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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 9/9

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

Nix is a football man with a plan - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan profiles the Bills head man going all the way back to Bear Bryant.

Sullivan: In climb back to contention, franchise needs to bottom out - The Buffalo News
"You don't dig this deep a hole and pull yourself out overnight. That was Donahoe's mistake, trying to rebuild the public's faith before he rebuilt the roster. You need to be honest. Bills management needs to be honest and admit they need to bottom out before starting the road back to a genuine contender."

Edwards talks the talk, but ... - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
"Yes, it's on Edwards. Time to deliver. No more blaming the coaches. It's finally time for Edwards to stand on his own two feet, to play with the daring and verve of a man who believes his career is on the line. He's playing for his NFL future. If he can see the fun in that, maybe there's hope for him, after all."

Bills select six captains -
"The Bills today announced QB Trent Edwards, WR Lee Evans, LB Chris Kelsay, DE Marcus Stroud, P Brian Moorman and S George Wilson have been selected by their teammates as the Buffalo Bills captains for the 2010 season." Stroud is the only first-time captain replacing Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell.

Bills Roundup: Spiller Named Week 1 Starter (3:22) -
"Plus hear from Chan Gailey, Fred Jackson, get an injury update, and find out who the six captains will be in 2010. "

C.J. Spiller Wednesday Press Conference (9:48) -
"The Bills rookie running back talks about being named the week 1 starter, and preparing to play in his first NFL regular season game."

Trent Edwards Wednesday Press Conference (7:32) -
"The Bills quarterback talks about preparing for the Dolphins in week 1."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference (12:46) -
"The Bills head coach meets with the media to discuss C.J. Spiller, the injuries, and preparing for the Dolphins."

Gailey confirms Spiller to start -
"The reason he’s starting is because he has gotten more reps than anybody else at tailback in preseason and he’s done a good job," said Gailey. "If he hadn’t done a good job then we might have to re-think it, but he’s done a good job and he’s earned the spot. We’re looking forward to him being out there."

Thurs. player radio appearances – Inside The Bills
"Here’s the rundown of player appearances on the Buffalo and Miami radio airwaves for Thursday."

Dolphins injury report – Inside The Bills
"Here’s the list of injured Dolphins for Week 1." Channing Crowder did not practice and Jake Long was limited but should play Sunday.

Bills injury report – Inside The Bills
Kawika Mitchell is listed as limited with a foot injury but we don't know how limited yet.

Jackson on Spiller getting #1 role – Inside The Bills
"I’m happy for him, but at the same time I’m disappointed because I want to be that guy," said Jackson. "But I’ll make the adjustment and do what I’ve got to coming out there whenever I do get on the field. We’ll see how it goes."

3-4 looks in practice should help – Inside The Bills
"I think it’s helped me out a lot," said Trent Edwards. "I think it’s helped the offensive line out a lot. I know that we faced some 3-4 defenses last preseason that we had never faced because we were in the 4-3 so some of those guys hadn’t seen the looks.

Jackson to get x-ray on hand – Inside The Bills
"I’ve got to go get an X-ray tomorrow and see what it looks like," said Jackson after practicing Wednesday. It’s feeling pretty good so I think that’ll be alright. But then we mold whatever it is that I’ll be wearing. We’ll see how that goes after taking the X-ray."

Spiller snaps to be watched closely – Inside The Bills
"I think we have to be very smart about how we handle him, especially early in the year," said head coach Chan Gailey. "I think it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we don’t throw him out there and work him overly early in the season.

Schouman waived from I-R – Inside The Bills
"The Bills announced that Derek Schouman has been waived from injured reserve. Schouman will have the option to sign with another team when healthy."

Bills' troubles overshadow strengths in both backfields - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan lists the top weaknesses and strengths, discusses young talent, and the outlook for 2010.

NFL rebuilding starts with front office, franchise QB - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson shows how some recent teams turned around their bad fortunes to the playoffs and Super Bowl Championships.

Improving the O-line is on front burner - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson looks at the Bill's offensive line.

Bleeding Buffalo blue won't help your roster - Fantasy - The Buffalo News
Will drafting Buffalo Bills help your fantasy roster? Not likely.

With front-loaded schedule of tough foes, things could get ugly early - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"A tough early schedule will be a huge challenge for the Buffalo Bills in 2010. Four of their first six games are against playoff teams from last year, and the defenses of those playoff teams ranked first, second, third and 11th in the NFL. The Buffalo offense could get off to a rough start. Overall the Bills' schedule ranks 16th in the NFL, based on last year's records."

For starters, Jackson's disappointed he's not No. 1 - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Quick news updates about the roster moves and injuries from yesterday.

Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller set to start | Democrat and Chronicle
"There really was no need for Chan Gailey to play it coy regarding the depth chart at the running back position. Rookie C.J. Spiller is clearly the best the Bills have. Gailey knows it, his players (perhaps with the notable exceptions of Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch) know it, the fans know it, and certainly the Miami Dolphins know it."

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson optimistic about Sunday status | Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana updates the Bills injury front and the "David Martin effect". How much can the former Dolphin contribute in the way of insight?

Jackson Not Happy About How He Lost His Job - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Without a doubt, it was definitely hard to hear. At the same time you know it's a business and it happens so you have to just roll with the punches and then try to move forward so when you get a chance to get out on the field, you want to make the best of it."

You pick: Moss greatest deep threat ever? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Lofton is in the conversation for greatest deep threat ever. As for current AFC East members, Lee Evans is obviously listed.

Buffalo perfect spot for Henne to step up - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Appropriately, he will open his campaign in the spot of his worst professional game. The Dolphins will play the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday."

Bills not ready to make Spiller a workhorse - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"At tailback, we got three starters," Gailey said. "Some people have trouble finding one. We have three. They make us rank them [on a depth chart]. They make us put 1, 2, 3 down there, but it's kind of like asking a parent 'Now, rank your children. Which one's the favorite?' | Buffalo, NY | Bills Roundtable
"Adam Benigni and Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle give their thoughts on the naming of C.J. Spiller as the starting running back, and the Bills preparations for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins."

Bills a franchise at a crossroads - National Post
The Bills have been out of the playoffs for a long time and without Jim Kelly for longer. But there is still optimism.

Bills' outside linebackers out to prove they can do the job - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills' outside linebackers are expecting to be tested by the Miami Dolphins in Sunday's NFL season opener. Each of the Bills' outside backers will be playing their first regular-season NFL game at their position in a 3-4 defensive scheme." Football: NFL Football - Three-point stance: Buffalo Bills
Three paragraphs to get you ready for Week 1.

Catching Up With: Jim Kelly | NBC Miami
"Jim Kelly says the 'Canes are going to win Saturday night, but the Fins'll enjoy no such thing."

BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
Will Jackson be satisfied with how he will be used this season? "I think the main thing is just to win," he said. "So if we’re winning, I think that will make anything go well. Hopefully we can go out and get a W, and I think we’ll all be happy."

BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"I think he showed in college that he was a dynamic player," said Gailey. "I think that he has shown in his few reps here that he is a very good player and has a chance to be a really good player for a long time in this league."

Dolphins vs Bills: Discussing the key matchups - The Phinsider
"A breakdown of some of the key matchups for this weekend's game between the Dolphins and Bills." Brian Galliford is interviewed by the Phinsider.

Jim Kelly Talks Super Bowl XXV, Eli Manning And More - Big Blue View
Super Bowl XXV. Ugh. But the article and comments are very complimentary of our HOFer.

Sports, Ink - Blogs - The Buffalo News
Budd Bailey recounts the day in 2007 that Kevin Everett was paralyzed and the tight end's remarkable recovery.

Bills-Dolphins Rivalry Used to Mean More " Bills Gab
Frank Minniti joins the chorus of people who think Bills-dolphins has lost its luster.

Weekly Watercooler: Bills Preseason In Review, Week 1 Preview |
"This week Tony Chimera and Michael Schieber recap the Bills 2010 preseason. They also dicussed the return of Miami week in Buffalo and gave their predictions for this weeks home opener."

NFL Week One Power Rankings -
Bills come in 26th.

Howard Took The Hard Path to Make Bills Roster : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrtick Moran talks with UDFA guard Cordaro Howard on joining and making the Buffalo Bills squad without being drafted.