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I’m told Bills to switch to 3-4 defense

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I spoke to an insider this evening with privileged knowledge of the Bills organization that much to my astonishment, tells me the Buffalo Bills are going forward with plans to switch to a 3-4 defense in 2010.

“Well, I got this much, Patrick: They’re going to a 3-4.” he said.

Who that coordinator turns out to be I don’t yet know, though I reported this morning my belief that a guy had already been selected, and the 3-4 switch adds credence to it.

Still, I’m utterly surprised the Bills would proceed with the switch.  I’m in agreement with Gregg Rosenthal of NBC Sports, who said a few days ago “we can’t think of a roster in the NFL less suited to play a 3-4 than Buffalo.”

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UB set for “takedown cancer” on January 30

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Jeff Parker is a big, tough guy. That’s what made him a perfect fit for the University at Buffalo.

In 2004, Parker came to the Amherst campus and immediately, he fit in on campus. He found a balance, symmetry between his friends, his schoolwork and his sport - wrestling.

For Parker, it was the perfect fit. After a year in which he had to pick up the pieces of his wrestling career, he found a home at Buffalo, along with a couple of his best friends to this day, Mike Ragusa and Mike Shannon.

Parker, at 25, has already had plenty of unpleasant conversations in his life. There are two, though, that really stick out. The first came on his first day of college in 2003. The second came this summer.

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NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Ndamukong Suh

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
6′4, 302lbs

(#1 Prospect , #1 Defensive Prospect, #1 Defensive Tackle)

Suh does what we haven’t seen a defensive tackle do since Tommie Harris or Warren Sapp were in college. He completely takes over football games and has the ability to dictate how the opposing offense is going to operate based almost solely about how he looks early in the game.

His combination of explosiveness and strength are unparalleled in this class among his tackle peers. He has the power to completely bull rush a 320-pound guard and knock him down backwards while at the same time he can take on two blockers and hold up at the point of attack.

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The Bflo News High School Basketball Poll

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

The Buffalo News released their weekly high school boy’s basketball poll Tuesday.  With Nichols losing at Timon last Friday there’s a new number one at the top of the large schools. Jamestown (11-0) is the area’s lone undefeated school and inherits the top spot.  Nichols, which would’ve likely dropped farther after a loss to Canisius last night had the poll already not been set, falls to number two.

The Monsignor Martin Association dominates the large school poll with four schools (Nichols, Timon, Canisius, St. Joes) ranked in the top ten.  Two of them clash this Sunday at 4pm when Canisius takes on St. Joes.

Among the small schools, Grover Cleveland and Lackawanna have a chance to make a huge statement today when they face off at Lackawanna high school at 5:30pm.

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Bills Roster Review: Quarterbacks

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

Trent Edwards Buffalo Sports DailyWe wanted to start this series earlier but as only the Buffalo Bills can do, an overdrawn head coach search consumed your thoughts as much as it did ours.

Now that we at least know Ralph Wilson Chan Gailey will be calling the shots, at long last we can begin to examine the roster of which he inherits.  As we’ve stated multiple times over the past few weeks; Vince Lombardi, George Halas or Bill Walsh could’ve taken the job and it wouldn’t matter until they find more talented players.

This is the first of a 10-part series that will take a look at the current makeup of the Bills roster by position, identifying the core talent and exploring where they need the most help.  Consider yourself forewarned; most sections won’t be appealing.

Today we commence with a look at the quarterbacks.

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BSD Briefs: January 26

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

Yesterday I touched on being told that Jim Bates, a 4-3 based defensive coordinator remained the leading candidate for the Buffalo defensive coordinator job.  The way the Bills have operated this offseason, I’d be hard pressed to believe Buddy Nix himself if he got on the podium and declared he wanted Bates.

Buffalo hasn’t mastered winning on the field but they’ve taken the art of false leaks and media fooling to a whole new level. So we’ll have to see.

But Baltimore’s hiring of Dean Pees as linebackers coach Monday could give insight to the Bills defensive plans in regards to scheme.  Pees was reported by Pro Football Talk to be in the Bills mix for defensive coordinator and as poor the perception is league-wide in Buffalo, I find it hard to believe a guy with area connections would take a demotion to go to Baltimore if the gig in Buffalo was really his for the taking.

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Canisius H.S. edges Nichols in battle of large school giants

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

The way things have went in boy’s high school basketball this season, it was merely a formality Nichols and Canisius would come down to a final possession.

In the game’s most critical sequence, Canisius forward James Gaines grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw with 20 seconds remaining and then sunk both of his own after getting fouled, giving the Crusaders a three-point lead as they’d hold on to defeat Nichols, 51-50 in front of a rabid home crowd.

Playing for one shot to tie and down three, Nichols guard Dieter Clauss scored on layup to cut the lead to one with four seconds left.  The problem was they were out of timeouts and Canisius didn’t have to inbound the ball before the clock ran out.

Wisely, they didn’t.

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Sabres conclude road trip with loss to Vancouver

  • Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

The Buffalo Sabres finally concluded their season-long seven game road trip late Monday night with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

Buffalo concluded the two week journey 2-3-2.

Thomas Vanek and Adam Mair scored for the Sabres.  Tim Connolly picked up an assist on Vanek’s goal for a point in his 16th consecutive game— tied for the fourth longest in franchise history and just two behind Gilbert Perrault’s record of 18 games in 1971.

The Sabres lost for their second consecutive time after scoring the game’s first goal after going 21-2-3 on the year before Saturday when scoring first.

They host New Jersey on Wednesday night.