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Fred’s role not defined yet, but he’ll have one

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2015 – 9:32 am

There have been a lot of questions about how Fred Jackson’s role might change with the offseason addition of LeSean McCoy. While there’s little debate as to what McCoy’s role on the offense will be, it’s unclear just what Jackson will be mainly called upon to handle in Buffalo’s offense. But make no mistake, Rex Ryan sees a role for Jackson.

“First I think Fred is in great shape,” said Ryan. “So I think he’s got some tread on that tire still. The thing you notice immediately about Fred, smart, he picks things up extremely well. He’s picked up our offense extremely. Still valuable as a threat out of the backfield, great blitz pickup and by the way he can still run the football. Now we’ll use him. We’re not going to say this is his role, it’s clearly too early to define roles that way. Obviously LeSean came in here to get the majority of the carries. That’s no secret, but Fred can be very valuable for us.”


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Asst. coach Anderson handling OL duties

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said there are no new developments with the situation surrounding OL coach Aaron Kromer, but with the veteran coach on paid administrative leave, assistant offensive line coach Kurt Anderson is working in his absence.

“Kurt (Anderson) is obviously going to be heading up coaching that offensive line,” said Ryan. “He’s been here throughout camp and has the qualities of being a fine offensive line coach, but it’s just business as usual for us.”

Buffalo also announced the hiring on Pat Meyer as team operations consultant, but he has an offensive line coaching background and will be assisting Anderson.

When asked about where things stand with Kromer, Ryan said they were status quo.

“As far as Aaron’s situation is concerned there’s no update on that,” said Ryan. “We’re working with the league and we’re still gathering the information.”


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Carpenter, McKelvin updates

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 2:46 pm

On Friday Bills head coach Rex Ryan shed a bit more light on what is keeping K Dan Carpenter and CB Leodis McKelvin sidelined.

Though he didn’t say what McKelvin’s injury was specifically he did indicate they aren’t concerned about it right now.

“As far as Leodis is concerned, he’s got a little injury,” said Ryan. “That we’ll see how it progresses through this training camp, but I’m not concerned now with it. I know he’s doing what he can to speed his recovery so that’s a good thing.”

McKelvin was limited in the spring as he was recovering from a broken ankle suffered last year in Week 11. No word on the nature of his latest injury.

Meanwhile Carpenter’s injury isn’t considered serious.

“Carpenter just has a tweak with a hamstring and no major setbacks there,” said Ryan.


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Harvin went to Rex about getting CB reps

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2015 – 2:02 pm

Percy Harvin is focused on becoming a true full-time wide receiver instead of a gadget receiver, but he pulled a bit of a Troy Brown at Buffalo’s first training camp practice.

Harvin lined up for a couple of snaps at right cornerback Friday during team work at Bills camp. Head coach Rex Ryan said that Harvin approached him about giving the defensive position a shot.

“He came to me and wanted to help this team out in any way,” said Ryan. “You have a guy like Leodis (McKelvin) go down and you can’t have enough depth at corner in my opinion. First hand info. So let’s see what he can do. We’re not going to over coach him. We expect him to be a top receiver for us. But if he can help out in that area, just like if Kyle Williams can help our offense out then we’ll look at that as well. This is just a let’s see what he can do thing. He came to me with it. He’s obviously got the physical skill set where you’d think he could be pretty good at it.”

It sounds like something Ryan and the staff are willing to experiment with, but the head coach made it clear that Harvin is here to make plays on offense as a pass catcher.


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Bills react to Rex’s sky dive

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2015 – 3:53 pm

As most witnessed by watching on Buffalobills.com, head coach Rex Ryan jumped out of an airplane with the US Army’s Golden Knights a little over a week ago. It was the first time he went skydiving. With players voluntarily reporting to training camp here at St. John Fisher Wednesday there were some interesting reactions to Ryan’s decision to willingly jump out of a plane.

“From personal experience, I’ve done it,” said Chris Hogan. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s cool that he’s got the …he’s pretty nuts. I did it a while back ago. I probably wouldn’t do it again. My fiancé made me do it. It was an awful birthday present. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I did it.”

For Kyle Williams, skydiving is not an option.

“I’m glad that he did because I’m not,” said Williams. “If you’ve kind of watched or kept up with Rex over the years Rex loves to live life. I think he ran with the bulls and did a lot of things. You only get one (life) so you might as well enjoy it and use it as an adventure. Good for him. I’m glad he did. They’d have to get a whole lot bigger canopy for me or something would have to be on fire before I jumped out.”


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Being No. 1 ‘D’ easier said than done

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2015 – 10:07 am

As ambitious as head coach Rex Ryan has been when it has come to claiming his defensive unit in Buffalo will be number one even he knows how hard it is to achieve the league’s top ranking.

In our Camp Countdown we examined just how feasible it will be for Buffalo’s defense to finish first in the league this season. But even Ryan knows what a tall order that is.

“The Bills did have an outstanding defense last year,” said Ryan. “I guess my expectation is set much higher. When you talk about leading the league in defense, that’s obviously the goal that we’ll have as a goal as a team…and it’s easy to say, it’s hard to get to.

“I’ve been there a few times. It starts with just eliminating all mental mistakes. That can’t exist. If you’re going to have that kind of defense, you have to have great communication. Obviously you need to have great skill and great talent which we have but it’s that communication eliminating the mental mistakes but make that opponent play us physically. Now you take our physical talent with an outstanding group of talented players and quite honestly an outstanding scheme so I think when you combine those things, we’ll see where we end up.”


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Rex’s run ‘D’ history

Posted by Chris Brown on July 22, 2015 – 9:30 am

Our latest installment of Camp Countdown presented by M&T Bank focused on whether the run defense can crack the top 10 this season. They finished 11th last year, but slipped noticeably over the final 10 games of the season. One of the major positives in the run defense equation for the Bills this season is Rex Ryan’s track record when it comes to run defense. Since he was promoted to defensive coordinator in Baltimore in 2005, Ryan’s defenses have ranked in the top 10 in eight of the last 10 seasons.

Here’s a look at where Ryan’s defenses have ranked against the run when he’s making the defensive play calls. Of greatest notice is where his defenses ranked in his first year taking over with those respective clubs.

Baltimore (2005-2008) & New York (2009-2014)

Year Yards allowed Rank
2005 99.4 9th
2006 75.9 2nd
2007 79.3 2nd
2008 81.4 3rd
2009 98.6 8th
2010 90.9 3rd
2011 111.1 13th
2012 133.6 26th
2013 88.3 3rd
2014 93.1 5th
2015 ??? ???

Here are the Bills run defense ranks over that same time period

Year Yards allowed Rank
2005 137.8 31st
2006 140.9 28th
2007 124.6 25th
2008 121.6 22nd
2009 156.3 30th
2010 169.6 32nd
2011 139 28th
2012 145.8 31st
2013 128.9 28th
2014 106.4 11th
2015 ??? ???

 


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Crossman confident he and Rex on same page

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2015 – 3:00 pm

When Rex Ryan was hired the future of the former staff was up in the air. A few members of Buffalo’s coaching staff were retained including special teams coordinator Danny Crossman. While final roster decisions often lie with the head coach, Crossman is confident that he and Ryan are on the same page when it comes to the importance of special teams.

“I feel that way and playing against coach Ryan every year with the Jets, they were always a team that had a pretty good (special teams) nucleus until kind of the last couple of years when their whole roster started to change,” Crossman told Buffalobills.com. “That will take care of itself. I’m a firm believer that the players who earn the right to be on the team and earn the right to get a uniform on game day they’ll be here. Who, how, that’ll take care of itself and it always does. Coach (Ryan) has been the head coach of some teams that have had some very, very good special teams so I don’t think that’ll be an issue whatsoever.”

During the spring practices Crossman was afforded a good portion of the practice time with his special teams units and he believes some final roster decisions will be made with special teams in mind.


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Fan Friday 7-10

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2015 – 12:14 pm

Our training camp countdown is on! Here’s your latest round of questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

My question to you is lately the Bills have brought in guys i.e. Wayne Hunter, Matthew Mulligan to add to our depth. In your opinion do these guys have a chance to make the team or are they just filling positions because we are running basically two teams in practice now.

I know Rex likes his ex-players and both have a history with him. It appears Seantrel Henderson is losing ground on his position and is it possible that Hunter was signed because the coaches don’t like what they see in Henderson?

Also we cut Lee Smith who was basically a blocking tight end and now we bring in Matthew Mulligan essentially the same type player is there a concern that the tight ends on the roster outside of Charles Clay can block effectively? We have had Chris Gragg the last few years and he has not impressed as either a receiving or blocking tight end.   Would love to hear your thoughts and again thanks for all you do for us!!! Let’s Go Buffalo!!!!

Donald F.

CB: The signings of Hunter and Mulligan are for very specific roles. Not leading roles mind you, but roles where Rex Ryan wants a veteran player he feels he can trust. Hunter is a player who struggled as a full-time starting right tackle in his last season with the Jets, but as a jack-of-all-trades role player in 2009 and 2010 for the Jets, Hunter excelled as a swing tackle (first off bench in event of injury), a blocking tight end in jumbo and short yardage packages and even as a defensive tackle in goal line formations.

Mulligan will serve in a blocking capacity as well. So you know Lee Smith wasn’t cut. He was a free agent and got big money from Oakland. Buffalo wasn’t going to pay Smith upwards of $3M a year. Mulligan is a reliable veteran blocker and is a much better value.

 

2 – Hey Chris,

I watched your 1 on 1 interview with Greg Roman and I found it interesting when he said that whichever QB is in there on game day will be the franchise QB in his opinion.  I was curious of your reaction and thoughts to that?  That’s a pretty bold statement.  Do you think that one of these 3 guys just may have shown something in OTA’s and minicamp for him to say that?   I also thought maybe he just meant that when one of these guys shows he can understand and fully command Romans offense then it means he is Romans “franchise guy”?   Whatever it means I am very confident in Roman and whoever he chooses to be the guy.

Go Bills!
Jillian

CB: I didn’t interpret Roman’s comment as an indication that one of the three QBs showed him franchise QB ability. If that was the case the guy would be the starter already.

I think he was simply saying when one of the QBs separates himself from the others that he will be the franchise guy because he’ll be the starter. That being said, depending on that QB’s performance who the starter is could be subject to change. Let’s just hope whoever wins the job performs well enough and consistently enough to hold the job for the whole season.

 

3 – Hey Chris

Want to start off by saying thanks for the great work you put in.  Keeping us all updated on the team for us not in the Buffalo area.

My first question is about EJ.  I can’t say I was a big fan of us drafting him first round overall. That being said I think he is working hard.  I would like to see him get a real shoot this year. I know this is an all in season for the bills. With all the free agent adds. So I get why they are trying to have so much competition but I feel he needs to get a full season in. He wasn’t that bad last year.  Don’t get me wrong he wasn’t that good either.

I feel with all the competition going on can be a bad thing as well. I feel whoever wins the job we need to stick with regardless and not switch guys after a few bad games. The whole team gets hurt this way since none of the QBs are the same style.

My second question is about Fred Jackson.  They keep talking about cutting him. I think that would be the dumbest moves we make this year. I think he works hard and he makes plays but more importantly he is a captain and a leader.  I think we need that more than anything with all these high profiled playmakers on the offense side of the ball.  I think he might be our best shot of these guys playing as a team.

CB: As I stated in the above answer the ideal situation is that the QB who wins the starting role holds onto it the whole season. That means he’ll be performing consistently and effectively and that’s good for the offense. You’re right there are contrasting styles between the three, so keeping that position consistent with the same person helps the other 10 players on offense.

As for Fred Jackson, I think the things working in his favor more than anything else are his leadership and his pass protection. LeSean McCoy might be the only back on this roster who knows how to pass protect as well as him. If you can’t trust a guy to pick up blitzes and make pre-snap adjustments to be in position to protect your QB, you can’t put that guy on the field.

The offensive coaches can trust Fred. I think the only thing that puts his job in jeopardy is if he struggles to get through camp and perhaps looks a step slow. Knowing how well he takes care of his body I don’t see that happening.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

With an unsure O-line (although I think they will surprise us) isn’t Tyrod Taylor the smart choice? #bills #ScrambleFactor

Dustypractor

CB: I think your premise is a bit of an oversimplification. Offensive coaches will base their starting QB decision on a myriad of factors that will go far beyond the protection capabilities of the men up front. I think the offensive line’s pass protection would have to represent a jail break on every pass play in the preseason to move this kind of factor high enough on the priority list in why they choose one QB over another.

 

5 – Hey Chris,
Thank you for keeping us Bills fans well informed, you are doing a great job, keep up the good work.

Now my question may be the same old song, but as fans it is very important to us; The Quarterback Position. With the three QBs splitting reps with the first team, does that give enough time for the #1 guy to develop a relationship with the WRs, TEs, and the backfield?

Also since none of them have set themselves apart from the others, does that mean that the coaches aren’t pleased with any of them or are all 3 looking that good? Everyone hoped that Matt Cassel would come in and at least get it done for this year. Since he does not have a contract extension yet, is that saying anything about how he is doing? Thank you
Ken
Lancaster, NY

CB: Your first question is a valid concern. Rex Ryan has said that he will take as long as he needs to pick the right guy. I don’t question for a second that picking the right guy is the most important factor in all of this. A close second however, is making a decision that leaves enough time to get that starter ready for the regular season.

With all three splitting reps it inadvertently compromises the on field chemistry between the QB and the 10 other starters on offense. After witnessing Kyle Orton step right in last year with no preseason or training camp snaps perhaps it’s not as big a deal as some might think.

But with a new offensive system as varied as Greg Roman’s, deciding on a starter with a preseason game or two left on the schedule would be ideal because it should afford the starter enough time to get fully in tune with the rest of the starting unit.


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How Mario & Jerry work off each other

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2015 – 12:59 pm

Pro Football Focus has put together a wonderful in depth look at the effectiveness of Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes as a pass rushing tandem. Suffice to say the two work off one another extraordinarily well, not dismissing how much Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams assist in that effort too.

Here’s a look at some of the main points the PFF’s extensive analysis revealed.

1 – Hughes and Williams combined for no less than five QB pressures in all by three games last season.
2 – Both were more effective pass rushers in blitz situations last season with Hughes seeing close to a five percent increase in pass rush effectiveness.
3 – Mario was most effective on pass rushes in which the center slid away from Williams in the protection.
4 – Hughes was most effective on pass rushes in which the center stayed home in the protection.
5 – Hughes was at his best as a pass rusher on first and second down, while Williams was most effective on third down.

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Perhaps most encouraging is knowing that Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman will be blitzing a whole lot more than Jim Schwartz did last season, both Hughes and Williams figure to see their production increase even more when it comes to bringing the heat.


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TE Mulligan doesn’t mind journeyman label

Posted by Chris Brown on June 19, 2015 – 9:59 am

Bills newest TE Matthew Mulligan, who signed Thursday, has been with seven different NFL clubs in seven NFL seasons (practice squad year in Miami). He was with three teams last year alone, as he spent time with Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee. But if you ask Mulligan if he’s bothered by that he’s not. He doesn’t mind being called a journeyman.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Thursday night, Mulligan explained why he’s got no problem with a resume that has a lot of NFL clubs on it.

“It is a lot (of teams), but I’m thankful for it,” he said. “I think if it was only my second year you might think what’s going on, but in order to be a journeyman and be in your eighth year like me you have to actually have some quality play. I’m thankful for every spot I’ve been in. It’s molded and shaped me and I’m thankful to be here now.”

Mulligan believes a lot of of NFL teams in the early stages of the offseason look for tight ends that offer more “flash and dash” and can score points by making plays. Then as training camp draws closer they realize they need more of a blue collar mentality at tight end.

“Once teams gets to offseason practices or training camps teams seem to realize that they need somebody who can set the edge,” said Mulligan. “That’s what I’ve hung my hat on my entire career. Just being able to fight with those outside linebackers and those big defensive ends and I’ve been able to hold my own and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Mulligan, who spent his first three seasons in the league on the field under Rex Ryan, explained what it is about his personal game that he thinks appeals to Ryan.

“I think Rex Ryan just wants a guy who can get his hands dirty and be physical,” Mulligan said. “That’s one of Rex’s mantras. You better be physical and bring your lunch pail every day. The physicality of my game is one of the things that stood out for him.”

 


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FA OT Hunter in on tryout basis

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 4:11 pm

He hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2012 season, but free agent OT Wayne Hunter was at practice Wednesday with the Bills on a tryout basis.

Hunter, 33, last played in the league for St. Louis in the 2012 season appearing in 14 games making four starts. He has a history with Rex Ryan, playing under him in three of his four seasons with the Jets. Hunter was a full-time starter for Ryan in New York during the 2011 season.

Buffalo hasn’t made a secret of seeking out additional offensive tackle help to boost their numbers at the position for training camp. Hunter wore jersey 75.


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Aaron on track for training camp

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 2:07 pm

Aaron Williams, who is coming off of offseason surgery, has not seen any action in the spring and that has carried through to the mandatory minicamp. According to Rex Ryan, Williams will be good to go come training camp at the end of July.

“Aaron should be ready to go,” said Ryan. “He’s sitting in there in the meetings, and it’s tough for some positions. Like Leodis (McKelvin) will come in and play corner like it’s nothing. But playing safety is a more challenging position mentally and the communication part of it and all that. With Aaron not being able to go we’ll see how it goes. He seems to be sharp and I’m looking forward to seeing him on the field.”


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Rex tips hat to season ticket fan base

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2015 – 2:02 pm

Naturally Bills head coach Rex Ryan is aware of the record-breaking figure for season tickets this offseason. He’s sensed the excitement in Western New York since he was hired. Having coached on the opposite sideline several times here in Buffalo he wasn’t the least bit surprised by the fan support for the team.

“The commitment from our fan base is tremendous,” said Ryan. “I knew before I ever came here how awesome these fans are. This is just another thing to reinforce it. We’re all excited about the season. And it’s not just our schedule—I get it, there’s a lot of good teams on our schedule that we’re playing here. But our fans aren’t coming to see the opponent, they’re coming to see the Buffalo Bills. They’re seeing their football team.

“That’s what exciting to me because when you come here, you’re not just playing the Bills, you’re playing this fan base, our fans, you’re playing our football team, but you’re playing the community. And our community takes a great deal of pride in our football team. This is about us. Was I excited about that (season ticket record)? Darn right I was, man. C’mon in here and get a piece of this.”


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QBs not surprised competition is tight

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2015 – 5:54 pm

All three of Buffalo’s quarterbacks in the competition for the starting job had their moments on Tuesday, but head coach Rex Ryan said he’s not expecting true separation until training camp.

“There’s not going to be any separation until the pads come on,” said Ryan. “It’s not going to be won until we get to playing real football. I think the number one thing is to pick the right guy. Is time on our side a little bit? Yes it is. In an ideal world, would you rather have your quarterback named by now? Yeah. That’s an ideal situation. But you know what — we’re not there.  We’re in an ideal situation to have competition at that spot and I welcome it.”

Ryan’s comments that the competition figures to stretch well into training camp is anything but surprising to Buffalo’s signal callers. They figured the offensive staff would wait until real football when more realistic decision making becomes part of the competition.

“I figured that’s what it kind of would be anyway just by the way we’ve been rotating in OTAs and in minicamp,” said EJ Manuel. “It is what it is. I think the way you have to go into this thing is do your best with the reps that you get and at the end of the day they’ll make the decision that’s best for the team.”

When asked if he felt the competition was close Manuel simply sees all three QBs in the competition faring well.

“I think we’re all doing a good job,” he said. “Everybody is being very sharp and picking up the offense like coach Roman wants us to do pretty quickly. When you’re playing against good competition in the league that’s how it is so it’s the little small things that will separate all of us.”


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Rex on addition of DT Fluellen

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2015 – 3:26 pm

The Bills might have one of the deepest defensive line corps in the league, but it didn’t keep them from adding a veteran wave defensive tackle in Andre Fluellen Tuesday.

Head coach Rex Ryan explained the roster move after Tuesday’s minicamp practice.

“You can’t have enough good players,” said Ryan. “When you add to the competition those are real positive things. I just saw him out there, I’m like there’s a young kid who’s played in the league a little bit, and he can run. He’s got some movement skills.”

The only issue Ryan did have is that Fluellen is yet another Florida State product on the Bills roster.

“I don’t like the fact that he’s a Florida State guy like half our roster,” said Ryan. “We need to get more Tigers in there.”

Ryan is partial to Clemson where his son is a receiver.


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Chris Williams & Henderson updates

Posted by Chris Brown on June 16, 2015 – 3:00 pm

The Bills had a couple of players who were not on the field at Buffalo’s mandatory minicamp. Two were players still rehabbing offseason procedures in Chris Williams and Aaron Williams. The third player had trouble traveling back to Buffalo.

That according to head coach Rex Ryan, who explained Seantrel Henderson’s absence Tuesday.

“He had some travel issues and was not in the building,” said Ryan. “You always tell guys, especially when you’re heading north, always try to prepare a little.  I’ll talk to him about that.”

As for Chris Williams, who has not been in attendance for any of the OTA practices, but was in the building Tuesday rehabbing, Ryan made it a point to speak with him at length.

“Chris is here and I know what he looks like. He’s a big dude,” said Ryan. “My conversation with Chris, I’ll just leave it as private.  There are voluntary camps.  Obviously, we knew Chris’ situation with his rehab and things. Nobody looks like him.”

Ryan said he expects to see Henderson back on the practice field Wednesday.


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What Rex has learned about QB competitions

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2015 – 12:38 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan may have cut his teeth in the league on the defensive side of the ball, but he’s had more than enough experience dealing with big offensive decisions like who his starting quarterback will be. Having been through quarterback competitions before he knows how to handle his three-man competition with the Bills heading into mandatory minicamp.

Chief in the approach of weighing each of the quarterbacks against the other is not setting a drop dead date to make a decision.

“I don’t think you want to back yourself into it,” said Ryan. “If I give you a date and it comes back around to Week 2 and there’s no starting quarterback, I think I’ve learned you let that thing sit there. I think the appropriate time will be obvious to all of us if that happens.  It may not happen until the week of the Colts game, so we’ll see.”

We assessed the state of the Bills’ quarterback competition in our OTA Observations Wednesday.


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2 Bills assts. seen as head coaches in waiting

Posted by Chris Brown on June 11, 2015 – 11:26 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan has said a few times how he has an all-star coaching staff. He’s also mentioned how he has three men on his staff who he thinks will be head coaches soon. Monday Morning Quarterback put together their list of potential future head coaches and a couple of Buffalo assistants made the list.

MMQB had both Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn. Here are the reasons they believe Roman and Lynn could be NFL sideline bosses in the near future.

Greg Roman, Buffalo, offensive coordinator
Age:
42

College: John Carroll
Pro experience: 17 seasons, five as coordinator (San Francisco 2011-14)
Resumé: The fast-rising coordinator has almost two decades of pro experience under his belt (despite having never played in the league) and a monumental test ahead of him. Infamously instructed to “take a hike” by the daughter of Niners general manager Trent Baalke on Twitter, Roman is well-liked in league circles despite a disastrous 2014 season. He takes the Bills job under defensive-minded head coach Rex Ryan, with the challenge of competing in the AFC East, with either Matt Cassel or EJ Manuel as his starting quarterback.
M.O.: Arguably the best running game architect in football today. And he knows it. If that confidence and intelligence translates into strong leadership, he could be some team’s diamond in the rough.

Anthony Lynn, Buffalo, running backs, assistant head coach
Age:
46

College: Texas Tech
Pro experience: 15 seasons
Résumé: Forced to retire early due to neck injuries, Lynn began his coaching career in Denver as a special teams assistant. Three teams later, Lynn coached the Jets’ running backs for all six years of Rex Ryan’s tenure. When Ryan was hired in Buffalo, Lynn followed. Ryan preached ground-and-pound, and Lynn was at the heart of its execution.
M.O.: Running backs coaches aren’t typically considered for head-coaching positions, but his job title in Buffalo includes “assistant head coach” for a reason. He’s a teacher of the game who sticks up for his guys.


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Lawson a big help at 2nd level

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2015 – 4:14 pm

As we covered earlier this week on Buffalobills.com, Manny Lawson stands a very good chance of making an impact on defense very similar to the season he had for the Bills in 2013, when he was the club’s third-leading tackler with a fair amount of splash plays. Where Lawson is helping the defense most right now however, is with his pre-snap communication.

“Manny is a huge asset on the field because of what he can do playing-wise and what he can do for our offense collectively as far as communication,” said Kyle Williams. “He knows his job, the job of the guys around him and the reason why we’re disguising that way. He does a lot of things for us that we’re really going to need him for and he’s going to be a big asset for us.”

“Just coming in and knowing not just his assignments but how the defense works and talking it out, making sure he’s pulling defensive linemen over in different fronts, talking to the backers.  He’s been really impressive that way,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “I remember now and it shouldn’t surprise me, I think his test score coming out was the second highest I can remember for a defensive player, next to Eric Smith, who’s one of our coaches now.  He’s really a sharp guy. And obviously he’s got the height and the length you look for. I’ve been really pleased with him.”

 


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