How Did The Bills Land Rex Ryan? He Didn’t Want to Wait for the Falcons

The Bills and Rex Ryan have a deal in place, and he will be the next head coach of the Bills. Jason LaCanfora reports that Bills brass, along with Ryan, are set to fly back to western NYY from their meetings in Florida today, and a formal announcement will be made.

How the deal came to be is another story.

Ryan actually wanted to be the next Falcons head coach but rumors and a cold silence from the people that he’d hit it off with just days earlier made it impossible for him to separate fact from fiction, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Ryan wasn’t going to wait on the Falcons, so he flew from Morristown, N.J., to Florida Saturday afternoon to meet with Bills brass at new owners Terry and Kim Pegula’s home before finalizing a 5-year, $27.5 million deal Sunday to become the next Bills head coach, according to sources.

Friends had advised Ryan to keep a level head and not make any rash decisions on Saturday. Wait 24 hours. Give the Falcons one final chance.

“If they ain’t gonna call,” Ryan told friends, “I’m going to go for it.”

The Falcons never scheduled a second interview, paving the way for the first coaching domino to fall this offseason.

QB Kyle Orton Announces Retirement

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Bills quarterback Kyle Orton has announced his retirement, Chris Brown of reports.

“I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day,” said Orton.

Orton, who was contemplating retirement this past offseason signed with the Bills and had a player option to return for the 2015 season, but wanting to be close to family again has his mind made up.

“I think I’ve been away from my parents since going to college, so 14 years,” he said. “Anytime you have a chance to end on a good note and go home and spend time with family that’s really important to me and my wife and we’re just excited to move on.”

He also said there is no NFL scenario that will change his mind to retire at this time.

“No, as I said it’s not a decision based on anything football-wise, just a family decision and one I’m going to stick to,” Orton said.

Bills at Raiders Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday TE Scott Chandler (illness)
Wednesday K Dan Carpenter (right groin), CB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder), TE Chris Gragg (knee), S Da’Norris Searcy (hamstring), S Duke Williams (concussion), DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
Wednesday RB Anthony Dixon (shoulder)
Practice Report
Wednesday Practice Not Complete

Packers vs Bills NFL Week 15 Inactives

Packers: QB Scott Tolzien, CB Davon House, LB Carl Bradford, C Garth Gerhart, TE Justin Perillo, WR Jeff Janis, DT Bruce Gaston.

S Da’Norris Searcy, TE Chris Gragg, DE Jarius Wynn, FB Frank Summers, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, LB Randell Johnson, WR Deonte Thompson.

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Packers vs Bills

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills.

Packers vs Bills NFL Week 15 Game Capsule



STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. McCarthy: 1-1 Marrone: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 43-37 vs. Falcons L 24-17 at Broncos
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Bills 7 at Packers 34. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 255 yards & 2 TDs & adds rushing TD. Packers TE Jermichael Finley catches 4 passes for 103 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/06: Bills 24, Packers 10. Buffalo RB Anthony Thomas rushes 20 times for 95 yards & TD. Bills LB London Fletcher has 11 tackles & scores 17-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (GB), 127 (Buf.). XM: 229 (Buf.).


PASSING Rodgers: 276-416-3652 (3C)-35 (1C)-3-119.0 (1L) Orton: 225-348-2355-14-7-89.2
RUSHING Lacy: 188-843-4.5-7 (T3C) Jackson: 97-386-4.0-2
RECEIVING Nelson: 78-1265 (2C)-16.2-12 (T1L) Watkins (R): 58-822-14.2-5
OFFENSE 387.5 (3C) 327.2
TAKE/GIVE +16 (1L) +9 (3C)
DEFENSE 374.4 311.9 (2C)
SACKS Matthews: 5.5 Ma. Williams: 12
INTs Hayward: 3 Searcy, Gilmore: 3
PUNTING Masthay: 45.2 Schmidt: 43.7
KICKING Crosby: 115 (3C) (46/48 PAT; 23/26 FG) Carpenter: 109 (25/26 PAT; 28/32 FG)


PACKERS: Have won 5 in row & 9 of past 10. Lead NFL in scoring (423 points)…QB AARON RODGERS won only start vs. Buf. & had 116.3 rating. Has won past 5 starts & has 127.1 rating (16 TDs, 0 INTs). Aims for 6th in row with 100+ rating. Leads NFL with 119 rating (35 TDs, 3 INTs). Made 100th start last week & his 27,520 yards, 222 TDs & 107.3 rating as starter are all best in NFL history in 1st 100 starts…RB EDDIE LACY has 100+ scrimmage yards in 6 consecutive games & has 773 yards (128.8 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush) in those 6…WR JORDY NELSON ties for NFL lead with 12 rec. TDs, incl. 2 last week. Has 12 TDs in past 14 vs. AFC (incl. SB), incl. 8 TDs in past 8. Nelson (12), Lacy (11) & WR RANDALL COBB (10) are 1st GB trio with 10+ TDs in season…LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 3 sacks in last meeting. Has 4 sacks & 3 FFs in past 6 vs. AFC. Had sack last week. LB JULIUS PEPPERS has sack in 2 of 3 meetings. Is only player in NFL history with 100+ sacks (123.5) & 10+ INTs (11). CB SAM SHIELDS has 6 INTs in past 14 vs. AFC…BILLS: In last start vs. GB (12/18/11 with KC), QB KYLE ORTON completed 23 of 31 (74.2 pct.) for 299 yards with 104.1 rating. Orton’s teams are 13-3 (.813) when he starts & posts 100+ rating…RB FRED JACKSON (5,507 rush; 2,516 rec.) had 72 scrimmage yards vs. Den. (35 rush, 37 rec.), joining HOFer THURMAN THOMAS as only Bills with 5,000+ career rush & 2,500+ rec. yards. Had career-high 10 rec. vs. Broncos…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) leads AFC rookies in rec. yards (822) & ranks 2nd in catches (58) with 5 TDs. Had 127 rec. yards vs. Den, his 4th career 100-yard game. In past 2 vs. NFC, has 16 rec. for 209 yards & 2 TDs…Bills lead NFL with 48 sacks & are only team with 3 players with 9+ sacks (DE MARIO WILLIAMS, DT MARCELL DAREUS & LB JERRY HUGHES). Williams has 6.5 sacks in past 5. Dareus leads NFL DTs with 10 sacks. Hughes (9.5) needs half sack to record back-to-back 10-sack seasons. In past 9, has 8.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. CB STEPHON GILMORE has career-high 3 INTs, incl. 1 vs. Den.

Packers at Bills Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday CB Davon House (shoulder), LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)
Wednesday RB Eddie Lacy (hip), G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
Wednesday LB Nick Perry (shoulder)
Practice Report
Wednesday TE Chris Gragg (knee), T Chris Hairston (illness), S Da’Norris Searcy (hamstring), DE Mario Williams (illness), WR Mike Williams (calf)
Wednesday K Dan Carpenter (right groin), DT Stefan Charles (quadricep), DE Jarius Wynn (knee)

Orton Sticking As Starting QB for the Bills

So long as it’s his call, Bills coach Doug Marrone is sticking with veteran journeyman quarterback Kyle Orton as his starter for the remainder of the season, the Associated Press reports.

What has suddenly become unclear is whether that decision rests solely with Marrone.

“If you’re asking me personally, my decision is that he’s going to play,” the second-year coach said, referring to Orton after practice Wednesday. “If you ask somebody else, they might tell you something different, I don’t know.”

The exchange was prompted after Marrone was asked if his approach to starting Orton over second-year quarterback EJ Manuel might change if the Bills (7-6) drop out of playoff contention after hosting the Green Bay Packers (10-3) on Sunday.

“No, not for me,” Marrone said, before adding, “unless it changes for somebody else.”

He didn’t specify who he was referring to. He then reiterated that it’s “my decision.”