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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 agen…

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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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Chris Hogan conspiracy theorists may have had it right after all. The latest story from ex-Bills coach Rex Ryan involves what he perceived as a major screw-up: Letting wide receiver Chris Hogan get away in free agency. The fact that he was poached by the rival Patriots only added insult to injury. A quick recap: Hogan was a restricted free agent after the 2015 season…

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The Buffalo Bills insist they’re focused on the 2017 season – even if everyone else is looking ahead. With six picks in the top three rounds, and a possible avenue to acquire even more, the 2018 draft will likely determine the success or failure of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott in Buffalo. If the team’s general manager and head coach can nab a franchise quarter…

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Are the Bills in full tank mode, merely fair to middling, or ready to shock the world and surge into playoff contention? There is plenty of grist for that conversational mill elsewhere in The Buffalo News’ NFL Preview section, as well as on talk radio, the nearest Twitter and Facebook feeds, and at better barstools everywhere. But sometimes we need to break out of th…

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Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane were given funzo questionnaires for the Buffalo Bills' 2017 media guide. Favorite movie, best concert attended, biggest pet peeve, last book read and so forth. The Q&A's were conducted separately, but they produced a striking parallel. In response to "biggest obstacle overcome," they gave the same answer. "Breaking into the NFL…

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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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Darryl Talley was a guest on "The Tim Graham Show" premiere in September. We had him back for Wednesday's season finale to ponder what we've learned about his Buffalo Bills over the past nine months. Most of the significant developments happened over the last trimester. Rookie coach Sean McDermott's influence surged at One Bills Drive, leading to the departure of Gen…

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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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What pills these new Buffalo general managers are. They sat in front of the cameras and droned on about infrastructure and collaboration and character and the process and my goodness ... When will one of these guys make a trade already? The Pegulas apparently have forsaken entertainment and are out to bore us. At introductory news conferences Thursday and Friday, we …