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It become a running joke during the season. Week after week, News Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan and I were asked in our respective mailbags why Ryan Groy wasn’t being given a chance to crack the starting lineup for the Buffalo Bills. We got the question so much, we ran out of ways to answer it. Groy’s seven-game stint as a starter for the Bills in 2016 clear…

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News of Eric Wood's retirement was devastating from a human standpoint. It's also an unexpected blow to the Bills' rebuilding plans. Now, in addition to all their other needs, they have to find a starting center — unless you believe Ryan Groy is the long-term solution. The more holes on the roster, the less inclined Brandon Beane might be to package draft picks to move …

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A few minutes after the Bills picked Eric Wood with the 28th pick of the 2009 NFL draft, I was on the phone with my old pal, Geoff Hobson, who writes for the Bengals.com website. Hobson got to know Wood when Eric, who played college ball at Louisville, was a high school star in his native Cincinnati. "You just got your next Kent Hull," Geoff told me. "He'll anchor the l…

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Fibbing has been woven into our sports fabric since the first discus was tossed in ancient Greece, and it evolved into an accepted practice to gain a competitive advantage over the opponent. Lying is considered shameful everywhere in life but war and sports, where it's widely encouraged and commonly praised. Marv Levy was known to bend the truth during his days with the…

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Column as I see 'em: This time, I thought the Patriots were finished. They were down by 10 points in the fourth quarter. Tom Brady, playing with 12 stitches in his right hand, was struggling badly against a tenacious Jacksonville defense. Rob Gronkowski was in concussion protocol. Blake Bortles was having the game of his life. But Brady reminded us why he's the best …

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Bills fans find themselves in a tough spot Sunday. Rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars or New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game is like choosing between watching a Sabres game or assembling furniture: both options are unpleasant. The Doug Marrone redemption angle this week has been exhausting: Marrone was a bullying micromanager when he was here who quit…

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Bills fans have a painful dilemma on Sunday afternoon. Which team do they root for in the AFC championship game, or should I say, whom do they root against? On the one hand, you have the Patriots, who have been the bane of their existence for the last 18 NFL seasons. How could Buffalo fans possibly root for Bill Belichick, the sinister football genius? Or pretty boy Tom…

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You want hope, Buffalo Bills fans? You want something to help keep you warm through winter's chill? You want a reason to believe the encouraging way the team ended last season just might be something more than a tease? Look no further than the NFL's final four quarterbacks. Except for one — and this presumes Tom Brady's hand injury isn't serious enough to pre…

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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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How do I think Brian Daboll will work out as the Bills' offensive coordinator? Unless the Bills get it right at quarterback, he'll wind up like the dozen saps who preceded him, as the most unpopular man in town. The fact that Daboll coached for five Super Bowl winners in New England is no guarantee. There's a long list of Bill Belichick assistants who floundered after l…

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Column as I see 'em, Championship Week: It has long been a custom, once the Bills' season is done, to view the NFL playoffs through a Buffalo prism. This year, for the first time in 18 seasons, we had to wait a week because the Bills actually made it into the field. But when the Vikings' Stefon Diggs scored that last-second touchdown to beat the Saints early Sunday e…

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Jerry Smith was reveling in Jacksonville's win over Pittsburgh and Dave Caldwell and Chris Polian's success Sunday afternoon when he heard the news about another former player from St. Francis High. Brian Daboll had just been named offensive coordinator in Buffalo. Suddenly, it all made sense. Last week, after exchanging text messages with Daboll after he won the nation…

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For years, you have searched for cracks in the Patriots, for indications the end was near and they would return to a path familiar to most NFL teams. Free agency, the salary cap and revenue sharing insist teams experience patterns of success interrupted by failure. It's all by design. Every other team takes turns making runs into the postseason before falling back becau…

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The Bills have employed a dozen offensive coordinators since the start of the 2000 season. Only one, Curtis Modkins, lasted more than two seasons during that time, and Chan Gailey was running the show. At some point, each took his turn as the least-popular man in town, which is to be expected when anyone who can open a beer feels he could do the job better. Some were be…

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The Bills have employed a dozen offensive coordinators since the start of the 2000 season. None lasted more than two years during that time. At some point, each took his turn as the least popular man in town, which is to be expected when any fan who can successfully open a can of beer feels he could do the job better. Some were better than others. Kevin Gilbride wen…