Here is the news of note for June 27th.
1 - A One Buffalo weekendThe NHL just released the Sabres schedule for the 2016-2017 season and the hometown hockey team will be playing in Buffalo on the same weekend the Bills have a home game this fall.
The Sabres will play host to the Florida Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 1 pm. The Bills then face division nemesis New England on Sunday, Oct. 30th at 1 pm.
It's safe to say that transplanted Buffalo sports fans will be making their way back home that weekend for a rare double dip opportunity.
2 - What Rob Ryan learned from Bill BelichickBills Assistant head coach/Defense Rob Ryan served as linebackers coach on New England head coach Bill Belichick's staff for four seasons from 2000-2003. While the Ryan brothers love competing against Belichick and will get the opportunity to do so two more times this fall, it's clear that Rob Ryan hold a lot of respect for his former boss.
In an appearance on the John Murphy Show recently Ryan talked about what he took away from his time working with Belichick.
"My whole philosophy was built on my father's which is the greatest defense a coach has ever coached," said Ryan. "But he was always attacking and situational football never came into play. His philosophy was you better worry about us and their quarterback better damn worry. So that was the philosophy I grew up with, that's the philosophy I coached in college with.
"Then when I got hired by my first taste of a 3-4 defense which was with Bill Belichick. Situational football was huge for him. So I learned an absolute ton from Bill Belichick and have the utmost respect for him. (I) appreciate all he did for my career and I appreciate the two Super Bowl rings he got me too."
3 - Jordan Mills training with LeCharles BentleyHe's on vacation now, but right tackle Jordan Mills will be getting some specialized training in on his break between spring minicamp and Bills training camp. In a recent interview on the John Murphy Show, Mills explained how he'll be spending some time with former NFL offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley at his O-line Performance facility in Arizona.
Mills was working with him in the winter leading up to OTAs and was glad he did knowing he'll be part of a right tackle competition in Buffalo.
"The short time he played in league, he was an outstanding player," said Mills of Bentley. "He played two positions, center and guard, but his intellect and his knowledge of the game and the way he sees things and comes up with things and how his innovations and how his mind works is incredible. I picked up a lot of things from him. He and his staff have helped me a lot, running game and passing game. Going then to our OTAs and offseason work outs, I've felt great throughout."
After a short vacation with family, Mills said he'll return to Bentley's O-line Performance facility to tune up for training camp.