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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 7/24

LANDOVER MD - AUGUST 13:  Head Coach Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills watches warm ups before the preseason game against of the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on August 13 2010 in Landover Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
LANDOVER MD - AUGUST 13: Head Coach Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills watches warm ups before the preseason game against of the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on August 13 2010 in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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#1 - Will Bills end their playoff drought? -
"Hope springs eternal every fall for the Bills, and there is a lot of new proven and promising talent that has been added to the roster. Still the question remains as to whether Buffalo can finally end its playoff drought in 2012."

Climate change is healthy for Bills - The Buffalo News
Tim Graham writes about the culture change at One Bills Drive since Buddy Nix has taken over. Players talk about shouting matches and an inferiority complex all being put away in those three years. Must-read.

Bills Focus: Mario Williams 1-on-1 Interview -
"Chris Brown sits down with the Bills defensive end to talk about not feeling any pressure to perform, building a competitive nature on defense, and the potential of the new defensive line."

August 11th Training Camp night practice ticket details -
"Tickets for the Training Camp night practice sponsored by Bud Light on August 11th will soon become available at the NOCO and Tops locations listed below."

Transcript: Russ Brandon at St. John Fisher -
The Bills CEO speaks with reporters from the new practice field at St. John FIsher.

Inside The Bills | Why Bills pass rushers are smiling
"The Bills face six of the top eight clubs in most sacks allowed last season, including each of the top 4. Here’s the rundown of the teams that allowed the most sacks last season that appear on Buffalo’s regular season schedule this fall."

Scott admits he'd think twice - The Buffalo News
"That's such a tough call to make," he said. "A huge piece of me going there was because of Coach Paterno and everything that he stood for. My experiences there, I wouldn't trade them for the world. I really wouldn't. I would not change a thing. But if I were to be going to university now?" he paused. "Probably not." More thoughts from Scott inside, too.

George Wilson: Players don't trust appeals process - The Buffalo News
"A lot of guys really don't see the logic or the reasoning behind even filing appeals," Wilson said, "because you're appealing to the same judge who issued the discipline that he felt was needed to punish the offense."

Penn State alum Bryan Scott agrees with penalties - The Buffalo News
"No penalty or sanction ever imposed on Penn State is ever going to be able to reverse the horrific events that took place. That can't be undone," Scott said. "I thought the penalties were severe, as they should be, but I just wish that they didn't affect current student-athletes that are there."

WGR 550 - Bills CEO Brandon Tight-lipped On Lease Talks
"I'll let him keep putting out the timetables," he remarked. "It's improper use of a pronoun. It's party, not parties. They keep putting out timetables, we're not putting out a timetable other than we're continuing discussions."

Buffalo Bills happy with new grass field at St. John Fisher | Democrat and Chronicle
"The new grass field is outstanding," said Bills’ CEO Russ Brandon, who was standing Monday afternoon on the perfectly manicured and healthy green field that was installed this year to make Buffalo’s training camp more functional for the team.

Bills WR Stevie Johnson will continue to celebrate TDs - Yahoo! Sports
"I want to do right by them," Johnson says. "I want to prove I can celebrate without getting penalties. I work hard to get in the end zone. My attitude is, 'Why can't I have some fun when I get in there?' But I have to do it in a way that doesn't hurt the team."

Stevie Johnson believed Buffalo Bills would let him go -
"At that point, I was thinking I was done with Buffalo," Johnson told Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver. "I was like, 'They benched me? Really?' I figured I'd go back to Hunter's Point (to play for the 49ers). But the (Bills) stepped up and paid me. And it felt so good to be wanted."

Pitoniak: Optimism & Questions Abound - Rochester Homepage
"That said, questions remain. Here are some of them I'd like to see answered during the next month at St. John Fisher College:"

Higgins proposes change to NFL's blackout policy - The Buffalo News
"In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the lawmakers suggested that the league drop part of the eased blackout policy. The provision requires teams that adopt the new policy to forgo a large portion of their ticket revenue once 85 percent of the nonpremium tickets to any game are sold, forcing them instead to place that revenue in a leaguewide pool."

Merriman: I’m the best all-around player I’ve ever been | ProFootballTalk
"Any logical observer should be extremely skeptical about Merriman after essentially a five-year layoff, but he’ll be an interesting player to watch this preseason. If Merriman has regained his off-the-ball burst, the Bills could field a dynamic pass-rushing trio along with Mario Williams and Mark Anderson."

Buffalo Bills Training Camp Starts July 25 -
"The Buffalo Bills' training camp will get underway on Wednesday, and Bills fans have more reason to be excited than in about two decades."

He’s hot now, and Bills’ Morrison wants it to last - Buffalo - Business First
"The essence of Kirk Morrison’s story mirrors that of so many young professionals."