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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 11/8

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The Buffalo Bills hosted the media as they get ready for the New England Patriots. Read what they had to say about some new additions and how they'll attack the Pats.

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The Glorious Plight Of The Buffalo Bills - Grantland
"Football touches all on game-day weekend in Western New York."

Week 9 Bills GIF Recap - Trending Buffalo
If you haven't seen it yet, it's pretty epic.

Pats 'D' the big pass play answer? -
"Where the Patriots defense has struggled mightily is in defending big plays in the passing game. New England ranks dead last in number of pass plays allowed of 20 yards or more. Bill Belichick’s crew has surrendered a league-leading 42 pass plays of better than 20 yards in their first eight games this season."

Bills add CB Butler, OT Welch -
"Butler joins the Bills from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. He spent a portion of this season on the 53-man roster of the Cardinals and Washington Redskins. The 6-1, 191-pound Clemson product entered the NFL as a fifth-round (164th overall) draft choice of Pittsburgh in 2010. He has appeared in eight career games."

Chan Gailey: "We have to learn to finish" -
The Bills head coach updated injuries, talked personnel, and more on Wednesday.

Mario Williams: Bills have to get Brady "off his spot" -
We get an update on the wrist and how the Bills defense will move forward against Tom Brady.

Player thoughts on facing the Patriots -
Marcus Easley, Kyle Williams, Kelvin Sheppard, and Leodis McKelvin talk about the upcoming matchup against the Patriots.

Fred Jackson: Bills RBs "want to be guys that carry us to a victory" -
Fred talks about how the Bills will attack the Patriots and more.

Bills Roundup: Looking to Finish in Foxborough - VIDEO -
"This weekend when the Bills travel to New England, they will look to reverse recents trends against the Patriots, and finish strong in the second half."

Mario Williams Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive end talks about how he feels after the wrist procedure, what was wrong with his wrist and about preparing for the Partiots game."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback talks about preparing for New England, his thoughts on Marcus Easley being elevated to the 53-man roster and the role of the young players have in the offense."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills head coach Chan Gailey talks about the new additions to the team and what they learned from the first game against the Patriots that will help the team on Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Narrow defeat for former Bill Hansen
"Hansen lost to Kent Eken, who earned 52 percent of the vote to Hansen’s 48 percent. Hansen was running as a Republican candidate."

Inside The Bills | Stevie likely to practice Thursday
"He’s looking good and I think he’ll be just fine," said Gailey. "I think he’ll get back to the field tomorrow. Things are looking positive to this point unless he has a major setback."

Inside The Bills | Pats RB doesn’t practice
"RB Brandon Bolden has a knee injury that kept him out of New England’s last two games against the Jets and St. Louis in Week 8. It happened on a kickoff play against the Seahawks in Week 6. The Patriots were on the bye last week, but it apparently wasn’t enough time for Bolden’s knee as he missed practice Wednesday."

Inside The Bills | Bills had eye on CB Butler
"We have had our eye on Crezdon Butler for a while now and Buddy’s always liked him," said Gailey of the Bills GM. "He’s a guy that we looked at a few weeks ago when Arizona let him go. We were trying to get him at that time but it didn’t work out. And now it worked out that we had a spot and we were able to get him."

Inside The Bills | Spencer, Urbik limited
Both were sore but should play this weekend.

Inside The Bills | McGee, Pears to each have another surgery
"Just not able to get back," said Gailey on why both were placed on I-R. "Them not feeling completely well. They both would fight like everything to get on the field and do what they could. Physically it’s just going to be hard for them to be productive players with where they are right now."

Inside The Bills | Pats surrendering big plays nothing new
"In 2011 New England was also dead last in allowing passes for over 20 yards surrendering 79 such plays. The difference was last year only four of those plays went for touchdowns. This year 10 of the 42 big pass play given up by New England have gone for six."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Kyle Williams Not Impressed With Improvement
Kyle Williams doesn't care how many yards the Bills D allows if they don't get the win.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Mario Confirms Tear In Wrist
"The doctor said there’s a slight tear. I don’t know the severity of it, but obviously it was something that caused me not being able to use it, but you have to ask for exact verbiage from the training staff."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Sign CB, OL To Active Roster
"Buffalo brings up their offensive lineman count to eight with the addition of Welch. The Vanderbilt product was a seventh-round draft pick by New England in 2010. Welch appeared in eight games total last season in stints with the Patriots and St. Louis Rams. He has one career start."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - SCHOPP: The Drought In Quotes
"Lately I can't get past how little has changed all these years. I thought today that I'd illustrate that in quotes. These are not (necessarily) the most famous or recognizable statements made by Bills coaches through the years. I'm hoping you enjoy placing the quote with the coach -- moreso at least than we enjoyed listening to all this garbage."

Andrew Luck, Doug Martin among NFL's best rookies of 2012 -
"10) Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills - Gilmore might be overlooked in Buffalo, but he's been a standout defender for the Bills. He's been targeted by opposing offenses 39 times, but has allowed just 18 catches, a 46.1 percent success rate. He also has 11 passes defensed, 34 tackles and one forced fumble."

Bills dealing with issues on both sides of ball - Patriots -
"Expect the Patriots to be enticed by the opportunity to defend Buffalo with the strength of their defense - the front seven - and for the Bills to be better prepared for an answer than they were against the Texans."

Patriots-Bills have made for wild games recently - Patriots -
"There have been some kind of wild swings, and I think that shows the inconsistency that we’ve played [with] against them," said Tom Brady. "Hopefully, we can go out there and play consistently for 60 minutes.’’

Inconsistent Offense - YNN
"You go out and you try to create consistency with your offense," said Bills head coach Chan Gailey. "I wish we could have run it more the other day. It was one of those situations where we thought it was best to throw the football. It did not work."

NFL - What's gone wrong with the Buffalo Bills defense? - ESPN
"The Bills hoped Williams would bring a big-play element to their defense, but he had little to offer in the first part of the year. At Football Outsiders, we credit defensive players with a defeat any time they cause a turnover, a loss of yardage or a stop on third or fourth down. In each of his past five seasons in Houston, Williams averaged anywhere from 1.2 to 1.5 defeats per game. Through seven contests in a Buffalo uniform, though, he had only five defeats."

Big plays lacking for Bills in toothless Wildcat - The Buffalo News
"I just hoped it would be a little bit better, what we're doing with it," coach Chan Gailey said. "I was hoping it would create a little more of a problem for people, but I think having it, they have to work on it and I hope that as time goes on we'll be able to use it more and more."

McKelvin hasn't turned the corner - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan is not high on McKelvin's chances.

Easley finally gets promotion - The Buffalo News
"It's been a long road for me and I'm just grateful for this opportunity," Easley said. "It's definitely been a struggle, but on the practice squad I tried to carry the mentality of ‘get better.' You're still being evaluated, so I tried to take advantage of that every day."

Buffalo sports teams lack good coaching - The Buffalo News
"Buffalo deserves better than mediocrity, but what coach would want to come to a franchise in such despair?"

Patriots-Bills: The more things change, the more they stay the same - The Enterprise
"Barring a 6-2 surge over the second half, the Bills will post their eighth straight non-winning season, a stretch that extends from Mularkey as head coach to Chan Gailey, from Kelly Holcomb at quarterback to Fitzpatrick, from Willis McGahee as the leading rusher to C.J. Spiller, from one linebacker (London Fletcher) as the team’s leading tackler to another (Nick Barnett)."

Bills: Chan Gailey Conference Call Transcript -
"Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey addresses the New England media during his conference call on Wednesday, November 7, 2012."

Bills: Stevie Johnson Conference Call Transcript -
"Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson addresses the New England media during his conference call on Wednesday, November 7, 2012."