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Kelly on next step for Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on January 18, 2016 – 9:07 am

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly said Tyrod Taylor had a good year in 2015. He also outlined one specific part of quarterbacking that he feels is a crucial next step for Taylor in the future. 

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Kelly feels recognizing defenses more efficiently will help Taylor reach the next level of quarterback play. 

“For Tyrod he has to read defensive coverages quicker,” said Kelly. “I think there were times where he was a little confused with what he was seeing. So with more time on the job and going through it and seeing more he can get a handle each and every snap as to what defenses are throwing at him. But he did well for a guy who in many ways was a rookie.”

Kelly said he believes Taylor has the ability and work ethic to improve and is eager to see what steps he can take to advance his game in 2016. 


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Statement on the passing of Ted Marchibroda

Posted by buffalobills.com on January 16, 2016 – 3:51 pm

Former Bills quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Ted Marchibroda passed away today. Marchibroda coached for the Bills from 1987-1991. The Bills released the following statement this afternoon.

“The entire Buffalo Bills organization is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ted Marchibroda. He was an outstanding coach who played an integral role in the genesis of the famed ‘K-gun offense’ that our team utilized in four Super Bowls. More importantly, Ted was a terrific man who cared deeply about his family and friends and was  beloved by Bills players, coaches and staff. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Ted’s family at this difficult time.”


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Tyrod to be on NFL Network Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2016 – 5:42 pm

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will be an in studio guest on NFL Network Saturday.

Taylor will join NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First in-studio Saturday at 10 am. Tyrod will join host Melissa Stark and analysts Shaun O’Hara, Michael Robinson and Brian Billick on the two-hour show. He’s slated to break down some of the Divisional playoff matchups. He played against both the Chiefs and Patriots.


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Boykin: Taylor would look for me in crunch time

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2016 – 12:26 pm

One of Buffalo’s newest wide receivers is Jarrett Boykin, who signed a reserve/future free agent this past week. He appeared on the John Murphy Show and talked about what he hopes to accomplish through the course of the 2016 offseason in the hopes of making the 53-man roster. He also spoke about his familiarity with Tyrod Taylor, who was a college teammate at Virginia Tech.

Boykin said that he and Taylor had a great on field chemistry at Tech, especially when the game is on the line.

“My and Ty were on the same page. He would look for me in crunch time situations,” said Boykin. “We just knew what we had to do. We all wanted to win as a team down there. Tyrod knows what he wants and will work as hard as he needs to in order to get what he wants. He deserves everything that’s coming to him now.

“I’m proud of the things he’s done up there in Buffalo. He proved a lot of things up there and that he’s a really good quarterback.”

Boykin, who was at One Bills Drive late in the regular season for a workout, caught up with Taylor, who watched the workout. He and Taylor intend to get some time together on the field this offseason.

“I talked to him when I went up for my workout and again when I signed and he congratulated me,” said Boykin. “And we haven’t been able to get together in the offseason, but we’ll definitely do that now.”


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Fan Friday 1-15

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2016 – 12:04 pm

A couple of adds to the coaching staff and the roster this week. Here are your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Chris, can u see the Bills being interested in D.Harrison or H.Ngata if available in FA? Both r NTs that know Rex system

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CB: While there’s no debating that Harrison and Ngata know Ryan’s defense, I think interest in Ngata and Harrison depends solely on price. I don’t see the Bills investing heavily in their defensive line with so much money tied up there already. Even if Mario Williams isn’t on the roster next year they still have some fat contracts with Dareus, Hughes and Kyle.

So the play there is to go for the affordable options and use draft choices. That probably means Damon Harrison is a more likely option than Haloti Ngata, who even at age 31 would probably command a higher price tag than Harrison, who is a role player.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills to what extent do you foresee Rob Ryan playing a part in the defense next season? #Bills

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CB: Here’s how I see the Rob Ryan hiring playing out. After both of them had a down season in terms of defensive ranking there is great motivation by both to redeem themselves and their family name as it pertains to putting together great defensive units.

Rex trusts his brother to do right by the principles of the defense and I think Rob will probably have a heavy hand in the defensive planning. That will allow Rex to take on more of a big picture role as a head coach where he can focus more on the all-encompassing duties that job demands.

I’m not sure Rex will relinquish play calling duties on game day to Rob or anybody else for that matter, but with his title being Assistant head coach/Defense, it’s safe to say Rob Ryan will play a major role in getting this defense back to a level more typically associated with the Ryan name.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills Will the Ryan brothers realize that Mario Williams was right?

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CB: I think this is what you need to consider before you blindly accept Mario Williams comments as truth. When there is a scheme change via a new coaching staff coming in there has to be 100 percent buy in from the players. If there is not 100 percent commitment, especially in a scheme as intricate as Rex Ryan’s it simply does not work.

Did Mario Williams buy into Rex Ryan’s scheme 100 percent at any point this season? When his role in this defensive scheme wasn’t to his liking did he still play to the best of his ability every snap, every week?

I will let Preston Brown answer that question for you with some comments he made with just two games left in the season after the team was eliminated from playoff contention.

“Guys have got to buy into the system, especially on the defensive side,” said Brown. “We don’t really know how good we could’ve been because everybody wasn’t doing what they were supposed to do on each play. We can’t say it was the scheme. Mentally everybody wasn’t there.

“It’s something that we have to handle. We have to understand that everybody has to be working as one and we haven’t done that this year. Everybody has been kind of doing their own agenda on our side of the ball. So it’s something that we need to get covered and handle these last couple of games and years down the road.

“Everybody keeps saying last year we were a top four defense and everybody was still thinking about last year. We’ve got to get over that. It’s not last year and guys were still thinking, ‘Oh we did this last year.’ Well we’re not doing that this year. So we’ve got to understand that we’re doing a different scheme and a different system and it works if everybody does it the right way.”

As a side note I applaud Preston Brown for revealing just what the problems were this season. There were a couple of players that compromised the integrity and effectiveness of the scheme for the sake of their own self-interest. Fortunately a couple of young players stepped forward to lead this team and called out those players so a promising season doesn’t get submarined again.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills what’s the chances of the #Bills holding onto Mario Williams? Should they?

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CB: What we do know is Mario Williams contract is cost prohibitive. His $19.9M cap figure is something that has to be re-worked through restructuring or eliminated by some other means. Buffalo has free agent priorities in Cordy Glenn and Richie Incognito. Those contracts simply cannot get done without a giant contract like Williams’ being adjusted or taken care of in some other fashion.

I think most know that Mario Williams’ performance didn’t live up to his salary, and we know all too well why he feels he wasn’t effective in Rex Ryan’s scheme.

No matter which way you slice it his contract has to be addressed. I’m sure the Bills will exhaust every option to have it settled by the time they need to get Glenn and Incognito back under contract. Whether that means he’s here or not is another story.

 

5- @ChrisBrownBills Do you expect to see Buffalo run a more traditional 3-4 base defense this year, like we’ve seen from Rex in the past?

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CB: I don’t think it’s any secret that Rex Ryan wants to run a purer version of what has traditionally been successful for him defensively than what he ran in Buffalo this past season. He himself admitted that trying to blend some of the concepts from the 2014 Bills defense just didn’t work and had to scrap it midseason.

How far he goes in running a more traditional 3-4 will hinge on the talent turnover defensively from now until next spring. If the proper pieces are in place then it’s probably full steam ahead. If not, it might have more of a hybrid look to it like we saw in 2013 under Mike Pettine.


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Whaley on biggest strides Taylor made

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2016 – 2:30 pm

He was a first-year starter in a new offensive system with 10 new teammates around him and he’d have to split reps three ways until the start of the regular season with two other quarterbacks. And while those factors may have slowed the progress of Tyrod Taylor it didn’t keep him from making significant strides in his game.

Bills GM Doug Whaley in a sitdown interview with Buffalobills.com outlined where he felt his quarterback made the most notable advances with his performance from start number one to start number 14 at the end of the season.

“I think the biggest strides were made with him in terms of being more comfortable in the pocket, command in the huddle and command with the offense in general,” said Whaley of Taylor. “In the first game you saw some very exciting things, but it was more out of just feel. He was like, ‘Okay let me be a football player. I’m not really that comfortable, but I think I can do this.’ To now where he was like, ‘I know what I’m doing. Let me do this. If it’s not there I know what my options are after that.’ So continued maturation with him as a quarterback. We’re excited about that. I know he’s excited about that and we think he’s just scratching the surface.”


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Taylor vs. other Bills 1st yr. starting QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2016 – 11:15 am

With Tyrod Taylor’s first season as a starting QB with Buffalo now in the books we decided to take a look at how Taylor’s passing numbers stacked up with other Bills signal callers in their first year as starters for Buffalo.

With a tip of the hat to our media relations department, here’s a look at how Taylor ranks in the passing game.

The criteria was in their first season as starter they had to start in at least 10 games.

Taylor was one of only four quarterbacks to post a winning record (8-6). He leads all first-year Bills starters in yards per attempt (7.99), had the fewest interceptions (6) and the highest quarterback rating (99.4).

The rushing stats (2nd table below) Taylor’s numbers are even more impressive. He is the franchise single-season leader in rushing yards by a QB (568). And even though he does have the most rushing attempts he still leads first-year Bills starting QBs in yards per carry (5.5).

Bills Quarterbacks in first year as starter (min. 10 starts) – Passing

AVG./ INT QB
QB YEAR W-L GP GS ATT CMP YDS PCT. ATT. TD INT PCT. RAT’G
Dennis Shaw 1970 3-8-1 14 12 321 178 2507 55.5% 7.81 10 20 6.23% 65.3
Joe Ferguson 1973 9-5 14 14 164 73 939 44.5% 5.73 4 10 6.10% 45.8
Jim Kelly 1986 4-12 16 16 480 285 3593 59.4% 7.49 22 17 3.54% 83.3
Doug Flutie 1998 7-3 13 10 354 202 2711 57.1% 7.66 20 11 3.11% 87.4
Drew Bledsoe 2002 8-8 16 16 610 375 4359 61.5% 7.15 24 15 2.46% 86.0
EJ Manuel 2013 4-6 10 10 306 180 1972 58.8% 6.44 11 9 2.94% 77.7
Kyle Orton 2014 7-5 12 12 447 287 3018 64.2% 6.75 18 10 2.24% 87.8
Tyrod Taylor 2015 8-6 14 14 380 242 3035 63.7% 7.99 20 6 1.58% 99.4

Bills quarterbacks in their first year as starter – Rushing

QB YEAR W-L GP GS ATT YDS AVG. TD
Dennis Shaw 1970 3-8-1 14 12 39 210 5.4 0
Joe Ferguson 1973 9-5 14 14 48 147 3.1 2
Jim Kelly 1986 4-12 16 16 41 199 4.9 0
Doug Flutie 1998 7-3 13 10 48 248 5.2 1
Drew Bledsoe 2002 8-8 16 16 27 67 2.5 2
EJ Manuel 2013 4-6 10 10 53 186 3.5 0
Kyle Orton 2014 7-5 12 12 15 14 0.9 1
Tyrod Taylor 2015 8-6 14 14 104 568 5.5 4

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Taylor formulating offseason workout plans

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2016 – 9:15 am

There aren’t many with a strong work ethic than Tyrod Taylor, who as we covered on Buffalobills.com today, did it all for Buffalo’s offense in 2015. Now that he’s entering 2016 as Buffalo’s incumbent starting quarterback, he’s more motivated than ever to come in as prepared and ready as possible for the 2016 campaign when players report in April.

Last offseason Taylor worked with two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner for a brief time last offseason, but he’s unsure if he’ll work with a QB instructor one-on-one again this offseason.

“I haven’t really gotten a chance to reach back out to (Kurt Warner) and talk to him,” said Taylor. “I haven’t thought about that yet. At some point I will. I’ll talk to (quarterbacks) coach (David) Lee, talk to coach Roman, bounce ideas off them and see where we should go as far as that goes.”

The only thing Taylor plans to change about his routine this offseason is to make time to work with some of his offensive teammates, particularly the receivers.

“The only thing that changes is you get a chance to work with the guys you’re going to be playing with,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with these guys once everyone gets healthy and has time to go back to spend time with their families. I’m looking forward to getting in there and working with these guys.”


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Whaley: Pegulas value continuity

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 4:35 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley is less than a week removed from signing his contract extension with the Bills, but in his one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com he shed some light on the organization’s end of season meetings with ownership, President Russ Brandon and head coach Rex Ryan.

“We discussed how it was a disappointing season no doubt,” Whaley said. “Our ultimate goal is to win a championship. Now to win a championship you do have to get to the playoffs. The other thing that the Pegulas stressed to us, Rex, myself and Russ is to do that consistently you’ve got to have some continuity. And through their actions they’re proven that they want to have that continuity.”

Whaley said he remains in frequent contact, primarily with owner and CEO Terry Pegula about the day-to-day business of the team.

“Any time we make any type of roster move I’m on the phone with Terry right off the bat to keep them up to date on anything we do,” Whaley said. “Even if it’s an injury replacement on the practice squad. So I’m in constant communication with them on anything that impacts the roster. During the year we’ll have a Monday morning call with myself, the Pegulas, Russ (Brandon) and Rex (Ryan) and we’ll go over everything that went into the game plan before, during and after and results that came out of the game, especially injuries. We talk once or twice a week and during the season a lot more. In the offseason at least once or twice a week for sure.”

As for how his relationship with head coach Rex Ryan has grown and developed, Whaley believes their football philosophies run parallel and that they’re committed to the same end game.

“The one major reason I think we get along so well is we believe this whole thing we’re trying to do, even with the Pegulas and Russ Brandon, it’s not about us and individual acclaim and recognition, it’s about winning rings,” Whaley said. “When you have somebody that you can work with and you have the same goal and it doesn’t matter who gets the recognition that’s where the ease of our relationship comes in and I only think it’s going to get stronger.”


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Official list of Bills free agents

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 3:38 pm

Here is the official free agent listing for the Bills this offseason with both unrestricted and restricted free agents as well as exclusive rights free agents.

UNRESTRICTED
LB Nigel Bradham
CB Ron Brooks
DT Alex Carrington
OT Cordy Glenn
WR Leonard Hankerson
G Richie Incognito
QB Josh Johnson

RESTRICTED
DT Corbin Bryant
DT Stefan Charles
TE Marqueis Gray
WR Chris Hogan
OT Jordan Mills
LB Ty Powell
S Bacarri Rambo

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS
RB Cierre Wood


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Taylor named PFF’s Breakout Player of Yr.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 12:06 pm

Bills fans know that Tyrod Taylor exceeded the expectations of just about everybody in his first year as a starting quarterback in the NFL for Buffalo. The season he put together was close to Pro Bowl caliber (he was named a Pro Bowl alternate) and it’s earned him the Breakout Player of the Year nod from Pro Football Focus.

Taylor’s big play ability and knack for protecting the football are two of the main reasons PFF gave Buffalo’s starting QB the nod over the other finalists. Here’s some of what ProFootballFocus had to say about T2.

One of the most impressive areas of Taylor’s game was his deep passing abilities, as he attempted an NFL high 18.2 percent of his total passes 20-plus yards downfield. He ranked second with 12 touchdowns and fifth with 1,014 yards. Despite attempting so many deep passes, Taylor kept a respectable 44.9 accuracy percentage that was good for 10th in the NFL.

Another area of Taylor’s game that surprised was his enhanced ability under pressure. While all quarterbacks become worse under pressure (and Taylor is no exception), he was less worse than the NFL average, as his passer rating dipped just 16.7 points (from 104.3 with no pressure to 87.6 under pressure) compared to 26.5 avg. (98.2 to 71.7).

Of all the things Taylor brings to the table, the most impressive part of his game is his uncanny ability to make the “wow” throws. He ranked third in the league in such throws with nine, behind Ben Roethlisberger (11) and Carson Palmer (10) and just ahead of Derek Carr at six. These “wow” throws are of variety that take incredible accuracy and timing, while beating extremely tight coverage.

The Bills landed an absolute steal…


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Rams move means 3 west coast trips for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 9:45 am

With the league news coming down Tuesday that the Rams have been approved for relocation to Los Angeles for the 2016 season, Buffalo has a road trip that’s going to require about 1,500 more air miles.

The Bills are slated to play the NFC West as their out of conference division in 2016, which includes the Rams. Their matchup with the Rams is one of Buffalo’s road games in 2016. Of course now instead of flying to St. Louis they’ll be headed all the way out to the west coast to play the Rams in Los Angeles. And that’s not their only west coast trip.

The relocation of this road game also means that the Bills will have three west coast trips on their schedule next season as they must travel to Seattle, Oakland and L.A. next fall. Buffalo also has road dates slated for Seattle and Oakland this fall.

The Rams new stadium obviously will not be ready until 2019 so it’s anticipated that the L.A. Coliseum will host the Rams. The next most viable option is the Rose Bowl, but there appears to be some red tape involved there.

 


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Bills post their best toxic differential in 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2016 – 9:58 am

Before 2009 toxic differential was an unknown metric. Devised by former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick, it takes turnover differential and big play differential and adds the two figures together as a means of measuring how effectively an NFL team can execute big plays without surrendering them to the opponent. As we covered on Buffalobills.com today, the Bills finished with their highest ever toxic differential, finishing fourth in the NFL in 2015. Here’s a look at how Buffalo has fared since the statistic was initially recorded in 2009.

The Bills have had only two seasons in which they’ve posted a positive toxic differential, with both coming in two of the last three seasons.

Year Toxic Differential Rank
2009 -21 25th
2010 -35 31st
2011 -13 23rd
2012 -29 27th
2013 +11 9th
2014 -5 17th
2015 +35 4th

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Most playoff teams ranked high in toxic metric

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2016 – 8:58 am

Toxic differential isn’t the end all, be all metric in determining playoff clubs or even Super Bowl winners, but 10 of the last 15 Super Bowl winners have ranked high in toxic differential, which takes turnover differential and big play differential and adds the two figures together for toxic differential. Below is the ranking of the top 12 NFL clubs in toxic differential for 2015, with Buffalo posting their highest ranking ever of fourth with a plus-35. What’s interesting is the number of 2015 playoff teams on this list.

Ten of the league’s 12 playoffs teams rank in the top 12 in toxic differential. The only non-playoff teams are the Bills, who finished 8-8 and the Jets who finished 10-6 this season. The two playoff teams that did not rank highly in toxic differential were Houston (15th; +3) and Washington (26th; -25). Both clubs were beaten in the Wild Card round last weekend. Houston was shut out 30-0 and Washington lost by 17.

This list was put together by SportingCharts.com.

Rank Team Turnover Differential Big Play Differential Toxic Differential
1 Carolina 20 34 +54
2 Seattle 7 42 +49
3 Cincinnati 11 25 +36
4 Buffalo 6 29 +35
5 Kansas City 14 11 +25
6 Minnesota 5 19 +24
7 Pittsburgh 2 19 +21
8 Arizona 9 11 +20
9 New York Jets 6 11 +17
10 New England 7 6 +13
11 Denver -4 14 +10
12 Green Bay 5 4 +9

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Watkins makes his ‘Bama-Clemson prediction

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 2:48 pm

Sammy Watkins will be at the National Championship game tonight between Alabama and his alma mater Clemson in Glendale, Arizona. Watkins appeared on ESPN2’s First Take and provided his thoughts on the matchup tonight.

“It’s a big game not only for our team, but for the alumni and the fans,” Watkins said. “We’ve just got to go out there and be consistent and just give them a match and fight. That’s what the game is about. At the end of the day there’s going to be a lot of talk and everyone has their predictions, but nobody will know. It’s two great teams that’s one and two that’s in the national championship. Anything can happen.”

When asked for a prediction, Watkins naturally sided with his Tigers.

“I’ve got Clemson winning of course,” he said. “It’s going to be a tight game. I’ll say 24-17 Clemson.”


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Ryan serving as proud dad at title game

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 11:38 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan will be in the stands tonight at the National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson as his son Seth is a reserve receiver and holder for the undefeated Tigers. Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show Monday, Ryan shared how his son came to decide on Clemson.

“The thing about (Clemson head coach) Dabo (Swinney) is when I was looking around for my son – I’ve gone all over the country and the one guy that jumped out at me was Dabo was he talked about his players like I talked about my players,” said Ryan. “And oh by the way he’s one heck of a football coach. I told my son to save one of his college visits for Clemson. I didn’t know Dabo Swinney, but when he went around to look at schools and things he obviously made the best decision he could possibly make.”

For Rex there was a secondary reason that he wanted Seth playing under a knowledgeable football coach.

“When you look at the programs (Nick) Saban was going to have (my son) walk on as well,” said Ryan. “The big thing for me was to have him learn football because my son wants to coach football and follow in the family tradition of being a football coach. So that was important to me so I wanted to make sure he could get that kind of knowledge and have a better opportunity than when I was going to school.”

As for tonight’s game, Ryan says he’ll be soaking it all in.

“It’s amazing because as a parent we all want our kids to be successful and hopefully a little better than us,” he said. “When you think of all the teams in the country and it’s come down to this. It’s going to be awesome as a dad.”

 


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Rex on hiring his brother Rob

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 11:32 am

The Bills made a notable addition to their coaching staff in the form of Rob Ryan, head coach Rex Ryan’s twin brother over the weekend. On Monday, Buffalo’s sideline boss commented on what adding his brother to the staff will mean for the Bills.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show, Ryan believes their staff has gotten a lot better with his brother as Assistant head coach/Defense.

“That’s a huge thing,” said Rex Ryan. “We got better yesterday because we were able to get my brother. Football is such a passion for him nobody works harder than my brother. He’s as prepared as any coach in the league. So we got better yesterday.”


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Offensive comparison 2014 to 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 9:55 am

As we covered on Buffalobills.com today the Bills offense made a number of positive strides in 2015. Considering it was year one in a new system with a first-year starter at quarterback the results hold a lot of promise for 2016. Below we take a look at how the numbers put up by the offense in 2015 compare to that of a season ago under the previous regime.

Buffalo’s offense under Greg Roman was better in almost every single category in 2015 compared to 2014. Here’s a look at some of the most recognized statistical categories.

Offensive categories 2014 season 2015 season
Total offense (yds/gm) 26th (318.5) 13th (361)
Yards per play 28th (5.0) 8th (5.7)
Rushing yds/game 25th (92.6) 1st (152)
Avg. yds/carry 26th (3.7) 1st (4.8)
Passing yds/game 18th (226) 28th (209)
Sacks/play 19th (39 total) 27th (42 total)
First downs 28th (273) 28th (297)
3rd down conv. Pct. 26th (36.7%) 21st (38%)
Points per game 18th (21.4) 12th (23.7)
Red zone TD pct. 29th (43%) 24th (50%)

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Asst. OL coach Anderson leaves for Arkansas

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2016 – 10:31 pm

The first change to Buffalo’s coaching staff has taken place this offseason. Bills assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has announced he’s leaving the Bills to take over as offensive line coach at the University of Arkansas. Anderson made the announcement on his Twitter account.

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Anderson was instrumental this past season in coaching Buffalo’s offensive line while offensive line coach Aaron Kromer serves a six-game team-imposed suspension. Head coach Rex Ryan praised Anderson’s efforts in Kromer’s absence. Buffalo’s offensive linemen also had a good deal of respect for the up and coming assistant coach.

“I’m really excited for Kurt,” said Eric Wood. “He is a great coach and will do a great job at Arkansas. I learned a lot from him during his time with the Bills and I know he will bring a lot to the table for Arkansas.”

Arkansas alum and TE Chris Gragg also expressed his excitement that his alma mater was getting Anderson as a new assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for Kurt,” said Gragg. “Arkansas will be a great fit for him. He is a great young coach with alot of energy and fire. I loved working with him at the Bills and know players at Arkansas will feel the same.”

Anderson also gave props to his Buffalo Bills family.

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Former Bill in 2016 College Football HOF class

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2016 – 6:44 am

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes the names of 14 First Team All-America players and two standout coaches. Also on that list is a former Buffalo Bill and infamous Bills draft choice.

An NAIA First Team All-American his senior year, the Omaha, Neb., native set 22 school records as the starting quarterback for the Mavericks from 1964-67, when the school was still named Omaha University. A member of the 1967 Black All-America Team, Briscoe was a three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Conference selection, and he led the Mavericks to CIC title in 1967. He enjoyed the finest season of his career in 1967, throwing for 2,283 yards and a single-season school-record 25 touchdowns. At UNO, Briscoe ranks second all-time with 53 touchdown passes, third all-time with 5,114 passing yards and fourth in total offense with 6,505 yards.

Briscoe played for the Bills from 1969 to 1971 earning 1st-Team All-Pro honors in 1970.

Also on the list of inductees was LB Tom Cousineau. Cousineau was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but he chose to play for Montreal of the Canadian Football League from 1979-82, earning the league’s Grey Cup MVP honor in 1979. He would later return to the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns from 1982-85 and the San Francisco 49ers from 1986-87.

 


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