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Buffalo Bills news, 2/24: more trouble in the front office

There is reportedly trouble brewing in the Buffalo Bills front office. Read about that and more in today's links.

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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.

Sources: Disconnect between youngsters, 'lifers' in Bills organization - BN Blitz

"Scouts and coaches have been aggravated with decisions made by chief financial officer Jeffrey C. Littmann (with the team since 1986), senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf (with the team since 1986) and senior vice president of communications Scott Berchtold (with the team since 1989)."

As we discussed yesterday, it's not shocking that this disconnect exists with people who have been around since the Polian/Levy era - especially trainer Bud Carpenter, whose impact is seen on the field every Sunday. What is shocking is that coaches or other members of the organization are going on record about it because they don't feel they are getting results in-house. The Littman/Overdorf duo applies directly to Doug Whaley's ability to do his job. Overdorf negotiates player contracts. If he and Whaley aren't on the same page, it will lead to disaster. Berchtold's name has less to do with on-field performance, but if there are factions governing One Bills Drive, it's easy to see where the media handler would come into play. I am curious if anyone would be opposed to a "changing of the guard" at these positions outside of Ralph Wilson and the folks in question. Anyone?

Combine coverage

Inside The Bills | S Dixon says he met with Bills
"Forecast as a fourth-round pick, Dixon confirmed he met with Buffalo for an interview. He was used in a couple of different roles for the Bears including a hybrid nickel linebacker-safety role not that different from the role played by Buffalo’s Da’Norris Searcy."

Combine Coverage: Skill Positions Take the Field - VIDEO -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap the news from Sunday at the Combine, including what Bill Polian thinks of this year's draft class, Doug Whaley's thoughts on the wide receivers, and Jim Monos talking about new technology used to keep track of the prospects."

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On defense, Doug Marrone doesn't want to 'trash one thing and come up with another' - BN Blitz
"At the NFL scouting combine, Bills coach Doug Marrone indicated the defense shouldn't change much more than it would've even had Pettine stayed and the Bills intend to carry over a lot of the play-calls and vernacular."

Pricing the market: Dan Carpenter - ESPN
Many of us had assumed Dan Carpenter would cash in after his great season kicking in Buffalo. When Mike Rodak compares Carpenter to free agents from a year ago, it doesn't look like that anymore.