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Bills owner backs Rex Ryan's decision to fire former 49ers OC

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Bills owner backs Rex Ryan's decision to fire former 49ers OC

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula dismissed any doubts Monday regarding Rex Ryan's authority over the team and the coach's decision to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

"We do things together like any well run org would," Pegula wrote in a text message to The Associated Press. "Head coach runs the team and staff."

Pegula's comments were in response to questions raised over Ryan's authority, and who made the decision to fire Roman on Friday.

Citing unnamed sources, NFL Network reported Sunday that Pegula and his wife, Kim, held private meetings with key Bills players without Ryan being present before determining to fire Roman. The report then questioned whether it was Ryan's decision to make the change.

On Monday, Ryan reiterated the decision was his, adding he had no problem with the Pegulas meeting with players.

"There's a couple of things I think that we need to all understand. No. 1, I made the decision on letting Greg Roman go. I think that's it, final," Ryan said. "In regards to the reports about how players were seeing ownership, that happens all the time."

Ryan said he considers it a positive that the Pegulas get involved, and added they don't need his permission to speak to anyone because they own the team.

As for the report, Ryan dismissed it as being unfounded.

"Do I believe some of the reports that are out there? No," he said. "I know that some are ridiculous."

Ryan is taking heat with the Bills off to an 0-2 start in his second season as coach.

First, Buffalo's offense sputtered in a 13-7 season-opening loss at Baltimore. Then it was the defense's turn to unravel in a 37-31 loss to Ryan's former team, the Jets, on Thursday. The Bills' schedule continues to be daunting, with Buffalo hosting Arizona on Sunday before traveling to New England on Oct. 2.

Ryan acknowledged it wasn't an ideal time to fire Roman, but said he recognized it as time to make a change in a bid to kick start the Tyrod Taylor-led attack. The Bills have had difficulty sustaining drives in combining for just 27 first downs and 553 yards offense in two games.

Anthony Lynn, the team's running backs/assistant head coach, was promoted to coordinator. Lynn was overseeing the offense on Monday, when the Bills held a brief practice following a two-day break.

Though much of the offensive playbook will remain the same, Ryan expects Lynn to devise an aggressive attack and emphasize Buffalo's playmakers.

Receiver Sammy Watkins has been limited to six catches for 63 yards. Buffalo's LeSean McCoy-led ground game has particularly struggled in combining for 151 yards rushing a season after leading the NFL with 2,432.

Watkins said it was too early to judge what impact Lynn might have after just one practice.

Without going into much detail, Watkins said he was one of the players who met with the Pegulas on Friday. Watkins said the discussion centered on what the Bills need as a team, and nothing specifically involving Roman.

He said the players should take the blame for what's gone wrong.

"We can't blame anybody," Watkins said. "We can do better and play better. And there's things we need to fix. We talked about that."

Source: 49ers agree to terms with first-round pick

Source: 49ers agree to terms with first-round pick

The 49ers agreed to contract terms with first-round draft pick Mike McGlinchey contract three days before the club is scheduled to report to training camp.

The NFL Network reported Sunday night that McGlinchey signed the deal. A source told NBC Sports Bay Area the contract will be made official on Monday morning.

McGlinchey, who is slated to start at right tackle as a rookie, was the No. 9 overall selection from Notre Dame. McGlinchey is slated to make $18.34 million over the course of his four-year deal with a signing bonus of $11.4 million.

Wide receiver Dante Pettis, the No. 44 overall selection, is the only 49ers’ unsigned draft pick and the only NFL rookie chosen outside of the first round who remains unsigned.

The 49ers’ traded right tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots shortly after investing their first-round pick in McGlinchey. The 49ers sent Brown and a fifth-round pick (Purdue linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley) to the Patriots for a third-round pick (Southern Mississippi defensive back Tarvarius Moore).

The 49ers report to training camp in Santa Clara on Wednesday. The club's first practice is scheduled for Thursday.

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

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T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."