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Buffalo Bills news, 2/12: meet the new coaches

New Bills assistant coaches Jim Hostler, Todd Downing, Rob Moore, Pepper Johnson and Fred Pagac spoke with team beat reporters on Tuesday.

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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.

Bills Roundup: Five New Coaches Introduced - VIDEO -

"Chris Brown and John Murphy introduce you to the five newest members of the Bills coaching staff."

New coaches

Bond already formed between Downing and Manuel -
"Bills quarterbacks coach Todd Downing is new to Doug Marrone's staff, but he already has valuable prior working history with EJ Manuel forging a bond that will enable them to get to work right away."

Todd Downing on Coaching Manuel, QBs - VIDEO -
"New Bills Quarterback Coach Todd Downing talks about being able to coach EJ Manuel again after having him at the Senior Bowl last January."

Pepper Johnson on the Challenge of a New Job - VIDEO -
"The Bills new defensive line coach talks about using his past experience to coach the linemen, embracing the challenge of his new job, and if he would like to eventually be a coordinator."

Inside The Bills | Marrone consulted NFL QBs about Downing
"I had a lot of information about Todd when we talked to EJ," said Marrone. "Watching Todd out there on the field… (I also) talked to Matthew Stafford about Todd and he had great things to say. I’m really looking forward to him coming in and mentoring all of our quarterbacks mostly because they’re all young."

Inside The Bills | Moore excited about WR corps he inherits
"It’s extremely talented. There’s a lot of talent," Moore said. "In the brief clips that I’ve seen, when you watch the tape you see a great potential for growth. These guys are very talented. You can’t teach the speed that you have on this team."

Inside The Bills | Pagac: Schwartz’s system won’t be hard to teach
"Obviously we want to keep it where our players can learn it," said Pagac. "I think that’s a key in any coaching situation whether you’re in it for a while or not. I think coach Schwartz will do a great job of setting up the defense. I can see the communication as we’re going through right now being similar to what they were last year so there should not be a lot of new teaching. The schemes are a little different to what they played a year ago. Really it’s not a bad situation to be in. I think the players will pick it up very easily."

Bills knew they needed a D-line coach with some clout - BN Blitz
"The Bills think they have somebody these guys will listen to in new defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, who spent the past 13 years as an aide with the New England Patriots. Johnson played 13 years in the NFL and won two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants. He won another three rings with the Pats."

Pepper Johnson ready to spice up Bills defense - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I don’t really want to talk about that as much," Johnson said of the Pats. "I don’t want to say that I forgot those years. That really made up Pepper Johnson. But in order for me to move on, I have to start that process. I can’t keep going back to my relationship or my career with the Patriots. We can just move on. Hey, it’s all built up. It’s in this big old belly. ... I have a lot to offer, and I’m definitely going to do it."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Introduce New Assistant Coaches
Listen to the audio from Tuesday's meet and greet here from Joe Buscaglia.

Stadium Group

Stadium group spurs talk on Buffalo Bills' future - ESPN
"We can't afford seat licenses and luxury suites," [Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz] said. "We were able to keep seat licenses from being included in this last lease, and I think that was a victory on the part of the county and New York state."

State begins exploring new Buffalo Bills stadium - ESPN
"The challenge for New York and the Bills is finding financing to build a new stadium in one of the NFL's smallest markets. The cost to build an NFL stadium has been about $1 billion, which might not be economically possible in Western New York, despite the Bills having a passionate fan base in the region."

Poll: Where should a new Buffalo Bills stadium be built? - BN Blitz
Downtown Buffalo is crushing Orchard Park in this poll from Tim Graham. 67 percent of the more than 5,000 votes want it in the city of Buffalo for some reason.

Team statement from Russ Brandon -
"Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon released a statement regarding the New Stadium Working Group announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo names first members of New Stadium Working Group -
"Howard B. Glaser, director of state operations and senior policy adviser to the governor asked, in a letter a letter to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, for a meeting "within the next two weeks" with the county’s and Bills’ representatives, to get the process started."

Dyster appointed to Buffalo Bills stadium committee " Communities " Niagara Gazette
"The purpose of this is not to have communities fighting over where a stadium gets located," Dyster said. "Wherever it is that keeps the Bills in Western New York, that's what I'm in favor of."

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Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL offseason preview -
"I wouldn't expect the Bills to finish in the top half of the AFC East next year. The Patriots will be the Patriots, and the Jets should have more talent than this year's squad. The Dolphins are a complete wild card from year to year, but it's not out of the realm of possibility for Buffalo to squeeze out an 8-8 record. There really aren't any huge holes on this team -- there would be, though, if Byrd leaves -- and assuming Manuel improves, this team should be decent enough."