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In January, Jay Skurski wrote that "there should be a parade down Delaware Avenue" if Josh Allen throws 26 touchdown passes in 2019. A reader followed up in this week's mailbag, asking Skurski if he still feels the same way. "OK, maybe not a parade down Delaware," Skurski wrote. "How about a lawn fete in Blasdell? Seriously, though, if Allen increases his touchdown pass…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Like a TV dad that walks into the kitchen to confab with his family about the coming day, Doug Marrone casually took his place behind the lectern for Thursday's news conference with a ceramic coffee mug that read #ForeverTeal. In a baggy Jacksonville Jaguars sweatshirt, he answered questions about Sunday's playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at E…

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Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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Doug Whaley bucked the trend of fired Pegula Sports and Entertainment executives remaining silent about their performances. Whaley was a guest Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio and was gracious about his departure. He took the blame for not getting the job done in his seven years with the Bills, four as GM. Whaley reduced the problem to his failure to find a franchise qua…

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While it must bolster Jim Kelly's ego to know he has been irreplaceable for 20 years, he'd rather watch another quarterback take his Buffalo Bills back to the playoffs. Snow falling on a frigid January afternoon, a miserable opponent and Bills fans going bonkers for their boys ... That's what Kelly and Super Bowl teammates Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker…

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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…

C.J. Spiller is just a few days away from finding out what's he worth on the open market. Spiller's contract with the Buffalo Bills expires in a week -- at 4 p.m. March 10, to be exact. But his agent, Chad Speck, can begin shopping his client's services to other teams starting Saturday. Spiller, who appeared on NFL Network's NFL AM Tuesday, admitted during the show that …

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…

Most of the Buffalo Bills in the locker room Monday morning learned of Kyle Orton's decision to retire when asked about it by media members. Receiver Robert Woods, however, wasn't caught off guard by the announcement. "I mean, the past couple weeks, he would just say, this was his last year or whatever, just not knowing what his future was," Woods said. "He did bring it …

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The strength of the Buffalo Bills' 2014 season was the team's defensive line. That stayed true in the season finale, a 17-9 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Even without the injured Marcell Dareus, the Bills harassed Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, sacking him once in the fourth quarter and forcing him to scramble several other time…

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' victory over the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium ... What it means: The Bills finished the year 9-7, their second winning record this century and first in a decade. They also won in Gillette Stadium for the first time. They were 0-12 here. Player of the game: Bills quarterback Kyle Orton was 16 of 23 …

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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, …