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Buffalo Bills news, 12/31: end of year press conference stories

The end of year press conference wasn't anything major, but it provided a few different tidbits of information. Get the recaps here.


Brandon, Whaley, and Marrone talk 2013 Bills -

"Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, and Doug Marrone meet the media on Monday afternoon for their season ending press conference to discuss the quarterback situation, Stevie Johnson's future, and what free agents they plan on offering contracts."

End of year presser

Bills WRs coach Hilliard relieved of duties -
"I spoke to Ike about it and it was really just a difference in philosophy," Marrone said.

Manuel weighing options on knee injury -
"When you have the injuries I’ve had there are always surgical things you can do to repair it and there are also ways if you just get rest and certain things like that it might repair itself," said Manuel. "So I just have to make that decision."

Bills Roundup: Locker Clean Out, Coaching Change - VIDEO -
"The team cleaned out their lockers for the final time in 2013, the team began to look ahead towards next season with EJ Manuel as their starting quarterback, and one coaching change was made on the offensive staff."

Brian Moorman on Future With Bills - VIDEO -
"The Bills punter talks about how much longer he'd like to play, what he thinks of coach Crossman, and the possibility of finishing his career as a Bill."

C.J. Spiller and EJ Manuel on their seasons - VIDEO -
"Bills RB C.J. Spiller and QB EJ Manuel talk about their 2013 seasons and how they feel about the future of the team."

Inside The Bills | Kicker market already set for Carpenter?
"The Bills can thank the Chicago Bears. They re-signed K Robbie Gould last week. The third-most accurate kicker in NFL history despite kicking on grass in Chicago his whole career, just signed a reported four-year $15M extension with $9M guaranteed."

Inside The Bills | Leonhard only looking to play 1 more year
"I want to play one more and that’s it," Leonhard said Monday. "I know that. I’ve known that for a couple of years. I want to get 10 (years). Whether that’s here or somewhere else is yet to be determined, but I’m definitely open to the possibility of coming back."

Bills’ belief in Manuel remains strong - Sports - The Buffalo News
"While Whaley made it clear that he’s "absolutely" on board with Manuel as the starter, he did not rule out adding another quarterback to the roster, whether it was through the draft or in free agency."

Manuel says injuries are a matter of bad luck - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I think a lot of my injuries … have just been misfortunate occurrences in a football game," Manuel said as he and his Buffalo Bills teammates cleaned out their lockers.

Locker room cleanout day has a familiar feel to it - Sports - The Buffalo News
"In fact, the Bills aren’t any closer to finding their franchise quarterback than they were a year ago. The Bills were 28th in passing. Manuel suffered three knee injuries and failed to arouse the masses. He wasn’t significantly better than Thaddeus Lewis behind him or Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards before him."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Let One Coach Go, Crossman Still Employed
"While he's not in the clear just yet, Marrone did allude to the fact that the both of them knew it would be a tough transition for the special teams to get where they want it to be. The head coach spoke of establishing a core of around six players that play at least three of the special teams units."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Want Jairus Byrd Back
"We've had a conversation -- myself and Russ -- sat and talked to Jairus, and we're gonna make an offer to the guy and we're gonna try to keep him," said Bills General Manager Doug Whaley during the team's season-ending press conference. "We're gonna try to the best of abilities because we're in the business of collecting good players and he's a good player."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Marrone Tells Manuel He'll Start In 2014
"I’m very certain. I’ve had some good games, and like I said there’s a lot I can take and build from," the rookie said. "I don’t really know who’s questioning things, but as far as me, I’m just continuing to get better. I’m just going to hone in and focus in on this offseason and get better."

Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller falls short of own expectations - ESPN
"I was way down," he said, adding that he wanted to gain 1,500 yards rushing, score 15 touchdowns, and average six yards per carry.