Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 12/27

Norm Hall

The Buffalo Bills were left off of the Pro Bowl roster. That and more inside today's links.

Byrd, Spiller receive all-star snubs - Buffalo News
"If the Bills don't get a replacement spot in the game, it will be the first time the franchise has gone two straight seasons without a Pro Bowl player since 1985 and 1986."

Gailey wears a look of defeatism - Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan writes Chan Gailey's obituary before he's canned.

Buffalo Bills add Letchworth graduate Derek Buttles to practice squad - Democrat and Chronicle
"There's a buzz in the air around here," Letchworth coach Tim McMullen said. "His family and our football family are awfully excited for Derek. It's pretty special to make an NFL team down here from a school as small as Letchworth."

Buffalo Bills' Dorin Dickerson limited in practice - Democrat and Chronicle
"With Dickerson's injury not as serious as first feared, it appears the Bills won't have to sign a new tight end to the 53-man roster."

Chan Gailey: Bills looking to"Finish it off with a win" - BuffaloBills.com
Gailey's presser from Wednesday: "Obviously you want to win every game, but to win the last one and especially against the Jets—that is a team that we all want to beat any time of the year."

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "This is a pride game" - BuffaloBills.com
"This really tests who you are as a professional. How serious you take this profession because it is hard when you are not playing for a whole lot to be able to maintain your same focus throughout the week. During the game give your 100-percent effort."

C.J. Spiller: "This is what I got drafted to do" - BuffaloBills.com
C.J. Spiller is peppered with questions about the Pro Bowl, which he would eventually be shut out of.

Bills trying to finish on winning note - BuffaloBills.com
"Going out on a winning note is one of the things the players in Buffalo’s locker room are emphasizing."

NFL announces Pro Bowl rosters - BuffaloBills.com
"Four Bills had been among the leaders up to the conclusion of the fan polling, but none garnered enough votes to be named to the AFC squad, although alternates will be selected at a later date."

Bills Roundup: Season Finale Approaching - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"With the season set to wrap up on Sunday, the Bills talk about the difficulty of blocking out any possible offseason changes, having fallen short of their expectations."

Bills Rewind: Buffalo-Miami Highlights - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Watch the most notable plays from the Bills 24-10 loss to the Dolphins matched up to the call by John Murphy "

Inside The Bills | Glenn hasn’t "hit the wall"-Gailey
"I don’t want to say hit the wall, but he was pressing a lot the week before. This past week, he found a better handle on things."

Inside The Bills | Penalties piling up
"The 2011 Bills averaged 5.4 penalties per game, one of the lowest penalty rates in the league. With one game to go this season, the Bills have 100-penalties, an average of 6.7 penalties per game."

Inside The Bills | Breer-Pro Bowl picks based on team success
"Breer says when a team underperforms the way the Bills have this season, it’s tough for individual players to get Pro Bowl recognition."

Inside The Bills | Jets to turn to read option?
I don't believe anything Rex Ryan says.

Inside The Bills | Brandon: Sunday’s game will be blacked out
"Unfortunately the game will be blacked out," Brandon said when asked if the game would sell out by 1PM on Thursday.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Uncertainty Surrounds Final Media Day At One Bills Drive
George Wilson: "I'm not going to sit up here and speak in hypotheticals. We'll just have to wait and see. And I think that's everybody. I don't think that anybody in this building should be completely comfortable with where we are and where our team has been."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Will Start Fitzpatrick Vs. Jets
"When asked Monday on whether Tyler Thigpen or Tarvaris Jackson may get a chance to show what they can do in the team's regular season finale, head coach Chan Gailey answered back with the word 'No,' repeatedly."

AFC East Pro Bowl analysis - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I also tend to have a soft spot for Buffalo Bills tailback C.J. Spiller. After watching him all season, the eye test tells me Spiller is one of the most dynamic talents in the NFL. But his numbers (1,185 yards, six touchdowns) aren't overly impressive because Spiller didn't get enough opportunities. The Bills are the only AFC East team without a Pro Bowl player. "

Why Chan Gailey can't bench Fitzpatrick - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Although it's clear Fitzpatrick is not the long-term solution in Buffalo, here are a couple reasons why Gailey shot down the idea this week:"

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Spiller is rising and Gailey is falling.

Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch finale - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Tannehill is the 2012 undisputed champion of the "Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch" and officially the No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East behind Brady. Fitzpatrick and Sanchez cannot catch the rookie's four-point lead with one game remaining."

32 Observations: Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
"Buffalo Bills: On T.J. Graham’s 55 targets, the average time to throw has been 2.1 seconds, which is tied for the lowest for all receivers with at least 50 targets."

The Pro Bowl's Jokes | ProFootballFocus.com
"Chan Gailey is doing his utmost to ensure C.J. Spiller doesn’t get nominated. Even so, Spiller is scarier than any of the backs the AFC is bringing with them." None of PFF's top 7 safeties made the Pro Bowl including Jairus Byrd.

PFF 'Had a Bad Day' Team of Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
Stevie Johnson, Kyle Moore and Kyle Williams all get the dubious distinction.

ReFo: Bills @ Dolphins, Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
"His 68 snaps on Sunday are a season high as he picked up 138 yards on the ground to go with 35 through the air. As has been the case throughout 2012, Spiller made defenders miss and forced eight missed tackles on the day."

Week 17 NFL odds: Jets vs. Bills - SBNation.com
"With that in mind, Buffalo is favored by 3 1/2 points heading into Sunday's game."

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