Sean McDermott - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo
Bills

Relentless is the best way to describe Chad Hall. The Buffalo Bills’ 31-year-old offensive assistant coach is in his first season on the job. He landed it the same way he carved out a four-year playing career as a 5-foot-8 wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. With persistence. Hall first met Bills coach Sean McD…

Bills

Nothing excites the masses like a quarterback change. The switch from Tyrod Taylor to Nathan Peterman this week dominates the conversation when it comes to the Buffalo Bills. It also overshadows the fact the Bills’ defense has completely fallen on its face the last two weeks. That stretch last Sunday when the New Orleans Saints ran the ball 24 times in a row was as…

Bills

Anthony Lynn never bought into the hype. While the idea was pushed that the former interim coach of the Buffalo Bills was a “virtual lock” to get the permanent job at the end of the 2016 season, Lynn said this week that thought never crossed his mind. “At the end of the season, you're interviewing for jobs,” he said this week. “You're talking with your agen…

Bills

The analytics website Pro Football Focus uses color coding for its grading of NFL players. Green is good, white is average and red is bad. As you might imagine following Week 10, there was plenty of red following the Bills’ performance against the New Orleans Saints. On offense, just one “green” was recorded. That was by rookie left tackle Dion Dawkins. “I do…

Bills

In a season featuring a litany of drops and close calls, Zay Jones was taken out of his rhythm just when things were starting to click. In the first half against the Jets two weeks ago, the rookie wide receiver looked like the player who set the NCAA's single-season catch record last year. He set a new career high for yardage in a game, totaling 40 yards and a touchdown…

Bills

Rumblings in Buffalo before the season even began were that Taylor was not the Bills' quarterback of the future and he was believed to be on a short leash. But through eight games, he has been nothing shy of stellar. He was 154-for-236 with 1,628 yards passing, 10 touchdowns, and just two interceptions, good for a 95.8 passer rating and 7.36 adjusted-yards-per-attempt, he …

Analysis

When the Bills run: Negative plays have killed the running game this season. According to pro-football-reference.com, the Bills have 73 rushing attempts that have gone for no gain or lost yardage. That is tied for second most in the NFL with the Jets, just one behind the L.A. Rams’ 74. Buffalo’s average of 3.8 yards per rush ranks tied for 22nd in the NFL. If the Bills…

Bills

Rookie Nathan Peterman was named the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Here are five things to know about him: 1. He put up big-time college numbers in a pro-style offense. Pittsburgh averaged 40.92 points per game last year, setting a school record. Peterman went 398 of 662 for 5,236 yards and 47 touchdowns, and als…

Bills

Players inside the Buffalo Bills' locker room were just as surprised as everyone else Wednesday when they learned the team was making a quarterback change. As such, they were still processing coach Sean McDermott's decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman after practice. "Guys really didn't voice their opinions about it," running back LeSean …

Analysis

Nathan Peterman's first starting assignment will be knotty. The Buffalo Bills are switching to their rookie quarterback for a road game. Three hours away, no less. Ten-year veterans have trouble adapting to playing in the Pacific time zone. Peterman must prepare for the Los Angeles Chargers in four days, one of which will be spent on an airplane. One of the most s…

Bills

He might have had to view them under a microscope, but Sean McDermott insisted there were positives to be found amidst the rubble that was game film of the Buffalo Bills' 47-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. "There’s always positive. There is," the coach said Monday. "Harder to find yesterday, for sure. You have to find things that we did do well in order to build on…

Bills

1. Here's what Rick Dennison had to say about Mike Tolbert on Sept. 11, the day after the Buffalo Bills' season-opening victory over the New York Jets: "Went sideways two times and he'll get corrected on that. He'll go down hill." Fast forward to Sunday, and there was Tolbert, taking an option pitch from quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the Bills' fourth play of the game. Pr…

Bills

On the day after the Bills lost badly beaten by the New Orleans Saints, coach Sean McDermott addressed the media. Here are the highlights: https://twitter.com/JaySkurski/status/930133638930489344 https://twitter.com/JaySkurski/status/930135633309372417 https://twitter.com/JaySkurski/status/930137114074931200 https://twitter.com/JaySkurski/status/930133794820120…

Bills

The New Orleans Saints dropped by New Era Field on Sunday to slap around the Buffalo Bills. The Saints handed their hosts one of the mousiest defeats in NFL history, stunned Bills fans with unchecked dominance and even drank their beer. We should have known how much New Orleans would feel at home 8:42 after the opening kickoff. Mark Ingram scored his first touchdown,…