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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 20:   Bryan Scott #43 of the Buffalo Bills talks with coach Dave Wannstedt during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Bryan Scott #43 of the Buffalo Bills talks with coach Dave Wannstedt during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Bills turn to 4-3 as new base defense -
"On the defensive side of the ball we’re going to base more out of the 4-3 front," he said. "That shouldn’t be the headline because if you look around the league today people are playing four-man front, three-man front, they’re playing a little bit of everything."

Bills Shifting Back To 4-3 Base On D - WGR 550
"We want to utilize our personnel to the best and we feel like this will allow us to do that, 'A', that's one thing," said Gailey. "'B', Dave [Wannstedt] is very comfortable, very knowledgeable in this defense and he's the guy we wanted doing the job, so that was another reason we're doing it.

Bills' reshuffle results in 4-3 - The Buffalo News
"When we hand you a lineup card, it's going to have two defensive tackles, two defensive ends and three linebackers, it's going to start that way," Gailey said. "But how much we end up in even spacing [or] odd spacing, I can't tell you that today. I think that's determined by players and the offense we're playing and what they give us."

Inside The Bills | Wannstedt’s defense keeps it simple
"Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt, who is transitioning his unit to a base 4-3 front, has had success on the defensive side of the ball throughout his career because he’s kept things simple and let the talent on his side of the ball just play."

Bills New Coaches
Bills add two to coaching staff -

"The club announced the hiring of assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees and defensive quality control coach Eric Thatcher."

Bills Focus: QB Coach David Lee 1-on-1 -
Chris Brown sits down with the new quarterbacks coach and gets his thoughts on the offense, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brad Smith, and more.

New Asst D-Line Coach Meets the Media -
William Inge talks to the media after being officially introduced as assistant defensive line coach.

Chan Gailey on the Coaching Additions -
Chan Gailey's press conference from yesterday afternoon.

New Wide Receivers Coach Meets the Media -
Bob Bicknell talks about moving from tight ends to wide receivers.

Inside The Bills | QB mechanics a focus with Lee
"Talking to a guy I had recently in Chad Pennington, he said that at age 32 he never thought he would change a couple of things, but he did with me," said Lee. "It was with his lower body, his left foot was blocking his right hip. Those things, if a quarterback at this level knows you can get him better and he buys in, once he buys in that you’re going to help he’s sold and you’ve got him. That’s something we want to work with Tyler (Thigpen), (Ryan) Fitzpatrick and Brad (Smith)."

Inside The Bills | Lee sees double threat in Smith
"I’m really glad he’s here," said Lee of Smith. "I think the biggest thing is in Miami we ran it with Ronnie Brown, who wasn’t a really good passer at all. Brad is just such a good passer and I remember watching him with the Jets. So he could keep the opposing coverage back meaning they can’t run 10 of them all down on the line of scrimmage, which is something we ran into in Miami when they realized that Brown wasn’t a threat to throw the football."

Inside The Bills | Bills still need TE coach
"Bicknell coached the tight ends each of the past two seasons, but in sliding over to coach receivers there’s still one more vacancy coach Gailey needs to fill. That position is likely to be filled in short order as offseason plans with respect to scheme and such are soon to be formulated."

Buffalo Bills announce new coaches | Democrat and Chronicle
"Lee has not met Fitzpatrick, he has only spoken with him on the phone, but just by watching film, he can already see he's smart, tough, and he can make those breakdown plays. Now he needs to find out about the other factors he considers when evaluating quarterbacks - decision-making, escapability and whether he can perform under pressure."

More Bills Links
Buffalo Bills Receiver Stevie Johnson Recaps His Season - CBS Sacramento

"Buffalo Bills wide receiver and Fairfield product Stevie Johnson checked in with the show to shed some light on who he is off the field and how he stays in shape in the offseason. Johnson tries to explain the Bills’ poor finish to the season, but wasn’t able to pinpoint one solitary reason why the team hit such a rough patch after a strong start."

Miami Dolphins Coaching Staff Continues to Fill - The Phinsider
The Dolphins hired George Edwards to coach their linebackers.

Inside The Bills | Stevie wants to be elite
"I believe I can be considered with this young generation of receivers… my name can be mentioned," Johnson said. "That’s as far as I can go because I don’t have any playoff games under my belt. I don’t have any winning seasons under my belt or any individual accolades like Pro Bowls or first team or things like that. So I can’t say too much."

Inside The Bills | It’s about mental toughness
"It’s not from injury or any changes in game plan or what the defense had done. It’s one of those things that happened in a season. Guys were still working hard. We still had guys showing up after practice after three losses and we felt we could still make the playoffs."

Inside The Bills | Stevie to put end to TD displays
"I feel like I have the attention now so now it’s time to take the next step. That’s trying to be a Pro Bowl receiver and trying to get a team to the playoffs. I’ve been playing this game just to try to make my name relevant coming from being a seventh-round pick, working from scout team to being a starting receiver. Now I feel I’ve got that spot as number one, number two receiver and now I’m trying to take that next step in going to an elite receiver."

Inside The Bills | Extensions for restricteds?
"Rinehart and Urbik both proved to be significant contributors on the interior of the offensive line solidifying the starting unit and providing valuable depth. It would not be shocking if Buffalo chose to get both linemen signed long term as well, though other offseason priorities could always play a factor in compromising that approach."

Bills re-sign Sanborn -
"Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Buffalo could’ve tendered Sanborn with a qualifying offer with the long snapper being a restricted free agent, but chose to lock up the dependable specialist."