Bills fans have heard offensive coordinators come in the door and pledge a commitment to the run game. New offensive coordinator Greg Roman only points to his recent success to convince those who wonder if he’ll commit to a ground attack.
At the same time Roman is smart enough to realize that you can’t be solely reliant on a run game because if there’s a defense good enough to slow it down you’ll have problems.
“Look at my track record. The greatest predictor of future events is the past. I could stand up here and tell you that we could have been number one in the league in rushing in San Francisco every year if that was my goal. If I wanted to be number one in rushing, I could’ve done that,” Roman said. “But my goal is to win and I think you have to strike a commensurate level of balance to do so in this league."
Unless the Bills manufacture a serious upgrade at quarterback, they'll likely be a run-heavy team when compared to the rest of the league.
E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the lone holdovers from the previous coaching staff, but that doesn't necessarily mean that their immediate futures with the team are predetermined. New OC Greg Roman said Manuel, the team's first-round pick in 2013, will get his chance to start fresh with the new coaching staff.
"I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."
Manuel was the #19 fantasy quarterback when he was benched after Week 4. To that point, he had averaged 6.40 YPA and had thrown five touchdowns versus three interceptions. The team elected to move on to Kyle Orton.
After two years out of coaching, Chan Gailey once again will have a job in the NFL.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Gailey will join the New York Jets as the offensive coordinator under new head coach Todd Bowles.
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan today announced that the team has terminated the contract of Jim Schwartz which will allow the defense coordinator to pursue other opportunities.
Ryan said, “I have the utmost respect for Jim and what he has been able to accomplish throughout his career and I know he feels the same about me. Jim’s defenses are always tough and ranked near the top of the league standings. I wanted to give Jim the opportunity to pursue other opportunities and so we have terminated his contract. He did a terrific job with the Bills defense this past year and our plan is for our defense to continue to play well and be a dominating force.”
Schwartz did a great job with the Bills defense this season. The unit was 4th in both total points allowed and total yardage allowed. He'll be a hot name on the DC market.
The Buffalo Bills are putting the finishing touches on a five-year deal that will make Rex Ryan their next head coach, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Ryan and the Bills are expected to hire 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to the same position in Buffalo, sources told ESPN. Ryan and Roman previously worked together as assistant coaches with the Ravens.
The Bills also have said they would like to keep Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator and pair him with the best head coach possible. Ryan already has spoken to Schwartz about staying as Buffalo's defensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN. But Schwartz runs a 4-3 defensive scheme with a wide-9 front -- used consistently this year only by the Bills and Lions, according to a source -- while Ryan prefers a hybrid 3-4 scheme.
Somewhat surprisingly, Ryan stays in the AFC East. He inherits a great defense and a suspect offense with major QB issues. Roman's offense was somewhat disappointing given the weapons in San Francisco.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:20am
With the Buffalo Bills season' over, coach Doug Marrone has a three-day window to terminate his contract as a result of the team's ownership change, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
At the Bills' season-ending news conference Monday, a question about Marrone's contract was initially blocked by a team spokesperson before Marrone decided to answer the question anyway.
"I can't answer that question," Marrone said. "I will tell you this and my background has been the same and you guys can look into. I do not discuss my contract and that's my rule. I never have and never will."
With five head-coaching vacancies around the NFL as of Monday evening, Marrone would be expected to generate interest should he decide to leave the Bills, the story said.
He was a late signing at the conclusion of the preseason, a veteran presence that Bills head coach Doug Marrone felt had to be on the roster at the most important position. Come season’s end Kyle Orton made 12 starts going 7-5 for the Bills. On Monday he announced this season would be his last in the NFL.
“I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day,” said Orton.
Orton, who was contemplating retirement this past offseason signed with the Bills and had a player option to return for the 2015 season, but wanting to be close to family again has his mind made up.
“I think I’ve been away from my parents since going to college, so 14 years,” he said. “Anytime you have a chance to end on a good note and go home and spend time with family that’s really important to me and my wife and we’re just excited to move on.”
He also said there is no NFL scenario that will change his mind to retire at this time.
Orton’s retirement leaves the Bills without a veteran at the quarterback position. E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel were the only other quarterbacks on the roster. The time Orton spent with Manuel this season however, has him optimistic about the former first-round pick’s future with Buffalo, the story said. However it remains to be seen if the team will turn back to Manuel and give him another chance.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Brady’s ankle won’t be the limiting factor this week. He may only play a few series against the Bills, though we’re expecting 2-3 quarters from most of the Patriot starters.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 17. If LeGarrette Blount remains out, then Brandon Bolden could be the team’s RB1 against the Bills. It’s a tough matchup, so there isn’t much upside here.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process.
“Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.
Ingram's 75.6 rushing yards per game are the 7th-highest this season. He's not going to land a big contract due to how the position has been devalued in recent years, but he should be able to match the three-year, $10.5 million that Toby Gerhart got in Jacksonville. If Ingram leaves, Khiry Robinson figures to take over the role as the team's primary between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is signed through the 2015 season.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:12pm
Carr left a 26-24 win over the Buffalo Bills briefly after getting a knee to the gluteus, Sparano said Monday. The fans booed as Schaub trotted on to the field, only to erupt in cheers when the Raiders called time out and Carr returned. Carr has started all 15 games for the Raiders as a rookie.
Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:53pm
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, via agent Hadley Engelhard, that the Bills will release WR Mike Williams from injured reserve. Williams was waived-injured earlier this month with a calf injury and reverted to injured reserve when he passed through waivers unclaimed.
Williams is eligible to be signed by a team now and he’ll remain eligible to be signed at any point should the season end without him finding a new team. That gives him a leg up on the impending free agents around the league, although his 2014 season may not have too many people lining up to give him a job. Williams was an occasional healthy scratch while playing in nine games and catching eight passes.
Monday, December 22, 2014, 10:07am
The Patriots escaped with a 17-16 win over the New York Jets Sunday in a game in which they struggled to move the ball at times. Although they struggled, the Patriots improved to 12-3 and clinched a first-round bye.
“After the last few weeks of football, I’d love to go out there and see if our offense can put together the best 60 minutes of football that we’ve put together in a long time," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show. "We’ve been up and down as of late. We’ve got to start really putting some great football together here in these next [few weeks]. We got the bye. We’ve got to be able to win this week then we get the bye and then play at home. Hopefully we can take care of business the first week of the playoffs and then go from there.”
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