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Buffalo Bills news, 5/14: Buddy Nix steps down as general manager

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Buddy Nix transitions out of GM role with Bills -
"I feel strongly that the team is on the right course for success," Nix said. "We have some excellent talent on our team and coach Marrone and his staff are doing a terrific job in leading and teaching the players we have on our roster. I was very impressed with the 24 rookies we had in this past weekend and I'm very excited about the upcoming season. I think this is going to be an exciting time for our team and our fans."

Buddy Nix: "I think it is the right time" -
"Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon and Special Assistant Buddy Nix comment on Nix's decision to step down from his post as GM." Video also available.

Nix a straight shooter in eyes of Bills players -
Fred Jackson, Stephon Gilmore, Eric Wood, Scott Chandler, Arthur Moats and Stevie Johnson share their thoughts on Buddy Nix as he moves out of the GM job.

Bills Focus: Buddy Nix on his time with the Bills - VIDEO -
"Buddy Nix sits down with Chris Brown to discuss his reasons for stepping down and his thoughts on the roster evolution over the last four years."

Inside The Bills | Scouting calendar told Nix it was time
“Starting next week, I already had a flight and was scheduled to go to St. Pete to start on the 2014 Draft. You sit there for 10 hours a day and listen to reports one right after the other on the 2014 draft prospects,” said Nix. ”To be honest with you, my energy level is as good as it has ever been, but I was not all excited about that trip."

Nix says time right to step down - The Buffalo News
"He took over a football department in desperate need of strong and experienced leadership. Nix, who previously served as the college scouting chief for the late John Butler in San Diego, provided it and bolstered the Bills’ scouting operation. He increased the number of scouts. In addition to Whaley, he hired Tom Gibbons as the pro scouting chief, Darrell Moody as the top national college scout and Chuck Cook as college scouting director."

Video: Graham & Gaughan on Nix's resignation & legacy - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Looking back: Buddy Nix's five biggest hits as Bills GM - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Looking back: Buddy Nix's five biggest misses as Bills GM - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Analytics Department Update
"When the new GM is announced, it's likely that analytics will be one of many topics of conversation for the new man calling the shots."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Nix Steps Down As Bills GM
"He’s still going to be a vital part of the organization," Brandon said. "He’s still going play a significant role with our football operation. He will assist me and he will assist coach Marrone and the next general manager on project work that we all work on together and we discuss."

Buffalo Bills' Buddy Nix: 'Right time' to step down as GM | Democrat and Chronicle
"Well, again, that hasn’t worked out so well as the Bills were 16-32 and finished last in the AFC East all three years on his watch."

Buddy Nix's legacy with Buffalo Bills up in the air - ESPN
"Until the fates of [Mario Williams and EJ Manuel] are determined in Buffalo, it's difficult to fully gauge Nix’s impact in Buffalo. "

Buddy Nix steps down as Buffalo Bills GM | Toronto Sun
"And Nix did upgrade the roster -- to whatever debatable degree -- from the tire fire he inherited on New Year's Eve 2009. But, like his immediate predecessors dating back to the club's high-water mark in the early 1990s, Nix ultimately failed in three-and-a-bit seasons at the helm."

Buddy Nix realized he lacked energy to be Bills' GM -
"According to a source with knowledge of the Buffalo Bills' plans, Buddy Nix... originally planned to remain GM for a while longer. But after last season, he took a step back and realized he didn't have the energy and excitement to go forward and start a new scouting year. (Like all teams, the Bills have their first 2014 scouting meeting next week in Florida.) "

Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix to step down - NFL Videos
"02:19 – NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah breaks down all the implications of Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix's decision to take a lesser role with the team, including his likely replacement at the GM position."

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Bills Roundup: Nix Steps Down, OTA Highlights - VIDEO -
"Players reacted at One Bills Drive on Monday after Buddy Nix announced he was stepping down as Bills general manager, plus check out the top plays from the first OTA of 2013."

OTA Practice Notes - Day 1 -
"When the team went into 11-on-11 work the pace was ratcheted up considerably. The offense was snapping the ball after just 12 to 14 seconds came off the 40-second play clock. Even though the players have been participating heavily in the offseason conditioning program there was still some huffing and puffing at times."

Bills Tarvaris Jackson takes first-team reps - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The most interesting note for Buffalo’s OTAs came from the quarterback position. The Bills’ team website reports veteran journeyman Tarvaris Jackson took first-team reps on Monday, while Kevin Kolb and rookie EJ Manuel were second and third string, respectively."

Worst position groups in the NFL: Offense -
The Buffalo Bills get an honorable mention in the worst wide receiver and worst quarterback groups... so there's that.

Da'Rick Rogers Hoping to Mature With Buffalo Bills - WDEF News 12
Said Rogers,"It hurts. It's embarrassing. Like I said, it just makes the chip on my shoulder that much bigger. There are a lot of doubters and a lot of haters out there. I'm here, not to prove them wrong, but to show who I am, and what I'm really about."

Mario Williams' ex-fiance tells her story |
"Obviously in light of his history with 10 months of engagement breaking it off five different times Williams has a hard time figuring out what he wants and is not a very stable person," said Buzbee in a statement to KHOU 11 News.

Bills, Sabres: A tradition unlike any other - The Buffalo News
Mike Harrington is the latest Buffalo News writer to talk about how awful the Bills and Sabres are.