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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.


Some things I've been hearing around town from Bills fans in recent days: Why can't they get rid of Dareus? When are they going to put Peterman in for Taylor at quarterback? Is Dennison doing to the running game what Rex did to the pass rush? Why doesn't Tyrod audible more? But the freshest refrain is, "How about that Bills defense!" Yes, everyone loves the Buffal…

As part of this week’s Sully’s mailbag, Stephen Bell asks: If it’s as obvious as it is to fans, why doesn’t Tyrod Taylor audible more? How many times Sunday did the Bills come to the line, see eight or nine Panthers stacked against them and hand it off anyway? Sully: I asked Taylor on Wednesday. "We're getting to that," he said. "As you progress in the offense, …

Late in last week's loss at Carolina, with the Bills one big play from an upset and a 2-0 start, some fans must have been conflicted. I could hear them thinking, "Here they go again, screwing up the high draft pick." It's understandable if some fans wanted this team to go fully into the tank, as the Sabres did. They're willing to bite the bullet and lose big now to get …

As always, LeSean McCoy refused to make any excuses. He said it's not a matter of blocking schemes, or teams taking advantage of the Bills' marginal wide receivers. McCoy has seen eight-man fronts before. The running game wasn't good enough last week in Carolina, and they all need to be better. "The problem with this league is a lot of players don't take accountability,…

The Bills raised some eyebrows when they added $2.5 million in incentives to LeSean McCoy's contract before the season. On Wednesday, Shady was asked if it had anything to do with the anticipation that he would be carrying a heavy load on offense this season. "I just wanted the loot, baby!" McCoy said as reporters burst out laughing in the media room. "No, it wasn't lik…

If you thought the Bills' rushing performance in Carolina was one of the worst you'd seen in years, you were right. The Bills had 69 yards rushing against the Panthers, which doesn't look especially bad on the surface. But keep in mind that Tyrod Taylor accounted for 55 of those yards on scrambles and designed runs. The running backs had 14 yards on 15 carries. LeSean M…

Column as I see 'em, Week Two: On Sunday, the Bills' defense sacked Cam Newton six times, forced him into a number of bad throws, and held the Panthers without a touchdown. You would expect things to get a bit easier at home against the Broncos this coming Sunday. Newton is a former No. 1 overall pick, the league MVP two years ago, a superstar quarterback. Denver wil…

Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kyle Williams stood in front of his locker in the bowels of Bank of America Stadium, squinting and sporting a nice shiner under his right eye. The Bills' veteran defensive tackle looked as if he'd just fought to a draw with Gennady Golo…

Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One of the main reasons Terry Pegula hired Sean McDermott was to repair a defense that had gone to pieces under Rex Ryan. Yes, the Bills were rebuilding and weren't expected to be a contender. But if McDermott got the defense playing at a…

CHARLOTTE — One of the drawbacks of covering the Bills during the playoff drought is that the stories tend to repeat themselves. There's a redundant quality to persistent defeat, a hollow ring to the same old sad song. I had expected to be finished with Tyrod Taylor by now. This isn't personal. Taylor is a fine man, a willing leader and an often spectacular player. Bu…

In case you missed it, Wednesday was the silver anniversary of the famous No Punt Game. On Sept. 13, 1992, the Bills beat the 49ers at old Candlestick Park, 34-31. It remains the only regular-season game in NFL history in which neither team punted. I thought about that game Friday morning, while watching a replay of the Thursday night game between the Bengals and Texans…

The Bills finished third in the NFL in scoring at home last season, averaging 30.8 points a game at New Era Field. That led the AFC. The only teams that scored at a higher rate at home in the NFL were the Falcons (36 ppg) and Saints (31.0). The problem was, they didn't nearly maintain that pace on the road. The Bills averaged 19.1 points in their eight games away from N…

Tre'Davious White has a degree in sports administration from LSU and hopes to be a coach or AD some day. The kid shows promise. One week into his first regular season, the rookie seems well-versed in the art of coach-speak. "You need to stay grounded and do the things the coaches are teaching us," White, the Bills' starting cornerback, said Wednesday. "It's important to…

Looking back over last year's NFL statistics, I was a little surprised to find that the Bills' defense was sixth in the league against the pass (total yards allowed) last season. Then I remembered a couple of key factors that contributed to that ranking: 1) They were 29th against the run; 2) They faced a lot of inferior quarterbacks. Last year, the Bills played two game…

Column as I see 'em, Week One: Rex Ryan scoffed when someone asked if he planned to watch the Bills-Jets opener on Sunday. The former Bills coach said it might be one of the worst games ever and that there would be far better offerings on the NFL schedule. Well, I don't know which games Rex dignified with his viewing presence, but there's a decent chance that he saw …