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Charges dropped against Donte Whitner |
"The outcome, though favorable to Whitner from the perspective of the criminal justice system, likely will subject him to scrutiny under the Personal Conduct Policy, since enrollment in a program of this nature still falls within the broad definition of the term 'disposition of a criminal proceeding' under the policy."

Bills Add Georgia Tech Recruiter to Staff |
"[Giff Smith's] Georgia Tech defensive lines were outstanding, and led the nation in sacks and tackles for loss in 2007."

I’m told Bills to switch to 3-4 defense : Buffalo Sports Daily
"I spoke to an insider this evening with privileged knowledge of the Bills organization that much to my astonishment, tells me the Buffalo Bills are going forward with plans to switch to a 3-4 defense in 2010."

Bills News
BillBoard: D-coordinator search

"No word yet on what Pees' hiring means for the Ravens' linebackers coach this past season, Vic Fangio. He is a veteran of 24 NFL seasons and would be an impressive addition to any staff, particularly Buffalo's. Fangio knows the 3-4 defense."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres - Another nod to the 3-4?
"Two things to glean from the Bills hiring of Giff Smith as outside linebackers coach, and I think both are entirely reasonable. 1) They are going to a 3-4. 2) There's a good chance they'll take Derrick Morgan with the No. 9 over all pick if he's available."

Whitner lobbying for QB – Inside The Bills
"In a series of recent twitter posts, Whitner states emphatically that restricted free agent QB Troy Smith would be a good mark. Now it should be noted that Whitner is biased having grown up in the same hometown as Smith and having attended the same high school (Glenville) and college (Ohio State) as Smith where they were teammates and Smith won the Heisman Trophy in 2006."

BillBoard: Whitner lobbies for QB
"Not only would Troy Smith be a good fit for us, but he'd be good for any team,'' Whitner told Branson Wright of Starting Blocks on Tuesday. "He's a proven winner. We have so much uncertainty at quarterback. All Troy needs is a chance.''

2009 Special Teams MVP (2:03) -
Check out your nominees for 2009 Special Teams MVP and vote at The nominees are Rian Lindell, Brian Moorman, Ashlee Palmer, and John Wendling. You have until tomorrow morning to vote.

Bills passed on several Pro Bowlers : Jerry Sullivan : The Buffalo News
"So as an alternative, I've assembled my own Pro Bowl squad. It's a team of stars who could have been chosen by the Bills during the Tom Modrak era, if not for management's uncanny gift for dubious draft picks and ill-advised trades." This is a sad list, not because of the players on it, but because every local writer could make this list.

Video: Changes ahead for Jets, Bills - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Also addressed [by John Clayton] are the number of changes in store for the Buffalo Bills under new head coach Chan Gailey. Will Gailey switch the Bills to a 3-4 defense? Will Trent Edwards get another shot to be the quarterback?"

Ex-Bills coach glad they passed on Brees - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I'm never going to discount again on who's it with," said Saints DC Gregg Williams. "I've been able to kind of pick and choose now after all these years about where I want to go to, and I really, really, really wanted to draft Drew Brees when I was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and thank goodness that didn't happen otherwise I'd still be stuck up there in cold Buffalo. Now I'm here. I do have a chance to go with him into [the Super Bowl]."

Gregg Williams rips the Bills - Music City Miracles
"Eat it, Bills." Now I refuse to join such a poorly-named blog, but ya'll can feel free to go put Doofus, yeah his handle is "DoofusOfErasmus", in his place. :-)

Charges Dropped Against Buffalo Bills Safety Donte Whitner |
"The disorderly conduct case against a Safety for the Buffalo Bills is over. Donte Whitner was arrested last April after refusing to leave the scene of a fight outside of The House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. A judge in Cleveland dropped all charges after Whitner completed a program for first time offenders."

POLLOCK: Thoughts on Bills’ moves, Favre and Ryan | Olean Times Herald
"And both hires smack of "Good Ole Boy" searches. That said, just because the people selected to fill those positions aren’t popular, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad choices. Both Nix and Gailey deserve the opportunity to succeed ... or fail."

Mile High Miscellany - Mile High Report
"I love the idea someone had in trading for Lee Evans. Didn't occur to me previously, my only concern is I know there was a possibility of getting him last season but not sure what the new Bills front office would think of trading their best offensive weapon in their current state? He is however, both an accomplished receiver and true deep threat. Roscoe Parrish (also of the Bills) is another option, more down the KR/PR route though but could be had relatively cheap."

Joe Flacco an overachieving headliner on '09 All-Joe Team -
"Our Joes are not average, but rather unheralded, unloved and, sometimes, underpaid since the one prerequisite for being an All-Joe is that you cannot have a Pro Bowl on your résumé." The Bills' Fred Jackson and Kyle Williams are on the list. Local News - Today In History
"On this date in 1991, in their first Super Bowl appearance, the Buffalo Bills lost 20-19 to the New York Giants in Tampa Stadium after the Bills' Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt with eight seconds left in the game." blog " Blog Archive " HOF 2010: Dick LeBeau
Former Bills' defensive assistant coach Dick LeBeau is a finalist for Hall of Fame selection this year based on his playing career.

Sports, Ink: This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Marv gets tapped
"Jan. 27, 2001 -- Marv Levy is still the only coach to guide a team to four straight Super Bowls. On this day, he received a major reward for that achievement. Levy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mark Gaughan had the story for The News:"

Tuesaday Morning Quarterback by Gregg Easterbrook - ESPN
"Gailey needs to shake up the Bills' culture, which once was win-oriented, but in the past decade has been excuse-oriented. The Bills behave as if dismantling the team's image is an organizational goal."

More from TMQ - ESPN
Steve Lieber of Cleveland notes,"I heard Steve Tasker said that when he played in Buffalo, [on] cold days the linemen would come out for warmups with bare arms, intimidating the visiting team. The other team's linemen would be embarrassed, change, and come out with bare arms for the game -- while the Bills linemen would be comfortable, having changed pregame into long sleeves."

2010 NFL Draft and Senior Bowl
Mock has Bills taking OT – Inside The Bills

"The folks at Rotoworld have the Bills taking Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga (6′6″ 315) is a former tight end that has been well schooled under Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, who cut his teeth as an offensive line coach."

Niners Nation Community Mock Final Grades - Niners Nation
In the NIners Nation mock the Bills selected OT Bruce Campbell and DE Greg Hardy in the first two rounds. Both are solid picks.

Tebow headlines Senior Bowl QBs
"The Buffalo Bills will likely be assessing whether they need a premier quarterback at the top of the draft or a developmental prospect taken in the middle rounds. Below is a thumbnail sketch of the six quarterbacks in this weekend’s Senior Bowl (Sat. Jan. 30, 3pm)." Sean Canfield, Dan LeFevour, Tony Pike, Jarrett Brown, Zac Robinson, and Tim Tebow are the six QBs.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Breaking Down Senior Bowl Practice: DAY 2
"Back for another day of analysis. I've reviewed the tape of the day's practices and I came away impressed by a couple of players that had a rough go on the first day." Joe Buscaglia looks again at 30+ prospects from the Senior Bowl.

Could Tebow really save Bills? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
ESPN's Todd McShay helps Bills fans get to know Tim Tebow after his subpar first day at the Senior Bowl practices.

Dove's Senior Bowl Practice Day 2 thoughts - Mocking The Draft
Senior Bowl updates: Day 2

Dexter McCluster, Taylor Price stand out above field at Senior Bowl - NFL -
"The pace picked up on Tuesday, the second day of Senior Bowl practice. There were several outstanding performances of note, as a number of lesser-known NFL prospects proved to scouts they belonged on the field against better competition. Here are some of the highlights from players rising up draft boards or heading in the other direction:"

Live blogging Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice on NFL Network - Mocking The Draft
Observations from the second day of practices from the Senior Bowl.

NFL Notes
WGR 550 SportsRadio - From Buffalo to the Super Bowl

"From Buffalo to Indy to Miami, Jamey Richard's journey to the Super Bowl has been anything but orthodox, and the University at Buffalo alumnus and Colts offensive lineman is still trying to take it all in."

NFL heads toward labor showdown - Associated Press -
"Without a deal in the next five weeks to preserve the labor peace that has lasted since a bad month in 1987 — anybody remember scab football? — next season will have no salary cap. That means richer teams such as the Redskins and Patriots will be able to far outspend clubs such as Jacksonville and Buffalo for free agents, while the Jaguars and Bills might try to pinch pennies to stay in business."

Twitter / Kawika Mitchell

4-3 or 3-4 that's the question @ 1 Bills Dr. Doesn't matter 2 me. 55 on the field=production. Defense is noise and pain so I'm game.