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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Who would be the Bills coach if the Browns hired Sean McDermott?

Bills coach Sean McDermott nearly became head coach of the Browns in 2016, according to an ESPN story.

McDermott reportedly did well enough in his interview that Browns' brass voted 4-1 to hire him. The problem was the dissenting vote belonged to owner Jimmy Haslam, who hired Hue Jackson instead.

So, who would've replaced Rex Ryan in 2017 if McDermott wasn't an option?

McDermott was one of four candidates for the Bills' head coaching vacancy. The other options were interim head coach Anthony Lynn, Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin, and Seahawks DC Kris Richard, though the search could've expanded if none of the three sufficiently impressed ownership.

Lynn has had the most success of the bunch and would appear to be the best remaining option, though it's unknown how serious the Bills viewed his candidacy. Lynn took over as Chargers head coach in 2017 and guided the team to a 12-4 record this season. Both Goodwin and Richard were let go following the 2017 season. Goodwin was out of football in 2018 and recently became the Buccaneers' assistant head coach/run game coordinator. Richard is now the Cowboys DBs coach.

Kyle Williams using final Pro Bowl to create lasting memories for his children: I was surprised to learn Kyle Williams has a son named Gray. But Williams' boys seem to be getting a kick out of hanging out at the Pro Bowl.



Tyree Jackson has highlight-reel TD, Anthony Johnson battles sore ankle: Meanwhile, at the Senior Bowl, UB WR Anthony Johnson is playing through an ankle injury: “I’m battling through an ankle injury right now so I can’t really play as explosive as I want to,” Johnson said after Thursday’s final practice session. “It was hurt during the season and I tried to rest it. But out here this week running routes it started swelling a little.”

Voice of the Fan on the offseason: "Then, of course, the Super Bowl parties. I was worried I was not going to have a team to hate, and then the Patriots cheated and won again."


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