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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 12/22

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Dareus set to make good on draft day statement -
"If I ever get a chance to play Carolina I’m going to make them pay for passing up on me," said Dareus [on draft day]. "Denver I’ll get a chance to play them in the regular season and I’m going to make it hell for them every time I play against them."

Can Bills RB Withstand 25 Carries? Spiller: "I Know I Can" - WGR 550
"I don't have any response. I get the ball when they give it to me," said Spiller. "I don't have any response to that, and I'm not gonna sit here and bicker about, you know, 'Can I carry the ball 25-30 times.' I know what I can do as a player. The times they give it to me I'm gonna try to take advantage of 'em."

Scott and teammates sing carols for families -
"Bills linebacker/safety Bryan Scott, linebacker Arthur Moats, offensive lineman Mike Jasper and cornerback Doyle Miller visited Children and Family Services in Buffalo to sing Christmas carols and Holiday songs, and spread cheer to local kids and their families."

Bills-Broncos game to be blacked out -
"Tickets are still available for purchase for this weekend's Bills-Broncos game and fans may obtain them by going online at, by visiting Western New York Ticketmaster outlets or the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, or by calling 1-877-BB-TICKS (228-4257). Club seats and other premium seating opportunities are also available."

Bills get heavy fan Pro Bowl support -
"The window has closed on the opportunity for NFL fans to vote for who they feel is deserving of Pro Bowl recognition this season. With the fans voting totals counting for one-third of the total tally for the 2012 Pro Bowl, a few of Buffalo’s players were given a good head start with player and coach Pro Bowl ballots being cast this week."

Johnson on Fitzpatrick, Broncos -
Stevie Johnson talks about Ryan Fitzpatrick's struggles and facing a tough Broncos defense.

Bills Focus: Tebow Leading Top Rushing Unit -
Will the Bills be able to stop the monster rushing attack behind Willis McGahee and Tim Tebow?

Spiller on getting comfortable in the offense -
C.J. Spiller talks about getting out of the offensive funk and more.

Inside The Bills | Fitz not opposed to upping tempo
"We’ve done a decent job this year when we’ve been in hurry up mode and even not hurrying up, but calling plays at the line and seeing what the defense is giving us and changing the play, that kind of thing," said Fitzpatrick.

Losses and criticism piling up for skidding Bills - Yahoo! Sports
"You lose this many games in a row, we all get criticism," Gailey said. "There’s nobody that escapes criticism when you’re doing what we’re doing right now."

Spending on the Bills is on the rise - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills' spending on players is up by more than $12 million this year, and their total cash outlays for players are over the actual NFL salary cap limit for the first time since 2007."

Chandler limited, Dareus ready - The Buffalo News
"Chandler's availability is important, because the Bills lost their No. 2 tight end, Lee Smith, to an ankle injury last week. Smith has been a pretty capable blocker, and the Bills could use some extra blockers on the edge against Denver pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. That leaves Mike Caussin and two newly acquired players, Fendi Onobun and Kevin Brock, as the other options at the position."

Surprise! Bills game blacked out - The Buffalo News
"The game may see the lowest attendance at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Bills since 2001 or 2002. The Bills drew 47,850 for a season-finale against Cincinnati in 2002. They drew 45,527 for a snowstorm game against the Pats in 2001."

Injured QB will be guest of Tebow - The Buffalo News
"Jacob Rainey, a high school junior from central Virginia whose football career was ended by a tragic injury, will be flown up to Buffalo with his family to cheer on the Broncos. Rainey, a 6-foot-3, 213-pound quarterback, suffered a broken leg in a scrimmage on Sept. 3, and the leg had to be amputated due to a severed artery."

Confidence wavering, Bills keep fighting - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"Chan Gailey stood tall and answered question after question Sunday after the Buffalo Bills lost their seventh game in a row, 30-23, to the Miami Dolphins. With his Georgia accent pronounced as ever, he defended his quarterback, his defensive coaches, and refused to use a rash of injuries as an excuse behind the free fall from first to worst."

Ryan Fitzpatrick says the boos are well-deserved | Democrat and Chronicle
"Oh I heard them, they were deserved," Fitzpatrick said Tuesday. "I wasn't playing well, we certainly weren't playing well as an offense. The fans, they're out there to cheer on our team. But when we aren't playing well they're going to let us have it. I thought they were well-deserved at the time."

SIMON: QB Quandary - WGR 550
"Here's what I would do. First, I would not release Fitzpatrick. It isn't a contract that will weigh the Bills down or limit their abilities to make other moves to improve the roster(and many are needed). If he plays next season, the Bills will owe Fitzpatrick just under $8 million. It would be just over $7 million in 2013 so they can pay him while developing his replacement."

Why the Bills aren't thinking QB in the first round | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA LIVE
"Quarterback is the most important position on the field and the Bills would be wise to address an improvement for the long-term if they can… but quarterback is not more important than nearly an entire defense. LB Nick Barnett, FS Jairus Byrd and DT Marcel Dareus are having strong seasons, while it appears LB Kelvin Sheppard as well as CBs Aaron Williams and Justin Rogers may be able to play football. With multiple strong edge rushers/OLBs and more than one potential franchise corner come April, can the Bills afford to speculate on offense?"

Broncos' Tim Tebow familiar with Bills' Marcell Dareus - The Denver Post
"He's a very good player," Tebow said of Dareus. "He had a great college career, very disruptive. I remember he was a little banged up one year we played them. He's very strong, a very physical player. He's a nice guy as well. He's a great competitor, but a class act, as well. I wish him nothing but the best."

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey says running NFL option takes guts - The Denver Post
"Well, I thought this: The first team that had guts enough to try it, it was going to work for about two years and then defensive coaches in the NFL would catch up to it a little bit and then it would be a struggle," Gailey said.

It's Tebow time in Buffalo - The Globe and Mail
"He thrives on people telling him what he can’t do," said Nelson, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Tebow in the 2009 BCS U.S. college national championship victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. "He’s wired differently, he believes in himself differently than anybody I’ve ever seen."