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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 2/14

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Bills Roundup: New Coordinators Introduced (2:35) -
The Bills formally introduced their new coordinators this week.

Bills focus on transition defense : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Nevertheless, it's obvious that the Bills need to overhaul their front seven in order to go from a four-man line with mostly small linebackers to a three-man line with mostly big linebackers." The News and George Edwards break it down for you piece by piece.

Bills finalize staff, Schobel's future unsure - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham breaks down the inexperienced Bills coaching staff with a chart. HC Chan Gailey also mentioned he spoke to Aaron Schobel who is still deciding.

Coaching Staff Introduced
Bills coordinator a transforming figure? - AFC East Blog - ESPN

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards has seen how a new regime can come in and change the culture of a team. He also mentioned his defensive priority is stopping the run and some other things.

Gailey keeps DeMontie Cross on Bills' staff |
"Cross, who worked the past three seasons as the assistant linebackers and special teams coach in Buffalo, will return in 2010 as inside linebackers coach. Bpb Sanders, who coached the Bills' defensive line last season, will stay on Gailey's staff as the outside linebackers coach."

Gailey's inexperienced staff faces enormous challenge |
"Chan Gailey officially introduced his coaching staff Friday, and it was hard to ignore one trend about the group. This will not be a coaching stuff with a lot of NFL experience. Six staff members have two years of NFL experience or less. Eight assistants have performed two or fewer years in their current role. Four of them will have zero seasons of NFL experience in their role."

Like idea of 2 strength coaches – Inside The Bills
"Based on his comment where he stated that each of them will specialize in specific areas of strength and conditioning leads me to believe that the two new coaches will be working with different position groups." Gamble's powerlifting background suits him to linemen while Ciano was in charge of the entire Georgia Tech S&C program.

Report: Bills to add asst. O-line coach – Inside The Bills
"According to the Indiana Daily Student on campus in Bloomington, Hoosiers offensive line coach Bobby Johnson will be named assistant offensive line coach for the Bills."

Chan Gailey Press Conference (11:11) -
The full press conference where Chan Gailey introduces his coordinators and takes questions from the press.

Gailey's staff looks thin on experience - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham uses a chart to break down the inexperience of the Bills coaching staff.

Bills hire coaches to improve injury list - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham breaks down the careers of the two Strength and Conditioning coaches, Eric Ciano and John Gamble.

Other Bills News

Whaley named Asst. GM/Director Pro Personnel -
"The Bills addressed a vacancy in their front office Wednesday announcing the hiring of Doug Whaley, who was named Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel. Whaley will have a multi-faceted role with respect to football operations. He will oversee the franchise’s pro personnel department as well as assist General Manager Buddy Nix in all football-related administrative duties and in the college talent evaluation process."

Steelers lament loss of Whaley – Inside The Bills
"I was very disappointed to lose him, because he was a very valuable part of what we did in the personnel department, but I was terribly excited for him," Steelers' Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert said.

Buffalo Bills release 2010 ticket prices -
"The Buffalo Bills today announced ticket pricing for the team’s 2010 season. The average per game price for a Buffalo Bills season ticket will be $59.19 for eight home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium (seven regular season games and one preseason game)."

Depth in 3-4 is the concern – Inside The Bills
"We have some of the right people to play the defense," said Gailey. "Our depth is cause for concern at this point. We’ve got to make sure that we have depth at certain positions. But we think we can adapt to the 3-4 with some pretty good people right off the bat."

Not pigeon holing NT role – Inside The Bills
"Don’t think that the guy that plays nose has to be a 330 or 340 pound guy," said Gailey. "We’re not going to take good football players and stand them over there beside me on game day. We’re going to put our best players on the field. If you have to put a smaller guy on the field to play there then you move him and do some different things with him. There are a lot of different ways to skin the cat and that’s what we’ll do. We’ll get our best football player on the field and let them play."

Packers, Bills, Chargers could be candidates for Porter |
Bills defensive Coordinator George Edwards was Joey Porter's position coach in Miami leading PFT to speculate he could be headed to Buffalo.

Fan Friday 2-12 – Inside The Bills
Chris Brown answers fan questions on the WR corps, LT vs. DT at the top of the draft, Maybin's chance of developing, Tony Pike, and the rest of the Bills OL.

Restricted free agents could see numbers spike -
Tenders offers for restricted free agents must be submitted to the league on or before March 4, otherwise the player becomes an unrestricted free agent. The difference this year is there are three sets of tender levels based on whether a player has three, four or five years of NFL experience. Here’s the breakdown of tender levels for third, fourth and fifth-year players (through the link).

Schobel likes 3-4, but still mulling retirement -
"I like the system," Aaron Schobel said. "I think it’s a better defense overall. You can do more things out of it. You don’t have to be perfect against the run. In our previous system if one person was out of their gap it was a big play for the opponent. With the 3-4 you’ve got bigger men on the field, and if someone messes up usually a linebacker can clean things up."

Boding well for Bills future
"Each year Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin determines productivity for the rookies of each of the NFL’s 32 teams by seeing how many were drafted, how many made the roster, how many became primary starters, how many starts they accumulated and the number of draft picks placed on injured reserve. At season’s end Buffalo ranked third in the study." The Bills rookies earned an "A".

Video: Marlin Briscoe made history at QB - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"In honor of Black History Month, ESPN looks back at the trailblazing career of Marlin Briscoe, who, with the Denver Broncos in 1968, became the first black quarterback to start in the modern era. Briscoe went on to play for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots."

Chat: Chat with Tim Graham - SportsNation - ESPN
Tim Graham chatted Friday afternoon about a lot of Bills stuff but I'm playing catch up so you should go read it for me. :-)

2010 NFL Draft
Get your AFC East mocks off - AFC East Blog - ESPN

Tim Graham gives his first mock update: The Bills will take a QB or LT according to the mocks with Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis (4) and ND QB Jimmy Clausen (3) edging out Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford (2) and Oklahoma OT Trent Williams (1).