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Former Bills coach Wade Phillips was informed Monday that he will not be retained as the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator. Phillips met with coach Sean McVay Monday as the Rams began evaluating the 2019 season, which ended with a 9-7 record and the Rams' missing the playoffs a season after playing in the Super Bowl. Phillips oversaw a unit that ranked 13th in …

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The Buffalo years were good to Doug Flutie. For all that he gained from his college football career, including the 1984 Heisman Trophy and a miraculous touchdown throw — forever known as "Hail Flutie" — to allow Boston College to beat the University of Miami, and those three Grey Cups he won in the Canadian Football League, he considers his time with the Bills the bigge…

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When John Holecek played linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, he lived in a downtown townhouse with nothing between him and Lake Erie but LaSalle Park. “It was beautiful to be on the water,” he says, “looking into Canada.” Holecek hadn’t heard that the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is giving $100 million to make over LaSalle, meaning the man whose foundation is turning…

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ATLANTA – The question began with a reference to Wade Phillips’ previous Super Bowl appearance. It happened after the 2015 season, when he was defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. However, when Phillips noticed the media questioner was from Buffalo, he saw an opportunity to do a some venting about a 19-year-old controversy from a wild-card playoff game in Tennesse…

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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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Jonesing for yet another reason to hate the New England Patriots? The worst day of a Patriot's life probably ranks among the more rewarding experiences of his career. That's right. Even when a Patriot gets fired, there's a chance he'll look back upon the moment gratefully. For about as long as the Buffalo Bills have failed to reach the playoffs, we've been inundat…

Back when Wade Phillips was coaching the Dallas Cowboys in the 2007 season, he was preparing to bring his team to Ralph Wilson Stadium to face the Buffalo Bills. As is part of the weekly NFL ritual, Western New York reporters speak with the opposing team's coach on a conference call a few days before the game. When that call clicked on, Phillips very clearly said "keep t…

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1. Maybe, when nobody’s looking, Richie Incognito is still the same. Maybe he didn’t learn a thing from his time in Miami. Maybe those terrible text messages he sent to former teammate Jonathan Martin are a window into the soul of a hateful person. Or, maybe, Incognito’s story is one of redemption. Truthfully, I don’t know. As a reporter, I do get more access to players, …

One of my favorite factoids about Wade Phillips is that wherever he coached, his home number was listed in the phone book. What you see is what you get. The man won't hide. He's proud of his record and is self-deprecating about his shortcomings. Stands to reason, then, that the clever 66-year-old is phenomenal at social media. Phillips is on Twitter as @sonofbum, with 6…

The Buffalo Bills have been so bad for so long, we've become rather numb to it. Generations have discussed the Bills' lousy records, their quarterback troubles and their consistent inability to make the playoffs. My communications students at Canisius College know the term "cognitive dissonance." Our text book, "Media Writing: Print, Broadcast and Public Relations," expl…