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Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan Thinks Quarterback EJ Manuel is Fundamentally Sound

January 30th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills may not be at the Super Bowl to play in the game, but members of the team are there for media availability. One of the people making the rounds was head coach Rex Ryan, who was asked about quarterback EJ Manuel and the Bills' current quarterback situation.

“I think first off EJ Manuel is a young quarterback who is going into his third season. I think he can improve and he does some decent things,” said Ryan. “He doesn’t turn the ball over so that’s a positive. David Lee our quarterbacks coach is the best fundamentals coach I’ve been around as far as coaching QBs. So I think EJ can improve."

“But we’re in the early evaluation stages with our roster and free agency is around the corner. I don’t really know who is going to be the starting quarterback and we’ll explore every avenue in adding to that position. But it’s about everybody not just one man. Greg Roman is a great offensive coordinator. He went to three conference champ games he’s got a great track record. He does a lot of things creatively so we might not go three or four wide like they do in New England. I mean if you have Tom Brady go for it. But there are other ways of getting things accomplished and our quarterback will. I know he will.”

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Marshawn Lynch Relationship with Media Leaves NFL Fans Divided

January 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Former Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch rejuvenated his career after being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, but his relationship with the media has soured.

Lynch hasn't been big on addressing the media. He's ducked them the entire season, and during Super Bowl media week, he made short appearances so he, 'won't get fined.'

His actions have polarized the NFL fan base.

Fans have opted to take sides, either Team Beast Mode, or Team Media. Those siding with the running back have made the argument that he shouldn't have to speak, and that the media should leave him alone. Those sympathetic to the media note that he is a public figure, and speaking to the media is part of his job, which is in his contract.

Lynch shed some light yesterday in his final session of media day, where he provided a statement. His words show that he feels disrespected by the media. Somebody, or a group of people, did him wrong in his eyes.

So is Lynch being a crybaby, or does he have a valid point?

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Former Buffalo Bills Coordinator Jim Schwartz Opens up About Leaving Team

January 30th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Jim Schwartz parted ways with the Buffalo Bills without having another plan in place. But that lack of job certainty entering the NFL offseason suits Schwartz just fine.

Schwartz departed Buffalo in the days following the hire of Rex Ryan as the new head coach. Schwartz interviewed for that coaching vacancy in the aftermath of Doug Marrone's departure, but once Ryan came on board Schwartz told the Baltimore Sun that he felt the two might not be able to work together:

"I've known Rex for a long time. I have a lot of respect for him as a person, and for what he has done and his schemes. But like there are certain players who fit in with other players, the same is true with coaches."

Schwartz guided one of the best-performing Bills defenses ever in 2014, finishing in the top five in every major category and leading the NFL in sacks. But Ryan prefers a more hands-on approach to defense than Marrone had with Schwartz, so it's understandable that he might not want to stick around in the same job with diminished power.

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Buffalo Bills Could Address Quarterback Option via Trade for Little Compensation

January 30th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills will address the quarterback position to at least bring in some competition for EJ Manuel, and there are reports that two quarterbacks could be available for a low return.

Per Buffalobills.com, ESPN's Adam Captain has named Mike Glennon from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kirk Cousins from the Washington Redskins as two players that could be available, both for either a fourth or fifth round draft pick. The Bills have two fifth round draft picks in the upcoming draft, so if they are high on either one, and the reports are true, the Bills could very well explore that option.

Manuel never really got a fair shot in Buffalo, but Rex Ryan hasn't written him off yet either. The Bills do need to bring in someone, either to serve as a backup or to compete for Manuel for the starting job. Competition brings the best out of athletes, and if Manuel can't beat one of those players out for the starting job, he probably doesn't deserve the starting job.

As it stands right now, Jeff Tuel is the backup to Manuel, after Kyle Orton opted to retire. Tuel has minimal experience, and is mostly known for the pick-six he threw against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.

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Buffalo Comes in Top Quarter of Best U.S. Football Cities

January 29th, 2015 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

A new ranking of the nation's best football cities has Buffalo in the first quarter.

The Buffalo Bills and University at Buffalo Bulls helped propel Buffalo to No. 31 on the list from WalletHub.

The rankings list every U.S. city with at least one NFL or FBS college team. They take into account 11 categories, including the performance quality over the past three seasons, number of championships won and sports bars per capita.

Buffalo came in second among NFL cities for stadium accessibility and third for lowest average ticket price. But neither the Bills (21-27 over the past three years) nor Bulls (17-19, one bowl game) have done much on the field. The Bills remain a top-10 market, though, for local NFL TV ratings, while the Bills managed to sell out every game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2014 for the first time in five seasons.

Topping the list was Green Bay, followed by East Lansing, Mich. – home of the Michigan State Spartans – and Pittsburgh. Las Vegas – home of UNLV – was last, with Tulsa, Okla. – home of the University of Tulsa – and Mobile, Ala. – home of the University of South Alabama – right behind,

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