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Bills' Mike Pettine denies 'kill 'em' statement

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01:42 PM ET 06.15 | Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator denies ever using the terminology "kill," when talking to his defensive players about an upcoming opponent, according to Marc Sessler of NFL.com. Head coach Doug Marrone released the statement on behalf of Pettine, saying that "Mike has assured me that he has never used the word 'kill' in his terminology regarding our defensive strategy." The controversy has come up after Bills defensive end Mario Williams commented on Pettine's aggressive defensive scheme, telling the Buffalo News that Pettine "usually says 'kill 'em or hurt 'em.' That's what I always hear." Williams later backpedaled, saying he was just making a figure of speech and that Pettine never actually said "kill." Marrone's statement also touched on the use of the word "hurt," suggesting that Pettine uses this as a term that means beating a running back to a spot in a pass-rushing drill. Pettine plans to change the terminology entirely when it comes to addressing his defense, according to Marrone. It's unclear if the league contacted the Bills and urged them to come out and make these clarifications, but given that Roger Goodell's NFL wants to seem as safe and clean as absolutely possible, it seems likely. Then again, with something like the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal still in recent memory, it makes sense for the league to be all over statements like this.

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June 15, 2013  01:51 PM ET

OK... This is beyond dumb.

June 15, 2013  04:33 PM ET

Notice to all announcers working NFL games and anyone connected to the NFL:

As of today, the phrase "kill the clock" will no longer be used when the game clock stops running due to intentional action by either the offense ,defense, or special team actions. The word "kill" will be replaced by the word " PAUSE."

Thank you for your immediate cooperation: R. Goodell

June 15, 2013  05:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

OK... This is beyond dumb.

True...

Maybe he should say... "We're gonna smoke 'em (Like a Fattie)"

June 15, 2013  07:49 PM ET

This is why the world has moved on from the current media. They are pathetic and nobody trusts them. Look over your shoulder before you say anything boys cuz they're hangin' from trees!

June 15, 2013  09:37 PM ET

How does this drivel even become news?

June 15, 2013  09:59 PM ET

Wow... It's come to this, eh?

 
June 16, 2013  11:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

OK... This is beyond dumb.

and that's being very polite

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