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Bills GM Nix feels at home in scouting mission : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Buddy Nix was in his comfort zone Wednesday afternoon. The Buffalo Bills' new general manager was sitting halfway up the stands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium watching the South team of college all-stars practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl. Meanwhile, Bills Vice President of College Scouting Tom Modrak has been sitting next to Nix at every practice session this week."

Is there a market for Troy Smith? | Matt Bowen | National Football Post
"Does Smith have the arm to throw the ball at Ralph Wilson Stadium in November or December? The answer I heard today is that Smith does. Bottom line: it is another option for the Bills if they are going to be active this offseason in the quarterback market — which I still believe is the key above anything else to getting this franchise back on its feet."

Darren Woodson: Partying cost Bills the Super Bowl - USATODAY.com
"As much as everyone talked about how much experience the Bills had back then, they partied harder than any other team. That's all we heard about the entire week in L.A., the (1992 season's) Super Bowl. They (Bills players) were out Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Couple guys got into altercations in the clubs, older, veteran guys with the Bills. Experience doesn't mean that much, it's all about leadership. There's a reason they lost four Super Bowls. They partied harder than any other team."

Coaching News
Sports Meme Power Rankings: The Chan Gailey Equilibrium Edition - SB Nation
Chan Gailey was the fourth-most discussed topic on the internet. If you're a fan or even ambivalent about the hiring, I'd suggest staying away from the commentary, though.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive 49ers hire Brown to assistant with coaching O-line "
"The San Francisco 49ers have hired Ray Brown as assistant offensive line coach, according to a league source. Brown was part of the Buffalo staff that was let go, and is the latest member of that staff to find work elsewhere in the league, with multiple teams interested in many of the coaches let go by the Bills."

Nguyen available? – Inside The Bills
"According to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Dallas assistant LBs coach Dat Nguyen will not be back with the Cowboys staff in 2010. As we mentioned last week right here, Nguyen could be a candidate for an assistant’s job with the Bills since he has ties to head coach Chan Gailey having played under him with the Cowboys his rookie year in 1999."

Smith confirms departure to NFL's Bills - Georgia Tech - Macon.com
"Although Buffalo hired Gailey - who was fired by the Kansas City Chiefs before this past NFL season after being fired two years ago by Georgia Tech - a week-and-a-half ago to be its head coach, Smith said it has only been in the past three days that the Bills had been talking to him."

Bills Video Blog - Mike and Chuck pick a quarterbacks coach - 13WHAM.com
"Chan Gailey's been a busy man lately. On Wednesday he announced the hiring of five coaches to join him in Buffalo, none of whom you've likely heard of. Buffalo still needs a quarterbacks coach though, and the guys bring in a special guest to spin the wheel and make a decision." They (jokingly) land on J.P. Losman.

Buffalo Bills Now! UStream Show 9:05pm : Buffalo Sports Daily
"Join Sal Capaccio as he discusses the latest Buffalo Bills news, including the addition of five new coaches and retention of two others. What’s next?"

Player News
NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Vick likely to have many suitors in 2010 "
"Sources close to Michael Vick fully anticipate him playing elsewhere in 2010, and say he is intent on being a starter if at all possible. Such opportunities should arise. Clubs to keep a close eye on include Buffalo, St. Louis, Carolina, Oakland and Jacksonville. Those teams are in the market for QB help, and many have struggled to sell tickets and attract attention in recent years, with their smaller-market status."

BillBoard: Vick to Bills?
"Despite a decade of losing, the Bills have been remarkable in their ability to make a big splash in free agency to excite fans into selling out Ralph Wilson Stadium. It worked with Terrell Owens last season. It might work with Vick as well in 2010."

Byrd undecided on going to Pro Bowl – Inside The Bills
"Though he was named to the AFC roster for this year’s Pro Bowl, Bills safety Jairus Byrd still isn’t sure if he’ll make his way down to Miami this week." He says the league called him to see if he was coming for the Rookie of the Year presentation ceremony but his rehabilitation from surgery is his first priority.

No regret in Terrell Owens after decade of controversy, success - USATODAY.com
Terrell Owens was named the wide receiver of the decade by USA Today.

Team MVPs for 2009: Who were NFL's top performers this year? - USATODAY.com
"With the dead week before Super Bowl XLIV upon us, USA TODAY dissects the 2009 regular season for all 32 teams and crowns an MVP for each." Rookie DB Jairus Byrd gets the nod from USA Today.

More athlete apps are coming -- reporting from the Jock-o-sphere - ESPN
"Chad Ochocinco started it. Soon there should be an app for Jared Allen and his "Mullet Militia."Dwight Howard, Jared Allen and Terrell Owens will soon follow suit. The iPhone application continues to cometh for the athlete. "

2010 NFL Draft
WGR 550 SportsRadio - Breaking Down Senior Bowl Practice: DAY 3
"We're now more than half way through the Senior Bowl practice week, and the pressure has never been greater for these college seniors to play at their best." Joe Buscaglia breaks down Day 3 for you draftniks.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - MENDOLA: First look at Bills picks Nos. 1-3
Nick Mendola's first stab at a mock draft has the Bills come out with Georgia Tech DE/OLB Derrick Morgan in the first round, West Virginia OT Selvish Capers in the second, and Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour in the third round. I would dare say most Bills fans would be OK with that shaking out.

Jared Odrick, Riley Cooper stand out at Senior Bowl practice - NFL - SI.com
"The final and most important day of full pads practice at the Senior Bowl kicked off on Wednesday. The field swelled as more head coaches and general managers arrived to inspect many of the nations top senior prospects and a number of them did not disappoint. Here's a breakdown of Wednesday's practice."

Senior Bowl Practice - Photos - SI.com
Photo gallery from weigh-ins and practice at the Senior Bowl.

Tim Tebow risking NFL draft stock with Senior Bowl appearance - Andy Staples - SI.com
"Tebow chose to spend Monday afternoon on a high-school field in suburban Mobile with all his flaws -- never played under center, elongated throwing motion, etc. -- on display for easy codifying. Coaches from all 32 NFL teams took pen to pad and scribbled furiously with every bobbled snap and every off-target throw. Next week, with millions watching around the world, Tebow and his mother, Pam, will star in an anti-abortion ad funded by Christian group Focus on the Family."

2010 NFL Draft prospects at East West Shrine Game practice - NFL - SI.com
"The level of talent on the Shrine roster was better than years past and several players improved their draft stock during a week of practice. Here's a baker's dozen of the best prospects from the week."

Senior Bowl Day 3 - NFL.com
"The third day of practices at the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl represents the most important workday in the minds of scouts. Given the importance of Wednesday's workouts, let's take a look at some players who have stood out after three practices:"

Live blogging Day 3 of Senior Bowl practice on NFL Network - Mocking The Draft
Another day of Senior Tebowl practice is upon us and MTD gives you the skinny on Day 3.

Bills Tweets
Twitter / Matt Bowen
@MattRichWarren Great move with Catavolos... he is a great DB coach. My all-time favorite in the NFL.

Twitter / Kawika Mitchell
@GWilson37 Fam is gr8. Leg is on track to full recovery. My offseason has been way to long tho bra. I'll b round next wk. Get at me