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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/14

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

Merriman leads pass rush in Bills loss to Bears -
"Coaches always say they want to win in the preseason, but they also want to gauge where certain parts of their team’s game stands. Bills head coach Chan Gailey had to be very pleased with what his pass rush offered his defense Saturday night in a 10-3 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field."

Bills Roundup: Defense Shines in Loss to Bears -
"Despite a 10-3 loss to the Bears, there were several positives in the first preseason game, including a 9 sack performance by the Bills defense."

Bills' defense on the comeback trail - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan recaps last night's loss to the Bears.

Bills vs. Bears Highlights -
Highlights from last night's 10-3 loss.

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference -
"The Bills head coach talks about Shawne Merriman's performance, the passing game, and what he would like to see improve after the 10-3 loss to the Bears."

Shawne Merriman Postgame Press Conference -
"The Bills linebacker talks about his debut two sack performance in the 10-3 loss to the Bears."

Preseason 1: Bills vs. Bears -
Photos from last night's game.

Inside The Bills | McKelvin earns praise
"He’s had a great camp," said Gailey. "This is the best he’s looked since I’ve been here. He has amazing talent. I told him he just has to decide if he wants to be great because his talent will allow him to be. He’s practiced extremely well."

Inside The Bills | Offensive lineups
Here is how the first, second, and third teams were designed before the game.

Inside The Bills | Defensive lineups
Here is how the first, second, and third defensive teams were laid out before the game.

Inside The Bills | CB Williams bounces back
Williams' interception came a few plays after giving up a big pass interference call.

Inside The Bills | Merriman: I’ll have chances
"It’s going to be a great thing to have those guys, those tackles like Kyle and Marcell, to allow me to go out there and play football," he said. "They’re great tackles and they’re going to cause a lot of attention and for me all I have to do is line up and do what I do."

Bears hope offense will be more dangerous - The Buffalo News
Some quick hits from Chicago.

Merriman leads Bills' 9-sack outing - The Buffalo News
"Shawne Merriman had two in nine plays and helped cause a third, which was made by rookie Marcell Dareus. Second-year linebacker Danny Batten had two sacks. The others were made by Kellen Heard, Brad Jefferson, Alex Carrington and Spencer Johnson."

Gailey quotes from Chicago - The Buffalo News
"Two or three things that stood out to me about the game:" said Gailey, "One on special teams we let too many returns go out there. The second thing is I felt like our first defense played strong. We let a draw and a quarterback scramble get out and that was about it. … The understatement of the evening is I thought Merriman was impressive on his return."

Buffalo Bills lose to Chicago Bears in preseason opener | Democrat and Chronicle
The Associated Press gives their take on the game from Chicago.

Video: Bears defeat Bills 10-3 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills lose 10-3 in their preseason opener against the Chicago Bears."

HAMILTON: Bills Offense Is Way Behind - WGR 550
"The Bills first team offense could only put three points on the board in their two series. Chan Gailey did use a quick passing game which helped the offensive line do a good job of pass protecting."

Defense Impresses But Bills Drop Preseason Opener 10-3 - WGR 550
"The Bills managed only one field goal during Saturday's preseason 10-3 loss to the Chicago Bears, but what the team lacked in offense, they made up for on defense. Nine sacks on the night for Buffalo, including two by Shawne Merriman and one by Marcell Dareus in their first action as members of the team."

Reaction: Bears 10, Bills 3 - WGR 550
"Score notwithstanding, it was a good preseason game to get their feet wet. The pass rush looked great, the first team run defense looks good and there are some positive building blocks. I think it's a game that feeds some optimism in to the minds of Bills fans."

Buffalo Bills' trade of Lee Evans doesn't make sense | Democrat and Chronicle
"Does anyone believe the Buffalo Bills are a better team without veteran wide receiver Lee Evans?"

St. John Fisher hopes to keep the Buffalo Bills training camp - MPNnow
"We are in the last year of the deal, but I think we are committed to working through it with (Fisher President Donald) Bain," said Bills CEO Russ Brandon, a graduate of Fisher. "We’ll do everything in our power to make it work. But as we go through the negotiation and discussions, this camp will help us define what we need moving forward."

Take 2: Moving On Without Evans |
It's along those lines that I think the Bills should have gotten more for Evans. Teams tend to grow more desperate as the preseason goes on and injuries mount. As Gilbert said on the phone Saturday, "the Ravens are desperate now... they would have been more desperate in a couple of weeks."

Preseason Immediate Reactions: Bears 10, Bills 3 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA
Nick Mendola breaks down his thoughts from the Bills loss.

Bears’ Webb: I didn’t match Merriman’s intensity | ProFootballTalk
"Maybe individually I didn’t match his intensity," Webb said. "I have to take a look at the film. He came out as if we were in the regular season and obviously I didn’t. I’ve got to get a little bit better."