Colt Anderson has been re-signed by the Bills. The safety sat out most of last season on injured reserve. Anderson is entering his 8th year in the league. Before joining Buffalo he had stints with Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis. He played for head coach Sean McDermott when both were with the Eagles. ANDERSON’S SIGNING GIVES DEPTH AT SAFETY WITH COREY GRAHAM AND AARON WILLIAMS FACING RETIREMENT. COACH McDERMOTT IS MAKING SMART ROSTER MOVES. BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Bills game day attendance was down in 2016. A total of 548,073 fans attended the 8 regular season home games. That is down 10,974 from 559,047 in 2015. Full capacity at New Era Field is 572,864. Overall Bills attendance ranked 16th in the NFL. That is down from 14th a year earlier. Despite the playoff drought, Buffalo attendance ranked ahead of New England, Pittsburgh, and Miami. THE NUMBERS CONFIRM THE GREAT FAN SUPPORT FOR THE BILLS. THERE IS IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT BY THE FAITHFUL. TOGETHER WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Chad Kelly says playing for the Bills would be “a dream come true”. The hometown favorite and nephew of Buffalo great Jim Kelly would like a chance with the Bills. Chad played high school ball locally at St. Joseph’s and then quarterbacked for Ole Miss. A serious ACL injury has put his career in doubt. He has been working out at the Senior Bowl in preparation for the draft this spring. CHAD KELLY IS A TALENTED YOUNG PLAYER WHO COULD DEVELOP INTO THE MUCH NEEDED FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK. WITH TYROD TAYLOR’S FUTURE IN QUESTION HE COULD BE THE SOLUTION TO THE BILLS QUARTERBACK DILEMMA. WITH CONFIDENCE IN OUR YOUTH, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have hired David Culley as quarterbacks coach. The 61 year old Culley has an impressive coaching resume dating back decades. He most recently served as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach for the Chiefs. Earlier he was with the Buccaneers and Eagles. Before that he coach for several colleges. THE HIRING OF CULLEY CONTINUES HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT’S COMMITMENT TO EXPERIENCE. A NEW REGIME OF HARD NOSED VETERANS IS TAKING SHAPE. WITH THEM WE LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW ERA, UNITED AS 1BUFFALO.
Stephon Gilmore has been named to the Pro Bowl. The Bills cornerback joins teammates Zach Brown, Richie Incognito, Kyle Williams, and Lorenzo Alexander. The 5 Buffalo players so honored are the most since 1998 when 6 were selected. Congratulations to all the Pro Bowl honorees. THAT SO MANY BILLS WERE SELECTED THIS YEAR ATTESTS TO THE TALENT ON THE TEAM. HERE’S HOPING THAT NEW COACHING WILL MAKE THEM PLAYOFF CONTENDERS. WITH PRIDE IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
New England is once again atop the AFC. The Patriots routed the Steelers 36 – 17 in the championship game. Tom Brady had a spectacular day, going 32 of 42 for 384 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Patriots again demonstrated they are the best team in the league. Brady is the foremost quarterback ever to play in the NFL. New England is Buffalo’s nemesis in the AFC East. BILLS FANS CAN HOPE FOR PROGRESS UNDER NEW HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT. HOWEVER, THE PATRIOTS ARE LIKELY TO DOMINATE THE DIVISION FOR AS LONG AS BRADY PLAYS. AN IMPROVED BUFFALO TEAM CAN LOOK FOR WILDCARD BERTHS IN SEASONS TO COME. ACCEPTING THIS REALITY, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Terry Pegula has been ranked the 17th richest professional team owner. Forbes estimates his wealth at 4.1 billion, just ahead of Buffalo area resident Jeremy Jacobs. Pegula has just under half his net worth invested in Buffalo sports enterprises. He paid 1.4 billion cash for the Bills, 189 million for the Sabres, and 200 million for the downtown hotel and hockey complex. As wealthy as he is, his fortune pales by comparison with that of Steve Ballmer, the richest team owner worth $27.5 billion. TERRY PEGULA HAS SHOWN HIS LOYALTY TO WESTERN NEW YORK BY INVESTING JUST UNDER HALF HIS FORTUNE IN LOCAL SPORTS BUSINESSES. TOGETHER WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HIM AND HIS WIFE KIM FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT. WITH THEM WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Sammy Watkins has had second surgery on his left foot. The Bills wide receiver is expected to be ready for training camp in July. Defensive end Shaq Lawson, the number 1 draft pick in 2016, underwent arthroscopic suregery on his knee. He should be able to participate in offseason activities. THE PROGNOSIS IS GOOD FOR BOTH PLAYERS. TOGETHER THEY ARE AMONG THE MOST TALENTED PLAYERS ON THE SQUAD. BILLS FANS JOIN IN WISHING THEM WELL. TOGETHER WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have hired Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator. The seasoned veteran has 22 years coaching experience in the league. Dennison most recently served as offensive coordinator in Denver, leading the Broncos to 3 Super Bowl appearances, including the 2015 victory over the Panthers. He has also coached for Houston and Baltimore. HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT HAS MADE ANOTHER SMART MOVE IN HIRING DENNISON. HIS BREADTH OF WINNING EXPERIENCE SHOULD HELP REVIVE THE BILLS STRUGGLING OFFENSE. LOOKING FORWARD TO BETTER TIMES WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Terry Pegula can’t have it both ways. The Bills owner is trying to maintain his primary residence in Florida to avoid New York State income taxes. The Bills and Sabres are suffering because of this. He can not be an absentee owner. The 2 franchises are floundering because he delegates managerial responsibility to incompetent subordinates. The successful sports teams are managed directly by hands on owners. The economics of this are foolhardy. Fellow regional billionaire Tom Golisano, former owner of the Sabres, reportedly saves just $5 million in year in taxes by relocating from Rochester to Florida. This pales in comparison with the $1.8 billion Pegula has invested in the Bills, Sabres, and downtown hotel. TERRY PEGULA MUST ESTABLISH FULL TIME RESIDENCE IN BUFFALO TO TURN AROUND HIS TROUBLED SPORTS EMPIRE. THEN FANS CAN UNITE AROUND HIM AS 1BUFFALO.