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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…

Normally when a star player under contract sticks around, it's not newsworthy. Fred Jackson's situation was different. The Buffalo Bills held discussions about what to do with Jackson, their four-time captain and most popular player of a barren era. The idea of cutting him was debated in depth by the Bills' highest executives. A team source confirmed that the Bills appr…

INDIANAPOLIS -- David Caldwell doesn't know the whole story of how and why Doug Marrone left the Buffalo Bills, and he's just fine with that. "I didn't make too much of it," said Caldwell, the Jacksonville Jaguars' general manager and St. Francis High School graduate. "I know there are a lot of stories out there. Maybe from their part, maybe from Doug's part -- I don't re…

Doug Marrone insists he didn't quit on the Buffalo Bills, that he simply opted out of his contract. Marrone, hired to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line, made his first comments since departing the Bills three days after their season ended. He spoke Thursday at a Jacksonville Jaguars media event to introduce him to the team's reporters. Marrone was asked abou…

A day after the new sheriff rolled into town, here comes his posse. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan on Thursday added eight new coaches to his staff. All are carryovers from his New York Jets staff. On defense, Dennis Thurman will be the new defensive coordinator, with Karl Dunbar coaching the defensive line, Jeff Weeks assisting on the defensive line, Bobby April III on li…

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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula admitted he was stunned to learn Doug Marrone was bolting the organization. Pegula introduced Rex Ryan as the Bills' next head coach Wednesday, but the co-owner also offered his first remarks about Marrone's departure. "Shocked," Pegula said. "I liked Doug Marrone when he was here. He was probably the guy I talked to more than anybody. "…

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan's introductory news conference Wednesday in Orchard Park ... What it means: Ryan's first impression was strong. He proclaimed the Bills will be bullies, pursue Super Bowl rings and field the NFL's best defense. He evoked memories of the AFL glory days, talked about the cold beers he drank Tuesday with Jim Kelly at the…

He's a chip off the old block, and he'll have a chip on his shoulder. Rex Ryan comes to the Buffalo Bills with the need to prove something. That's how his old man used to roll, too. Buddy Ryan was fired as a head coach twice. The Philadelphia Eagles axed him after three straight playoff seasons. "They made a big mistake in my case," Buddy Ryan said Tuesday from his home…

Two weeks ago, the Buffalo Bills didn't need a head coach and had no intentions of looking for another. Yet they've upgraded anyway. Folks would be hard pressed to state a convincing case that former coach Doug Marrone would be favorable to new coach Rex Ryan -- and that was before Marrone abandoned his locker room by exercising the out clause in his contract and walking…

The Buffalo Bills had their worst rushing season since the NFL schedule expanded 36 years ago. You better believe that kind of ineffectiveness won't fly with new coach Rex Ryan. Ryan gets giddy over a "ground and pound" offense. "Those are a running back's favorite words," Bills captain Fred Jackson said. "He wants to beat people running the ball." The Bills' next offe…

These won't be the same old Buffalo Bills. This blog isn't about what kind of X's and O's Rex Ryan will deploy, or who his offensive coordinator will be or whether the 46 defense philosophies in his DNA will mesh with incumbent coordinator Jim Schwartz's schemes. While interesting, those topics are not the most germane to Ryan's ability to make an impact on a woebegone f…

Check off another name the Buffalo Bills have interviewed for their coaching vacancy. Two sources inform me the Bills already have spoken with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz about the possibility of replacing Doug Marrone. Schwartz was the Detroit Lions' head coach for five seasons, compiling a 29-51 record and reaching the playoffs in 2011. The Lions fired him afte…

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Jilted by their quarterback, their head coach and the executive they wanted to hire, the Buffalo Bills are moving forward. The Bills have begun the process of finding their next coach. General Manager Doug Whaley, seemingly on the verge of having his role marginalized if former GM Bill Polian returned, is organizing the search. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula will be i…

Less than one day earlier, all of the proper elements were lined up for Bill Polian to return to the Buffalo Bills. They wanted him. He wanted them. CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora reported Wednesday that Polian was coming back in January after clearing up some obligations. Thursday afternoon, any Polian deal was scotched. ESPN's Chris Mortensen announced Polian ha…