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Buffalo Bills News,1/16: Coaching Hires & Stadium Renovation Ideas

Wondering what folks are saying about the Buffalo Bills' 10 new coaching hires? Click in to find out, and stay for a great discussion on Ralph Wilson Stadium renovation ideas.

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Renovating The Ralph: The Kick Is Good’s Plan for Renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium

"I've focused the upgrade efforts in 7 areas; New glass atrium, Increased green space, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame, Wider 300 level concourses, New grass playing field, Free WiFi, Safe harbor for the Sheldon Cemetery"

Outside of the wireless network, which all NFL stadiums are said to be investigating, the most intriguing part of this stadium re-design would be the enlarged concourses on the third level. Those that have been in the facility recently know it's a pain to maneuver in there, and it would really open it up. They said they'd be looking at the concourses, and this is a good plan.

The atrium is in the wrong spot, though. Russ Brandon said they were going to do a brand new entry to the stadium at the west end, so that's where a change like this would be implemented. I also like the idea of a Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame, since a lot of the artifacts they have on display are in restricted areas, such as Bob Kalsu's plaque and the four conference championship trophies.

Did Bills WR T.J. Graham Live Up to Rookie Expectations in 2012? | Bleacher Report

"He became the first rookie wide receiver to start more than eight games after being taken in the third round since Packers wide receiver James Jones did it in 2007."

Erik Frenz spends a good part of this article talking about how Graham has exceeded expectations as a third-round rookie. I'm not sold on Graham as a legitimate wide receiver prospect yet. His drops were very problematic for me, and his speed will be underutilized until they can get an upgrade at quarterback. As the author notes, 183 of his 322 yards were after the catch in 2012. He'll need to stretch the field before the catch to make a difference. Until he does that, he'll just be thought of as the guy the Bills took instead of Russell Wilson.

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Bills add 10 to coaching staff -
Complete coaching bios for each of the new assistants can be found here.

Marrone and Hackett pooled schemes -
"Marrone and Hackett chose to take a lot of different things from a lot of different systems that had consistent success in an effort to have the best of everything. The result was Syracuse’s pro-style offense with elements of the West Coast system, a zone-stretch rushing attack, the ability to go no-huddle and just this past season the addition of the read option."

Bills Focus: Levitre Readying for Offseason - VIDEO -
"Bills left guard Andy Levitre has some decisions to make with free agency on the horizon, and one offensive linemate hopes to factor in his decision."

Inside The Bills | Interesting coaching dynamic for Mario
"More importantly Weaver had a seven-year playing career, which included a three-year stint with the Houston Texans (2006-08). For those three years Weaver was Williams teammate. Now he’s his coach."

Stevie Johnson fixated on Bills leadership role - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Johnson talks about his evolution to becoming a leader.

Bills face free agent decisions - The Buffalo News
"Here’s a look at that 'second tier' of unrestricted free agents for the Bills, excluding Levitre and Byrd."

Greg Adkins, Tyrone Wheatley & Donnie Henderson Join Doug Marrone In Buffalo - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
"That said, we've basically become the Buffalo Bills' AAA club, which I suppose makes Western Michigan their AA club."

Detroit Lions announce changes to coaching staff -
"The Lions hired Curtis Modkins to be their running backs coach and run game coordinator. They also hired Bobby Johnson to be their tight ends coach." Johnson was Buffalo's assistant offensive line coach under Chan Gailey.

2012 PFF All-Rookie Team |
No Bills were on the all-rookie team.

Doug Marrone takes four more Syracuse football coaches with him to Buffalo Bills |
In-depth bios on the guys Buffalo plucked from Syracuse.

Erie County’s share of 10-year lease deal would reach $103 million - The Buffalo News
"That would clear the way for a $130 million stadium modernization project to begin later this year, with construction work on the county-owned stadium slated to wrap up in 2015. The focus of the work, Bills CEO Russ Brandon said, is on the 'fan experience.'"