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Oct. 15, 1976 – Who says history doesn't repeat itself? For the second time, Lou Saban resigned as coach of the Buffalo Bills on this day. Saban had left Buffalo after the 1965 season to take a job with the University of Maryland after leading the Bills to a pair of AFL championships. He came back for the 1972 season and helped put the Bills back in the playoffs in 19…

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…

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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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For 43 years, Walt Patulski's NFL experience haunted him. The coach he could neither satisfy nor understand was a voice in his head, driving Patulski to prove his worth as a father, a businessman, a public servant. The Bills drafted Patulski first overall in 1972. He had a decent career, but over time his name became synonymous with failure. His name often appeared on d…

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In a blink, detailed storylines can project through the mind. We might experience a lifetime in our dreams although asleep just 30 minutes. They say when you're about to die, your entire life flashes before your eyes. An NFL punt takes about two seconds from the ball being snapped until it's kicked. That's how long it took Walt Patulski to visualize the career he …

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The Buffalo Bills never reissued four jerseys since last worn. Jim Kelly's No. 12 is retired. Bruce Smith's No. 78 will be honored at the home opener. Thurman Thomas' No. 34 should be retired next year. Three proper. Three righteous. The other jersey will not be retired. For that reason and some others, isn't it time to remove O.J. Simpson's honor and put No. 32 back i…

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HENDERSON, Nev. – Rex Ryan was a trampled man. His New York Jets were 2-8 entering last November’s game against the Buffalo Bills, the one that was moved to Detroit because Ralph Wilson Stadium was buried under a snowstorm. An avalanche already had fallen on Ryan. He knew the Jets would fire him at the end of the season. Their micromanaging front office had squeezed…

One of the favorite parts of my job is when an interview takes an unexpected turn that makes me think about the game in a different way or leads to questions I hadn't pondered before. That happened during a recent conversation I had with University of Georgia coach Mark Richt about his old friend, Jim Kelly. The story for which I interviewed Richt ran in Friday's edition…

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EAST BRADY, Pa. — Chris Weibel wanted Jim Kelly’s life. Weibel grew up 15 years behind Kelly in this tiny borough tucked inside an elbow of the Allegheny River. Weibel played quarterback, too, and admired Kelly’s implausible journey from East Brady to the University of Miami to the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Eas…