Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/19

Upon retirement, classy individual and leader Hull will be missed - The Buffalo News
This is Jerry Sullivan's article from the day Kent Hull retired. It's a must-read on a day of must-reads.

Hull's passing prompts outpouring of condolences - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown assembles this sampling of condolences from current and former Bills including Steve Christie, Steve Tasker, Andre Reed, and more. Some national reporters are on the list as well, with Peter King and Chris Mortensen.

Kent Hull Remembered
Former Buffalo Bills C Kent Hull dies at 50 - BuffaloBills.com

Both Marv Levy and Thurman Thomas express their condolences in this Associated Press piece.

Statement from HOF QB Jim Kelly - BuffaloBills.com
Kelly calls Hull "my best friend" in this short but heartfelt statement.

Bills great Kent Hull is dead at age 50 - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's stirring remembrance of the Bills all-time great.

For Kent Hull, football stardom was brief detour from true dream - The Buffalo News
"He began living the fantasy Dec. 29, 1996, the day he retired from the Buffalo Bills. He changed his work schedule from six months to 12. He exchanged a three-hour game on 16 Sundays for 12 hours hard labor every day. He traded 80,000 fans in Ralph Wilson Stadium for 600 cattle on his 2,000-acre farm outside Greenwood, Miss."

The Bills' center of attention - The Buffalo News
"I always had the sense that Hull would be more than content to head home to Mississippi when his career was done and not think much about football again, and that more or less was what he did. He deserved more time to do that. Hull will be missed by all who dealt with him on a professional and personal basis."

Kent Hull, 'anchor' of Buffalo Bills' Super Bowl team, dies | Democrat and Chronicle
"The cause of death has not been confirmed, but it is believed Hull died of cardiac arrest. He had been battling liver problems for several years, though according to former teammate Andre Reed, Hull had been feeling better the past several months."

Kent Hull | democratandchronicle.com
A slideshow of photos of Kent Hull.

Remembering Kent Hull - WGR 550
"Join us in remembering Buffalo Bills Wall of Famer Kent Hull. Share your stories, and listen to all the others. Click for today's coverage with interviews from Hull himself, and those that knew him well."

Current Bills News
Inside The Bills | Troup still not right

"Kellen Heard got the nod, in part because Troup’s lower back still is not right. Troup could manage all of about 10-12 plays last Sunday."

Inside The Bills | For Fitz, fix is simple
"Make the throw," he said. "Part of it was throwing it off my back foot and just not stepping into it getting out there. I can make that throw off my back foot as well though. It’s just not making the throw. Unfortunately it happened twice and it’s something that I have to address, fix and not (let) happen again."

Inside The Bills | Barnett thankful for bye
"It definitely needs a week (to rest) right now," Barnett said of his ankle. "I’m going into two weeks of this ankle injury, so being able to go into this bye week and rest it up and getting the treatment that I need going into Washington. If it feels five-percent better than it felt… I’m excited about that. It is a much needed bye week to heal up."

Inside The Bills | Stevie update
"I think I can get back to 100-percent," he said. "But you just never know with that type of injury. I came back and felt like I was 100-percent and then it came back in Week One. I guess just to be safe I’ll say I’m (still) 90-percent. I’ll be ready for Washington."

Re-Focused: Bills @ Giants, Week 6 | ProFootballFocus.com
"Neil Hornsby looks at how the Giants were able to beat the Bills, overcoming an impressive rookie, and picking up on a cornerback having a bad day." The Bills' offensive line gets some love, while Marcell Dareus "dominated," in the words of PFF. Drayton Florence, on the other hand...

C.J. Spiller is now a wide receiver | ProFootballTalk
"While Spiller didn’t break any big plays, we were impressed by how natural he looked. He only started practicing at wide receiver last week. Perhaps he can be the the next Bobby Moore Ahmad Rashad."

The NFL's Five Worst Weather Cities - weather.com
"Our worst weather NFL city, Buffalo (Orchard Park) wins by a mile." See why...

Bills Frustrated Entering Bye Week | wgrz.com
"Injuries, interceptions and a little too much ineptness have left the Bills (4-2) plenty to recuperate from both mentally and physically in opening their bye week Monday, a day after a 27-24 loss to the New York Giants."

William C. Rhoden: Fitzpatrick the Underdog? - NYTimes.com
"William C. Rhoden discusses the contradiction of calling the Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick an underdog." Essentially, he went to Harvard so how much of an underdog can he be? My take is that in the NFL, that makes you an underdog.

Where's The D? Bills On Pace To Smash Team Records - WGR 550
"While the rushing yards are dramatically down from one season ago, some of the numbers the defense is giving up in 2011 are astoundingly futile. Just how bad are they this year? Some of the statistical research will astonish you."

Power Rankings: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo remains in the top 10 after a good effort against the New York Giants. The Bills are 1-2 on the road. They are a young team that can't seem to pick up a quality win away from Ralph Wilson Stadium."

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Buffalo Bills defense has a falling stock. Check out why.

AFC East Player of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Fred Jackson is nominated along with several other big names.

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