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Stadium group’s work will be lengthy

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2014 – 4:26 pm

They were just getting to know one another at the initial meeting of the three parties representing the state, Erie county and the Bills as part of the Stadium Advisory Committee, and right away all three arms of the group agreed on the amount of time it will take to reach a conclusion on what they’ve been assembled to accomplish.

“This will be a process. It will be a long process,” said Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon, who will serve as one of the co-chairs of the committee. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but I know that our group is up to the task and look forward to working with everyone in the future.”

“It’s an advisory committee which will be making recommendations based on the accumulation of information that’s going to take some time,” said Erie Count Executive Mark Poloncarz, also a co-chair. “I agree with Russ it’s not going to be a short process. I wouldn’t be shocked if it lasted a few years. We want to make certain when the recommendations are made, that we’ve looked under every stone and did everything possible to ask the right questions of the community and ourselves so that we know we’re doing the right plan to keep the team here long term.”

“Everybody understands the seriousness of this process,” said Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, the third co-chair. “I believe we have the right people at the table from all three entities and the people we have put on our teams. This is the first of many, many meetings. A lot of work to be done. We know what all of our goals are, but we can’t predict the future. We just have to follow the process and work and I think it was a great first step.”


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Super Bowl of Lobby Watching

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 24, 2014 – 11:57 am

It’s the Super Bowl of lobby watching–day one of the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

BuffaloBills.com is here with complete coverage of the three day event and we’ll be broadcasting The John Murphy Show live from the meetings tonight and Wednesday night.

NFL personnel have gathered in the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando for day one of the sessions. The entire group, coaches, GMs, and top level club executives, held a meeting in one ballroom at 830 Monday morning, and then the group broke up around 10am. Head Coaches, GMs, and other football personnel went to a Football Operations session at mid morning. Later today, the NFL Competition Committee, chaired by Rich McKay, will hold a news conference to discuss some of the propsals on the table.

The Bills are represented here by President and CEO Russ Brandon, General Manager Doug Whaley, the club’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning, Mary Owen, the Senior Vice President of Football Administration, Jim Overdorf, and Head Coach Doug Marrone.

As of noon on Monday, the media gathered here at the Ritz Carlton have spent the day loitering outside the meeting rooms, taking video and pictures of NFL luminaries going from meeting room to meeting room, and waiting for the morning meetings to recess so that we can talk to the principals. We expect things to pick up shortly.


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Bills plan to be active in free agency

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2014 – 10:51 am

NFL free agency is fast approaching as teams can begin negotiating with agents for unrestricted players as early as Saturday with signings permissible Tuesday at 4 pm. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon addressed the level of involvement the team will have when the market opens.

Brandon appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this week and confirmed they will have a presence in the market next week.

“We’ll be active in free agency,” Brandon said. “We have a master plan on everything related to our current roster and going into free agency. And that starts right at the conclusion of the season from the Senior Bowl to the Combine and obviously there are pro days throughout the country over the next month. Our scouts and Doug (Whaley) and our player personnel people will be all over doing that. We have a plan going into free agency and a master plan tied into the entire roster.”

At the same time GM Doug Whaley has said repeatedly that they will not be pursuing “big splash” players. Whaley said they will pursue players of value not unlike the ones they picked up last offseason like Manny Lawson and Alan Branch.


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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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Atlanta game impacted move to postpone

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2014 – 12:51 pm

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon announced Wednesday that the Bills Toronto Series would be postponed for the 2014 season with all eight home games to be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium. When asked if the atmosphere of the Atlanta game last December, which sounded neutral at best, had an impact on the decision Brandon admitted it played a role.

“I think that’s a fair comment,” Brandon said. “Obviously we’re trying to build a fan base north of the border and this year I would say it was a neutral crowd. Some of that had to do with how we played over the last six years has really not been conducive to building a lot of fans that were NFL fans, but we’re trying to make them Bills fans.

“We’re going to continue to try to do that through a variety of initiatives that we will be working with Rogers over the next year in a very robust sponsorship and partnership that we will have that will cater to fans above the border.”

Brandon was asked if the interrupting of the series would include 2015 as well. The Bills President and CEO said an evaluation needs to take place about where to go from here.

“We’re going to go through a detailed full analysis. Most of our analysis that we’ve been through over the past few months has been more top line,” he said. “We’re going to look at every aspect that if we do come back we have a more robust fan experience and try to create more of a home field advantage for us. Right now that was not the situation. That was one of the reasons we want to get in to a lot of detail with our partners up there and see if that is viable moving forward.”


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Plan to extend Aaron in works for 2 months

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2014 – 12:42 pm

At the end of the season the Bills front office laid out their plans for the offseason with regard to the roster and President and CEO Russ Brandon made it clear that an extension for Aaron Williams was part of their plan.

“After the season we had a comprehensive meeting off-site with Coach Marrone and Doug Whaley and Jim Monos, our Director of Player Personnel, and really laid out in detail our master plan moving in to the future,” said Brandon. “Obviously extending a player like Aaron was a priority for us and we’re thrilled that he’s going to be with us long term.”

Williams confirmed for Buffalobills.com that he was approached by the team at season’s end about a multi-year extension.

“The Bills actually came to me at the end of the season and I told my agent, ‘Hey this is what they’re thinking. I don’t want any say in it until the right time. I’m going to let y’all handle it and take care of business and I’m going to go work out and just enjoy some of my time off,’” said Williams.

 


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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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Fan Friday 1-24

Posted by Chris Brown on January 24, 2014 – 12:48 pm

Well the Bills have begun their search to find the best successor to Mike Pettine now that he’ll be running the Browns. Here’s the latest edition of your questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – With Mike Pettine going to the Browns do you think the next coordinator Buffalo hires will employ the same scheme and same terminology as Pettine, or will it be totally different, or will it be a similar scheme with different terminology and maybe some different details. It’s a shame that we’re losing Pettine. I was looking forward to having the same d-coordinator and scheme going into the next season; that hasn’t happened in a long time. It would be nice to be able to get deeper into the current scheme in the off season rather than starting from scratch like we’re usually doing.  I think this is a big step back for the defense, you can’t build a consistently dominate defense if you’re constantly changing schemes and coaches.  The good teams in this league seem to have consistency.

CB: I think the future of the defensive scheme will depend largely on whether the replacement at defensive coordinator comes from outside the organization or is an internal hire. If it’s an internal hire then the chances are far greater that the scheme remains the same. If it’s a hire outside the organization there’s a chance that the scheme changes, which we all know will lead to a new learning curve. It’s my understanding that coach Marrone will not limit himself to promoting only from within.

I think hiring an open-minded defensive coordinator is the best way to go, one who isn’t married to a specific system. One who, much like Pettine, fits the scheme to the players, not the players to the scheme.

Continuity is a factor granted, but Marrone knows he has to get the best defensive play caller to help maintain the level of productivity and play on that side of the ball. Restricting his search to only the men already on his staff would be just that, restrictive.

 

2 – Hello Chris,

Goodbye Stevie Johnson and hello Sammy Watkins.  We need a real game breaker now!!!  After watching everyone pick Geno Smith #1 last year (lol), it won’t be Bridgewater either.  Any team in their right mind is going for Clowney.  QB is too risky at #1.  What are your early thoughts on the Bills pick?

Jim (Skaneateles)


CB:
First, I don’t get the sense that Stevie Johnson is going anywhere. I admit things appeared sketchy for his future here at the end of the season. Even I was wondering what the future might hold. But I think we need to remember that to help EJ Manuel progress you need to surround him with as much talent as possible. Johnson is the most accomplished receiver on the roster.

That doesn’t mean I don’t think the Bills need to make an addition to the team at receiver. I think they need to add a size wideout. In the words of Doug Whaley, “Big wins.” But I expect the Bills to at least explore veteran options in free agency because there already is so much youth in the receivers room.

Second, I don’t expect Sammy Watkins to be on the board at nine. He’ll be gone in the first three to five picks. If he slips I’ll be stunned.

I think at nine, and Bills fans might not like me for this, but based on the talent that should be there an offensive tackle would make a lot of sense. There’s a long time between now and the draft, which is in May this year, but I think knowing how QB needy some of the teams ahead of Buffalo are I believe that some of the top O-line talent could be sitting there for the Bills. We can’t forget that the Bills gave up the third-most sacks in the league last year (48), and with an emphasis on surrounding EJ Manuel with talent, and more important keeping him healthy, protection will be at a premium.

 

3 – Chris,
Any word from EJ as to his training regimen during the off-season? Will he be going back to Ken Mastrole or is he mostly just for getting ready for pro days and combine prep? Do you think there will be a QB coach added this year?

CB: In a recent interview EJ said he was actively rehabbing to get his knee back to 100 percent. He did say he planned to do more offseason work with his personal QBs coach. And hopefully you’ve seen our reporting on Doug Marrone’s plan to hire a quarterbacks coach to lighten the burden that was on offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett last year.

In fact by this time next week there might already be a QBs coach on staff.

 

4 – Hey Chris,

I was wondering, with reading about the Toronto series & seeing R. Brandon at the year end press conf. exactly how far does Brandon’s power reach into the actual football side of the team ? Meaning setting up the draft board, choosing players, who to keep /who to let go (as in the Fitz decision) & so on . I know the guy is supposed to be a great mind when it comes to the advertisement & selling of the team but there have been more than a one decision that has been made this & previous years when it comes to the team that I personally wonder who made these decisions .

I know Russ wasn’t promoted until this past year & I would hope that he would leave the player & direct football decisions to those that were hired to make those calls, but i do know like in the case of some teams the owner & or president of operations power is used sometimes far too much to influence the direction or decisions of those hired to do those jobs of which some recent decisions to me any way seem as though that may have been the case . I am in agreement with the way that the team is going & some of the players that have been brought in but as all fans I have my own ideas & opinions (which don’t amount to much) but try not to draw conclusions with out knowing more than I do & that is why once again i turn to you for some possible answers. Which again as always I thank you for the time & efforts that you put forth to keep us all in the know!!

Mr. T from Fort Myers via Nashville

CB: I think Russ Brandon said it best himself at the end of the season press conference. He was asked for his assessment of EJ Manuel and he gave the following response, which I believe explains a lot with respect to his role on the football side of the organization.

“My assessment really is empowered through Doug Whaley and coach Marrone. That’s what I empowered these guys to do last year and certainly we’re going to put every resource behind all 53 of our guys to improve. Obviously the bell cow is usually the quarterback and gets all the publicity and all the media attention as we mentioned earlier. But we’re going to put everything behind him and try to see some marked improvement moving forward.”

 

5 – Chris,

I’m not finding anywhere that has where the Bills overall on offence and and defence were among the rest of the league. (Just stuff like #2 in rushing…) maybe you could post something about it?

thanks,
jeff zinger

CB: Here are some of the more noteworthy statistical rankings that I believe you’re interested in.

Offense
Total yards per game – 19th
Rushing – 2nd
Passing – 28th
Sacks per play – 28th
Third down – 29th
Points per game – 22nd

Defense
Total yards per game – 10th
Run defense – 28th
Pass defense – 4th
Sacks per play – 3rd
Third down – 14th
Points allowed per game – 20th

Special teams
Punt return avg. – 29th
Kick return avg. – 29th
Net punting – 30th
FG % – 10th

Punt coverage – 25th
Kick coverage – 17th
Net punting against – 27th
FG % against – 17th


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Offer sheets going out to Bills FAs soon

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 11:02 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley is actively scouting prospects at the Senior Bowl, but before he left Buffalo, he along with President and CEO Russ Brandon and Senior VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf put their priority list together of their own free agents. The ones at the top of their list are likely to receive offer sheets soon.

“We ranked them and prioritized them and put a value on each guy,” said Whaley. “With our cap space it shouldn’t prohibit us from doing what we need to do. In this business you can’t get everybody, but we have a priority list and we’ll go down that list.

“We’ll get to work on our guys before that (March 11th) deadline because we have exclusive negotiating rights. Jim Overdorf is at home crunching the numbers right now to get some offer sheets ready to send out to their agents.”


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Marrone on Pettine situation

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2014 – 4:02 pm

Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine remains in contention for the vacant Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy after interviewing with the AFC North club last week. There are reports he will interview a second time with Cleveland. Bills head coach Doug Marrone commented on how the situation may impact his team if things work out for Pettine in Cleveland.

“Obviously Mike has done a great job even prior to coming to Buffalo and obviously did a great job for us this year,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “We’re in a profession where people are going to recognize that. We’re very happy for Mike.”

“Obviously he’s in a process that Cleveland controls right now. They’re getting ready to make decisions and we’re there to support Mike and help him and if it goes well and he has the opportunity to go then Doug (Whaley), myself and Russ (Brandon) have already met and we’re ready to do what we have to do for our organization.”


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Offer to be made to Byrd, Carpenter

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2013 – 5:58 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley said they intend to pursue some of their own free agents vigorously between now and the start of free agency. Chief among them Jairus Byrd and kicker Dan Carpenter.

“We’re going to leave all options on the table. We had a conversation myself and Russ (Brandon) sat and talked to Jairus and we’re going to make an offer to the guy,” said Whaley. “We’re going to try to keep him to the best of our ability. We’re in the business of collecting good players and he’s a good player.”

When asked if making use of the franchise tag could happen again, Whaley did not rule it out.

“That’s always an option,” said Whaley. “We’re not going to back ourselves into a corner and eliminate any possibility of trying to retain a good player.”

Dan Carpenter, who tied a team record with 33 field goals made (Steve Christie, 1998), said he’s keeping his options open, but Whaley made it clear he too will try to be re-signed.

“Absolutely,” Whaley said. “Russ (Brandon) and I talked to him and we’re going to reach out to his agents pretty soon and see if we can try and get something done.”

Whaley also said they intend to present Brian Moorman with an offer too.


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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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Brandon to evaluate Toronto Series

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2013 – 10:26 am

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this morning, Bills President and CEO was asked several questions about the viability and prudence of the team’s Toronto Series, in which they play one regular season home game north of the border every year at the Rogers Centre. Brandon made it clear that he’s evaluating that along with a host of other aspects and ventures of the organization in this his first year of running the franchise’s day-to-day operations.

“One of the things I said to the fans on January 1st of this past year was that I was going to review every phase of this operation and this series comes within that framework,” Brandon said. “There’s a full evaluation that will take place on all of our business relative to what this series means and I’m going to look at it very closely because, what’s good for business, obviously Toronto has been positive for us down here. We’ve had great growth in the Southern Ontario marketplace over the last five years back here at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That has been a big positive. It has been a challenged market there and certainly has not translated in to enough wins for us there. As I mentioned almost a year ago, we’re going to look at everything and this will be within something I look at.”

Brandon was also asked if he was staying true to his position that the organization’s most important goal is winning, knowing the struggle it has been to win games in Toronto with the team now 1-5 in games played at the Rogers Centre.

“It’s also about being viable and that’s one of the things that we’ve talked about for many years here,” he said. “Look at it from the standpoint of where we’ve been on the ticket side. We’ve taken the game out of the market which essentially has taken 70,000 seats out of the market and have truly only sold out two of our home games. We’ve manufactured sell-outs in the other four or five. We’re trying to find ways to obviously keep this franchise viable which we’ve done a very good job at and this series has obviously contributed to that. With that being said, nothing comes above winning. When I took over the reins on January 1st, I said that was the number one focus and that will be the number one focus. That’s one of the reasons that this will be reviewed in a grand manner.”


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Bills addressed bye week opponents with NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 10:35 am

As we reported this past summer, the NFL schedule for 2013 scheduled six games for the Bills, three within their own division, in which their opponent would come off extra rest via a Thursday night game the week prior or a bye week. It was the highest total in the league, with Atlanta the only other team close in number with four. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said he has brought issue up to the NFL and their schedule makers knowing the advantage it can provide to both players and coaches.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550, Brandon said the scheduling disadvantage Buffalo has experienced this season has been effectively communicated to the league.

“We certainly have talked to the league about this because it’s been disappointing where teams are coming off a bye or a long week,” said Brandon. “This (Sunday) is the second time we’re playing the Jets coming off a Thursday night game and now we’re playing them coming off a bye. We lead the league in amount of games coming off of extra time or a bye week. It is a very, very tough job what they have in scheduling with all the different things that go into the formula and the stadium commitments and TV schedules, but it’s certainly something that needs to be addressed.”

 


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Ticket situation for Sunday’s Jets game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 10:18 am

There’s still a good number of tickets left for Sunday’s home game against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon provided an approximate number this morning.

Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Brandon said the number of tickets left won’t make a sellout before the blackout deadline of Thursday a 1 pm easy.

“We’ve got 4,500 tickets left,” he said. “We are in an all out sales blitz to sell as many tickets as we possibly can. We had some decent sales movement on tickets. This is a great game for us because this is Salute to Service month and a celebration where we get to honor all the men and women who serve this great country. It’s going to be difficult, but we’re going to certainly do everything in our power to get this game sold out.”

When asked if the club will petition the league for a 24-hour extension to a deadline of 1 pm Friday, Brandon said that will hinge on how many tickets move today (Wednesday).

“It depends where we are at the conclusion of today heading into tomorrow,” said Brandon. “If it presents an opportunity to help us sell the game out we will do that.”


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The evaluation of EJ moving forward

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 10:12 am

The Bills made EJ Manuel their number one draft choice for a reason. As Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said in his weekly radio appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 said, it’s because “we believe he’s the guy.” So how will the organization move through the evaluation process and how long might it last before they definitively determine that he is in fact ‘the guy.’ Brandon offered the following answer.

With EJ he’s started and finished five games. Let’s keep him on the field,” said Brandon. “He’s 23-years old. He’s seeing things for the first time in this league. We all know that it’s different from college. So I’m excited about keeping him on the field and see where his growth is by the end of the year.

“We were very pleased with where he was heading before he was injured in Cleveland. Last week was not his best effort or from any of us. But I think that’s where we have to go to see how he progresses along, with his full complement of players as well. Marquise wasn’t in for much of the first four games of the year. Robert Woods was out in Pittsburgh. Stevie was out for most of the Cleveland game. We’d like to see him with his full complement of players as well.”


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Brandon doesn’t see any hangover effect

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2013 – 10:09 am

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon made his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this morning and was asked if he’s witnessed a hangover effect from the disappointing loss at Pittsburgh last week with the players and coaches.

While Brandon admitted that it was a game where he felt they “didn’t finish in any phase of the game,” he said he hasn’t seen any hanging heads at all this week at One Bills Drive.

“Not at all,” said Brandon. “I really don’t. I think our guys have come in and they’re ready to play and they get ready for the work week. I like how this group approaches everything, especially coach Marrone and the staff. I know the guys are excited about being home to play the Jets. I’m anticipating that we’re going to bounce back.”

 


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Jets home game ticket update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2013 – 9:53 am

The week following this weekend’s Bills game in Pittsburgh, Buffalo hosts the Jets for a 1 pm kickoff on Nov. 17th. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon provided an update on tickets remaining.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportradio 550, Brandon said they’ve got some selling to do.

“We’re about 7,000 (tickets) left for the Jets so we’ve made an impact over the last 10 days,” he said. “So we’re going to keep selling and hopefully get that game on TV and the experience over here at the stadium has been tremendous with all the changes we’ve made to help our fans enjoy the experience. We certainly hope that we get that game done and sold out.”

Fans can call 1-877-BB-TICKS or go to Buffalobills.com to order tickets for the Jets game.


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Brandon: EJ should be ready to go Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2013 – 9:41 am

Bills President and CEO in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 was asked about the likelihood of EJ Manuel playing this Sunday at Pittsburgh.

Brandon said team medical director Dr. John Marzo cleared Manuel and that the Bills starting QB is full go for practice today.

“He’s been rehabbing. Last week it was really ramped up as coach Marrone said,” said Brandon. “He responded very well and we anticipate that he will continue to respond well to a full workload of practice. As that goes on each and every day, coach Marrone will evaluate his progress along with coach Hackett and if he’s ready to roll on Sunday he’ll get the green light.

“Unless he has any type of setback through the course of practice he should be ready to go on Sunday.”

We’ll have practice updates here on Buffalobills.com this afternoon.


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