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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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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. Sean McDermott talks endlessly about the process and laying a foundation. Down the line, maybe we'll look back Sunday's game as one when the Bills began to live up to their new coach's words and establish themselves as a legitimate NFL contender. The Bill…

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Zay Jones is a bright, engaging young man. He'd as soon chat about cinema and civil rights as football, which has been his passion since he began playing on the front lawn with his dad and two brothers as a little boy in Austin, Texas. So Jones did the smart thing early in his rookie season with the Bills. He got off social media. No Twitter. No Facebook. No need to exp…

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You'll have to forgive me if I seem even slower than usual today. My old brain is weary after absorbing a jam-packed night of pro sports activity. On Thursday night, all four major sports (the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB) were in action. The stat site FiveThirtyEight calls it a sports "equinox" and said it was only the 17th time in history that all four have played on the sam…

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The last time I saw Ryan Fitzpatrick was Jan. 1 at MetLife Stadium. He was a happy man. Fitz had just led the Jets to a season-ending win over the Bills. He was ready to begin a new year and, perhaps, a new life. Fitz told me he had likely played his last game. He was 34. He and his wife, Liza, had five children and one on the way. He had been an NFL quarterback for 12 …

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Sean McDermott was asked during Wednesday's weekly press conference how difficult it is to evaluate Tyrod Taylor's performance, considering that he hasn't had a viable wide receiving corps since August. "You evaluate everyone, both individually and as a team," McDermott. "You keep that in mind. That said, you want to see the offense move. This is true of any player. The…

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Column as I see 'em, Week 6: Talk about parity! The NFL is wilder and more unpredictable than ever before. Heading into the Monday games, there were 26 teams within a game of first place or the wild card. Twenty-four teams had two or three losses. The only division with all four teams at .500 or better? The AFC East, of course. The only team in the mighty AFC West to…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CINCINNATI – All right, I plead guilty. After all these years, I should have known better than to over-react to a hot Bills start, or to one rousing road victory, even one as monumental as last week's upset in Atlanta. You're human. You want them to k…

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CINCINNATI – After Sunday's loss, several Buffalo media were referring to the Bills' wide receiver corps as the worst in the NFL. I haven't evaluated every roster in the league, but they certainly looked that bad in a 20-16 loss to the Bengals. They were perhaps the worst in the NFL when Jordan Matthews was healthy. Without him, they didn't have a wideout who was a legit…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. CINCINNATI – Look, I'm not about to crush them for this one. I felt the Bills were a good team with a chance at the playoffs, but also that they were bound to find their level at some point. It happened on Sunday. Call it the law of averages, a regres…

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CINCINNATI – Six years ago in early October, the Bills went to Cincinnati, coming off a rousing, historic win. They had just rallied from a 21-point deficit at home to break a 15-game losing streak against the Patriots. They were unbeaten at 3-0, flying high to Ohio. It was the height of Ryan Fitzpatrick's time in Buffalo. He was lighting up the league and was feature…

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Cam Newton caused a kerfuffle Wednesday when he laughed at a female beat writer, Jourdan Rodrigue, for asking a question about pass routes. It's one thing for women to cover sports, but it's pushing it for the fairer sex to delve into the profound tactical mysteries of football. It's sad, at a time when NFL players are reminding us how far we have to go in racial relati…

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Sean McDermott has been a little busy over the past month or so, so he hasn't had much time to evaluate all the players around the NFL. But the Bills' first-year head coach can't imagine anyone playing better defense than Jerry Hughes has over the first quarter of the season. "He's been phenomenal," McDermott said. "He's been coming off the ball. He's been doing the lit…

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The Bills' defense leads the NFL in one category at the quarter mark of the season, and it's the one that matters most: points allowed. They've given up just 54 points, the fewest in the league. They're ninth in total yards allowed (306.5 per game) and  fifth in yards per play against (4.7). The numbers aren't nearly so rosy on the offensive side. The Bills are  31st …

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"We're nowhere close to where we want to end up. I think everybody feels the same way, that we have a long way to go.  We know how hard we worked to get to this point, and I know that's not going to change now." Eric Wood said those words on a Wednesday six years ago. The Bills were 3-0, coming off a rousing home win over the Patriots. They were the talk of the NFL. Ry…

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In recent years, people have often asked me, "Who do you think will get back to the playoffs first, the Bills or the Sabres?" Generally, I fumble for a response. Predicting success for either team is an Olympian leap of faith. It's a lot easier to talk about how long it has been since Buffalo's two major sports franchises have been in the playoffs. The Bills have mis…