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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills fire pro personnel chief Guy : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Guy oversaw the team's scouting of free agents and advance scouting of NFL opponents. His contract with the team was due to expire in May."

Bills relieve Guy of duties as VP of Pro Personnel -
"The Buffalo Bills have relieved John Guy of his duties as Vice President of Pro Personnel, the team has announced Wednesday evening. Guy was promoted to the position in 2008 having joined the team as Director of Pro Personnel in 2001." That was the entire press release, by the way.

Nix Could Have Done Worse | Democrat and Chronicle | Three-Point Stance
"I said all along that I was hoping new GM Buddy Nix would hire a guy with NFL head coaching experience, and someone who had been in the league and had some success along the way. Say what you want about Gailey, but he fits that criteria. In the 15 years he has worked for NFL teams, Gailey has gone to the playoffs 11 times, and he has coached in four Super Bowls."

Team in Transition
Bills fire personnel chief John Guy - AFC East Blog - ESPN

"At a time Buffalo Bills fans could use some good news, they received a little. The team announced late Wednesday night they've fired vice president of pro personnel John Guy."

Report: Studesville to Denver – Inside The Bills
"According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bills former RBs coach Eric Studesville is going to take the RBs coach job with the Broncos."

Sources: Studesville joins Broncos' coaching staff - The Denver Post
"The former Buffalo Bills running backs coach has agreed to terms to join the Broncos' coaching staff, four NFL sources confirmed. Studesville and the rest of the Bills' coaching staff were let go at season's end when interim head coach Perry Fewell was not retained."

How NFL assistant coaches movement affects teams - Ross Tucker -
"Chan Gailey's recent hiring by the Bills means all 32 NFL head-coaching jobs are  filled. But don't be fooled: the coaching carousel has not stopped spinning. Several coordinator and position coach openings have yet to be filled, and while those don't generate as much attention, they're no less important. "

Transition to 3-4 defense would be tough for Bills |
"We can't think of a roster less suited to play a 3-4 defense in the league. Buffalo's group is full of fast, undersized defenders. The team's defensive line would especially be out of position."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Hey Chan, Switch to a 3-4. Pretty Please?
Joe Buscaglia outlines the reasons he wants the Bills to move to a 3-4 and then offers some thoughts on the current Bills roster and how they could transition.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Time to talk Vick
Jeremy White, in his opinion piece on bringing Mike Vick to the Bills, asks the question, "How desperate are we?"

Why the Bills should go after Michael Vick | National Football Post
Former Buffalo Bills Matt Bowen thinks the Bills should go get Michael Vick. "With a new head coach there will be a new staff in place, and with a full off-season under Gailey, I don’t see why the Bills don’t at least entertain the idea that Vick could develop into the starting quarterback in Buffalo for the foreseeable future."

Bills' GM Pokes Fun at Raiders -- NFL FanHouse
"To paraphrase a comment from a SportsCenter anchor Tuesday night, it shows how far the Oakland Raiders have fallen that they are being made fun of by the Buffalo Bills -- more specifically, Bills general manager Buddy Nix."

Marty Schottenheimer, Brian Billick Showed Interest -
"Both Former San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer and Former Ravens Coach Brian Billick each confirmed for 2 On Your Side that they were interested in the Buffalo Bills head coaching job."

Bills blew call on Frazier -
"Here's what I said Sunday evening after the Vikings' defense crunched Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys: Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and his underling team officials would be a bunch of dimwits not to offer Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier their head coaching job. Well ... the Bills kicked it into dimwit mode. "

Chan Gailey
PFTV looks at the Gailey hire |

"So Chan Gailey is the next coach of the Bills. So plenty of Bills fans aren't happy. So PFTV looks at the move."

Mike and Chuck Find a New Slogan for the Bills - - Rochester News, Weather, and Sports
"With the hiring of Chan Gailey in Buffalo, the Bills are going to need a new marketing campaign. Mike, Chuck, and a special guest to help spin the Wheel of Chan."

Players excited by Gailey's track record -
"After five seasons of ranking no higher than 25th in the league in total offense and no higher than 23rd in points per game, Buffalo’s players on that side of the ball could not be happier to see Chan Gailey hired by the club as their next head coach."

Bills Focus: Lee Evans 1-on-1 (4:48) -
"Get wide receiver Lee Evans reaction to the hiring of Chan Gailey as head coach of the Bills. "

BillBoard: Barkley weighs in on Gailey over Frazier
"I call it the Mickey Rooney rule instead of the Dan Rooney rule," said Charles Barkley. "Because they interview these black coaches after white guys have already got the job -- that's a travesty. That is a flat-out travesty."

Picking defensive coordinator is a priority for Bills' Gailey : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson gives names like Clancy Pendergast, Tim Lewis, Jim Bates, Dave Campo, Jon Tenuta, and Dan Pees for defensive coordinator. He also thinks Buddy Geis will get the call at QBs/WRs and former ST coach Bruce DeHaven may get his old job back.

Buffalo Bills hope Chan Gailey is solution on offense | Democrat and Chronicle
"In an effort to reverse that trend, Nix hired Chan Gailey to be Buffalo's head coach because he believes Gailey's offensive background will enable him to produce a solid quarterback, whether it's someone already on the roster, or someone the Bills bring in via free agency or the draft."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Fillipponi: Gailey got hooked up
"When you get a job because of a referral, and not your own merits, you don’t get a fighter, an individual who will challenge ownership. You get a milquetoast."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Fiedler: Gailey can lead
"I really enjoyed my time with Coach Gailey," Fiedler said during a Wednesday morning appearance on The Howard Simon Show. "We had kind of a rag-tag offense of a lot of no-names and ended up winning the AFC East title in 2000, went to the playoffs again in 2001 and a big reason was the way that Chan helped run the offense."

Video: AFC East Blogger's Blitz - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Ducis Rodgers from ESPNEWS and [Tim Graham] preview Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts and take a look at the Buffalo Bills' decision to hire Chan Gailey as head coach."

Analysis of Bills coaching search |
We asked if Dan Reeves would be open to working with Gailey in Buffalo. "I tell you, if I could help Chan Gailey out, I would certainly be interested in that."

Gailey hiring receives tepid response from fans : The Buffalo News
Fans aren't happy that Chan Gailey is the next coach and one expert thinks it could impact the Bills viability in Buffalo.

Is Chan the Man for the Bills? | The Axeman - Brent Axe -
That kind of reminds me of when you approach the really hot girl at the bar and she tells you she's not interested but "oh, I have this friend you have to meet!"

POLLOCK: It’s too soon to judge Bills’ coaching hire | Olean Times Herald
"Dismissing Gailey’s hiring the day after he took the job is a bit like assessing a team’s draft as soon as the lottery ends. It’s nothing more than speculation."

Gailey Strikes Back - From The Rumble Seat
"Good luck to the Bills fans out there especially if you're getting a double dose (e.g. Tech fans I know from Rochester, Buffalo, or Albany... I pity your cyclical lives)." From the SBN Georgia Tech blog.

LEFTOVERS: Bills appear headed for more lean times - Sports -
"The hiring of Chan Gailey by new general manager Buddy Nix appears to be just the latest in a long line of botched decisions by an organization that hasn't been to the playoffs since 1999."

Finding a quarterback is Gailey's first priority in Buffalo
"In taking over as the Buffalo Bills' new head coach, Chan Gailey's first challenge is addressing a lingering problem: Identifying a starting quarterback."

Other Bills news
Owens hanging at Australian Open – Inside The Bills

"Terrell Owens has spent the better part of the past week down under at the Australian Open. Owens has been tweeting heavily with photos. His main reason for attending the Open was to watch his good friend Andy Roddick."

Ryan Skerrett: Father-son bond is strengthened by Bills : The Buffalo News
"Though it may be absolutely painful to watch this team at times, I appreciate what the Buffalo Bills have given me and my dad over the years. Good or bad, this is still our team, and for as far back as I can remember, the Bills have bonded the two of us."

2010 NFL Draft
Kiper gives Bills a QB, Fins a stud LB - AFC East Blog - ESPN

"Kiper projects the Bills, slotted ninth, will draft Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen to learn at new head coach Chan Gailey's knee."

Mock draft 1.0: Where's Tim Tebow? Not in this first round
Bucky Brooks has the Bills taking Maryland OT Bruce Campbell ninth overall with Rolando McClain and every QB still on the board. (Jimmy Clausen doesn't even go in the first round.)