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Buffalo Bills news, 2/1: Andre Reed's Hall chances, plus coaching hires

Andre Reed and his Hall of Fame candidacy take center stage on a busy weekend in Bills news.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Andre Reed

Is door now open for Reed's HOF enshrinement? -
"Of course it opens the door," said Reed. "That’s my era. I’m there with Tim (Brown), Cris (Carter), Jerry (Rice), Michael (Irvin). That’s our era. You can’t deny what we did. It’s amazing now that Marvin is in the mix now. Marvin is with Randy (Moss) and T.O. (Terrell Owens) and Hines Ward and the other guys that are coming up. But it’s a different game right now."

Inside The Bills | King: NFL to air HOF presentations
"The NFL plans to film and air the presenters in 2014, allowing cameras in the room for the first time. Writers originally bristled at the prospect of airing any portion of the meeting publicly, but they have largely accepted the intrusion so long as it is confined to the presentations and not the ensuing discussion."

Inside The Bills | ESPN’s Clayton a Reed HOF supporter
John Clayton: "But as you know from Tim Brown and Andre Reed and last year with Cris Carter it takes us forever to get receivers in. I just think justice needs to be served that if there is a receiver to go in this year that it be Andre Reed. Then maybe Harrison makes it in next year."

Inside The Bills | Reed: I’m more optimistic this year
"I think right now it’s the family, they have a party every year and I want this for them so much more than myself and you talk about validation and what your career is about. There are only 275 guys here and to be on this stage at this time it speaks volumes."

Reed hopes Hall calls this time - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The five men who made the final 10 last year but didn’t get elected all are back in the final 15. They are Reed, pass rushers Charles Haley and Michael Strahan, running back Jerome Bettis and cornerback Aeneas Williams."

Andre Reed 'more optimistic' about election - ESPN
Here's the full transcript for Andre Reed from his Friday appearance on NFL Network.

Bills add coaches

DL coach Pepper Johnson, LBs coach Fred Pagac agree to terms with Bills -
"The Bills added defensive line coach Pepper Johnson and linebackers coach Fred Pagac to the coaching staff on Friday."

Inside The Bills | Pagac was Pepper’s position coach
"Pagac coached Pepper Johnson as a linebacker in college at Ohio State."

Inside The Bills | Pepper has ties with Schwartz
"From 1993-1995 Johnson was playing for the Browns as he was in the middle of a long and productive career. Meanwhile Schwartz was working for the Browns as a college and pro scout and handling a bunch of research projects for Belichick."

Bills add Pepper Johnson to D staff - BN Blitz
"Of all the people I coached or worked with, nobody has more passion and love for the game than Pepper," Belichick said in a statement when Johnson departed. "His energy and wisdom for football knows no limits. Pepper made me a better coach and person and helped create some of the greatest moments of my career."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Name Pepper Johnson, Fred Pagac Assistants
"Pagac has spent each of the past eight years with the Vikings, seven of which as Minnesota's linebackers coach. The coach was the Vikings' defensive coordinator for the 2011 season before returning to his original role as linebackers coach."

Source: Pepper Johnson joining Buffalo Bills' staff - ESPN
"Johnson had expressed desire for a coordinator post in the past and this move might give him a better chance. Schwartz, a veteran coach who was fired after five seasons with the Detroit Lions, could be back in line for a head coaching job as soon as the 2015 season."

Buffalo Bills add Fred Pagac to coaching staff - ESPN
"Pagac, 61, has not worked with Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, but he served as linebackers coach at Ohio State from 1982-1995. Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, who was also hired Friday, was coached by Pagac at Ohio State."

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Inside The Bills | Polian’s Super Bowl lesson
Polian: "We were way too up tight. The one thing we didn’t anticipate and it was entirely my fault. Every time we met the press that week people asked, ‘What if you lose again? Will you be the greatest losers of all time?’

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 1-31
Chris Brown answers questions on EJ Manuel's knee injuries, Jim Hostler's role with the team, adding players this offseason, Stevie Johnson's future, and potentially re-signing Jairus Byrd.

What did we learn about the Buffalo Bills in January? - ESPN
"There's still nearly six months until training camp, but it's worth taking a look back at the last month and asking this question: What did we learn about the Bills in January? Here's our recap: "

What will we learn about the Buffalo Bills in February? - ESPN
Lots of big questions for the Buffalo Bills to answer in February. Mike Rodak breaks it down well.

Let's Go Primetime Super Bowl XLVIII: Performances 16-11 - NFL Videos
Mario Williams' 4.5 sacks against the Carolina Panthers makes the list.