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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 1/5

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

Brian Billick hasn't had contact with the Bills, yet |
"Billick sounds like a man who likes the way the Bills are planning for next season -- and he may be planning to be a part of it. Even if he hasn't had any formal contact with the Bills. Yet."

Bills coaches free to seek other positions |
"Each of the coaches though currently still under contract, have been informed that they have the opportunity to seek positions elsewhere. The official status of each coach will be determined by the Bills new head coach following the completion of the process, if they have not already found new work."

Schobel to meet with Bills brass |
"It won’t happen right away. Buffalo’s front office has more pressing matters right now, but a bit later this offseason the top two executives in the Bills' hierarchy will sit down with Aaron Schobel to discuss his playing future.The team’s top pass rusher intends to take about two months to think about his plans for 2010 and whether or not they include continuing his football career."

Team in Transition
The Age of Success |

Bill Pucko says the first thing that crossed his mind when Buddy Nix was hired was his age. He profiles some of the successful football minds of the last decade and concludes none of them were as old as Nix so he has the cards stacked against him.

Don’t expect Nix to wait on Cowher for long : Buffalo Sports Daily
"Like it or not, Cowher or anyone else with multiple options is going to explore all of them before making a decision. Buddy Nix may not be willing to wait for long."

McDermott a candidate in Buffalo? | Philly | 01/04/2010
"Sean McDermott spent 10 seasons in the Eagles' organization before being named defensive coordinator last offseason." Now the coach is on the list of candidates in Buffalo for their head coaching vacancy.

Schottenheimer getting more play – Inside The Bills
Adam Schefter thinks "Marty Schottenheimer would be a great fit in Buffalo, and the fact that the Bills hired Buddy Nix as GM increases the chances that Schottenheimer would get a long look there." When reached for comment Marty's words were "not likely". Schefter also mentions former Chargers OC Cam Cameron as a possible candidate.

Interview rules for candidates in playoffs – Inside The Bills
Here's a complete rundown of the rules regarding coordinator interviews. It's too long to copy all of them.

Fewell gets the first interview for Bills head job : The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan looks closer at Perry Fewell's head coaching candidacy in Buffalo.

Bills should hire Stanford's Harbaugh : Jerry Sullivan : The Buffalo News
"The thought of [Marty] Schottenheimer leaves me cold. I'm leaning toward a younger guy who hasn't been an NFL head coach but has done great things on the college level and is destined to be a success in the pro some day: Stanford's Jim Harbaugh."

How does anyone clean up the Buffalo Bills mess? | Democrat and Chronicle
Leo Roth and Sal Maiorana talk about how the Bills could go about cleaning up the problems they've been hindered by for the last decade.

Democrat and Chronicle | Three-Point Stance
Sal Maiorana starts off mad that the Bills promoted Buddy Nix on New Year's Eve, calling that a 'blunder'. He then goes on to say he likes the Nix pick as long as he "cleans house" in the front office.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Schefter: Cowher won't coach in 2010
"Adam Schefter of ESPN has said that it doesn't look likely that Bill Cowher will coach in 2010. Schefter cited the shrinking job market, which may send a signal about the attractiveness of the Bills position"

Bills fire entire coaching staff - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Here is a rundown of the coaches who finished the year with the Bills."

Add three more to Bills coaching mix : Buffalo Sports Daily
"Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Arizona assistant head coach Russ Grimm and Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier are all slated to get interviews from Buddy Nix, according to various reports." Pat Moran gives brief bios.

The new coach billboard campaign is officially underway : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran is starting a billboard campaign for the Bills to sign Bill Cowher. Any remaining money will go to Hunter's Hope.

Coaching Carousel | Michael Lombardi |
"Buffalo Bills: To me, the one name that makes the most sense is Brian Schottenheimer, the current offensive coordinator of the New York Jets and son of former Bills player Marty Schottenheimer. Marty and new Bills general manger Buddy Nix have a great relationship, which will help get Brian an interview. His work with the Jets might get him the job."

NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen look at potential coaching changes around the NFL

Bills News
Terrell Owens won't close door on Buffalo |

"Well, who knows. I think I’ve addressed that enough the last few weeks. I know everyone is wanting to know, and I think under the right set of circumstances and situation, then yeah. I’ve always said that I’d be willing to come back," Owens said. "I think the situation has to be right and I think they’ve taken a step in that right direction by hiring Buddy Nix as general manager. So that’s a start, and this is the start of the offseason for us and we just have to see where it goes from there."

Bills official free agent list – Inside The Bills
Some bigger names highlighting the UFA list are DE Ryan Denney, WR Josh Reed, OG Kendall Simmons, and WR Terrell Owens.

Mitchell update – Inside The Bills
"Mitchell told that he should be completely recovered from his knee injury in a couple of monthsWhile the nature of Mitchell’s knee injury is not known, he did not tear his ACL. So his rehab though lengthy was not the 7-10 months that ACL repairs typically take."

Byrd keeps piece of interception title - AFC East Blog - ESPN
- Jairus Byrd held onto a four-way piece of the interception title Sunday. - The Bills had their fewest first downs in a season (233) - The Bills recovered the fewest fumbles in team history (5) - Brian Moorman set the season mark for Bills punting average (46.58) - Roscoe Parrish surpassed Jeff Burris for the most punt returns in team history (118)

Nominees for FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week
Vote for Fred Jackson.

Terrell Owens Monday Press Conference |
Terrell Owens talks to the media on locker clean out day.

Bills Roundup: Preparing for Uncertainty -
Chris Brown looks at the uncertainty surrounding the players, coaches, and Bills in general during locker clean out day.

Bills locker clean out: Jan. 4, 2010 : Photo Galleries : The Buffalo News
Photo gallery from locker clean out with all your favorite Bills.

Schobel retirement decision expected soon : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Schobel, 32, said his wife and three children will stay in his native Columbus, Texas, next season regardless of his decision. 'They're going to stay home for sure,' he said. 'If I decide to play, we'll try to figure out the best way to make it work because I'm not going to be away from them for four months. That isn't going to happen. So we'll see.'"

Bills Postseason Review: Part One | Buffalo News Video
"Buffalo News football writers Mark Gaughan, Allen Wilson and Jerry Sullivan take a look at the Bills’ offseason challenges including the search for a new head coach."

Bills Postseason Review: Part Two | Buffalo News Video
"In the second part of the Bills Postseason Review, Mark, Al and Sully analyze whether the Bills should change its defensive style and look ahead to the NFL draft."

Marshawn Lynch sued over hit-run : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"The Ontario woman injured when Buffalo Bills runing back Marshawn Lynch struck her with his SUV in the spring of 2008 has begun a State Supreme Court negligence against him, seeking undisclosed financial damages for the injuries she suffered, her Buffalo lawyer confirmed Monday."

Buffalo Bills' Aaron Schobel ponders retirement | Democrat and Chronicle
"'Winning would have revived me a little more,' Schobel admitted."

Bills end with a flurry | Olean Times Herald
Nice headline for the Olean Times Herald game recap.

POLLOCK: A miserable year ends on positive note | Olean Times Herald
Chuck Pollack take stock in the year after watching the final game against the Colts.

Bills Notebook: Jackson runs his way into record book | Olean Times Herald
Notes from the Bills’ 30-7 win over the Colts on Sunday afternoon at the cold, windy, snowy "Ralph".

Drunken Bills fan passes out, leaving three children crying : Local News : The Buffalo News
"Stadium security officers arrested a total of 17 individuals on charges ranging from possession of alcohol by minors to disorderly conduct. Most notably an Olean man passed out and collapsed into a snowbank with his two children and a third child standing around him crying after Sunday's Buffalo Bills game in Orchard Park, authorities said."

Bills win in winter wonderland - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
"With the snow blowing, the field completely covered in white and an enthusiastic, boisterous crowd leading them on, Sunday felt like the good old days for the Buffalo Bills."

‘Fast Fred’ delivers in finale - Canandaigua, NY - MPNnow
Bryan Sullivan profiles Fred Jackson, who rushed for 212 yards and topped the 1000-yard mark for the season this weekend.

50-season Bills fan can’t be deterred by weather : Buffalo/Erie County : The Buffalo News
"In 50 seasons, Jim Nydahl, of Kenmore, has missed only one Buffalo Bills home game. But when he turned on the Weather Channel on Sunday morning, he gave serious thought to missing his second one." He left at halftime.

Others teams coaches
Sacked! New York Giants fire defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan

"The most likely candidate is former Bills and Bears coach Dick Jauron, who was Coughlin's defensive coordinator in Jacksonville from 1995-98. One source familiar with the Giants' plans said Jauron's name is likely on the short list, though Coughlin has yet to reach out to him."

Fewell is a free agent with Bears ties - Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago
Jeff Dickerson of says Perry Fewell could end up in Chicago as their new defensive coordinator. The move would make a lot of sense.

So, who is the next defensive coordinator? - Big Blue View
Big Blue View also thinks Dick Jauron is the most likely candidate in New York.

Seven assistants join Hauck's staff - Sports -
Former Buffalo Bill J.D. Williams was hired by new UNLV coach Bobby Hauck.

2010 NFL Draft
QB Clausen to have toe surgery – Inside The Bills

Jimmy Clasuen won't do much at the NFL Combine due to toe surgery. He will be able to throw in early April.

Absurdly Premature Look at the 2010 NFL Draft: Where Does Jimmy Clausen Go? - Rakes Of Mallow
CW from the Notre Dame blog Rakes of Mallow speculates that Clausen won't last past the Bills pick at 9.

Bills Tweets
Twitter / Nic Harris

Airport! Has got to be my second home! Prayers please going in for surgery this week.

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
Spendin last few hrs in Buffalo with my teammates before heading back home to Baltimore this afternoon

Twitter / Terrell Owens
RT @GTorlone: It's kinda funny, the Bills fire their entire coaching staff and NO ONE in the media has blamed @terrellowens yet.

Twitter / Sal Maiorana
Bills wound up not finishing last in run defense. Ended 30th. Tied for 2nd in NFL with 28 picks, but were last in fumble recoveries with 5

Twitter / Patrick Moran
wow early indications via bills message boards is Billick would be a very unpopular choice. Kind of taken back

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
Made an exec. decision...Gettin a haircut tomorrow. Sayin goodbye to the mohawk till its time to play some football again!

Twitter / Bob Glauber
2 potential Giants d-coordinators: former Bills/Bears head coach Dick Jauron and Giants secondary coach Peter Giunta. Figure search widens tho.

Twitter / James Hardy
they clean house today clean slate I'm waiting to c the next moves