Manuel excited to work with new QBs coach Downing [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think he has a ton of talent and a lot of new edge to him as a coach,” said Manuel. “He’s a young guy as well, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”'
Trust a pillar between Schwartz and players [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Having played for coach Schwartz in Tennessee I knew what he was capable of,” said Vanden Bosch. “He’s not only a great X’s and O’s guy. He relates well to players. He motivates players. He challenges the leaders of the team and gives them a lot of responsibility. I knew he was the right man for that challenge and I was honored that he picked me to be part of that turnaround.”'
Bills hire Hostler as offensive assistant [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'During 2012, Baltimore’s receivers finished with 3,996 receiving yards, the second most in franchise history. Since entering the NFL in 2011, the Ravens’ Torrey Smith is averaging 17.2 yards per catch, and has 19 touchdowns and 2,842 yards – all totals that rank in the top 10 in the AFC.'
Lynch’s hard shell masks a candy-coated center [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“With the run-ins that he had, I know he’s not that type of person,” Jackson said. “But you’ve got to be held accountable for the things that you do.”'
Jim Hostler leaves Ravens' staff, named Bills' senior offensive assistant [1:57 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Hostler was a finalist for the Ravens' offensive coordinator job that went to former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Hostler's status was unresolved and that the team would potentially need a new receivers coach.'
Former Buffalo Bill Marshawn Lynch soars with Seattle [1:56 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Seahawks coaches suggest there was a difference in culture that Lynch could not overcome in Buffalo. "Marshawn, just coming to Seattle — there's a difference between unity and uniformity," running backs coach Sherman Smith said. "We don't all have to be the same, but we all have to be united in what we're all about. Marshawn has bought into what we're all about."'
Bills hire Hostler as senior offensive assistant [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Hostler has 14 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past six as Baltimore's receivers coach. He also spent three seasons as an assistant in San Francisco, including 2007 as the 49ers offensive coordinator.'
Jim Hostler named Senior Offensive Assistant [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hostler comes to Buffalo with 15 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past six seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ wide receivers coach. During his time with the Ravens, Hostler oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s 2012 Super Bowl championship. During the 2012 campaign, the Ravens’ wideouts finished second in franchise history for most receiving yards during a single season with 3,996.'
Jackson’s Bills stint is quite forgotten [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of people have been asking me about how it feels coming from Buffalo last year and being back in Seattle this year ... I never wanted to leave Seattle in the first place,” Jackson said. “It’s a good feeling being in a place where you’re winning games. That Buffalo situation is over with.”'
More-detailed video depicts Bills fan’s fall into stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The video, put together by the Bills, is now part of the case involving Robert A. Hopkins, 29, of Buffalo, who is charged with third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.'
Former All-Pro LB Bulluck bullish on Schwartz [1:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It wasn’t until Schwartz’s second year that we got a lot better,” Bulluck said. “He was a young coordinator then, but we started to come into our own and went to the playoffs back to back. He was a good teacher in the way he got his material across. He wasn’t confusing. Everyone understood what their alignment and assignment was and he was very detail oriented.”'
Bills’ defense won’t sit back [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re an attack scheme,” Schwartz said in describing the defensive system he will employ. “It’s a scheme built on the guys up front getting after the quarterback. As much as you want to be multi-dimensional with personnel groups, the league comes down to one-on-one, and I think we have some guys that can do that.”'
Arcade's Colling inks contract with Bills [1:58 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Colling’s contract kicks in at the start of the new season, as outlined by the NFL labor agreement. He most recently played with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, seeing action in 16 of 18 games last season when he finished as the team’s leader in sacks (four) and tackles for a loss (five). The defensive lineman was the Gladiators’ sixth-leading tackler with 29 stops, including 17 solo tackles. He also forced a team-best three fumbles and recovered two fumbles.'
Bills D to maintain attacking style under Schwartz [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills newly hired defensive coordinator indicated on Monday he has no designs on making drastic changes to the aggressive approach that made Buffalo one of the NFL's most feared pass-rushing teams last season.'
Bills hit 'reset' in contract talks with S Byrd [1:56 AM]
AP reports: '"It's a process and there's no carryover. You start over again and you try to get something done," Brandon told The Associated Press on Monday. "We just weren't able to come up with a solution that worked for both parties, so you reset it and start again."'
Schwartz introduced as Bills defensive coordinator [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"When you're a head coach, and you find yourself on the outside, you want to be very careful about your next opportunity, and I was in this case," Schwartz said. "And I didn't step into this lightly. Not only from the administration here, the ownership and the coaching staff, but also from a player standpoint, this is a tremendous opportunity for a defensive coach."'
Bills' Marrone expects 3, possibly 4 assistants to join Pettine [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Obviously Jim O’Neil was granted permission, he’ll be leaving to go to Cleveland as the defensive coordinator to the best of my knowledge," Marrone said. "Brian Fleury, who is a quality control coach will be leaving to go to Cleveland to the best of my knowledge as an inside linebackers coach. Also Jeff Hafley who really wasn’t here long will be leaving for Cleveland to the best of my knowledge, working with the secondary in Cleveland."'
New Bills DC Schwartz to employ ''an attack scheme'' [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Whatever anybody wants to tag the system as far as a name, it won’t be us. We’re just going to try to do whatever we can every week to do the best to have the game plan. I think the similarities you’ll see is it will be as aggressive as it can be and try to be as physical as we can be and it will be an attack style."'
Bills Keep Moving [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There was a time really not all that long ago when the Bills would be looking to hire people and it felt like there was a certain cut of candidate who they just could not talk with. That perception could have been wrong, but that's how it felt to me. Does an exhaustive search for a new General Manager landing on Buddy Nix ring any bells?'
Bills' O'Neil will interview for Browns DC job [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He is the favorite to land the job in Cleveland according to multiple reports.'
Jim Schwartz: ''Buffalo is a tremendous opportunity for a defensive coach'' [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It started with Doug (Marrone). Like I said, the respect I have for him and what he has done—and not just what he has done in the NFL. I have a lot of respect for what he did at Syracuse and where he took that program. That was not an easy job. I think anybody who is in our profession knows that. Then playing them last year, seeing some of the things. We have a lot of common friends. So there is a respect level that is there. I think that probably starts there.'
Schwartz: Scheme will attack and be flexible [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When people say we relied on the front four that’s because they were really good,” Schwartz told Buffalobills.com. “For a significant portion of my career we didn’t have to blitz to get pressure on the quarterback. With guys like Jevon Kearse and Kevin Carter, Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch in Tennessee, and even going to Detroit with Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch was also up there. We were in a situation where we were doing what our players did best.'
Bills grant Browns permission to meet with LBs coach O'Neil [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Pettine’s interest in O’Neil is anything but surprising. The two coached together with the Jets, and when Pettine was hired by Buffalo as defensive coordinator he brought O’Neil with him to coach linebackers. It’s presumed that O’Neil will interview for the Browns defensive coordinator post.'
Whaley adjusts scouting approach with spike in underclassmen [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s tougher on us as scouts because you cannot look at those guys or talk about those guys until they officially declare and the list came out on Sunday so we can only start our process now and it condenses all that information into a shorter time period,” said Whaley. “So it makes us work a lot harder and it’s tough because those are usually the best players so you want to be as thorough as possible.”'
In QB-rich year, Bills could go for wideout [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. At 6-foot-4, Evans fits the physical mold of a big, athletic receiver who can develop into a team’s No. 1 option.'
Bill Parcells sees Super Bowl XLVIII matchup very similar to his NY Giants vs. Buffalo Bills [1:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“Not many people remember we played (the Bills) three times that year, once in the preseason,” Parcells says. “When we played them late in the regular season, we got beat by three points and that was the game when Phil (Simms) got hurt. We found out pretty quickly he wasn’t going to be able to play after that. So we had to get Jeff ready to go.”'
Bills’ foresight results in quick DC hire [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Marrone has contingency plans for events that extend far beyond coaching. In fact, he’s even prepared for not coaching if – knock on wood – he gets into a car accident on the way to a game or something catastrophic happens on the sideline. Rest assured Marrone was ready for Pettine’s departure several weeks ago, enabling the Bills to immediately reach for Schwartz to fill the position. Schwartz will be introduced early this week.'
Browns Get Their Guy At Bills’ Expense [1:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Clearly, the Browns’ management had no plan beyond dumping Chudzinski.'
Why Buffalo Bills new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is a good hire [1:57 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'While Pettine made some improvements, the defense still has a few weaknesses. The Bills were 28th in rushing yards allowed and 20th in scoring defense. The team could use a boost at linebacker to help defend against the run. And while the Bills have some good young safeties, they could use an upgrade at cornerback. Schwartz will be able to help in some of those areas and build off the Bills' progress in 2013. During his stint with Tennessee, the Titans defense was a top 10 unit three times.'
Bills hire ex-Lions coach Schwartz as defensive coordinator [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While he was in Tennessee, Schwartz’s defenses finished in the top 10 against the run in five of eight seasons, including No. 1 in 2003. The Titans finished in the top 10 in overall defense three times under Schwartz.'
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