— Six Bills were named to the Pro Football Focus All-AFC East Team. The Bills selections are RB C.J. Spiller, WR Stevie Johnson, OG Andy Levitre, DT Kyle Williams, FS Jairus Byrd and KR Leodis McKelvin. 2012 PFF All-AFC East Team >>>
— USA Football has selected Buffalo Bills kick returner LEODIS McKELVIN as the return specialist on the 2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which honors 26 NFL players – 11 offense, 11 defense and four special teams – who exhibit exemplary football techniques for youth players to emulate.
Each player chosen for the All-Fundamentals Team will receive a $1,500 equipment grant from USA Football to donate to the youth or high school football program of his choice. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, is the official youth football development partner of the Bills, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.
A fan vote will determine All-Fundamentals Team captains at www.facebook.com/usafootball. Fans may vote for one captain on offense, defense and special teams. USA Football will award each of the three captains a $3,000 equipment grant to donate and an All-Fundamentals Team helmet trophy. Voting is open through Jan. 21.
— Appearing Tuesday night on The John Murphy Show, Daryl “Moose” Johnston said Marrone will coach with an aggressive style when he takes over the Bills.
Johnston was a college teammate of Marrone’s at Syracuse University in the 1980s. Johnston spent his freshman and redshirt-freshman seasons watching Marrone act as one of the leaders of the Orange offensive line. And the former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl fullback says Marrone will install an aggressive style for the Bills.
“I anticipate Doug to be an aggressive guy, I really do,” Johnston said Tuesday night, when he appeared on The John Murphy Show. “I expect him to be an aggressive guy down the field. I expect him to be aggressive with his special teams play. I would expect the coordinators to be that style—it’s not going to be a ‘bend but don’t break’ style on defense.”
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
January 9, 1991 — BRUCE SMITH NAMED 1990 NFL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bills DE Bruce Smith was named the Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Player of the Year for 1990. The National Sports Daily named Smith its NFL MVP, and United Press International named him their AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Saints QB Drew Brees on Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone
“I am thrilled for Doug and his family. I really enjoyed my time working with him when he was here with the Saints. Doug is a coach who deeply cares about his players. It was fun to watch him resurrect the program at his alma mater, Syracuse, and I know that the feeling in our organization was that he would have success doing that very quickly. This is a great opportunity for Doug and I can tell you that there are a lot of people here at the Saints that are proud to see him having earned this opportunity with the Bills.”
Buffalo News-Marrone’s first hire is a familiar face
Buffalo News-Marrone’s success or failure a coin flip
Sports Illustrated-Marrone appears to have right pedigree to turn around Bills
Sports Illustrated-Doug Marrone’s first challenge? Finding the right defensive coordinator
New York Times-Marrone Nabs Unlikely Seat in Coaching Musical Chairs
Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Thoughts on Marrone coming to Buffalo
Syracuse Post-Standard-Syracuse football offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will join Doug Marrone in Buffalo
Wellsville Daily Reporter-Bills wisely go bold with Marrone
BuffaloBills.com-Coordinator search already in motion
Bills peg Hackett as Offensive Coordinator
What would the Bills look like as a 3-4 team?
1/8 Joe B willing to give new Bills coach Marrone a shot
1/8 Former Bills tight end Mark Campbell on playing for Doug Marrone
Pro Football Talk Live
ProFootballTalk: One-on-one with new Bills coach Doug Marrone
Doug Marrone Buffalo Bills Local Press Interview
Inside The Bills
“Moose” says Marrone will be aggressive, Spiller on the radio, John Murphy Show for Tuesday night, Geno Smith says no thanks to Senior Bowl, Ryan: Pettine will interview with Bills today
Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Bills’ K-Gun offense influential to new OC Nathaniel Hackett
New Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett at a glance
Audio: Bills talk with new Buffalo sports station 1270 The Fan
Chargers expressed legitimate interest in Doug Marrone
New Bills coach Doug Marrone’s letter to season-ticket holders
Bills GM Buddy Nix was very familiar with Doug Marrone
Rex Ryan wishes Mike Pettine ‘all the best unless he goes to Buffalo’
Rex Ryan’s top D aide ready to meet Bills, make his own way
Doug Marrone’s impact resonated with All-Pro center Kevin Mawae
Around the League (NFL.com)
Nathaniel Hackett reportedly will be Buffalo Bills’ OC
Pro Football Weekly
Hackett hired as Bills offensive coordinator
Posted in Inside the Bills