Terry Pegula has broken his silence.
The Buffalo Bills' owner spoke with USA Today at the recent NFL meetings held in Houston, his first public comments since an appearance on the team's official radio program during training camp.
Speaking with USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Pegula made clear coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley aren't going anywhere.
“You have to have continuity,” he told the paper. “I don’t care if you’re drilling oil in gas wells or you’re running a sports team. If you keep changing things, nothing’s going to work.”
Pegula also denied that a "win or else" talk was ever given to Ryan or Whaley last season, telling Pelissero "the famous ultimatum that I supposedly gave them, I wasn’t even in town that day. I was up at my lake in the Adirondacks.”
Pegula continued “Our coach needs to know that, through the good and the bad, there’s stability. The players need to know there’s stability. And by the way, that doesn’t help our players any to start reading that their coach is going to get fired.”
Goodwin No. 1
With Robert Woods doubtful because of a foot injury, the Bills' wide receiver depth chart against the Dolphins will look like this: Marquise Goodwin, Walt Powell, Justin Hunter, Brandon Tate. That sounds more like "Week Four of the preseason" than it does "Week Seven of the regular season."
The rest of the Bills' injury report looks like this: OUT-OT Seantrel Henderson (back). DOUBTFUL-Woods (foot), DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE-RB LeSean McCoy (ankle), TE Charles Clay (ankle), LT Cordy Glenn (ankle), C Patrick Lewis (knee), RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring), CB Kevon Seymour (shoulder), DT Kyle Williams (neck).
What to root for
As you know, if the season ended today, the Bills would hold the sixth and final wild-card playoff spot. There is only one AFC-NFC game on the schedule, New Orleans at Kansas City, so rooting for the Saints is an easy one. Here is a look at the matchups between AFC teams, and which one Bills fans should root for:
• Indianapolis at Tennessee: Neither of these teams would seem to be serious threats for a wild-card spot, but given that they play in the woeful AFC South, somebody has to win those games. Since Tennessee is 3-3 and Indianapolis is 2-4, rooting for the Colts is the play here.
• Cleveland at Cincinnati: Go Browns. At 0-6, they're not getting back into the race, and giving the Bengals their fifth loss this early in the season would be big.
• Oakland at Jacksonville: Go Jaguars. At 2-3, they have a long way to go to get back in the race. Oakland is 4-2 and tied for the AFC West lead with Denver. The Bills will have a chance later in the season to pick up the head-to-head tiebreaker on both of these teams.
• Baltimore at N.Y. Jets: As crazy as it sounds, go Jets. At 1-5, they're likely out of the race, and the 3-3 Ravens hold the head-to-head tiebreaker on the Bills, so Buffalo has to finish a full game ahead of them.
• New England at Pittsburgh: This depends entirely on your confidence in New England. If you think they're going to run away with the AFC East like always, rooting for them to beat Pittsburgh makes some sense. The Steelers are 4-2 and atop the AFC North, but with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the lineup, could go through a tough stretch that puts them in the wild-card mix.
• Houston at Denver: The Texans hold the AFC South lead, while the Broncos are tied atop the AFC West with the Raiders. Both teams are 4-2, just like the Bills. This one is a coin flip.
On this week's BN Blitz podcast, Vic Carucci and I talk about the tough spot injuries have put the Bills in against Miami. We also discuss the likely debut of first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson, what old friend Mario Williams has been up to in Miami and Bills coach Rex Ryan's dominance of the Dolphins.
On the air
News Sports Reporter Tim Graham hosts "The Tim Graham Show" every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. on 1270 The Fan. On this week's show, Graham and co-host Joe Licata spoke with ESPN's Mike Rodak and John Wawrow of the Associated Press.
News Sports Columnists Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason also co-host a show on 1270 The Fan, every Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. with Bob Koshinski. Both shows can be streamed live on The News' Facebook page.
• Vic Carucci writes that Sunday's game will be an opportunity to learn just what the Bills have in Tyrod Taylor and Anthony Lynn.
• Nick Veronica has the latest on rookie first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson.
• Jerry Sullivan's column from media day calls this year's Bills the "anti-Marios."
• This week's scouting report gives the Bills the edge in several areas.
• Mike Leone's weekly fantasy column focuses on high-volume running backs.
The Bills have outscored their opponents by 59 points this season, which is No. 1 in the NFL. The Patriots are second at +58, followed by the Eagles (+57), Vikings (+56) and Cowboys (+52).