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Rookie EJ Manuel impressive in effort to be Bills starting QB; Buffalo beats Minnesota 20-16

EJ Manuel (courtesy Florida State)

Rookie EJ Manuel, a recent graduate from Florida State, continues to be impressive during the current NFL exhibition season as he led the Buffalo Bills to a 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The 23-year-old who is 6’5, 237 pounder is very close to being named the Bills starting quarterback over veteran Kevin Kolb who has struggled all of training camp.

Manuel, playing the first half was 10 of 12 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Kolb, who has been booed constantly by Bills fans during camp, played the second half and was 10 of 17 for 66 yards and an interceptions.

Buffalo Bills, State of New York, Erie County, agree on new stadium lease until at least 2020

Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the Bills (photo by mikerussell via wikipedia commons)

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with the State of New York and Erie County on a new lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the team in the suburb of Orchard Park until at least the year 2020.

The Bills’ current 15-year lease expires on July 31, 2013. Buffalo is located in the United States’ 56th largest TV market and the concerns have been that they might be a target for relocation to Los Angeles or even Toronto.

The $271 million agreement includes $130 million in renovations for the almost 40-year-old stadium which was opened in 1973, has the Bills paying $35 million and New York and Erie County providing the other $95 million.

The lease is for 10 years but the agreement has the Bills staying in Buffalo at least through the first seven years. The team then will have the option of buying out the remaining three years of the lease for $28 million. However, the penalty to leave early is $400 million.

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com & Buffalo Bills)

The owner of the Bills is 94-year-old Ralph Wilson, who is the oldest owner in the NFL and the oldest living former player and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Rumors are swirling that his health is in decline.

Wilson was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 17, 1918.

Bills agree to 1-year lease extension with county

 

Ralph Wilson Stadium (photo by Evilarry, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The Buffalo Bills and  Erie County, New York agreed in principle to a one-year lease extension that allows the NFL team to continue playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013.

The announcement was made by County executive Mark Pononcarz.

Located in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, New York, Ralph Wilson Stadium seats 73,079.

The facility was opened in 1973 at a cost of $22 million. The Bills have been the primary tenants since its opening.

The stadium is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer, founder and owner Ralph Wilson.

 

Info compiled from Buffalo Bills, TV & Radio news

 

Paul Haynes leaves OSU to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator/DB coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Haynes as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Razorbacks.

Haynes most recently spent the last seven seasons at Ohio State where he was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 after working with the defensive backs from 2005-10. While Haynes was in Columbus, the Buckeyes compiled a 66-11 record, won six Big Ten titles and played in six straight BCS games while consistently putting one of the best defenses in the Big Ten on the field. The OSU defensive backs earned five first-team All-America citations and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections under Haynes’ direction. Eight defensive backs were selected in the 2006-11 NFL Drafts, including first rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins. Whitner, a safety, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, and Jenkins, a cornerback, was picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Paul Haynes (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Haynes has coached at Michigan State, Louisville, Kent State, Northern Iowa, Ferris State and Bowling Green in addition to one year as defensive quality control with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino. Haynes also worked with former Razorback coaches John L. Smith (Louisville and Michigan State) and Garrick McGee (Northern Iowa).

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” said Coach Petrino. “He has a professional approach and is an exceptional coach and recruiter. This is a competitive conference and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best. Having Paul join our program will help us as we continue on the path toward our goal of consistently winning championships. He has been a part of a team with a culture of doing just that. Paul has incredibly high standards and the defenses he has built have been challenging to prepare for and have always played with toughness, intensity and desire.”

Before the 2011 season, Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin and fifth in the conference in pass defense and sacks. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in total defense and scoring defense, and John Simon was tied for third in the Big Ten with an average of 0.58 sacks per game.

In 2010, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons, finishing with a 12-1 record and a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeye defense led the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense by allowing 250.6 yards per game and topped the conference and ranked third in the country with an average of 13.3 points per game allowed. They also led the Big Ten while tying for third in the country in turnover margin, and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

In 2009, the Buckeyes were 11-2 and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State allowed just 262.5 yards per game, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, and 12.2 points per game, second in the conference and fifth in the country while also ranking number one in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA by allowing 83.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio State also was second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in pass defense.

Malcolm Jenkins brought the Thorpe Award to Columbus as the nation’s best defensive back in 2008. He recorded 57 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles while leading the Buckeye secondary that held opponents to 164.3 passing yards per game, first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the country and top three in the conference in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

Ohio State played in the BCS National Championship Game in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Buckeyes led the country in total defense, allowing 233.0 yards per game, in scoring defense, giving up just 12.7 points per game, and in pass defense, as opponents passed for 150.2 yards per game. Ohio State also led the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 82.9 yards per game to rank third in the country, and in pass efficiency defense with a mark of 98.73, which was fourth in the nation.

The 2006 squad allowed just 12.8 points per game and 280.5 yards of total offense while running undefeated through all 12 games in the regular season. Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season, twice defeated the No. 2 team in the country by taking down Texas in Austin and Michigan in Columbus.

In Haynes’ first season at Ohio State, the Buckeyes finished the year with seven straight wins, including a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, to finish 10-2. OSU’s opponents scored 15.2 points per game and gained 281.3 yards of total offense, including just 73.4 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes grabbed six interceptions and recovered six fumbles as Whitner garnered first-team All-America honors.

Haynes spent the 2002 season at Louisville, where he coached the cornerbacks under former Arkansas special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith. In 2002, the Cardinals ranked fifth in C-USA and No. 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense (112.9 rating).

Haynes followed Smith to Michigan State for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In those two years, the Spartans were 13-12 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten and advanced to the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska in 2003. In each year, safety Jason Harmon was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, and three other members of the secondary earned Academic All-Big Ten acclaim in those two seasons.

In 2003, the Spartans intercepted 15 passes and returned two for touchdowns. During the 2004 season, MSU picked off 17 passes, returning one for a touchdown, while collecting 241 yards on interception returns.

In 2001, Haynes was with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as the defensive quality-control coach. His duties included assisting the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation — compiling scouting reports, breaking down opponent film and writing the playbook. He also helped coach the secondary. The Jaguars ranked among the AFC leaders in passing defense (second at 190 yards per game), scoring defense (fourth at 17.9 points) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 yards).

He worked for two years at Kent State, where he coached the secondary in 1999 before taking over the duties as assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000. Prior to joining the Kent State staff, Haynes coached the running backs and secondary at NCAA I-AA Northern Iowa in 1997-98.

Haynes served as secondary coach at Ferris State for two seasons, from 1995-96. Haynes began his coaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993, before moving on to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 1994.

Haynes walked on at Kent State University in the fall of 1987 and went on to play four years of football for the Golden Flashes. As a freshman, he led the team in interceptions. As a sopho­more, he led the team with 116 tackles. After missing the 1989 campaign with a knee injury, he started his final two years and wound up his career as the seventh leading tackler in Kent State history with 440 stops.

Haynes and his wife, Denita, who graduated from Florida A&M with an education degree, have three children – daughters Jordyn and Kennedy Rose, and one son, Tarron.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics

 

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Bengals count on Clements to replace Joseph at CB

Nate Clements (OSU photo)

Nate Clements is now a Cincinnati Bengals player.

The 11-year NFL cornerback who is now 31 and has 30 interceptions and 5 touchdowns, is glad to be back in Ohio. He grew up in Shaker Heights, a Cleveland suburb, played at Ohio State under John Cooper.

Clements, who signed a two-year deal worth $10.5 million, was let go by the San Francisco 49ers in a salary-cap move, is 6’0, 209-pounds.

 

He was a 2004 Pro Bowl cornerback with the Buffalo Bills.

Last season with the 49ers, he had 82 tackles, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, a sack and 10 passes defensed.

Clements is very durable, playing in every game in eight of his 10 seasons.

The Bengals playing a 4-3 defense and the chance to return to Ohio were the factors in his signing with Cincinnati.

 

Info compiled from NFL & Cincinnati Bengals news

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