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We know the Bills' former front office members loved their trade up for Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft. We're less certain then-coach Doug Marrone felt the same way. "The draft room erupted when Watkins' name was announced," The News' Tim Graham wrote in an "Inside the Draft Room" piece. "The scouts applauded. [Then-GM Doug] Whaley took a deep, satisfying breath. [Pres…

What we see in the preseason easily could be rationalized and justified and washed away by the mere fact these exhibitions don't count in the standings. The real games are a month away. There's time to make strategic corrections, to coach up those players. Sean McDermott isn't willing to make excuses when it comes to penalties, even in the preseason. There were far too m…

Doug Whaley bucked the trend of fired Pegula Sports and Entertainment executives remaining silent about their performances. Whaley was a guest Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was gracious about his departure. He took the blame for not getting the job done in his seven years with the Bills, four as GM. Whaley reduced the problem to his failure to find a franchise qua…

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.…

Rex Ryan tried to rationalize it. He said he trusted his defense. He said every football coach in America would have done the same thing. Ryan has had plenty of practice explaining away his mistakes through two seasons in Buffalo, but there was no doubt Saturday that punting late in overtime was the absolute wrong call. The Bills set a franchise record by gaining 58…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Paul Posluszny was two steps behind but probably couldn't see him through the exhaust fumes. LeSean McCoy was gone. On the first play out of halftime, the Buffalo Bills were on their own 25-yard line. Tyrod Taylor took the snap out of a pistol formation, pivoted to his left and tucked the ball between McCoy's forearms. McCoy locked his left hand, surgically repair…

Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone returns to Western New York with his 2-8 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for the first time since taking a $4 million opt-out in his contract and quitting on the team. We are remembering his tenure in Marrone Week.  If there's one thing that can be said for Doug Marrone, the man was a prolific punter. In Saint Doug's two y…

Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone returns to Western New York with his 2-8 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for the first time since taking a $4 million opt-out in his contract and quitting on the team. We are remembering his tenure in Marrone Week.  This prime Doug Marrone anecdote came to us from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora in September 2014, before the sta…