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Former Bills safety Donte Whitner is opening his mouth with his former team coming to town and the current 49er doesn't have many nice things to say about the Bills. That and more in today's collected links.
Bills Focus: Hitting the Road to Go Home - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson and Guard Andy Levitre are natives of Northern Cailfornia, and will be playing in front of friends and family at Candlestick Park this Sunday."
DL Johnson out for Sunday - BuffaloBills.com
"Johnson’s absence will alter Buffalo’s defensive line rotation on the interior leaving the Bills with only Alex Carrington as a reserve defensive tackle on the depth chart. It could possibly make Mario Williams a consideration to move inside to defensive tackle in obvious passing situations."
Bills-49ers likely to be ground game battle - BuffaloBills.com
"The San Francisco 49ers resemble the old school approach of pounding out yards on the ground and playing rock solid defense to win football games. The Bills don’t go about it quite the same way, but are every bit as effective running the ball. It sets the table for a ground game battle Sunday with the more productive rushing attack a virtual certainty to play a major role in a victory."
In the Trenches with Andy Levitre - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"In this week's episode of In the Trenches, guard Andy Levitre is joined by tight end Scott Chandler and they talk being coached by a former Bills great and his emergence in the offense."
Fred Jackson on 49ers game - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Running Back Fred Jackson talks about his health and this weekend's game against the San Francisco 49ers."
Inside The Bills | Where teams have run on SF
"Through the first four games opponents have had the most success running off left guard where they’re collectively averaging four yards per carry. Up the middle is slightly better than that at 4.17 yards per carry."
Inside The Bills | San Fran to run at Mario?
"That’s because when the 49ers run off right end this season (left side of defensive formation) they gain almost 11 yards per carry (10.88). Granted the 17 plays they’ve run to that side is a small sample size over four games, but it carries weight nonetheless."
Inside The Bills | Jackson expects to wear knee brace again
"I think that’s all going to depend on what the doc says," said Jackson. "I’ll go talk to him, but as long as they tell me I have to wear I’ll wear it. I’m pretty sure they’ll tell me I’ll have to wear it this week, but after that I don’t know."
Inside The Bills | Byrd limited
"He was limited, but he moved around pretty well," said head coach Chan Gailey following Thursday’s practice. "All indications are he’ll play. Unless there’s a setback between now and then he’ll be fine."
Inside The Bills | Whitner’s short term memory
"When asked about Stevie Johnson as a receiver Whitner said Buffalo’s top wideout began his Bills career on the practice squad, which is completely inaccurate."
Inside The Bills | Whitner on Bills running backs
"Fred Jackson he’s a guy that played in every football league imaginable," said Whitner. "Arena football, Canadian football, any type of football he played. He’s a journeyman type guy. He’s a guy that came in and was on the practice squad, played a little bit, started, started making plays and he’s arguably one of the best players on their offense."
San Francisco defense isn’t a treat for opponents - The Buffalo News
"Something we definitely noticed already is how relentless San Francisco is, how physical they are, how aggressive they are," said Bills tight end Lee Smith. "They’re a hard-nosed football team. You know you’re in for a dogfight. That’s what it’s all about. This week we truly have to fight on every play."
Bills notebook: Rinehart ready to fill in for Urbik - The Buffalo News
"I feel like I’m a starter," Rinehart said. "It’s just unfortunate I’m on a team where there’s five other guys who are very capable. I’m the odd man out right now."
What if ...: Q & A with Bills LB Barnett - The Buffalo News
"If I wasn’t doing this my dream job would be a famous DJ. Actually, I would kind of like to be a DJ and produce music. So I guess I’d say I would want to be more like Timbaland (the record producer, songwriter and rapper)."
Video: Thursday update with Tim Graham | Press Coverage
"Tim Graham has some historical perspective ahead of Sunday's 49ers game and the latest news from One Bills Drive in today's video report."
Spencer Johnson out Sunday; Jairus Byrd looking good | Press Coverage
Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot surgery) on temporary IR: "He has to be out for eight [weeks]. It looks like he's on schedule right now to be back to practice in eight. Then we have three weeks to make a decision. He's on track to be back."
Donte Whitner fires verbal salvo toward One Bills Drive | Press Coverage
"You never go out there and feel like you're in control of the football games, and I think that comes from coaching. I think that comes from upstairs, and I think that comes from just getting the right players in place. A lot of times when I was there, we struggled a lot. We wanted to win football games. We went out there and did everything they asked us to do and it didn’t happen."
Bills wary of a Randy Moss sighting in Candlestick | Press Coverage
"Randy Moss can still stretch the field vertically, still plays the ball extremely well when it's in the air," Bills safety George Wilson said. "He catches just about everything they throw his way. He still remains productive in the manner they use him."
Jim Harbaugh throws bouquets at Bills defensive line | Press Coverage
"Just look at the players they have," said Harbaugh, who then compared Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams to the 49ers' star interior lineman. "You'll see the equivalent of [49ers defensive tackle] Justin Smith on their side, extremely athletic on the edges. ... Just their skill and talent and the way they work, it's very impressive."
Video: Bills-49ers preview | Press Coverage
"Tim Graham, Jerry Sullivan and Mark Gaughan on the Bills' preparations for San Francisco."
WGR 550 - HAMILTON: This Isn't Going To Be Easy
"This is a tough one folks. San Francisco has played nine home games under Jim Harbaugh and won eight of them. Let’s take that a step further, the Niners have played 20 games under Jim Harbaugh and won 16 of them. In 36 games as the Bills head coach Chan Gailey has won 12. That means the 49ers win 77% of the time for Harbaugh and the Bills win 33% of the time for Gailey."
WGR 550 - Bills' Fitzpatrick Knows What They're Up Against
"They’re really good, physical up front, their safeties are aggressive, they’ll come down in the run game and hit you. It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve got to show we can handle this going on the road, west coast trip and playing a great team. We’ve got to show we can come out on top."
WGR 550 - Bills' Byrd Returns Thursday
Wide receiver Ruvell Martin, who has missed the past two games due to an ankle injury, practiced for the second straight day. He injured himself on the final Bills' punt of the game against Kansas City late in the fourth quarter. Gailey said, "He practiced two days, looked better today than yesterday. I'm still real hopeful for him for Sunday."
Buffalo Bills' Marcell Dareus aiming for consistency - Democrat and Chronicle
"Marcell Dareus has all the tools to be great, but he needs to become more consistent throughout games."
Jaws: Tannehill over Fitz, Sanchez - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Maybe my expectations were too high, but I thought he'd be a riser," Jaworski writes. "You have to take care of the football. It's that simple." Jaworski ranks him 30th in the league.
Quarter-mark report card: Bills - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills take you on a roller-coaster ride. They can look great and awful week to week. The biggest concern I have is Buffalo's inability to win in the AFC East. The Bills are 2-12 against division foes since 2010. It's gut-check time for Buffalo. These next five games, four of which are on the road, will provide a better indication of the 2012 Bills."
49ers vs. Bills: Getting ready for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills passing attack - Niners Nation
"The 49ers defense has been very solid this year, but have sometimes struggled with shorter passes. The Vikings had success on those plays, but the 49ers figured out some of the issues and would appear to be headed down the right path."
49ers vs. Bills: The impact of the Cordy Glenn, Kraig Urbik injuries - Niners Nation
"We break down the news surrounding the injuries to Bills offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik."
SFGate.com - Whitner has not-so-fond memories of his time in Buffalo
"Whitner, who went 31-49 and never reached the playoffs in Buffalo, went on to provide an example of the Bills doing what they were asked to do … and having it blow up in their face. In a 56-10 loss to the Patriots on Nov. 18, 2007, Tom Brady threw four touchdowns to Randy Moss, including a deep toss against a two-man rush, Whitner said."
Whitner on Fitzpatrick: "He's going to take the good with the bad - touchdowns and interceptions." - Inside the 49ers
"[The Bills' offense] looks the same. They have [Ryan] Fitz[patrick] back there. He’s a gun slinger. He’s going to take the good with the bad – touchdowns and interceptions. Then you have guys on the outside like Stevie Johnson and Donald Jones. Actually they’re going to try to feature Jones in the slot."
CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills fans Super mad at Mario Williams
"I couldn’t care less about criticism," Williams said. "I care about what we do and I’m always angry. But I don’t show a lot of emotions. It’s not just football. I’m just not an emotional person that you see on the outside, but I’m pretty much always angry. If you know me, you know that."
Bills aren't due soon, says Whitner - SFGate
"Last year, Whitner, who spent 2006-10 with the Bills, said Buffalo coach Chan Gailey often publicly assigned blame to his players. This week, Whitner suggested the Bills' problems went beyond their personnel when asked about Buffalo's mind-set on the heels of its 52-28 loss to the Patriots."