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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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Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams called it "terrible" before the game and said there was a "whole laundry list of negatives" working against it. After the loss, Richie Incognito called it "ridiculous, unfair and "BS." That was two 34-year-old veterans who fight the weekly battle in the interior, and who don't appreciate the NFL's ill-advised program of Thursday nigh…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Bills had their big chance Thursday night. They had the national stage to themselves, an opportunity to show the football world that something special was taking place in Buffalo, and that it was time to take them seriously as …

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Defensive tackle Ryan Davis was sitting alone at his locker on Wednesday, looking at his cellphone, so I figured it was a good time for a quiz question. Ryan, when was the last time the Bills were 6-2? "Six and two?" Davis said. "Uh, it was in the last, I want to say about five years ago." "It was 1993," I said. "That's when they were 6-2…

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Thursday night games are a brutal but necessary burden for most NFL players. They're subjected to a fearful physical pounding on Sundays, then they have to go back out four days later for another game. Naturally, LeSean McCoy had 33 touches in Sunday's win over the Raiders, the most of his nine-year career and the first time he's touched it 30 times in a game with the B…

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On the day he traded Sammy Watkins in August, Bills general manager Brandon Beane grew defiant when it was suggested that he was tanking the season. He said that anyone who knew him as a competitor realized he would never throw in the towel — not on a season, a pingpong game, anything. "I'm always going to try to win today and win tomorrow," Beane said that day. H…

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Wow, Brandon Beane isn't fooling around. Just when we thought the trade deadline would pass quietly Tuesday afternoon, the news broke that the Bills had acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers for a third- and seventh-round draft pick in April. My next reaction? Why would the Panthers, who are 5-3 and a half-game out of first place in the NFC South, tra…

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Sean McDermott was done answering questions about the running game, the secondary, the injury report, Tyrod Taylor and the trade deadline when the media got to the essential news at Tuesday's presser. Matt Fairburn of syracuse.com informed McDermott that he had been chosen as the "Football Guy of the Week" on Pardon My Take, a Barstool Sports podcast. The Bills head coa…

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Column as I see 'em, Week Nine: Tyrod Taylor had another efficient, winning performance against Oakland. He completed 74 percent of his passes, made some terrific throws, didn't stray too early from the pocket, and didn't turn the ball over for the fifth time this season. Taylor is slowly building a case to remain in Buffalo next season. Let's face it, if the Bills m…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Kyle Williams has been with the Bills since 2006, longer than any other player, and he spent a good seven years of that trying to counsel Marcell Dareus and get the talented, troubled defensive lineman to be a more responsible pro. Williams is the consumm…

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Kyle Williams played alongside Marcell Dareus for seven seasons. He was as close to Dareus as anyone on the Bills. He spent a lot of time trying to counsel his troubled teammate on how to be a responsible pro. When the Bills traded Dareus on Friday evening, Williams wanted to say goodbye in person. "I went and saw Marcell the night it went down," Williams said after the…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. My initial reaction: This team is going to knock the skeptic right out of me if they keep this up. I certainly didn't see this coming. I picked them for 4-12. They just blew by that pick before the end of October. How in the heck are the Bills 5-2? People…

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So, do you get the impression that Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were dead serious about turning over this Bills roster? Since McDermott took over as head coach and de facto czar on Jan. 11, the Bills have parted ways with their first-round pick from four successive NFL drafts: Sammy Watkins (2014), traded to the Rams in August; EJ Manuel (2013), gladly gone in fr…

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You know how much I love mail. But one thing I won't miss is readers asking why Cookie Gilchrist isn't on the Wall of Fame. Gilchrist, a two-time AFL rushing champion and a transcendent figure in Bills history, will go on the Wall at halftime Sunday at New Era Field. It's a long overdue honor for Gilchrist, who died of cancer in 2011. It's fitting that Gilchrist be h…

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You know a coach has the attention of his football team when the players start to parrot his pet phrases. Since Sean McDermott took over as the Bills' head man guy, we've heard a weekly chorus of guys talking about respecting the process and being one-eleventh of their unit. On Wednesday, I asked half a dozen members of the team about the run defense and every one of th…

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Column as I see 'em, Week Seven: I'm not sure what's more commonplace among NFL media – assuming that the Patriots are heading into decline, or conceding that, once again, reports of New England's demise appear to have been premature. A few weeks ago, when the Pats fell to 2-2 after losing at home to the Panthers, people were handing the AFC title to the Chiefs and…