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Sestak remembered

Here's a fine feature story on Bills great Tom Sestak from the paper in Lake Charles, La., the American Press.

---Mark Gaughan

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News' Gaughan, Sully in Indy; live chat schedule for week

The News' Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan are in Indianapolis covering the Super Bowl. Both will be blogging throughout the week -- Gaughan has already posted a number of audio clips -- participating in a daily podcast and hosting live chats here on the BillBoard blog.

The live chat schedule for the week is listed below:

12:30 p.m. Wednesday: Gaughan
1:30 p.m. Thursday: Gaughan
1 p.m. Friday: Sully

You also may have gotten a glimpse of Sully earlier today, when he was front and center of a photo atop a story about Rob Gronkowski's news conference:


Gilbride on Eli Manning

INDIANAPOLIS - Here's an audio clip from New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on Giants quarterback Eli Manning and what makes him so good.

---Mark Gaughan


Gostkowski off Sabres bandwagon

INDIANAPOLIS -- New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski lived in Buffalo from ages 2 to 10. Both of his parents graduated from Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga. They've moved away. But Gostkowski's grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles still live in Western New York. Gostkowski went to high school in Mississippi and went to college at Memphis in Tennessee. He's in his sixth season with the Pats and had another good year, making 28 of 33 kicks. He was All-Pro in 2008.

Gostkowski has been a big Sabres fan much of his life, but now he's friends with some of the Boston Bruins, so he has changed loyalties to the B's. Here's an audio clip of him talking about taking over for kicking great Adam Vinatieri in New England.

--Mark Gaughan


DB Moore a savior for Pats

INDIANAPOLIS - Rookie defensive back Sterling Moore was cut three times this season but he has played big late in the year for the New England Patriots.

Moore made the big pass break-up against Baltimore receiver Lee Evans in the end zone at the end of the AFC Championship Game to help put the Pats in the Super Bowl. Moore was undrafted out of Southern Methodist but has played his way into the Pats' nickel defense. 

Moore on the key breakup against Evans: "I was thinking, ‘What’s the play?’ I hadn’t gotten the play yet. So I just played man coverage. He actually ran a great route on a double move. It was a great pass. I’m glad I got the ball out. I’ll just say if I hadn’t hit it, it would have been a touchdown."

Moore also had two interceptions in the regular-season finale against Buffalo. Moore's description of those two plays:

"One was a curl. One was an out. The curl they had a false start on the play before, and it was a repeat play. They ran the same play the play before. I was conscious of that. That’s what that team does. From film study, you know they’re going to be a repeat team on penalties."

The second pickoff, on an out route, was returned by Moore 21 yards for a touchdown.

"He had actually got me on that route earlier in the game. The ball wasn’t thrown to him. I knew if they came back to it he was going to run the out instead of the in. So I tried to jump it."

---Mark Gaughan

Edwards returns to Miami

---On the day the Bills announced hirings and reshuffling on their coaching staff, the Miami Dolphins announced the hirng of one-time Bills DC George Edwards as their linebackers coach.

Edwards rejoins the Dolphins after spending the past two years in Buffalo where he was fired by coach Chan Gailey after last season. He coached linebackers for the Dolphins from 2005-09.

---Rodney McKissic


Bills shift to 4-3 defense

---One of the Bills biggest offseason questions has been answered: The defense is moving back to a 4-3.

In announcing new additions to the coaching staff, Bills coach Chan Gailey also said the defense is moving to a four man front in 2012 which isn’t a huge surprise.

Because of injuries and personnel, the Bills have been playing with a four-man front since the Week 8 victory over the Washington Redskins. The Bills fired defensive coordinator George Edwards and replaced him with Dave Wannstedt, who has employed the 4-3 scheme since his days as a DC under Jimmy Johnson at Miami (Fla.).

"We're going to start in a four-man front,'' Gailey said. "When we hand you a lineup card it's going to have two defensive tackles, two defensive ends and three linebackers."

---Rodney McKissic


Bills add two assistants to coaching staff

---The Bills announced the additions of Andrew Dees and Eric Thatcher to the team’s coaching staff.  Dees has been named the assistant offensive line coach and Thatcher will serve as the defensive quality control coach.

The Bills also announced Bob Bicknell will coach wide receivers after coaching tight ends the previous two seasons.  Adrian White will serve as the assistant defensive backs coach after serving as the defensive quality control coach since 2008, and Bob Sanders will coach linebackers after coaching outside linebackers last season.

A product of Syracuse University, Dees joins the Bills after spending last season as the running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at UMass.  He coached the offensive line at Temple from 2006-10 and coached tight ends at UB under Jim Hofher from 2001-05.  The 16-year college coaching veteran enters his first season in the NFL.

Thatcher joins the Bills after spending last season as the assistant defensive backs coach at Mercyhurst.  Thatcher was a three-year starting free safety at Pitt and upon his graduation in 2008, he started his coaching career at St. Vincent College in 2009 and then served as a graduate assistant at Pitt in 2010.

---Rodney McKissic


Agent: Sanborn agrees to three-year extension (update)

---The Bills officially announced the signing of long snapper Garrison Sanborn, who was set to become a restricted free agent. Sanborn has agreed to a three-year extension, according to his agent Craig Schaeffer.

The Bills signed Sanborn as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2009 and has been the team’s primary long snapper for the past three seasons. He has played in all 48 games since '09.

“He’s pretty happy,’’ Schaeffer said. “He loves the organization and loves the city. He's thrilled to be a part of the Buffalo Bills.’’

The Bills have two more restricted free agents in guards Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart and the teams is expected to tender offers to both, according to a source.

---Rodney McKissic


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