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OK, fellas. You're in this together. One doesn't escape if the other one fails. One can't leave the other behind. And the owners can't wash their hands by rationalizing somebody else hired these people. Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott and rookie GM Brandon Beane will win as a pair, lose as a pair. Terry and Kim Pegula are on the hook for both. One Bills.…

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If Sean McDermott can manage to guide the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs a couple times in the next four years or so, then I foresee him becoming the franchise's second-most powerful football man behind only Ralph Wilson. Given some success -- and after 17 straight years without the playoffs the bar is low -- McDermott could cement more football-operations control than a…

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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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Even after his foot has struck the ball, a kicker must keep his head down. Regardless of the field goal’s length, his follow-through technique is crucial. Before the snap, his eyes have to remain fixed on the spot. His head should be occupied by basic thoughts to avoid distraction. Then trained on that spot. Nothing but the blessed spot. Transfixed, he won’t see …

INDIANAPOLIS -- David Caldwell doesn't know the whole story of how and why Doug Marrone left the Buffalo Bills, and he's just fine with that. "I didn't make too much of it," said Caldwell, the Jacksonville Jaguars' general manager and St. Francis High School graduate. "I know there are a lot of stories out there. Maybe from their part, maybe from Doug's part -- I don't re…

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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula admitted he was stunned to learn Doug Marrone was bolting the organization. Pegula introduced Rex Ryan as the Bills' next head coach Wednesday, but the co-owner also offered his first remarks about Marrone's departure. "Shocked," Pegula said. "I liked Doug Marrone when he was here. He was probably the guy I talked to more than anybody. "…

These won't be the same old Buffalo Bills. This blog isn't about what kind of X's and O's Rex Ryan will deploy, or who his offensive coordinator will be or whether the 46 defense philosophies in his DNA will mesh with incumbent coordinator Jim Schwartz's schemes. While interesting, those topics are not the most germane to Ryan's ability to make an impact on a woebegone f…

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Jilted by their quarterback, their head coach and the executive they wanted to hire, the Buffalo Bills are moving forward. The Bills have begun the process of finding their next coach. General Manager Doug Whaley, seemingly on the verge of having his role marginalized if former GM Bill Polian returned, is organizing the search. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula will be i…

Less than one day earlier, all of the proper elements were lined up for Bill Polian to return to the Buffalo Bills. They wanted him. He wanted them. CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora reported Wednesday that Polian was coming back in January after clearing up some obligations. Thursday afternoon, any Polian deal was scotched. ESPN's Chris Mortensen announced Polian ha…

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Doug Marrone has deserted his position as Buffalo Bills head coach, and former executive Bill Polian might be on the verge of coming back. Marrone on Wednesday exercised an exit clause in his contract and became a coaching free agent. His three-day window to leave expired at midnight. CBS Sports reported Wednesday night that Polian will be returning to the Bills to overs…

New defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz suggested he would all but ignore Michael Sam's sexuality if the openly gay lineman joined the Buffalo Bills. Schwartz was a guest on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. He remains popular there. He was on the Tennessee Titans' staff from 1999 (the Music City Miracle season) through 2008, rising to defensive coordinator before the Detroit L…

Michael Sam eclipsed the Olympics. Sam, the University of Missouri defensive end, captured the sports world's attention tonight by announcing he's gay. As a player projected to be drafted in May, Sam would become the first active, openly gay NFL player. Sam's announcement will be viewed as a social and cultural milepost, one the NFL community expected to encounter at som…

As Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas did before him, legendary Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed has chosen coach Marv Levy to introduce him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed made the announcement on SiriusXM NFL Radio, with Levy also on the line. "Marv, I love you, man," Reed is quoted by ProFootballTalk.com. "We were like family, and we know we wouldn't…

On the subject of drafting another quarterback in the first round, many Buffalo Bills fans stress teams simply don't do that two years in a row. "Sure, you could," replied Bill Polian, the former Buffalo Bills general manager and Indianapolis Colts president. The Bills likely will be slotted in the top 10 for May's draft. A significant reason is rookie quarterback EJ Man…