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The certainty for the Buffalo Bills’ offense Sunday in Green Bay is Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will severely test its protection schemes. As Bills fans will recall, Pettine was defensive coordinator in Buffalo in 2013 when the Bills set their single-season record for sacks with 57. The uncertainty is how much Pettine will feel the need to blitz – send…

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When the Bills pass: Josh Allen did most of his work near the line of scrimmage Sunday. He went just 1 of 3 on passes that traveled 20-plus yards in the air – the 26-yard touchdown pass to Jason Croom. That is not meant as a negative. The knock on Allen coming out of college was his accuracy on those short and intermediate throws, and that wasn’t an issue against Minnesota…

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The Green Bay Packers settled on a successor to defensive coordinator Dom Capers with the hiring of former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday night. The nine-day search ended with the former Cleveland Browns head coach getting the job over Packers assistants Darren Perry, Joe Whitt Jr. and Winston Moss. The Packe…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The belief from the beginning was that the Buffalo Bills were looking toward 2018 and beyond. All the trades, the unloaded salaries and the accumulation of draft choices signaled an organization building for the future. That the Bills reached the postseason was a bonus, a beautiful fluke that flowed from Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton's right…

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Doug Marrone turned on a theatrical smile, crouched for added effect and would have been flashing full-fledged jazz hands had he merely wiggled his wrists. "I'm a believer!" Marrone beamed from his ta-da pose. "I'm a believer!" The Jacksonville Jaguars coach had been asked what a change of scenery could mean for his newest player, defensive tackl…

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Rex Ryan is keeping it in the family in an effort to fix the Buffalo Bills' defense. Ryan, the Bills' coach, added his twin brother, Rob, to the team's coaching staff Sunday night with the title of assistant head coach/defense. “I'm excited to have Rob join our staff and I think he will be a great asset for our defense. He has a tremendous working knowledge of our scheme…

The Buffalo Bills' season-ending press conference was long on generalities and short on specifics. For reporters sifting through nearly 45 minutes of comments from General Manager Doug Whaley and head coach Rex Ryan, finding worthwhile nuggets of information was mostly a fruitless endeavor. There was, however, one particular point that raised eyebrows. Ryan was asked spe…

Alex Carrington was asked this week whether the phrase “welcome home” ran through his mind upon re-signing with the Buffalo Bills. “That definitely feels like the right phrase,” Carrington said. “I’ve always considered Buffalo a home.” Carrington is back with the Bills after a one-year detour to the St. Louis Rams. He hopes to recapture the form that had him on the cusp …

The Buffalo Bills signed a free agent Monday who should be plenty familiar with his new surroundings. Defensive lineman Alex Carrington, who spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Buffalo before playing in St. Louis in 2014, has re-signed with the Bills. NFL.com reported Monday it is a one-year contract. Carrington, 27, is a former third-round draft pick of th…

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bills coach Rex Ryan has a friend to lean on if he needs advice about Buffalo in Mike Pettine, his former defensive coordinator. Pettine, now the Cleveland Browns' coach, spent 2013 as the defensive coordinator with the Bills. That meant he had time to provide Ryan with a scouting report. Not on players, though, but things like where to live and where to e…

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…

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone only could shrug. Voluntary workouts began today at One Bills Drive, but they are merely voluntary. Still, coaches want their players to be hungry and ready to get to work. Outside linebacker Manny Lawson and defensive tackle Alan Branch were absent today. Marrone added that he hasn't seen them or heard from them the entire offseason. "…

Mike Pettine knows a great defender when he sees one. When the new Cleveland Browns coach watches University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, the assessment is easy. "Explosive athlete," Pettine said last week at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. "He's a guy that tested extremely well, but he's not a tester. He's not a combine warrior. He's a guy that the tape b…

Khalil Mack was too focused to notice that a crowd had formed. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered this morning inside the Buffalo Bills' field house, with all eyes layered in on the former University at Buffalo linebacker. Although the show lasted only four-and-a-half seconds, nobody left disappointed. That was the consensus time it took Mack to run the 40-y…

Where will Jairus Byrd find his next perch? The Buffalo Bills today declined to use their franchise tag on Byrd for a second straight year, sending the three-time Pro Bowler off toward unrestricted free agency. This shouldn't be considered a comprehensive list or used for betting purposes. But let's take a look at some potential landing spots for Byrd: Atlanta Falcons …