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What Mike Pettine thinks of LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Eric Smith

By Tim Graham

Until their contracts expire or they're released, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is forbidden from speaking about New York Jets safeties LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell or Eric Smith.

As defensive coordinator of the Jets a few weeks ago, however, he could blab, blab, blab all he wanted.

I reviewed Pettine's 2012 news conferences to search for comments about his former safeties a day after the Bills released captain George Wilson.

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Why it's important Bills clear room for some of Mike Pettine's Jets

By Tim Graham

When Rex Ryan left the Baltimore Ravens to become head coach of the New York Jets in 2009 and Mike Pettine came along as defensive coordinator, a significant part of their master plan was to sign former Raven defenders who could communicate the system to their new teammates.

The top two targets were linebacker Bart Scott and safety Jim Leonhard, who speak the same language Ryan and Pettine do. Scott and Leonhard made the on-field calls and explained the adjustments.

The Jets' defense thrived right away.

A similar transition could be in the works for the Buffalo Bills. A few weeks after hiring Pettine to be their defensive coordinator, the Bills today released linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson.

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George Wilson released by Bills

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News has learned the Buffalo Bills have released safety George Wilson.

The move comes after a season in which the seven-year veteran started all 16 games and served as a defensive captain and NFL Players Association team representative.

Wilson, 31, made 104 tackles and defended five passes, but failed to record any "big plays," registering zero sacks, interceptions or forced fumbles. In two close losses -- to Tennessee in Week Seven and St. Louis in Week 14 -- Wilson dropped would-be interceptions late in the fourth quarter that would have sealed two Buffalo victories.

"It ended up ricocheting off the palm of my hand and bouncing away from me. Those are the plays you end up replaying in your head over and over again and wishing the ball would have bounced your way," he said after the loss to the Rams.

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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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