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Marrone Introduces Coaching Staff

Defense To Bring Heat: Doug Marrone held two press conferences this week to introduce the assistant coaches. On Friday it was the defense's turn. Mike Pettine said the defense is going to bring pressure and they are expected to do a lot of blitzing. When defensive line coach Anthony Weaver was told the defense was one of the least blitzing teams last year, he said they won't be this year. They won't be a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense they will mix up their schemes and spent most of the time in the nickel as the base defense.

Lease Deal Passed: The Erie County legislators voted unaminously to approve a memorandum of understanding between the county, the state and the Bills. This is a major step in the process to finalize the 10 year lease deal that was agreed upon last month. The legislators cited that the national spotlight of having an NFL team along with the sales and income taxes generated by the team as good reasons to spend the money on renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium and keeping the team in Western New York. The deal is expected to cost the county $103 Million over the length of the deal. The lease still needs approval by the State and the NFL but that is considered a formality.

Thursday January 24, 2013

Offensive Coaches Introduced: Doug Marrone held a press conference today to introduce the offensive and special teams coaches. Doug Marrone said he did not interview any other offensive coordinator candidates and always wanted to bring Nathaniel Hackett from Syracuse. Marrone wanted people that already new the terminology and scheme he wanted to use and he already got on the same page with Hackett back in Syracuse. Hackett is looking to become a Ph.D in the NFL and is working hard to evaluate all the current players on the roster. Marrone challenged reporter questions that Hackett doesn't have enough experience since he grew up in the business. He spoke about having two quality control coaches on each side of the ball since it is a very important developmental position. Special teams coach Danny Crossman also said they are in the evaluation process and will know more when they get to work with the players. The defensive coaching staff will be introduced to the media on Friday.

Wednesday January 23, 2013

Bills Brass At Senior Bowl: Most of the Bills Brass have gathered in Mobile Alabama this week as the Senior Bowl practices and interviews are ongoing. Doug Marrone went down for a couple of days so he can meet the scouting staff. Marrone along with Nix and other scouts and coaches met with all six quarterbacks playing in the game on Monday including Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib who said he would love to re-join Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett in Buffalo. He called it "a match made in heaven." The other quarterbacks in the game are North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon, Miami of Ohio’s, Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, FSU’s E.J. Manuel, and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones. The game is on Saturday. Glennon said he is very familiar with Buffalo because his former teammate T.J. Graham is there and he followed the team last year.

Tuesday January 22, 2013

Cuomo References Bills: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2013 budget yesterday. In the presentation he mentioned the $60 Million that will be used for the Bills to stay in Buffalo. He said that is good news but then quipped for that amount of money they better win next year.

Monday January 21, 2013

Byrd Is Going To Pro Bowl: A few hours after teammates C.J. Spiller and Kyle Williams got the call, Jairus Byrd was added to the AFC Pro Bowl squad to replace Ed Reed who is going to the Super Bowl. When Spiller and Williams were added to the official roster there was no replacement named for Reed initially. Byrd is an obvious choice and probably should have made it originally.

Williams, Spiller Pro Bowl Bound: With the Ravens going to the Super Bowl, Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata, and Ed Reed lead a list of players who now won't be able to participate in Sunday's Pro Bowl. As a result two Bills will now be going to the all star game. C.J. Spiller is the first alternate at running back and will now go to Hawaii along with Kyle Williams who replaces Ngata at defensive tackle. It was hoped that Jairus Byrd would get the call to replace Reed at safety but he either not the first alternate or declined an invitation.

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