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By Vic Carucci » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

On the same day the Bills introduced an absurd media policy restricting how reporters communicate what happens in practice, Rex Ryan could barely wait to let writers and broadcasters covering the team’s second OTA workout know just how well his defense is communicating internally.You might recall that “communication”... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sam Bradford’s teammates publicly supported him when he showed up last week in Philadelphia after taking his ball and staying home from previous workouts. He asked to be traded and skipped team activities after the Eagles selected Carson Wentz second overall in the draft. Apparently, poor Sam needed some “me” time to... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Remember the Bills’ season-ending news conference, when Doug Whaley said reports of his strained relationship with Rex Ryan were so much tabloid journalism? I’m beginning to think it was a rare display of honesty.Why would anyone think that the coach and general manager were at odds with one another? The more I think... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Saturday, April 30, 2016

Doug Whaley, keeping with company policy, reminded everyone that these were Buffalo Bills picks, a collective effort, the product of hard work and research by everyone in the football department.But if there was any doubt about whose vision is driving the operation at One Bills Drive, it was put to rest on the second night... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Friday, April 29, 2016

The Bills have made their share of unconventional, ill-advised moves on draft night during their 16-year playoff drought. But this time, there were no surprises, no reaches, no attempts to outsmart the football masses.On an opening night generally lacking for intrigue – save for the Laremy Tunsil pot smoking video –... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Monday, April 4, 2016

Normally, I’m not one to question authority, but didn’t it seem a little suspicious when the Philadelphia district attorney decided Monday would be a good time to tell the world that he didn’t have the goods on LeSean McCoy?Villanova played for the NCAA men’s basketball championship Monday night. The Phillies... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The warning signs should have been evident the minute LeSean McCoy became available last March. He had heavy miles on his legs, yes, but he was still in his prime with the Eagles and coming off his fourth 1,000-yard season in five years. He was two years removed from an NFL rushing title.So why was Philadelphia dumping... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Monday, February 8, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Early last week, Wade Phillips was asked if the win over the Patriots in the AFC title game had been the best defensive coaching effort of his 40-year NFL career. Phillips scoffed at the notion.Maybe Phillips knew that the best was yet to come. On Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, the former Bills head... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Sunday, February 7, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Terrell Owens ranks sixth in NFL history in receptions with 1,078. He’s second on the list in career yardage to Jerry Rice with 15,934. He’s third in receiving touchdowns with 153.But when Owens came under consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the first time on Saturday, he was... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Saturday, February 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – He waited 22 years to get back to this point. But in some ways, Bruce DeHaven was dreading the experience. He knew there would be questions about his fight with cancer, and DeHaven, the special teams coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, wanted no part of it.“For me, it’s not a nonstory,” DeHaven... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Thursday, February 4, 2016

No running back has been Super Bowl MVP since Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and three TDs to lead Denver over the Packers in 1998. It’s amazing to think it’s been 18 years since a tailback won it. What’s more amazing is that he’s not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis is the best postseason runner in... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Thursday, February 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – One morning in the early 1960s, Wade Phillips looked out the window of his house in Amarillo, Texas, and saw a moving van sitting outside. His father, Bum, the local high school football coach, had gotten a college head job at UTEP, then known as Texas Western. It was time to move again. “I was in the... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Given a week to think about it, Cam Newton has taken the more prudent route, no doubt realizing he had nothing to gain by discussing cultural matters on the NFL’s largest stage. So not surprisingly, Newton has declined to elaborate on these words, uttered after the NFC title game: “I’m an... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

“There’s a relentless kind of craziness that hovers in the air during Super Bowl week” – Hunter S. Thompson SAN JOSE, Calif. – It’s too bad that Hunter S. didn’t live to see this. The late gonzo journalist loved his football, but even 40 years ago, he saw that the NFL’s biggest event was becoming a... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Monday, February 1, 2016

John Scott is headed back to his AHL team in Newfoundland, temporarily renamed the St. John Scott Ice Caps, but the fun-loving, 6-foot-8, 275-pound forward should consider retiring sooner than yesterday. Let’s be honest, his career isn’t going to get any better after the weekend he had at the NHL All-Star Game. Scott... Read More

By Jerry Sullivan » Saturday, January 30, 2016

During the Bills’ press conference on the day after the season ended, General Manager Doug Whaley disputed the widely held notion that he had been at odds with Rex and his coaching staff, dismissing it as so much “tabloid journalism.” Whaley said he loved working with Ryan and had faith in the coaches. He said he... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Saturday, January 30, 2016

In recognition of the golden anniversary of its championship game, the NFL asked those of us on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee to vote for what it billed as the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team.The results follow, including my votes and the cases I made for each selection:OffenseQuarterback: Joe Montana.My... Read More

By Bucky Gleason » Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Phil Hansen watched the game on television and was nodding his head like anyone else who recalled Wade Phillips. The former Bills defensive end had been in the NFL for four seasons but played mostly a base defense before Phillips arrived with exotic blitz packages as defensive coordinator in 1995.“I remember... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Saturday, January 23, 2016

As annual offseason coach hires go, this latest round didn’t exactly have the NFL buzzing about the next Lombardi, Shula, Walsh or Belichick emerging any time in the near future.In all seven cases, the chances of a turnaround happening fast enough for the respective teams to avoid going through the same process... Read More

By Vic Carucci » Friday, January 22, 2016

At midseason, average was the appropriate word to describe the 2015 Buffalo Bills.After their 8-8 finish, it still holds up … right along with the now-16-year streak of failing to reach the postseason.The season was disappointing in more ways than one. The hype over the hiring of Rex Ryan as head coach and his... Read More

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