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Quinton Spain has been in this situation before, blocking for a young, mobile, highly drafted quarterback with tremendous potential, a supposed “franchise quarterback.” For the last four seasons, the left guard protected Marcus Mariota in Tennessee. Now, it’s Josh Allen in Buffalo. “I feel like both of them are like the same,” Spain said. “Both of them like to get…

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In more than two decades as an NFL club executive, Bill Polian had an up-close view in the development of one quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jim Kelly, and one who effectively has a reserved spot in Canton, Peyton Manning. What Polian saw as the Buffalo Bills' general manager during Kelly's time with the team and as the Indianapolis Colts' GM and team pre…

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St. Joseph School in Firebaugh, Calif., was still a 15-minute drive away, but Josh Allen's education had already begun as he sat in the front passenger seat of his father's Chevy Silverado. Beginning at age 6 and for at least a couple of years thereafter, Josh could count on the "Interview." It was Joel Allen's way of preparing his son for the fulfillment of those lofty dr…

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During a decade of playing in the NFL, LeSean McCoy has seen his share of quarterbacks with varying levels of experience. He knows when he's seeing their best, worst and everything in between. During the Buffalo Bills' offseason workouts, McCoy kept a particularly close watch on Josh Allen. McCoy wanted a firsthand account of just how much improvement Allen made from…

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Ralph C. Wilson Jr.'s legacy has been honored in a variety of ways since the 2014 passing of the Buffalo Bills' founder and original owner. Now, you can add a golf tournament. The Bills Alumni Foundation will hold what is being billed as the first Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Memorial Golf Classic at 9 a.m. on July 27, at Diamond Hawk Golf Course in Cheektowaga, foundation p…

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The wife of one of Frank Reich's close friends posed the following question to him one day: "What's the biggest challenge of being a head coach?" The man who guided the Indianapolis Colts to a shocking 10-6 finish and postseason appearance in his first season as an NFL head coach last year didn't hesitate with this answer: "I have to wake up every day and tell myself, '…

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Bill Polian is no stranger to being on the ground floor of startup pro football leagues and teams. His Hall-of-Fame resume – highlighted by his seven seasons as general manager of the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to '92 – includes one year as personnel director of the United States Football League’s Chicago Blitz in 1984. It also includes three seasons as GM of the expansion…

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The voices are always in Don Beebe’s head, sounding as vivid as they did nearly 30 years ago. Marv Levy. Bill Polian. John Butler. They instantly made a believer out of Beebe when, after making a splash at the NFL Scouting Combine by running a 4.25-second 40-yard dash, he joined the Buffalo Bills as a third-round draft pick from Chadron (Neb.) State in 1989. They convin…

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly continues his recovery following extensive jaw surgery related to a recurrence of oral cancer. Kelly has been in back in Buffalo and got a visit from fellow Bills legends, as captured on wife Jill's Instagram account. Jill Kelly posted a photo of her husband with former Bills public relations executive Scott Berchtold, Bruce Smith, …

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Russ Brandon resigned this week from his position as the president and managing partner of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Bills and Sabres, Tim Graham reported Tuesday. Brandon's resignation follows an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships with female employees. Brandon, who began his career with the Bills as executi…

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Hall of Famer and former Bills executive Bill Polian is running football operations for a new spring football league, according to the Associated Press. The Alliance of American Football will begin play the Sunday after the Super Bowl -- Feb. 8, 2019 -- with the opening game broadcast on CBS as part of a multi-year deal and other digital platforms. The championship game…

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Peyton Manning made a memorable first impression when he went to the NFL Scouting Combine in 1998. Manning walked into his scheduled interview with the Indianapolis Colts and demonstrated the fanatical preparation that would come to mark his great career. "He sat down, opened up a briefcase and took out a legal pad and a pen," recalled Hall-of-Fame general manager Bi…

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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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If Sean McDermott can manage to guide the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs a couple times in the next four years or so, then I foresee him becoming the franchise's second-most powerful football man behind only Ralph Wilson. Given some success -- and after 17 straight years without the playoffs the bar is low -- McDermott could cement more football-operations control than a…

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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…