Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/29

Fitzpatrick now face of Bills franchise - buffalobills.com
"It had been several weeks in the making, but on Friday Ryan Fitzpatrick signed off on a multi-year contract extension with the Bills. He had already been voted a captain by his teammates, but with this kind of long term commitment from the club Fitzpatrick is unequivocally the face of the franchise."

Kelly happy to see another franchise QB - BuffaloBIlls.com
"You want people talking about Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Buffalo Bill," he said. "There are also guys like Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson. We need to have those players that when people speak about the Buffalo Bills they’re not talking about Jim Kelly or Thurman Thomas or Andre Reed or Bruce Smith anymore. They’re speaking about guys now that fans can relate to as being the face of the team now, not the guys that played 15 years ago. We need to get those players faces and names out there as the Bills of the here and now. Fitz is the start of that."

Fitzpatrick's extension
Bills QB Fitzpatrick agrees to new deal - BuffaloBills.com

"Fitzpatrick becomes Buffalo's first starting quarterback to renew a contract with the team since Doug Flutie in 1999. That's a reflection of the difficulty the franchise has had at that position, which has remained in flux since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired following the 1996. Previous starters over that stretch included Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman and Trent Edwards."

After Fitz, who's next? - BuffaloBills.com
"Buffalo’s offense clearly has a core of playmakers now, but some of their more important pieces have expiring contracts. Both starting offensive tackles, Johnson and Roscoe Parrish are all up at season’s end, and Fred Jackson has also expressed a desire for a new deal, with his current one expiring after the 2012 campaign."

Buddy Nix on Ryan Fitzpatrick's Extension - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills GM's press conference.

Ryan Fitzpatrick on His Contract Extension - buffalobills.com
The Bills franchise QB talks about being the face of the franchise.

Bills Focus: Ryan Fitzpatrick 1-on-1 - BuffaloBills.com
Chris Brown talks one-on-one with Fitzpatrick moments after he signed his contract.

Inside The Bills | Fitz’s 1st interview as a Bill
"Among other things Fitz talked about the role of the backup, working with Trent Edwards and his excitement about the offense having weapons like Lee Evans and Marshawn Lynch. Holy cow have things changed!"

Inside The Bills | What Fitz did came as surprise
"He did a great job coming in and he’s kind of a risk taker at times," said Eric Wood. "But as we’ve all seen he’s evolved into a pretty efficient passer."

Inside The Bills | Local Harvard alums proud
"The Harvard Club of Western New York is proud to count Ryan as a distinguished alumnus and the quarterback of our team, the Buffalo Bills," said Jeff Stravino, Vice President of the Harvard Club of WNY. "Ryan not only exemplifies Harvard’s core values–leadership, integrity, intelligence, and a positive attitude–but also reflects the hard-working and down-to-earth personality of Western New York."

Inside The Bills | How Fitz deal came together
"The discussions started a few months ago," Fitzpatrick told Buffalobills.com in a one-on-one interview. "It wasn’t anything serious, but just got them started and they kind of went back and forth a little bit."

Inside The Bills | Nix: It always came back to Fitz
"Both drafts since I’ve been here we’ve looked hard at the quarterbacks and I’ve been to see every one of them," said Nix. "But Chan and I always came back, after Ryan got to be the starter to, this guy is the best guy for us. It’s been good and I think it’ll just get better."

Bills, Fitzpatrick reach agreement on $59 million deal - The Buffalo News
"Sometimes it's hard to remember that back in April as the Buffalo Bills prepared for the NFL draft, the franchise seriously considered selecting a quarterback who would someday replace Ryan Fitzpatrick. Quite a bit has happened in the six months since."

Ok Fitz, Bills Are All In. Now, It's On You. - WGR 550
"No longer can we just take Fitzpatrick at face value as the quarterback that is undervalued around the league and fought his way through the pangs of being a backup for so many years. Now it's human nature, and the nature of a fan in itself, to no longer look at him as the endearing bearded starter that shocked fans in a good way."

'Fitz' has to prove he's not Kolb or Cassel - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Fitzpatrick is worth more to the Bills than any other team. He fits Buffalo's spread offense well and has become a leader in the locker room. I like this signing for all those reasons."

Fitzpatrick smart enough to know Bills haven’t really done anything yet - thestar.com
"I know how long it took me to get to this position and how hard I’ve worked, the success we’ve had at the beginning of this season," Fitzpatrick said earlier this week in Orchard Park, N.Y. "It’s all been exciting but it’s something you can’t stand there and say you’re satisfied with. We’re not satisfied, there’s a lot we still have to do but it’s still an exciting time for us here."

Prepping Bills’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - The Globe and Mail
"Although Bills head coach Chan Gailey barely knew Cortez, he hired the 30-year coaching veteran last year, on a glowing recommendation from offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, who worked with Cortez for the old Ottawa Rough Riders in 1990."

Bills-Redskins
Motorola XOOM Scouting Report - Week 8 - buffalobills.com

"The Bills have won the last five meetings with the Redskins by an average of 14.8 points per game. Their last loss to Washington was in Super Bowl XXVI."

Week 8: Redskins vs. Bills Preview - Video - BuffaloBills.com
Previewing this weekend's match-up in Toronto.

Inside The Bills | Bye week helped Troup
"He improved tremendously during the bye week," head coach Chan Gailey told Buffalobills.com. "He has felt the best he has felt in a long time. I feel like he should increase his production and his play time and I think we’ll get a lot of good play out of Torell in the next few weeks."

Inside The Bills | Fletcher questionable
"Washington ILB London Fletcher was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday with a hamstring injury, but according to head coach Mike Shanahan, Fletcher will start barring any setbacks. Here is the listing of Washington’s other injured players for Sunday’s game."

Inside The Bills | Stevie hopeful
"We were in the same boat, me and 14, so you’re extra excited for him," Johnson told Buffalobills.com. "Knowing that you’re in the same situation you hope that maybe you’ll be next. It’s still all up to the team for who is going to be next. That’s what we’ve got to do, keep playing these games and play it out and see what happens."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 10-28
Chris Brown answers your questions.

AFC East Week 8 injury report - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Analysis: The bye week didn't help Buffalo's offensive line. Guard Andy Levitre will move to left tackle out of necessity and will face a stern test in Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. It is good news, however, that Kelsay returns. He comes back the same week that fellow outside linebacker Shawne Merriman was put on injured reserve lost for the season. Washington has a lot of key players hurting as well."

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Fitzpatrick is known to be streaky. He's living up to that reputation so far this season. Buffalo needs Fitzpatrick to be consistently good the rest of the season to make the playoffs."

Dareus a symbol of better times for Bills | Toronto Sun
"When you have an opportunity to draft somebody like Marcell it’s obviously a bonus for a defensive-line coach," Smith said Friday after practice. "It’s been a learning curve for him, making the transition (from college to pro). But he’s finally healthy. He’s been having a nagging ankle problem throughout the process and he’s finally healthy and it’s starting to come together for him. He’s got a chance to be a heck of a player in the NFL for us and we’re excited about it."

Passed Over - National Post
"The questions remain: How did 32 teams pass up on Jackson in the NFL draft? How did the same teams need three more years to offer him an invitation to training camp? And how is it that the Bills drafted three running backs in the first round over an eight-year span, yet Jackson, arriving from football obscurity, defines their team?"

Just waiting for the Bills to blow it - BuffaloBills.com
"Aside from being enough to make one wistful for the four straight Super Bowl losses in the 1990s, the Bills' stretch of heartbreakers just seems too crazy to be pure coincidence. Are Bills fans being punished for something? Is it an O.J. thing?"

Redskins make extra preparations before facing Bills in Toronto - The Washington Post
"The Redskins have hustled to make sure the entire roster has passports for Sunday’s game against the Bills in Toronto."

Redskins Notes: Atogwe's home game - CSN Washington
"I don’t circle too many games and I didn’t circle this one," Atogwe said. "It’s definitely a blessing to go home and play in your home country and in front of your fellow citizens. But all [games] are equal."

Redskins-Bills: 4 Keys To the Game - Redskins.com
"Redskins.com looks at four key players to keep an eye on during Sunday’s Redskins-Bills game at Rogers Centre in Toronto."

Redskins' 'Super' Win vs. Bills Was Special - Redskins.com
"There were rumors that they were debating or fussing about who would be MVP of the game between (defensive end) Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas," Redskins linebacker Monte Coleman said. "We were very low key. We were on a mission to go out and win a football game."

Bills looking for win at Rogers Centre - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"However, for the first time in the Bills Toronto Series, the home team will sport a winning record when it steps on to the turf at Rogers Centre. And the Bills (4-2), who are coming off a bye week, will be chasing a sixth straight victory over the Redskins (3-3)."

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