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The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.

 


2014 NFL Preseason Week 1: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers

Friday, August 8th, 2014
After averting a disastrous interception with a pass interference penalty, EJ Manuel made two plays to lead the Buffalo Bills to their first victory of the season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills will take the field on Friday night to battle the Carolina Panthers in the preseason.(Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills held on late to defeat the Carolina Panthers 20-18.

Buffalo has plenty to feel encouraged about following the game. First, EJ Manuel rebounded from his first preseason game and looked confident against Carolina. He finished 9-of-13 for 96 yards and looked to stretch the field. Manuel found Chris Hogan for a 32 yard gain and Mike Williams for a 28 yard pass. He wasn’t perfect as he did stare down his receivers at times, but it was a positive step in the right direction.

Buffalo’s running backs also performed well against the Panthers. Buffalo’s top four backs ran 28 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Brown looked elusive but didn’t shy from contact. Anthony Dixon also looked very athletic and grinded forward for some tough yards.

Sammy Watkins also recorded his first three receptions against the Panthers. I’m guessing he won’t appear on “Overreaction Monday” on ESPN this week.

The starting defense also looked great against the run. It’s only the preseason, but it’s encouraging to see how strong Buffalo’s defense looks against the run based upon their struggles in 2013.

All in all, the Buffalo Bills looked solid on both sides of the ball.

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Buffalo Bills Coach Doug Marrone Has Cancerous Mole Removed, Will Continue to Coach Team

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone, pictured above from March’s NFL Annual Meeting, announced in a team statement Tuesday that he recently had a cancerous mole removed from his skin. He will continue to coach. (Photo: Rob Foldy — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

In a statement released by the Buffalo Bills organization Tuesday night, head coach Doug Marrone announced that he recently had a cancerous mole removed from his skin.

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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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Buffalo Bills Hire Jim Schwartz as Defensive Coordinator, Todd Downing as QB Coach

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Bills hired former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator on Friday night. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills moved quickly after Mike Pettine’s departure and named Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator on Friday night.

The Bills also hired Todd Downing to be their quarterbacks coach, moving offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett away from the double duty he held in that role last season.

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