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Rex doesn’t dismiss hiring brother Rob Ryan

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 2:55 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan learned late Monday that his brother had been fired as defensive coordinator of the Saints. Ryan was asked about his brother Rob Ryan and his current situation.

“He’s a great coach and he’ll be fine. It’s the business. It’s the business that we chose. It’s going to happen,” said Ryan. “It happens to every coach. It happened to (Bill) Belichick and he’s the greatest coach of all time. It happened to him. It happens to everybody. Tough day, yeah I think I would’ve liked to have seen him finish out the season. I know that’s what he would liked to have done. But things are done for a reason and so be it.”

When asked if he would consider bringing him on to his staff, Ryan didn’t dismiss it.

“I’ll never say never, that’s for sure. I think we purposely set a path going to different teams. He’s his own man, I’m my own man and we’ve purposely set that path,” Ryan said. “With that being said I’m not going to lie to you. I think it’d be pretty fun and if it could help, obviously you would consider it and he’d have to consider it as well. We’ve got great coaches already here, but we’ll see.”

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Vote for LeSean

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:37 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy had his second 100-yard rushing day of the season last Thursday night against the league’s number one ranked run defense in Buffalo’s 22-17 win over the Jets. His efforts led to a nomination for NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 10.

McCoy had 112 rushing yards in the win and accounted for seven of the team’s 10-longest plays from scrimmage. He also was responsible for producing seven of the team’s 13 first downs in the game. Perhaps his best run was his four-yard gain on a critical 3rd-and-2 play when he cut his run back across the flow of the defense and left seven Jets defenders in his wake.

To vote for McCoy just go to the FedEx Air & Ground page and vote for Shady as much as you want. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

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Bills cover units getting recognized

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:25 am

Being the only game on TV Thursday night got the Bills cover units on special teams some national recognition. Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column recognized a couple of Buffalo cover men on both kick and punt coverage in Buffalo’s win over the Jets last week.

Here’s what King wrote in his ‘10 Things I Think.

j. Chris Hogan of the Bills, with a great piece of kickoff coverage against the Jets.

k. Ron Brooks of the Bills, with a great piece of punt coverage against the Jets.

In the win over the Jets, the Bills held New York punt returner Jeremy Kerley to just 14 total yards on four punt returns to average just 3.5 yards per return. Buffalo was equally effective in kick coverage where they allowed New York to less than 16 yards a return (15.7).

The Bills currently lead the league in kickoff coverage.

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Darby gets Def. POW nod from MMQB

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:08 am

In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback Column a Bills cornerback is one of the two winners for Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10 action.

Rookie CB Ronald Darby was named one of King’s defensive players of the week. Here’s what he wrote on Buffalo’s second-round pick.


Ronald Darby, cornerback, Buffalo. Through nine games, this strong contender for defensive rookie of the year already has the Bills’ rookie record for passes defensed (18) after a stellar game in the Meadowlands on Thursday night. The 50th pick of the 2015 draft is so feisty, so competitive, so unafraid, that it’s surprising so many corner-hungry teams passed on him last spring. Darby deflected three Ryan Fitzpatrick passes and played physically on Jets receivers all night in Buffalo’s 22-17 win.

King also referenced Darby in his ’10 Things I Think’ as he clearly came away impressed after watching Darby, and Stephon Gilmore for that matter, capably defend the Jets big wideouts last Thursday night. Here was his synopsis.

8. I think Ronald Darby is one of the most pro-ready defensive players I’ve seen come into the NFL in years. He’s physical, he’s a clinging defender, and he’s really competitive. What a great pick by Buffalo GM Doug Whaley, nabbing Darby with the 50th pick last spring. How were seven corners picked before Darby?

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Rex: Kyle doesn’t look ready for this week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2015 – 5:23 pm

He’s missed the last two games with a knee injury suffered in Week 6 against Concinnati and according to head coach Rex Ryan, Kyle Williams is going to miss his third game. 

In his weekly radio appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan said that Williams is trying like crazy to heal up and get well, but indicated he won’t be fit to play against New England Monday night. 

“I don’t think he’s going to be ready to go this week,” said Ryan of Kyle Williams. 

If Williams in fact can’t play in New England next Monday its expected that Corbin Bryant will continue to start in his place. 

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Report: Surgery for Pats WR Edelman

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2015 – 9:27 am

The injury sustained by New England WR Julian Edelman in the first quarter of the Patriots win over the Giants Sunday night will apparently require surgery.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Edelman, who reportedly broke a bone in his left foot, will have surgery today (Monday).


Edelman is not expected to be available for the Patriots Week 11 matchup with the Bills in Foxborough on Monday night. Danny Amendola is expected to assume Edelman’s primary slot receiver role in the New England offense.

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Report: Edelman sustains broken foot

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2015 – 10:01 pm

The Patriots remained undefeated Sunday, but not without a key injury. Leading receiver Julian Edelman suffered a broken foot in the first quarter and did not return. He’s out indefinitely so his chances of playing next Monday night against the Bills appears unlikely.

New England also lost RB Dion Lewis for the rest of the season two weeks ago to a torn ACL. On Sunday they also played without three of their offensive linemen. No word yet on what the status of Marcus Cannon, Tre Jackson and Sebastian Vollmer, who were all inactive against the Giants.

It’s expected that Danny Amendola will fill Edelman’s role in the slot as he did for much of the remainder of the Giants game.

Here’s a look at how Edelman breaks foot vs. Giants

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Taylor, Rex comment on game day headset issues

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2015 – 2:21 pm

In London the Bills had problems with their headset to quarterback communication. It forced EJ Manuel to run to the sideline after a play to get the next play call. On Thursday night against the Jets, the headset communication was again a problem.

Tyrod Taylor had to burn a few timeouts because the play clock ran down on them before they could get the offense lined up properly for the next play call due to communication issues.

“We had a couple of headset issues it was kind of out of our control, but we’ve got to continue to keep fighting through it,” said Taylor. “We wasted some timeouts on it, but it’s unfortunate and moving forward hopefully we won’t have those problems.”

Head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t know why the problems have persisted.

“I don’t know man. If we knew the answer, we wouldn’t have the problems. It’s unbelievable,” Ryan said. “We let the clock run out on us a few times. We had to take a bunch of time outs based on that. We have no idea what it is. Sometimes it goes out, sometimes it doesn’t. I think it’s our responsibility as a team.  I think we only had one issue with the defense, so it’s more about the offense. And the bad thing is, it comes at certain times of the game in critical situations, it seems like. I have no answer for it.”

Knowing the Bills are headed to New England for their next game, where headsets notoriously malfunction (see: Mike Tomlin – Week 1), Ryan is hopeful they can come up with a solution.

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Turnovers why Bills have had Jets number

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2015 – 11:34 am

On Thursday Night Football the Bills made it four in a row over the Jets thanks largely to turnovers, something that’s become a common thread in Buffalo’s win streak against their AFC East rival.

The Bills won the turnover battle Thursday night by a count of 4-0, despite the fact that the Jets came into the game a plus-7 in turnover margin, which was tied for the AFC lead. But the situation has been just the opposite in New York’s last four meetings with Buffalo.

In the last four games between the Bills and Jets, Buffalo has won the turnover margin by a count of 15-0. Those 15 takeaways by the Bills is a large reason why Buffalo has outscored New York in the last four meetings 140 to 57.

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Rex gets game ball

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2015 – 4:30 am

It’s usually the head coach that hands out game balls after a big win, but on Thursday night at MetLife stadium the roles were reversed in Buffalo’s locker room.

Although Rex Ryan refused to make the matchup with his former team the Jets about him and his history with the rival AFC East club, the players knew what a win would mean for him.

“He was just excited, he didn’t say much,” said Preston Brown of the postgame locker room atmosphere. “We know how proud he is for us to get this win. It was a big moment for him, so for us to go out and get that win I’m sure he’s happy.”

Handing Ryan his game ball after the victory was Eric Wood.

“I just said welcome back to the Big Apple, man. And I just gave him a hug,” Wood said. “I leave the talking to Rex.  He’s a lot more talented speaker than really anybody I’ve been around.”

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Cromartie among Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 7:12 pm

Here are the Jets inactives for tonight’s game against the Bills which includes CB Antonio Cromartie. 

QB Bryce Petty

S Calvin Pryor

RB Bilal Powell

CB Antonio Cromartie

S Dion Bailey

G Dakota Dozier

OL Ben Ijalana

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EJ Manuel among Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 7:00 pm

Here are Buffalo’s inactives tonight in their game against the Jets, which includes EJ Manuel as a healthy inactive. 

QB EJ Manuel

LB Randell Johnson

OL Gabe Ikard

DT Kyle Williams

CB Mario Butler

OT Cyrus Kouandjio

DT Stefan Charles 

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1st back-to-back primetimes for Bills since ’93

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 6:27 pm

Tonight the Bills open the first of a pair of back-to-back primetime games with the Jets in New York before they face the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 11. The last time Buffalo had back-to-back primetime games was in their final AFC title season of 1993. Here’s how they fared.

In Week 5 Buffalo won a tight game over the New York Giants in Orchard Park on Sunday night football by a score of 17-14. Pete Metzelaars had the game-winning touchdown catch on an eight-yard throw from Jim Kelly in the fourth quarter.

The following week on Monday Night Football the Bills hosted the Houston Oilers and routed them 35-7. Thurman Thomas and Kenny Davis combined for 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Andre Reed had a pair of receiving TDs. Jim Kelly had just 15 completions, but three went for touchdowns in the win as Buffalo improved to 4-1 heading into their bye week.

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Will Jets blitz Tyrod Taylor?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 5:30 pm

The New York Jets blitz opposing offenses more often than any other defense in football, but will they be as aggressive with a quarterback as elusive as Tyrod Taylor?

The Jets blitz about half the time on pass plays with their highest percentage being 61 percent against the Raiders, a game New York lost as they proved susceptible to big plays. In light of how successful some recent opponents have been in beating their blitz schemes will the Jets sit back and play coverage?

It might be a good idea. Tyrod Taylor, according to ESPN statistics has the highest completion percentage in the league against the blitz at 64 percent. He’s also one of the fastest running quarterbacks in the league.

New York’s secondary however, is injury riddled, so does Jets head coach Todd Bowles blitz in an effort to help his ailing secondary or does he commit more defenders to coverage to assist the defensive backfield?

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Hughes a fan of division games

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 12:44 pm

Jerry Hughes has been a pretty productive player the last two seasons for Buffalo, registering a pair of 10 sack campaigns. He’s been particularly effective of late against AFC East opponents.

In Hughes’ past five games against division opponents, Hughes has 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Sacking Ryan Fitzpatrick might prove difficult as he gets the ball out quick, but for Hughes there has been something about playing division opponents.

“(Thursday night) is a division game for us so it’s important in its entirety there,” said Hughes. “We have to beat the Jets to move up in our division so that’s what we’re focused on.”

Of course Jets DT Sheldon Richardson enjoys facing division opponents as well. He has 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble in his last four games against the AFC East.

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Midseason award for Incognito

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

Monday Morning QB columnist Andy Benoit has handed out his NFL Midseason awards and one of Buffalo’s offensive lineman was the only Bills representative on the list.

Guard Richie Incognito was listed as one of Benoit’s two guards on his Midseason squad. Here’s what he had on Incognito for his performance thus far in 2015.

Richie Incognito, Bills
He is almost always the featured hog in Buffalo’s predominant pull-blocking concepts. Has also had a quiet season in pass protection (a good thing for an O-lineman).

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McCoy likes playing on Thursday nights

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2015 – 8:41 am

His injured shoulder might disagree, but one of Buffalo’s playmakers has been awfully productive in Thursday night games.

RB LeSean McCoy has played in four Thursday night games in his career and his production has been downright impressive. In those four career Thursday games, McCoy averages 145 scrimmage yards per game and has six total touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving). McCoy aims for his fifth straight game on Thursday with a touchdown against the Jets.

Here are LeSean McCoy’s career numbers on Thursday:

4 445 135 580 6

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Section V Coach of the Week

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on November 11, 2015 – 7:25 pm

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The Section V Coach of the Week for week 10 of the 2015 high school football season is Wayne Carroll, Head Coach of the Bath-Haverling Rams Football Team.  The Rams defeated the East Rochester Bombers by a score of 40-30 to maintain a perfect record of 10-0 for their first Section V Championship since 2008.

Patrick Brewer led the way for the Rams on offense rushing for 248 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Michael Rice added a rushing and passing touchdown.

On defense, Jake Taggart compiled 15 tackles and Matt Machuga added 7 tackles to help seal the Class C championship.

Bath-Haverling will face Section VI Class C Champion Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake in the state quarterfinal game on Saturday, November 14th in Rochester.

Congratulations to Coach Carroll and the Bath-Haverling Rams from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

Check back on each week for a video announcement of the Section VI Coach of the Week winner and a blog post featuring the Section V winner

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Darby earns rookie Pro Bowl nod

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2015 – 6:03 pm senior correspondent Gil Brandt put together his list of NFL rookies who he thinks have the best shot at making the Pro Bowl. One of Buffalo’s rookies ranked pretty high.

Brandt had Bills CB Ronald Darby ranked third on his rookie Pro Bowl list with only Oakland’s Amari Cooper and St. Louis’ Todd Gurley ranked higher. Here’s what Brandt had on why he had Darby ranked third in the top 10.

3) Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo Bills

The second-round pick has 15 pass breakups and has been burned on just 48.4 percent of the balls thrown his way — anything under 50 percent is very good. He’s also chipped in two picks and 44 tackles. He’s physical, can play press coverage, makes flash plays and has good speed. Right now, he’s playing as well as any corner in the league.

Darby is one of just four non-first round picks to make the list.

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Rex has had Chan and Fitz’s number

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2015 – 4:01 pm

They squared off against one another as head coaches six times with Ryan Fitzpatrick in the lineup as Bills quarterback. Rex Ryan for the most part had Chan Gailey’s number posting a 5-1 record as the current Jets offensive coordinator. Will Ryan’s dominance over Gailey and Fitzpatrick continue?

Fitzpatrick believes he’s got different game breaking talent in New York with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, two huge receiving targets who have combined for 11 touchdowns in eight games. Fitzpatrick with Gailey calling the plays against Ryan averaged just 182.5 passing yards a game and a total of 16 turnovers in that span.

“He’s always a tough defense to go against and he does a great job,” said Fitzpatrick of Ryan. “They’re very creative in their schemes and what they do. I don’t know. I’m just going to rely on my experience, not just in the games I’ve played against him before, but everything that I’ve learned the last few years and how I’ve grown as a player. We’ve got a much different team here. The scheme is similar in that it’s Chan’s offense, but we’ve got a different set of personnel and we like to the run the ball, different talents so it is a much different offense in that regard. I think I’m a much better player than I was four years ago.”

In those six games against Ryan’s defense, Fitzpatrick started five of those games and completed just under 52 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed just 53.5 percent of his passes and was sacked six times. His passer rating was 81.7.

In the seven games in which Fitz has appeared against Rex Ryan defenses in his career the Jets QB has a completion percentage of just under 50 percent (49.8%) with 12 touchdowns and seven INTs. He’s got a passer rating of 75 and his team has a 3-5 record in that span. Only once in those eight games did he pass for more than 250 yards.

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