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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Offseason underway at One Bills Drive

Monday was locker cleanout day for Bills players following the playoff loss in Jacksonville. There was an air of optimism from those who spoke with reporters before leaving the facility.

The absence of Richie Incognito was conspicuous, however, after Jaguars lineman Yannick Ngakou reiterated his claim that the Bills' guard directed racial slurs at him during Sunday's game. Linemates Eric Wood and Dion Dawkins defended Incognito, who has been in trouble before for similar behavior.

Bucky Gleason: Look for Sean McDermott to temper excitement over Bills' success when he meets with reporters on Tuesday.

Tim Graham: "Unofficialest" end-of-year awards for Bills, including Sweetest Win, Peak Villain, and MVP.

Quarterback conundrum: Making the playoffs didn't solve the riddle the Bills find themselves wrestling with every offseason: Who's going to play quarterback next season? Related: QB is just one of the five biggest questions facing the team.

Alex Smith? "I think there's a quarterback in Kansas City I'll bet they'll be pretty interested in," ESPN analyst Louis Riddick said when discussing the Bills on NFL Live.

Lorenzo Alexander wants to return: Fresh off an excellent playoff performance in Jacksonville, the Bills' oldest player has no plans to retire.

Kelvin Benjamin acknowledges 'there probably will be changes': But the Bills top receiver was surprised to learn there are questions at quarterback.

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What they said: Transcripts from locker cleanout day.

Watch: Mark Gaughan and Bucky Gleason's takeaways.

Vote: Should the Bills bring back coordinators Rick Dennison, Leslie Frazier and Danny Crossman?

Historic ratings: Sunday's broadcast drew the highest television ratings of any Bills game since meters started measuring audiences in 2000.

TV commentary: The game itself may not have been all that entertaining, but Tony Romo and Jim Nantz had "remarkable" games, Alan Pergament writes.

Is #BillsMafia out of control? Witnesses say fans lit bonfires in parking lots after the loss.

Advanced stats: Drops plagued the Bills in touchdown-less playoff performance. LeSean McCoy gave a valiant effort.

Report: Bills' vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine is favorite for Texans' GM job.

Invited back: The Bills signed nine practice squad players to reserve/future contracts.

Podcast: Reaction to the Bills loss on the Daily Drive.

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