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This week's Mailbag leads with an attempt at answering a popular question among Bills fans: How many ex-Panthers are too many? It also touches on free agency, the potential throw-off between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes and the idea of pursuing Kareem Hunt. Let's get to it ... Valar Morghulis asks: Do you think it’s a concern that the Bills go after so many Panthers p…

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Sean McDermott hasn’t been shy about making changes to his coaching staff during his two years leading the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have made seven changes to their coordinators or position coaches since McDermott took over. That starts with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison being fired after one year and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman being let go earlier t…

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The expected has occurred: Danny Crossman is out as the Buffalo Bills' special teams coordinator. Crossman was fired Thursday by coach Sean McDermott after a disastrous 2018 season for the Bills' special teams. Buffalo finished the year last in rankings compiled by analytics website Football Outsiders. Crossman, who joined the Bills in 2013, amazingly served under th…

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This week, The Buffalo News will be gauging fan approval ratings for a number of Bills coaches and players. We began with the coordinators, head coach and general manager before moving to players on offense and defense. Consider a vote for stay to be a positive on the approval rating and a vote for go as a negative.

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Grading the Buffalo Bills RUNNING GAME: B+ Once again it was rookie quarterback Josh Allen leading the way. He finished with nine carries for 95 yards. That might not be a long-term strategy for success, but it worked Sunday. Allen is something to watch when he gets in the open field. His 30-yard touchdown run looked easy. LeSean McCoy got a huge hole – a rarity this…

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: F A non-factor all game. LeSean McCoy had six carries for 9 yards. His future with the Bills is looking cloudier with each passing week. McCoy rarely had room to run, which starts with his offensive line. Still, he doesn’t look like the same dominant player he’s long been. It says something when McCoy has a game like he did and undraft…

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There’s always a connection to Buffalo. My family’s favorite Christmas song is “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Specifically, Vanessa Williams’ version. Williams and her husband, Jim — a Depew native — are big Bills fans. With that in mind, here’s this weeks’ Christmas-inspired Bills Mailbag … Sam Ruggiero asks: Which beloved Bills career will finally melt away next sea…

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When the Bills run: Availability will be the big question. Starter LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and backup Chris Ivory (shoulder) could not finish last week’s game. Even if both are available, will it make a difference? The running game outside of quarterback Josh Allen has been nonexistent most of the season. Coach Sean McDermott said after last week’s game against New York t…

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Danny Crossman is officially on the hot seat. The Buffalo Bills’ special teams are a mess, and the unit’s coordinator is getting much of the blame following a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday. In addition to Stephen Hauschka’s blocked field goal, the Bills’ kick coverage unit allowed returns of 51 and 86 yards in the first half. That handed New York 10 point…

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Grading the Buffalo Bills RUNNING GAME: B Quarterback Josh Allen’s rushing totals continue to boggle the mind. He added another 101 yards on the ground, giving him 335 over the past three games. The problem is, it’s not a good thing when a quarterback is the team’s leading rusher for three games in a row. Are the Bills having second thoughts about LeSean McCoy coming…

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The end of last Sunday’s game between the Bills and Jaguars was rather anticlimactic. For the home team, that was a good thing. Bills receivers Zay Jones easily recovered an onside kick attempt by Jacksonville’s Josh Lambo, allowing his team to run out the clock in a 24-21 win. The play was forgettable — as nearly every onside kick attempt has become in the NFL. The …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: A The top-10 rushing attack from the past few seasons emerged Sunday as the Bills rushed a whopping 46 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns. LeSean McCoy finally had room to run, and took advantage with 113 yards on 26 carries. With Chris Ivory out of the lineup because of injury, Marcus Murphy took over as the No. 2 running back and…

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When the Bills run: It’s still hard to believe LeSean McCoy’s last 11 carries against the Patriots went for just 1 yard. It’s understandable why McCoy was so frustrated after the loss. Chris Ivory is just 13 yards behind McCoy for the Bills’ rushing lead, although McCoy has played two fewer games. Neither player is averaging better than 3.4 yards per carry. The Bears have …

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By now, the Buffalo Bills are used to life on the road. Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts closes a brutal stretch of five road games in the first seven weeks of the season. While that's great for my Marriott points, it's not so good for a Bills team struggling to score points. The home-heavy portion of the schedule starts next week when the Bills play an AFC …

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Grading the Bills RUNNING GAME: C The Buffalo Bills were balanced, rushing 27 times and passing 29 times. LeSean McCoy had a second straight solid, but not spectacular, game. He finished with 73 yards on 16 carries. Rookie quarterback Josh Allen scrambled four times for 20 yards, including one that went for 11 yards. Backup running back Chris Ivory couldn’t get much …