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Donte Whitner fires verbal salvo toward One Bills Drive

By Tim Graham

I thought San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner had been awfully quiet this week.

The former Buffalo Bills safety has been quoted innocuously here and there about Sunday's game in Candlestick Park. The local media requested Whitner for our weekly conference call -- NFL reporters get to speak with an opposing player every Wednesday -- and he wasn't available.

In a San Francisco Chronicle blog headlined "Whitner has not-so-fond memories of his time in Buffalo," the 2006 first-round draft choice took aim at the Bills' front office and coaching staff.

"Their backs are against the wall, knowing those guys," Whitner said of the players. "They're always going to want to go out there and work hard and want to do the right things, but sometimes it doesn't go that way.

"Sometimes it's bigger than just the players on the football field. I say that because a lot of guys go out there and pour their heart into it and you never win.

"You never go out there and feel like you're in control of the football games, and I think that comes from coaching. I think that comes from upstairs, and I think that comes from just getting the right players in place. A lot of times when I was there, we struggled a lot. We wanted to win football games. We went out there and did everything they asked us to do and it didn’t happen."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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