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Michigan tops list with most Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:21 pm

The NFL Combine invite list is typically dominated by SEC and ACC schools. That is primarily the case again this year, but a Big 10 school tops the list this year.

Michigan has the most NFL Combine player invites with a total of 14 players. Alabama and LSU are next with 10 invites each. Clemson and Miami had the next most with nine apiece.

Here’s a look at the schools with the most total player invites to Indianapolis this year.

Michigan – 14
Alabama – 10
LSU – 10
Clemson – 9
Miami – 9
Florida – 8
Florida St. – 8
Ohio St. – 8
USC – 8
Utah – 8
Louisville – 7
Washington – 7

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NFL Combine invite list position breakdown

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:15 pm

The NFL has released their NFL Combine player invite list. Here’s a breakdown of the 325 pro prospects by position.

Wide receiver typically heads the list in terms of number and that was no different this year with 58 wideouts on the invite list for Indianapolis. Probably the biggest drop in numbers from last year is on the defensive line. Last year there were 59 defensive linemen invited. This year it’s just 48.

In what’s seen as a weak offensive line class, the numbers are down at offensive tackle from 25 last year to just 18 this year. Quarterback is also down from 19 last year to 15 this year.

QB – 15
RB – 33
WR – 58
TE – 19
OL – 43 (OT – 18; G/C – 26)
DL – 48 (DT – 21; DE – 27)
LB – 37 (OLB – 25; ILB – 12)
CB – 35
S – 26
P/K/LS – 11

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Kiper’s 2nd mock unchanged for Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 11:11 am

He made this pick for the Bills in his first mock draft, and in his second mock draft, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. again went quarterback for Buffalo’s pick at 10.

Kiper again selected Clemson QB DeShaun Watson for Buffalo at 10th overall. Here was his revised reasoning.

10. Buffalo Bills – 7-9
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson

This is obviously based on the idea that Tyrod Taylor would be playing somewhere else. We’ll be able to say that definitively, one way or the other, in March. If there’s a big question here, it’s whether Watson is any more ready to start in year one than a quarterback who’s currently on the roster. I think the Bills will go a different direction if they’re able to bring in a veteran QB in March.

Kiper has just two quarterbacks going in round one with North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky going second overall to San Francisco, just like he did in Kiper’s first mock too.



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Alexander camp sets wide contract parameters

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 10:44 am

Bills free agent Lorenzo Alexander has said more than once that he’d like to be back in Buffalo next season, but understands in the NFL there are no guarantees. He also believes he’s proven over his career that he’s versatile and can fit any defensive system, knowing that Buffalo’s defensive scheme is expected to change… again. His agent also set the contract parameters in terms of annual salary.

Alexander’s agent Peter Schaffer told’s Jason LaCanfora that he’s anticipating a wide range following Alexander’s Pro Bowl season with Buffalo.

LaCanfora quoted Alexander’s agent as saying that he expects the veteran linebacker to land “between $5 million and $10 million per year” on a short-term free agent deal.

He explained that the very wide range is due to the unique circumstance that Alexander’s age (33) and production (12.5) present.

Whether the Bills have a contract offer in mind that falls somewhere within that average annual range remains to be seen.

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Casserly mock has new QB for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm draft analyst Charley Casserly put together his first mock draft and has a quarterback going to the Bills at 10. The only difference is it’s not Clemson’s DeShaun Watson.

Casserly mocked North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky to Buffalo at 10. In fact it’s the first quarterback he has off the board. Here’s his assessment.

Pick 10 – BILLS

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Bills get the draft’s top quarterback in a weak group.

In fact Trubisky is the only quarterback that Casserly has coming off the board in round one. Meanwhile he has nine cornerbacks going in the first round.

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The Bills Store closed Feb. 13

Posted by Kelly Baker on February 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm

Bills fans, please be advised that The Bills Store, located on Abbott Road at New Era Field, will be closed on Feb. 13 due to scheduled maintenance. The store will resume normal business hours (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) on Feb. 14.

For more information on The Bills Store, click here.

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Bills & Republic Services make environmental impact at New Era Field

Posted by Kelly Baker on February 10, 2017 – 2:48 pm

This year the Buffalo Bills once again proudly teamed up with Republic Services to make a huge difference on the environment. At each home game during the 2016-17 season, the Republic Services Blue Team collected the trash generated at New Era Field and converted it into a clean and renewable power source. This energy was then used to power homes and factories!

By the end of the season, 180, 468 kilowatts of renewable electricity was generated, which was enough to power 188 homes for an entire month. Through the process, 13,290 gallons of fuel oil were saved and 328.12 tons of greenhouse gases were avoided.

For more stats on how the Bills and Republic Services made an impact this year, click here.

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Fan Friday 2-10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2017 – 11:32 am

Into the offseason we go. Franchise and transition tag window opens next week with the NFL Combine and free agency on the horizon. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills rank the following in likelihood from high to low. Romo, tyrod, rookie qb, someone else not mentioned starting.

Jonathan Yedin

CB: I’m going to put Tyrod first on this list only because he’s on the roster and under contract. Right now he’s the path of least resistance. He’s an asset that’s already here. A lot of national reporters are operating under the assumption that he’s as good as gone. I don’t subscribe to that contention. I believe it could go either way.

A rookie quarterback is a distinct possibility because regardless of what happens with Tyrod Taylor the team will have to add at the position. Obviously if the team moves on from Tyrod it would only increase the likelihood of that happening, and then this would move to the top of the list in terms of likelihood. But even if Taylor remains a Bill, EJ Manuel is a free agent. They’ll probably need another arm.

Romo is probably more likely to end up in Chicago, Houston or even Kansas City. At age 37 and with a long injury history it’s not an investment that looks all that attractive. There’s no denying his talent and his won-loss record, but at this point in his career the risk seems higher than the reward.

2 –
@ChrisBrownBills Tyrod unwilling to take a pay cut (don’t blame him), does that cement his dismissal?

Lyndsey D’Arcangelo

CB: The reports that Tyrod is unwilling to restructure his deal with the Bills makes sense. First, despite the popular opinion that his contract is cost prohibitive, Taylor would be tied for 16th among starting quarterbacks in terms of average salary if the Bills pick up his option.

The past two seasons Taylor has finished seventh and ninth in Total QBR (ESPN metric).

Business-wise Taylor knows in a thin free agent quarterback market that he would be at the top of the free agent list if he was released by Buffalo, where he could potentially sign an even larger contract than the one he has with Buffalo.

Does it cement his dismissal?

I think that’s a strong way to paint the situation. While a lot of NFL business decisions are made because of money, I think the bigger factor in this particular decision is the collective opinion of the Bills front office in terms of whether they believe they can do better at the position than Taylor.

The front office has understandably been tight lipped on that subject.

That doesn’t mean money won’t be a factor. It’s probably 1A. But you have to be convinced that your product on the field can be more consistent and productive with someone besides Taylor. Then the next step is determining if that someone you have in mind is an asset you can realistically acquire.

3 –
@ChrisBrownBills You’re in charge on Draft Day. Do you take QB Trubisky or WR Williams?


CB: This is a pretty easy decision to make based on what I think will happen in the draft. Of course as I’ve mentioned in this column before we’ve yet to see what’s acquired by the Bills in free agency. That could change their approach in the draft.

But in an effort to provide an answer I will say that this quarterback class does not appear to possess more than one prospect who is going to help a team on the field this year.

Trubisky is probably the closest thing and he’s a quarterback who couldn’t get on the field before this past season. All that being said I don’t think Trubisky falls out of the top three picks. Cleveland, San Francisco or Chicago all need quarterbacks, so one of them will take him off the board long before Buffalo is on the clock.

Going under the likely scenario that he’s off the board my preference in this particular draft is to wait on drafting a quarterback. None of the other QB prospects are NFL ready and that will continue to be a trend with the college game separating further and further from the NFL game (no huddling, no audibles, no calling plays). So that would leave me taking Mike Williams at 10 under your parameters.

4 –
@ChrisBrownBills Which RFA’s do you think the #bills will tender and at which comp. level?


CB: I think it’s a lock that they tender Mike Gillislee and Ryan Groy. Both had exceptional individual seasons for the Bills last year. In fact I think it wouldn’t be surprising if they tried to sign both players to long term deals to keep their cap figures more manageable.

Colton Schmidt had a bit of an up and down season last year. With a new coaching staff there’s always the chance that they could prefer someone else to Schmidt. Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman is still on the staff so that may help Schmidt’s cause.

The other thing to remember here is tendering Schmidt at the low level does nothing in the way of compensation protection. Schmidt was undrafted, so tendering him at the low level only gives you right of first refusal.

I’d be surprised if IK Enemkpali is tendered a qualifying offer.

5 –
@ChrisBrownBills any time frame on Kyle Williams’ decision on retirement?

Ian Campbell

CB: When we spoke to Williams at the Pro Bowl it was clear he was still decompressing from the season. He did say he was encouraged by his initial conversations with new head coach Sean McDermott, and it’s clear his teammates are trying to get him to return.

I would anticipate that the club would ask that he make a definitive decision before free agency opens in March.


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Listenbee’s to-do list

Posted by Chris Brown on February 10, 2017 – 9:44 am

He’s got a long way to go in his current rehab as profiled in our daily Bills Today here on Thursday, but WR Kolby Listenbee is determined to get his career off the ground.

His entire rookie season was wiped out by a double hernia surgery that did not heal as expected requiring a couple of more procedures. Listenbee hopes to be back practicing full go by training camp at the latest, and once he’s back on the field, he’s already got his to-do list.

“I feel like I bring a lot of things to the team,” he said. “I’ve just got to work on small things like route running and confidence. Just knowing the whole entire scheme so I can go out there and make plays. I know Tyrod is here right now so if I can get back on my feet and start catching the ball with him that could build my confidence back up.”

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Jones not sure how they’ll resolve Romo issue

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2017 – 11:34 am

NFL reporters are running wild with speculative reports about Tony Romo’s next possible destination knowing he won’t be re-assuming the starting quarterback role in Dallas, after Dak Prescott’s remarkable rookie season. But in a local radio interview in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones explained how they’ve yet to come up with a viable solution on how to handle Tony Romo knowing he still wants to compete in the NFL.

“The team we have, especially the offensive side, was built for Tony,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “This is what it is. It’s a juncture we have to address. I don’t know how ultimately we will resolve this and nobody should be alarmed because you don’t have all the answers. There are some issues here that you just have to see how the cards are playing. But we’ll work to this.”

The Dallas Morning News cited Jones and Romo’s close relationship, which Jones also referenced, believing it could help them come to a viable solution together.

“The main thing is we will work through it,” Jones said. “We have a sound enough foundation together that on an individual basis, we will get through this.”

Romo has a 2017 cap hit of almost $25 million and the Cowboys are projected to be $10 million over the 2017 cap, so moving him off the roster could be tricky knowing cutting him or even trading him with his current contract would put more than $19M in dead cap money on the Cowboys books.

A restructuring of his deal is a must to even make moving him off the Dallas roster feasible.

The Bills have been one of several NFL clubs mentioned by NFL reporters as a potential landing spot for Romo this offseason.

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McShay mock goes big WR at 10 for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2017 – 2:03 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay unveiled his second mock draft and at 10th overall he went with a big wideout for Buffalo.

McShay had the Bills getting Clemson WR Mike Williams, recognizing the potential player losses that position could incur through free agency this offseason. Such a scenario would pair two former Clemson playmakers outside with Williams and Watkins. Here was his assessment on the pick.

10 – Buffalo Bills, 7-9

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer could be in play here, depending on what happens with Tyrod Taylor. But the Bills have four WRs hitting free agency and would fill an immediate void with Williams. The Clemson standout has a good size-speed combination and shows the ability to create late separation when the ball is in the air.

It’s a pick that certainly makes sense in light of the potential losses at receiver in free agency. While there’s no debating that the Bills will have a need at cornerback and safety, the draft is deep at those two positions, so wide receiver could be a strong consideration early in the 2017 draft for Buffalo.



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Bills FA safety hopes he can give fans playoffs

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2017 – 9:58 am

Veteran free agent S James Ihedigbo only played four games and spent a month and a half with the Bills in Buffalo, but he was so taken by the fans and the city, he hopes to re-sign with the club this offseason.

“The one thing I really liked and my wife will say the same, the people in Buffalo. We played for the Jets and were around the people in New York. New Yorkers are New Yorkers, you love them all, but Buffalo the people are so genuinely nice and arms wide open for us and they really accepted us into the community,” he said. “I definitely look forward to that aspect of it.

“Buffalo has the best fans. To even see when we were leaving the stadium on the last day cleaning out our lockers and there are 50 fans standing out by the gate cheering us on, those are the type of fans you want to play for on Sunday. They deserve to see a winning program and a winning team and I look forward to hopefully help give them that.”

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Ihedigbo big on fitness, not letting age define him

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2017 – 8:53 am

Veteran S James Ihedigbo is going to be 34-years old next December, but don’t tell him he’s not an asset for an NFL team in 2017. The free agent to be appeared on the John Murphy Show and Ihedigbo isn’t big on what his age might be.

“People sometimes look and say, ‘Oh he’s 30-plus. He can’t play.’ But this game judges you by your performance and how you do on the field,” Ihedigbo said. “That’s something that time in and time out I’ve been able to play and perform at a high level. Ultimately that’s what matters in this league. Age is just a number. Look at ‘Zo, 33 going on 34 and was at the top of the league in sacks. It’s all about having the opportunity to go out there and showcase your talent and being ready for that opportunity, which I know I will be.”

Ihedigbo had 15 tackles and a pass breakup in four games for the Bills last season. A broken tibia ended his season prematurely in Week 15. Known as a workout warrior and strict with his diet, Ihedigbo credited his strict regimen for keeping him ready to perform when he signed in mid-November last season with the Bills.


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Some family ties to Bills newest asst. hires

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2017 – 11:16 am

Most Bills fans were probably immediately aware of the family tie to Buffalo’s new DBs coach Gill Byrd. His son, Jairus Byrd is a former second-round pick of the Bills (2009) and went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie with Buffalo. Now his father will be coaching the team’s defensive backs and he has a pretty impressive playing resume of his own.

A former first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers (1983), Byrd was a four-time All-Pro and is in the Chargers Hall of Fame as the franchise’s all-time interception leader with 42 picks. He most recently coached the Tampa Bay cornerbacks (2014-2015).

An interesting side note is Jairus Byrd is a potential cap casualty according to reports out of New Orleans. Byrd would have to be released by the Saints for that to even become a discussion for the Bills or any other club.

Meanwhile assistant DBs coach Bobby Babich is the son of Bills LBs coach Bob Babich. He previously coached under head coach Sean McDermott in Carolina as a defensive assistant, and also coached with Cleveland as assistant secondary coach. He was most recently with Florida International serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

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Mock goes DL for Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2017 – 3:18 pm

Holding the 10th overall pick, the Bills figure to have a number of options in the 2017 NFL draft when they’re on the clock. On the whole a lot of the early mocks have Buffalo taking a quarterback, with the most common pick being Clemson’s DeShaun Watson. But a recent Bleacher Report mock went in another direction.

They mocked Alabama DL Jonathan Allen to the Bills at 10. Here was their assessment.

The Pick: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
If the Buffalo Bills do not address the quarterback position prior to the draft—either by restructuring Tyrod Taylor’s deal or acquiring one via free agency or a trade—this pick could very well be Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes. But Taylor is under contract for now, and my hunch is the Bills find a way to make that relationship work for another season at least. 

General manager Doug Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott will be tasked with adding impact players across the board, but with McDermott’s specialty being the defensive line, I see Jonathan Allen as a perfect fit for the Bills, especially since Marcell Dareus is a constant headache for Buffalo.

At one time, Allen was considered a top-three player in this draft class, but concerns about prior shoulder injuries have pushed him down here to No. 10 overall. He could be an amazing value if his past ailments don’t lead to more issues in the future. For a rebuilding Buffalo team, Allen can be a centerpiece on defense.

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Clayton: T.O. is a legit Hall of Famer

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2017 – 2:39 pm

Terrell Owens is one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017. A second-year eligible finalist, Owens is a legitimate Hall of Famer in the eyes of ESPN NFL analyst and Hall of Fame selector John Clayton.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Clayton acknowledges Owens unceremonious departures from teams like the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys in his prime, but maintains that you cannot argue his career numbers.

“Look at his numbers. That’s the best argument,” Clayton said. “One of the most productive and dominating receivers of his time. What held him back last year was three of the teams that had him in his prime got rid of him. There’s something there, but how can you not look at those numbers and say he’s not a Hall of Famer? Every year during that time whether your liked him or not you looked at him as one of the best receivers in football and that makes him a Hall of Famer.”

Owens is second all-time in receiving yards (15,934), third all-time in receiving touchdowns (153) and eighth all-time in receptions (1,078). He was a five-time All-Pro and went to six Pro Bowls. He was also a member of the All Decade Team for the 2000s.

Owens played one season for the Bills in 2009.


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Fan Friday 2-3

Posted by Chris Brown on February 3, 2017 – 11:15 am

Fan Friday has been on a bit of a hiatus of late with Senior Bowl duties last week and the new head coaching announcement earlier last month. But we’re back. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Which position are the Bills most likely to double-dip on the draft? WR? S?

Dean Kindig

CB: I think this question is a little premature. The steps this team takes in free agency first will largely determine what positional need could get additional focus in the draft. Do the Bills re-sign two of their four free agent receivers? Do they pick up a safety in free agency like Arizona’s Tony Jefferson? When will Aaron Williams’ decision be finalized?

All of these will factor into Buffalo’s direction in the draft in late April.

That being said I will say that both wide receiver and safety are likely to be addressed in some capacity in the draft and free agency.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills will Tyrod be the QB now that all coaching staff is in place???

Craig McNair

CB: I think the process has already begun on that front. Bills GM Doug Whaley told at the Senior Bowl last week that meetings would begin with the coaching staff once the college and pro personnel departments returned to Buffalo. How long a process that would be to lay out the direction and construction of the roster this offseason was not divulged, but it is underway. He described the meetings that took place this week as preliminary.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills does new WR coach really have any impact on drafting Zay Jones?


CB: Phil McGeoghan, Buffalo’s new receivers coach, coached East Carolina WR Zay Jones the last two seasons after he helped develop Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry from a rookie to a Pro Bowl caliber receiver as receivers coach with Miami.

What McGeoghan can provide more than anything is intimate knowledge on Jones that you can’t get by watching film. What his work ethic is day in and day out on the practice field. What his family life is like at home. What he’s like as a teammate. What drives him, motivates him. These are all things that NFL college scouting departments work to gather on prospects all year, and the Bills scouting department probably has a lot of that information on Jones already.

McGeoghan offers a knowledgeable sounding board to confirm and validate anything and everything on Jones, who I was impressed with last week at the Senior Bowl.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills Is 2017 a rebuild year or a try to make the playoffs year?

Jon Alhart

CB: Based on the feedback I’ve gotten from GM Doug Whaley it’s clear that the only thing this team is rebuilding is their philosophy on how to build a perennial contender. It’s clear that the front office didn’t believe the philosophy of the previous coaching regime was one that was designed to contend year in and year out. Sean McDermott’s coaching model is built to do that.

Now does that mean the team will be contending in 2017? I think we have to see how the roster takes shape through the course of the offseason to better ascertain the team’s immediate fortunes.
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Is there a chance Daboll joins McDermott’s staff esp. with the W&M connection?

Vicious Sid

CB: While you are correct that Patriots TEs coach Brian Daboll did coach at William & Mary for one year when Sean McDermott was a player there, from the people I’ve spoken with in New England, Daboll’s intention is to stay put with the Patriots. All indications are he is the heir apparent as the offensive coordinator when Josh McDaniels leaves for his next head coaching job.

For those that don’t know Daboll is also an Orchard Park native, and played his high school ball at St. Francis. With the stability of his situation in New England, I’d expect him to bide his time and move into the OC role there when the time comes.


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All 32 teams may not play Thurs. night in 2017

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2017 – 9:32 am

In his annual Super Bowl press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the future of Thursday Night football. While ratings are strong and statistics show there are actually fewer injuries in Thursday night games than Sunday games. Where a change could happen is not having all 32 clubs on the Thursday night schedule in a given season.


“Thursday Night Football is something that we are very committed to,” Goodell said. “We put all 32 teams on there.  That’s something we did. We are thinking about whether we re-evaluate that and maybe don’t have quite the number of teams and maybe even change the staggering of our Thursday night games so you have consecutive games on CBS, consecutive games on the NFL Network and then consecutive games on NBC. We’ve heard from our fans a great deal, ‘Where is the game? We want to know where the game is.’ So we are going to look at all of that, and continue to work on something that we think has gotten off to an incredible start and we are very optimistic about the future on that.”

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NFL leaning toward fewer commercial breaks

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2017 – 8:49 am

NFL ratings were down this season. Some attributed it to a contentious presidential election season, though there were other factors. The league is taking the dip in ratings seriously and is likely to take steps to make the television broadcast of games more appealing. Step one sounds like they will reduce the number of commercial breaks per quarter.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the topic at his annual Super Bowl press conference, and gave strong indication that fewer commercial breaks could be a step taken as early as next season.

“What we’re trying to do is to make our product as exciting and our games as exciting and as action-packed as possible,” Goodell said. “So it comes on various different levels for us and we have not dismissed any theories about how we can continue to engage our fans more extensively either on television or in the stadium.  That’s what we do and that’s what we work towards all the time. From a commercial standpoint, we did test in Week 16 and we did test in the Yahoo! game last year, we want to look at should we have the same number of breaks?

“We have five breaks per quarter. We think we can do it in four breaks per quarter. That is something that we’re leaning very heavily into. That’s not a competition committee issue but it’s an issue with our membership and our broadcast partners. We see opportunities to do that and maybe we remove some of the stoppages as well as some of the commercialized aspects of the game. We think less is more in this area and we can do it with the right balance that will improve the quality of the experience in the stadium or also on television.  That’s what we’re focusing on so I expect to see a lot of those changes this offseason.”

Goodell also said the league’s Competition Committee will examine several issues including speeding up the replay review process, possibly with Surface tablets being brought to on field officials for quicker reviews. A play clock from the time the extra point is kicked to an ensuing kickoff is also being considered.


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Herm Edwards: Players vs. philosophy

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2017 – 12:05 pm

ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards talked with this past week at the Pro Bowl and was asked to weigh a coach’s philosophy and approach against the talent and capabilities of the players on the roster. Edwards, a former head coach of the Jets and Chiefs explained why those two things must fit together.

“Philosophy is one thing – players are another,” said Edwards. “If your philosophy doesn’t fit the players, then you’ve got a problem. I think Sean (McDermott) is smart enough to realize that regardless of what his philosophy is, it’s got to be player-friendly.

“These philosophies and systems, that’s all coach talk. The reality is that you have the players that you have. You’re not going to get rid of all these players. There’s a reason they’re in the National Football League. They happen to be good players.

“I think the coaches that have success in our league are the coaches that might have a philosophy, but the system is player-friendly – and I can’t say that enough. It’s player-friendly.

“Players play, coaches coach. When you get that twisted – when the philosophy becomes bigger than the players – you’ve got a problem. I think most coaches understand that, so it’s a matter of, now, how they work that system and how these players will obviously flourish in it.”

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