Fewell A Candidate: Buddy Nix said Perry Fewell is a candidate who will get interviewed for the head coaching job. He feels coaches come in all different styles and not one style is more successful than others. He does feel a coach with previous head coaching experience is important but not a must. He doesn't know how long the coaching search will take but he knows the quicker the better. He knows there is a list but he hasn't been involved up until now.
Wilson Says Nix Can Do The Job: Wilson said to the fans that may be disappointed by this hiring that Buddy has the resume to do this job. He isn't looking for big names he's looking for someone who can get the job done and he thinks he can but it won't happen immediately. Wilson feels they build the team through the draft and it will take time. He also said they are not that far away they need some good drafts and hire the right coach but the number one thing is they have to be lucky. He hopes the fans will understand that just bringing in someone who is a big name, it doesn't guarantee he will be successful.
Wilson Introduces Nix As New GM: Ralph Wilson as at the press conference and introduced Buddy Nix as the new general manager. He said he really needed someone that was familiar with all the aspects of football and the fans and himself wanted someone to run the football operations. Wilson said Nix will hire the new football coach and will oversee the entire operation connected to football. Russ Brandon's has been promoted to CEO from COO as he will still oversee all aspects of the operation including football. Russ reports directly to Wilson like he has done and Wilson called it a promotion but it is unclear how his responsibilities will change. Wilson and Brandon interviewed two other internal candidates and they believe Nix was the most qualified because of his time as an Asst. GM in San Diego. John Guy is believed to be one of the candidates since they needed to interview a minority candidate for this position.
Nix Excited For Opportunity: Buddy Nix spoke after Wilson and said this job was not what he had in mind when he came back to the organization in February. He said he is very excited for the opportunity. He called it perfect timing and it is obviously important who they hire as head coach. He said all he's ever done is football and this is the only title he has not held. He said he's has successes and failures and along the way he learned what to do and what not to do and he expects to work seven days a week if that is what it takes to turn things around. He said he's not the smartest man in town and will tell them when he doesn't know. He says he isn't worried about his legacy all he wants to do is anything he can to help them win a game. He said they are not that far away, nobody is in this league because it's watered down. He said it's about winning in the long run not what gets done today. He said he knows everyone is disappointed by his hiring but it is like draft grades give him time and he will succeed. Nix said he will evaluate the entire operation before deciding on the futures of personnel including John Guy and Tom Modrak.
Fitz Looks Ready: Ryan Fitzpatrick took the majority of snaps in practice today as his ankle responded well to yesterday's workout. He said he was sore but nothing unexpected happened and he made it through the workout fine today. He's expected to be ready to start on Sunday. Steve Johnson and Andre Ramsey were added to the injury report after they were both injured in practice and couldn't return. Injury Page.
Nix Promoted To GM The Bills have reportedly promoted Buddy Nix to General Manager. He had been the college scouting director. The 70 years old is just another in a long line of internal promotions and it doesn't represent a cleaning of the house. He is given a lot of credit for the rebirth of the San Diego Chargers when he worked under A.J. Smith from 2003-2008. The team will have a press conference at 2:30.
Press Conference at 2:30pm: The Bills have called a press conference for 2:30pm today. This is unusual day and time for a press conference and nobody seems to know yet what it is about. It could be nothing or it could be something major. Stay tuned for updates.
Glorified Exhibition Game: It was tough writing the preview to Sunday's season finale since it is nothing more like a glorified exhibition game with the Colts likely to take their starters out of the game very early. Does it give the Bills a chance? Probably not. Complete Preview.
Fitz Workout Today Big: Perry Fewell has yet to name a starting QB for Sunday's finale but did admit Ryan Fitzpatrick gives him the best chance to win. It all comes down to today's practice, if Fitzpatrick gets through today's workout ok after taking most of the first team reps yesterday he is expected to get the nod. He feels good and all signs point to him being ready to be under center. Many think Brian Brohm should start anyway but Fewell wants to win his last game as interim coach and will play his best players. Who do you think should start at QB? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Wednesday December 30, 2009
Blackout Lifted: There will be no blackout of Sunday's game as Time Warner Cable has agreed to buy the remaning tickets that aren't sold by kickoff. As of Monday there were 2,500 tickets remaining and sales are definitely not brisk for this game with the Colts only playing their starters probably a quarter or so.
Game Fines: Donte Whitner tweeted today that he was fined $7,500 for taunting Roddy White at the end of a pass play. He was perplexed by the fine considering he wasn't even penalized for the play. Fred Jackson was fined $5,000 for have the black lines under his eyes read 'D-3' for his division 3 roots. He was perplexed by the fine since he has been doing this for three years.
Fitzpatrick Takes First Team Reps: Ryan Fitzpatrick was officially limited in practice but did take the majority of first team reps as his ankle appears significantly better meaning he could be available to start on Sunday. Eight players in all did not practice including Nic Harris which would create another big hole at linebacker if he can't go with Bryan Scott already ruled out. Fellow LB Ashlee Palmer was limited with an ankle injury. Jonathan Scott is sidelined with his ankle injury meaning rookie Andre Ramsey is likely to make his first start on Sunday. Marcus Stroud also sat with a back injury. Injury Page.
Front Office Update: With the season mercifully coming to an end it will be an exciting offseason in Buffalo. Various internet reports continue to surface so we will address some of the rumors here. NFL.com is reporting that the Bills will begin a new coaching search next week now that the top guys have turned them down. Buffalo Sports Daily contradicts this report by saying that Bill Cowher now is interested in the Bills job but it may be if he can't land a job in Tampa or Carolina. John Fox is expected to stay on as the Panthers coach. A source close to Cowher told Sal Capaccio, the man who broke the T.O. to Buffalo story, that the two sides are talking or will be talking soon. The Buffalo News says the Bills have turned their attention to bringing in a football operations person first and they will let him pick the next head coach.
Team Staying In Family? Sal Capaccio's report also says that sources close to several NFL coaches say the Bills ownership situation is one of the most stable in the NFL. The report also says that Ralph Wilson's family is committed to Buffalo and that Ralph is completely committed to bringing a winner to Buffalo.
Tuesday December 29, 2009
Byrd Makes Pro Bowl: The Bills had one player make the AFC Pro Bowl squad unfortunately he won't be able to play because of injury. Rookie S Jairus Byrd was selected to play in Miami the week before the Super Bowl. He is currently on injured reserve which doesn't preclude him from playing in the game but since he just underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his hip yesterday he won't be ready to play in the game. The selection of the rookie is still quiet an accomplishment as he became the first Bills rookie to be selected since 1984 when RB Greg Bell went.
Final Gameday Recap: The Bills went down to Atlanta on Sunday and got thoroughly outplayed in all aspects of the game. It was a total domination from Atlanta's first offensive play that went for a touchdown to the final gun. Here's our final recap of the terrible loss. Gameday Recap.
Monday December 28, 2009
Fitzpatrick May Be Back: Ryan Fitzpatrick may be able to practice on Wednesday and Perry Fewell will not make his decision on who will QB the season finale until he sees Fitzpatrick work. He was very close to being activated on Sunday but he was not going to start. He worked out on the field before the game and did some things well. They do expect him to practice on Wednesday. Trent Edwards will not be ready to play on Sunday. Perry Fewell said today he thought Brian Brohm played better as the game went on and did real well on the 11 play drive to a field goal. Bryan Scott has also been ruled out for Sunday's game. The players were given today off. Injury Page.
Tickets Remain: The Bills have a chance at having their first non-sellout in the past two years for the finale against the Colts. 2,500 tickets remain as of this morning and there is little motivation for fans to buy the tickets now that the Colts aren't undefeated anymore. They have until 1pm Thursday to sell the game out or else it would be blacked out in Western New York.
Weiss A Candidate? WIVB-TV is reporting that the Bills have contacted Charlie Weiss about the head coaching opening and he is interested in discussing it. Weiss was let go as the coach of Notre Dame after a 6-6 season. It has been widely speculated that he would end up back in the NFL as an offensive coordinator.
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