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Buffalo Bills News, 2/2: 2013 Hall Of Fame Class Announced Today

As Andre Reed waits to see if he's part of the Hall of Fame class of 2013, folks from Russ Brandon to Mark Gaughan to Reed himself weigh in on his chances.

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Are the Bills rebuilding? - Buffalo Wins

"But I'm wondering if this is a rebuilding process? And that's not trolling, it's a genuine question."

Joe is right that the Bills need a quarterback, and not much else is going to determine the Bills' success going forward. His fourth point - "They are still the Bills" - is pretty lazy. The Lions were the Lions until they weren't and made the playoffs. Ditto the Falcons, Patriots and especially the Steelers, who were terrible for their first 40 years of existence before an epic Super Bowl run. He also talks about the transition from college to the pros for most of the coaching staff and the new defensive scheme, which are pretty valid points.

Andre Reed awaits another call from the Hall of Fame -

"I did a lot of media anticipating things last year and, right now, for me to keep talking about it, it sounds like a broken record. I'm just going to let the chips fall where they may. It's not up to me. It's never been up to me. I'm not really anxious because I've been disappointed so many years in a row now."

Reed should take comfort in the other Hall of Fame wide receivers that took a long time to gain induction. Lynn Swann was in his 14th year of eligibility. Art Monk had a long wait. Reed will eventually make it, and he was in the top ten for the past two years. We'll know more by 5:30 today.

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Inside The Bills | Tasker on Reed’s HOF chances
“But we also acknowledge that there’s a process that has to be gone through, and that maybe it is his year, maybe it’s not. And we’re not privy to why it would be or why it would not be. So we’re just going to have to wait and see. I encouraged Andre to not let it ruin his weekend, waiting on this to happen. We know it will. Be patient, and when it does happen, it will be all the sweeter, because we were around to enjoy it.”

Inside The Bills | Brandon: We’ve got to get Andre in
“He’s one of the best receivers of his generation,” said Brandon. “That’s what I believe should really be the focal point. The Bills were the winningest team in the AFC in the 90′s. A dominant team with a dominant offense and every single individual associated with our organization and in football will tell you what a big of that offense he was.”

Reed waiting for Hall to call - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan, who will present the case today for Andre Reed, discusses the wide receiver's candidacy for the Hall of Fame.

Poll Friday: Andre Reed in HOF? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
78 percent say Reed is a Hall of Famer, but in the body of the post Walker asks if Reed will make it in 2013. That's a different question, though.

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Brandon: Bills were all-in on Pettine - The Buffalo News
"Not only did head coach Doug Marrone visit Pettine, but he was joined by Bills President Russ Brandon, General Manager Buddy Nix and Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley."

No talks with Jairus Byrd, Andy Levitre while staff evaluates roster - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Brandon indicated the Bills have not held substantial talks with their free agents yet. The group includes Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and left guard Andy Levitre."

Walker’s Fab 40: Nos. 5-8 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
C.J. Spiller is the highest ranked Buffalo Bills player at No. 7. Tom Brady topped the list.

Signatue Stats: YPCS - Cornerbacks |
Leodis McKelvin was the fifth-best corner in the NFL allowing just .86 yards per coverage snap. As the author notes, being a nickel corner ultimately means there are more options on the field for the quarterback, so "mirage of sample size" can happen.

NFL Fan Pass: Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson - NFL Videos
"Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson reacts to Randy Moss' Media Day comments claiming that Moss was the greatest wide receiver of all-time."

ESPN Films Announces Upcoming 30 for 30 Films « ESPN MediaZone
One of the new 30 for 30 documentaries this Spring will be a look at the 1983 draft titled "Elway to Marino" but it should feature some talk from Jim Kelly, who I guess falls in the "to" part of that title.