Buffalo Bills News, 1/31: 2012 Special Teams Rankings Released

Rick Stewart

Leodis McKelvin and Alex Carrington led the Buffalo Bills to a high special teams ranking before the Buffalo Bills replaced coach Bruce DeHaven with Danny Crossman, whose Detroit Lions were near the bottom in the rankings.

NFL special teams rankings: One Cowboy is a hero | Dallas News

"The Buffalo Bills finished 8th overall thanks largely to Leodis McKelvin's punt returns and Alex 'Megahand' Carrington's kick blocking. The team was first in that stat but worst in punt coverage."

So the Bills replaced the guy who led the No. 8 unit with the guy at No. 30? Got it. Bruce DeHaven had an overlooked season in 2012 because of the poor punt coverage, but all around the special teams weren't that bad. Danny Crossman's Detroit Lions special teams, on the other hand, were bad all around.

TMQ - What's really lurking in the psyche of these Harbaughs? - ESPN

"As regards Canton, TMQ hopes this will be Andre Reed's year. He played on a run-oriented team in a bad-weather city, yet left Buffalo as the NFL's No. 2 all-time receiver. On the same draft day Reed was selected, Jerry Rice was chosen by the Forty Niners. Rice played on a pass-oriented team in a good-weather city. If on that draft day, Reed had gone to San Francisco and Rice to Buffalo, there is a strong chance Reed would have become professional football's consensus all-time best receiver, while in 2013, the Hall of Fame selectors would be debating whether this Jerry Rice guy belongs in Canton."

That's a very interesting theory, but part of Reed's greatness was his desire to work hard. Would he have worked as hard as a first-round pick as he did as a fourth-rounder? The same point is made with Thurman Thomas, who says his slip to the second round fueled his competitive drive. Still, Tim Brown and Cris Carter, the two wide receivers forever linked to Reed thanks to the Hall of Fame debate, were the primary options on their teams while Reed had to contend for touches. That point has traditionally put Reed ahead of the other two despite lower numbers.

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The BSD Interview: Nick Barnett : Buffalo Sports Daily
"I spoke with Barnett about his past in Green Bay, frustrations over losing in Buffalo, thoughts on the new Bills coaches and what he hopes for in the latter years of his career."

Bills 'D' to have answers for running QBs - BuffaloBills.com
"The fact that they’ve been coaching at the college level when you see the transition of offenses towards college style offenses, that’s where to me it was a tremendous thing to be able to add Chuck and Donnie," Pettine said.

Buffalo Bills release 2013 ticket prices - BuffaloBills.com
"Season ticket prices will remain unchanged, and will be the same per-game price for the fourth straight season. The Bills are also lowering the season ticket cost on over 2,500 seats in the 300 level to $25 per game (was $37)."

Inside The Bills | Bills coaches working on player evaluations
"Right now we’re in the early stages of evaluating the guys who are on the roster," Weaver said. "Pretty soon we’ll get into the unrestricted free agents and the draftees. "

Super Bowl XLVII audio: Will Andre Reed finally get into the Hall of Fame? - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Listen to Buffalo News writers Mark Gaughan, Jerry Sullivan and Tim Graham discuss Reed's candidacy and the selection process."

Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 21-24 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Eric Wood comes in at No. 22.

Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 17-20 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Stevie Johnson (20), Andy Levitre (19) and Mario Williams (18) make the top half of James Walker's list.

Signature Stats: First Downs Allowed - Safeties | ProFootballFocus.com
As if you needed more proof that Jairus Byrd was good, PFF says he was the fourth-best safety in this signature stat. George Wilson was 10th.

Mr Andre Reed Chats with the NFL Female Ladies! 01/30 by Wednesday Night With nflfemale | Blog Talk Radio
"The ladies of NFL Female are honored to have Hall of Fame nominee, Mr Andre Reed, on the show this week. Join us as we talk Hall of Fame, Superbowl and how the game has changed." I didn't listen to this hour-long show but you might want ti if you're a Reed fan.

The Kick Is Good – 6 reasons the Bills should just draft 6 Quarterbacks
A picture montage of the Bills' starting quarterbacks since Jim Kelly highlights this crazy article. Is it crazy... or crazy like a fox?

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