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There is no doubt that it is a new era for the Buffalo Bills. In the month that has passed since the team was eliminated from the postseason, General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have continued to overhaul the organization, from the training staff to the coaching staff and, even an entire department that was created under the old front office structure…

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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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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Like a TV dad that walks into the kitchen to confab with his family about the coming day, Doug Marrone casually took his place behind the lectern for Thursday's news conference with a ceramic coffee mug that read #ForeverTeal. In a baggy Jacksonville Jaguars sweatshirt, he answered questions about Sunday's playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at E…

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Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula will fund a renovation of the suites at New Era Field this offseason, the team announced Saturday morning. "The main element of the stadium that was not touched during the 2013 renovations was our premium areas," Bills President Russ Brandon said in an article posted on the team's official website. "We created a few new premium …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Imagine all those football dreamers who grew up in the system, from Pop Warner through high school and into college stadiums, to maybe get a shot at the NFL. All those snaps and whistles and twisted joints and bruises from cracking pads and chasing, chasing, chasing. What must they think when they look at Chris Manhertz? He participated in an NFL…

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Poor Brandon Beane. Such terrible timing. Off he went to the Buffalo Bills, an NFL outpost enduring the longest playoff slump in North American professional sports. Back home, the Carolina Panthers – the team he helped construct – made a move that would have allowed him to become their general manager. Two months after Beane left his position as Panthers assistant ge…

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You may quibble over who truly was in charge of April's draft. Did Sean McDermott call the shots, or did soon-to-be-fired Doug Whaley? We still wonder who called the shots back when Russ Brandon was GM. Did Dick Jauron draft Aaron Maybin? Was it Tom Modrak? And did Marv Levy actually make the picks when he was GM? Regardless, these are the men who are on the harpo…

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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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When it comes to Brandon Beane and the Bills' GM vacancy, we've described his candidacy and coveted second interview as "logical" and "as expected." But those words merely refer to his link with Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott. They worked together with the Panthers. More important, what kind of experience does Beane have compared to the Bills' other candidate…

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Here is an actual conversation I had Monday with a Buffalo News reader. There were witnesses. Him: "Why are you guys always so negative?" Me: "We write positive stories all the time. And you'd be surprised how much backlash we get when we do." Him: "Get outta here." Me: "Fans are worn out and raw about it all. I just wrote Russ Brandon did a good job on somethi…

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Russ Brandon has been getting his teeth kicked in for a few months, and with the Sabres in shambles it might seem like a strange time to say this: Give Brandon a break. Fans rush to blame Brandon for every problem facing the Bills and Sabres. He's president of both teams, after all. But for a moment, with three NFL teams relocating over the past 14 months, conside…

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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…

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Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

For two reasons, people don’t like to talk about this. 1) Those in the industry would rather take an Aaron Rodgers pass in the windpipe than surrender their secrets. 2) Most who aren’t privy would have trouble understanding the convoluted concepts anyway. The world of football analytics is fascinating for those who explore it, aggravating for those who refuse and …