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Friday, January 20, 2017

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Terry Pegula calls talk of Bills’ dysfunction ‘an insult’

It hasn’t been a great month of PR for the Buffalo Bills, but don’t tell ownership that the organization is dysfunctional.

Owner Terry Pegula took exception to the Bills being hit with that label, and he considers it “an insult.”

“I think that all started with some false information printed in the national media about our organization,” Pegula told Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “I’ve got to believe it’s from people who have no idea what our organization’s like or how we operate within. I honestly believe that. I disagree with their opinions, and I can tell you one thing: We had a lot of applications and people who wanted that coaching job with the Bills. So I don’t know what these guys are writing about.

“I know how I run my life, run our business. I know how we treat people, and I know the people we have in our organization. You can’t pin 17 years on the Pegulas. We’ve been around for X-number of years. There’s no foundation, no truth to this dysfunctional talk. I consider it an insult to our organization and the Bills and the good people with the Sabres. They can’t be real happy to hear that.”

A big part of that was this Doug Whaley press conference, which was the latest in a series of revelations that seemed to indicate that ownership was calling all the shots and the power of the front office and coaching staff had been marginalized. Obviously, the Pegulas don’t want such a reputation, but failure tends to breed stories like this, and for better or worse, the Pegulas will have to deal with those stories when the franchise continues to not make the playoffs.

Anthony Lynn named head coach of Chargers

Anthony Lynn

Less than 24 hours after officially announcing their move from San Diego to Los Angeles, the Chargers have hired a new head coach.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Anthony Lynn and the Chargers have agreed to a four-year deal.

Lynn was the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills last season before being named interim head coach when Rex Ryan was fired. There were initially reports that the Bills were intent on keeping him, but they decided to go in a different direction.

The Chargers hiring Lynn continues a trend of NFL teams bringing in coaches with no prior head coaching experience. The Denver Broncos officially hired former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph earlier this week, the Bills hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and the Los Angeles Rams made Sean McVay the youngest head coach in NFL history.

With the Chargers’ job filled, the San Francisco 49ers are now the only team with a head coaching vacancy. That likely means at least one of two offensive coordinators who were at one point considered the hottest names on the market will not be landing a head coaching gig.

Sean McDermott hired as Bills head coach

Sean McDermott

The Buffalo Bills have hired Sean McDermott to be their next head coach, according to multiple reports.

McDermott, who spent the last six seasons as defensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers, has reportedly accepted an offer from the Bills and is still ironing out the details of his contract.

McDermott, 42, got the attention of many teams around the league with the job he did in transforming Carolina’s defense into an elite unit that helped the Panthers reach the Super Bowl a year ago. He also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and received interest from the San Diego Chargers.

It’s interesting that McDermott has no prior head coaching experience, especially when you consider the report that claimed the Bills are planning to give their next coach more power within the organization. The team obviously feels that McDermott can work well with general manager Doug Whaley.

Report: Bills could bring in Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator

With the Buffalo Bills seemingly closing in on a new head coach, it appears that things may already be in motion with regards to staff hires.

According to Sal Capaccio of WGR, there is a possibility that Mike McCoy could be lined up to be the team’s offensive coordinator under Sean McDermott, the current favorite for the head coaching position.

McCoy was recently let go as coach of the San Diego Chargers. Prior to that, he served as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator, and was able to construct a successful offense with both Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow at quarterback.

As previously reported, McDermott heads Buffalo’s list for their head coaching vacancy. McCoy would be a strong choice to run his offense.

Report: Bills ownership ‘expressed remorse’ to Anthony Lynn for Tyrod Taylor benching

Anthony Lynn

Buffalo Bills ownership seems to at least recognize that some of their recent actions have put members of their staff in very awkward situations.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bills ownership recently expressed remorse to interim coach Anthony Lynn for intervening and making him bench quarterback Tyrod Taylor during Week 17.

Lynn is a Taylor fan, but the team didn’t want him playing due to the risk of injury, so they stepped in and told Lynn not to play him.

Lynn publicly noted in the days afterward that the decision to bench Taylor was made above his head. It helped paint a picture of a poorly run organization in which ownership was stepping in and making all the big decisions. Given that Lynn might get the coaching job permanently, it makes sense that ownership wanted to ensure that there were no hard feelings.

Bills reportedly plan to give new coach more power within organization

The Buffalo Bills have an obvious communication issue within their organization, and ownership is trying to address that problem with the hiring of the team’s next head coach.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills are planning to give their next head coach more power within the organization. The decision likely stems from the obvious disconnect that existed between Rex Ryan, Bills general manager Doug Whaley and owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

With Whaley supposedly in charge of Buffalo’s coaching search, there is a belief that the Bills won’t want to hire an A-list candidate who would want control over personnel decisions. They are interviewing mostly current assistant coaches with no previous head coaching experience, so Schefter’s report about the next coach having more power is a bit interesting. However, it is difficult to believe that Whaley will be responsible for hiring the next coach when you hear what he said about Ryan being dismissed.

Anthony Lynn, Buffalo’s former offensive coordinator who was named interim head coach after Ryan was let go, is believed to be the front-runner to be named the team’s full-time head coach. While he may not be granted control over personnel decisions, he might get more freedom than Ryan got toward the end of his tenure with the team.

Bills were reportedly aware of Tyrod Taylor’s decision to have groin surgery

Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor underwent surgery to repair a core muscle on Thursday. Shortly after Taylor shared photos on social media showing him in a hospital bed, the team put out a statement that seemed to indicate they were not told in advance about the procedure.

Was that statement misleading?

ESPN’s Mike Rodak says his colleague Adam Schefter was told that the Bills were aware Taylor was going to have surgery and team doctors were involved in the process that led the 27-year-old to the decision. Buffalo’s medical staff reportedly recommended that Taylor visit Dr. William Meyers, who performed the surgery this week.

Why, then, did the Bills say in their statement that Taylor “elected” to have surgery and informed the team of the decision less than 24 hours prior to the procedure?

Taylor’s recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks and could be longer. If he cannot pass a physical by March 11, he would be owed another $27.5 million in injury guarantees whether the Bills decide to part ways with him or not.

Taylor’s contract also has an option for 2017 that would pay him $15.5 million for next season and $30.75 million through 2021. Schefter does not expect the Bills to pick up that option, meaning they are likely hoping Taylor is cleared medically before March 11 so they can release him.

Buffalo chose not to play Taylor in Week 17, and the quarterback’s comments on the decision say a lot about his current relationship with the organization. If anything, the Bills should be pleased Taylor opted to have the surgery now rather than waiting a few more weeks to see how he felt. Had he done that, he almost certainly would not be cleared medically by the March 11 deadline.

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