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The Buffalo Bills defense needs to get back on track. That's the popular opinion in today's collected team links.

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Arizona isolation just what Bills need -
"I think that being out here in Arizona is really going to make us come together as a team," said C.J. Spiller. "Not saying that we were not close, I just think this will draw us closer here. Guys get to know guys more now, closer on-and-off the field. Once you do that, once you have guys come out here and they’re treated like a family that will translate over to the game field."

From the Booth: Bills at 49ers -
"Gilmore’s blown coverage on the Crabtree touchdown was but one example of several bad plays made by the young players on Buffalo’s defense."

Nix cites defense's lack of urgency -
"Buddy Nix places the blame for the Buffalo Bills' poor defensive showings on an overall lack of urgency and not solely on high-priced defensive end Mario Williams. And the Bills general manager maintained his confidence in coach Chan Gailey's ability to turn around a team suddenly facing an early season crisis."

Bills sign veteran OL Wells; Brown to I-R -
"Wells, a 10-year NFL veteran, originally entered the NFL as a sixth round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals and spent the first seven years of his career with the club. In 2010, he played in eight games and started one for the Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in five games in 2011 for the Carolina Panthers. Wells (6’4" 320) has played in 117 career games with 91 starts."

Inside The Bills | Shep: We have to dictate play to opponent
"That was some of the things that our coaches were seeing on film," said Sheppard. "We’re sitting back and letting them maybe catch a ball when we’re only a yard or two away from them and making a break on it maybe and making a play. We need to turn into the dictators and play downhill, shooting gaps and make the running backs adjust off of us rather than us adjusting off of the O-linemen and running backs."

Inside The Bills | What it’ll take to turn it around
"It’ll take a lot of people looking deep down and deciding how bad they want it," said Wood. "We work so hard through the week and it’s not showing up on game day and we’ve got to get it fixed. The character of the guys on our team you wouldn’t think that would be an issue, but these past couple of weeks we’ve laid an egg in the second half. We’ve got to get back to hitting people in the mouth."

Inside The Bills | Fitz: We have to repay Chan
"The one thing I love about Chan and it’s not just me, but he’s given a lot of guys opportunities and most of us have taken advantage of those opportunities," said Fitzpatrick. "Now for us we’ve got to repay him for the confidence he’s shown in us and get the job done."

Inside The Bills | Not 1st time Bills interested in Wells
"In the free agency period of the 2006 offseason the Bills tendered then restricted free agent OL Reggie Wells to an offer sheet giving the Arizona Cardinals a week to match or receiver a sixth-round pick as compensation. Arizona said all along they would match the contract and they did."

Inside The Bills | Cardinals have RB by committee
"The Arizona Cardinals have not had success running the ball this season and that’s when they still had Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams. Now with a committee approach likely to ensue in the absence of both their top backs due to injury, it begs the question of what the Bills will see Sunday."

Bills sign offensive lineman Wells - The Buffalo News
"The Bills are staying at the Arizona Grand Resort, about 5 miles from the Arizona State University campus nearby Tempe, where they will practice Wednesday through Friday. The team did not have to bring any workout equipment. The resort has a 20,000 square foot fitness center. The team blocked it off for three hours Tuesday."

Bills place Colin Brown on IR, obtain veteran Reggie Wells | Press Coverage
"He started six seasons for the Cardinals, most recently in 2009. He also has played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers. This year, Wells failed to make the Green Bay Packers roster out of training camp."

Podcast from Phoenix: Graham, Gaughan on Nix's comments | Press Coverage
"The News' Tim Graham and Mark Gaughan discuss comments made by Bills General Manager Buddy Nix on the team's off-day in Arizona:"

Chat replay: Mark Gaughan talks Bills and NFL from Arizona | Press Coverage
See what Gaughan had to say regarding the Bills.

Bills GM Buddy Nix: We've got to get that urgency back | Press Coverage
"To be completely honest with you, what I see is not enough intensity and urgency. ... And that could be on any segment or as far as any part of our group. But to play defense you've gotta play fast and you've got to play reckless and you've got to play aggressive."

Chan Gailey addresses why Tarvaris Jackson can't play | Press Coverage
"Jackson is in a bad spot because he was acquired a week before the regular season. Once the season commences, the starting quarterback gets almost all of the practice snaps, and the primary backup gets a handful."

How a punter in Buffalo cost a safety his job in Dallas | Press Coverage
"Recall two weeks ago, when the Buffalo Bills released their punter. Then, 1,400 miles away, the Dallas Cowboys released a defensive back from their active roster to make room for that punter. The defensive back, who played in the first three games for one of the NFL's premier franchises, was signed to the Bills' practice squad."

Bills hope week in Arizona provides a transformation | Press Coverage
"Light some incense," Fitzpatrick said, "and just put a triangle above my head and do all that stuff." He was kidding.

Mario Williams on injury disclosure: I haven’t done anything wrong | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills will likely be fined by the league for their failure to put Williams on the injury report, which will bring this little saga to a close. Then the Bills will get back to work on getting Williams and the rest of their defense performing at a level closer to what’s required of NFL teams with hopes of success."

Gailey says quarterback isn’t an issue, but it soon could be | ProFootballTalk
"It could be, eventually. Fitzpatrick is owed a $3 million roster bonus on the second day of the league year, along with a $4.25 million base salary. Though $7.25 million isn’t much to pay to a starting quarterback these days, they could pay a lot less to a first-round or second-round rookie who could then come in and start right away, like five other rookies have done this season — and each of them has at times looked very good."

Bills get even thinner on the offensive line | ProFootballTalk
"If it wasn’t for bad news, the Bills wouldn’t be making any news at all these days."

WGR 550 - Upon Further Review- Bills OL & DL Vs 49ers
Joe Buscaglia breaks down the play of the offenseive and defensive lines against the 49ers and it was not pretty.

WGR 550 - Bills Sign OL Wells; Brown To I-R
"Urbik has already been ruled out of Buffalo's Week Six contest against Arizona. If Rinehart can't play, then reserve tackle Sam Young will get the start at right guard."

WGR 550 - Social Stevie - Johnson Tweets Frustrations And Goals
"Some Bills fans are looking for some more passion from players on the team. Last night, via his twitter account, Stevie Johnson let out some of his frustrations. Click here to see Stevie's tweets."

Buffalo Bills' defense vows to play better | Democrat and Chronicle
"This can’t become a trend," said safety George Wilson, who may be a week late on that warning, because it has become exactly that. "We have to find a way to stop the bleeding and be on the winning side of things. We won’t be able to get that done if we continue to play this way."

GM rips Bills' D, defends Mario Williams - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Again, the defense deserves a ribbing. But so does Williams. His lack of performance is as big a problem in Buffalo as any. A big contract brings big expectations -- and Williams is not living up to it through five games. "

NFL: Week 5 knee-jerk reactions - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"It's a knee-jerk reaction to fire everyone, but there are legitimate concerns in Buffalo. The Bills are 2-3. If they don't respond soon, the hot seat talk becomes legit."

Power Rankings: Dolphins' huge jump - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills had the biggest drop this week. Buffalo fell six spots after an ugly, 45-3, blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The panel doesn't have a lot of confidence that the Bills will bounce back from this."

Stock Watch: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Falling: 1. Buffalo Bills: I don’t know what got into the Bills. But this team has been in a major funk the past two weeks. The Bills have gone from 2-1 to 2-3 after back-to-back blowouts to the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. Buffalo lost those two games by an average of 33 points per game. The offense isn’t working and neither is the defense. Bills head coach Chan Gailey has publicly challenged his team’s toughness and questioned their psyche. Will Buffalo respond? The Bills have another tough game Sunday at the Arizona Cardinals (4-1), who have 10 days to prepare."

The Cardinals should defeat the Bills handily in their upcoming game - Revenge of the Birds
"Which team will win, who is key in the game and much, much more." What a headline.

AFC East injury report: Mario Williams' possible injury causes scandal, Daniel Thomas hurts head -
"Mario Williams has been playing with an unreported wrist injury, while the Buffalo Bills also lost Jairus Byrd after hurting a muscle in his chest."

Former ASH QB Craig Nall remains connected to his Central Louisiana roots | The Town Talk
"Nall would leave Green Bay as a free agent after the 2005 season and signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills. He appeared ready to become the next former Favre backup to become an NFL starter, following the path set by Mark Brunell, Aaron Brooks and Matt Hasselbeck."

McKelvin’s returns are bright spot for Bills - The Buffalo News
"Among qualified players (those with at least one return per their team’s games played), McKelvin leads the NFL in punt return average and is third in kick return average."

Stadium upgrades, team guarantee needed, not a new sports palace - The Buffalo News
"There are Buffalonians, a lot of them, who place the highest priority on keeping the Bills here. On the other side of the ledger, there are many thousands of Western New Yorkers who could not care less whether the Bills stay or go."

Buffalo Bills locked into losing | The Toronto Observer
"Ryan Fitzpatrick’s six year, $59-million contract could be the worst ever handed out in franchise history. Cutting Fitzpatrick is an option, but neither Tyler Thigpen nor Brad Smith has shown anything that resembles a starting QB."

Bills' Fitzpatrick stays poised amid turmoil - Fox Sports Arizona
"This is a production business, and I think everybody knows that," Fitzpatrick said. "(But) I don’t think I need to sit and put that on my shoulders every week and every play. I don’t think about, ‘I’ve got to make this play or else … We’ve got to win this game or else …’ I think if you do that and you start pressing, then you’re not going to be effective."

Bills need quick fix for defensive woes - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"It’s not early anymore, but there is time to get these defensive woes figured out. Gailey and Wannstedt just have to get working on that right now."

Bills' 'improved' defense worst in franchise history - Olean Times Herald
"What’s certain is that the Bills are much closer to the AFC’s dregs than its contenders, and there’s no reason to think it will change."