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A year after leading the NFL with 24 unrestricted free agents, the Buffalo Bills are once again a team loaded with expiring contracts. The Bills have 18 players set to hit the open market in March, meaning General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott will continue their radical reshaping of the roster that started last year. Some of that reshaping will be done…

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How do I think Brian Daboll will work out as the Bills' offensive coordinator? Unless the Bills get it right at quarterback, he'll wind up like the dozen saps who preceded him, as the most unpopular man in town. The fact that Daboll coached for five Super Bowl winners in New England is no guarantee. There's a long list of Bill Belichick assistants who floundered after l…

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Column as I see 'em, Championship Week: It has long been a custom, once the Bills' season is done, to view the NFL playoffs through a Buffalo prism. This year, for the first time in 18 seasons, we had to wait a week because the Bills actually made it into the field. But when the Vikings' Stefon Diggs scored that last-second touchdown to beat the Saints early Sunday e…

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Jerry Smith was reveling in Jacksonville's win over Pittsburgh and Dave Caldwell and Chris Polian's success Sunday afternoon when he heard the news about another former player from St. Francis High. Brian Daboll had just been named offensive coordinator in Buffalo. Suddenly, it all made sense. Last week, after exchanging text messages with Daboll after he won the nation…

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For years, you have searched for cracks in the Patriots, for indications the end was near and they would return to a path familiar to most NFL teams. Free agency, the salary cap and revenue sharing insist teams experience patterns of success interrupted by failure. It's all by design. Every other team takes turns making runs into the postseason before falling back becau…

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The Bills have employed a dozen offensive coordinators since the start of the 2000 season. Only one, Curtis Modkins, lasted more than two seasons during that time, and Chan Gailey was running the show. At some point, each took his turn as the least-popular man in town, which is to be expected when anyone who can open a beer feels he could do the job better. Some were be…

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The Bills have employed a dozen offensive coordinators since the start of the 2000 season. None lasted more than two years during that time. At some point, each took his turn as the least popular man in town, which is to be expected when any fan who can successfully open a can of beer feels he could do the job better. Some were better than others. Kevin Gilbride wen…

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Whether it was a lack of execution or play-calling that fluctuated from painfully conservative to strangely aggressive, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s only season with the Bills was tumultuous. The team parted ways with him Friday. Here are five situations that had observers scratching their heads: 1. Against the Jets in Week 9, the Bills were trailing 7-0…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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General manager Brandon Beane conceded during Tuesday's season-ending press conference that he has some tough, unsentimental decisions ahead as the Bills continue laying the foundation for a consistent winning program. But there's one call that should be easy: Release Richie Incognito. Yes, Incognito is a Pro Bowl guard and one of the presumed leaders on a team that …

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Sean McDermott remained behind the scenes Monday while meeting with players and sorting through business that comes with the end of every NFL season. The Bills head coach is expected to address the media later this week and might even provide a little insight into where the Bills are headed. For Buffalo fans, it was easy to get swept away in the euphoria after the Bills…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The belief from the beginning was that the Buffalo Bills were looking toward 2018 and beyond. All the trades, the unloaded salaries and the accumulation of draft choices signaled an organization building for the future. That the Bills reached the postseason was a bonus, a beautiful fluke that flowed from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's right…

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Enjoy this free sample of the extensive Bills coverage available on BNblitz.com. To subscribe, visit BNblitz.com. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Well, it was fun while it lasted, a giddy, magical lead-up to a playoff game, a week for donating to Andy Dalton's foundation and connecting with the guys from the drought. Then, reality came crashing down on the Bills, and more specific…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: B LeSean McCoy gutted through an ankle injury to rush 19 times for 75 yards. He’s tough on top of being talented. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor gained 27 yards on seven carries, the last of which left him with a concussion when his head slammed to the turf after a 2-yard scramble on the Bills’ final drive. Backup running back Mike Tolbert r…

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Tyrod Taylor had been inching toward his defining moment since he arrived in Buffalo three years ago, a time in which he would prove one way or another whether he was the long-term answer for the Bills. What we learned Sunday was that he reached the point of no return. Nobody is placing the blame solely on Taylor for the Bills' wild-card playoff loss to the Jaguars in B…