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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 2/24

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 1:  Chan Gailey, coach of the Buffalo Bills paces the sidelines during a game with the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 1: Chan Gailey, coach of the Buffalo Bills paces the sidelines during a game with the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Chan Gailey Combine Interview -
Chan Gailey goes one-on-one with Chris Brown.

With no guarantees Gailey hopeful Johnson re-signs -
"He’s very important to us and we’d love to have him," said Gailey. "The thing you learn to say in this business is you don’t ever want to say you can’t live without somebody because as soon as you say that you learn to live without them. But we would like to have him. He’s very important to our football team. He made a bunch of big plays for us. We hope it works out, but it’s business."

Chan Gailey Combine Press Conference -
Chan Gailey meets the media in Indianapolis.

Transcript: Head Coach Chan Gailey -
Gailey talks about the draft, the team, and the beard.

Bills Roundup: NFL Combine Day One Wrap Up -
Chris Brown wraps up the day, mostly discussing Chan Gailey's comments, but also a few offensive line prospects.

Bills won't be pressured by DE depth -
"With Buffalo picking 10th overall, there’s a good chance there will still be quality pass rushing talent on the board, but the Bills are not going to force themselves to fill a need if the value is not appropriate. The reason the value may not fit at 10 is because as many as four teams in front of them in the draft order that could address their pass rush before the Bills are on the clock."

Inside The Bills | Bills pick from Seattle slotted
"So the Bills will pick 9th (their own pick) and 12th in the fifth round with the pick they get from the Seahawks as part of the Marshawn Lynch trade."

Inside The Bills | Picking 10th not as easy
"It gets harder and harder every year the further down you go," said head coach Chan Gailey. "You just have to wait and see and then you start to prepare once you get to about pick seven or eight and you start to narrow it down and see what’s there and who your pick may be."

Inside The Bills | Bills have contingency plans
"You have talks. Buddy and I have talks on a regular basis about, what if this happens? Where do we think we are? What direction are we going in? You have to stay on top of those because it changes," head coach Chan Gailey told

Inside The Bills | Health update on Fred, Wood, Kyle
"Fred Jackson has been completely cleared at this point," said Gailey. "He was given a clean bill of health a week or two ago. Eric (Wood) is still in rehab. Kyle (Williams) has not been given 100 percent clearance to go yet, but he’s getting closer and closer. He’s been around the facility and it all looked good. He’s very happy about it. I know that. He feels a lot better about it."

Gailey Notes On Chandler, McKelvin, 10th Pick - WGR 550
"Before we close the book on both Gailey's conversation with me and his press conference with the media here in Indianapolis, I wanted to pass along some interesting quotes on some of the other hot topics surrounding the Bills this off-season."

Bills' Gailey Doesn't Rule Out Early Pick On OT - WGR 550
"I think you have to sit there and evaluate for yourself -- if there's a great one sitting there, you might have to pull the trigger," Gailey said on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Bills are on edge about rush - The Buffalo News
"Asked to assess the team's edge rushing, Gailey said: 'Lacking. There's no other way to say it. If you take away one game, we did not have a very good year of rushing the passer, and that's probably saying it the nicest way I can say it. We have got to be able to get more pressure on the passer.'"

Chan on Merriman & Brad - The Buffalo News
Gailey on Smith’s role next season: "I see him as a three-headed monster. Wildcat. Receiver. Special teams. I see him being all three of those and when he walks out there on the field they’re not sure what’s going to happen."

Chan rocks 'Fitz look' - The Buffalo News
"I joked with him that he can have it during the season and I’ll take it in the offseason," Gailey said of Fitzpatrick.

Gailey sports a Fitz-inspired offseason look - The Buffalo News
"I take the top four or five at every position, and then positions that are more likely to be points of emphasis for us, I may look at six or eight," he said. "But I'll be honest with you, I probably won't look at many centers. I probably won't look at many running backs."

Potential Atlanta Falcons Free Agents: Tackle Demetrius Bell - The Falcoholic
"Could the Atlanta Falcons sign tackle Demetrius Bell? The Falcoholic admits it's a long-shot, but one worth a look."

Eagles Sign QB Trent Edwards To One Year Deal - Bleeding Green Nation
"It's a small deal, but given that the backup has made at least three starts in each of the past two years, it's not insignificant. If Michael Vick gets knicked up again, Edwards could certainly be called on to hold down the ship for a couple games. That is, of course, if he can beat out Kafka for the #2 job."

Bills | Shawne Merriman won't play OLB in 4-3 - KFFL
"I'd rather him not. I think we'd rather have him be a right defensive end rushing the passer all the time," Gailey said.

Polian says Bills on right path - WIVB
"In Fitz, they finally have a quarterback that they can count on," he told News 4 Sports. "That’s a huge step in the right direction. In Dave Wannstedt, they have a coordinator that knows what he wants on defense, that knows how to construct it, that knows the kind of players that can play in his defense, and maybe they’re perhaps a little different than maybe some others would use, and that’s a benefit. " news: What to watch: Key prospects to follow for all 32 teams
"The move to the 4-3 will force Buddy Nix to search hard for a pass rusher worthy of selection at pick No. 10. South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram and Alabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw will garner strong consideration, but North Carolina DE Quinton Coples will also pique the interest of Bills officials. Chan Gailey will also take a look at wide receivers Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) and Kendall Wright (Baylor) as potential replacements for free agent Stevie Johnson."

Our Take On McGee’s Restructure Deal : Buffalo Sports Daily
"The move made perfect sense for both parties financially. For Buffalo it protects them somewhat financially against McGee getting hurt again—not out of the realm of possibility considering McGee’s missed 17 games over the past two seasons. For McGee he gets to keep his job and still earn a decent salary. Had he not agreed to restructure his deal he surely would’ve been released and as an aging vet and health risk, would’ve been hard-pressed to earn a contract paying him as handsomely at this stage of his career."