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Perry Fewell linked to Bears defensive coordinator job?

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Jeff Dickerson, blogger writes that Perry Fewell, free to pursue other jobs assuming he doesn’t land the Bills head coaching gig, is being linked to the defensive coordinator position with the Chicago Bears.

Fewell has had a relationship with current Chicago head coach Lovie Smith since 2003, When Smith was the St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator and Fewell served as his secondary coach.

If Fewell, as expected doesn’t get the Bills job it’s not likely he’d return to accept what could be considered a team demotion to defensive coordinator by the new coach.  The Bears continue to run the cover two defense that Fewell likes running.

Pisa Tinoisamoa is a current Bears and former Rams linebacker.  He told Dickerson that “Fewell was a pretty good coach with the defensive backs whenever we were in team meetings”

Fewell coached with Smith in Chicago in 2005 before moving on to Buffalo with Dick Jauron.

Add three more to Bills coaching mix

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

According to published reports, three more candidates are emerging on the Buffalo Bills interview list, and none of them have previous head coaching experience.  Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Arizona assistant head coach Russ Grimm and Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier are all slated to get interviews from Buddy Nix, according to various reports.

McDermott is in his first year as Eagles defensive coordinator but has been with the team in a coaching capacity since 1998.  He was mentored under the late Jim Johnson and employs an aggressive style of defense. He’s just 35-years old, but I’m told he’s going to become a hot coaching prospect.

Grimm was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Steelers job when Bill Cowher retired in 2007, but lost out to Mike Tomlin.  He then went with fellow finalist Ken Wisenhunt to Arizona after Wisenhunt became the head coach there.  He is the assistant head coach/offensive line coach and has helped oversee a powerful Cardinals offense.  I’m hearing if the Bills decide to go the first-time head coaching route Grimm could emerge as the leading candidate.

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Report: Billick assemblying Buffalo staff?

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Paul Hamilton, outstanding beat reporter for WGR 550, just filed a report stating that perhaps Brian Billick is already on his way to the Buffalo Bills.

Hamilton said in his report that onne league source told him that Brian Billick is already assembling a staff to come to Buffalo. There are two ways this could be going. Is he putting together a staff because the Bills have hired him as head coach or is he putting together a staff so he’s ready if the Bills want to hire him as head coach?

As we all know, not long ago on NFL Network Billick, an analyst asked why anyone would want the Buffalo Bills coaching job.  Perhaps something significant has changed.

Meanwhile, we published a story yesterday making a case for Billick as Bills coach.

Stay tuned as the news and rumors are sure to pick up.

Breaking - Bills Fire Entire Coaching Staff

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

Jay Glazer of is reporting, via Twitter, that the Buffalo Bills have fired their entire coaching staff a day after the Bills’ 2009 season came to a close.

ESPN echoed a report that interim head coach Perry Fewell was interviewing for the Bills’ vacant head coaching spot on Monday. It’s still unclear how, exactly, Glazer’s news reflects Fewell’s interview process and his job status.

Fewell took over for the fired Dick Jauron on November 18 and led the Bills to a 3-4 record in his seven-game run as interim head coach. Now, it appears that his staff, at least - which includes solid coaches such as Bobby April, Bob Sanders and Sean Kugler - has been shown the door.

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Buffalo Sabres Mid-Season Report

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 10:42 am

Forty-one down, forty-one to go. At the halfway point, Buffalo (26-11-4) is leading the Northeast Division, is second in the Eastern Conference, and fourth overall in the NHL. All of that, and they still have games in hand over most of the league. They’re currently on a four-game win streak, and have only missed out on points twice in the last 10 games.

They haven’t, however, been perfect. Their offense has been less than stellar, and their power play has been all but anemic, especially since November.

Let’s see how the grades come in. Feel free to chime in with your own comments. What do you see happening in the second half?

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Niagara Hockey Drops Colgate, 5-1

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

Behind a two-goal effort by senior Egor Mironov (Thornhill, Ont.), the Niagara men’s hockey team (4-11-2, 1-3-1 CHA) defeated the Colgate Raiders (7-8-4, 5-3-1 ECAC) by a score of 5-1 in the consolation game of the 2010 Shillelagh Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The senior notched his seventh multi-goal game of his career by striking for two goals in the second period, which put the game out of reach. Mironov’s play not only helped Niagara improve to 3-1-1 in its last five games against Colgate, but also propelled him into ninth place on Niagara’s career goal-scoring list, passing former teammate Vince Rocco with his 46th and his 47th career goals.

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Don’t expect Nix to wait on Cowher for long

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

You don’t have to be a football connoisseur to figure out what head coach would make the biggest impact in Buffalo.  Bill Cowher has made no secret to his circle of friends he’d like to coach again in 2010 and with a vacancy available in Orchard Park; the Buffalo Bills are always a possibility.

Recent reports, including those by ESPN and right here have said the organization has already met and Cowher came away impressed. The problem with Cowher or any big ticket coach is they’re unlikely to jump on a Buffalo offer.  Like it or not, Cowher or anyone else with multiple options is going to explore all of them before making a decision.

Buddy Nix may not be willing to wait for long.

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College Wrestling: UB beats Binghamton

  • Posted on January 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

The University at Buffalo wrestling team edged Binghamton, 19-16 on Sunday evening at Alumni Arena. Sophomore Kevin Smith propelled the Bulls to victory as he earned his third technical fall of the season at 133. Earning bonus points for the Bulls were junior Jimmy Hamel and senior Dan Bishop as each recorded major decisions at 197 and 133, respectively.

The Bulls (6-1-1, 0-0 MAC) captured opening decisions at 149 and 157 to create a 6-0 margin. At 149, sophomore Desi Green defeated the Bearcats’ Donnie Vinson, 4-3. Following a first period consisting of simultaneous lockups, Green broke the scoreless match as he took down Vinson with just three seconds remaining in the period. With Green holding a 4-0 advantage, Vinson brought the match within reach off an escape, penalty and riding time but Green held on for the win.

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