Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

Nix’s nuggets from Bills pre-draft presser

BILLS

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. —The Buffalo Quote Machine, aka Bills GM Buddy Nix, churned out a few more beauties Wednesday at the team’s pre-draft news conference. (My photo of him, above)

There really isn’t much actual news to report from these things. What, do you think Nix — or director of player personnel Doug Whaley, director of college scouting Chuck Cook or director of pro personnel Tom Gibbons — were going to tip us in any way as to who the Bills might select in next week’s NFL draft?

Exactly.

There were enough Nix nuggets, though, to make the exercise entertaining, and informative. Such as these:

• ON LAST YEAR’S PASS RUSH: “Even my wife knew we didn’t get enough outside pressure.”

• ON THE IMPROVED PASS RUSH: “I think we helped it some with those guys. If we can get that quarterback to throw it from his back, we’ll be better off in coverage.”

• ON HOW HE WEIGHTS THE VARIOUS FACTORS WHEN ASSESSING PLAYERS: “If I had to guess, and put a percentage on it, I’d say for us, we are 70% how-he-played. The other junket that goes into it, all that other stuff, might make a difference in whether or not he’s successful. But that makes up a very small percentage of it.”

• ON IF HE PREFERS PLAYERS FROM THE DEEP SOUTH: “I think I’d be really dumb to turn a guy down because of where he played … The reason we go south is we go where the players are. If we were trying to go by area, all ours would come from Buffalo.”

And the best one:

• ON WHETHER HE FEELS HE OWES IT TO HEAD COACH CHAN GAILEY OR WIDEOUT STEVIE JOHNSON TO DRAFT A WIDEOUT WITH SPEED: “I don’t owe ‘em nuthin’ — they get paid once a month.”