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Edwards surprised, but committed to team -
"It surprised me," Edwards said. "I understand it’s a business and we need a win and we need a spark and that’s what I was told by Chan. I told Chan I’m going to handle myself like a professional and get here every day and find a way to help this team win. That’s the bottom line. I’m not going to hang my head. I’m obviously frustrated and disappointed, but it’s a long season and things can change and I’ll still be ready to go."

Inside The Bills | Whitner: Laughing must stop "
"We want to get things turned around, but at the same time it’s football teams with grown men laughing at other grown men on the football field," he said. "That happened to us in the ball game last week and it happens every time we play New England. So we’ve got to stop that and we look forward to stopping that."

Lee Evans: In Fitzpatrick he trusts - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
He'll freelance a little bit more," Evans said of Fitzpatrick. "He's not afraid to get in the huddle and trust what he's seeing. Or tell somebody to do something else, however he feels it. He has a good feel for the game. He's played under some very good quarterbacks in this league that he's learned from. That's just part of his game.

Bills-Patriots and Roster Shuffle
Bills Roundup: Fitzpatrick Takes the Reins (3:39) -

Ryan Fitzpatrick took the practice field as a starter, Trent Edwards reacts, and more from media day.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference (13:11) -
The Bills QB talks about facing the Patriots this weekend.

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference (13:51) -
The Bills coach talks the QB change, getting Lee Evans the ball, and more.

Players out to fix their shortcomings -
Buffalo’s first two outings in this young regular season have left a lot to be desired. Nobody said it was going to be easy to have immediate success with all the new elements brought into the fray for this season.

Inside The Bills | Belichick on Bills QB switch "
"We played against Fitzpatrick last year, we played against Edwards," he said. "I think they’re both capable guys and they have a lot of good, skilled players around them. Whoever they put in there we’ll have to be ready. We’ll get ready for both quarterbacks and all the players that are on the active roster."

Inside The Bills | Chan makes things plain "
Both Chan Gailey and Bill Belichick think the 12-game losing streak doesn't come into play now.

Johnson not surprised by change at QB - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan updates the news from the day at OBD including the shift in WR roles.

BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
The News' Mark Gaughan, Allen Wilson and Jerry Sullivan break down the Bills' Week Three matchup with the Patriots:

Stats show tough road Fitz faces - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
Gailey gave Edwards one last chance to fail, and Trent obliged. Now, the new coach turns to Fitzpatrick and gives him one more chance to prove he has been underestimated, one more opportunity to breathe life into a staggering offense. Gailey throws Fitz to the wolves Sunday in New England. What does he have to lose?

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey unafraid to make changes | Democrat and Chronicle
Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to be the starting quarterback, Roscoe Parrish apparently is going to start ahead of Steve Johnson at wide receiver, and no one is certain — not even head coach Chan Gailey — who will start at running back for the Bills Sunday in New England. If nothing else, Gailey isn’t afraid to make changes to his lineup if he deems it necessary.

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey explains QB switch | Democrat and Chronicle
"Back when we started this whole quarterback thing, we had to have a pecking order heading into training camp," Gailey said. "The margin of difference between (Edwards and Fitzpatrick) wasn't that big, and nobody did anything to change that margin in training camp.

Evans Fully Supports Bills QB Change. - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Things weren't moving the way we expected them to, so they felt like they had to make a change," said Evans. "I think it's one of those things where we know what we have offensively and we're trying to get there. I guess better early than late, we still have a chance to do a lot of good things and it's a big one this week to start with.

Bills Whitner Would Like To Stop All The Laughter - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Yah and that was even last year on Monday Night Football, we had 'em and we give up the same pattern for a touchdown I think two, three times in a row because we didn't make any adjustments on the defensive side of the ball, so that's what happens when you don't make any adjustments, but now we're ready, we're ready to beat New England."

Seven years of misery for Bills versus Pats - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham looks back on the last win by the Bills over the Patriots with the only Bills position player to play in that game, Chris Kelsay.

4 the Fans - Bills to play the Patriots |
John and Paul discuss the long-standing rivalry between the Bills and the New England Patriots and how the quarterback shift will play into the game. | Buffalo, NY | Edwards Takes High Road
"I mean it's been frustrating... but you guys know me well enough to know I'm not going to wear my heart on my sleeve. I do a good job on internalizing a lot of my emotions but... don't take that to mean I don't care... I probably care more than I should...but that's just how I handle the situation. I care a lot about this team and this organization." | Buffalo, NY | Bills Roundtable
2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni and Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle discuss the swtich from Trent Edwards to Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for Sunday's game at New England.

Bills in no rush on C.J. Spiller -
"When he got to the regular season, that first game he was just going extremely fast," Bills coach Chan Gailey said yesterday. "I was probably unfair to him to throw him in there. We backed him back a little bit this past week."

Bills: C.J. Spiller Conference Call - 9/22/2010
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller addresses the media during his conference call on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.

Bills: Chan Gailey Conference Call - 9/22/2010
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey addresses the media during his conference call on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.

Trent: I don't wear my heart on my sleeve - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
(Was he given a good explanation for his demotion?) I don’t think that’s really the point. I think that’s not really an issue. The decision was made, the change was made and it doesn’t matter what the explanation is.

BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
Here's what Bills receiver Lee Evans said today about the Bills' quarterback change from Trent Edwards to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Evans said he likes what Fitzpatrick brings to the offense and made it clear he thinks Fitzpatrick plays with a more instinctive style.

Decertification Vote
De Smith's anti-lockout stance will make it harder to strike in the future |

Mike Florio discusses DeMaurice Smith's attempt to quell favor from the people on WGR.

White: Sorry NFLPA, I'm Not Buying It - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Jeremy White has some strong words for the Player's Union and it's head, DeMaurice Smith.

NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith Talks With Howard Simon And Jeremy White - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Miss WGR's interview with DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA? Here's a recap.

Bills players give union option to decertify - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
The union is asking each team to give its approval of the decertification tactic now, rather than taking a vote of players after the season. The union would use decertification to either block a lockout or to combat the league's imposing of unilateral work rules. The union could then sue the NFL and argue that it is violating antitrust laws by imposing standard rules regarding acquisition of players.

Bills players give union the OK to decertify - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"At the end of the day, I am telling my guys to save, save, save," Wilson said. "Minimize your debt, save as much as you can and prepare your families for it.

More Bills Links
Inside The Bills | Lynch interview hi-lites "

Appearing on blogtalkradio Tuesday, here are some of the highlights from Marshawn Lynch’s interview. Lynch took calls from fans during his appearance, which lasted almost 45 minutes.

Facebook | Jeremy Wgr's Photos - Wall Photos
Caption contest - Lee Evans and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Bills Fan Tweetmail - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia answers fan tweets in his mailbag. He had been doing it on Twitter but now WGR gets some pageviews instead.

Marshawn Lynch ready to be a workhorse - AFC East Blog - ESPN
For any back that's a premier back, when you get the bulk of the carries I think you get to feel the defense out," Lynch told AJ Jackson. "On one run that you get, you see something you could've took. It's a lot of things that play into it.

When will the Bills win their first game? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
My question to you is: When will the Bills win their first game? Take a look at their schedule and give me your best guess.

How I See It: AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Stock Falling - Chan Gailey, Bills head coach

Sports, Ink - Blogs - The Buffalo News
September 23, 1960 - The Bills record the first win in team history.