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More Coaching Changes for Buffalo Bills Defense

Monday, January 27th, 2014

With more defensive coaching spots opening up in Buffalo, Detroit Lions assistant defensive line coach Jim Washburn could be a candidate. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In 2014, the Buffalo Bills will have an almost entirely new defensive coaching staff for the third time in as many seasons. Three members of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coaching staff are following former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the Cleveland Browns, while another Buffalo defensive staffer might also be on his way out.

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Cleveland Browns Hire Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine as Head Coach

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Cleveland Browns have hired Mike Pettine to be their third head coach in the past three years. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It didn’t take long for the Buffalo Bills to improve under defensive coordinator in Mike Pettine in 2013. The Cleveland Browns took notice, and made Pettine’s first season in Buffalo his only by hiring him Thursday to be their head coach for the 2014 NFL season.

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Breaking Down the 9-Way Race for the 6th AFC Playoff Spot

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills’ Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a deciding factor in the AFC wild card race. (Photo: Charles LeClaire — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At 4-7 and trailing in the AFC East by four games, making the playoffs isn’t supposed to be considered realistic for the Buffalo Bills.

While there have been 10 NFL playoff teams since 2007 with seven or more losses, only five of those teams have been wild card teams. And there is certainly a big difference between teams who finished the year 9-7 or even 8-8, and expecting the Bills, who have not won consecutive games yet this season, to put together a significant winning streak to secure a playoff berth.

Coming out of Buffalo’s Week 12 bye, however, the possibility should not be ruled out. And that isn’t just blind optimism from a Bills perspective. In the American Football Conference, in which only five teams have winning records, there are still nine teams with a realistic of being the AFC’s second wild card and sixth playoff team.

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First Downs and Flags: Post-Mortem of Buffalo Bills’ Loss to Cleveland Browns

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Even in a tough loss Thursday, Buffalo Bills rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso continued to shine. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

Thursday night should be looked at as a lost opportunity for the Buffalo Bills. A streaky game that started with promise ended with the Bills dropping a 37-24 decision to the Cleveland Browns.

The game was there for the taking for the banged-up Bills, who struggled all night to stay healthy and maintain consistency on offense. The game will be remembered by EJ Manuel’s fight to gain some extra yards on a scramble deep in Cleveland territory in the third quarter, which ultimately resulted in Manuel taking a hit and sustaining a sprained knee that will keep him out for “a few weeks.”

As Bills nation collectively gasped with horror when Manuel was injured, Buffalo was left with little offensive talent. Although the Bills finished that drive with a 1-yard Fred Jackson touchdown to take a 24-17 lead, the offense was unable to produce once Jeff Tuel took Manuel’s place in the game at quarterback.

Yet even with a tough loss and the injuries piling up, there were still some positives to take from Thursday’s game.

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Buffalo Bills Lose Quarterback EJ Manuel, Subsequently Lose Game to Cleveland Browns

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills lost Thursday’s game to the Cleveland Browns, but losing quarterback EJ Manuel to a knee injury was a bigger loss. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The game was tied at 17-17, and the Buffalo Bills had all the momentum in the game in the midst of their second consecutive touchdown drive against the Cleveland Browns defense Thursday.

The end of a 14-yard scramble by quarterback EJ Manuel changed everything.

Manuel was making a play, having run all the way around from the right side of the pocket to up the left sideline, outrunning a defender with speed before running toward the left sideline. He converted a 3rd-and-8 to pick up the Bills’ third first down of the drive in the process, but the play came with a price. As he was about to go out of bounds, he took a big shot from Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson directly on his knee, causing him to pirouette down to the ground and clutch his knee in pain.

Manuel left the game and did not return.

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