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Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan grew up in Newport, R.I., though some would dispute the grown-up part. He is a professional skeptic, thanks to 16 years as the lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.


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In a roundabout way, Sean McDermott extended a Happy Thanksgiving to all suffering Bills fans around the globe at his weekly Wednesday press conference. "It's Thanksgiving and we're in the hunt," McDermott said. "You sit around that table tomorrow and say, 'We're in the hunt'." Well, I'm not sure all Bills fans will be singing McDermott's praises around the holiday t…

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Column as I see 'em, Week 12: When Sean McDermott was hired by the Pegulas last January, the move was quickly embraced by Bills fans. McDermott's greatest virtue was that he wasn't Rex Ryan. He came without the bluster, and he was sure to repair a defense that had gone to pieces in Rex's two years in Buffalo. But with the Bills mired in an ugly three-game losing stre…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CARSON, Calif. — Sean McDermott had just suffered the worst embarrassment of his coaching life. So of course, he reacted as any self-respecting coach would. Asked how in the world he could go back to Nathan Peterman, McDermott said he needed to watch the…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CARSON, Calif. — The move couldn't have blown up in Sean McDermott's face any worse if he had stuck his head in the annoying cannon that they set off in the corner of the end zone after every Chargers score. McDermott said it was a calculated risk to pu…

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CARSON, Calif. — Sean McDermott is no dummy. He considered appearances when he was thinking of switching quarterbacks. The Bills coach knew he would seem to be deflecting attention from his defense, which had been dominated in two straight games. "I did," McDermott said Friday. "I looked at everything. You know by now I'm thorough in my approach. I'm a methodical deci…

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Back in August, some Bills fans objected when I compared rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman with Trent Edwards. The delusional ones preferred to fantasize about Peterman becoming the next Tom Brady. But people will be thrilled if Peterman channels Edwards in his debut as an NFL starter on Sunday against the Chargers. Ten years ago, Edwards got his first start a week aft…

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I'll admit, this move came as a shock. While I've never been a fan of Tyrod Taylor, I didn't think Sean McDermott would change quarterbacks with his team sitting in a playoff spot, despite its recent offensive woes. McDermott has engendered a powerful bond within his team as a first-year head coach. It didn't seem likely that he would pull Taylor, a popular if flawed le…

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When Sean McDermott dropped the bombshell Wednesday morning, announcing that Nathan Peterman was replacing Tyrod Taylor as his starting quarterback, my mind flashed back to similar events a little more than a year ago. Remember that one? One day after seeing his defense torn apart by Ryan Fitzpatrick on a Thursday night, Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. …

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Column as I see 'em, Week 11: You could see it coming, like a naked streaker on Sunday, after the Bills gave up a combined 492 yards rushing in losses to the Jets and Saints, the most they had allowed in consecutive games since 2012. The issue was raised in coach Sean McDermott's postgame presser and in the locker room afterwards, on radio shows and social media, in …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Many of the players had already left, eager to leave this debacle behind them. Backup defensive lineman Ryan Davis sat on a stool in the very far corner of the locker room, his head in his hands, trying to make sense of it all. "I take it personal," Davis…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Earlier in the season, when the Bills were shocking the world, it became fashionable to talk about how things felt somehow "different" about this year's team in the new regime of GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. But over the last two games,…

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They insist that nothing essential has changed. The offense is not a victim of identity theft. Running the football remains their weapon of choice, their preferred method of imposing their will on defenses. "The running game is most definitely our identity," left guard Richie Incognito said on Friday. "Running game, play-action pass, quarterback-driven runs. That's what…

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Before we get to more pressing issues, I have a bone to pick with the National Toy Hall of Fame. This year's three-member class was announced on Thursday and it includes: Paper airplanes, the overrated board game Clue and the Wiffle Ball. I was glad to see Wiffle Ball finally get its due. I played for hours in the driveway behind my house with my buddies as a boy, and s…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNBlitz.com. Click here to subscribe. This goes back to when Tre White was a boy, playing youth football in his native Shreveport, La. White was often the most dominant player on the field. But if his team lost, he knew who was responsible for the defeat. He was. "Most definitely," White said Wed…

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Column as I see 'em, Week Ten: The nice thing about the Bills not playing on a Sunday is it allows you a chance to watch the rest of the NFL. You watch for both entertainment and insight, looking to spot certain players and trends around the league. My main observation: The AFC is really bad. I can't remember the conference so down. Quarterback injuries are a big …