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Nix still playing role for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 1:40 pm

He’s listed as a Special Assistant for the Bills, and was to help the organization in a variety of football-related roles. One of those roles includes scouting the talent at the Senior Bowl in Mobile this week.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said he likes being able to lean on his predecessor as a sounding board and talent evaluator.

“He’s a great resource for me and I would be remiss if I didn’t use him,” said Whaley. “Any major decision or free agent we think about bringing in and ask him what he thinks. After this BLESTO meeting we’ll give him a list of the top rated guys and have him look at those guys. We’ll give him some of the free agents that we’ve pegged as interesting. So he’s a resource and with that wealth of knowledge I’d be remiss if I didn’t pick his brain and use him to our fullest advantage.”


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Bills stuck with Browns head coach timetable

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 9:37 am

While the Bills as an organization are happy for the opportunity Mike Pettine finds himself in as a head coaching candidate for the Cleveland Browns, it also puts Buffalo in somewhat of a holding pattern on certain things. The operation of a coaching staff is extremely structured even in the offseason, but when one organization is forced to work on the timetable of another it’s anything but easy.

In an appearance on the John Murphy show last night, Bills head coach Doug Marrone admitted that while happy for Pettine, the process of Cleveland’s search leaves them in a tricky spot.

“It does and partly because of the rules of the league,” Marrone said. “You cannot deny anyone permission to speak to anyone that would like to be a head coach. Not that we would, but you can’t put a timetable on them. You can’t say, ‘Hey listen you can talk to our guy, but you only have a certain amount of time.’ So really the ball is in their court.”

The pace of the Browns coaching search is expected to quicken with Super Bowl assistants available this week.

 


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Byrd at peace on the field

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2013 – 10:27 pm

Bills safety Jairus Byrd has three interceptions in his last two games, as he is getting into a comfort zone in Buffalo’s defense. Appearing on the John Murphy Show Monday night, Byrd also said he’s open-minded about returning to play for the Bills after the 2013 season. He also mentioned that the unsuccessful negotiations of the past offseason are not a distraction.

“Once I’m actually out there playing it makes everything a lot easier,” Byrd told the John Murphy Show. “The more time you’re away from the game the more time you get caught up into things, but when I’m out there playing I’m at peace so I’m thankful for that.”

 


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