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Bills Lose Finale, Levy To Leave

AP Photo - Ashton YoubotyOfficial Announcement This Week: Chris Mortensen is reporting on that Marv Levy is indeed stepping down as general manager and an announcement is expected this week. As we reported earlier it was a mutual decision and that Levy felt he has moved the team in the right direction. Mortensen says Levy has the option to remain with the team as a consultant.

Reed Rips Offense: Josh Reed let out some frustration with the offense after the latest loss. He said his young son could cover their offense. He doesn't understand why they never took shots downfield and they are so vanilla and predictable that defenses have no problems defending against them.

Offense Stinks Up Field: It was such a pathetic job by the offense in the loss to the Eagles that no matter what the defense and special teams did their was no way the Bills were going to win the game with a popgun offensive attack that is reflected in the positional review. Gameday Grades.

Report: Levy Stepping Down: Media reports say that Marv Levy will be stepping down as the general manager of the Bills. It appears to be a mutual decision that Levy came aboard for two years to get the team on the right track and they do appear headed that way with some good, young talent aboard. The toll of the job was reportedly starting to wear on the 82 year old Levy. More to come on this story later take our poll on our homepage and let me know if you are shocked by this move.

Bills Lose Finale 17-9: Donovan McNabb threw for 345 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles flew by the Bills 17-9 in the season finale. The Bills offense was pathetic once again as they had to settle for three Rian Lindell field goals in four trips into the red zone. Marshawn Lynch finished with 105 yards rushing, he got 56 on one carry. Trent Edwards struggled with his accuracy while dodging pressure most of the day. Game Review.

Evans, Ellison, Crowell Leave Loss: The season ended the way it started way back in week 1... with a lot of injuries. The good news is they have seven months to heal before training camp. Lee Evans was banged up when he was hit hard on a two yard completion late in the 2nd quarter. He went to the locker room before the half ended and did not return to the sidelines. His return was listed as questionable as he was being kept under observation was the official word. Keith Ellison needed help getting off the field with a left leg injury. He did not return. Angelo Crowell injured his elbow and did not return. Let's hope that none of the injuries are long term enough to affect them getting ready for next season. Injury Page.

Recent Callups Inactive: The Bills rewarded Corey Mace and Scott Mayle with a trip to Philadelphia for their year long stay on the practice squad. Neither will play however as they are mong the inactives. Donte Whitner is inactive after he failed to make the trip because of an undisclosed illness that he's had since Wednesday. Also inactive are: Jason Peters, Shaud Williams, Ryan Neufeld, and Patrick Estes. Gibran Hamdan is the emergency third QB. Wire and Bryan are the only inactives because of injury. Josh Reed was listed as probable and he is active and will play.

Showers Possible: If Trent Edwards really can't play in bad weather the Bills better get off to a quick start today in Philadelphia. The weather will be much better than the past two weeks but showers are likely before the game is over. It will be cloudy at the start of the game with a game time temperature of 42° and very light winds at about 3mph from the east northeast. In the second half, showers should develop as the temperatures will dip into the upper 30s.

Saturday December 29, 2007

Whitner Out: Donte Whitner did not make the flight to Philadelphia and will not play Sunday. He has been sick all week and has not practiced and has missed some meetings. He appears to have a strong case of the flu but the Bills won't officially disclose the illness. Bryan Scott will start in his place at strong safety. Jim Leonhard will start on the weak side. Injury Page.

Bills Look For .500 Finish: Not much to play for as usual for the Bills season finale, doesn't the NFL season go by fast? The team wanted to finish with two straight wins after being eliminated from the playoff race in Cleveland. Now they have to settle for trying to finish at 8-8. In the big picture, that will look nice after all they went through this season with injuries and all. Of course a loss will likely jump their draft position a few spots. In either case, most diehard Bills fans will be watching because it will be the last time to see them on the field for eight long months, so enjoy!

Friday December 28, 2007

Two Promoted; Two On IR: Coy Wire and Copeland Bryan became the 16th and 17th players placed on injured reserve. They had already been ruled out of the finale so the team decided to give two players off of the practice squad a chance. They have activated DE Corey Mace and WR Scott Mayle. Both players were being rewarded for being on the practice squad all season.

Reed, Whitner Questionable: Donte Whitner remains bothered by the flu and is questionable for Sunday's game. He missed practice again today after feeling better in the morning but got worse as the day went on. He has been so sick he's missed meetings as well. Josh Reed is also questionable with his lower back injury. He did practice today on a limited basis. Coy Wire, Jason Peters, and Copeland Bryan have all been ruled out of the game. Injury Page.

Thursday December 27, 2007

Five Miss Practice Again: Donte Whitner, Josh Reed, Jason Peters, Copeland Bryan, and Coy Wire all missed practice for a second straight day on Thursday. Whitner has the flu and they hope he practices on Friday. He has played every snap on defense this season. Reed has been bothered by a lower back problem for the past few weeks but hopes to practice tomorrow. Peters has been all but ruled out for Sunday's game as has Wire and Bryan. Injury Page.

Wednesday December 26, 2007

Five Miss Practice: Donte Whitner, Josh Reed, Jason Peters, Copeland Bryan, and Coy Wire missed practice today. Whitner is ill and Reed has a lower back problem but Dick Jauron anticipates him being ready to play. Bryan and Wire have missed substantial time and aren't expected to play on Sunday. Peters is already out with a groin injury. Injury Page.

Bills End Season Sunday: The long, tough season comes to an end Sunday in Philadelphia as the Bills take on the Eagles. This game has no effect on the standing for either team as both try to get to the .500 mark to finish the season. Which team will want it more? It will be interesting to see the last Bills game for more than eight months. Game Preview.

Tuesday December 25, 2007

Time To Ditch Tampa 2? A lot of the talk after the Bills gave up more than 145 yards rushing to three backs in the past two weeks center around the controversial Tampa 2 defense. It is predicated on speed and filling the gaps. When the weather is rough it's harder for the smaller, faster players to hit the gaps and stop the big backs like Jamal Lewis and Brandon Jacobs. The Bills need a big run stuffing defensive tackle and may need to adjust the defense accordingly. Fans are very tired of seeing backs run up and down the field on this defense. Good teams seem to have figured out the Tampa 2 and no how to beat it. It may be time for a change. What do you think? Take our poll on the homepage and let us know!

Monday December 24, 2007

Peters Out Of Finale: Jason Peters has been ruled out of the season finale after he re-aggravated his groin injury that he suffered several weeks ago. The injury may be severe enough to force him out of the Pro Bowl in February in Hawaii. He will have tests later this week to determine the severity of the injury. Injury Page.

Buffalo A Warm Weather Team: It is becoming apparent that the Bills are not built for the wintry weather of Western New York. They have built a team of high character and intelligence with the will to play hard everyday. In the past the snowy weather in Cleveland last week and the wintry and windy mess yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium would play to the Bills strengths. This team is heavily made up of players from warm weather areas especially at the skill positions. Trent Edwards, Marshawn Lynch, and Dwayne Wright are all from Carolina. Roscoe Parrish and Michael Gaines are from Florida. Robert Royal and Josh Reed come from Lousiana while Fred Jackson is from Texas. Many of these playes never saw this kind of weather before coming to Buffalo. Edwards admits he needs to work on dealing with the cold. He played well in the first quarter when the winds weren't swirling too bad and the temperatures hadn't started to dip yet. He did ok on the final drive against Cleveland when the snow stopped. He appears to be ok in good weather situations but awful in poor weather. One answer may be practicing outside almost exclusively to get the players ready for the cold. Will he learn how to play in this? If not, they need to get a quarterback that knows how to. Edwards says it's both physical and mental and they have to improve in these conditions. Do you think Edwards will develop into a cold weather QB? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!

Hixon Visits Everett: There was closure on many fronts with Kevin Everett's return to Buffalo after his devastating injury. He walked around the locker room and spoke to the entire team individually instead of a full team meeting. He had the pre-game meal with the team and watched the game in the Owner's luxury box. It was also closure for the man he collided with Domenik Hixon. His career has taken a downward turn since the hit as he became tentative on returns. He met with Everett after the game in the Owner's box. They had a casual converastion and talked about a variety of things. Everett told Hixon that Houston is a great place to live and he should check it out. Hixon promised to do that and both of them said they will stay in touch. Hixon was relieved and thankful for the meeting 15 minutes later when he returned to the Giants locker room. This should help him gain the closure he needs to continue his career but he admitted he isn't necessarily at 100% closure since he just wants to see Everett to continue to improve.

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