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Bills name Edwards defensive coordinator -
"We are very excited that George Edwards has joined our staff as defensive coordinator," said head coach Chan Gailey. "He brings a wealth of experience, not only as a motivator and communicator, but he has been involved with some great schemes and we are excited about him being the head of our defense."

Your 2009 All-AFC East team revealed - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Jairus Byrd was an automatic selection of blogger Tim Graham. Other Bills Brian Moorman, John Wendling, and Paul Posluszny were named to the team as determined by fan voting. Fred Jackson was second to the Jets' Thomas Jones.

2009 Play of the Year Nominees (1:59) -
Check out the nominees for play of the year and vote for your favorite. Aaron Schobel's interception return for a touchdown in week 1, Brian Moorman's touchdown pass to Ryan Denney in the Saints game, Fred Jackson's touchdown pass to Lee Evans from the Wildcat, and the team-record 98-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Terrell Owens are the four choices. It's worth watching the video for John Murphy's calls.

Bills hire George Edwards, switch to 3-4
Bills name Edwards defensive coordinator; hire Whaley as assistant GM : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
The Redskins fell apart in 2003 as Spurrier grew increasingly disenchanted with the NFL game. "It was his first year, but there wouldn't have been many coaches who could have gotten results that year in that environment," Arrington said. "There was a lot going on. It was Spurrier's last year. It was almost as bad as it was this year there with Jim Zorn. You can't put that one on George Edwards. He had an uphill battle. But the dude knows his stuff."

Edwards will install 3-4 defense |
"Buffalo's defense has had a few defining characteristics over the last few years. They have been light, fast, injury-prone, and often overachieving.... There's no way to know if Edwards will succeed, but the deck is stacked against him. His personnel just doesn't fit the 3-4 scheme. We hope Ralph Wilson understands this is going to take a while to work."

Hybrid defense possible – Inside The Bills
"It’s clear this staff knows they can’t build Rome in a day. You can only turn a roster over so much to fit your scheme. They likely realize that while they may have some players under contract that aren’t ideal fits for the 3-4 scheme, they still have to find ways to maximize their strengths and if that means developing a system that employs both 3-4 and 4-3 principles they’re going to do it."

What defensive change means – Inside The Bills
"With Bills defensive coordinator George Edwards initially planning to change Buffalo’s defensive scheme to more of a 3-4 front, it means some roles on Buffalo’s defense will be changing also." Chris Brown examines where players might go.

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"Lots of Gators fans I know hate it. That's good. Means he was respected, even though he just got the gig a month ago in Gainesville."

Kawika thumbs up for Edwards – Inside The Bills
"Mitchell began his college career at Georgia before transferring to South Florida after his redshirt freshman season in 1999."

Maybin ready to roll – Inside The Bills
"Aaron Maybin clearly realizes he’s likely to line up as an OLB, and said at the close of last season that he’d be willing to do whatever is asked of him by the coaches."

George Edwards says Buffalo Bills to switch defenses | Democrat and Chronicle
Linebacker Paul Posluszny, who could excel in a 3-4 at an inside position, said, "I think if we were going to do that we'd need to bring in some other guys. We are built to be a 4-3 team, we have that type of personnel. You need a Vince Wilfork-sized nose guard, and those 3-4 outside linebackers are special athletes, almost like our defensive ends. We need some pieces if that's what we want to do."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - George Edwards? I'm interested.
"Everything I've heard of Edwards implies that he's a fiery competitor that expects the most out of his players. Now I'm not saying that this is going to be a home run pick of a defensive coordinator no matter what. But what I can say, is everything from Edwards resume´ is something that leads me to being optimistic about the future of the defense at the very least." Joe Buscaglia runs through the coach's career.

Florida Gators defensive coordinator quits, takes job with Bills - Colleges -
``He didn't seem like he fit the Florida Gators mold anyway, to tell you the truth,'' Trail said. ``He wasn't as intense as the other coaches, I guess because he was still getting used to everything. He's probably doing what's best for his family, so you can't fault him for that.''

George Edwards joins Buffalo Bills, leaves Florida after 27 days -
"UF was surprised by a departure that was not orchestrated to secure the recruiting class before he left, McClain said. Edwards spent part of his Gators stint recovering from an emergency appendectomy in California while meeting five-star defensive end Ronald Powell. At his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday, Meyer did not mention Edwards' name when glowing about various assistant coaches helping sign the country's consensus top-ranked class."

The Bills Are Next Season's Packers - Acme Packing Company
The Packers blogger thinks the Bills could have the same success as the Packers defense in switching to a 3-4. The Packers spent two first round picks on defenders. The Bills have major holes on offense to fill.

Was the Florida Gators' Recruiting Class Deceived by Urban Meyer? - Dawg Sports
The Georgia blogger goes off on Urban Meyer as a sleazeball saying he waited until after signing day to announce the George Edwards' departure. Like goes off.

Super Bowl
Jim Kelly sacrifices M & Ms to the Lombardi Trophy - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

"But when the conversation turned to the site Kelly was there to promote (, which hosts a contest that will allow a few lucky fans to be on the field with the Super Bowl winners next year, you got to see Kelly's regret. "I've already logged on 30 times," Kelly said. "I want to be on the field with the confetti -- I never got a chance to do that!" Kelly then handed out mini chocolate bars to all on the set, and set a bag of M & Ms at the base of the trophy on set -- clearly an offer to the Football Gods, so that future Buffalo Bills teams will find more Super luck than Kelly's teams did."

Lindell kicks off wish child's trip -
"T-Cell Leukemia hasn’t stopped a 14 year-old local football fanatic of East Amherst, NY from living his dreams. Buffalo Bills placekicker and Make-A-Wish celebrity spokesperson Rian Lindell teamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of WNY to kick off wish child Chris Shahin’s Super Bowl trip to South Florida on February 4th."

BillBoard: Super Bowl audio from Frank Reich
"Mark Gaughan's feature on revered former Bills quarterback and current Colts QBs coach Frank Reich will adorn the front page of Friday's Buffalo News. Here are some audio clips from Gaughan's interview with Reich: The Comeback,Andre Reed's Hall of Fame credentials, his role on the Colts' staff and Peyton Manning"

Maybin should love Buffalo's switch to 3-4 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The more Aaron Maybin has a chance to develop and mature mentally and physically and emotionally, he's going to be a special player in this league," Arrington said. "I just hope that he gets a fair opportunity to get to that point. A 3-4 outside linebacker can be sleeker than a 4-3 defensive end. That will allow Maybin to carry a more natural weight on his 6-foot-4 frame and "be himself." He doesn't have to be out of his character for that position."

Player News
Chad says T.O. is coming to Cincy |

As NFL observers try to figure out the next stop in the Terrell Owens tour, receiver Chad Ochocinco thinks that T.O. will land in Cincinnati. Ochocinco offered his prediction during an appearance on The Jay Glazer Pre-Party on FSN. Per Glazer, Ochocinco said that he's "sure of it."

Rams frontrunner for Vick? – Inside The Bills
"According to NFL Network analyst Jason LaCanfora, the St. Louis Rams are the frontrunners to acquire Michael Vick via trade this offseason."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Clayton: Vick Will Not Work In Buffalo
"If it were a competition between Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Michael Vick; I think Vick would finish third in that equation and I don't know if the offense would get any better." Clayton said he does see Edwards returning to Buffalo for the 2010 season.

Harvin is Pepsi Rookie of Yr – Inside The Bills
"Bills safety Jairus Byrd was one of five finalists for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award, but Minnesota WR Percy Harvin was announced as the winner of the award in Miami at the site of the Super Bowl Thursday."

Thigpen rumors underway – Inside The Bills
"Various online sites are simply speculating, but ESPN’s Rumor site among others are already guessing that Dolphins 3rd QB Tyler Thigpen could be a fit for the Bills."

Jackson convincing choice for offensive MVP -
"In a season where the Buffalo Bills’ offensive production was often difficult to find, running back Fred Jackson many times proved to be the lone beacon of light. His solid contributions were recognized accordingly as Bills fans overwhelmingly voted him Buffalo’s Offensive Most Valuable Player by better than a 3:1 margin."

Papa John will be watching Bills QB - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"While milling around before a news conference with The Who, I came across Papa John's founder John Schnatter. My first thought, of course, was that rocket arm he displays in his commercials. My second thought was about Buffalo Bills quarterback Brian Brohm. Schnatter is one of the University of Louisville's heavyweight donors."

2010 NFL Draft
NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Sam Bradford : Buffalo Sports Daily

BSD breaks down Sam Bradford, their second quarterback.

Anthony Davis NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
An in-depth look at the mammoth Rutgers offensive tackle.

Navorro Bowman NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
An in-depth look at the Penn State junior outside linebacker.

Other Links
My Three Liners - Bill Pucko - Byline Sports

"Wade Phillips and Chuck Knox are the only of the fifteen former Buffalo Bills head coaches who found another NFL head coaching job after leaving Buffalo."

Scott Pitoniak: DeHaven's return and other sporting topics
"I'm happy to see Bruce DeHaven back in Buffalo as special teams coach. He clearly was made a scapegoat for the Music City Miracle kickoff return that bounced the Bills from the playoffs back in 2000. DeHaven played a pivotal role in Buffalo's extraordinary special teams during the Super Bowl run of the early 1990s. It's too bad the Bills lost special teams guru Bobby April, but landing DeHaven clearly lessens that loss."

Sports, Ink: This Day in Buffalo Sports History: New man on the job
"February 5, 1993 -- It's not easy to switch bosses in the middle of a success story, but the Buffalo Bills did it on this day. John Butler was promoted to general manager by the team. He replaced Bill Polian in the midst of the four-year Super Bowl run. Mark Gaughan had the story for The News:"

Twitter / Aaron Maybin

Congrats to My New DC Coach George Edwards. Time to Get This 3-4 Poppin! LETS GO!!!

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
@JeremyNPike yeah a decent ammount actually. i prefer it in some cases

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
Coach Edwards Building ours into the Same mold the Bills Defense has the potential to be Just as Imposing. Im FIRED UP! LETS GO!

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
If U look at the most Dynamic playmaking defenses in the NFL today, Most of them are 3-4 schemes (Ravens, Steelers, Cowboys,etc) with (cont)

Twitter / Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson
I think this is going 2 happen as well. RT @ffootball: Chad Ochocinco thinksTerrell Owens will end up on Bengals

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
@AaronMaybin58 gonna be nice to see them use you the way you were designed, lookin for u in 2010

Twitter / Nic Harris
Been sick the past couple days, feeling no love from my twam!

Twitter / Nic Harris
Damn emergency room! Pray for me guys...

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
@aaronmaybin58 in a 3-4 defense with their new coordinator should be just perfect.

Twitter / Adam Schefter
And as my friend @ericstangel pointed out, Thurman Thomas finished in Miami and OJ Simpson finished in SF (and Las Vegas).

Twitter /'s Adam Caplan
Marshawn Lynch needs to be more decisive as a runner.

Twitter / George Wilson
Finally in Miami, Radio Row bound.

Twitter / DonteWhitner
Landed in mia!

Twitter / drayton florence
u of fla ok yea i know him fasho 3/4 scheme is coming then

Twitter / drayton florence
just casue were going to a 3/4 doesn't bring instant wins we still gotta perform but change is good i played in 3/4 5 yrs w/ chargers

Twitter / Thurman Thomas
@DraytonFlorence got to have horses