Lynch Practices: Marshawn Lynch did participate in practice today fully and seemed to get through the portion the media was allowed to see in good shape. Jairus Byrd was limited in practice. Not practicing were Terrence McGee, Marcus Stroud, John McCargo, Demetrius Bell, and Ashton Youboty. Injury Page.
Fitzpatrick To Start: Perry Fewell confirmed after practice today that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday against Miami. This was expected after his 297 yard passing game against Jacksonville. The team practiced outside in the rain today which was a good call considering it may rain on Sunday. Another example of how this is not Dick Jauron's team anymore.
Bills Meet With Shanahan: ESPN is reporting that the Russ Brandon met with Mike Shanahan for seven hours over two days to discuss the Bills head coaching job. The meeting wrapped up Tuesday afternoon and Shanahan said it was an excellent meeting and that he was impressed with everything Brandon had to say. Both sides agreed to take their time with the process as Shanahan would like to see what develops with other possible openings and the Bills wanting to check out all other candidates thoroughly. It does appear Shanahan is definitely on top of the list. Even if they don't land the big fish, meeting with him for seven hours allowed Brandon to pick a great football mind for information and knowledge that can only help in rebuilding the organization.
Two Added To Practice Squad: The Bills replenished their practice squad by adding two players today. DT Lonnie Harvey and OL Jason Watkins brings the unit back up to eight players after they activated Christian Gaddis today. Harvey was an undrafted free agent signed by Carolina over the summer but he was released before the season started. Watkins played tackle at the University of Florida and was signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent but also failed to make the team.
Gaddis Activated: A move that was expected the Bills finished replinishing their guard position by activating Christian Gaddis off of the practice squad. Seth McKinney became the 14th player placed on injured reserve to make room. McKinney suffered a season ending knee injury on Sunday. Gaddis was added to the practice squad last week. He had two separate stints with the team previously. Depth Chart.
Schottenheimer Says No: Marty Schottenheimer said on his Sirius NFL radio show yesterday that he's not interested in returning to coaching leaving him out of the Bills coaching search. He said the Bills have not contacted him about the job but he would be flattered to be considered though he is not coming back. AP is also now reporting a meeting between the Bills and Mike Shanahan. NFL.com reports that Shanahan may be looking for a piece of the franchise to come aboard and Ralph Wilson is reportedly ready to talk about it. Do you think the Bills will land a top tier coach? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think!
Tuesday November 24, 2009
Bills Sign Simmons: The Bills bolstered their depleted guard position by signing veteran Kendall Simmons. The eight year veteran was a 1st round draft pick of the Steelers in 1992 and has 80 career starts. He was with the Patriots this year but released on November 9th. It will be interesting to see how much he has left. The team placed Eric Wood on injured reserve to make room for him. Depth Chart.
2nd Tier Coach Likely: Even though Ralph Wilson is ready to open up the wallet to pay a top tier coach it will still be difficult to land one. There are many more attractive options than Buffalo for these guys according to Tony Bogyo. He gives us his thoughts on the future of the Bills organization. Complete Story.
Final Look At Loss: The Bills 4th quarter woes continue but at least they put out a passionate effort in Perry Fewell's debut as coach. They also proved that Terrell Owens is not washed up and can produce offensively if they take the shots deep. Gameday Recap.
Cowher Won't Interview: Sources report that the Bills contacted Bill Cowher this weekend about their job opening. The reports say they told Cowher they were willing to pay a salary in the $10 Million range for the right coach. Cowher said he will not talk to any teams about a coaching job until after the season out of respect to other coaches and CBS where he works. This move may take him out of the running for the Bills job. Ralph Wilson and Russ Brandon are expected to talk to Mike Shanahan this week. Perry Fewell is expected to get an interview after the season if he wants it. He said he will make that decision after the season is over.
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