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The wife of one of Frank Reich's close friends posed the following question to him one day: "What's the biggest challenge of being a head coach?" The man who guided the Indianapolis Colts to a shocking 10-6 finish and postseason appearance in his first season as an NFL head coach last year didn't hesitate with this answer: "I have to wake up every day and tell myself, '…

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Buffalo Bills fans have come to consider it a form of cruel punishment by the NFL. Come December, they're forced to sit in the cold and on snow-covered aluminum seats at New Era Field to watch their favorite team play multiple games. In each of the last three seasons, it happened three times. But this year, the league is giving Bills fans a little bit of a break. …

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The voices are always in Don Beebe’s head, sounding as vivid as they did nearly 30 years ago. Marv Levy. Bill Polian. John Butler. They instantly made a believer out of Beebe when, after making a splash at the NFL Scouting Combine by running a 4.25-second 40-yard dash, he joined the Buffalo Bills as a third-round draft pick from Chadron (Neb.) State in 1989. They convin…

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Marcellus Wiley is 43, yet he never allows his mind to drift too far from that kid who grew up surrounded by poverty and violence in South Central Los Angeles. “The kid that was on the bus stop waiting for an hour to just go on a five-minute drive,” he said. “I just remember food stamps and welfare checks and the shame. I remember just not having opportunities. “I’m …

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Ding, dong The Drought is dead. "It's galvanizing, it's encouraging, it's positive," said Bills Wall of Famer Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills' ending the most frustrating chapter of their 58-year history. "The city makes the playoffs," Tasker said. "The football team just represents it. It's just a great feeling for everybody in the region. I think it's been so lon…

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1. OK, I’m a believer. The Buffalo Bills are a playoff contender. Sunday’s 34-14 win against the Oakland Raiders solidifies that for me. The Bills are undefeated 4-0 at home, 3-1 in the AFC and 5-2 overall. Full disclosure: I picked them to go 6-10 this year. To borrow a phrase from coach Sean McDermott, they have a “playoff caliber” defense that has taken the ball away…

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The value of rest and recuperation for football players during a long NFL season is hardly a new idea. Marv Levy was a leading proponent of the concept during his great run as Buffalo Bills coach, and it wasn't a new idea for Levy back then. He started to embrace the philosophy in the 1950s, when he used to travel the country attending football clinics run by legendary …

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Fred Jackson is ready to feel the fandom. Jackson suited up in more than 100 games for the Bills, but he never experienced the party beforehand. He’ll finally get his chance on Sunday, joining a roster full of current and future Wall of Famers for the Buffalo Fan Fest tailgate at Wings Meeting Place on California Road. “This is my first tailgate,” Jackson said in …

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Sean McDermott was a coaching prospect, strolling the Philadelphia Eagles' practice facility with two wise assistants who owned whistles older than he was. He walked alongside defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and offensive coordinator Rod Dowhower, seven decades of NFL and college coaching experience between them. McDermott, known for continuously sopping every ounc…

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You may quibble over who truly was in charge of April's draft. Did Sean McDermott call the shots, or did soon-to-be-fired Doug Whaley? We still wonder who called the shots back when Russ Brandon was GM. Did Dick Jauron draft Aaron Maybin? Was it Tom Modrak? And did Marv Levy actually make the picks when he was GM? Regardless, these are the men who are on the harpo…

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Darryl Talley was a guest on "The Tim Graham Show" premiere in September. We had him back for Wednesday's season finale to ponder what we've learned about his Buffalo Bills over the past nine months. Most of the significant developments happened over the last trimester. Rookie coach Sean McDermott's influence surged at One Bills Drive, leading to the departure of Gen…

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If Sean McDermott can manage to guide the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs a couple times in the next four years or so, then I foresee him becoming the franchise's second-most powerful football man behind only Ralph Wilson. Given some success -- and after 17 straight years without the playoffs the bar is low -- McDermott could cement more football-operations control than a…

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Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula will introduce new coach Sean McDermott on Friday afternoon and then step aside. Pegula will take no questions. Neither will his wife, Bills co-owner Kim Pegula. That's how they prefer it. McDermott from now on will talk for the Bills. But a day before McDermott's arrival, Terry and Kim Pegula spoke with me for 90 minutes on a v…

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Sammy Watkins could have used a built-in excuse, pointed his finger at the easy target. Nobody would have blamed him. The NFL admitted the ruling was incompetent. An official clearly botched the end of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots. Watkins caught a pass along the left sideline as precious time dwindled. The Bills’ receiver, untouched by a defender, …

(Note: Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News includes a feature that explores the philosophies, fallacies and analytics of NFL clock management. Here is an enhanced excerpt that includes additional information.) Media guides and official web sites contain megatons of information about nearly every statistic, factoid and biographical footnote you can imagine. What you won'…