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daily-links-logo5If Mike Pettine gets the Cleveland Browns job, which for the record could very well have happened by the time you’re reading this morning, Doug Whaley told John Murphy that Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone has already identified a couple of guys.  Hmm, maybe a Donnie Henderson promotion isn’t the lock most thought it would be.

In this week’s Buffalo Bills mailbag, fans wonder if there are outside candidates to potentially replace Mike Pettine, and about how much contact that Buffalo’s coaching staff can have with their players this offseason. (Buffalo Rumblings)

Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, the NFL’s leader in fan voting among inside linebackers, seemed a possibility to replace either of the 49ers’ injured linebackers, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. But the Kansas City Chiefs announced Tuesday Derrick Johnson would replace Bowman, and the Jacksonville Jaguars announced former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny would go for Willis.

Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins penned a column regarding who his favorite Bills player was growing up. He writes “I’m going to throw a curveball and say Frank Reich. There was just something noble about his chivalrous demeanor. While most fans under 25 don’t remember Reich and only hear stories about The Comeback Game, Reich set himself apart from the rest of the Bills because of his attitude. “…

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daily-links-logo5The Canisius Ticket Office announced today that the Canisius-Niagara men’s basketball game, set for Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center, is sold out. This marks the fifth-straight sellout in the Koessler Athletic Center for Western New York’s best college rivalry game.

The NFL Draft is less than four months away, but it’s never too early to start analyzing the prospects. WGRZ’s Jonah Javad and Buffalo Bills sideline reporter for WGR 550, Joe Buscaglia, begin their series of positional breakdowns- strengths, weaknesses and who may or may not be a good fit for the Bills. In the debut edition, Javad and Joe B take a look at the wide receivers.

Bills.com has some quotes from Doug Marrone about defensive coordinator Mike Pettine being a candidate for the head coaching vacancy in Cleveland.

The Browns might conduct second interviews with defensive coordinators Mike Pettine of the Bills and Dan Quinn of Seahawks depending on how their search plays out over the few days, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports

The Buffalo Bills want to improve their special teams personnel this offseason. Let’s take stock, then, of where they stand following the 2013 season in this piece by Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings.…

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daily-links-logo5Wide receiver Rasmes Barden aims to seize the moment after signing a reserve-futures deal with the Buffalo Bills, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports.

Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has come on strong, Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News writes.

The latest member of the New York State Tourism Advisory Council is also a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas to the tourism panel, which advises the governor on the state’s tourism efforts.

The “K-Gun” offense helped arm Frank Reich for his new position. Reich, hired this week as Chargers offensive coordinator, spent 14 years as an NFL quarterback. The experience included 10 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, who ran the no-huddle scheme. (San Diego Union Tribune).

The 2014 NFL Draft has three extremely talented tight end prospects expected to be selected within the top 45 picks. One of those players is Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, a 6’5” 260 pound weapon that was a focal point of the 2013 Red Raiders’ aerial attack. Rob Quinn of ForgedInBuffalo takes an extended look at the tight end prospect.…

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daily-links-logo5Buffalo Sabres goaltender Johnas Enroth has had a hard luck season when playing net for Buffalo, but there’s at least one bright spot in his future, WGR’s Paul Hamilton writes.

Zegmus Girgensons says it’s hard to score on Ryan Miller.

Speaking of Girgensons, Buffalo News columnist writes that it’s his passion and talent that makes him special.

Ryan Nagelhout of Buffalo.com always has a colorful post game column following Sabres games. If you missed his latest, here’s his reactions following the shootout loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

The Buffalo Bills have hired Jeff Hafley to the coaching staff as Defensive Assistant.. Hafley will enter his third season in the NFL coaching ranks in 2014 after spending the previous two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including 2013 as the team’s safeties coach. (Bills.com)

Mike Pettine’s candidacy with the Cleveland Browns is more intriguing for Buffalo than Cleveland, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News writes.…

daily-links-logo5Mel Kiper’s first of what will be a million NFL mock drafts are out, and he has the Bills taking Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the ninth overall pick. If I can intervene, please don’t read a single thing into mock drafts this early other than some fun water cooler talk.

Pro Football Focus rated the NFL’s top rated edge pass rushers, and Jerry Hughes of the Bills came in at number one on the list, ahead of bigger names like Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith and Cameron Wake.  Wow.

The Buffalo Bills locked up one half of their kicking duo last week by re-signing punter Brian Moorman. They’d like to do the same with the other half – kicker Dan Carpenter.  Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News has more.

Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl Phil Savage confirmed what Bob DiCesare first reported on Tuesday, that UB linebacking star Khalil Mack will not be participating in the Senior Bowl next month.  It’s probably a good move, as Mack is a near-lock to be high first-round pick.

We don’t have to have the debate about whether or not it’s best for the Sabres to win or lose on a given night.  At this point it would seem that both sides are firmly dug in.  If you want wins to build culture, then live it up.  If you want losses for the draft pick, take a look at what we have in store for you…behind pick #1. – Check out WGR’s Jeremy White’s look at the NHL draft’s five best prospects.…