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Doug Marrone has deserted his position as Buffalo Bills head coach, and former executive Bill Polian might be on the verge of coming back. Marrone on Wednesday exercised an exit clause in his contract and became a coaching free agent. His three-day window to leave expired at midnight. CBS Sports reported Wednesday night that Polian will be returning to the Bills to overs…

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone shocked the team late Wednesday evening by opting out of the final two years of his contract. Team owner Terry Pegula issued the following statement: "Doug Marrone informed me late today that he has decided to exercise the option clause in his contract and relinquish his responsibilities as our head coach. We are disappointed that Coach …

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From the some-things-never-change department comes another decision to punt on fourth down by Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone. The latest example came Sunday at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots. Facing a fourth and 3 from the Patriots' 49-yard line, Marrone elected to punt ... despite the fact the game was meaningless to the Bills' playoff chances. Despi…

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Members of the national media find it hard to fathom why there is a segment of Buffalo Bills fans who would like coach Doug Marrone to be replaced after the season. So, for them, I present the following situation: Fourth and 1, ball at the Buffalo 46-yard line, 8:22 left in the game and the Bills' playoff hopes on the line. Marrone elects to punt. Seriously. Of course, …

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Oakland Raiders here at the Coliseum ... What it means: The Bills had to win this one and made it interesting by scoring a touchdown with 69 seconds to play. Now their playoff hopes are dashed, and Doug Marrone's job might be in jeopardy again one week after upsetting the Green Bay Packers. The Raider…

The writing was on the wall for fullback Frank Summers. The Buffalo Bills released Summers on Tuesday, opening a spot on the 53-man roster for the return of running back C.J. Spiller from the injured reserve/designated to return list. Summers, 29, appeared in 25 games with the Bills over the past two seasons, making 15 starts. This season, he's rushed six times for 17 ya…

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone had more of an explanation Monday afternoon for why defensive end Jerry Hughes saw his playing time limited Sunday in a 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. It was the call of defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. "I trust our coaches to make the right decisions, and I back them up quite a bit when they make those decisions," Marrone said, "b…

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Don't let the final numbers obscure the facts. The Buffalo Bills stood no chance of beating the Denver Broncos on Sunday with Kyle Orton at quarterback. Orton padded his numbers in the fourth quarter, finishing the game 38 of 57 for 355 yards, two total touchdowns and two interceptions. But both of Orton's touchdowns came after the Bills trailed 24-3 and the Broncos dro…

Kyle Orton, that's not a good look. The Buffalo Bills' quarterback made a couple of head-scratching plays, to put them kindly, in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. On a third-and-1 play from the Denver 25-yard line, Orton scrambled right before sliding down for a 1-yard loss on the play instead of putting his head d…

Nickell Robey was left shaking his head, and it's hard to blame him. The Buffalo Bills' cornerback was called for illegal contact on a third-and-6 play from the Buffalo 19-yard line Sunday against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The penalty, which came with Robey in coverage against Broncos receiver Wes Welker, gave Denver a first down at the Bills' 14. The…

Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins played every offensive snap Sunday in his team's 26-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Today, however, the team announced Watkins suffered a hip injury. Coach Doug Marrone was short on details, saying he had "no idea" whether Watkins would be able to practice Wednesday when the team begins preparing for i…

Fourteen seconds completely changed the complexion of today's game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That's how long it for the Bills to score a pair of touchdowns, giving them a 14-3 lead. The first came on a 3-yard catch by Chris Hogan from quarterback Kyle Orton. On the Browns' first play from scrimmage after the score, running ba…

The Buffalo Bills are getting it done in all three phases tonight. Running back Anthony Dixon blocked a punt in the third quarter against the New York Jets inside Ford Field, and defensive end Manny Lawson recovered it for a touchdown as the Bills have turned it into a blowout. The blocked punt and touchdown recovery is the first time the Bills have done that in a game s…

Mario Williams doesn't need his red contacts to terrorize the New York Jets tonight. His play inside Ford Field is doing that on his own. Williams has two sacks and three quarterback hits in the first half, including a highlight-reel hit on Michael Vick in the second quarter. To borrow a phrase from Sabres broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret, Williams "rag dolled" Vick to…

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Buffalo Bills sold Doug Marrone to their fans as a progressive coach. Now 26 games into his career, there it little evidence to suggest that is true. Marrone bristled last week when asked whether he thinks he's a conservative coach, but the numbers don't lie. Earlier this week, The New York Times published an article on the Bills' fourth-down str…