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Kevin Kolb plans on 'doing really special things' with Buffalo Bills

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills this afternoon finally introduced quarterback Kevin Kolb as their newest player.

There was no Drew Bledsoe-style parade or a theme song performed by Tom Sartori at the news conference, but Kolb did convey a substantial amount of positive energy at One Bills Drive.

"I'm here," Kolb said, "to win a Super Bowl. Period."

When asked what Kolb saw in the Bills and led him to sign after being released by the Arizona Cardinals at least partially for salary-cap reasons, the seventh-year pro expressed his belief in an unfolding, serendipitous situation that hasn't revealed itself to the rest of us.

"I just always trust that God's got a plan," Kolb said. "Part of his plan was me being injured. Part of his plan was me going to Arizona. Part of his plan is me being right here, right now."

And where else would anyone rather be?

"When I sat in the meeting, I said 'Wow, I can't believe they're running this [offense]. Wow, I can't believe Buffalo is what it is, a town that I will enjoy,' " Kolb said. "It just seemed like a lot of stuff was pointing in this direction. That's why I'm excited to be here and looking forward to doing really special things on the field once we get rolling."

Kolb also is well aware the Bills have not been to the playoffs since last century. He doesn't mind at all.

"It's good to come to an organization like this," Kolb said. "They're hungry. They're not taking a day off. They're not taking a minute off. ... Sometimes with success, people start patting themselves on the back and maybe get a little bit lackadaisical with certain things they hadn't done before whenever they were young and hungry.

"I like the fact that Coach Marrone and a lot of his staff is coming from a college. I like the fact that people are saying we haven't made the playoffs in 13 years or whatever. Just like anything, when you have the underdog role, that fits a lot of people's personalities in this game and in the locker room."


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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.

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Mark Gaughan

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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.

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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.

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