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Personnel dept. to meet with coaches this week

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2015 – 12:49 pm

With the Senior Bowl in the rearview mirror and Rex Ryan’s coaching staff almost completely assembled the Bills personnel department will be sitting down with the new coaches to formulate plans concerning what needs to be added to upgrade the roster.

“We’re going to meet with the coaches this week and our roster and how we feel about it and how they feel about it and make some decisions on free agency as far as who we’re going to attack there,” said Monos in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550. “Draft-wise we’re always going to stick to the best player available offense or defense. Everybody knows how high we were ranked on defense this year, but that’s not going to mean that we wouldn’t take somebody that we think could help us.”

Rex Ryan met with the scouting staff in Mobile last week to apprise them of the type of players he wants for his roster.


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Quality of QB prospects a matter of opinion

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2015 – 12:47 pm

In the opinion of most draft gurus this year’s class of quarterbacks is not a strong one. Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos said the quality of the quarterback class is ultimately a matter of opinion.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Monos was asked if the outside opinion on the quarterback class resonates with the Bills personnel department.

“Everybody is assuming quarterback for us obviously because we only have two on the roster in EJ (Manuel) and Jeff Tuel,” said Monos. “We are going to be doing work on every quarterback and if it’s strong or not strong that’s up to us. Hopefully we do our work and find somebody who is good, or find somebody nobody else is talking about because we aren’t picking that high.”


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Monos: Senior Bowl talent review

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2015 – 12:44 pm

Senior Bowl week came to a conclusion last weekend. Here are some players that Bills Player Personnel Director Jim Monos felt helped themselves during the practices and the game in Mobile.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monos was asked about offensive linemen and quarterbacks. He mentioned a guard from Duke and a tackle from Penn State.

“Laken Tomlinson had a great week of practice down there from Duke,” Monos said. “(Donovan) Smith the tackle from Penn State had a good week, who I’m looking at right now (on tape). He’s a big guy. We watch every position not just offensive line and we evaluate every position the same as if we need every position. I thought (QB) Bryce Petty from Baylor and (QB Garrett) Grayson from Colorado State had nice weeks.”

Smith is Cordy Glen big at 6-5 and 340 pounds. Here’s a look back at what happened in the Senior Bowl game over the weekend.


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Bills personnel dept. on John Murphy Show

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2015 – 4:31 pm

It’ll be the big three from Buffalo’s personnel department on the John Murphy Show tonight on location in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.

John Murphy will sit down with GM Doug Whaley, Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos and Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher to talk about how their meeting with Rex Ryan went and how the Senior Bowl fits into their plans to solve the quarterback position.

It’s tonight from 7-9 pm live from Mobile on the John Murphy Show.


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Texting in the draft room

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2014 – 11:17 am

With our exclusive access to the Bills draft room on draft weekend we brought you a lot of behind the scenes coverage with our Bills Focus piece on the first two days of the draft for Buffalo as well as our On The Clock – presented by Michelin piece on Whaley’s Decisive Decision Making. There were some other interesting notes about the goings on in the draft room.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, President & CEO Russ Brandon and Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos were all texting a fair amount during the draft. It was most noticeable on day 1 and less so on days 2 and 3. Whaley confirmed for Buffalobills.com that they were staying in touch with other NFL clubs.

“You’re texting because it’s a faster and more efficient way just to make contact with people, especially in the draft room where things can get a little hectic, there might be a phone ringing,” said Whaley. “So it’s just as easy.”

At the start of the draft there was a lot of texting with other teams ahead of them at ninth overall.

“We were making contact with teams ahead of Cleveland just to see what they were thinking,” said Whaley.

Monos, Brandon and Whaley were each assigned different clubs to stay in touch with during round one.

“With that many teams you want to delegate different guys to talk to different teams so you’re not mixing up your information,” Whaley said. “That’s where mistakes can happen.”


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CB Cockrell’s full of leadership potential

Posted by Chris Brown on May 10, 2014 – 3:42 pm

Bills fourth round pick Ross Cockrell will be focused on mastering Buffalo’s defensive playbook first and foremost, but in a few years he could be a leader in Buffalo’s secondary.

Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos saw a lot of progress through Cockrell’s years at Duke. A two-time captain Cockrell was a leader on and off the field. His head coach at Duke David Cutcliffe was often impressed with Cockrell’s assessment of their team performances after games and often let him address the team before he did.

Monos sees a mature young player in Cockrell.

“You could see it even at his pro day. Guys gravitate to him and he is the leader of that group,” said Monos.


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New assistants give Bills added QB acumen

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2014 – 4:33 pm

Buffalo’s new offensive assistants, QBs coach Todd Downing and senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler will provide many benefits to the offensive staff. One of which is the ability to adapt to whatever their quarterback picture looks like come training camp.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the quarterback coaching experience of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, combined with Downing and Hostler has put them in a position where they’ll be able to handle any QB roster combination in 2014.

“I think we don’t want to ever put ourselves in a position where as an organization we can’t get the best thing out there (on the field) for us,” said Marrone. “That’s a collaborative thing between myself and Doug (Whaley) and Russ Brandon and Jim Monos and (Director of College Scouting) Kelvin (Fisher).

“So for us what I felt is we brought in a quarterback coach, one who has worked with EJ before. We brought in Jim Hostler who I’ve been with and knows the system that we have. We’ve set ourselves up where we can go ahead and get a veteran quarterback if that’s what Doug would like to do. We can draft a quarterback if that’s what Doug wants to do. Or we can stay status quo if that’s what we want to do. So we’re prepared as a staff to go in any direction.”

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