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By Bucky Gleason » Sunday, September 25, 2016

You’re never quite sure what to believe when Rex Ryan is talking, but his agenda is usually clear. He’s a smooth operator, that Rex. He relishes the opportunity to slip self-serving statements into his news conferences, comments that come off like jokes but carry an element of truth. Ryan made a point Sunday to... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Friday, September 23, 2016

Phil Hansen remembers what his transition was like. So much doubt. So much anxiety. To go from playing defensive end at North Dakota State, a Division II school at the time, to the NFL? He might as well have been scaling Mount Everest. For Hansen, the climb began in the summer of 1991, at the Buffalo Bills’ SUNY... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Players from eight NFL teams – one quarter of the league – aligned themselves with embattled San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick before last weekend’s games by protesting against racial oppression and inequality during the national anthem.A few players joined Kaepernick by taking a knee. Others raised fists in... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Monday, September 19, 2016

Column as I see ’em, Week Two:• It has been a tough couple of weeks for Buffalo fans, but they can at least take some solace in the fact that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo might not be available for the Pats when the Bills visit New England for an AFC East battle two weeks from now.Of course, the long-term reality is... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Friday, September 16, 2016

Lights … Camera … No action … Or points. Or imagination. Or effort. Talk about your colossal Hollywood flop! That was what the Rams offered in their first official game since their return to Los Angeles. Fortunately for the majority of L.A. fans that didn’t make the trip up the coast to San Francisco, they... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, September 16, 2016

MATCHUP WINNERS: JETS VS. BILLS Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Tyrod Taylor It was a contrast in quarterbacking styles. Ryan Fitzpatrick plays the quarterback position with great anticipation. Tyrod Taylor does not. Let’s be clear: We’d rather have Taylor. He has a chance to become very good or maybe great. A chance. But... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Thursday, September 15, 2016

Score one for Chan Gailey. The former Bills head coach showed his scheming brilliance in the New York Jets’ 37-31 victory over the Bills Thursday night. The Jets’ spread offense skewered the Bills’ defense for 493 yards. Wow. The game really was not as close as the score indicated. The Jets have a good... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rex Ryan won’t talk about having Ryan Fitzpatrick’s number. Ryan said the last time he discussed his success against a quarterback, Tom Brady lit his defense up for 600 yards. Actually, it was 466 yards here last season, but you get the point.Defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman has no such reservations. “The first... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Sunday, September 11, 2016

BALTIMORE – What was all the fuss about again? You’re telling me this Bills offense was going to be the scourge of the AFC, a supremely gifted unit that would finish in the top 10 in the NFL for the first time in 12 years? Really?Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was poised to emerge as a leader and build on the promise of last... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, September 11, 2016

Give it up to Rex Ryan . . . but then take it away from Rex. Let’s start with the upside. For one day, his defensive scheme was outstanding. Do the Bills have a legitimate edge rush threat to complement Jerry Hughes? No. Is Rex going to make up for it by manufacturing pressure with overload dogs? For a day, anyway,... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Rex Ryan was right on the money with at least one observation in the first installment of his regular-season Wednesday media day press conferences:“We’re not perfect by any stretch of the imagination,” Ryan said. Ryan was referring to his team’s widening puddle of off-field problems, though he might have been... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Saturday, September 3, 2016

This really has to start with the owner. Terry Pegula said recently in a radio interview that “I don’t think anybody” is thinking about the Bills’ 16-year playoff drought. “In my mind,” Pegula said, “the team hasn’t been to the playoffs in one year.”His year.That must be great comfort for suffering fans... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Sunday, August 28, 2016

Get ready, football fans, for the single most useless, pointless, waste-of-time event on America's sports calendar: the fourth and final NFL preseason game. It's hard to get businesses to stop charging for something customers historically purchase. I guess this is the basic economic principle at work to explain why the... Read More

By Tim Graham » Sunday, August 14, 2016

If you didn’t go to Saturday’s exhibition between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills or watch it on TV, then why the flip do you want to read this?You don’t.Trust me.The Colts’ 19-18 victory over the Bills in Orchard Park was dismal even by preseason standards.Many of the top players didn’t dress. Bills... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Saturday, August 13, 2016

Let’s begin with the naming rights, if only because the Bills are desperate for a New Era after missing the playoffs for 16 straight seasons. It wasn’t clear Saturday how much the Buffalo-based cap giant will fork over to slap its name on the stadium, but the transaction was a long time coming. It’s nothing... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Saturday, July 30, 2016

PITTSFORD – Rex Ryan was in rare form at the Bills’ first practice of training camp Saturday morning at St. John Fisher College. He actually admitted he was wrong. By my unofficial count, in fact, he did it three times. For one thing, Ryan conceded that his defensive schemes were a little confounding for his own... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Friday, July 15, 2016

Three hours before the Bills issued a statement Friday announcing Karlos Williams’ four-game suspension, the running back sent a tweet using a heart emoji saying he loved doubters. If that’s the case, Williams must be smitten with an incredulous fan base that’s losing faith by the minute. Now that we’ve learned... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Friday, July 1, 2016

As the quarterback market keeps soaring, Tyrod Taylor can only keep smiling. Andrew Luck is coming off the worst of his four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts -- a year the Bills helped him begin on an awful note at The Ralph -- and on Wednesday he became the richest player in the NFL with a five-year, $122.97 million... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Of the many Buddy Ryan stories I heard or read Tuesday, two of my favorites came from Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher was a reserve defensive back on Ryan's Chicago Bears defense. He wasn't a very good player. The only time he would see the field was in a pinch if an injury -- and usually two -- occurred,... Read More

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