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Bills Daily - Top News Thursday January 19, 2017

AVP Not A Candidate? Vic Carucci reports that there is no validity in the Jason LaCanfora report that the team may be inclined to wait for Alex Van Pelt to come free to hire him as the offensive coordinator. The tweet by LaCanfora did seem to be more speculation than inside information. In other coaching staff news, Sal Capaccio reports that the team will interview Chiefs WR coach David Culley but at this time he didn't know for what position the interview was for. McDermott was with Culley in Philadelphia.

New OC Candidate: Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer is reporting that the Bills interviewed Panthers QB coach Ken Dorsey for the open offensive coordinator spot. It is the first confirmed interview for the position. The 35 year old obviously coached with Sean McDermott in Carolina and worked closely with Cam Newton as his position coach since 2013. He has been with the Panthers since 2011. He had a big college career at Miami and spent six years as an NFL QB.

Wednesday January 18, 2017

Olson A No Go: The day before he was suppose to interview for the Bills offensive coordinator position Greg Olson informed the team that he was no longer interested in the job. He has reportedly been hired as the QB coach of the Los Angeles Rams. It's easy to speculate that he took a lesser job to avoid coming to the Bills but Vic Carucci says it's more about a lifestyle choice as he wanted to stay on the West Coast with his teenage kids. Jason LaCanfora reports that the Bills may be waiting for Alex Van Pelt to become available. He is currently the QB coach of the Packers. He was a fan favorite as a perennial backup quarterback with the Bills. He was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo in 2009.

RB Coach Hired: The Bills continue to fill out their offensive coaching staff with the exception of the top job on that side of the ball. They have hired Kelly Skipper as the new running backs coach. He served the same role with the Jaguars the past two seasons and was with the Raiders the eight seasons before that.

TE Coach Named: The Bills have hired Rob Boras to be their new tight end coach. He is now the 6th member of Sean McDermott's coaching staff. He was the offensive coordinator of the Rams the past two seasons. He started his NFL coaching career with the Bears in 2004 and spent six seasons in Chicago as their tight end coach. He coached the Jaguars tight ends in 2010 and 2011 before joining the Rams in 2012 as their tight end coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2015.

Tuesday January 17, 2017

Olson Interview Thursday: Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News is reporting that Greg Olson will interview for the offensive coordinator's position on Thursday. He also reports that it appears that Brad Childress is out of the picture.

Alexander Honored: Lorenzo Alexander has been named to the 2016 Professional Football Writers of America's All-AFC team. He started all 16 games and finished the season with 76 tackles, 12½ sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles.

Monday January 16, 2017

Olson Interview: Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Bills were interviewing Greg Olson for the open offensive coordinator position. He has also reported that their top candidate is Brad Childress who is now available to interview since the Chiefs lost yesterday. Olson was the offensive coordinator the Jaguars before being fired during this past season. He also was the OC for Detroit in 2004 and 2005, St. Louis in 2006 and 2007, Tampa Bay from 2008 thru 2011, and in 2013 and 2014. He was the QB coach for the 49ers in 2001 and the Bears in 2003 before coaching the QBs in Jacksonville in 2012.

Sunday January 15, 2017

Aaron Returning? John Warrow of the Associated Press is reporting that the father of Aaron Williams say he is leaning towards returning to the team next year instead of retiring. His family has been urging him to hang up his cleats after suffering severe neck injuries the past two seasons.

Childress OC? Ian Rapoport is reporting that Brad Childress could be the next offensive coordinator for the Bills. He is currently the co-OC in Kansas City and is considered a top target for the job in Buffalo along with Greg Olsen according to Rapoport. If they go with Childress than the first time head coach Sean McDermott will have two coordinators with head coaching experience. Childress coached with new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier in Minnesota and with McDermott in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2005. He was the QB coach to 2002 with the Eagles and the offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005. Olson was the offensive coordinator with the Jaguars until he was fired in the middle of the season. He was also the offensive coordinator for Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Oakland.

Saturday January 14, 2017

Bills Add Another Coach: Sean McDermott added another coach to his defensive staff today. He has hired former Rams defensive line coach Mike Waufle as their new defensive line coach. He was the foul mouthed discplinary that became quasi-famous on Hard Knocks for his no nonsense attitude. He was credited with getting Aaron Donald in line and the hope is he can do the same for Marcell Dareus. He was with the Rams the last five seasons. He also spent six years each with the Raiders and the Giants. The team has officially let Dennis Thurman and Aaron Kromer out of their contracts as their positions have been filled. Coaching Staff.

Friday January 13, 2017

Three More Coaching Hires Official: The Bills officially announced the hiring of Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator and Juan Castillo as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator. Both of these hirings were reported yesterday. The team also hired Bob Babich as the team's linebackers coach. He is a 14 year veteran who coached the Chargers linebackers last year. During his press conference Sean McDermott announced the team will retain special teams coordinator Danny Crossman

Pegula Introduces McDermott: Terry Pegula introduced Sean McDermott as the Bills new head coach at a press conference this afternoon followed by a Q&A with McDermott and Doug Whaley. The media was warned that they would only take questions pertaining to the search and moving forward. Pegula did not take questions. Pegula said Whaley and Jim Monos did a great job leading the search as the search focused on a head coach who could concentrate on long term planning and short term decisive decision making that will help them win football games. He also needed to be a man that could act as the face of the organization and handle the culture of the team. Sean was the leading candidate from day one of the search with his strong passion of the game and the fact he has trained for this since being with Andy Reid's staff. He is a smart, thorough, decisive winner according to Pegula.

McDermott Opening Statement: Sean McDermott begun by thanking the lord, his parents, his family, the Panthers, the players he's coached, and Andy Reid. He seemed to get choked up early in his statements. He thanked the Pegulas in having the confidence in giving him this opportunity along with the search team. They look forward to this opportunity to be a part of this city and this fan base. This is their type of town and they look forward to making it their home. He called it an honor to coach the players and he looks forward to doing it together. He understands the expectations and he accepts the challenge. He wants to build a culture of winning and it is an honor and privlege to be the coach and they will do it as a team.

Questions: John Warrow of the AP got the first question and welcomed him to Buffalo. He asked how he will bring the franchise back to a winning program. McDermott said he has been around winning programs and in his diligent nature he has learned every step of the way brick by brick. He has been to three Super Bowls so he knows what that tastes like. He feels confident in his abilities to bring that to Buffalo. Sal Cappaccio of WGR followed Warrow and asked why he wanted the job. He said he did his research like he always does as he is a meticilous thorough guy. He feels it was the best job on the market because of the ownership. He has seen what great ownership looks like and they have two great ones that are committed to winning. Secondly he talked about the great fanbase. He has been here as a visitor and wants to be part of it. He looks forward to creating that fire in the stadium. Vic Carucci went next and asked how he will get things turned around quickly with a new scheme. He will evaluate the roster and put the players in position to be successful. He looked at the personnel and says he looks forward to working with the players on this team. He answered Jerry Sullivan's question on promises and said they wil be competitive but he's not in to making promises. They will compete on a daily basis and he will build the culture along with the people in the building to build the standard of winning. He believes in the process and they have a lot of work to do. Adam Begnini asks about control of the 53 and Sean immediately said Whaley has control of the 53 and he's very comfortable with the situation. He wouldn't have taken the job if he wasn't comfortable with that and he made that clear and the Pegulas made it clear. Whaley piped in saying it's a team effort and it starts at the top. They are working together at every level. Sal Mariona then asked about the quarterback situation and asked how he will address it. Sean had a nice conversation with Tyrod Taylor right before the press conference. He doesn't want to get ahead of himself he will be methodic in evaluating every position and every player. There will be a time for that. Joe Buscaglia then asked about the defensive scheme. McDermott said he comes from a 4-3 background but has worked in a 3-4. He won't get into what they will do at this point but will put the players in position to succeed. McDermott doesn't know yet if he will call the defensive players but he will be involved in all three faces. Matt Fairburn asked about the offensive coordinator search and McDermott said it's an extremely important one. He is at work putting the staff together. He will build it with people of great energy and he's talking to a number of great candidates. He said they have retained Danny Crossman as the special teams coordinator. On another question on Taylor, he said he appreciated him reaching out and called him a fine young mine and he's watched him. He knows his skillset and what he brings to the table. It is premature to expand any futher. He will diligently look at the roster and go through it with Whaley. Leo Roth pressed him further on if he can keep him if he wants to. He said he's confident in Doug and the Pegulas and he knows what he's looking for and he knows what a winner looks like. Josh Reed asked him about the embracing the drought. McDermott said he knows the rich history of football in Buffalo. He gets them looking at the 17 years of the drought but he also looks at the great players that have played there. He understands about the drought and he gets the passionate fanbase and that was part of the draw of coming here. He grew up like that. He won't shy away from this challenge. They will start by winning inside the community and then go outward. Whaley said McDermott is a guy who will maximize player ability. Nothing has been finalized with any other coaches besides Crossman at this time. He is looking for great people since it's a people driven business. He wants guys who care about people, care about these players. His background is in accountablity and he will require that. He said they will do everything possible to gain a competitive advantage and that will include analytics. To win on the field, you need to win off the field first. He always believed in safety first and doing things the right way. Being a good football coach is mastering fundamentals and techniques. He's a big believer in character as well.

Pegula On WGR: Terry Pegula told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News that once Sean McDermott is introduced he will be the face of the franchise. So an hour before the announcement Pegula sat down with John Murphy and Donald Jones on WGR. On the hiring of McDermott he said they didn't interview as many candidates as last time but researched more than they interviewed. They didn't need to talk to more candidates since Shawn he was very impressive and just nailed it. They were looking for a decisive coach who showed unparallel leadership that players could be drawn too and Shawn stuck out. They feel he can also look at the long term planning of the franchise. It was as seven hour interview and you can tell he was ready to be a head coach. He had every answer, plans, a thick book with his notes. They love that he was groomed by Andy Reid to be successful. Everything they heard about him from the outside was very good. He thinks there is something special about Sean and he has candidates in mind at least three deep for each position. Sean asked about the oragnaizational structure and Pegula told him the coach and GM work together and they both answer to the owners. McDermott was most comfortable with that because that's what he was used to. Pegula feels it is the most common structure in the NFL. Pegula says they all laugh at the perception that the front office is full of disfunction. They all get along together and they all work well together. The way he looks at it, the more everyone knows what the guy next to him is doing the better off they all are. Pegula called it grossly unfair what Doug Whaley is going through. He said what he told the Buffalo News, if he fails at press conference and they wins who cares. He likes him and he's a smart guy who works hard. He promises the fans they are working diligently to end that streak. He calls it unfair to the people in the building that have been there that they are saddled with the 17 year playoff drought. They weren't involved in football operations so the drought isn't their fault. He feels they were a few plays away from making the playoffs the past two seasons. Pegula tells the fans to give the new coach a chance and they are going to keep trying to win.

Presser at 2pm: Today's press conference to introduce Sean McDermott will be at 2pm. And as usual for big press conferences we will be posting snippets right here. Terry Pegula will introduce him but isn't expected to take questions. He did a lengthy interview with Tim Graham of the Buffalo News where he sort of addresses the issues without really saying too much of substance on the subjects fans want to know about it. It's still a good read as he says there is no disfunction and the organizational chart is sound.

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