7.5 sacks and ranked as one of just five players in the NFL to finish with over 70 tackles and 7.0 sacks. The third-year defensive tackle will join fellow linemates Kyle and Mario Williams, who are each making their third Pro Bowl appearance.'
Cleveland Browns might conduct 2nd interviews with Mike Pettine, Dan Quinn [1:59 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns might conduct second interviews with defensive coordinators Mike Pettine of the Bills and Dan Quinn of Seahawks depending on how their search plays out over the few days.'
Irondequoit man wings it with Bills [1:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The Bills players and Jim, they really seemed to enjoy the day," Krueger said. "They were into it as much as I was."'
Bills’ Glenn comes on strong at left tackle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think I’ve gotten better, but I think I still have room for improvement, things I can work on this offseason, to take my game to the next level,” Glenn said. “I’ve worked on just being a more efficient player. Footwork, handwork, blocking more efficiently, being more consistent.”'
Gov. Cuomo taps ex-Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas for tourism board [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He has also been outspoken in favor of a number of Republican candidates over the years, including Cuomo's 2010 opponent Carl Paladino. Thomas recorded a television advertisement for Paladino, defending the Buffalo businessman against charges of racism.'
Cuomo appoints former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas to state tourism board [1:57 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: '"I am honored that Governor Cuomo has appointed me to the Tourism Advisory Council," Thomas said. "I know how important it is to the governor that Buffalo and western New York receive the proper representation and promotion. I look forward to making that happen."'
Former Cal Poly star Barden hopes to catch on for good with Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
San Luis Obispo Tribune reports: '“I don’t think I’ve shown my best,” Barden said. “Anybody who’s seen me play consistently would agree that the more opportunities I get, the more I show, and I’m confident, and that has always been the case. I’ve shown plenty over my career, particularly in college. A lot of that has yet to be tapped into. I take responsibility for my career thus far. That just means I’m excited to have the opportunity to show those things.”'
Browns weigh Mike Pettine Jr., son of coaching legend [1:55 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'As recently as 2001, Pettine Jr. was the 35-year-old high school coach of the North Penn Knights, near Philadelphia. Pettine, currently Buffalo's defensive coordinator, made the jump from high school head coach to NFL in seven years.'
Ex-Bills star named to NY state tourism panel [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'In making the announcement Friday, Cuomo says he was recommending that the NFL Hall of Fame member fill the position of vice chairman. The governor said the retired football star has shown a commitment to the state both on and off the field.'
Reich finds new calling in San Diego [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you’re talking about putting the offense down on paper and explaining it, Frank knew everything,” former special teams ace and wide receiver Steve Tasker said. “Jim was the player, and Frank was the thinker. That’s the way their relationship worked. Frank knew how to play, too, don’t get me wrong. He was an invaluable asset for Jim, and Jim would tell you the same thing."'
Reich long trained for new job with Bolts [1:58 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '“From the time I met him, it seemed like his progression was that, sooner or later, he’d be at where he is right now,” Reed said Wednesday night in a phone interview from Carson. “Jim (Kelly) was our quarterback, but Frank was probably just as smart, if not smarter, about the offense we were in."'
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