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Bills Focus: Buddy Nix 1-on-1 sits down with new Bills GM Buddy Nix for a video interview.

News from One Bills Drive looks like same old story : Jerry Sullivan : The Buffalo News
"Buddy Nix is the Bills' new GM. Once again, they've done the easy thing, the weak and short-sighted thing. Instead of reaching for the stars, they reached across the hall and plucked out Nix, an old, familiar face who was hired out of retirement after being forced out in San Diego a year ago."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Nix The Skepticism, Buddy is the Right Hire
Joe Buscaglia think Nix is the right hire despite having to convince himself of that fact.

Buddy Nix named new General Manager
What Nix wants in a head coach – Inside The Bills

First he wants a good teacher but he also wants a guy who can bring in good coordinators. More info through the link.

Nix addresses injury situation – Inside The Bills
"The last few years the Bills have been beset with injuries with 17 players on I-R in 2007 and 18 currently here in 2009. Nix intends to research that problem that has cropped up more than once and see if he can’t get to the bottom of it."

What tipped scales in Nix’s favor – Inside The Bills
After interviewing both inside and outside the organization Wilson and CEO Russ Brandon whittled their candidate list down to two in-house finalists. Wilson explained what got Nix the job in the end. "He had been the assistant GM in San Diego for several years. So we selected Buddy," said Wilson.

Nix doesn’t care if he’s not ‘big splash’ – Inside The Bills
"I can see some disappointment on some of your faces that one of the geniuses isn’t standing up here," said Nix to the assembled media at One Bills Drive. "I know it wasn’t quite what you expected, but I’m going to tell you this. It’s kind of like getting up the morning after the draft and reading the paper and see where you got an A+ and two years later with that same class you’re getting your tail beat and you get fired."

Jim Kelly Comments on Buddy Nix
Jim Kelly's comments from the Nix press conference.

Thurman Thomas Comments on Buddy Nix
Thurman Thomas stepped up to the microphone after Buddy Nix was introduced.

Kelly's Call: Nix a solid first step -
"I’m excited by the hiring of Buddy Nix as the Bills new general manager. I’m excited because I know him, I know his background. He was around when we were playing, more so near the end of my career. From all the people I’ve spoken with it’s a great start for the Buffalo Bills."

Brandon promoted to CEO; Nix named Bills GM -
"The Bills didn’t wait until the New Year to begin restructuring their front office in what is certain to be a busy offseason for the organization in 2010. On Thursday the Bills promoted Russ Brandon to CEO and named renowned National Scout Buddy Nix as their new General Manager."

BillBoard: Ralph's assessment
"I think you build a football team through the draft," said the Hall of Fame owner. "You can go out in free agency and sign a few that might fit your team. But you just can’t go out and sign a lot of free agents and do it overnight. It’s going to take time to turn things around. But we’re not that far away. We’ve got some good young players. If we get the right head coach under Buddy and he gets the right assistant coaches, good teachers, we’re not that far away."

BillBoard: Wilson's comfort zone
"New Bills general manager Buddy Nix has a strong resume as a football man. He has been an assistant coach, a head coach, a scout. He has overseen the pro side and the college side of an NFL operation. He also fits within the comfort zone of Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Wilson gave strong consideration to Bills pro personnel chief John Guy. He essentially finished second in the bid for the job. "

Bills stay in house in picking GM : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Wilson's hiring of Buddy Nix as general manager Wednesday gives the Bills a man who has held every key position on a football team except general manager over a 49-year career in the game. It gives the Bills a connection to their glory days, because Nix was the Bills' Southeastern scout from 1993 through 2000 and was a key aide to former Bills executives John Butler and A.J. Smith in San Diego. And it gives Wilson someone with whom he is comfortable, an important factor to the team's 91-year-old owner."

Many former Bills approve of selection of Nix : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Former Bills chief college scout Dwight Adams and Hall of Famers Marv Levy, Jim Kelly, and Thurman Thomas all give their thoughts on the hiring of Buddy Nix.

Bills' Nix, football have mixed for half-century : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"The new general manager of the Buffalo Bills has a wide range of experience in the sport during that time, dating back to 1961 when he served as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Hey Buddy! Nix that QB!!!
"The Bills new GM says that he’ll let the new coach have a shot at the current QBs. Uh...what? From the sound of it, Trent might get a stay of execution. Nix says, as do so many Trent defenders, that you can’t play QB from your back. Yes that’s true. But some guys can’t play the game standing up either. Trent Edwards fits in that second category. I think he can be OK with a perfect situation around him. That shouldn’t be good enough." Blogs " Blog Archive Marty Schottenheimer insists he’s done with coaching "
"Given the promotion of his close friend Buddy Nix to general manager in Buffalo today, there have been some rumblings that perhaps retired former head coach Marty Schottenheimer might be coming back with the Bills. Schottenheimer has said repeatedly that he has no desire to return to coaching, but I spoke with him briefly this afternoon to ask specifically about his ties to Nix and the Bills’ coaching job in particular. Schottenheimer said no way."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Name Nix New General Manager
Quotes and transcriptions of the press conference announcing Buddy Nix as GM.

Highlights from Nix news conference - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham highlights three points from the Nix presser: "The Bills want a coach with a proven track record. Don't expect the Bills to dump a lot of cash into the free-agent market. An overhaul in the strength-and-conditioning department could be looming."

Don't nix this Bills decision just yet - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"There's one important fact that is being overlooked in the immediate reaction to Nix's promotion: His fingerprints aren't on this train wreck. At least not yet. "

Bills Roundtable |
2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni and Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle share their thoughts on the hiring of Buddy Nix.

Maybe an old football guy can bring back old Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"The good news? At least a re-energized Nix can focus on what he does best: finding good football players, coaches and scouts. Brandon can concentrate on what he does best: finding hot dog and soda advertisers and selling out Ralph Wilson Stadium using smoke and mirrors."

Bills name Nix new GM - The Globe and Mail
"Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has a reputation for preferring general managers who are familiar to him and who do not command the top of the NFL executive pay scale. That pattern continued yesterday when the first piece of reshaping the Bills took place with Wilson announcing that national scout Buddy Nix is the team’s new general manager."

Bills Promote Buddy Nix to General Manager -
"Although the move is unlikely to appease fans who had hoped for a fresh start for a team that is 5-10 and last made the playoffs in 1999, Nix, 70, is a widely respected personnel evaluator. Through shrewd draft picks, he helped build one of the N.F.L.’s most talented rosters in San Diego, where he worked as a personnel executive until 2008 under General Manager A. J. Smith." - Bills place emphasis on player development with hire of new GM Nix
"Although not the glitzy, big-name hire that Bills fans were clamoring for, Nix provides the team with the exact type of individual it was missing for years: an experienced football man who will only be in charge of making football decisions."

Bills promote Nix to general manager; will coach follow? |
"Current New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Marty's son, can also be expected to get strong consideration for the Bills' coaching position, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reports, as the Bills are strongly considering a bright, young offensive mind to rebuild their team."

Brandon still the key in Cowher Chase : Buffalo Sports Daily
Pat Moran says that despite his promotion, Russ Brandon will still be the guy that has to sell the Bills and Ralph Wilson to Bill Cowher.

NEW DIRECTION: Nix will build through draft : Buffalo Sports Daily
"At least that’s how San Diego turned it around so quickly. Promoted to assistant G.M. in 2003, Nix helped build a powerhouse. The Chargers are loaded with draft-day steals. Who knows how influential Nix was on which picks. Doesn’t matter. The list goes on and on. San Diego has owned April."

Mike and Chuck React to Bills' Hiring of Nix -
"Mike Catalana and Chuck Wade have their thoughts on who Nix could hire, and the daunting task ahead of him as the Bills General Manager."

Rumor Nation | National Football Post
"We’re hearing that the Bills are looking offense. That leaves Billick, Martz and Weis as the three people who fit those criteria."

Buffalo Bills NFL News Updates - Rapid Reports
- Jim Kelly on his possible role with the Bills: "The first thing that Buddy said to me was I want to sit down with you after the season's over and discuss a lot of things. I've already had a number of discussions with (CEO) Russ (Brandon) about what my role will be. We don't know that yet."

More Bills News
Fitz is all systems go – Inside The Bills

Ryan Fitzpatrick again took the majority of first team reps Thursday and coming off of a good deal of work on Wednesday it’s an encouraging sign for Sunday.

Two more players added to injury report – Inside The Bills
"The injuries to Steve Johnson and Andre Ramsey happened in practice and they could not return. The severity of those injuries was not disclosed." With Ramsey and Jonathan Scott on the injury list the Bills may have to make a roster move as Jamon Meredith and Kirk Chambers are the only two healthy tackles.

Question Mark : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan answers questions on the Colts benching their starters last week, John Fox as Buffalo's head coach, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker's Hall of Fame chances, and the end of the season requirements for IR.

Bills likely to have Fitzpatrick start against Colts | Democrat and Chronicle
"Therefore, with Ryan Fitzpatrick back at practice Wednesday and physically up to the challenge of taking the majority of the first-string reps, Fewell said he's leaning toward starting Fitzpatrick instead of Brian Brohm."

AFC East's biggest disappointment - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Marshawn Lynch and the duo of Trent Edwards and Terrell Owens make the list compiled by Tim Graham.

Buffalo Bills NFL News Updates - Rapid Reports
- Bills LB Jon Corto, an Orchard Park native, may start this week in place of the injured Bryan Scott.

Bills Tweets
Twitter / James Hardy

2009 had some great moments but I'm glad it's over! Happy New Year everybody what's ur plans for bringing in the new year?

Twitter / Darryl Talley
Happy New Year!

Twitter / Terrell Owens
It's Official!! Happy Jan. 1, 2010!!

Twitter / Kawika Mitchell
2010. What's next? Do it to it! The best new years I've had n a long time. God Fam Friends

Twitter / DonteWhitner
Home sick! Medicine not working..Happy new Year

Twitter / Nic Harris
Happy new year, gotta get it even bigger in 2010!!!

Twitter / drayton florence
great hire exp in coaching scouting and personel I think it's a great hire Also worked with the late John Butler [Ed. note: Nix was the Chargers Asst. GM when they drafted Florence.]