Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/23

Who Will Pay For Big Buck Improvements At The Ralph? | wgrz.com
"Erie County Executive Collins says the state gets $20 million a year in income taxes from the Bills and its players and because of that, the state should pay for the entire tab for improvements, whatever the bill totals to keep the Bills here."

Former Buffalo Bills center Kent Hull remembered as quiet leader | Democrat and Chronicle
When Kent Hull spoke, everyone listened. Today, nearly 800 friends, family and former teammates surrounded Hull’s casket at a church in the Mississippi Delta and bid farewell to the man they had come to love as their "gentle giant."

C.J. Spiller on his new role - BuffaloBills.com
"Buffalo's running back talks about filling in at wide receiver and where things stand at the bye week."

"What's the Word" with George Wilson - BuffaloBills.com
George Wilson asks some Halloween-themed questions of his teammates.

Kelvin Sheppard on his new role - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills linebacker talks about his expanded role in Buffalo's defense.

Inside The Bills | More work for Brad Smith? "
With the bye week, it might be a good chance to add some more plays specifically for the Bills' threat.

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 10-21 "
Questions on the bad pass rush, Michael Jasper, contract extensions, the poor run defense, and the reasoning behind the Bills Toronto Series.

Inside The Bills | Bills at New Era store in Toronto "
"A number of Bills players will be making an appearance to meet fans at the New Era store in Toronto on Mon. Oct. 24th."

Inside The Bills | Defense needs a tweak "
"I think we just need to keep fine tuning the things that we’re not doing well," he said. "I think what we’re doing is good. I think we’re not doing it (executing) very well. We’re playing hard, but we’re not playing better. The key is to go play better. I think that we’re doing some things sometimes that are not very smart on the field, and we just need to play smarter and need to play better and I think we will do that."

Inside The Bills | Shep excited about increased role "
"That’s what I came here for to make an impact and contribute to what we’re trying to make a Super Bowl championship team," said Sheppard. "I got my first real taste of a lot of snaps this past ball game so it’s time to take that and move on."

Bills defense has chance to improve - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"The numbers say the Bills are not much improved from last year. The Bills stand 31st in yards allowed and tied for 22nd in points allowed. They're 29th against the run and 30th against the pass. The one bright spot -- and it's a big one -- is turnovers. Buffalo ranks No. 1 in the NFL in takeaways, which is a big factor in the team's surprising 4-2 start."

Fitz may cost Bills more than expected - Inside the NFL - The Buffalo News
"A deal with Fitzpatrick makes too much sense not to happen. Fitzpatrick knows that both the Bills' offensive scheme and his pairing with Chan Gailey are probably as good as it's going to get for him. The Bills know it too. And they also know that having security at QB would allow them to go after a pass rusher in the 2012 draft (presuming one's around), which is the only way they can address that glaring need. The cost of an elite pass rusher in free agency is crazy."

Spiller's snap count will be on the rise - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"For the record, Spiller was on the field for 35 snaps, by unofficial count, by far his most this season. He figures to get that many or more snaps at least the next several weeks as he fills in at wideout due to injuries."

AFC East mailbag: Fitz, Sparano and more - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Is Ryan Fitzpatrick worth elite QB money? Will Fred Jackson come back to earth or continue his MVP-like season? What's the deal with CJ Spiller moving to WR?

Poll Friday: Worst AFC East defense? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
After 4800 votes, the Bills are actually the best in the poll with 22% to Miami's 50% and New England's 29%.

Bills rest up before continuing quest - Times Union
"Chan has done a terrific job there getting the team to play an exciting brand of football. They are fun to watch," Levy said, referring to coach Chan Gailey. "I think it's pretty clear they are legitimate, not a fluke."

Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul fined $10,000 for roughing the passer vs. Bills | NJ.com
"Also fined was Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson. He was docked $7,500 for grabbing and twisting Corey Webster's face mask as the Giants' cornerback made a game-changing interception. Despite having his head spun, Webster held on, setting up the Giants' game-winning score. The 15-yard penalty on Johnson gave the Giants the ball at their own 19-yard line instead of the 4."

Remembering Kent Hull
Hull loved the outdoors - Mississippi State - SunHerald.com

"I remember sitting with him in Jackson a few years ago with Kelly and Bond as we talked about bird hunting, stalking deer and freshwater fishing. It became clear that Hull used the outdoors as a way to get away from the every day grind and stress of the NFL. Whether it was casting a lure or hunting, being in the outdoors was a perfect remedy."

Felser: Hull believed in education and backed it up - Larry Felser - The Buffalo News
"Education," he answered. "I think education is the answer to just about everything."

The mental game with Kent Hull - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"Here's an excerpt of an interview from 2002 with Kent Hull about his mental preparedness during his Buffalo Bills career."

Bresnahan remembers Hull - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"Here's an excerpt of an interview I did about a decade ago with former Bills offensive line coach and coordinator Tom Bresnahan on the late Kent Hull." Bresnahan calls him the finest football player he ever coached and compares him to the greatest centers of his era.

Inside The Bills | Hull’s funeral well attended "
"Not surprisingly, Kent Hull’s funeral services in his native Mississippi was well attended by his former teammates as well as those that knew him well from the Buffalo Bills staff. Here’s a photo of those that turned out."

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