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whether it’s in the run or pass game

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(AP) — Russ Brandon abruptly resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres after being confronted by the teams’ owners regarding an inappropriate relationship with a female employee, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an internal matter, and owners Terry and Kim Pegula did not provide a reason for accepting Brandon’s resignation in a statement they released Tuesday.The relationship in question first became apparent to a number of team employees in late December, when the Sabres were in New York City to play the Rangers at the NHL’s Winter Classic, the people said.Kim Pegula will take over Brandon’s roles overseeing the Bills, Sabres and Pegula Sports Entertainment, the company which controls the owners’ numerous holdings.In a text to The AP, Brandon said he has contemplated stepping down from the job for some time, and felt the timing was right after the conclusion of the NFL draft.“My goal when the Pegulas purchased the franchise was to reach 20 years with the Bills, in which I achieved this past November,” Brandon wrote.“As grateful as I am for the amazing experience and the incredible people I’ve had the privilege to work with the past two decades, I am just as anxious for the professional opportunities that lie ahead,” he added.Brandon did not respond to follow-up questions regarding his relationship.Brandon’s departure comes after the Bills made a big splash in the first round of the draft by trading up to select both Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the seventh pick, and Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the 16th pick. The new additions join a Bills team that went 9-7 and ended a 17-year playoff drought last year.On Saturday, the last-place Sabres earned a boost by winning the NHL draft lottery and the right to the No. 1 pick for the third time in franchise history.“We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the strong leadership team we have built within each of these entities over the last several years,” the statement from the Pegulas read. “We are excited about the direction of our teams, especially after this past weekend’s NFL draft and NHL lottery results. Our focus remains on building championship teams on and off the field for our fans and community.”Brandon most recently served as the Bills managing partner, was the Sabres alternate on the NHL’s board of governors and a member of the NFL’s business ventures committee.The timing of Brandon’s exit comes at a time he was supposed to the Bills’ next big venture in determining their future home. Brandon was expected to lead the team’s stadium search committee in deciding whether the Bills should continue playing at their current home or develop a new facility in downtown Buffalo.He served in various roles with the Bills, involving both marketing and football decisions during a two-year stint as general manager from 2008-09. He also took the lead in negotiating the Bills most recent lease five years ago http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/benny-snell-jr.-jersey-cheap , which played a critical role in securing the franchise’s long-term future in Buffalo especially following late-Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson’s death in March 2014.The lease included a strict non-relocation clause that included a $400 million penalty the team would be forced to pay if it considered moving before 2020.Brandon also oversaw the Bills’ eventual sale to the Pegulas, who completed their $1.4 billion purchase of the franchise in October 2014.The Pegulas retained Brandon and elevated him to the role of managing partner. The Pegulas thought so highly of Brandon, the Sabres were added to his responsibilities after the team reached a mutual agreement to part ways with Ted Black in July 2015.Brandon’s resignation continues a large turnover of Bills executives who served under Wilson. Bruce Popko is the senior holdover and now becomes the top executive as chief operating officer of Buffalo-based Pegula Sports and Entertainment, which oversees the Pegulas’ numerous holdings.Brandon grew up in nearby Syracuse, New York, and began making his mark in Buffalo shortly after being hired by the Bills in 1997 to serve as the team’s business development and marketing director.He began by spearheading a campaign to transform them into a regional team by expanding the franchise’s fan base to offset Buffalo’s dropping population base.That process began in 2000, when the team shifted training camp to Brandon’s alma mater, St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, to capitalize on the community’s corporate and larger population base.Later, the Bills boosted their presence across southern Ontario by negotiating a deal to begin playing annual regular season games in Toronto starting in 2008. The “Bills In Toronto” series lasted through 2013 before the deal was placed on hold the following year and then terminated by the Pegulas.Toronto-based media giant, Rogers Communications, paid the Bills $78 million to essentially lease eight games (five regular season and three preseason) during the initial five-year agreement. The price was almost double what the Bills were projected to generate if those games were played at their home facility.The series also spurred a large bump in season-ticket purchases from across the border. By 2015, the Bills estimated southern Ontario fans accounted for about 18 percent of their season-ticket sales, surpassing their support from Rochester.Not everything succeeded under Brandon, who drew criticism for a number of decisions, including failing to build a winner during his two-year stint as the Bills GM when Wilson elected to promote from within the organization after Marv Levy stepped down following a two-year tenure.—— ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Quarterback Derek Anderson has been diagnosed with a concussion, leaving open the possibility of the Buffalo Bills starting turnover-prone Nathan Peterman against the Chicago Bears this weekend.And the Bills on Tuesday signed free agent receiver Terrelle Pryor in a bid to bolster an offense off to the least productive start in terms of scoring in franchise history.Pryor has seven seasons of NFL experience and joins the Bills 10 days after a groin injury led him to reach an injury settlement with the New York Jets. He had 14 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns in six games with the Jets this season, which is 46 yards fewer than Bills leading receiver Zay Jones‘ total.Pryor also has experience playing quarterback at Ohio State and the NFL level Zach Gentry Jersey , which could prove important in the event of an emergency. Backup tight end Logan Thomas also played quarterback at Virginia Tech, where he appeared in 47 games.Coach Sean McDermott wouldn’t rule out Anderson from playing against the Bears by saying: “We’ll see where things stand as we go through the week with Derek.”Anderson was hurt while being sacked for a third time in the final minutes of a 25-6 loss to New England on Monday night. Signed just three weeks ago, the 13-year veteran was making his second start in Buffalo — and sixth since 2011 — since rookie Josh Allen sprained his elbow on his right throwing arm in a 20-13 loss at Houston.McDermott has already ruled out Allen, and the Bills would have little choice but to turn to Peterman, who lost the starting job after faltering badly in the first half of a season-opening 47-3 defeat at Baltimore.The second-year player threw two interceptions against Baltimore and then threw two more against Houston, including one returned for the decisive touchdown in the final two minutes.The revolving door at quarterback combined with a patchwork offensive line and unproven group of receivers has resulted in the offense lacking any semblance of identity.At 2-6, Buffalo has scored just two touchdowns in the past five games and seven overall this season.According to Pro Football Reference, the Bills are just the 13th NFL team since 1940 to score seven or fewer touchdowns through its first eight games — and first since Oakland, with six, and Cleveland, seven, in 2009. With 87 points scored, the Bills are also the 50th team since 1940 to produce that many or fewer through its first eight games, and first since Jacksonville scored 86 in 2013.Against New England, McDermott credited the Bills for having only one three-and-out and having seven possessions cross midfield. On the downside, Buffalo scored just two field goals, failed to reach the red zone, and Devin McCourty’s 84-yard return of an interception thrown by Anderson sealed New England’s win.“That’s not a way to play consistent offensive football,” he said. “We’ve got to find that consistency Chris Lindstrom Jersey , whether it’s in the run or pass game.”Running back LeSean McCoy was so frustrated with his season-long struggles after managing 13 yards rushing against the Patriots, he blamed himself and the entire offense for letting down Buffalo’s defense.“It’s not fair for them,” McCoy said.It remains a major question how anyone can coax more out of an offense no matter who’s starting. The Bills quarterbacks have combined to throw 12 interceptions, including five by Allen, versus three touchdowns.Peterman, meantime, is best remembered for throwing five interceptions in the first half of a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers in his first career start last season.“We’re going to support Nathan if, in fact, he is called upon to play,” McDermott said. “We expect him to go out there and execute and execute at a high level.”First-year coordinator Brian Daboll took the blame for the offensive struggles.“I take ownership of it,” Daboll said. “We all have a job to do, and my job is to help run the offense, put guys in position, improve them and win games. Right now, we’re falling short of that.”
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