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Lots of work for Bills this off-season -
"Yes, Fitz was one of the more pleasant surprises this season, tossing 23 touchdown passes in 13 starts. And, yes, he was able to do what his shaky predecessor, Trent "Captain Checkdown" Edwards, wasn’t able to – namely overcome the deficiencies of a suspect offensive line and get the ball out to his playmakers. But when you examine the numbers more closely, you realize that even with the occasional excitement Fitz provided, the Bills offense wasn’t very good."

Fan's Choice - Pro Football Hall of Fame
Darryl Talley, Andre Reed, Kent Hull, Steve Tasker, Cornelius Bennett and Fred Smerlas are the top 6 vote getters on the fan HOF vote.

Williams goes to Pro Bowl after all
"I’m excited to go and represent our organization, my teammates, our fans and obviously my family," said Williams via conference call Thursday. "You don’t go out and play for awards. You go out and play to win. Sometimes you get disappointed or discouraged when you lose and we had a bad year, but I’ll take a little bit away from it getting recognized for playing well and getting a chance to represent our team."

Williams in the Pro Bowl
AFC adds Bills' Williams as Pro Bowl alternate - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News

"Neither Kyle Williams nor his wife has ever been to Hawaii. They're going now. The Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle was named to the American Football Conference's all-star squad Thursday."

Kyle Williams Named To The Pro Bowl - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"I'm excited to go. I'm excited to represent our organization, my teammates, our fans and obviously my family," said Williams via conference call. "Kind of a bittersweet deal because of the way our year had gone, but it's not a bad consolation prize."

Kyle Williams finally makes the Pro Bowl - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I think everybody on our football team is very excited about Kyle having an opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl," Bills head coach Chan Gailey said. "There's probably not another guy more deserving because of the year he's had, because of what he stands for, and how he plays the game. We're all excited for him."

Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams named to Pro Bowl | Democrat and Chronicle
"The last Buffalo defensive lineman to be selected to the game was Aaron Schobel in 2006 and 2007. Schobel, who retired prior to this season, remains a close friend of Williams. Williams said Schobel had called him a few weeks ago when the rosters were announced and told him he deserved to make it, and he called Thursday to offer congratulations."

More Bills Links
Bills rank 29th in full houses - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News

"The Buffalo Bills finished 23rd in the NFL in average attendance at home games and were fourth from the bottom in the 32-team league in terms of filling their stadium to capacity."

Inside The Bills | Williams on mult. front ‘D’
"I’m encouraged," Williams said. "We had our exit meetings and he’s going to try to maximize the talents of the guys that we have and move me around and try to get the most out of us."

Inside The Bills | Florence thanks Bills fans
When asked if he’d entertain offers from other NFL clubs if it came to that, Florence said the following earlier this week. "When that time comes I’m sure I will," said Florence. "I don’t know any smart businessman that would close off any possible opportunities. I will be doing that. If Buffalo wants me back I’ll certainly be open to that, but like I said right now we’re just uncertain of how this thing is going to play out."

Bills Focus: Opportunity Called, Johnson Answered (2:43) -
"Few people would've predicted Steve Johnson's breakout season, but when he got his chance coming out of training camp, Johnson capitalized."

Johnson, Fitzpatrick Should Be In Line For New Deals : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran makes the case for re-signings the pair of offensive starters.

Twitter / @Darin Gantt (Beat writer for the Charlotte Observer)
"I can promise you from conversations with folks up and down the building, Fewell is a very serious candidate here [in Carolina], and possibly a favorite."

One timeout got Chiefs in the playoffs -
"It was the timeout that got the Chiefs into the playoffs. The Chiefs beat the Bills 13-10 in overtime on Halloween, but the game turned when coach Todd Haley called a timeout that froze Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell."

Q/A with Boston College Interruption - From The Rumble Seat
The Georgia Tech and Boston college SBN blogs have some interesting comments about Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills.

2011 NFL Draft
NFL Mini-Mock Draft – Version 1 of 1,000 : Buffalo Sports Daily

Patrick Moran has the Bills taking LSU CB Patrick Peterson.

No Luck Lost - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Whatever ends up happening, or however it is we get there, Luck's decision to stay in school makes this draft one of the most interesting in recent memory."

John Clayton Talks Luck, Draft On WGR - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"They're going to try [to implement a new rookie wage scale], but I think it's too late to really fix this year's draft because it's one where it may take until March to be able to do it. Even though what you're talking about is four to five hundred million dollars in guarantees in addition to what would be in the normal rookie pool in the future. I think the players will at least collect that money, accept that, and then worry about 2012."