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Buffalo Bills News, 1/17: C.J. Spiller's Elusive And So Is Praise For New Staff

C.J. Spiller is elusive, says Pro Football Focus. Jerry Sullivan thinks the coaching staff is too young. Those are just two of today's featured links you should read.

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Jerry Sullivan: Bills give old college try with callow staff - The Buffalo News

"But the assistants they've brought in so far have been largely - here's that word - uninspired."

That's the word I have continued to use about this coaching staff, too. Sullivan rightly points out the terrible special teams of Danny Crossman, but wrongly states Nathaniel Hackett's experience as two years with the Bucs, conveniently (or purposefully due to the ineptitude of those offenses) leaving out his stint in Buffalo.

Sullivan also says Marrone doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt because the Bills have stunk recently. That part I certainly don't agree with. No matter how annoying it is, this coach is different from the other guys, and he needs to get a chance to run a practice before we give up on his entire coaching staff. Uninspired? Sure. But that doesn't mean "losers" until they actually get on the field.

Signature Stats: Elusive Rating |

"As if there was any doubt, C.J. Spiller was the most elusive running back in 2012. In fact, Spiller is the most elusive running back to have been given any significant number of carries in the past five seasons."

PFF questions why Chan Gailey didn't give Spiller the ball more, but this stat is freaking amazing. On 250 touches, he made 66 guys miss. The other interesting piece is Joique Bell at No. 9, Marshawn Lynch at No. 11 and Fred Jackson at No. 14. Four current or former Buffalo Bills ended up in the Top 15. It will be interesting to see this stat applied to (hopefully) more carries for Spiller in 2013.

Chip Kelly, Mike McCoy, Marc Trestman bring hope to new jobs -

With quarterback a question mark in Buffalo, these four NFL analysts don't think Doug Marrone will have immediate success like Marc Trestman in Chicago or Mike McCoy in San Diego.

Chuck Pagano didn't have a quarterback in Indianapolis when he took the job. Jim Harbaugh coached a team deep into the playoffs a year ago after taking over a team with major quarterback questions. That's not even to mention that two other rookie quarterbacks took their teams to the playoffs in 2012. But okay, fine,

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"Good things are coming to Buffalo. I'm excited to see how he puts it all together offensively. I know he has history in the West Coast Offense, and I know we dabbled a little bit in the 'K-Gun' there, and I think he's found a nice combination of the two," according to Van Pelt.

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Inside The Bills | Levitre doesn't call himself elite... yet
"I feel like I've come a long way in the last couple of years, but you never feel like you've... there's always something you can work on or fine tune," Levitre said. "There's always some footwork you can get better at or some technique you can do a little bit better. I think it's just continually fine tuning those things to help make you a really good player."

Leodis McKelvin intends to sign a cornerback contract - Press Coverage
"I should be looked at as a No. 2 or at worst a No. 3," McKelvin said. "I still strongly believe that I can play in this league, that I can be a starter. I know I'm a starter."

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James Walker didn't like Manti Te'o following his colossal bust in the national championship game. Mel Kiper slotted him in to Buffalo at No. 8 before this whole fake dead girlfriend business surfaced.

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James Walker really likes the addition of Mike Pettine.