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INDIANAPOLIS – The Buffalo Bills could have had Patrick Mahomes last year. Instead, the team traded the 10th overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs, in return moving down to the No. 27 slot in the first round and adding a 2018 first-round pick, as well. The Chiefs snagged Mahomes, the Texas Tech quarterback, with that 10th pick, while the Bills did well to land cornerba…

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Keeping up with the successes and failures of former Bills players is a rite of fall in these parts, especially if those players now play for the Patriots (Stephon Gilmore, coincidentally, was booed Sunday in his return to Buffalo). But another group worth keeping an eye on is former Bills coaches. There are three of them in the league who are head coaches elsewhere, an…

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CARSON, Calif. – Nathan Peterman said after Sunday’s debacle that his coach tells him teams don’t lose, they learn. After the last three weeks, the Bills should be ready for Mensa, then, because they’ve been doing a whole lot of learning. Peterman’s first NFL start was nothing short of a disaster, as he threw one, two, three, four, five interceptions in the first hal…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B LeSean McCoy put up some ridiculous numbers – 114 yards rushing on just 13 carries. His 37-yard run followed by a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter showcased his abilities. If there was a silver lining, I guess that would be it. Tyrod Taylor scrambled for 38 yards to help the final numbers look good. Travaris Cadet showed a puls…

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Anthony Lynn never bought into the hype. While the idea was pushed that the former interim coach of the Buffalo Bills was a “virtual lock” to get the permanent job at the end of the 2016 season, Lynn said this week that thought never crossed his mind. “At the end of the season, you're interviewing for jobs,” he said this week. “You're talking with your agent. You loo…

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The Bills face their former interim coach Anthony Lynn, who is now the head coach of the Chargers. Lynn interviewed with Bills' management and was at one point considered a potential likely successor to Rex Ryan. After the Bills decided to start fresh with Sean McDermott, who had been Carolina's defensive coordinator, Lynn was named the Chargers' head coach. “I’m …

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When it comes to Brandon Beane and the Bills' GM vacancy, we've described his candidacy and coveted second interview as "logical" and "as expected." But those words merely refer to his link with Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott. They worked together with the Panthers. More important, what kind of experience does Beane have compared to the Bills' other candidate…

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Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula will introduce new coach Sean McDermott on Friday afternoon and then step aside. Pegula will take no questions. Neither will his wife, Bills co-owner Kim Pegula. That's how they prefer it. McDermott from now on will talk for the Bills. But a day before McDermott's arrival, Terry and Kim Pegula spoke with me for 90 minutes on a v…

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You could say Sunday's game meant nothing, and, in the grand scheme, that's true. The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had been eliminated from postseason scenarios. Two scuzzy clubs mopping up the year. Big whoop. But the game did mean something. The game was a chance to give dispirited Bills fans a glimpse toward 2017, to provide hope, to let them exhale with some r…

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The Buffalo Bills on Sunday wrapped their 17th straight season without the playoffs. That's 272 thrilling episodes of Bills regular-season tackle football. It has been the longest-running playoff drought in the four major North American sports and would tie "Lassie" for fifth on the United States' list of longest-running primetime network series. "The Jack Benny P…

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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

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The Buffalo Bills have been preaching continuity. They seem to be continually in upheaval. Two sources have informed me the Bills could dismiss coach Rex Ryan before the end of the season. If the club does so, then offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn likely would handle the rest of the season as interim coach, the sources said. http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/11/power-…

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It’s shaping up to be the question facing the Buffalo Bills over the final month of what looks like another lost season. Should the team pick up quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract option in March? To do so would require a significant financial commitment. Here are the particulars: Taylor is due a $15.5 million option bonus by the third day of the 2017 league year, w…

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When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

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Eric Dickerson's record would be skunked. O.J. Simpson's magical 2,003? Vaporized. Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis would have nothing on Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy. The greatest rushing seasons in NFL history would be dots in McCoy's rearview mirror if his first-half production held up over the course of an entire game 16 times. Mc…