Rex Ryan will be shown the exits this season according to the Huffington Post. He probably will be fired in 2016 by impatient management. The report cites the lack of progress on defense and inconsistent play of Tyrod Taylor. Ryan is under pressure to end the playoff drought, now in its 16th year. Last season he overpromised and underdelivered. THE HEAT IS ON RYAN, AND HE MUST MAKE THE PLAYOFFS OR FACE FIRING.
Sammy Watkins will see action in Friday’s game against the Redskins. The Buffalo wide receiver has been sidelined since preseason foot surgery. He missed the Colts and Giants games. His progress is good news for Bills fans. The Clemson star was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft. HERE’S HOPING THAT WATKINS WILL BE HEALTHY AND LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS.
Marcell Dareus has checked into rehab. The Bills defensive end entered a treatment facility after missing his drug test. The league has suspended him for the first four regular season games. The two time Pro Bowler has a history of substance abuse. With a contract extension worth $100 million he has a lot at stake. DAREUS MUST CLEAN UP HIS ACT FOR THE SAKE OF HIS FAMILY, TEAMMATES, AND FANS.
The Bills shut out the Giants 24 – 0 at New Era Field. It was a convincing performance by an energized squad. Buffalo scored twice in the first half on fumble recoveries. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was 7 of 10 for 132 yards and a touchdown. EJ Manuel went 8 of 13 for 69 yards and a score. The defense held New York to 1 of 11 third down conversions. The Bills showed poise amid controversy over Marcell Dareus checking into rehab. With optimism running high attention turns to preparing for the Redskins next Saturday. WAY TO GO, BUFFALO!
The Bills host the Giants this afternoon at 4 P.M. Both teams are coming off preseason opener losses. It will be the first game played in the newly rechristened New Era Field. Anticipation is running high as Buffalo welcomes Eli Manning and company. Buffalo is coming off a traumatic week that saw Marcell Dareus suspended for missing his drug test and IK Enemkpali out for season with a knee injury. HERE’S HOPING THE BILLS REGROUP AND PLAY FOR PRIDE IN THE RENAMED STADIUM.
The Bills have announced the $35 million stadium naming rights deal with New Era. It will extend over the 7 years remaining on the stadium lease. Bills owner Terry Pegula joined New Era CEO Chris Koch in making the announcement. The deal had first been proposed five years ago to then owner Ralph Wilson who gave his blessing. The locally owned New Era is the world’s largest sports cap company, making over 50 million caps a year. It has been in business in Buffalo for 96 years. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BILLS AND NEW ERA, TWO GREAT WESTERN NEW YORK COMPANIES.
Marcell Dareus missed a random drug test and is out for four games. The Bills defensive tackle was suspended by the league following Saturday’s loss to the Colts. Dareus appears contrite for his mistake. The team is rallying around him. Unfortunately he will miss key division games in September. EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE, AND LET’S HOPE DAREUS HAS LEARNED HIS LESSON.
The Bills have hired Kathryn Smith as quality control special teams coach. She is the first female coach in the NFL. Co-owner Kim Pegula, one of four female NFL owners, fully supports the move. The internet has gone viral with the news. Pegula explains that Smith was hired because of her ability, not because she is a woman. Pegula expects more female coaches in the league, but predicts the first woman head coach is a long way off. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PEGULAS AND REX RYAN ON THIS HISTORIC HIRING. BUFFALO LEADS THE PACK IN PROGRESSIVE, MERIT BASED PROMOTION.
Ralph Wilson’s name has come down from the stadium sign. Crews removed the late team founder and owner’s name at the entrance. The Bills are transitioning quickly to New Era. The naming rights deal was made public over the weekend. Official announcement will come at a press conference this week. Buffalo is doing the right thing to generate more team revenue. BILLS FANS SALUTE NEW ERA FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE TEAM. PROUD TO HAVE A HOMETOWN NAME ON THE STADIUM.
New Era has signed a deal with the Bills for the stadium naming rights. The locally owned and operated company is the premier maker of sports caps. Founded in Buffalo in 1920, it employs over 500 workers in Western New York. Bills co-owner Kim Pegula tweeted “Proud to be partners with a hometown team.” The stadium had been named for late owner Ralph Wilson since 1998. Earlier it bore the Rich name for local food powerhouse Rich Products in the first NFL naming rights deal. New Era reportedly has exclusive rights through the expiration of the current lease and right of first refusal if a new stadium is built. ONCE AGAIN THE PEGULAS HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING AND PARTNERED WITH A BUFFALO BASED FIRM AND EMPLOYER.