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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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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 …

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OK, fellas. You're in this together. One doesn't escape if the other one fails. One can't leave the other behind. And the owners can't wash their hands by rationalizing somebody else hired these people. Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott and rookie GM Brandon Beane will win as a pair, lose as a pair. Terry and Kim Pegula are on the hook for both. One Bills.…

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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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Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula will introduce new coach Sean McDermott on Friday afternoon and then step aside. Pegula will take no questions. Neither will his wife, Bills co-owner Kim Pegula. That's how they prefer it. McDermott from now on will talk for the Bills. But a day before McDermott's arrival, Terry and Kim Pegula spoke with me for 90 minutes on a v…

Ralph Wilson's support for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has continued since the founding owner of the Buffalo Bills died in 2014. The latest example of that will open in mid-July, when "A Game for Life" makes its debut. A theater experience two years in the making, "A Game for Life" is described by the Hall as a "spectacular cutting-edge, multi-sensory immersive theater…

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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…

The foundation of late Buffalo Bills founding owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. presented a $2.5 million grant to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Mary Owen, Wilson's neice and the foundation's executive vice president and life trustee, joined Hall of Fame President David Baker in Canton, Ohio, to make the announcement. The funds will be used for a variety of programs…

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Terry Pegula took time to stress he is not a god. He finds those "In Terry We Trust" signs, Pegulaville references and reverential internet memes a bit unnerving. "If you want to worship somebody, go to church on Sunday," Pegula said after he and his wife, Kim, were introduced as the Buffalo Bills' next owners today in the ADPRO Sports Training Center. "It's sometimes a…

NEW YORK -- Buffalo Bills CFO Jeffrey Littmann this morning delivered a rare public statement about the team's sale to Terry and Kim Pegula. NFL owners unanimously approved the Pegulas' $1.4 billion bid this morning at the Conrad Hotel in Manhattan. Littmann, almost never interviewed over the decades, briefly met with reporters outside a Conrad Hotel ballroom. He and exe…

NEW YORK -- Chalk it up. As expected, the NFL owners this morning approved Terry and Kim Pegula as the new Buffalo Bills owners at the league's annual fall meeting. The vote was considered a foregone conclusion from the moment Ralph Wilson's trust accepted the Pegulas' record-setting, $1.4 billion bid Sept. 9. The NFL's finance committee recommended approval after revie…

DETROIT -- Mary Owen, an influential Buffalo Bills executive and Ralph Wilson's niece, will not remain with the team under new ownership. Owen has confirmed she will leave the team. Terry and Kim Pegula's purchase almost certainly will become official at the NFL's annual fall ownership meeting Wednesday in Manhattan. Owen instead will concentrate on her role as executive…

Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon this afternoon commented on the team's sale for the first time. The Bills were sold Tuesday to Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula. The transaction is pending league approval at next month's annual fall meeting. "It's been a tremendous week," Brandon said. "It's a great time to be a Buffalonian, and that's a credit to s…

The Buffalo Bills have largely been lucky with injuries since training camp. That luck almost ran out on the opening play of today’s game against the Miami Dolphins in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Starting running back C.J. Spiller was shaken up returning the opening kickoff – and sat out Buffalo’s first offensive series. He rode a stationary bike during the series before…