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By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, August 21, 2016

The name New Era Field is yet another reason to feel good about going to Orchard Park to watch the Bills. Now let’s hope we all can keep going there for at least, say, another decade.I like the fact the new name is “field” not “stadium.” It makes one think of Lambeau Field, Wrigley Field or Soldier Field, classic... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, July 30, 2016

Let’s all take a Chill Pill on Tyrod Taylor this summer. Don’t worry about how great or ordinary he looks at St. John Fisher College or in preseason games. It doesn’t matter. You’re not going to get any real answers on the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback in preseason.Remember this: Chan Gailey spent an entire spring,... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, July 28, 2016

Here’s my vote for the two most interesting players to watch during Bills training camp: Kolby Listenbee and Marquise Goodwin. Let’s face it: Preseason is not going to tell us much about most of the key players on the team. You have to see what you’ve got when the real games start. But it would be a very big deal if... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Bills should save their cap space and hold off on signing a running back like Reggie Bush. Karlos Williams is out the first four weeks of the season. So what? If LeSean McCoy goes down for a week, the Bills still have Mike Gillislee, Jonathan Williams and other options who can do a good short-term job.What happens if... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, June 25, 2016

There’s a misconception about the Bills’ decision to try to win with a running game and a strong defense. It does not fly in the face of analytics.Yes, it’s contrary to the prevailing NFL trend. Most top teams have highly productive pass offenses. But that’s because most of them have a proven franchise quarterback.... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, June 16, 2016

The late, great Larry Felser used to joke that some NFL owners, like Cardinals mogul Billy Bidwill, would be sleeping under a highway overpass if they hadn’t inherited their money. I feel the same way about Raiders owner Mark Davis. He’s blackmailing Oakland taxpayers for $400 million by threatening to move to Las... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Bills have made plenty of personnel mistakes, as we all know. Signing Mario Williams to a huge contract in 2012 was not one of them, contrary to the opinion of more than a few.Let’s go back to early 2012. The Bills were 6-10 with a defense that ranked 30th in points allowed and third-last in sacks. The only edge... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, May 13, 2016

I know you’re probably tired of hearing and reading about “Deflategate.” Bear with me while I make one point in the interest of proper perspective. The court battle between Tom Brady and the NFL, which Brady lost, was all about the authority of the NFL commissioner to hand down a four-game suspension.Overshadowed was... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, May 5, 2016

It has been fascinating to watch Ryan Fitzpatrick and his agent conduct a negotiating stare-down with the New York Jets this spring. Fitz remains unsigned, despite throwing 31 TD passes and helping the Jets to a 10-6 record last season. No coach in the NFL will make better use of his ability than Jets offensive chief Chan... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Saturday, April 23, 2016

I love the Cleveland Browns’ move to trade out of the No. 2 spot in the NFL Draft and stockpile picks. Some Browns fans justifiably are skeptical. I’ve already heard from some who say: “We’ve seen this movie before, and it has an unhappy ending!” And it’s true. The Browns had four picks in the top 52 in 2009... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

He was the most accurate passer of his era. He was the decisive player in two of the greatest AFC playoff games ever. He was one of the great two-minute quarterbacks ever. He won a Super Bowl. We’re talking about Ken Stabler. Here’s hoping The Snake receives his due and gets elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, January 7, 2016

Poor Cleveland Browns fans. Their team is embracing too much of a good thing in letting analytics run the football department. I love analytics. Bill Belichick has been making analytics-based decisions for years, such as dumping stars a year or two early (Richard Seymour, etc.). But analytics should not drive the... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, January 3, 2016

* Justice was served with the Bills’ 22-17 victory over the New York Jets Sunday. It was a heart-breaking loss to the New York Jets. But let’s be honest: The Jets are not worthy of the playoffs, and they’re not nearly as good as the Pittsburgh Steelers, who advanced to the postseason with the result. The Jets... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lawson & Co. vs. Jason WittenThe Cowboys’ great tight end was held to just one catch for 12 yards. He was targeted just twice. It was his lowest catch total of the season and only the third time in the last 86 games he has been held to one catch. Dallas star receiver Dez Bryant was out with a foot injury, and... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 27, 2015

Random thoughts on the Bills’ 16-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. We’ll keep this short and sweet, as is deserving of a meaningless Week 16 game: * The stock report on Tyrod Taylor stays the same. Promising. Still a lot to prove. Clearly worthy of being the undisputed No. 1 QB entering next season. Not yet worthy... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, December 25, 2015

Buffalo Bills punter Paul Maguire was at a party with a bunch of the San Diego Chargers players two days before the 1965 American Football League Championship Game. It was not strange at all that Maguire would be hanging out with the opposition. The Bills spent the week practicing in San Diego. Maguire had spent his first... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 20, 2015

Joe Barry vs. Rex Ryan The Bills can’t fall back on excuses this week. Yes, the Buffalo defense is banged up without starters Stephon Gilmore, Nigel Bradham, Aaron Williams and Kyle Williams. But the Washington defense has lost five starters to injury since the start of the season. Still, Buffalo’s defense had five... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Bills were brutal in losing to Washington, and don’t accept injuries as an excuse. Sure, the Bills were down four starters on defense, including Stephon Gilmore, Nigel Bradham, Aaron Williams and Kyle Williams. But the Washington defense was equally banged up, without five starters since the start of the season.... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 13, 2015

Fletcher Cox vs. Marcell Dareus The Eagles’ star defensive tackle was great; the Bills’ star defensive tackle wasn’t. Cox, the 12th pick in the 2012 draft, doesn’t rack up a ton of statistics as a 3-4 defensive end. But he’s having a great season. He was a wrecking crew last week against New England, with four... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Buffalo Bills got a bad break on the decisive play from scrimmage in their 23-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. That was the No. 1 play of the game. But the Bills caught a good break to prevent another Eagles’ score and failed to convert critical third-down plays against the NFL’s 26th-ranked defense.... Read More

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