Buffalo Bills news, 9/19: Mike Pettine, Rex Ryan rekindle competitiveness

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The pupil meets the teacher this weekend in New York as Mike Pettine takes on his former boss, Rex Ryan.

'Sound FX' : Best of Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com

"Take a look at some of the best wired sound of Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone in his first NFL win against the Carolina Panthers."

Pettine vs. Ryan

Defensive scheme bonded Pettine and Rex - BuffaloBills.com
"This guy came in on the ground floor with no expectations and hoped that people saw his ability," said Ryan of Pettine. "I clearly saw his ability and the more I talked to him the more I realized that his background is very similar to mine."

DC Mike Pettine: "I'd be a liar if I said this game didn’t mean more" - BuffaloBills.com

Pettine wants upgraded Bills defense to help beat good friend Ryan - The Buffalo News
"Pettine is off to a fine start as the Bills’ defensive chief. He might be the Bills’ 'MVU' - most valuable upgrade. Buffalo held each of its first two opponents, New England and Carolina, to just two touchdowns. The Bills have nine sacks in two games."

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EJ Manuel: "This is a huge game for us" - BuffaloBills.com
Mario Williams: "I hope that every week we can feed off one another" - BuffaloBills.com

Bills Roundup: Williams Named Defensive POW - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"A busy Wednesday at One Bills Drive featured Mario Williams being named AFC defensive player of the week, and Mike Pettine talking about facing his former team for the first time."

Doug Marrone Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about facing the Jets this week and heading on the road for the first time this season. "

Inside The Bills | Byrd update
"I don’t know. It’s literally day to day," he said. "I’m coming in day to day getting treatment and each night just doing the things they tell me to do to get it right. I’m encouraged by the progress."

Inside The Bills | Legursky on way back, but Brown the LG
"I think Colin Brown is our starting left guard and we’ll evaluate Doug when he gets back," said Marrone.

Bills notebook: Mario Williams honored by AFC; Jets LB says he won’t repeat - The Buffalo News
"No, not at all," Barnes told Newsday reporter Kimberly A. Martin. "Not on my O-line. It’s the Panthers we’re talking about," Barnes said. "Obviously, he’s a first-round pick. They pay him so much money, so he’s got to go out there and do something."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - JW: All-22 Review Week 2 - Bills/Panthers
"Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine’s use of Mario Williams helped tally 4.5 sacks. CJ Spiller found his lanes and his game. And EJ Manuel starts to hear the 'Captain Checkdown' blasts? Jeremy White checks the tape."

QB Watch: Bills' EJ Manuel - ESPN
"Prediction: I think it's reasonable to expect Manuel's performance to dip, going against a strong defense, on the road. The key for Manuel, as it has been, will be to avoid making mistakes. It will be a tough game for him to go over 300 yards passing or throw more than one touchdown. The defenses will decide this game."

Russ Brandon reacts to EJ Manuel's first win - ESPN
Brandon: "EJ will be the first one to tell you -- [and] Coach [Doug] Marrone, Nathaniel [Hackett] -- he has a lot to work on and he'll continue to improve. He's a student of the game. He's a hard, hard worker. What stood out obviously throughout the game and in the New England game is his composure, his poise, his leadership qualities. He certainly has all the tools to continue to progress and we're very excited about him."

Pick 6 With Steve Johnson - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Bills WR Steve Johnson discusses his game-winning touchdown in Week 2." And hopefully that hat...

Bills' Eric Wood says Jets are 'a cocky bunch' - ESPN
"[That] just kind of fits their mold. They talk, they follow the lead of their head coach, who we have a lot of respect for," Wood said. "They're a cocky bunch and they talk, but in the past they've backed it up."

So Where Was the Flag? - Cat Scratch Reader
"Bills WR Robert Woods appeared to lower his head at CB Josh Thomas. You decide."

Bills Like What They See in E.J. Manuel’s Promising Start - NYTimes.com
A nice profile of EJ Manuel from the New York Times.

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