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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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Former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus made his Jaguars debut after being traded and had three solo stops Sunday. The Jacksonville run defense held the Cincinnati Bengals to a paltry 29 yards rushing on 17 carries in a 23-7 victory against the Cincinnati. Overall, the Bengals had a season-low 148 yards. The three solo tackles are one shy of the four that Dareus…

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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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Khalil Mack possessed traits that enraptured NFL scouts. Yeah, but could he fit into any defensive scheme? Mack was a hellacious pass-rusher for the University at Buffalo, dominating the Mid-American Conference and amassing school records. Yeah, but how would he stack up against pedigreed competition? He would erupt from his stance, use uncanny leverage skills …

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The Bills traded Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional 2018 sixth-round Friday night. Here are some of the reactions from fans and reporters on social media. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/27/marcel-dareus-traded-to-jacksonville-jaguars/ https://twitter.com/GregTompsett/status/924055517508657153 https://twitter.com/MrJeffHunter/status/924054…

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Hello, my name is Tim G., and I'm a Process-aholic. It has been almost 18 years since I last saw a Bills playoff game, but now I can see my way out of this dark tunnel. Maybe the Bills won't return to the postseason this January, but for the first time since thinking 2002 fourth overall draft choice Mike Williams would be a foundation block, I have serenity. Grant…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…