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Three games into last season, BuffaloBills.com posted a story lauding General Manager Doug Whaley's roster-building acumen. The story declared Whaley was "awfully close" to "building a roster that can perennially compete for the postseason and championships." An examination of all 32 NFL rosters reveals Whaley has constructed the Bills in contradictory fashion, relyi…

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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

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It’s shaping up to be the question facing the Buffalo Bills over the final month of what looks like another lost season. Should the team pick up quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract option in March? To do so would require a significant financial commitment. Here are the particulars: Taylor is due a $15.5 million option bonus by the third day of the 2017 league year, w…

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When the Buffalo Bills revealed this year's promotional slogan, all I could think of were the ways it would backfire. It's a double entendre. The fan base is unfailingly loyal, and the team sure does love to hand off. Bills Run Deep. As does the pain. You have to go back a lot of years to remember when the Bills regularly thrilled their fans. The last of the Su…

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Paul Posluszny was two steps behind but probably couldn't see him through the exhaust fumes. LeSean McCoy was gone. On the first play out of halftime, the Buffalo Bills were on their own 25-yard line. Tyrod Taylor took the snap out of a pistol formation, pivoted to his left and tucked the ball between McCoy's forearms. McCoy locked his left hand, surgically repair…

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Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone returns to Western New York with his 2-8 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for the first time since taking a $4 million opt-out in his contract and quitting on the team. We are remembering his tenure in Marrone Week.  If there's one thing that can be said for Doug Marrone, the man was a prolific punter. In Saint Doug's two year…

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Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone returns to Western New York with his 2-8 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for the first time since taking a $4 million opt-out in his contract and quitting on the team. We are remembering his tenure in Marrone Week.  Perhaps the greatest Doug Marrone story ever told was the odyssey Buffalo News sports reporter Tim Graham shared o…

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Former Bills head coach Doug Marrone returns to Western New York with his 2-8 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for the first time since taking a $4 million opt-out in his contract and quitting on the team. We are remembering his tenure in Marrone Week.  This prime Doug Marrone anecdote came to us from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora in September 2014, before the start …

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Eric Dickerson's record would be skunked. O.J. Simpson's magical 2,003? Vaporized. Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis would have nothing on Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy. The greatest rushing seasons in NFL history would be dots in McCoy's rearview mirror if his first-half production held up over the course of an entire game 16 times. Mc…

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1. Watching Cam Newton carve up the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday to reach the Super Bowl likely left some Buffalo Bills fans wondering “what if?” Rewind to the 2011 NFL Draft, when the Carolina Panthers selected Newton with the No. 1 overall pick. Remember that Andrew Luck was eligible for that draft, but elected to return to Stanford for another season. That decision may …

There is a revolution coming in professional football, even if it’s moving at the speed of a glacier. There will be a day when NFL teams recognize their fourth-down decisions must be better. In short, they need to go for it more. Academic research articles have been written about it, including one in 2006 that appeared in the Journal of Political Economy that stated that …

There are plenty of perceptions about Marquise Goodwin. He’s too small to succeed in the NFL. He’s always hurt. He’s nothing more than a “track star” trying to play football. The clock is ticking as Goodwin tries to prove to the Buffalo Bills that those things aren’t true. The former third-round draft pick is coming off an injury-plagued, one-catch season in 2014, and …

They say moving can be the most stressful time in a person's life. C.J. Spiller knows this now. He has been back in Orchard Park this week, packing up five years of Buffalo Bills memories before starting his new job with the New Orleans Saints. "I thought it would be a smooth cleanout," Spiller said Thursday morning at a Tim Hortons around the corner from Ralph Wilson St…

Bills President Russ Brandon reached into his bag of talking points and pulled out a gem Wednesday afternoon when discussing the departure of former coach Doug Marrone from the organization. "That's in the rearview mirror at this point," Brandon said. "There's a reason the windshield is a lot bigger than the mirror. It doesn't do a lot of good to look back." Brandon went…