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Buffalo Bills Fans Support Rex Ryan Hire, Downtown Stadium, per Poll

January 26th, 2015 at 5:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
A new poll found support for the Buffalo Bills' new coach and a downtown Buffalo stadium, but not as much hope of ending the team's 15-year playoff drought in 2015.
The poll, done by Siena College and polled by the Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, found that 70 percent of respondents support the hiring of Rex Ryan. And 55 percent of respondents favor a new stadium downtown. But only 49 percent think the team will make the playoffs next season.
Only 9 percent of people were against the hiring of Ryan, who was fired by the New York Jets after a 4-12 season. But that isn't enough for the 44 percent of people who say the team will miss the playoffs next year, likely an indication in the lack of faith in EJ Manuel, who along with Jeff Tuel is the only quarterback on the roster as of now.
Only 36 percent of people think the Bills should not build a stadium to replace Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, to which the Bills are tied for eight more years thanks to the 10-year lease the team signed with Erie County in 2013. Some 40 percent of people think a new stadium should be built, but on the Ralph Wilson Stadium site instead of downtown Buffalo, for which three sites circling Interstate 190 in the vicinity of the First Niagara Center have surfaced. The issue has become a hot-button topic, with only 15 percent of people saying they aren't concerned with where a new stadium might go.
Regardless of all this, most respondents like the direction the team's headed under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula. Some 39 percent of respondents were very successful the team will be successful in the coming years, with another 50 percent saying they're somewhat confident.
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Buffalo Bills Running Back C.J. Spiller May not See a Large Contract in Free Agency

January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

There seems to be a surplus of running backs in the NFL and that may spell bad news for Buffalo Bills back C.J. Spiller.

The unrestricted free agent was most likely hoping for a big contract this offseason, but recent contract signings haven't been very lucrative for running backs.

The top three running back free agents all signed very team-friendly contracts:

  • Ben Tate – two years, $6.2 million
  • Maurice Jones-Drew – three years, $7.5 million
  • Darren McFadden – one year, $4 million
  • Knowshon Moreno – one year, $3 million

Another thing that the Bills have in their favor is the face that Spiller was injured last season, which could bring his value down. Additionally, it'll be up to the Dallas Cowboys and DeMarco Murray to set the standard this year.

If the Cowboys can't re-sign Murray, there may be a bidding war which could drive up the price on running backs. But with the current list of free agents, chances are there will be no war as the running back class is rather deep.

Besides McFadden, Spiller, Murray and Moreno on the list, here are some more potential free agents.

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Evaluating Potential Sites for the New Buffalo Bills Stadium Part Five: UB North Campus

January 26th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

The State of New York commissioned a study to be done to evaluate potential sites for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. The end result was a short list of four potential sites. One site, the University at Buffalo's North Campus, was evaluated from that list.

The idea of having an NFL stadium share with a NCAA FBS football team has been executed throughout the country. There are still teams that share their stadiums. The idea of sharing a stadium may not be the best situation, but it also has its perks.

For starters, if a stadium is built with the intention of sharing, the training facilities for both teams can be included in the project as well as their own locker rooms and offices. The two home teams will be able to each conduct their business without taking each other's space in the process.

This wouldn't be the first time a Buffalo professional team shared with a college team. In fact, it's happened twice before.

In 1920-21, the Buffalo All-Americans shared Canisius Villa with the Canisius College football team. Then, in 1946-49, the Buffalo Bills shared the Buffalo War Memorial Stadium with the University at Buffalo.

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Offensive Line May not Be Huge Priority for Buffalo Bills in Offseason

January 26th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

This past season, the Buffalo Bills were struggling at two positions, and both of them were on the offensive side of the ball.

The quarterback position was obviously one that crippled Buffalo. EJ Manuel was benched in favor of Kyle Orton, who had his share of success and failures. Really, neither quarterback was very effective, and the struggling offensive line had a lot to do with that.

The Bills couldn't run the ball, and pass-protecting was an issue for most of the season. In fact, it was the single-most contributing factor to Buffalo's loss to the Oakland Raiders, which crushed the playoff dreams of Bills fans for the 15th-straight season. Buffalo doesn't have a first round pick this season, and many fans are expecting them to address the offensive line in the second round. General manager Doug Whaley, however, isn't so sure that's where he will go.

“Some would say that (it’s a priority), but we’re thinking when you get Chris Williams back from injury and another year with (Cyril) Richardson in there and get him more time in there and (Cyrus) Kouandjio played a little guard in there during the season in the practices,” Whaley told “We think there are some guys there who can compete, but that’s not to say we won’t bring in other guys to add to the fold.”

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Buffalo Bills Players Enjoy Pro Bowl Experience

January 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Three-fourths of the Buffalo Bills' defensive line ended up playing in this year's Pro Bowl, and though the format was different, all three ended up on the same team.

Kyle Williams, Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus each were selected to play on Team Carter, who lost to Team Irvin 32-28. Of course, nobody on defense went as hard as they could, but the Bills still made an impact on the game.

Bills players combined for six tackles, with Kyle Williams earning three solo and an assist, while Dareus recorded two solo tackles of his own. Mario Williams didn't make the stat sheet. The fourth member of the defensive line, however, was also a force. JJ Watt did his thing once again, intercepting one pass and recovering a fumble.

Though the game didn't mean anything, there were flashes of competitiveness. Players tried to win the game, but also did their best to avoid injury. Team Irvin, in fact, was called for illegal blitzing early in the game.

The NFL also experimented with the extra points and field goals during the Pro Bowl. Extra points were moved back to equal a 35-yard field goal, and the goal posts were narrowed. The experiment resulted in three missed extra points.

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