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Pegulas participation appreciated by players

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2017 – 8:23 pm

It was a Saturday evening meeting prompted by players, but Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula came to listen as player, coaches and the general manager came together for a healthy dialogue that aired opinions, approaches and possible solutions to respond to the President’s comments. Their participation was roundly appreciated by the players in Buffalo’s locker room.

“What I really appreciate was our owners being in that room,” said Lorenzo Alexander, who helped set up the meeting. “Our GM, being there and supporting us. Obviously, Terry Pegula he came up (to the meeting) for us. He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from. So he did a great job as far as relating with us and allowing us to use our platform and his organization to stand on to make a statement. So a lot of respect for him. A lot of owners don’t have to do that, or did do that.”


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Watkins on meeting with Pegulas

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2016 – 3:57 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was asked if he was one of the players who met with the Pegulas in advance of the dismissal of now former offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Watkins confirmed he was, but gave indication that it’s relatively common with Buffalo’s ownership.

“I think it was just more so what we need as a team and I think it went well,” said Watkins of the nature of the meeting. “I wasn’t asked anything. It had nothing to do with anybody (specifically). It just had to do with the players and I think it went well.

“I’ve done met with them plenty of times. I don’t think it was an issue or a problem. I think they just wanted to see where my head was and the other leaders on the team where their heads were.”

As far as what his contributions were to the internal discussion, Watkins said he pointed to their play on the field first and foremost as the problem.

“I just told them it’s up to our play. We can’t blame anybody,” he said. “We have to play better as an offense and as a team and as an individual effort. That’s what it’s really about. We can do better and play better. Things that we need to fix, we talked about that and that’s what we have to fix on the field.”


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Whaley: Pegulas value continuity

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 4:35 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley is less than a week removed from signing his contract extension with the Bills, but in his one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com he shed some light on the organization’s end of season meetings with ownership, President Russ Brandon and head coach Rex Ryan.

“We discussed how it was a disappointing season no doubt,” Whaley said. “Our ultimate goal is to win a championship. Now to win a championship you do have to get to the playoffs. The other thing that the Pegulas stressed to us, Rex, myself and Russ is to do that consistently you’ve got to have some continuity. And through their actions they’re proven that they want to have that continuity.”

Whaley said he remains in frequent contact, primarily with owner and CEO Terry Pegula about the day-to-day business of the team.

“Any time we make any type of roster move I’m on the phone with Terry right off the bat to keep them up to date on anything we do,” Whaley said. “Even if it’s an injury replacement on the practice squad. So I’m in constant communication with them on anything that impacts the roster. During the year we’ll have a Monday morning call with myself, the Pegulas, Russ (Brandon) and Rex (Ryan) and we’ll go over everything that went into the game plan before, during and after and results that came out of the game, especially injuries. We talk once or twice a week and during the season a lot more. In the offseason at least once or twice a week for sure.”

As for how his relationship with head coach Rex Ryan has grown and developed, Whaley believes their football philosophies run parallel and that they’re committed to the same end game.

“The one major reason I think we get along so well is we believe this whole thing we’re trying to do, even with the Pegulas and Russ Brandon, it’s not about us and individual acclaim and recognition, it’s about winning rings,” Whaley said. “When you have somebody that you can work with and you have the same goal and it doesn’t matter who gets the recognition that’s where the ease of our relationship comes in and I only think it’s going to get stronger.”


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Whaley: It’s all good with Rex & ownership

Posted by Chris Brown on December 29, 2015 – 11:15 am

Despite reports to the contrary last week, Bills GM Doug Whaley gave firm indication that he is on solid footing with head coach Rex Ryan and has the faith of owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Making his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday, Whaley said the reports that were out there last week about friction with Ryan and an uncertain future with ownership were very misguided.

“Ownership has been great. My relationship with Rex Ryan is something that I cherish,” Whaley said. “I wake up every day happy to come in and work with him. My future, ownership doesn’t have to tell me anything. I’ve always attacked my job with the mindset of let me do my job not to lose it, but to keep it and keep getting better. So until the ownership tells me I’m here for the long haul and get this team where we need to go.”

Later in the interview Whaley praised the approach of the Pegulas in terms of how they facilitate the job he has to do as general manager.

“Their thoughts are turning to what do we need to get better this week? And then after this week what do we need to get better from the top down going forward,” Whaley said of the Pegulas. “So they’re always looking at what they can do to help us get better and what they need to do as owners to get better. That’s their philosophy and outlook they’ve conveyed to us every time we’ve met. When your ownership comes to you and asks what else they can do to help us do your job better, that’s a perfect scenario and the closest thing you can get to utopia in this league.”


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Hughes: Bills were impossible to walk away from

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 11:37 am

When the window for NFL clubs to talk with prospective free agents from other teams opened on March 7th, Jerry Hughes was a popular target. And though Hughes acknowledged that his representatives listened, they knew where their client stood in terms of where he wanted to play in 2015 and beyond.

In an interview with Buffalobills.com shortly after re-signing with Buffalo, Jerry Hughes admitted that other teams were in contact with his camp during the three-day contact window, but that his agent knew his preference from the start.

“Yeah there (were other teams calling), but we were still listening to Buffalo,” Hughes said. “I made it clear to them especially from my point of view I made it clear to my camp that (Buffalo) was the place I wanted to be.”

Hughes also said that the hiring of Rex Ryan only added to his desire to return to the Bills.

“Playing on a defense now where Rex Ryan is taking over and he’s the head coach and you hear all the great things from the players all over the league about how much they respect him and love him and how great of a coach he is. With someone like that who is now leading the team you don’t want to miss any type of involvement in that because you know he’s going to bring us all along the right way,” he said. “He’ll get us all moving as one unit. For us to be so close (to the playoffs) I feel like with him taking over, Terry and Kim (Pegula) did a fabulous job adding a couple more guys to the mix it made the team impossible to walk away from.”


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Ryan: I embraced the Buffalo community

Posted by Chris Brown on January 29, 2015 – 6:00 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was making his way down radio row at the Super Bowl this week and shared what he thought may have helped him land the job with the Bills.

In an interview with Pro Football Talk Live, Ryan first expressed how fortunate he felt he was to land the head coaching job with Buffalo.

“I just realize how blessed I am to be given this opportunity. When I became a free agent I wanted to make sure I went to a team where I felt great support from ownership, GM, president and when I interviewed in Buffalo I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” said Ryan.

He was then asked what he thought vaulted him to the top of the list on Buffalo’s list of head coaching candidates.

“When you go in there I was just myself I just knew that they probably felt like I did,” said Ryan of the Pegulas. “I was so comfortable. I understand the vision they have for this organization. They want to win, but they also want to be great in everything they do. I think it helped that I embraced the community, because no one has embraced their community in ownership like the Pegulas so maybe that helped me.

“When I went there I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was blown away by them. I’m a football coach first, and I chose the best situation for me and I look at it as one more shot that I have and it has to work so I went to a spot where I believe it will work.”

 


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