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Super Bowl LII was packed with local connections, from Western New York natives on both teams to former Buffalo Bills players and coaches. Here’s a look at how they fared Sunday night: Philadelphia Eagles • Offensive coordinator Frank Reich: The architect of the Greatest Comeback as a quarterback for the Bills finally has his first Super Bowl ring on his sixth chance…

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Tom Brady vs. Jim Schwartz Philadelphia's defensive chief is not a blitzing coordinator. He relies on the four-man rush, as he did in Buffalo in 2014. The front four must get Tom Brady off his spot. Schwartz has flexibility. Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry all can play end or tackle on third down. Look for the Pats to use two TEs to keep Schwartz from movin…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The belief from the beginning was that the Buffalo Bills were looking toward 2018 and beyond. All the trades, the unloaded salaries and the accumulation of draft choices signaled an organization building for the future. That the Bills reached the postseason was a bonus, a beautiful fluke that flowed from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's right…

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LeSean McCoy didn't tell his teammates beforehand. Even four days after the fact, his eyes darted around the Buffalo Bills' locker room. He whispered. "I didn't say anything to the guys," McCoy murmured Thursday as if revealing covert data, "but mentally I knew I was going to have a solid game." McCoy's secret wouldn't keep that Sunday afternoon: He obviously love…

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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 tackl…

Bucky and Sully

With regular co-host Jerry Sullivan at the NBA All-Star Game, The News' Jay Skurski ably subbed in and joined WGRZ's Adam Benigni and TBN's Bucky Gleason on the first 11:30 p.m. show of "Sports Talk Sunday." Here were five major points from the show: 1) LeSean McCoy is in trouble, but how much trouble? Skurski predicts the Bills' running back will be suspended by the lea…

A day after the new sheriff rolled into town, here comes his posse. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan on Thursday added eight new coaches to his staff. All are carryovers from his New York Jets staff. On defense, Dennis Thurman will be the new defensive coordinator, with Karl Dunbar coaching the defensive line, Jeff Weeks assisting on the defensive line, Bobby April III on li…

He's a chip off the old block, and he'll have a chip on his shoulder. Rex Ryan comes to the Buffalo Bills with the need to prove something. That's how his old man used to roll, too. Buddy Ryan was fired as a head coach twice. The Philadelphia Eagles axed him after three straight playoff seasons. "They made a big mistake in my case," Buddy Ryan said Tuesday from his home…

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…

Check off another name the Buffalo Bills have interviewed for their coaching vacancy. Two sources inform me the Bills already have spoken with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz about the possibility of replacing Doug Marrone. Schwartz was the Detroit Lions' head coach for five seasons, compiling a 29-51 record and reaching the playoffs in 2011. The Lions fired him afte…

The Buffalo Bills will interview a pair of playoff coordinators over the next few days, sources inform The Buffalo News. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin due Saturday. The Bills also would like to interview Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and…

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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…

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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…

1. The Lions don't seem to miss Jim Schwartz much. What's been the biggest difference under Jim Caldwell? DB: "If you talk to players, they say the biggest thing Jim Caldwell has brought to the team is a deeper sense of accountability. There was a sense under Schwartz that some players, especially Matthew Stafford, were a little too coddled. Caldwell isn't a yeller or scr…

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This is the fourth in a four-part series previewing Bills training camp. Today’s installment is on new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. As an avid reader, it’s not a surprise that Jim Schwartz makes a book reference in talking about the humble beginnings of his NFL career. That came in 1993 as an unpaid intern with the Cleveland Browns under coach Bill Belichick. Some…