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Mario Williams relays Mike Pettine's credo: 'Kill 'em, hurt 'em'

By Tim Graham

While they're unlikely to be the words the NFL would use, Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams summed up defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's philosophy thusly:

"He usually says 'Kill 'em or hurt 'em.' That's what I always hear."

On the final day of spring workouts and before taking a six-week break before training camp, Williams exalted the Bills' new defensive scheme for their aggression and entertainment value.

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What will Buffalo's defense look like? This, that and the other

By Tim Graham

Despite the urge to slap a label on the he Buffalo Bills' new defense, Mike Pettine's general system can't be categorized definitively as a 3-4 or a 4-3.

What's the difference?

The point is nobody's supposed to know.

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Looking back: Buddy Nix's five biggest misses as Bills GM

Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey
Chan Gailey, right, had his moments, but went 16-32 as the Bills' head coach. (James P. McCoy/News file photo)

By Tim Graham

How will we remember Buddy Nix's tenure as Buffalo Bills general manager? With the help of beat reporter Mark Gaughan, we look back on the past three seasons and four drafts under Nix.

Here are his five biggest misses:

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Bills re-sign Leodis McKelvin

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said two weeks ago he wanted to keep cornerback and kick return ace Leodis McKelvin.

The Bills got it done just three days before McKelvin was due to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Bills reached a four-year contract agreement with McKelvin that is worth just over $20 million, a league source told The Buffalo News. The deal includes $7.5 million of guaranteed money.

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Kirk Morrison wants to return to Bills, prove what he can do

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Kirk Morrison couldn't get on the field for an historically bad defense that was considered thin at linebacker.

"My knowledge of the game, how many consecutive games I've started over my career," Morrison said, "not to get a start or play significant time was frustrating."

Morrison signed a two-year contract with the Bills in 2011 after starting all but one game in his previous six seasons for the Oakland Raiders, where he was a captain, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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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

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.

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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.

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