So I started to look back to where I thought the Bills were last year and who I thought they would draft, evaluating positions of necessity, etc. Here is my post from last year. Here is a look at...
Free agent wide receiver Josh Reed has scheduled a visit to New England. A league source tells PFT's Mike Florio that Reed will visit the Patriots on Sunday. Reed is coming off a season in which he was largely phased out of the Bills' offense, catching just 27 passes for 291 yards. In 2008 Reed had a career-high 597 receiving yards on 56 catches.
According to Chris Brown (BuffaloBills.com): Though rumors are running rampant that there could be a trade deal in the works for the Bills to acquire Washington RFA QB Jason Campbell, a Washington Post report cites sources as saying it’s not likely. Redskins Insider Jason Reid of the Washington Post, stated the following on the odds of a Campbell trade. People familiar with the situation told me they did not envision the Redskins completing a deal with Buffalo involving Campbell. Reid also adds that Campbell’s agent is scheduled to meet with Redskins GM Bruce Allen here at the NFL Combine about an extension for Campbell. First of all, a trade cannot happen until the league’s moratorium is lifted March 5th. Second, if the Redskins choose not to tender Campbell by next Thursday, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent March 5th and would be free to sign with any club. I’d like to think that any other NFL team that might be interested in Campbell would wait and see if he’s even tendered a qualifying offer first. Head coach Chan Gailey was asked specifically about whether he plans on adding a veteran QB to his roster and he said the following today. "I’m going to sidestep that again by saying we always are trying to improve our football team," said Gailey. "If that’s the best way to improve it then I’ll do that."
Hey but according to Gailey we have the "principle pieces", hmmm, NT? Bills head coach Chan Gailey appearing on 103.3 FM The Edge in Buffalo Friday afternoon said he believes they have some of the principle pieces needed to field a capable 3-4 defensive front. His concern lies with the depth at some positions. "We have some of the right people to play the defense," said Gailey. "Our depth is cause for concern at this point. We’ve got to make sure that we have depth at certain positions. But we think we can adapt to the 3-4 with some pretty good people right off the bat." One position that obviously going to need some added depth is linebacker, first from the simple fact that you need more of them to field a 3-4 defense. Most 3-4 teams carry eight and sometimes nine linebackers.
From BuffaloBills.com Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that he has spoken with DE Aaron Schobel. Gailey did not provide many details regarding their conversation, but did offering the following on their talk. "I have talked to Aaron Schobel and we had a good conversation," said Gailey. "I’m going to leave it at that." When asked if Schobel shed any light as to which way he might be leaning with respect to possible retirement, Gailey said he had not. "I took from the conversation that he has not decided, but I think that’s going to come with time. He’s going to have to make a decision at some point in time and I think he will. We know what a great player he is, we know we’d like to have him on the Bills and make that happen, but we’ll see what he decides." Schobel said he planned to take two months of time before making his decision. The 2009 regular season ended just five weeks ago.
Per Chris Brown, Buffalo Bills Official Website: "...Nix wasn’t traveling to campuses this past fall having retired so he knows he’ll have some catch up work to do if he is to help contribute to Buffalo’s final draft board come April. "I think I can catch up," said Nix. "I’ve stayed familiar with it and I’ve been able to keep up with the league and I know the Bills, so I hopefully can contribute some by draft time." The veteran scout will be attending the NFL combine in February and workouts and pro days on college campuses in March..."
In the not thinking outside the box. "...a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Bills considered two other in-house personnel men -- pro personnel director John Guy and chief scout Tom Modrak -- among the candidates for the GM position..."
Kind of depressing... I hope we get a GM whom is well known and well respected around the league whom has a winning history, but likely we will end up with some "up-and-coming" guy or someone of the scrap heap... sigh... "Former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was expected to give the Browns an answer on Monday regarding whether he'd accept an employment off from the team. He has given them an answer. And the answer is yes."
J.P. Losman won a championship in the UFL, something he never came close to doing at Tulane or with the Buffalo Bills. Now he's trying to latch on to another team with a chance to win a title. The Indianapolis Colts worked out Losman on Friday.
According to Michael David Smith (PFT): A day after Marty Schottenheimer's name surfaced as a potential candidate to coach the Buffalo Bills, Schottenheimer shot down the idea. "I was a bit taken back," Schottenheimer said today on Sirius NFL Radio. "It's flattering but there's nothing there." "I'll be very candid with you and say it's nice to think that people would consider you," Schottenheimer said, "but the reality of it is is that after 30 great years I'm really not going to go back down that road again."
According to Chris Brown from BuffaloBills.com: "Bills OL Eric Wood has a fractured tibia and fibula and is staying in Jacksonville tonight. Wood is having surgery to re-set the bones. He’s expected back in Buffalo on Monday. With six weeks left in the season its likely that Wood’s injury is season ending. We’ll get the official update Monday at Perry Fewell’s wrap up press conference."
Asked to explain his football philosophy, Fewell was concise: "Play like hell and win." Fewell called the job an "opportunity of a lifetime," but he declined to talk about whether owner Ralph Wilson has indicated that the opportunity could extend beyond 2009. As to the offense, Fewell plans no major changes. "We are who we are," he said. Fewell also said that he'll name a starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Jacksonville on Wednesday.
With all signs pointing to the gradual (if not faster) disappearance of receiver Ted Ginn from relevance, one of his former Ohio State teammates is more than willing to give him a new home. Bills safety Donte Whitner, "retweeting" the headline to our story indicating that Ginn has been marginalized at practice, offers encouragement for Ginn. "[Push] through this bro!" Whitner says in his message. "We'll take u!"
...Perhaps that's why they wouldn't recognize PFT's report when asked Thursday. In fact, a Bills media relations official told reporters to ask only injury-related questions to Dick Jauron, which was a departure from their normal Thursday routine. When Jauron was asked about the no-huddle attack, the coach left without saying a word, according to the Associated Press. (If we were the Associated Press, we wouldn't credit them, but would just write "according to internet reports." But that's another story.)...
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson is apparently on the trading block, according to the National Football Post. The 2005 first-round pick hasn't been playing very much this season.
Jon Gruden appears to be the frontrunner in Dan Snyder's offseason search for his seventh coach in 11 seasons. Sources close to Snyder say he began considering options to replace coach Jim Zorn after losing to Detroit on Sept. 27; a victory that ended the Lions' 19-game losing streak…
Did you guys get to see Jauron's press conference today (October 12th). Two noteworthy occurences: 1) Someone asked the question I begged for someone to ask. To paraphrase "Dick, do you deserve...
With the Bills falling apart and receiver Terrell Owens generating barely 200 total receiving yards in five games, some have suggested that T.O. should be dangled for the benefit of a playoff contender, which could then yield for the Bills a draft pick or two for their trouble. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it's not happening.
For what it's worth, according to buffalobills.com (Chris Brown): Head coach Dick Jauron confirmed that two of his linebackers have knee injuries coming out of the Cleveland game. "Both Kawika (Mitchell) and Marcus (Buggs) are knees and we’ll know more obviously once they get checked either tonight or (Monday)," said Jauron. As for Jonathan Scott, Jauron said he suffered an ankle injury. Jauron also added that he was "not optimistic" about Buggs and Mitchell, which means the Bills are likely to be shopping for some reinforcements at the position this week with just four healthy linebackers on the roster in Keith Ellison, Nic Harris, Ashlee Palmer and Jon Corto.
After the game, with increased calls for Bills coach Dick Jauron to be fired, G.M. Russ Brandon was non-committal. "I'm not going to comment on that," Brandon said. "Obviously this is a low point for all of us. I feel for everyone in the organization and more importantly the fans. This is not where we expected to be right now." Asked whether the team's performance would cost the fourth-year coach his job, Jauron said, "Not a question to ask me."
Interesting explanation on how to handle the Rooney rule. This article is about the Redskins hiring a non-interim coach, but could obviously be applicable to the Bills. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells us that such a maneuver would be permitted, as long as the selection process complies with the Rooney Rule. But the process would not be easy. First, it would need to move quickly. Second, any minority candidates invited to participate in the process might see through the strategy -- and decline to be interviewed. One way to address those concerns would be to advise any in-house minority candidates that they are being interviewed both for the position of interim head coach and permanent head coach.
Though the season hasn’t gotten off to a good start for the Bills no one is pointing fingers at anyone but themselves after a 1-3 start. In fact when asked by the media about standing behind Dick Jauron and the team’s coaching staff, players were quick to do so. "Absolutely," said Kyle Williams. "We’re behind everybody in this organization. We’re behind the head coach, the O-coordinator, the D-coordinator and all the players. We believe in one another and we just have to go out and win football games. That’s what it’s all about." "Yeah definitely," said Keith Ellison. "We have a lot of faith in our coaches and a lot of confidence in our team. All of us are 100 percent behind them. We’re going to get this thing turned around."
The three teams that changed offensive coordinators right before the season are a collective 1-11, and they'd probably be winless had the Bills and Bucs not played each other in Week 2... Buffalo's passing game is a total mess and Trent Edwards doesn‘t have a shred of confidence left. I'm not really suggesting the old schemes would have dramatically different results, but when you try to overhaul the engine of the offense right before the bell rings, you're asking for trouble.
Per Chris Brown (BuffaloBills.com): Bills WR Terrell Owens spoke after the loss to the Saints. His comments were brief. Here they are in their entirety. Q: What did you think of the offense overall? Terrell Owens: "Didn’t execute." Q: Why do you think the offense didn’t execute? T.O.: "We lost the game, what do you think?" Q: On the deep ball at the tunnel end did you pull up on that? T.O.: "No." Q: Trent couldn’t get the ball downfield and it seemed like everything was short and check downs. T.O.: "I was just going with the plays that were called." Q: Was it something their defense was doing out there? T.O.: "What do you think?" Q: You tell me, you’re out there T.O.: "I’m just going with the plays that are called." Q: Your frustration level right now? T.O.: "I’m good. Just got to get ready for next week." Q: Do you feel you and Lee (Evans) are being wasted in this offens? T.O.: "We’re just going with the plays that are called." Q: You could say ‘no’ right there. T.O.: "I’m just going with the plays that are called." Q: Do you like the plays that are called? T.O.: "Whether I like them or don’t, I’m just going with the plays that are called." Q: How about the decisiosn that are made after the plays are called? The quarterback’s decisions after the play is called? T.O.: "You’d have to ask him." Q: I’m asking what you think. T.O.: "I don’t want to answer that because whatever I say you guys are turn it into however you want to say it." Q: We’ll print whatever you say word for word. T.O.: "I just answered you sir." Q: Any thoughts on the end of your catch streak (185 straight games)? T.O.: "It’s over." Q: Did it have any meaning to you at all? T.O.: "We didn’t win the game." Q: Do you feel bad for the defense? T.O.: "We’ve just got to regroup and get ready for next week."
Per BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown: "Four Bills players were on the post game injury report for the Bills. Donte Whitner left the game with a thumb injury and did not return. Leodis McKelvin re-aggravated his fibula/ankle injury and did not return. Bryan Scott suffered an ankle injury and Demetrius Bell suffered a groin injury."
Bills receiver Terrell Owens wants to be an actor. Owens admitted his post-football plans during a Wednesday conference call with New Orleans reporters. "I'm definitely by far a better football player than an actor," Owens said, in an attempt at self-deprecation that was far more accurate that many of the things he ever has said. "That's something I want to get into after football and I jump on it and talked to a lot of people in production with my show. Practice makes perfect and once after the season is over I'm going to take some classes and after I'm done, I'm probably going to try to link up with Dwayne Johnson, the Rock and Chris Rock and some other guys, Morris Chestnut, I'm good friends with Jamie Foxx and see where it goes."
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