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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Doug Marrone turned on a theatrical smile, crouched for added effect and would have been flashing full-fledged jazz hands had he merely wiggled his wrists. "I'm a believer!" Marrone beamed from his ta-da pose. "I'm a believer!" The Jacksonville Jaguars coach had been asked what a change of scenery could mean for his newest player, defensive tac…

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One way to catalyze a culture transformation within a sports franchise is to pretend the previous regime didn't exist. The Buffalo Bills continue to airbrush previous General Manager Doug Whaley out of the picture like the Russians did Nikolai Yezhov in the 1930s. That really important secret-police commissioner photographed next to Joseph Stalin? He's not there anym…

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You may quibble over who truly was in charge of April's draft. Did Sean McDermott call the shots, or did soon-to-be-fired Doug Whaley? We still wonder who called the shots back when Russ Brandon was GM. Did Dick Jauron draft Aaron Maybin? Was it Tom Modrak? And did Marv Levy actually make the picks when he was GM? Regardless, these are the men who are on the harpo…

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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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Three weeks ago in this space, I wrote that a vibe around One Bills Drive indicated General Manager Doug Whaley would not be fired right after the NFL Draft and could be safe through the 2017 season. That, however, was before the Pegulas jolted the Sabres a week ago, abruptly firing General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Now, everyone is on red alert. A …

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

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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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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 yea…

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BALTIMORE – There comes a time in Aaron Maybin’s artistic process when he needs to scrutinize his canvas. ¶ In a cluttered, paint-splattered studio – on the first floor of his three-story row house in the city’s gentrified Canton neighborhood – Maybin will pace this way and that. He will squint, cock his head, even climb halfway up the staircase in search of a f…

They say moving can be the most stressful time in a person's life. C.J. Spiller knows this now. He has been back in Orchard Park this week, packing up five years of Buffalo Bills memories before starting his new job with the New Orleans Saints. "I thought it would be a smooth cleanout," Spiller said Thursday morning at a Tim Hortons around the corner from Ralph Wilson St…

I'm fixin' to get my draft on. What better way to get warmed up for tonight's opening round than to chat about it with Shredd and Ragan on 103.3 The Edge? Click below and bask in audio wonder as, for 25 riveting minutes, we discuss the following: Rumors about the Buffalo Bills trading up from their ninth overall spot. How much I'm looking forward to learning who Doug …

When the Buffalo Bills fiddled with the idea of keeping two kickers a couple years ago, the general manager needed to coax the head coach into it. That won't be the case for their successors this year. Bills GM Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone are not only open to keeping two kickers, but they also might already be leaning that way. "Distinct possibility, yes," Whaley …

The Buffalo Bills are open to offering sanctuary for players with checkered pasts. That's something to keep in mind after the Philadelphia Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson today. Jackson is a vested veteran and can be signed by any team immediately. He doesn't need to go through waivers. Less than hour before the Eagles released him this aftern…

Maybe Marshawn Lynch wasn't worth the trouble. But he's obviously more valuable than what the Buffalo Bills got for him. Lynch especially will be on our minds for the next couple weeks. The one-man stampede helped power the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl, rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Bills drafted …