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The Bills' roster turnover was a spectacle to behold in the first year of the Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane regime. Players who fit Rex Ryan's defense were shed. Big contracts were traded. High draft picks that underperformed were sent packing. As the Bills enter their second post-Rex season, trades and retirements have continued that trend. After scratching Richie…

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Former Bills coach Rex Ryan will be part of the annual NFL-USO trip to visit the troops. The weeklong tour goes through Italy and Germany. In an interview with MMQB.com to talk about the tour, Ryan was asked about former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and what he thinks the Bills will do with the No. 12 overall pick. You can read the full interview here: The MMQB: Yo…

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Safety James Ihedigbo, who spent part of the 2016 season with the Bills, announced his retirement via an Instagram post. The Bills also announced his retirement because his NFL rights were still owned by the team. He last played in the NFL with the Bills, appearing in four games with three starts. Ihedigbo, 34, signed with the Bills in mid-November in 2016 and then w…

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What's the opposite of robust? A long-running joke about the Buffalo Bills has been about their much-heralded "robust football analytics operation," a phrase used by Russ Brandon in 2013 to indicate grand plans to bring a progressive and aggressive approach to football. Five years later, the Bills have blown it up. The Bills last week dismissed director of analyti…

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The man who followed Doug Marrone as Bills coach is picking Marrone and the Jaguars to win Sunday's AFC Championship Game. At the end of ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown, Rex Ryan was the only member of the panel of five to pick the Jaguars to beat the Patriots. Ryan had a 15-16 record in two seasons with the Bills until he was fired before the last game last season. Marron…

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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…

Bills 2017 season

Former Bills coach Rex Ryan is usually good for at least one gem on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. With the Bills about to face the Patriots, Ryan rolled out: "Every person in the country is rooting for the Bills today outside of New England." Ryan and the production crew also had a little fun with the controversial no-catch ruling against the Steelers in their loss to…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The loss of Mike Gillislee hasn't hurt the Buffalo Bills nearly as much as fans expected. Yes, he likely would have offered an upgrade over Mike Tolbert when giving LeSean McCoy breathers throughout the season. But much of the fear emanated from the thought of Gillislee joining the New England Patriots and helping the Evil Empire continue to thriv…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Since leaving the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Stephon Gilmore has roused the rabble with comments about how much he enjoys the way his new team operates. In praising the New England Patriots for the traits that have made them a dynasty or at the very least relevant, Bills fans have taken Gilmore's words as insults toward them. To wit, he tweeted: "M…

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We love Rex Ryan stories, and so here's another that doesn't even involve the Bills. It involves his job with the New York Jets before he even came to Buffalo. Ryan was among the many in the last few days to criticize the Giants' decision to bench Eli Manning in exchange for Geno Smith, who was drafted by the Jets in the second round in 2013. Ryan said this to the Ne…

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Jonesing for yet another reason to hate the New England Patriots? The worst day of a Patriot's life probably ranks among the more rewarding experiences of his career. That's right. Even when a Patriot gets fired, there's a chance he'll look back upon the moment gratefully. For about as long as the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs, we've been inundat…

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When former Buffalo Bills coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan was asked Wednesday for his thoughts on the New York Giants benching quarterback Eli Manning, Ryan responded that it felt similar to the end of last season, when he was "told" to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Ryan, in an appearance on ESPN's "Golic and Wingo," said that he refused to bench Taylor for th…

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KANSAS CITY – Sean McDermott has taken an avalanche of criticism for his decision to bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Week 11 for rookie Nathan Peterman. That decision backfired in incredible fashion, with Peterman throwing five interceptions in the first half of a blowout loss. Among those criticizing the decision Sunday was the man McDermott replaced as coach, Rex…

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 …