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Full breakdown of re-vote – Inside The Bills
"Looking at the re-vote breakdown provided by the Associated Press (see link) I was surprised at how many voters changed their vote where Brian Cushing was not part of the equation. Of those that voted for Cushing, nine changed their vote to Byrd, with eight changing their vote to Clay Matthews."

Bills get Coleman off back burner : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"He's got a natural knack for pass rushing," said Bills Southeast scout Shawn Heinlen. "Those guys have the ability, regardless of their measurables, to get to the quarterback and have production. For a guy to be able to do that at that level shows he's got something special going. We try to find guys who had production at a high level, who have a football character and an off-field character that allow them to want to achieve and prove people wrong and can come in and compete and push guys and fight for a spot on the roster."

Who's Bringin' The Rush? - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia breaks down the options at rush OLB. He sums it up with one word: "Uncertainty."

On the field
Edwards familiar with changing defensive systems -

"In fact two different times in his NFL coaching career alone, [Bills Defensive Coordinator George] Edwards was part of a defensive staff that had to completely change the approach on defense. During his stint as linebackers coach in Dallas (1998-2001) he saw a defense that had played a 4-3 system since the days of Tom Landry, change to more of a 3-4 scheme."

Bills Focus: Carrington Adds Athleticism to D-line (2:38) -
"3rd round pick Alex Carrington is bringing his combination of size and speed to the defensive end position."

Bills ‘D’ likely to be a mix – Inside The Bills
"Translation, if alignments and assignments have to stray from the core principles of the 3-4 in order to maximize a player’s effectiveness we’re going to do it. It’s just encouraging to hear coaches being open to maximizing player strengths instead of pigeon-holing them into a system."

Inside Slant | Team Reports | NFL at
"Some players have the ability to impress whether in pads or out, whether contact is real or not. That was Spiller, who looked quick, explosive, smooth -- pick the adjective -- as he ran plays with his new teammates."

Personnel | Team Reports | NFL at
"CB Leodis McKelvin, who sat out most of last season with a broken leg, was an enthusiastic participant in the team's recent camp for rookies and players with two years or less experience. McKelvin, who set a team record for kickoff return yardage as a rookie in 2008, was actively involved in all drills and even intercepted two passes in one session. The strength of Buffalo's team is its secondary and having a fully recovered McKelvin, its No. 1 pick in '08, back in form will make things even stronger."

Notes | Team Reports | NFL at
"[Coach Gailey]'s been in the classroom teaching us," said Brian Brohm. "Every single day he's up on the board drawing up plays, with the quarterbacks one-on-one, with the quarterbacks and receivers and with the whole offense. He does a lot of teaching."

Off the field
America's Most Miserable Sports Cities -

Here how created their "misery rankings (via WGR 550): " The author compiled the number of postseason appearances by a city's teams and compared them to the number of titles won. Those cities that combine a lot of playoff losses and few championships score highest (final round losses, such as a Super Bowl or World Series, are given the most weight, followed by semifinal round losses, and so on). The author also factored in the ratio of total seasons to championships (just one title for Phoenix in 88 cumulative sports seasons, for example), and the number of years since the city last won a title. Misery bonus points were added for cities that have had franchises pack up and move to other towns." Somehow, Buffalo is fourth - probably because teams haven't moved yet.

Fred Smerlas among nominees by county Republicans | Democrat and Chronicle
Former Bills defensive lineman Fred Smerlas was nominated by the Republican party to run for Congress. "Smerlas, who lives in Massachusetts, was nominated to run in the 28th Congressional District against incumbent Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport. Smerlas was not at Thursday's meeting at the Radisson Hotel Riverside in downtown Rochester, and has not decided whether he will accept the nomination, said county GOP Chairman Bill Reilich."

NFL 2010: Five Reasons Why the Bills Should Sign JaMarcus Russell | Bleacher Report
Skills, Development, Need, Money, and Potential. The five reasons tank jones thins the Bills should sign JaMarcus Russell.

Bengals sign Rashard Mendenhall's brother | National Football Post
"The Cincinnati Bengals claimed running back Walter Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's older brother, off waivers from the Buffalo Bills." | More Sports: Faith guides coaching career 05/14/10
Former Buffalo Bills QB Coach Steve Kragthorpe is the new Texas A&M Wide Receiver coach after being fired by Louisville as their head coach. "It was probably the coldest place we have ever lived, but with some of the warmest people."

Bills' Moorman questions Cushing's victory : Sports : WSTM NBC3
"I'm not taking anything away from the season that Cushing had," Moorman told the AP by phone. "But there's definitely an asterisk beside it." He adds some more thoughts later. "I just think it's unfortunate," said Moorman, who acknowledged he might be biased because Byrd is a teammate. "Rules are the rules. (Cushing) won an award under the assumption he was clean, and he wasn't."

BillBoard: Breakdown of revote
"Those who stood by Cushing are dealing with a lot of backlash from fans as well as members of our profession. The guy who might take the most heat is Bouchette, who inexplicably changed his vote from Byrd to Cushing. I have a lot of respect for Ed, but his decision is a head-scratcher."

Marshawn Lynch's days as Buffalo Bill seem numbered | Democrat and Chronicle
"Spiller's total TDs for the Buffalo Bills: The over/under is 5.5."

Andre Reed set to sign tonight at Express game -
"Andre Reed will sign autographs at the Reading Express game tonight at the Sovereign Center to help raise money during Women's Health and Wellness Night." If you are in the Reading area, take note.

Buffalo WellFest at 1 Bills Dr. – Inside The Bills
"Food, fun and football will all be part of the festitivites at the 3rd Annual Buffalo WellFest to be held at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse this Saturday (May 15) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The complimentary healthy living exposition is part of a three-part series being sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York in partnership with Harmony Expositions."

Scott gives and smells the roses -
"Buffalo Bills safety Bryan Scott celebrated National Nursing Home week with a visit to the mother's living in Buffalo at the Hawthorn Health Multicare Center for Living on May 12."