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[BN] Blitz newsletter: A painful dilemma for Bills fans

Bills fans have a “painful dilemma” on Sunday afternoon, writes Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan for BNblitz. Do they root for – or, rather, against – the hated New England Patriots, or Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, who left the team with $4 million in hand three years ago after leading Buffalo to a 9-7 record?

“Really, how does one choose?” Sullivan writes. “Pats or Jags? Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un? Harvey Weinstein or Charlie Rose? A searing migraine or persistent gout?” Sully’s informal poll found that “most Buffalo fans would rather jab a scissors into their eye than root for New England. Sure, they resent Marrone, but compared with Brady and Belichick, he's a minor character in the Bills' epic chronicle of woe and dysfunction, a mere stooge in the master plot.”

Shady’s future: In his Bills mailbag, News reporter Jay Skurski explores the possibility of running back LeSean McCoy being used as a trade chip as Buffalo looks toward next season.

Players to know: The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl took place Saturday and featured NFL prospects that Bills fans might want to keep their eyes on. Five names stand out among the rest.

New offensive coordinator’s QB search: Unless the Bills find a long-term answer at quarterback, new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll will “wind up like the dozen saps who preceded him, as the most unpopular man in town,” wrote The Buffalo News’ Jerry Sullivan in another column. The St. Francis High School graduate’s five Super Bowl rings as an assistant in New England don’t guarantee success in Buffalo, Sullivan argued.

West takes Shrine game: Texas Tech quarterback Nick Shimonek completed 12 of 18 passes for 108 yards to lead the West past the East in the annual East-West Shrine Game for college all-stars on Saturday at Tropicana Field in Florida.

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Season to forget: The Bills' pass offense was, to put it nicely, not great in 2017. "It's remarkable the Bills made the playoffs in spite of the pass offense, given some ignominious lows it hit," writes The News' Mark Gaughan for BNblitz.

A lack of 'big-time throws': One reason for the Bills' offensive struggles? Quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished 27th out of 40 qualifying signal-callers in a Pro Football Focus ranking of "big-time throw" percentage.

A chance encounter: One Bills fan from Delaware tells The Buffalo News about a run-in before Buffalo's playoff game in Jacksonville that led to a surprise from Micah Hyde.

Bills cartoons: News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis chooses his favorite Bills cartoons from over the years.

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