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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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General manager Brandon Beane conceded during Tuesday's season-ending press conference that he has some tough, unsentimental decisions ahead as the Bills continue laying the foundation for a consistent winning program. But there's one call that should be easy: Release Richie Incognito. Yes, Incognito is a Pro Bowl guard and one of the presumed leaders on a team that …

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Well, it was fun while it lasted, a giddy, magical lead-up to a playoff game, a week for donating to Andy Dalton's foundation and connecting with the guys from the drought. Then, reality came crashing down on the Bills, and more specific…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. JACKSONVILLE — There's no need for crying after this one. The Bills went as far as they could this season. They broke a 17-year playoff drought, brought unanticipated joy to a long-suffering fan base, and scared the daylights out of a heavily favored Jackson…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — So how much have Bills fans donated to Andy Dalton's foundation at this point? Is it up to half a million yet? How about those billboards? We've certainly come a long way since fans paid for billboards on the 190 calling for Dick Jauron's firing. I'd almost forgotten how much fun the playoffs can be. There's a palpable energy in town. You can feel i…

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Takeo Spikes was the first former player I reached out to for my story on Bills who played in the drought in Friday's playoff special section. Unfortunately, he got back to my about two minutes after I filed the story. Spikes, in my estimation, had the best individual season of any player during the drought, and one of the best in team history. In 2004, the linebacker h…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs to think of it today. When he arrived as an obscure backup quarterback in 2009, the Bills were already eight years deep into the playoff drought. People warned Fitz that the fates always found a way to conspire against the team’s play…

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As of Wednesday, Bills fans had donated $218,000 to Andy Dalton's foundation to thank the Bengals quarterback for throwing the TD pass that broke the playoff drought. Dalton responded in kind, purchasing five billboards to express his gratitude to the Buffalo people. I imagine the civic attitude toward Doug Marrone isn't quite so kind. If Dalton is the most popular man …

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Kyle Williams said one of his fondest memories of last Sunday will be sharing it with his 6- and 4-year-old sons, Reed and Gray, who were with him when the Bills watched the Bengals win and celebrated in the locker room. "It was just a special time," Williams said Wednesday. He got congratulations from lots of jubilant fans after the Bills broke the playoff drought. The…

Bills 2017 season

Bills coach Sean McDermott said he spent a lot of time studying the Jaguars, his opponent in Sunday's AFC wild-card game. He looked for weaknesses, and couldn't find any of significance. "They're a challenge across the board – offense, defense, special teams," McDermott said Wednesday morning. "You look at where they're ranked and where we are, and ask what favors us. N…

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This piece was originally published on Jan. 3, 2013, as part of a 20-year commemorative edition of the Bills' 41-38 victory over the Houston Oilers in what still holds as the greatest comeback in NFL history. Whether it was the quiet strength of Frank Reich, the passion of Darryl Talley or the fire of the fans in Rich Stadium, the Bills found a spark after falling behin…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Kyle Williams said the end of the Ravens-Bengals game had to be the longest 30 seconds of his life, and that includes some memorably grim finishes during his 12-year Bills career. He remembers the locker room exploding when Andy Dalt…

Bills 2017 season

Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Now I know how players and coaches feel when they tell you something "hasn't sunk in yet". The improbable occurred just a few minutes ago, and I'm a bit stunned. To use a favorite expression of the head coach, Sean McDermott, I'm still…

Bills 2017 season

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Riding up the escalator at the airport early Saturday morning, I took my customary gaze to the right, where the smiling mural of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor welcomed me to the second floor and the departure gate. I wondered how soon Taylor would be departing Buffalo, as Sammy Watkins, whose image had once adorned that airport wall, had done seve…

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On Sunday, the Bills will play a regular-season finale with a possible playoff berth on the line for the first time since 2004. As suffering fans well know, they lost at home, 29-24, to a Steelers team that had clinched home-field and used a lot of backups. There are parallels to this year's team. The '04 squad had a first-year head coach, Mike Mularkey. They had a defe…

Bills 2017 season

Sean McDermott was talking about the consistency of his veteran leaders, Kyle Williams and Lorenzo Alexander, on Friday when he brought up a former Bill who was on the last team that came this close to the playoffs. "I was around another player years ago named Takeo Spikes who played here for a number of years," McDermott said. "He shared with me that he had never been …