Inside The Bills

With Ryan on board, hierarchy takes shape

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2015 – 3:12 pm

The Bills front office structure has undergone some change since the Pegulas came on board as the owners of the club. Now with Rex Ryan as head coach, Terry Pegula laid out how the flow of information will proceed between himself, his wife Kim and the highest ranking officials in the organization.

“Rex (Ryan), Russ (Brandon), and Doug (Whaley) will report to Kim and myself and that’s the way we’re going to have it moving forward,” said Pegula. “I believe in everyone…I think I’ve said this in the past: my style of business is that no one should be afraid to say anything so we will welcome input from anybody; the coach, the GM, the President, myself, Kim and that’s how we’re going to move forward. You should never be afraid to say anything. I don’t care if it’s sports or other business.”

Team President Russ Brandon further expounded on the duties and responsibilities held by the top three ranking executives under the Pegulas.

“When it comes to the 53 (man roster) and player personnel, that’s under the purview of Doug Whaley,” said Brandon. “The game-day roster and the coaching staff is obviously Coach Ryan and I will have business ops and administration ops and football administration budgets. But as Terry said earlier and as Coach said, it’s not only one direction, it’s one mindset and we’ll be in lock-step in everything that we do as an organization.”


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Ryan pledges his loyalty

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2015 – 3:04 pm

In the wake of the abrupt departure of former head coach Doug Marrone, the Pegulas more than filled the void with a big fish in the head coaching pool by the name of Rex Ryan, who was introduced in a formal press conference Wednesday. And Ryan wasn’t shy about pledging his loyalty to a club that just had their head coach walk out on them.

“We’re going to give everything we have every snap out there and again, that represents not just ourselves and it represents our community and we’re proud to represent Buffalo and I’m going to earn the same type of and we’re going to earn it…earn that respect that our fans give,” said Ryan. “It’s the most loyal fan base in the National Football League and we recognize that and with that being said, this fan base, the loyalty that they show that this football team deserves a loyal coach. Ok? And deserves loyal players. That’s what we’re going to bring and we will bring it. Nobody’s more loyal than me as a football coach and I can tell you that.”

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Rapid reaction: Rex Ryan press conference

Posted by Dallas Miller on January 14, 2015 – 1:30 pm

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Wood on benefits of run game commitment

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2015 – 9:27 am

As we covered on the Bills are likely to have a power run game as an offensive identity moving forward with Rex Ryan as head coach and Greg Roman as offensive coordinator. In Ryan’s six years with the Jets, New York ranked first in the league in rushing attempts per game (32.1) and Roman’s 49ers offense in his four years as coordinator was third in rushing attempts per game (30.7). As Bills C Eric Wood sees it, that kind of commitment to the run is very appealing.

“Anytime you commit to running the ball you allow the offensive line to get in a flow,” Wood told “I’m not saying we haven’t done that in the past two years. Coach Hackett was definitely a balanced offensive coordinator, which was nice, but when you can really start wearing out a team and really get into a rhythm as an offensive line it gives you a chance to really succeed throughout the game. When you repeat runs or you see the same runs over and over that gives us a good feel throughout the game and towards the end of the game is when you get your more successful runs.”

Wood is right about the previous offensive staff. In 2013 the Bills led the league in rushing attempts per game (34.1), but this past season Buffalo dropped to 20th in that category with just 25.1 rushes per game.

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Dareus wishes former def. coordinator well

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2015 – 6:16 pm

For Marcell Dareus his fifth year in the league will mean another scheme change on defense. While he’s excited about the future he did wish his now former defensive coordinator well.

With Jim Schwartz and the Bills reaching a mutual agreement to part ways, Dareus, in an appearance on the John Murphy Show, was sincere in his appreciation for what Schwartz did in his time with Buffalo.

“I appreciated what Schwartz did for us,” Dareus said. “He gave us some good schemes even though we got caught in a bad position sometimes. We stuck together with each other. We dug ourselves out of some bad situations and we still came out to be one of the top defenses in the league. That wasn’t him or just us, it was all of us going out there and putting it together and coming up with solutions. I’m just excited for him. Whatever road he takes I wish the best for him.”

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‘Welcome Rex’ pizza is a hit

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on January 13, 2015 – 2:42 pm


On Rex Ryan’s first day in Buffalo as the new head coach of the Bills, he was warmly welcomed to the cafeteria at the ADPRO Sports Training Center by a La Nova sheet pizza bearing the words ‘Welcome Rex.’ Rex loved it, and so did the Twitter world, responding with high praise for its creativity as well as questions about whether, in all its colorful glory, the pizza was edible.

We’re pleased to report that the ‘Welcome Rex’ pizza, made by our good friends at La Nova, is completely edible. The words were spelled out in spinach and the red and blue outlines were done with ricotta cheese and food coloring.

Thanks to La Nova Pizzeria for making Rex’s first lunch at One Bills Drive a great one!

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Dareus cleared to play in Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2015 – 2:01 pm

Bills DT Marcell Dareus was hoping to play in the 2015 Pro Bowl, but a knee injury suffered in Week 16 put that prospect in doubt. On Tuesday Dareus got the good news he was hoping for.

“I will be in the Pro Bowl in 2015,” Dareus told “I got cleared today so it’s going to be fun. I’m excited, my family is excited and we’re ready to embrace it all.”

The Pro Bowl defensive tackle was named to his second straight Pro Bowl after a career-best 10-sack season in 2014. He was also named 1st Team All-Pro and to the PFWA All-NFL team.

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Spiller: I’ve got chemistry with Rex

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 4:34 pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller has a decision to make this offseason as he can become a free agent this March. GM Doug Whaley has said the team would like to re-sign him for the long term. Could Buffalo’s new head coach have some positive influence on Spiller’s decision?

In an appearance on NFL Network Monday afternoon by phone, C.J. Spiller was asked for his thoughts on Rex Ryan. Spiller commented on how he has developed a good relationship with Buffalo’s new head coach, having run into him on several occasions at his alma mater Clemson. Ryan’s son Seth is enrolled at school there and by Spiller’s own account they’ve struck up a good friendship.

“I’ve gotten to know Rex the last two years. His son attends Clemson and he comes down to games and we’ve both been at events they have every year at Clemson,” said Spiller. “He’s a wonderful guy and a great person to get to know, funny, so we’ve had a great chemistry these last couple of years and obviously playing against him the previous five years has also helped.”

How much influence that has on Spiller’s decision about his future remains to be seen, but he does like the fact that the Jets in the six years under Rex Ryan led the league in rushing attempts per game at just over 32.

“That’s what I love to do is run the football and coach Rex that’s what he’s known for, running the football and being physical,” Spiller said. “I’m excited about it. It’s a great opportunity to get this thing turned around. We finished with a 9-7 record and now it’s time to build on that and get into the playoffs.”

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More honors for Mario, Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 1:34 pm

Bills defensive linemen Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus have racked up some all-star awards this offseason with AFC Pro Bowl nods and 1st team All-Pro honors. The two were both named to another award list Monday.

The Pro Football Writers of America named both Dareus and Williams to their All-NFL team. The two obviously made their All-AFC team, which included line mate Kyle Williams. Here’s the entire PFWA All-NFL team.


QB – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers ; Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
G – Josh Sitton, Green Bay Packers; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore Ravens
T – Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys; Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns*

DE – Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills
; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans#
DT – Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions*
OLB – Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs; Von Miller, Denver Broncos
MLB – Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers*
CB – Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots; Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks#
S –Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks#: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers

Special Teams
PK – Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
P – Pat McAfee, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Adam Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
PR – Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles
ST – Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

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Ryan has affinity for Bills defensive players

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 10:49 am

He’s had a conference call with the Buffalo media twice a year for the last six years and there have always been a couple of players that new Bills head coach Rex Ryan will single out. Two in particular this past season were on the defensive side of the ball for Buffalo.

Ryan was being asked about Buffalo’s defense in one of his conference calls this past season and he quickly mentioned two players specifically in his comment.

“(Brandon) Spikes is one of those guys that I like because he’s a tough guy, a mean guy, a tough a**,” said Ryan. “I like guys that are competitors and that’s why I like him so much. That’s why I like Kyle Williams so much.”

Ryan has mentioned Kyle Williams almost every season he has been head coach of the Jets on his conference calls, so the new Bills head coach has to be pretty pumped that he now gets a chance to coach him.

Brandon Spikes is set to become an unrestricted free agent. It will be interesting to see how the hiring of Ryan could impact Spikes decision making this offseason.

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What Rex inherits in Bills that’s uncommon

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2015 – 10:40 am

Rex Ryan
The Bills now have a total of 18 head coaches in their history, but Rex Ryan will be inheriting a team that has a quality that only one other Buffalo team had upon getting a new head coach.

For just the second time in team history a new head coach will be inheriting a Bills team with a winning record. Rex Ryan will take a Bills team into 2015 that finished 9-7 the season before. The only other time that has happened is when Joe Collier took over as head coach in 1966 following the abrupt departure of Lou Saban after the AFL championship season of 1965 when the Bills finished 10-3-1.

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Fan Friday 1-9

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2015 – 11:44 am

The season is over and the head coaching search is underway. Now for your questions from email at and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

Can you give Bills fans an update on the picks we get for the Stevie Johnson and Bryce Brown trades and where the picks could be for both players based on their playing time? Is it a 3rd for both players if they have a certain amount of games?


CB: Both trades were in exchange for conditional fourth-round picks. What most are not aware of is Buffalo was using one trade to facilitate the other.

While I don’t have the exact terms that would have bumped both picks to third-round selections I do know that both the pick acquired in the Johnson trade remained a fourth-round pick, as did the pick Philadelphia is owed by Buffalo.

Since the Bills original fourth-round pick in 2015 was traded to Cleveland in the Sammy Watkins deal, the fourth-round pick acquired from San Francisco for Stevie Johnson must be sent to Philadelphia for Bryce Brown.

So this spring the Bills do not have a first or fourth round selection. They have a second, third, two fifths, sixth and seventh.


2 – Hey Chris,

Thanks for the great coverage and all that you do.  A lot has been made around the NFL about the NFC South and one of those teams making the playoffs with a record less than .500.  My question is that with the Bills finishing with a better record than the NFC South champion (Carolina 7-8-1) will they pick after them in the draft?  The draft normally goes by record but do things change once a team makes the playoffs?  Thanks for the response.

J-P from Corning, NY but now in Frederick, MD
CB: Yes, by rule playoff teams pick after non-playoff teams. So the Bills first-round pick at 19, which is owned by Cleveland comes before Carolina. In fact even the playoff teams with better records who were eliminated Wild Card weekend will pick ahead of the Panthers. The best Carolina can do if they lose to Seattle this weekend is the 25th pick in round one.


3 – Chris,

Watching the Bills this season always leaves me thinking how many games would they have won if we had a top QB. Despite some games that Orton played well, he is surely not the guy to lead the Bills to the playoffs. I was wondering if picking up Sam Bradford would be a possibility and keeping EJ as a backup. I was also thinking that even though our offensive line has struggled this year, would we take a QB with our 2nd round pick this year?


CB: Sam Bradford is an interesting consideration. He has more than three times the experience of EJ Manuel in terms NFL starts with 49 on his NFL resume, but what is of concern to me is his completion percentage. It’s 58.6 percent, which is exactly the same as EJ Manuel.

I think the Bills need better than that if they decide acquiring a veteran quarterback is the route to take again this offseason. Now I’ll admit it is slim pickings in terms of the free agent market, and Bradford might be seen as one of the better options available.

Buffalo has limited capital to offer in a trade for a QB knowing they’re without a first and fourth-round pick this year.

The plan going forward concerning the quarterback position is certainly going to be one of the more intriguing developments for the Bills this offseason. And as for taking a QB in round two of the draft I don’t think anything can be ruled out at this point, but I do believe quarterback might be addressed before the draft rolls around.


4 – Chris,

How do you assess the prospects of OGs Kouandjio and Richardson? Do they have a chance to start on the Bills’ O-line  or will the Bills be shopping for guards in free agency and the draft next year.


CB: I think Cyrus Kouandjio and Cyril Richardson are still seen as long term investments by the organization. As I’ve written here before Kouandjio is still very young in football. He turned 21 during training camp last summer and has not played football his entire life. There is talent there. I just think what he needs is time on the job. Richardson has the physical tools, but they need to be refined more.

With that in mind I think it would be prudent for the Bills to seek NFL ready help at the guard position, especially with Erik Pears a free agent this offseason. The draft is another possibility, but it would have to be addressed early (2nd, 3rd round).


5 – Hi Chris,

My question pertains to re-signing several key players. I’ve read that there is some questions about whether or not we can sign Jerry Hughes, and renegotiate CJ and Marcel’s deals to keep them here long term, while also finding some key free agents and solid draft picks. Don’t we have a considerable amount of dead money coming off the books at the end of this year (Fitz, Stevie, Anderson, Lindell)? says that it is about $21.6 million. With that money freed up, and the expansion of the salary cap don’t we have enough room to work with to bring back Jerry and give Marcel and CJ a raise?

(If this doesn’t make the list of questions on the blog post I would still love to hear your thoughts about where we stand financially going forward and how we can keep our defensive and offensive playmakers in Buffalo.)


CB: You’re right there is a good amount of dead money coming off the books. I have seen the dead cap number closer to $24M. Per GM Doug Whaley – they will make every effort to bring Jerry Hughes and C.J. Spiller back into the fold.

There are reports that NFL clubs are expecting the cap to go up about $10M this year, which helps as well. It’s certainly possible that Dareus’ contract will be addressed to reduce his $8M cap figure this year and extend it.

However, I don’t think Dareus’ contract has to be extended in order for the club to formulate competitive offers for Hughes, Spiller and possibly Da’Norris Searcy.

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Bills ties to College Football HOF finalists

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2015 – 11:40 am

There are a handful of College Football Hall of Fame finalists, who have ties to the Bills in their football careers. The next College Football Hall of Fame class will be selected Friday Jan. 9, and the announcement will be carried live right here. Here are those players with ties to the Bills as former players or coaches.

Ruben Brown, Pittsburgh-Offensive Tackle-1994
First Team All-American…Three-time All-Big East performer, earning unanimous first team honors in 1994…Named Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club’s National Outstanding Lineman.

Dick Jauron, Yale-Running Back
Named First Team All-America in 1972…A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, he received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s Player of the Year…Graduated as Yale’s career rushing leader with 2,947 yards. 

Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin-Defensive Tackle
Named a consensus First Team All-American in 1981… Led Badgers to 1981 Garden State Bowl and earned Defensive MVP honors in 1982 Independence Bowl…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection, recording 444 career tackles.

Art Still, Kentucky-Defensive End
1977 unanimous First Team All-American… Two-time First Team All-SEC performer who led Cats to 1976 SEC Championship…1977 SEC Defensive Player of the Year who set school record for 22 TFL in 1977 (still standing).

Marlin Briscoe, Nebraska-Omaha-Quarterback
1967 First Team NAIA All-American who ranks third all-time at UNO with 5,114 passing yards…Set 22 offensive records by career’s end… Three-time All-CIC selection. 

Rene Ingoglia, Massachusetts-Running Back
Finished career ranked second all-time in FCS history in TDs (54) and as school’s all-time leader in rushing (4,624) and carries (905) among others…First UMass player to average more than 100 ypg rushing in career. 

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Where Bills kickers finished well

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2015 – 9:05 am

As we covered in a feature story appearing on today (Thursday) Buffalo’s special teams made major improvements from 2013 to 2014. Though they don’t get much exposure or credit here’s a look at where the Bills young kickers and veteran Dan Carpenter excelled.

Punter Colton Schmidt
5th in punts (86)
7th in punts downed inside the 20 (31)
10th in downed punts
15th in fair catches (20)

Kickoff specialist Jordan Gay
2nd in maximum hang time (4.87 seconds)
4th in average drive start allowed (20.1 yard line)
8th in touchbacks (49)
9th in percentage of kickoffs returned (37.3%)

Kicker Dan Carpenter
2nd in most makes overall (34)
2nd in most makes from 50-yards plus (6-8; 75%)
4th in FG/XP rating (5.7) (courtesy of ProFootballFocus)

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Replay Challenge on Pass Interference? – JMS 1/7

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2015 – 9:24 pm



We kicked off our guest lineup with Bleacher Report Draft Lead Writer, Matt Miller. Miller discussed his latest mock draft where he had quarterback Marcus Mariota from Oregon being selected first overall. He then talked about where the other top quarterback prospect, Jameis Winston from Florida State might go. When it came to the Bills draft status, Miller discussed the depth of this year’s class.

Auburn Georgia Football

“Compared to last year, this is not a very deep draft. This is a good group and looking at where they’re (Bills) at at number fifty, as long as they don’t trade up this year, you can get a quality player, an impact player, especially at a couple of positions. Running back is very deep this year. Wide receiver is very deep once again. When you look at defense, those guys out on the edge, the defensive ends, the standup pass rushers, those are the really the strong parts of this year’s draft.”


Miller went on to talk about the offensive linemen, saying the early round picks might lead you to a tackle that can move inside to the guard position.

Rob Gronkowski

With the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs now just days away, we reached out to Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin who discussed this weekend’s playoff matchups. Volin also went into depth when it came to the Patriots and Ravens this Saturday which will include WNY native and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who looks poised to have another strong playoff performance.


“In my opinion, he has to be in the short conversation for MVP. Gronk has been absolutely phenomenal. Having him healthy in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, and we’ll see, that could mean all the difference.”


Finally, we were joined by Vice President of Officiating in the CFL, Glen Johnson. Johnson talked specifically on the new rule in the CFL that allows for replay review on pass interference calls. We tapped Johnson to discuss this process and if it could be adopted by the NFL, especially with this week’s discussion regarding the questionable pass interference call or “non-call” during Sunday’s Lions-Cowboys game. He talked about the rule and the process of challenging the call or even a no-call.


“We had 55 of these challenges and of those of the vast majority were for ones that they thought we missed. There were only six of those that were challenged for ones that were called that they thought we got wrong. By a large, large margin coaches thought we were missing more than we were calling.”


Out of those 55 challenges that Johnson mentioned, he stated that they actually overturned 17 of them.


To hear more from Johnson and the complete John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click here.

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Dareus grants hometown holiday wishes

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on January 7, 2015 – 11:10 am

In partnership with the nonprofit Together Assisting People (TAP), Bills DT Marcell Dareus and former Alabama teammate and DB for the Rams Mark Barron filled the Christmas wishlists of 20 families in the Birmingham and Mobile communities.

Dubbed “The Marcell Dareus and Mark Barron Christmas Wish List Holiday Giveback,” contestants were asked to repost a flyer Dareus put on Twitter and Instagram, and write a short message about why they deserved to be a winner. In the end, winners received $500 for Christmas for a total of $10,000 given to hardworking families who deserved a break on Christmas. Since both Dareus and Barron were still mid-season during the holidays, their family members helped deliver the good news and prizes.

“I know what it feels like to go without during this time, so I wanted to make sure to do whatever I could to
lighten the load of families who deserved a break during this time,” said Dareus.

“TAP’s mission is to prepare athletes to be successful in life outside of athletics and this holiday giveback
provided an awesome opportunity for Dareus and Barron to do just that,” said TAP’s founder Chris Rogers.

“This blessing from you all made it possible for my boys to wake up on Christmas morning with a smile on their face that lit up a room. I am truly and forever grateful for being chosen as a recipient for the #MDChristmaswish,” said Ms. Shell, one of the recipients of the prizes.

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Watkins up for Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of Year

Posted by Chris Brown on January 6, 2015 – 4:18 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins is among the nominees for the Pepsi Next NFL Rookie of the Year. Here’s a look at his competition.

Odell Beckham, Jr.
Wide Receiver
New York Giants
Teddy Bridgewater
Minnesota Vikings
Mike Evans
Wide Receiver
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeremy Hill
Running Back
Cincinnati Bengals
Sammy Watkins
Wide Receiver
Buffalo Bills

With the finish to the season that Odell Beckham Jr. had for the Giants and the touchdowns scored on an almost weekly basis by Mike Evans in Tampa the competition will be stiff. Add in the fact that Jeremy Hill helped Cincinnati reach the playoffs and your vote will count big time. So vote for Sammy right here as many times as you like.

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Rapoport: Running Down the Coaching List – JMS

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 5, 2015 – 9:40 pm



It’s the return of The John Murphy Show to kick off 2015. Throughout tonight’s show, we discussed the search for a new coach to head up the team. Listener calls chimed in with various opinions on that issue. We heard from running back Fred Jackson on Doug Marrone’s departure and what he hopes for as the team begins to move forward. With the first round of the playoffs getting underway this past weekend, we also heard from head from VP of NFL Officiating Dean Blandino, who broke down and gave his thoughts on the much talked about pass interference no-call during the Lions-Cowboys game on Sunday.


Sticking with that topic, we brought in former NFL referee and now CBS officiating consultant, Mike Carey. Carey talked about that very play and whether or not there should have been a called penalty for pass interference on Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens as he was defending Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Carey had his take.

interference hitchens

“I think if he had been facing the same way, nobody would have even said anything about picking that flag up. It just looks odd for a defender not to be playing the ball and have them go down in a heap. Remember, there is no foul for not playing the ball. Just like, you’re not off the hook for turning and looking to the ball. All your actions have to be is to play the ball but the only foul is for restrictive contact against an eligible receiver. There was slight contact but certainly not enough to raise it to the level of defensive or offensive pass interference.”


At the top of the first hour, we were joined by Pro Football Focus President and Founder Neil Hornsby who called in to talk about his grades for the 2014 Buffalo Bills. He and his team grade each player at each position for every NFL team. When it came to the Bills, he had high marks for the defense, especially up front of the defensive line. He also had some high praise for cornerback Corey Graham who seemed to have flown under the radar as far as a top defensive back in the league.

Corey Graham

“It felt like it was good for him to be back at home. He wanted to be in Buffalo and that really showed in his play. He started off the year great and he continued that for the rest of the season. We had him graded as the ninth overall cornerback in production terms in coverage, which is a great place to be.”


Finally, we circled back around to coaching talk. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joined us to talk about the possible candidates, specifically when it comes to the Bills possibilities. He went through the list of names that are being mentioned from around the league and shared his thoughts on what might make a unique or perfect fit.


“I don’t care where a guy comes from. People will say there is so much focus on the quarterback that you have to have an offensive guy, you have to have a quarterback guy or you have to have a defensive guy that creates pressure. To me you can easily hire great coordinators. If you hire a great coordinator and let them coach, I think you’re fine. To me a head coach needs to lead and manage his staff and help everyone do their jobs the best that they possibly can and navigate locker room issues. To me, those are the most important issues about being a head coach. If you want a guy who is going to be the best defensive game planner around then you can find that guy but it’s all about leading the team.”


To hear the entire Rapoport interview and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Spiller’s decision impacted by head coach?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 2, 2015 – 11:47 am

It’s no secret that C.J. Spiller’s production did not come close to matching his ability as a football player in 2014. While there are plenty of reasons to explain why that was the case, including injury, knowing the offense will likely undergo some form of change under a new head coach figures to influence Spiller’s decision as to whether to return to the Bills or explore free agency.

As we covered in our story on today, Spiller was planning to take his time on making a decision as to what course of action he’ll choose to take concerning his future. That period of time figures to be extended until the dust settles in Buffalo regarding their head coaching situation. Suffice to say if the new offensive approach leans more toward an open style of play it could weigh heavily in Spiller’s decision on returning to the Bills.

Make no mistake, money will be the primary factor, knowing this is likely Spiller’s only time in his career to truly cash in being a running back, but the former first-round pick has a broader outlook on life than just dollars and cents. He wants to excel as a player. If he sees Buffalo’s new approach on offense as an opportunity to do so it is likely to be a factor in his decision making.

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Hughes gets half sack he needed

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2014 – 11:29 am

Bills DE Jerry Hughes appeared to get the half sack he needed for back-to-back 10 sack seasons when he and Manny Lawson took down New England’s Jimmy Garappolo in the fourth quarter Sunday. The storekeepers thought otherwise. On Wednesday the league corrected the awarding of the sack on the play.

The NFL has credited Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson each with half a sack from Sunday that was originally credited to Lawson and Jarius Wynn at 6:51 in the 4th quarter.

Hughes now finishes the 2014 season with 10 sacks making him just the fourth Bill to ever record 20+ sacks in his first two seasons with the team.

Buffalo finished with 54 sacks on the season to lead the league.

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