Johnson On WGR: Stevie Johnson ducked out on the media at locker cleanout but he kept his committment to WGR radio and was on this afternoon. He said all he wanted to do was say Happy New Year to everyone. He knew he would be fined but didn't expect a penalty since he didn't get called for one last year when he wrote on his shirt. He has no bad feelings about being benched he just didn't understand getting a flag thrown at him. The ref told him it was excessive celebration because too many people were around and he used a prop. He doesn't understand that his undershirt is a prop. He doesn't feel it should be a penalty. He wants them to be consistent with the rules. He said why would he go out and get a penalty knowing it would get him benched. What he did he felt would hurt only him with a fine but never thought he'd get a flag. He admits he has to change his style for the rest of his career since the NFL won't change. He needs to decide what road he is going to take as far as how flashy he will be. Getting benched gave him some mixed emotions but in the end of the day Gailey was right and his punishment has changed his mindset.
Edwards Out; Wannstedt In: Chan Gailey announced today that he has relieved George Edwards of his duties as Defensive Coordinator of the Bills. Dave Wannstedt will take over the role, he coached the inside linebackers this year and will remain the assistant head coach. This move is not a surprise as the Bills defense gave up more points in the past two years than almost any other time in club history. Gailey said the team is in the process of reevaluating the entire coaching staff. They will look at possibly going back to the 4-3 but no decision will be made right now. Wannstedt is traditionally a 4-3 coach. On Stevie Johnson Gailey said he'd like him back but with some stipulations. He said they have to look at the entire body of work when deciding whether to resign him or not. He said he told Johnson he has to get things under control whether he is in Buffalo or elsewhere. He feels Ryan Fitzpatrick will be very efficient at quarterback as they get better as an entire football team. The coach expects Shawne Merriman to be back next year. He expects all injured players to be ready in time for training camp. The coach feels when healthy they are stronger on both sides of the line and it is a work in progress at left tackle. Do you think the move at defensive coordinator was the right one? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.
Nix To Speak To Media Next Monday: Buddy Nix briefly addressed the media during locker cleanout day today. He said he will meet with the players today and the coaches tomorrow. They will then have their usual organizational meeting with Ralph Wilson. He will have a thorough meeting with the media next Monday to go over personnel issues. In other cleanout day news, Ryan Fitzpatrick said he wants his top receiver back. Stevie Johnson did not make himself available to the media. Scott Chandler said he's having an MRI on his knee. It's sore but he doesn't think it will need surgery. Injury Page.
Locker Cleanout Day: The most depressing day of the year, locker cleanout day is today at One Bills Drive. The players will be at the stadium to talk to the media and clean out their locker. We will have the highlights throughout the day here and on our twitter feed.
Bills Opponents: The teams the Bills will be playing in the 2012 season is now set. When they play will be determined when the schedule is released in April. The Bills will host Kansas City, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Seattle, St. Louis, Miami, New England, and the NY Jets. They will travel to Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Arizona, San Francisco, Miami, New England, and the NY Jets.
Bills To Draft 10th: The draft order is now set as well. The Bills will pick 10th in the first round of April's draft. They finished 6-10 along with Carolina and Miami but pick behind those teams based on strength of schedule. Those two teams will have coin flip to see who picks 8th and who picks 9th. The three teams will rotate picks every round.
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