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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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Rex Ryan is keeping it in the family in an effort to fix the Buffalo Bills' defense. Ryan, the Bills' coach, added his twin brother, Rob, to the team's coaching staff Sunday night with the title of assistant head coach/defense. “I'm excited to have Rob join our staff and I think he will be a great asset for our defense. He has a tremendous working knowledge of our sche…

The Buffalo Bills' season-ending press conference was long on generalities and short on specifics. For reporters sifting through nearly 45 minutes of comments from General Manager Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan, finding worthwhile nuggets of information was mostly a fruitless endeavor. There was, however, one particular point that raised eyebrows. Ryan was asked spe…

Alex Carrington was asked this week whether the phrase “welcome home” ran through his mind upon re-signing with the Buffalo Bills. “That definitely feels like the right phrase,” Carrington said. “I’ve always considered Buffalo a home.” Carrington is back with the Bills after a one-year detour to the St. Louis Rams. He hopes to recapture the form that had hi…

The Buffalo Bills signed a free agent Monday who should be plenty familiar with his new surroundings. Defensive lineman Alex Carrington, who spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Buffalo before playing in St. Louis in 2014, has re-signed with the Bills. NFL.com reported Monday it is a one-year contract. Carrington, 27, is a former third-round draft pick of th…

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bills coach Rex Ryan has a friend to lean on if he needs advice about Buffalo in Mike Pettine, his former defensive coordinator. Pettine, now the Cleveland Browns' coach, spent 2013 as the defensive coordinator with the Bills. That meant he had time to provide Ryan with a scouting report. Not on players, though, but things like where to live and where to e…

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…

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone only could shrug. Voluntary workouts began today at One Bills Drive, but they are merely voluntary. Still, coaches want their players to be hungry and ready to get to work. Outside linebacker Manny Lawson and defensive tackle Alan Branch were absent today. Marrone added that he hasn't seen them or heard from them the entire offseason. "…

Mike Pettine knows a great defender when he sees one. When the new Cleveland Browns coach watches University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, the assessment is easy. "Explosive athlete," Pettine said last week at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. "He's a guy that tested extremely well, but he's not a tester. He's not a combine warrior. He's a guy that the tape b…

Khalil Mack was too focused to notice that a crowd had formed. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered this morning inside the Buffalo Bills' field house, with all eyes layered in on the former University at Buffalo linebacker. Although the show lasted only four-and-a-half seconds, nobody left disappointed. That was the consensus time it took Mack to run the 40-y…

Where will Jairus Byrd find his next perch? The Buffalo Bills today declined to use their franchise tag on Byrd for a second straight year, sending the three-time Pro Bowler off toward unrestricted free agency. This shouldn't be considered a comprehensive list or used for betting purposes. But let's take a look at some potential landing spots for Byrd: Atlanta Falcons …

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills want to maintain more than a semblance of former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's system rather than expect Jim Schwartz to change it again. Capturing the actual sounds of Pettine's defense might be their best shot at accomplishing that. Most of the voices and minds behind his system moved with him to the Cleveland Browns. At the NFL…

INDIANAPOLIS -- Do you miss Buffalo? That was the first question new-and-already-beleaguered Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine fielded at his news conference this morning in Lucas Oil Stadium. "Everything but the weather," Pettine replied. "I joked that I went to Cleveland to get to a nicer climate. I check in every couple days. It's been about a degree or two warmer i…

The difference between Mike Pettine and Jim Schwartz shouldn't alter how the Buffalo Bills view their 2014 defensive needs. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock addressed that topic today on a conference call to preview the NFL scouting combine, which opens this week in Indianapolis. "It's one of those situations where, philosophically, they're similar defensive coaches," May…

The AFC East looks like a volatile brew for 2014. With major changes happening on coaching staffs or in front offices of the other three clubs, it can be argued the New York Jets are the division's most stable team. While on Friday's edition of "TSN Drive" with host Dave Naylor, we discussed the changes happening in the AFC East and whether the New England Patriots are o…