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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.

Ex-TCU player Schobel ponders retirement | Texas Christian University
"Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel didn’t wait long to get back to Texas. He returned to his home in Columbus two days after the season ended. Schobel is contemplating his future. The former TCU star said Friday he will meet with owner Ralph Wilson and chief operating officer Russ Brandon in mid-February to 'see what we’re going to do.'"

Ex-CFLer Cookie Gilchrist battling cancer | Earl McRae | Ottawa Sun
Former Buffalo Bills running back Cookie Gilchrist has throat cancer. According to the fullback it's in remission but his weight is down to 178, about 75 pounds off his playing weight in the AFL and CFL.

Donte Whitner is giving away two Super Bowl tickets |
"Bills safety Donte Whitner will be giving away two Super Bowl tickets, once he gets to 10,000 followers." Entries are being accepted via Twitter until kickoff.  You must correctly name the final scores from both championship games.

Coaching News
Mystery persists regarding Pees landing spot |

"Though some speculation exists linking Pees to the defensive coordinator position in Buffalo, it's our understanding that the team that has hired Pees has not yet broken the news to the person who currently holds the job."

Bates could be on Bills' list |
"As Bills coach Chan Gailey tries to put together a staff, there's a chance that former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Jim Bates will be one of the new hires. According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Bates is a candidate for the position of defensive coordinator."

Bills' youth well served by mature coaching staff : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"You may not have been elated when the Bills selected Chan Gailey as their new head coach, preferring a younger man with a resume of more recent vintage, but keep in mind that in Ralph Wilson's mind Gailey is a comparative youth. So now the Bills are what they are, a young team coached by what is likely to turn out to be a very senior staff. So what?"

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Curtis Modkins?
"If you haven't heard of Modkins, you're not alone. He's got a total of two years experience in the National Football League. Not in a certain position, not with a certain team.... total."

NFL Source: Bills to Hire Cardinals Modkins |
"News 4 has learned that Gailey will spend the next week assembling his staff, instead of joining Bills scouts at the Senior Bowl in Alabama."

Saturday Night Soap Box |
"Its Saturday night and that means its time for the Saturday Night Soap Box. Sal Maiorana from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle is in the Soap Box this week. The big story this week is the Bills hiring their new head coach Chan Gailey and that is Sal's topic."

Broncos make several coaching moves official - Mile High Report
"The Denver Broncos on Saturday announced several changes to their coaching staff, including the hiring of Bob Ligashesky as tight ends coach and Eric Studesville as running backs coach."

Other Bills News
Bills supporting Haiti relief – Inside The Bills

"Brad Butler, Chris Draft, Shawn Nelson, Fred Jackson, Jon Corto and Jairus Byrd are all part of the campaign called "The Buffalo Bills Radio Haiti Relief Project" to support the American Red Cross." Public service announcements featuring the players will air on Buffalo radio stations.

Inside the NFL: Upgrading 4-3 defense easier than switching to 3-4 : Sports : The Buffalo News
"Buffalo Bills fans should be apprehensive about a move to a 3-4 defense. It's a hard transition to go from a Tony Dungy-style 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme. Kansas City struggled mightily in its transition this year." So why no Marty? One possibility that seems logical is the Chargers' ownership gave a less than flattering endorsement of him to Wilson. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did give a strong endorsement of Chan Gailey to the Bills, according to sources in Dallas.

4-3 vs 3-4: How are the Bufflo Bills Best Suited for 2010? | Bleacher Report
"Switching to the 3-4 would only set this team back further. The Bills have more than far enough to go, no need to dig a deeper hole."

Buffalo Bills' playoff drought is embarrassing | Democrat and Chronicle
"Should the Buffalo Bills be more embarrassed about failing to make the playoffs for the past 10 seasons or failing to win a Super Bowl in 44 seasons? I'd say failing to make the playoffs since 1999 is worse. The NFL is designed to promote parity. It is difficult to miss qualifying for the playoffs 10 years in a row."

History Story " NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1980s - DEFENSE
Bruce Smith was named to the All-Decade second team of the 1980s behind Reggie White and Howie Long.

Bills go to the "Extreme" -
The episode of Extreme Home Makeover filmed in Buffalo and featuring many Bills players, cheerleaders, and souses is going to air tonight at 8PM.