Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 9/26

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Here's a collection of Buffalo Bills links, focusing mainly on the release of veteran punter Brian Moorman.

Bills release Moorman, re-sign Powell - BuffaloBills.com
"We cut Brian Moorman this afternoon," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "It’s always a tough decision and especially a guy like Brian, a guy that’s been here for 12 years and had a great career with the Bills. He’s kind of been a staple for this organization and a lot of community service. He and his wife they do a lot of good things and that makes it tougher, but it was decision we felt like we needed to make."

Bills give Moorman the boot - The Buffalo News
"The move reflects the team's dissatisfaction with Moorman's punting. He ranks 30th in net punting average at 32.7 yards per kick through three games. Moorman averaged 34.8 yards in Cleveland Sunday. The Bills had him boot directional punts toward the sideline on 5 of 6 kicks in order to keep the ball away from Browns return man Josh Cribbs. Those directional punts netted 37, 27, 36, 30 and 39 yards. He also had a 66-yard punt that was returned 27 yards for a net of 39."

Buddy Nix comments on Tuesday transactions - BuffaloBills.com
"Brian Moorman got released and the team signed Shawn Powell to replace him. That's all Nix comments on."

Nix Explains Releasing Moorman - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills general manager explains to the Buffalo media why the team released punter Brian Moorman."

Inside The Bills | Moorman, Powell: the decision
"At that time we thought we made the right move and today we felt we did," said Nix, who chose not to get into the specifics of the decision. "It’s no reflection on Brian, he’s done a great job here. It’s just… we’re moving on."

Inside The Bills | Moorman’s future
"It wouldn’t be surprising if Philadelphia or Washington called Moorman’s agent quickly in an effort to sign him. Bobby April is the Eagles’ special teams coach and Danny Smith is the Redskins’ special teams coach. Both coached Moorman in Buffalo."

Inside The Bills | What you need to know about Powell
"His stats were respectable in the preseason with a 44.8 gross average and a very good 40.4 net average in four games."

Buddy Nix calls release of Brian Moorman 'tough decision' | The Buffalo News
Nix said Moorman did most of the talking when informed of the decision, and was "very congenial."

Poll: Where do you stand on the release of Brian Moorman? | The Buffalo News
Unsurprisingly, "No" is a 2/3 majority.

WGR 550 - Bills Release Brian Moorman, Sign Powell
"In a production based business, the long-time Bills punter's net average was way down in 2012. Boasting a career 37.6 net per punt, Moorman only averaged 32.7 yards through 15 tries. The net average ranks 31st out of 32 punters around the NFL."

Cutting Moorman cuts deep for Bills fans - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Perhaps the biggest shame is Moorman stuck through the bad years and won't get to experience the successes in Buffalo. The Bills (2-1) appear to be in the process of turning things around, and Moorman won't be a part of it."

Bills unveil throwback jerseys - BuffaloBills.com
"The 2012 throwback Nike jerseys are white with red and blue stripes; blue lettering with red outlining. The jersey is modeled after the uniform that the Bills wore during their 1965 AFL Championship season."

John Murphy Show Recap - BuffaloBills.com
"Being the tape cruncher that he is, Jaws has spent a lot of time looking at the Bills so far and he said the people that have stood out to him the most are Nick Barnett, Bryan Scott and the entire offensive line. Getting ready for this upcoming game, John Murphy asked Jaworski what is so tough about this New England defense. His answer? 'Nothing.'"

Inside The Bills | Young CBs improving on the fly
"They’ve become a more aggressive group," said head coach Chan Gailey. "To me, that’s one of the things that’s been a bright spot, they’ve played more aggressively the last two weeks. I thought they were kind of on their heels in the first game and since that they’ve started to come and play a lot more aggressively. That’s been something we needed."

Welker is still big part of Patriots' offense - The Buffalo News
"You are kind of surprised," Bills cornerback Terrence McGee said. "I mean, he was leading the league in catches last year, wasn't he?"

WGR 550 - Upon Further Review- Bills OL & DL Vs Browns
Joe Buscaglia does a great job breaking down the lines.

WGR 550 - CAPACCIO: Digging Deeper Into Bills OLine Numbers
The Bills are gaining some big yards behind the left side of the line. Sal Capaccio shows you how it ranks in the NFL.

Blogger Blitz: Give it up for Bills' O-line - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the success that the Buffalo Bills' offensive line is having so far this season."

Power Rankings: Patriots continue to fall - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills moved up three spots after winning their second game in a row. Buffalo beat two bad teams this season: Kansas City and Cleveland. But the Bills could get a lot more respect if they beat the Patriots Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. " They stand 19th.

NFL: Week 3 knee-jerk reactions - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"'RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder) is hurt and the offense will come apart at the seams. Spiller was all Buffalo had. This is an overreaction.' Remember, Spiller was a backup to start the season. Fred Jackson is capable of filling in and expects to play this weekend."

Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Ryan Fitzpatrick takes the lead in this incredibly flawed evaluation system.

Poll: AFC East Player of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Mario Williams leads the way in the poll, but I would give it to Kyle Williams myself.

Can Fred Jackson save the day? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"This would be a good example of musical chairs if Jackson can pull it off. He suffered a knee injury in Week 1 against the New York Jets and Spiller took over. Now, Spiller has a shoulder injury and Jackson is healing faster than expected. Jackson says he's about 70-75 percent sure he can play against the Patriots. "

Seven-step drop: Revis' contract situation? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills got disruptive play from both of their big free-agent additions in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns. Bills defensive end Mario Williams and Mark Anderson were paid more than $100 million to be bookends on defense. The pair had their best game of the year by combining for 2.5 sacks and three additional hits on the quarterback. Williams and Anderson were constantly in the face of Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden."

Buccaneers cut WR Jordan Shipley, sign WR/PR Roscoe Parrish - Bucs Nation
The Bucs have a new punt returner.

Game Review: Bills' Hot Start Leaves Browns in Dismay After 24-14 Loss - Dawgs By Nature
Looking back from the Browns side of the ball is very interesting.

NFL power rankings, Week 4: Falcons over Texans in the top spot - SBNation.com
"17. Buffalo Bills (LW: 19, 2-1): If the Bills win next week, they'll have a two-game lead on the Patriots. Think about that." They are ranked ahead of the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. And the New Orleans Saints. And Six of their upcoming opponents.

Wannstedt is back, with Bills, to take on Brady - Patriots - Boston.com
Greg Bedard previews the Bills by looking closely at Dave Wannstedt before turning his attention to the team as a whole.

Pats, injuries make a tough week for Bills - Olean Times Herald: Editorial
"If Gostkowski had hit that kick against Arizona as time expired at Gillette Stadium, or if officials had ruled that Tucker’s effort was a shade wide rather than over the top of the upright, New England wouldn’t be coming into "The Ralph" on Sunday riding a two-game losing streak."

Can Fitz win a duel with Brady? - Democrat and Chronicle
"Fitzpatrick is Fitzpatrick, and Brady is Brady, the guy who has lost only twice against Buffalo in 20 tries."

Andrew Cuomo: Buffalo Bills lease 'complicated,' but 'good progress' made - Democrat and Chronicle
"We have made good progress in the conversations, but this is a complicated transaction,” Cuomo told reporters Monday. “It’s a lot of money, and it is very important for western New York."

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