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The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick according to Adam Schefter. Fitzpatrick has been the Bills starting quarterback since the 2009 season though he was benched in favor of Trent Edwards for the first two games of the 2010 season. He was signed to a controversial six year, $59 million contract in October of 2011.

 

 

Fitzpatrick became the subject of intense criticism in Buffalo after a lackluster 2011 which saw him lead the league with 23 interceptions and a 2012 that wasn’t much better, throwing for just 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

 

Buffalo Bills v San Francisco 49ers

The Buffalo Bills signed defensive back Leodis McKelvin to a four year contract that will see the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft earn a reported $7.5 million guaranteed.

Last season, McKelvin played in 13 games, recording 20 tackles, and one interception.

He returned 18 kickoffs for 510 yards and 23 punts for 431 yards and two touchdowns. In his career, he has four return touchdowns to his name.

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The Bills do a lot of things that aren’t smart. Paying Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t smart, and not giving C.J. Spiller the damn ball wasn’t smart.

But taking the necessary steps to retain Jairus Byrd — the best available free agent safety — is quite smart. In fact, some may call it a demonstration of common sense. So all the high fives for you, Bills.

As first reported by Adam Schefter, the Bills will use their franchise tag on Byrd, and it’ll cost them $6.9 million in the form of a one year, fully guaranteed contract. It’s a financial hit that can easily be absorbed with the Bills’ estimated $23 million in cap space.

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He stood tall at the podium in a dark and tidy suit, and spoke with a loud, commanding voice and fluidity like he had a teleprompter in his mind. While speaking, one couldn’t help but feel that the statements made by newly hired Bills generalissimo Doug Marrone were genuine. He seemed to truly care about re-establishing a winning culture in Buffalo, a place where he admitted to not spending much time, but did so in the surrounding area, and for once — for once — Bills fans had a right to feel genuinely optimistic about their future.

But who is he?

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The speed with which new Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone has assembled his coaching staff has been impressive. For fans of the Bills, impressive isn’t strong enough. Try visionary.

Via ESPN:

The Buffalo Bills have hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be their defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. Pettine, whose contract had expired with the Jets, agreed to a three-year deal with Buffalo to work on new coach Doug Marrone’s staff.

Poaching a coveted mind from a division rival is something the Bills rarely do. Acting with an actual plan in the early moments of the off-season is something the Bills never do. After working with Rex Ryan in Baltimore, Pettine followed Rolls Royce to New York.

Like so many coordinators before him, Pettine enjoyed the New York Times ‘how good is he?’ treatment two years ago.

“I’m not in it for the credit,” Pettine said in an interview in the team’s cafeteria. “I only want a ring. If it’s one of those things where it’s going to be identified as Rex’s defense, that’s fine. “I’m not in it for the credit,” Pettine said in an interview in the team’s cafeteria. “I only want a ring. If it’s one of those things where it’s going to be identified as Rex’s defense, that’s fine.”

He’ll get the chance to craft a new image in Buffalo. Hours earlier Marrone went back to Syracuse, choosing former Cuse OC Nathaniel Hackett to run the Bills offense. After stating he wanted his coordinators to have ‘through NFL experience the Hackett hire is a little puzzling. The 33-year-old’s resume includes minor roles in Tampa Bay and Buffalo (retread!) along with a lengthy stay at Stanford. Hackett is a fan of the K-Gun, an offensive system that led Jim Kelly and the Bills offense to an unparalleled run of success in the early 90s.

The Bills last foray into an up tempo, no huddle offense was a disaster. The names Jauron, Schonert, Edwards and Owens rekindle traumatic memories for Bills fans. Hackett was a low level assistant on that staff. At that time Kelly gave him a Bills playbook from the 1990s, which he began to rely on — I guess that’s good? Just get a damn Quarterback.

I’m staying positive. The average age of the Bills HC, OC and DC is now 42.3. Considering Chan Gailey was 103 this is a step in the right direction. New blood. Buffalo needs it.

 

A timeline of events last night: waited in line to get into a bar that was thourougly underwhelming. Left my keys in a taxi. Sent a series of text messages that should not have been sent.

With that in mind I was ready to get all indignant regarding the Bills coaching search. Which retread would it be. Lovie, Ken or Jim? Jack Del Rio’s name even came up. No matter who it was the choice would’ve reeked of a classic Bills hire. They coached in the league slash they know how to manage a team. And they’re cheap!? Sign the damn thing.

That’s why I’m shocked. For once, the Bills took a calculated risk that didn’t involve Shawne Merriman. The same fans that have shit on the Bills front office for hiring failures are up in arms over the decision to make Doug Marrone the next Bills Head Coach. It doesn’t make sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Things worse than Russ Brandon for $100.

I’ve made no secret regarding my feelings on Chan Gailey. Save for the murderous tyrants that occupy seats of power around the world, I don’t enjoy calling for someone’s dismissal. However, we reached the end game with Gailey. The Bills went 16-32 under the former Georgia Tech boss, refusing to depart from the norm that has plagued the Bills for thirteen seasons. 6-10 might as well be emblazoned on the 50 yard line at the Ralph. Read the rest of this entry »