Inside The Bills

McDermott weighs in on Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:49 pm

Bills head coach Sean McDermott was already onto the next item on his agenda.

Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with Baltimore wasn’t the move they hoped the receiver would take, but McDermott doesn’t dwell on such things.

“We went through the process, with Jeremy in this case, just like we go through the process with a lot of guys,” said McDermott. “At the end of the day, we’re going to do what’s best for this football team and so – within our parameters and what fits for us. Sometimes, that works out in the end. Sometimes it doesn’t. At the end of the day, we’ve moved forward and then, obviously, Jeremy has as well – and we wish him well. In this league, you can’t get too high or too low. You’ve got to be mentally tough and understand the big picture at all times.”


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Tyrod undeterred by Maclin’s decision

Posted by Chris Brown on June 13, 2017 – 3:32 pm

Free agent WR Jeremy Maclin’s decision to sign with the Baltimore Ravens left Bills fans disappointed. While Tyrod Taylor admitted it would’ve been great to have him, he was undeterred by it as it pertained to the team’s goals this season.

“Of course. If we had gotten a player like Jeremy it would’ve been good for our team, but he had a decision to make,” Taylor said. “You don’t know what factors in on that in the big picture. That’s totally up to him. He’s a great player and we would’ve loved to have him here, but now he’s in Baltimore and he’s an opponent of ours. There’s no bad blood or anything. I’m sure Shady might say something different (chuckling)… no, but Jeremy is a great guy and I wish him the best in his career.”

As for potentially adding any new talent to the roster, head coach Sean McDermott said the personnel department will do their due diligence as they do every day.

“We’re always going to look,” he said. “We’re always going to look to add at every position – adding competition is healthy, and there’s positions that perceptually some may say ‘Hey check the box, they’re good.’ Well, we’re always going to look to add, even at those positions. That’s the pursuit of winning – that we have to stay hungry.”


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Fan Friday 6-8

Posted by Chris Brown on June 9, 2017 – 11:36 am

OTAs come to a conclusion today with mandatory minicamp to follow on Tuesday. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the latest update on Jeremy Maclin? What percentage would you say Bills have of signing him?

Beast of the East
@Luther4212

CB: Maclin is going to take his time to make a decision in what appears to be a two-horse race between the Bills and Ravens. He wants to talk to his wife about where the best fit might be. Maclin has a wedding to go to this weekend, so I don’t get the sense that a decision is imminent.

Looking at both clubs, nationally people believe that the Ravens history of being a contender gives them an edge, but over the last three years the Ravens record is 23-25 and the Bills record is 24-24. You could certainly argue that there are more playmakers on offense in Buffalo than Baltimore.

As for percentages, I base this on gut feel, not any information I have on what Jeremy Maclin wants because only he knows what’s important to him. I just think what the Bills have to offer in terms of opportunity and team success with him as an addition is a bit better than the Ravens.

With that in mind I’d peg it at 60 percent.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How does Sammy look? Hopefully he has a healthy season.

Brandon Gallagher
@bgallagher2610

CB: Watkins is clearly not pushing himself right now. He was operating at half to three quarter speed in practice this week. At this point in time there’s no sense in really putting a lot of torque on his surgically repaired foot.

What did encourage me was whenever Sammy was lined up for a rep, Tyrod Taylor made sure to step under center to throw to him in individual position drills even if he wasn’t up in the quarterback throwing rotation. Knowing snaps are scarce with Watkins, Taylor is making a point of getting every one he can to re-establish their chemistry.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Who is the sleeper UDFA that could make the team?

I Just Want To WIN@JKolba

CB: It’s still not real football here in the spring with no pads on and no thud type practice. All that being said I think punter Austin Rehkow will push Colton Schmidt for the punting job and is helped by the fact that he can also kick off and kick field goals in a pinch.

One of the tight end prospects (Jason Croom, Keith Towbridge) could have a chance just from a numbers standpoint and the lack of proven players at the position.

RB Jordan Johnson has flashed at times, but doesn’t get many snaps in practice. Brandon Reilly and Daikiel Shorts have both made plays too, but when the pads go on they’ll have to demonstrate an ability to get consistent separation when the corners can get more physical.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are the Bills taking a win now or long term approach?

Jackson Mitchell
@Jacksonmitch816

CB: As head coach Sean McDermott said himself their decisions are split 50-50 between short term and long term. It’s evident to me that McDermott wants to be competitive and win games now, but there is an organizational eye also cast toward the future.

So I think you’ll see a mix of roster decisions to serve both of those ends moving forward.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you see the Bills making a play for Barnidge even if they sign Maclin? What about Decker if they miss on Maclin? #FanFriday

GJohnston
@Johnston_GB

CB: I think that could only happen if Barnidge took a veteran minimum deal, and that’s one reason why he’s still unemployed. He’s waiting on starter type money. I would anticipate Decker to do the same. His situation is a bit different because he’s coming off shoulder surgery, but still he’s going to command starter type salary and I don’t think the Bills can fit more than one of those onto their roster in a fiscally responsible way knowing Sammy Watkins is going to be a long term contract decision next offseason.

 


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McCoy just one familiarity factor for Bills with Maclin

Posted by Chris Brown on June 5, 2017 – 7:10 am

LeSean McCoy made no secret that he’s recruiting surprise free agent WR Jeremy Maclin hard to sign with the Bills. But he’s not the only familiarity factor working in the Bills favor with Maclin. 

Head coach Sean McDermott was on the Eagles staff for Maclin’s first two seasons in Philadelphia. 

Perhaps even more important is Bills QBs coach David Culley was Maclin’s receivers coach for all but two of his eight NFL seasons. First in Philadelphia and then Culley went with Andy Reid to Kansas City where Maclin signed as a free agent in 2015. 

Having people in the locker room and on the coaching staff that know your skill set intimately gives a player confidence that they’ll be utilized properly on the field by their new team and easily accepted by new teammates. 


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Bills know they could be in for a wait

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2017 – 12:48 am

After making their second trade of the day on Friday the Bills know they’ll be sitting around for a while here on day three of the NFL draft, unless some unusual opportunity to move up surfaces.

Buffalo has not pick in round four and their first pick is more than halfway down the board in round five, with the selection they got from New England at 163 overall.

“It is a long time and we knew that was part of what we evaluated when you make this kind of move,” said head coach Sean McDermott of parting with their top two fifth-round picks to move up and get Dion Dawkins at the bottom of round two. “That’s the other end of the deal. You’re going to sit around for a while. At the same time the caliber of the player has to be good enough in our evaluation that we feel good about it, and that was the case with Dion.”


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On day 2 Bills hoping for starting caliber prospects

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 6:09 pm

Buffalo has three picks on day two of the draft tonight at 44, 75 and 91 overall. Head coach Sean McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show explained what caliber of player they’re hoping to land with each of those three choices tonight.

“There are a lot of great players on the board and we have to find those players,” he said. “It’s important that we’ve done our homework and have done the right evaluation on these players and identify them and get them at the right spot. We’ve got some needs to fill yet, so we’re going to find the best players we can along with the combination of the guys who can win off the field for us.”

In a draft that’s considered deep at cornerback, safety, wide receiver and tight end, the odds of landing starting caliber talent is realistic.

“You want to look for players in the first three rounds that have starting ability. Whether they do when they come in remains to be seen, but have that starter ability. Then after that the draft falls from there. That doesn’t mean that a fifth-round pick isn’t going to come in and start. If they earn the right to start that’s what we’re going to do.”

 


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McDermott: We could’ve moved back again at 27

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 5:09 pm

The Bills were clearly comfortable making a big move down the draft board in round one from 10 to 27 after their trade with Kansas City. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Friday, head coach Sean McDermott revealed that there were opportunities to move down the board again from 27 Thursday night.

“People were calling to take us out of the first round,” McDermott said. “I’m not a big fan of that with the situation we’re in right now. Tre (White) was sitting there, a good football player, we weren’t willing to get out of that spot.”

McDermott did not reveal which teams were calling them to get up to their pick at 27, but knowing that teams like the Browns and 49ers swung trades to get back into the bottom of the first round, it’s likely that those two teams contacted Buffalo about their pick at 27 last night.


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Other teams tried to get Bills pick at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2017 – 5:03 pm

Head coach Sean McDermott said there was a lot of interest in their pick at 10 on Thursday. Kansas City was ultimately the team that completed a trade with Buffalo, but other teams were certainly trying to do the same.

McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Friday confirmed that there were other teams calling Buffalo trying to get their pick at 10.

“We had a couple of teams that were calling and Kansas City was the best offer at the time,” he said. “There were some other players on the board that we could have easily taken, good players and that was probably the hardest part about it.”

Buffalo moved down 17 spots to 27, but was very happy with the player they got in Tre’Davious White.


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Fan Friday 4-21

Posted by Chris Brown on April 21, 2017 – 12:14 pm

The draft is almost here! On to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Will O.J. Howard make it to the bills at pick ten?

Jordan Branch
@BuffaloBranch83

CB: I think every Bills fan should hope so. Buffalo would be running the card up to the table if he was still on the clock. Howard in my estimation is one of the six truly elite prospects in this class along with Garrett, Thomas, Fournette, Adams and Lattimore. You could make a strong argument for Hooker, Allen and McCaffrey too, but those are the top six as I see it.

In order for Howard to get to 10, I think at least one of the quarterback prospects has to come off the board in front of them. Ideally two of the perceived top QBs go in the top 10. That would push more of the truly elite talent down the board so the Bills have a chance to get one.

Cross your fingers.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills What is the likelihood of Buffalo trading back into the first round?

The Polish Mafia
@AdamPia

CB: If you’re talking about moving back into the bottom of round one, I just don’t see it. Here’s why. More than one NFL talent evaluators has confirmed for me that the difference in talent level and upside from player 11 or 12 and player 49 or 50 is negligible. So to give up what is already a limited stash of draft choices (currently six) to move back into the bottom of round one to get a player who likely won’t be all that different from one you will get at 44 in round two seems ill advised.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills If the Bills pick up the option for MG, can they allocate some of that $4m into a signing bonus so it won’t be such a heavy cap hit?

JuJu
@JuAintRight

CB: As I understand it the Bills have to match the terms of the contract, which would eliminate any option to restructure the deal initially. I have to check and see if and when, for example they want to extend his contract further to spread out cap hits, when they would be allowed to do so.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

If u were 2 use cereal 2 convince Whaley/McDermott who 2 draft #1, what cereal (best cereal) wld u use and who would u be convincing them 2 draft?

Joshua Smith
@YhoshLM

CB: To answer this question accurately I think you’d need to know what players were available when Buffalo was on the clock. I take my cereal very seriously. I’d prefer Lattimore or Adams and would go with Rice Chex and Cap’n Crunch on those. Lattimore can check anybody he lines up against and Adams can run and hit.

In round two I’d go with Honey Smacks (formerly known as Sugar Smacks) because I want them to take WR Zay Jones there. So the Frog on the box signals my affinity for Jones. I ‘Dig ‘Em.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, I know it wouldn’t b a pick that would go over with most Bills fans? But can u c the Bills drafting McCaffrey?

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: You’re right it wouldn’t be popular, but it wouldn’t be a reach or outlandish pick at all. I’m pretty confident McCaffrey goes in the top 10 somewhere. Personally I don’t think he gets past Carolina at eight. The reason why he’s so valuable is because in addition to his elite physical skill set is he can legitimately be lined up at receiver in addition to running back. He can also help on returns.

So a player with his multi-faceted production and athletic measurables to match signals top 10 talent. Not to mention his dad had a successful career in the league with Denver.

If the Bills pick him the narrative will be, ‘here they go again replacing running backs like they did with McGahee and Marshawn and Spiller.’ If the Bills don’t match the Gillislee offer sheet that line of criticism will be even louder.

What will be lost in such a scenario is the veritable matchup nightmare McCaffrey would be no matter where he lines up on the field. I believe he’s an elite talent, so he fits the value at 10.


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‘Zo to tap into ex-Panthers intel on expectations

Posted by Chris Brown on April 10, 2017 – 12:52 pm

Lorenzo Alexander feels more comfortable being a vocal leader in his second year with the Bills. But he wants to do it within the constructs of head coach Sean McDermott’s expectations. That’s why he plans to tap into the knowledge some of the ex-Panthers on Buffalo’s roster to make sure he’s got a full understanding of the new head coach’s methods and messaging.

“That’s why they’re here,” said Alexander of free agent signees Mike Tolbert, Leonard Johnson and Philly Brown. “Coaches often bring guys from other places where they’ve been because they understand the expectation level. They understand the culture that he wants and what he means when he says certain things. So they can definitely be sounding boards for his message and I can also talk to them as well for things like, ‘What does it mean when he says this?’ Or, ‘How did you guys do that here?’ Or ‘What did that picture look like in your locker room?’ And maybe we can take some of those tidbits that they learned from what he did in other places and apply it here so we can win.”

Alexander and the three ex-Panthers signees are among a group of players we profiled on Buffalobills.com as Bills culture makers under coach McDermott entering the 2017 season.


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Fan Friday 4-7

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2017 – 11:30 am

Draft day is closing in. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Could the Bills be legitimately in the hunt for Sherman?

Crowe
@KookaberraCrowe

CB: I don’t see Buffalo as a realistic trade partner with the Seahawks. Here’s why.

Seattle is looking to cut their payroll and get younger. Draft picks are what they are after in exchange for Sherman. With the Bills possessing just six picks in this year’s draft, which is known as a deep class with great value in rounds two through four, I can’t see the Bills parting with picks to inherit a 30-year old corner making the kind of money Buffalo themselves chose to avoid when they let Stephon Gilmore walk.


2 –
@ChrisBrownBills

What do you think the bills biggest need is heading into the draft? #fanfriday #gobills

I Just Want To
WIN@JKolba


CB:
I’m not trying to hedge here, but I believe it’s linebacker and cornerback. They need premium athletes at both positions, which is why I think if the value is right that’s what they look to address early in the draft.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there anything at this (admittedly very early) point to differentiate Sean McDermott from his lengthy list of unsuccessful predecessors?

Paul Lane
@BfloBizDATA
CB: While I think it’s easy to differentiate coach McDermott from his immediate predecessor knowing their approach to coaching is diametrically opposed, we all know that his abilities on game day as a coach are complete unknowns. No one has seen him operate as a head coach on the sideline on game day.

So while there have already been several encouraging signs (assembling a proven staff, connecting with players, clear vision for the team, adding a specific kind of player talent) all people care about in the NFL are the results. And until everyone sees how he arrives at those results there’s no way to differentiate coach McDermott from those who came before him.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Kyle Williams will need to be replaced soon and has been injured more often the last few years. Which draft 17 or 18 do they replace him in?

Michael Cybulski
@Brockv5Michael
CB: First, I would like to point out that with the exception of the 2015 season when he played in six games, Kyle Williams has played in 15 games or more in four of the last five seasons.

That being said I do believe that depth on the interior of the defensive line is an underrated positional need for Buffalo in this draft. Unfortunately the depth on the defensive line is better on the edge than on the interior in this class.

I could see them looking for a good mid-to-late round value at defensive tackle. I like UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and could still be there in round five. That’s right where Buffalo landed Kyle Williams back in the 2006 draft.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

If Joe Mixon is still available late, do you think the Bills would draft him? What round would be good enough value to offset PR headache?

Andy
@AndyThinksStuff

CB: Mixon is going to be in different places on a lot of teams’ draft boards, and there will be some boards where he doesn’t appear at all. Knowing the talent that Mixon possesses I believe round four is where a lot of teams will feel comfortable selecting him. As you know Buffalo doesn’t have a fourth-round pick, so I don’t know if the Bills will ever have the opportunity to match the risk with the value.

And as we’ve seen in the past there is usually one team that is willing to roll the dice and takes such a prospect a lot earlier than most anticipate.


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McDermott: Decision on Aaron strictly football

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2017 – 9:33 pm

The release of popular safety Aaron Williams wasn’t an easy decision for the organization, but head coach Sean McDermott said it was a football decision, not one based on his health coming off a pair of neck injuries. 

“It’s a football decision, he said. “Strictly a football decision, and that’s what I talk about [when I say] the tough part of the business. That’s the toughest part of my job, is when guys leave this building. I said last week, when you look at Aaron’s career when he left Texas – it’s a great career and he’s done a lot for this organization so we wish Aaron well and we’re moving forward as an organization and as a football team.”


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Fan Friday 3-3

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2017 – 11:36 am

The NFL Combine is in full swing. Stay close to Buffalobills.com for full coverage. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Saw the Bills may be interested in Trevor Siemian. If they trade for him, think they will draft a QB?

Rick McGuire
@mclennon99

CB: We’re probably getting way ahead of ourselves, since the first shoe that has to drop is Denver acquiring Tony Romo. Only then would that make Trevor Siemian expendable. We all know the connections with Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison having worked with Siemian the past two years, so logically it makes sense. The compensation required would be the rub.

If Denver wants draft picks that would be a problem. Buffalo only has six this year, the lowest number in the 2017 draft. Parting with those is probably not in the Bills best interest especially if they want anything higher than a five. Buffalo doesn’t even have a four to offer this year.

As we go deep down this rabbit hole, if they were to somehow acquire Siemian I don’t think they draft a QB because that would give them three young quarterbacks (Siemian, Jones, draftee) and there’s no way the offensive staff would have enough time to capably develop all three. If they acquire Siemian the likelihood is they add a veteran free agent as I see it.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Report says “not many options out there” … Then why would Tyrod negotiate?! That’s like calling him stupid, something he’s not #Bills

Nick Wojton
@Nick_Wojton

CB: I think you’re only looking at this one way. I agree that Tyrod in terms of getting the best contract he can has no incentive to renegotiate. If he’s allowed to become a free agent there’s a good chance he makes just as much money, if not more on a free agent market where he would probably be the top QB option.

Here’s a reason why I think he does at least consider renegotiation. He said he wants to return to the Bills in 2017. It’s clear that he’s proud of what he and the Bills offense has accomplished the past two seasons, which includes a top 12 and top 10 finish in scoring despite having a defense that has grossly underachieved the past two years, despite some major injury absences in those two years on the offensive side of the ball (Clay, McCoy, Watkins, Woods in 2015) (Watkins, Woods, McCoy together for 5 games in 2016).

Now with Sean McDermott on board the defense is expected to take a demonstrative step forward. That alone helps Buffalo’s offense.

Taylor said he believes they’re close to breaking through and ending the franchise’s playoff drought. Whether you believe him or not, I get the sense he wants to see things through in Buffalo as an established leader. Taylor is a different breed of cat. He knows that talent on the Bills roster intimately. If he signs somewhere else he’ll be hitting the reset button.

If he renegotiates he helps create more room under the salary cap to help fortify the roster. That helps him.

Taylor doesn’t just think in dollars and cents for himself. He’s a very selfless player. He wants to be successful on the field first and foremost. Those things count for something in his book.

We’ll know soon whether or not renegotiation was able to come to fruition.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Could Bills reunite with Jairus Byrd?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: Jairus Byrd is expected to be released on the first day of free agency (March 9th) due to his cost prohibitive contract and his lack of production. After posting 22 interceptions in his first five seasons with the Bills, he’s had just three in his three seasons with New Orleans. In Byrd’s defense he’s been part of a defense that has languished near the bottom of the league. There has not been a lot of help up front in creating hurried throws or errant passes for Byrd to prey upon.

The speculation about Byrd coming back to the Bills makes sense. His father Gil Byrd is the team’s secondary coach. At 30-years old and not a lot of production he would presumably come at an affordable rate.

There’s no debating that safety is a positional need for Buffalo. But again, let’s wait for his release to take place first. Then we’ll see how realistic a possibility it would be.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is Brandon Marshall an option for the #Bills?

Not1Day
@Not1Day

CB: Marshall is still a wide receiver who can make plays in the passing game. He can’t run anymore, but he is still a physical wideout who can create separation with his body when the ball arrives. Marshall will be 34-years old in three weeks. That’s not a good thing.

Even though Marshall became a primetime player under Rick Dennison in Denver (2006-2009) with three consecutive 100-catch seasons that was a lifetime ago.

I can only see Marshall as an option if he’s extremely affordable.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is there a sideline-to-sideline LB on the #Bills’ roster if Whaley doesn’t sign Zach Brown?

Dean Kindig
@TCBILLS_Astro

CB: No, there is not. Brown is the only player with true sideline to sideline ability on the roster as I see it. Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland can run, but not in the way needed for the weak side role in McDermott’s 4-3 defensive scheme. You need a true athlete there. Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham is a prospect who fits the profile. I’m curious to see how he runs, but he’s seen as one of the better athletes at OLB in the class.


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Fan Friday 2-24

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2017 – 11:32 am

The NFL Combine commences next week. We’ll have full coverage here on Buffalobills.com from Indy. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – How does the Bills present personnel stack up for going back to a 4-3 defense?  Presumably Dareus and Kyle Williams would be the tackles, but are the other defensive linemen currently on the roster suitable to play end in a 4-3, and how do the current linebackers fit such a scheme?

Duane Tananbaum

CB: It’s my contention that the personnel is better suited to a 4-3 defensive front, especially the defensive linemen. Dareus and Kyle will be given the opportunity to get up the field and penetrate. Shaq Lawson said he prefers a 4-3 scheme since that’s what he played in at Clemson. Jerry Hughes has had his most productive seasons as a Bills player in a 4-3 scheme.


2 –
Dear Chris:

With the hiring of Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator, do you think we’ll be running his defense or McDermott’s with Frazier calling the plays? I know both are DCs and don’t want “to many cooks in the kitchen” again like last year. Also do you know if Kyle Williams likes these guys enough to comeback.

John S.

CB: I think one of the main reasons that Leslie Frazier was so attractive to McDermott as a candidate is because there is a good amount of carry over between the two schemes they’ve employed over the years. It’s my belief that it will be more of McDermott’s approach that will be implemented in Buffalo.

And as far as too many cooks in the kitchen, that won’t be an issue. McDermott is extremely thorough and any and all duties and responsibilities will be clearly spelled out for everyone on the staff.

Kyle had positive comments on McDermott after he spoke with him a couple of times by phone. Hopefully it’s enough to convince to keep playing.

3 – Chris,

If Aaron Williams can’t make it back next season and decides to retire, will the Bills see any kind of cap relief from his contract?

Thanks,
Tom

CB: He’d be a cap savings of just over $1.7M if he retired. That wouldn’t be much on a projected cap of $168.1M.

 

4 – CB
Besides QB, there are few positions groups lacking depth or set to be free agents. How do you think the team will address CB, S, right tackle, OLB, and WR. Gilmore, Woods and possibly Zach Brown will command money and I’m not sure they can be retained.

It seems a large task for Whaley to fill positions with so many free agents. The Bills will have to spend money to retain players. Which positions will be filled during the draft or free agency. How aggressive will they be during free agency to find players that fit the new coaches’ scheme?

Josh P.

CB: I think as they have done in years past they’ll be fiscally prudent in signing free agents. They’ll stay away from the high-priced players that are in high demand and focus on the tier two type players that are more affordable and offer better value.

I put together a list of potential free agent fits last week.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills As much as I LOVE the top 10 talent in the draft, should we trade down to get more picks?

Love your insight, Thanks!

Charlee DeGeorge
@CharleeDegeorge

CB: Thanks for the kind words. I’d be in favor of trading back and collecting more picks. The Bills did a good job of that in 2013 when they traded back in round one and got Kiko Alonso out of the deal in round two. I think the likelihood of that happening will hinge on how the picks fall in front of Buffalo at 10, not only in terms of the prospects the Bills like who may or may not be there, but for other NFL teams with a prospect in mind looking to get up to 10.

 


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Dominik: Puzzle for Bills starts at QB

Posted by Chris Brown on January 26, 2017 – 10:18 am

Ex-NFL GM Mark Dominik, now an ESPN NFL analyst likes the staff that new Bills head coach Sean McDermott has put together in Buffalo. Now comes the task of crafting and reshaping the roster and the big decision obviously lies at quarterback. As Dominik sees it the situation concerning Tyrod Taylor’s future with Buffalo is a compelling one.

“You’ve got the interesting situation with Tyrod,” said Dominik. “But there’s a big puzzle to be put together on quarterbacks in general, whether it’s some of the veterans that are out there like (Jay) Cutler and (Ryan) Fitzpatrick. And where does Kaepernick fit. So they’ve got their work cut out for them.”

What Dominik feels is working in favor of the new coaching staff is they have day-to-day working familiarity with Taylor, thanks to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s season with Taylor in Baltimore in 2014 when he was quarterbacks coach.

“The good thing is Dennison has worked with a lot of different quarterbacks if you look at his track record over the last few years,” said Dominik. “Tyrod Taylor has been with him before. They’ve got to get it right.”


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“The Bills got a gem”

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2017 – 2:17 pm

Former NFL executive Andrew Brandt, who worked in the front office of the Green Bay Packers and as a consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles, knows Bills head coach Sean McDermott very well. His take on Buffalo’s decision to hire him was a positive one to say the least.

In his Monday Morning QB column, Brandt admitted that he spoke with McDermott about the Bills job, and believes the new sideline boss for Buffalo will succeed. Here’s what he wrote.

Full disclosure: I have known Sean McDermott for some time, worked with him when I consulted with the Eagles, and talked to him in this hiring process. Having said that, the Bills got a gem. Sean is smart, self-motivated, even keeled and driven to succeed. And he will. 


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Bills power structure pretty common in NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2017 – 10:51 am

Bills new head coach Sean McDermott isn’t the only one who does his research. So too did Terry and Kim Pegula when they became new NFL owners. That’s why their power structure of having the GM and head coach report to ownership remains in place.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Bills owner Terry Pegula explained the current structure with McDermott now in place as head coach, and added that it’s common practice in the NFL.

“I told (Sean) the GM and the Coach work together,” said Pegula. “Obviously Doug (Whaley) is sitting in the room with him while he is interviewing so he knows if he is hired by this GM, this GM should like him. It is not like we are bringing in a new GM in and hiring him as a coach first. This GM and coach working together and they both answer to the owners.

“He was most comfortable with that because it’s what (Sean) has seen in the past. I believe it’s more common than it is unusual. I don’t have an exact headcount but a lot of teams (operate this way). You do your homework and look at how other teams do things.”


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McDermott’s interview was almost 7 hours

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2017 – 7:51 am

Interviews for head coaching positions are known to take a good deal of time. Some take four hours, some longer. Some are broken into two parts with a couple of hours each day. Sean McDermott’s with the Bills went almost seven hours straight.

That according to Bills owner Terry Pegula, who GM Doug Whaley had first on the interview list for a reason.

“We sat through his interview and I can’t tell you exactly I am going to guess it was close to seven hours, he never stuttered, he never hesitated,” said Pegula of McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “When asked a question this wasn’t somebody who was practicing for a job interview, it was someone you could tell was practicing all his life for what he is about to try and do. When he walked out we just sat and stared at each other like, ‘Wow, that was impressive.’

“He just had every answer, plans, he brought a book, this wasn’t a prepared book by agent this had scribbling all over it, stuff crossed out, names written in it, it was about three inches thick, just his notes. He said, ‘This isn’t my only book, but I brought my best book.'”


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Report: Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier to be Bills DC

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2017 – 8:55 pm

According to a ESPN.com report, the Bills defensive coordinator will be Ravens defensive backs coach Leslie Frazier.

That according to ESPN Ravens beat reporter Jamison Helmsley.

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Frazier has spent eight years in the league as a defensive coordinator, including his first four under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002). It was there that he first worked with Sean McDermott who was fresh out of college and working in the Eagles scouting department before he worked as an assistant to coach Reid and then the Eagles coaching staff.

Frazier, 57, has also succeeded Mike Tomlin in Minnesota as defensive coordinator after Tomlin was hired as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later became head coach of the Vikings (2011-2013).

The veteran coach would be a valuable resource to McDermott and one the new Bills head coach could count on to handle his defense, allowing him to focus on being a game day manager of the entire operation. Frazier could also be a sounding board for McDermott having been a head coach in the league before as well.

In a bit of an ironic twist, Frazier played in Chicago under defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan in his famed 46 defense.


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Report: Castillo to be OL coach/run game coord.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2017 – 4:32 pm

A former colleague of Sean McDermott’s in Philadelphia will reportedly be joining the new Bills coach in Buffalo as a member of his staff.

According to Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec, Juan Castillo will join McDermott’s staff as offensive line coach/run game coordinator. Castillo served in those two capacities for the Baltimore Ravens between 2013 and this past season.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Juan Castillo will be heading to the Buffalo Bills to work on Sean McDermott's staff as OL coach/run game coordinator.</p>&mdash; Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeffzrebiecsun/status/819648893008887808″>January 12, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Castillo and McDermott worked for 11 years together on Philadelphia’s staff under head coach Andy Reid.


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