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Buffalo Bills News, 1/14: No Playoffs In Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabres and four playoff games (three of them fairly epic) caused the Buffalo Bills to fall by the wayside this weekend. We still found links for you to click.

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The Buffalo News,, Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle, ESPN, WGR 550,, and the rest of the local news destinations didn't have any updates on the Buffalo Bills from yesterday. The Boston Globe, with a divisional playoff game in Foxboro yesterday, did.

Doug Marrone might pay off for the Bills - Boston Globe

"Bills (26 different coaches/coordinators): six head coaches; nine offensive, six defensive, and five special teams coordinators."

After going through the instability of all the AFC East teams since Bill Belichick took over the New England Patriots, Greg Bedard views Doug Marrone as a positive signing for the Bills. He quotes former New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff, who sang the praises of Mike Pettine and says the defensive side of the ball will make Buffalo an "immediate player." Like most of you, I want to see Buddy Nix's proverbial baby, but hearing what other people are saying about Marrone around the league at least gives me some hope.

Mike Pettine Brings Much-Needed Identity to Buffalo Bills Defense - Bleacher Report

"Most importantly, Buffalo's defense will find an identity with Pettine taking charge... clearly, this is a group starved for consistency and leadership, and it will get both of those in its newest hire."

What this really should say is it's an identity this writer agrees with. Dave Wannstedt, for all his warts, knew what he wanted to do with that defense and forged an identity that a lot of people disagreed with. They wanted to generate pressure from the front four and didn't attack from the second level. That's an identity, and it was certainly consistent.

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