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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2014 – 8:14 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the radio airwaves Tuesday.

WCMF
o 6:50 am – Jeff Tuel
o 7:30 am – Duke Williams


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on July 30, 2014 – 9:24 pm

Here are the Bills players you can find on the local radio airwaves Thursday morning.

  • WGR 550, Howard Simon and Jeremy White
    • 7:00 am – Boobie Dixon
    • 7:15 am – EJ Manuel
  • WCMF, Break room
    • 7:00 am – EJ Manuel
    • 7:15 am – Boobie Dixon

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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on July 21, 2014 – 9:44 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the local radio airwaves Tuesday morning and who will be on NFL Network in the morning as well.

Kiss 98.5 FM – Buffalo, Janet & Nick
7:00 am – TJ Graham
7:15 am – Corey Graham

WGR 550 AM – Buffalo, Howard Simon and Jeremy White
6:30 am – Marcus Easley
7:00 am – Jimmy Gaines

WCMF 96.5 FM – Rochester, The Break Room
6:40 am – Marcus Easley
7:10 am – Jimmy Gaines

NFL Network, Steve Wyche
7:15 am – CJ Spiller


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2014 – 11:37 pm

Here’s a look at where you can listen in to Bills players on the local radio airwaves Monday morning from training camp.

WGR 550 AM – Buffalo
7:15 am – Eric Wood
7:25 am – Preston Brown
8:30/9:00 am – Russ Brandon

WCMF – Rochester – 96.5 FM
7:25 am – Eric Wood
7:35 am – Preston Brown

 


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Spiller on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 28, 2014 – 7:06 am

Here’s where you can find C.J. Spiller this morning on the local radio airwaves with voluntary OTAs set to begin today.

Spiller will appear on the Howard Simon show this morning on Bonilla flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 at 7:45.


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Whaley outlines decision to draft Henderson

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2014 – 2:08 pm

He was a highly touted high school prospect coming out of high school, but he’s had his share of missteps in his college career, which is why he slipped all the way to the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday. OT Seantrel Henderson went 237th overall to the Bills and GM Doug Whaley explained the thinking behind the selection.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley outlined why they felt with their last pick in the 2014 draft that Henderson was worth a flyer.

“It boils down to talking to the person and finding out where he is mentally,” said Whaley. “With Seantrel we talked to him at the combine and before we drafted him and he understands that this is his last shot. So we thought the value of taking him in the seventh round with the talent he has was a good pick for us. Knowing he’s all in and he knows there won’t be any tolerating any kind of misconduct or misstep we were comfortable with it.”


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Bills final draft board process starts Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2014 – 11:34 am

They had a preliminary draft board in place in advance of the NFL combine, but starting next week the process of finalizing the Bills draft board begins.

Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning confirmed that he and his college scouting department will begin finalizing their board next week.

“We have some medical meetings with our medical staff and then our scouts come in this weekend and we’ll be hunkering down on Monday at 9am and get started then,” said Whaley. “We do have a preliminary board set that we put together right before the combine and these meetings we’ll get input from the coaches and tinker with the board a little bit.”


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Whaley: Adding another QB not likely

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 10:34 am

This week the Bills parted ways with veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb. With three “green” quarterbacks on the roster, there is some thought outside the organization that they might consider adding a free agent with more experience to compete for a backup role. Bills GM Doug Whaley put that thought to rest Friday.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley confirmed that right now there are no plans to add another quarterback though he would not completely rule it out.

“At this time no, but again we will keep all options open,” said Whaley.

When asked if the team would feel comfortable going into training camp with the three quarterbacks currently on the roster, EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel, Whaley said they would be.

“Comfortable, very comfortable and then you throw Dennis Dixon in,” he said. “All those guys are going to be another year in the system, so if you bring someone else in they’ll be new in the system. So we’re comfortable with where we are with the quarterback position.”

Dixon was on Buffalo’s practice squad as a quarterback last season.


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Brandon on chain of command in front office

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2014 – 10:46 am

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon thought it was ridiculous to even question how it functions, but when asked how personnel and contract values are set in Buffalo’s front office, he provided an in depth answer to eliminate any doubt as to how things trickle down from GM Doug Whaley when it comes to football and salary cap decisions.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Brandon explained how personnel and salary cap decisions are delineated.

“I have great belief in our structure, and let me be real clear about this,” said Brandon. “When Doug Whaley was brought in as general manager he was given sole responsibility for the 53-man roster and the value equation on each player. So the composition of the roster and the value on players are totally his responsibility. So he directs the ceiling on each negotiation and he has full salary cap at his disposal and he’s empowered to deploy it as he sees fit.

“My belief is the general manager position is all about personnel and all about player acquisition. (Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf is our lead negotiator on each contract. He takes his direction from the GM chair. He is one of the most respected individuals at his craft in this business.

“Every team has a lead negotiator. Jim and I and (Player Personnel Analyst) Kevin Meganck and Doug Whaley sits in on that as well. Quite frankly I don’t want Doug worried about which legal clause to put in a contract when he’s at a pro day, which he is (doing now). But make no mistake he sets the ceiling on each player and how the composition of the roster looks.

“I will tell you this, this organization has never been in more lock step. To offer any other commentary on that is really nonsense and sophomoric in my opinion.”


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Hunter’s Hope auction wraps up tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2014 – 2:37 pm

There are just a few hours left for the Hunter’s Hope live online auction being put on by Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 where you can bid on some rare NFL collectibles among other valuable items all to support the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, which battles to fight Krabbe leukodystrophies and to advocate for universal newborn screening. Here’s where you can go to support the cause.

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and his wife Jill have been at the forefront of this cause from the time their late son Hunter was diagnosed. Here’s more information on the events surrounding Hunter’s Day of Hope this weekend.


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Byrd’s safety partner hoping he re-signs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 12:05 pm

He was an invited guest to Hawaii by his Pro Bowl safety teammate Jairus Byrd along with other members of Buffalo’s secondary. Byrd had them all out in Honolulu with him this past week. Aaron Williams is hoping all of the men in the Bills defensive backfield will continue to enjoy Byrd’s company in Buffalo next season and beyond.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning, Williams reiterated his desire to have Byrd continue to line up alongside him in Buffalo’s secondary.

“A lot of people have been hassling me about calling Jairus,” said Williams. “I’m going to be totally honest with you. I would love for my boy to come back. We’re the best safety duo in the league in my opinion. I don’t think any other safeties who had the numbers that we did this year. Unfortunately it’s above my pay scale to handle all that. All I can do is trust the guys upstairs in the front office… I know they want Jairus back. At the same time the business side of it gets a little ugly. I put my opinion on it and let it go and hopefully it goes in my favor and the team’s favor.”

Byrd (4) and Williams (4) combined for eight interceptions in 2013, which was tied with Seattle’s safety tandem of Earl Thomas (5) and Kam Chancellor (3) for the league lead.


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Aaron eager to meet new DC Schwartz

Posted by Chris Brown on January 27, 2014 – 11:50 am

It’ll be his fourth defensive coordinator in four years in the NFL, but Aaron Williams is nonetheless eager to meet his new defensive play caller in Jim Schwartz.

Making an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Williams maintained that he was looking forward to working with their new head man on the defensive side of the ball having a relative who played for Schwartz in Detroit.

“I’m super excited to meet him,” said Williams. “My cousin actually played for him, Chris Houston. I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him yet, but from what he’s told me he’s a great guy.

“You can’t really worry about how he is as a person. You really have to worry about how he is as a coach. I hope he’s a great guy, but when it’s time for the work he’s down to go to business and he has to understand that I’m ready to go and change this team around, the organization, this franchise and just come back and bring back what we had in the 90’s to today. We’re excited about getting this team back to the playoffs and give this city what it really wants. That’s just to get back to the playoffs and have a home game. It’d be exciting.”


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Co-captain explains why he has faith in EJ

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 5:20 pm

Fred Jackson, who appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday, spent an hour on the air reviewing the season and discussing various aspects of the team and their performance in 2013. Obviously EJ Manuel was a subject of discussion, and Jackson provided some key insight into why he feels Manuel will be a much improved player in 2014.

“I’ve had an opportunity to sit in the quarterback meetings with him and Nate (Hackett) while they’re talking through the schemes that are going in and Nate will be talking to him about a coverage and what he’s thinking and right off the bat he knows what he’s supposed to be looking for if it’s cover-four, cover-three or cover-two, he knows where he’s supposed to go and where the reads are going to be,” said Jackson. “That’s tremendous for a rookie. Anytime you have a rookie that knows those types of things it’s going to make him better. His decision making with the ball is one of the things that helped us stay in games and put some points up.”

Jackson believes the offensive scheme was not fully unveiled because there was a rookie quarterback running it, but believes it will be expanded by coach Hackett in year two.

“I would think so,” he said. “EJ was a rookie so there were things we couldn’t put in or if it was too much they might’ve thought not to put it in. I definitely see them taking the shackles off if there were any. I don’t know what all the conversations were, but I’m sure with him being a rookie and defenses being a lot more exotic than what you see in college there was a lot of the offense that they left out. It’ll be fun to see what we do in OTAs and in minicamps and things like that because I think he’ll be a lot better.”


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Jackson out to change perception of Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 4:51 pm

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RB Fred Jackson appeared for a full hour on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday on the Howard Simon show and addressed several topics. One was as his role as captain and heading into next season he intends to make the image of one of his teammates his personal project.

Stevie Johnson is a lightning rod for attention when it comes to Bills fans with a seemingly equal split on him as a player. Jackson was asked by Simon if he sees a future for Johnson in Buffalo in 2014. Buffalo’s co-captain said he does, but also intends to make it his personal mission to repair Johnson’s public image and consistency on the field.

“I definitely think he has a future here,” Jackson said. “He’s a guy that’s up and down so to speak. That’s on guys like myself and Kyle (Williams) and Eric (Wood) to get changed. I’ll take a lot of personal accountability for that guy. That’ll be on me next year, if he’s here, nothing is ever guaranteed. If I’m here it’s one of those things where I’ll definitely do everything I can to get that tarnished image off of Stevie because he’s a tremendous player and a guy that I think can be really great for us.”


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Fred to get back to work soon

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2014 – 4:38 pm

Bills RB Fred Jackson, who appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday, provided an update on his offseason regimen. Jackson intends to get back to work soon after a two weeks layoff.

Appearing on the Howard Simon show, Jackson explained that he’ll be starting his offseason work in the pool and on the bike.

“Right now it’s total down time. They tell us to take 10-14 days off,” said Jackson. “Don’t do anything that has anything to do with football outside of sitting on the couch and watching some games. That time is just about up then I’ll go back to working out and try to do some swimming and biking that’s not pounding on the body. It’s about time for that to start. I’ll do some checkups with the training staff on little injuries from during the season. That’s what guys are doing now. Once you get cleared to start doing stuff you get right back into it.”


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Marrone expands on accountability

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 1:30 pm

Accountability has been a big buzz word with Doug Marrone and his coaching staff in year one with the Bills as he and his assistants have worked tirelessly to eradicate a losing culture at One Bills Drive. Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Marrone expanded on what he means about a player being accountable to his coaches and teammates.

“I think the easiest way to answer that question (about accountability) is how badly do you want to win,” Marrone asked rhetorically. “You have to have the responsibility to want to win for a great cause that’s greater than yourself. I really believe that in my heart. You have to buy into the process of this is how this team is going to win. And I’m all in.”

Marrone said that’s what he has explained and laid out for his players. At the same time he realizes that people on the outside will not see the Bills losing culture as changed until the team starts winning consistently.

“It’s about winning,” he said. “People talk about changing the culture, the only time they talk about changing the culture is when they win. They say, ‘Oh man that guy went in there and changed the culture.’ If someone goes in there and they don’t win, then it’s, ‘That guy went in there and didn’t change a thing.’

“It’s about winning football games and are you willing to do whatever it takes to win? When you say yes to that question then you have a chance.”

When asked how he determines whether players on his current roster have convinced him that they have said yes to those things, Marrone had a very direct response.

“When they do exactly what you want them to do,” said Marrone. “I’ve told this to the team and obviously people that know me, I’m about doing the right thing and being the best every day in everything that you do. I’m extreme with that. That’s what get you to a point to where you can go out there and win. When every little detail and every little thing matters and you believe that every single situation is part of a process that creates winning and you have pride in what you do then you can go out there and do it.”


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Bills only focused on supporting Stevie

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 10:44 am

After losing his mother, who passed unexpectedly over the weekend, Stevie Johnson’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins is undetermined. Head coach Doug Marrone may shed some light on the receiver’s situation in his Wednesday press conference this afternoon, but Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon did confirm one thing concerning Johnson.

In his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550, Brandon said that the team will provide Johnson with any means of support that he or his family might need this week.

“We’ve been in communication with him since Saturday evening,” said Brandon. “What he’s dealing with is a very difficult situation. It’s a private thing for him. I can’t anticipate what’s going to happen on Sunday. My only focus is on making sure we support him and his family and take care of him in any possible way that we can.”

 


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Brandon: Miami game to be blacked out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 10:14 am

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Wednesday was up front in admitting that they will not be able to beat the blackout deadline of Thursday at 1 pm and sell out Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

“We won’t meet the sellout,” said Brandon. “The game will be blacked out, but we will have a good crowd there and they’ll be boisterous for sure. Everyone always gets a little extra amped up when the Dolphins come to town. We’ll be ready and I know the fans will be ready and we’d love to knock them off their playoff perch.”

Brandon said there are about 16,000 tickets left for Sunday’s game. This is the first TV blackout of the season for Buffalo.


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Wins important with AFC East rivals on tap

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2013 – 8:46 am

While some Bills fans would probably prefer to see Buffalo land a higher draft choice knowing the playoffs are out of the conversation, the players are eager to stack victories at the end of the season. Naturally players want to win every week, but even without a postseason berth on the line, beating their division opponents carries a measure of importance knowing they’ll be facing these same team twice next season.

“It’s huge. It means a tremendous amount,” said Fred Jackson in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550. “Going into the offseason winning football games is something you can build off of and something you can fall back on. We have two opponents coming up that we’re going to see a lot of so to be able to get wins against those guys, focusing on Miami first is something we can take into the offseason. We have a road ahead of us and to be able to lay the foundation of beating those guys and have a winning record in our division is something we can lean on. It’s the opportunity that’s in front of us.”

Buffalo currently has a 2-2 record in the division with wins over the Jets and Miami. They face the Dolphins in the rematch Sunday with Miami trying to remain in AFC playoff contention.

“This is a big game for us and has always been a big game for us,” Jackson said. “We’ll start preparing. We’re excited about it. We have a tremendous opportunity to hit those guys in the mouth and kill their playoff chances a little bit. We went down to their house and got a win so I’m sure they’re hoping to do the same up here. So hopefully we can get a lot of fans out at the Ralph and get them rowdy and we can feed off of them.”


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Jackson: Team intensity has to stay high

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2013 – 12:23 pm

In the wake of the embarrassing Week 14 loss at Tampa Bay Fred Jackson, and likely a host of other players on the roster, came to the realization that they’re just not intense enough, often enough to go out and win football games week in and week out.  Buffalo’s captains in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 said the intensity they had in their win at Jacksonville has to stay that way for the remainder of the season.

Jackson was glad to see the way the team responded after what was likely their worst showing of the year in Tampa with their winning effort in Jacksonville. Still, he was troubled by the fact that they squandered other chances to win earlier in the season because their intensity was at its peak all the time.

“We just cannot take weeks off,” said Jackson. “It [stinks] to say that, but there are weeks where we go in and we’re not playing as hard as we need to. That’s on us as an offensive unit and we have to get that corrected. When we get that corrected we’re able to put up the numbers that we put up Sunday. Hopefully we get our wits about us and play as well as we did yesterday.”

The follow up question dealt with accountability and weeding out the players that weren’t pulling their weight or in this case going all out every snap they were on the field.

“I think it’s about guys being out there and going through the motions,” said Jackson. “After the Tampa game guys were going to get called out that were seen doing that. Guys showed up this weekend. That has to be the case from here on out. We’re being evaluated every time we step on the field. To go down and get embarrassed in Tampa we had to go show up in Jacksonville. Guys did a tremendous job responding. Hopefully we can continue to play well. That has to do with just guys showing up, preparing, playing hard every play. Once you get guys doing that we can be a pretty good team.”


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