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BSD Exclusive: Adam Schefter Interview

  • Posted on January 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

A few nights ago I reported that Bill Cowher will not be coaching in Buffalo based on a public tweet by ESPN-NFL insider Adam Schefter, and a simple direct message from him that followed.

For that, I was ripped on message boards and comments everywhere and upon reflection, deservedly so.  Schefter is not a source but a reporter, and erroneously I originally masked his private comment to me as a source. Lesson learned.

People were/are understandably pessimistic about Schefter’s statement, mainly because he didn’t base it on a source.

Since then I’ve sought clarification.  After today I’ve found it.

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Report: Bills will interview Grimm this week

  • Posted on January 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

According to the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Cardinals have granted the Buffalo Bills permission to interview offensive line/assistant head coach Russ Grimm.

The report says a time for the interview has not been set but speculates it could happen Wednesday or Thursday night in Arizona or perhaps on Sunday, after the Cardinals travel to New Orleans on Saturday.

Grimm, 50, has been in Arizona since 2007.  Before that he was the offensive line coach in Pittsburgh starting in 2000. He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2004 and was a finalist for the head coaching vacancy when Bill Cowher retired.  The job eventually went to Mike Tomlin.

Reports say Grimm initially turned down Buffalo’s request for an interview.

UB to hold special “Takedown Cancer” Wrestling Event

  • Posted on January 13, 2010 at 8:58 am

In August 2009, former UB wrestling team captain and heavyweight wrestler Jeff Parker (2004-2008) was diagnosed with melanoma. He came through surgery and finished his radiation treatments. Unfortunately, his follow up CT scan showed that his cancer had metastasized to his lungs & liver. His current treatments consist of new experimental methods, some of which may not be covered under his health insurance plan.

As a UB captain, Jeff Parker displayed every positive quality required to beat this disease. He is prepared to do whatever must be done to beat his cancer. In a letter to the current team, Jeff stated “that everything he did while wrestling for UB has made me a better employee, coach and person. It also makes the obstacles that challenge me easier to defeat.”

Furthermore he stated that he “looks at many things, such as the surgery and treatments as wrestling matches, where you have your highs and lows but at the end of each match I come out on top.”
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A brief draft history of Buddy Nix

  • Posted on January 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

Today’s Wednesday. The Buffalo Bills have now had an empty chair in the head coach’s office at One Bills Drive for nearly nine full days, and given the nature of their search, that streak is likely to continue a while longer. GM Buddy Nix has his work cut out for him, as he still reportedly has several candidates to interview for the post. He’s also got that tiny task in front of him of making the Bills not stink anymore, too.

Nix, obviously, is the key figure in Buffalo for the time being (we’re guessing that once the new head coach is hired, he’ll command most fans’ attention for a considerable stretch of time). As such, it’s important for us to get our heavy discussions on Nix in before the big news breaks.

What follows after the jump is an examination of the work that Buddy Nix has done in 17 years’ worth of front office experience at the NFL level. In essence, this is his resume for the job he currently holds; we doubt his coaching experience had a tangible bearing on owner Ralph Wilson’s decision to name Nix his GM. This post is not about the process that led to Nix’s hire in Buffalo; we’ve had that discussion too many times to be interested in it. The deed is done, and for better or worse, Nix will be calling the personnel shots in Orchard Park for the foreseeable future.

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