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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 1/10

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

Bills expect to make a leap forward in '12 - The Buffalo News
"My expectations are that we'll take a big step," the Bills' general manager said Monday. "If we get these guys back, which we think we will, that are injured, and we add some to this mix, that we should take a big step next year."

Transcript: General Manager Buddy Nix -
The entire press conference from Buddy Nix, in text form.

Buddy Nix State of the Team Press Conference -
The entire 45-minute press conference video featuring Buddy Nix.

Bills Roundup: Nix Talks Improving, Free Agents -
"Buddy Nix wrapped up the 2011 season on Monday by talking about the contract status of Stevie Johnson and Fred Jackson, as well as trying to fill the holes on the team and get back to the playoffs in 2012."

Nix: Contract talks re-opened with Stevie -
"There were proposals made during the season," said Nix. "The last one we made their stance was we’d like Stevie to concentrate on the season and finish out the year and start the talks at the end of the year. There has been dialogue since the season was over and it will continue."

Inside The Bills | Fred contract will be handled
"Fred and I have talked," said Nix. "We want to extend Fred. I’d like for Fred to finish his career as a Bill. He’s meant a lot to us. I’ve got great respect for him. I’ve told him that. We’re going to try to get something done."

Inside The Bills | Nix on Bills top needs
"Bills GM Buddy Nix wasn’t shy at all about discussing Buffalo’s top 3 or 4 positional needs in his Monday press conference."

SIMON: Nix On Target - WGR 550
"I agree with almost everything Nix pointed out and appreciate the fact that he didn't sugar coat the needs of the franchise. The Bills have the "talk the talk" portion of the off season out of the way but will ultimately be judged(and rightfully so) by the moves they make and the money they spend in an effort to put a winning product out on the field."

Buddy Nix Debunks Retirement Rumor - WGR 550
"I hate to disappoint you guys but I’m not retiring," Nix said. "My commitment is this: I’ve never quit anything. As long as my energy level stays where it is, then I’m going to do it until the job’s done. I’ve been fortunate enough that it’s stayed there. "

Bills' Nix Says There's No Rush On Fred Jackson - WGR 550
"Well, as of right now, nothing," Jackson said updating if there were talks since the end of the season. "But I have all the confidence in the world in Buddy and I look forward to getting something done sooner rather than later. Hopefully we can get something moving here soon."

Bills' Nix On Stevie: "We Want Him Back" - WGR 550
"He fits in," Nix continued. "You know I know that you think about the antics and the penalties and obviously we’re not happy about that. I don’t think Stevie is either. We’re around him a lot. I know the things he does at practice. He practices hurt and I think he’s a team guy."

Buddy Nix expects Buffalo Bills to take 'big step' | Democrat and Chronicle
"But what's done is done, and Nix spent almost the entire news conference answering questions about the future. There were lots of them, and he did a pretty good job of providing some insight into what may transpire over the next several months at One Bills Drive."

GM Buddy Nix: Bills want Steve Johnson - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I think he would like to stay here, and he said that," Nix told reporters in Buffalo Monday. "If he was willing to hit the market, he would say he was willing to hit the market. Or if he wanted to go somewhere else, he would have said that. I take him at his word. He says he wants to be here. I think if we’re fair and it seems fair to him, I think we will get a deal done."

Scott hopes versatility earns a return -
"I think just in life the more caps you can wear the more valuable you are," he said. "Whether it’s on the back end as a safety or whether it’s going to down in the nickel package as a linebacker whatever they ask me to do I’m just willing and ready to do."

Inside The Bills | Bills draft order beyond 1st rd.
"That rotation formula however, will not be determined until the end of the playoffs, so we don’t know exactly what number the Bills will pick in rounds 2 through 7."

Gailey to need WR coach - The Buffalo News
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey will be in the market for a new receivers coach. Bills aide Stan Hixon has an agreement to become an aide on the staff at Penn State, under new head coach Bill O'Brien, a source close to the school told The News."

Time to stop pretending, Buffalo's still a hard sell - Bucky Gleason
"The Bills didn't have recruiting issues while marching to four straight Super Bowls. Back then, players embraced the small-town feel and the weather advantage over other teams. Their glory years are long gone. Most players you see today were too young to remember Wide Right. The parents of some were barely past their first kiss."

Donte Whitner rips Chan Gailey - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Whitner told the San Francisco Chronicle that the 49ers' culture under coach Jim Harbaugh is much better than what he had in Buffalo. Whitner added that Gailey would publicly assign blame when things were going bad. "