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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 1/8

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

WGR 550 SportsRadio - A family reunion: Clayton on Schottenheimers to Buffalo
"'Brian and Marty Schottenheimer play a big role in this thing,' said John Clayton. 'Not out of the question is they could get any configuration of Schottenheimers. They could get Marty as the head coach. They could Brian as the head coach. They could get Marty as the head coach and Brian as the offensive coordinator. There is something there that very well could happen.'"

Schumer says Bills aren't leaving Buffalo |
"The Bills are part of the very fabric of Western New York, and in Western New York they will stay," Schumer said, per WIVB-TV. "Ralph Wilson is committed to Western New York, has had no contact with any purported suitors, and flatly told me that the Bills are staying in Buffalo. Period. I have long fought to keep the team here, and will continue to do so with every bit of clout I have. I was tremendously reassured to learn today, directly from Ralph, that there has been zero contact with this company and that there is absolutely no consideration of entertaining any of this company's potential future offers. Buffalo Bills fans can rest a little bit easier tonight."

Too many snaps for Buffalo's defense -
"When the regular season came to a close last Sunday there was no defensive unit in the NFL that had been on the field for more plays in 2009 than the Bills, 1,086 to be exact. Part of the reason why was Buffalo’s offense, which was last in the league in third down conversion percentage (26%) and last in first downs per game (14.6). They were also last in total offensive plays for the season with just 911."

Team in Transition
Bills fans campaigning for Cowher as coach | Bleacher Report
John Wawrow of the AP is reporting that Bills fans are renting a billboard to hire Bill Cowher.

Competition for Crennel is coming |
Michael Smith of ESPN says the Bills might be interested in Romeo Crennel to run their defense. It's obviously predicated on the head coach.

Lombardi: "Bills have their guy in mind" – Inside The Bills
"Bottom line though is while the Bills brass might have their guy in mind there are some hurdles still to be cleared. First, the pick of Buddy Nix and Russ Brandon must get approval from Mr. Wilson, which usually involves a face-to-face meeting. Then they have to talk contract. There also could be the issue of the playoffs if the candidate is working for a playoff team."

Ron Rivera update – Inside The Bills
Norv Turner said in his press conference yesterday that the Bills have not contacted the Chargers in regards to their defensive coordinator.

Son Schottenheimer on dad coaching – Inside The Bills
"Knowing the close relationship that Bills GM Buddy Nix has with Schottenheimer, he’s unlikely to be completely out of the picture until a new coach is officially named. Nix said he wanted an experienced head coach that was a disciplinarian and a leader. Marty is all of those things and has 200 career wins on his resume in 326 games. I’m not saying he’s officially a candidate, but you have to wonder if Schottenheimer is that extra ace sitting in Nix’s back pocket."

Brian Schottenheimer just deflecting? – Inside The Bills
Chris Brown thinks nothing Brian Schottenheimer says right now should be taken as truth in regards to the Bills job. He simply can't look too eager to leave his team.

Thurman gives shout out to Cowher – Inside The Bills
"Thomas tried to appeal to Cowher by sharing with him the rabid fan following in Buffalo in one of his recent twitter posts. 'Hey Cowher, besides The Steeler and Cowboys, this the best Fan Base. Not Tampa or Carolina, r any other team period!!!!!' How aggressive the team is willing to be in free agency and final say on personnel decisions are more of what Cowher is interested in getting clarification on if things have even gotten that far."

Bills are lone team seeking new coach : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"At the moment, this marks the fewest NFL head coaching changes in at least the last 20 years. The NFL has averaged almost seven head coaching changes a year — the exact rate is 6.7 a year — since the 1990 season. The fewest coaching changes in any year since 1990 has been four. So the Bills are in the unusual position of having a clear field at the moment for finding a new man."

Bills coaching search : Photo Galleries : The Buffalo News
Photo gallery of all the potential Bills coaches.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - WHITE: What do we know about Leslie Frazier?
Jeremy White takes a closer look at Leslie Frazier. He's none too happy the Bills aren't addressing their offense with the coaching hire.

Bills coaching search marches on - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which advocates minority hiring in the NFL, spoke with Nix after Frazier's interview. While Nix offered glowing reports on both interviews, he also conveyed the process wasn't nearing completion. Wooten spoke with Nix because as part of the protocol for Rooney Rule interviews. The Rooney Rule mandates at least one minority be interviewed for every head coach or top personnel opening. "

Cleaning out One Bills Drive : NeXt : The Buffalo News
Carl Lam, a senior at Hamburg High School, offers this commentary on the 2009 season and how to fix the Bills.

Frazier a Serious Candidate for Buffalo - Daily Norseman
"Are the Buffalo Bills interviewing Leslie Frazier to satisfy the requirements of the NFL's Rooney Rule? No -- signs point to him being a very serious candidate for the job."

Adam Schefter's Thursday Extra Points - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter's Thursday Extra Points include rumors of the Bills coaching search.

Other Bills News
Lindell hits 1,000 -
Chris Brown looks at Rian Lindell's accomplishment of 1000 career points as well as his 2009 season efficiency.

Edwards and Greatbatch help ALS -
"During the 2009 Buffalo Bills season, Greatbatch teamed up with the ALS Association, the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Trent Edwards to create a program to help people with ALS. Throughout the football season, the ALS raised more than $20,000."

Bills Focus: Free Agency Questions (2:59) -
Chris Brown takes an inside look at the pending free agents on the Bills.

Opponents ran all over Buffalo Bills' defense | Democrat and Chronicle
"As middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said, there are some excuses in place for the defense, for sure, but ultimately when you yield 2,501 yards on the ground, the third-highest total in team history, something's not right."

For many NFL coaches, time's a wasting - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Perry Fewell and the Bills earned high marks for not spending their timeouts frivilously this year. Fewell led the league and was perfect in close games by keeping at least two timeouts while in a one score game.

Schumer Says Buffalo Bills Not Moving to L.A.; But No Comment on Succession Plan |
"However, when contacted by 2-On-Your-Side about a possible succession plan for local ownership for the Bills following the 91-year-old owner's passing, a spokesperson for Schumer said the senator would not address that issue publicly."

Part 1 of Murphys look at Bills season |
"John Murphy takes a look back at the good and the bad from the Buffalo Bills 2009 season. In part one of a two-part series, we take a look a statistical look at what went wrong in 2009."

Did TO back out on a bet |
Before the season Terrell Owens made a bet via Twitter that if he didn't score 10 TDs s guy would get his Bentley. Guess what, T.O.???

The Scoop on Joe Logan : Buffalo Sports Daily
"For Buffalo Bills fans right now, it’s the million dollar question. The no-name from East Aurora has created quite the commotion in recent days that began innocent enough Monday morning when writing on his small East website." Now he's saying Cowher is not out of the mix and his hangup is on roster salary.

Talk of a Jaguars move shows NFL's greed is insatiable |
"And although I think it would be a shame if Roski made a run at the Jaguars, even more galling is the idea of his group targeting Buffalo and the Bills. For years, neither snow, nor wind off Lake Erie, nor gloom of another losing season has kept 70,000 fans from showing up for most Bills games."

2010 NFL Draft
WGR 550 SportsRadio - BUSCAGLIA: The Real McCoy?
Joe Buscaglia profiles Colt McCoy before he injured his shoulder in last night's BCS National Championship game.

Mock Draft 1.0 - Mocking The Draft
tjdove123 at SBN's Mocking the Draft has the Bills taking the first QB off the board at number 9, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen.

Old Coaches Finding New Work
Bears schedule interview with Fewell - Inside the Bears
"Former Chicago Bears defensive backs coach Perry Fewell will interview for the team's defensive coordinator position on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation."

April to Pittsburgh? – Inside The Bills
"The Pittsburgh Steelers just fired special teams coach Bob Ligashesky, and April has a previous coaching stint in Pittsburgh when he served as special teams coach under Bill Cowher from 1994-95."

Redskins interested in April |
"PFT's Mike Florio credits a source that Snyder is interested in April, and eager to spend money to get the very best on his new coaching staff. April's special teams units in Buffalo were consistently among the best in football."

 Bills Tweets
Twitter / George Wilson
Reflecting on this season and thankful for winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award! Buffalo thank u for all ur support!

Twitter / drayton florence
@wingoz who's gonna be my coach next year and are we switching to a 3-4?