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Doug Marrone wasn't about to get all nostalgic as he met with the Jacksonville media on Monday with the Jaguars set to face his former team, the Bills, in Sunday's AFC Wild-Card playoff game. “The past is the past," he said. "I’m happy for them. We’ve earned it as well as they’ve earned it. My focus, obviously, is going to be on our football team. It’s as easy as that f…

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Marcell Dareus got the news that the Jacksonville Jaguars were playing the Bills in the wild-card round of the playoffs from a Jacksonville television reporter in the locker room after a loss to the Tennessee Titans. Dareus, traded to the Jaguars days before the deadline, will be making his playoff debut against his former team. Here is his response: https://twitt…

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Time has softened Rex Ryan’s stance on the Buffalo Bills. Back at the Super Bowl, fresh off being fired after less than two full seasons as the Bills’ coach, Ryan told the New York Daily News he “stripped that damn truck the day I got fired,” referring to his famous pickup, adding “(expletive) you” for good measure. It was clear then that the pain of being fired for …

Beauts

A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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Below are actual texts an old friend who works in the NFL sent to me around midnight. Sunday afternoon's games were mentally and emotionally processed, but the one that raised the most questions was the Buffalo Bills' mesmerizing 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers at the StubHub Center. Sean McDermott's decision to replace quarterback Tyrod Taylor with rookie Nat…

Analysis

Trust the process, they said. This time will be different, they said. I'm not ready to say Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane aren't advancing the cause, but they've fielded a team that's performing as woefully as any of the franchise's previous incarnations. Forget the .500 record. Buffalo over the past three games has been poor …

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It would have been easy for the Buffalo Bills to make an example out of Adolphus Washington. The second-year defensive tackle was arrested in his home state of Ohio back in July on a misdemeanor charge of improperly carrying a concealed firearm. With a new coaching staff that placed a big emphasis on character under Sean McDermott, the Bills could have simply cut Washin…

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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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Marcell Dareus was traded to the Jaguars last week. He seemed a bit shaken up by the news when Tim Graham went to Jacksonville for his introductory press conference. On Wednesday, Dareus sent The News a goodbye letter to Bills fans. "Through the seven years I lived and played for you, and even through the tough times, I always felt your love, kindness and encourageme…

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With two trades in the last few days, the Bills added a draft pick from Jacksonville in the Marcell Dareus deal and then sent two draft picks to Carolina to acquire wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The Bills continue to have a number of picks at the top of the draft, even after sending a third-rounder (and a seventh-rounder) to Carolina for Benjamin. The third-round pi…

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News Sports Columnists Bucky Gleason and Jerry Sullivan didn’t let the dreary weather get them down on Monday. Bucky & Sully were still enjoying the afterglow from the Bills’ big win over the Raiders on Sunday during their weekly radio show on 1270 The Fan. “All kinds of things going on down there at One Bills Drive, most of them good,” Bucky said. “It’s a very leve…

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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…

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Here’s how exciting the NFL trade deadline usually is: Bills receiver Jordan Matthews was unaware that it is Tuesday. Both here in Buffalo, and throughout the league, however, there has been an unusual amount of activity in the last few days. Starting with the Bills shipping Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville on Friday, and continuing with a pair of trades Monday, NFL GMs a…

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Marcell Dareus made his first appearance with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, days after he was traded by the Buffalo Bills. The Bills moved Dareus – the No. 3 overall pick in 2011 and the team's highest-paid player – to the Jaguars in exchange for a conditional 2018 sixth-round draft pick Friday. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week Eight win over the Raiders. • The coaches mean it when they say they're going to stick by rookie receiver Zay Jones. He played the most snaps of any wide receiver, with Jordan Matthews next. Deonte Thompson got two more snaps than Andre Holmes. That looks like it will be t…