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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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Chad Kelly has been in the NFL for 10 months. And for 10 months his NFL dreams have been paused. At this time a year ago, when the top names of his draft class descended on Indianapolis and the NFL scouting combine, Kelly was encumbered by a laundry bag of red flags. The NFL had rescinded his combine invitation because of a new misbehavior policy — since terminate…

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As long as the Cleveland Browns are in the NFL, and they should be thankful there's no relegation system, Buffalo Bills fans have a reason to feel superior. Of the world's pathetic sports organizations, the Browns are among the most absolutely pitiful. Since they were resuscitated in 1999, they've had 15 seasons with six or fewer victories. The Browns won a single ga…

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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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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…

For two reasons, people don’t like to talk about this. 1) Those in the industry would rather take an Aaron Rodgers pass in the windpipe than surrender their secrets. 2) Most who aren’t privy would have trouble understanding the convoluted concepts anyway. The world of football analytics is fascinating for those who explore it, aggravating for those who refuse and …

Bucky and Sully

It was a full house at WGRZ on Sunday, as The Buffalo News' Bucky Gleason, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski joined Channel 2's Adam Benigni and Heather Prusak for an episode of "Sports Talk Sunday." The quintet focused on financial decisions facing the Bills this week, evaluations of two key Sabres and then closed with a stirring video of "Baby Shawn" from Niagara Falls. The …

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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, …

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DENVER -- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field ... What it means: The Bills are 7-6 and failed to demonstrate they belong in the playoff conversation. Peyton Manning had a lousy game, but the Bills couldn't take advantage because their offense was worse. Player of the game: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson scored…

How many times will Peyton Manning shout "Omaha!" in the Super Bowl? Online betting site Bovada.lv has set the over-under at 27.5 times. But the real question over the past few weeks: What the hell does "Omaha!" even mean? I can't answer that one, but legendary Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy gave it a shot. "We had that Omaha call, too," Levy said by phone from his Chic…

NEW YORK -- Fred Jackson's rooting interests will be with his old Buffalo Bills backfield mate Sunday. "I've got to go with Beast Mode, being that Marshawn Lynch was in Buffalo," Jackson told me this afternoon at the Super Bowl media center in Manhattan. "I think he's going to have a big game and be the reason why." Jackson's score: 27-24, Seattle. If Jackson's forecast…