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Buffalo Bills News - January 19, 2006

Marker Jauron still seems favored to lead Bills [4:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'During four of his six seasons in Green Bay, Sherman also served in the capacity of general manager. He probably would like to continue to have a strong say in personnel. However, he may be open to accepting a reduced role with the Bills, given that he is not a candidate for any of the three other coaching openings, in Houston, Oakland or St. Louis. Sherman interviewed with the New Orleans Saints, but that job went to Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Sean Payton.'

Marker Sherman Interviews with Bills [4:42 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sherman reportedly would have selected quarterback J.P. Losman in the 2004 draft, before the Bills traded back into the first round and selected Losman 22nd overall.'

Marker Inside slant [4:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wilson, who handed the dour and sometimes combative Donahoe more power than any executive in team history, said it was a mistake to trust one person with the entire operation and took back the title of team president. In hiring Levy, he's hoping his old coach - who took the Bills to four Super Bowls in the early 1990s - can rekindle the sense of teamwork that made Buffalo a model franchise for so long.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The decision to let go veteran Drew Bledsoe and hand the reins to the untested Losman, a 2004 first-round pick, proved disastrous for the Bills, in part due to a shocking lack of commitment to the former Tulane star. Losman was benched after just four games and a 1-3 record as former coach Mike Mularkey feared the season was slipping away, and although Losman regained the job for four games, he was never able to regain his confidence or the respect of his teammates.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo's top personnel men under fired general Tom Donahoe - assistant GM Tom Modrak and pro personnel director John Guy - appear safe in their jobs for 2006. With the college draft and free agency around the corner, it's important that the Bills maintain continuity, at least for this off-season, even though Modrak and Guy must share in Buffalo's 31-49 record since 2001.'

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January 18, 2006

Marker Candidate Number Three [9:47 PM] reports: 'Sherman joins Dick Jauron and Bobby April as official candidates for the Bills head coaching job. The team is obligated to interview at least one minority candidate for the job. That's a requirement that hasn't yet been met.'

Marker Mularkey Put Fate in His Own Hands [5:11 PM] reports: 'Changes at the top in Buffalo finally did Mularkey in. Although he showed the utmost respect for Levy, the beleaguered coach was weary of the Bills direction. First, he learned of the team’s plans to make decisions by committee, with Levy and Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak collaborating on scouting and player personnel issues. Then Mularkey learned of another change that promised to sap more authority from him. "I'm going to take back the presidency," a frail Wilson said, 5 years after handing the title, and too much of the team’s control, to Donahoe.'

Marker Bills interview Sherman [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Jauron and Sherman are considered the front-runners, providing team owner Ralph Wilson and new general manager Marv Levy a clear choice of whether to go with an offensive- or defensive-minded coach. Jauron, a former Pro Bowl defensive back, is a defensive specialist while Sherman has solely coached offense.'

Marker Bills Interview Mike Sherman [3:30 PM] reports: 'Sherman's troops have also been among the league's least penalized teams in three of his seasons, ranking third in 2003 following fifth- and eighth-place finishes in 2000 and 2001, respectively.'

Marker Bills Legend Bought Hunter's Jersey [2:06 PM]
London Free Press reports: Kelly had talked to Dylan Hunter and Knights goalie Adam Dennis, both Buffalo Sabres draft picks, about the city. "He lives there and he told us about where to go to find the good places to eat," Hunter said. "It was great to meet him."'

Marker Carthon heads a list of worthy minority candidates for the Bills [11:08 AM] reports: 'Those four candidates should not just be interviewed for a head-coaching job because they're minorities. They ought to be interviewed because of their qualifications. Unfortunately for these men, the Bills are about as likely to hire one of them as I would be to eat calamari. It just isn't happening.'

Marker Jauron meets Bills brass [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears the Bills are leaning toward hiring someone with prior head coaching experience.'

Marker Jauron meets with the Bills [4:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are expected to speak to no more than a handful of candidates, with former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman expected in Buffalo today.'

Marker April to interview with Bills [4:39 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Buffalo also was said to be interested in former Saints coach Jim Haslett, who spent the bulk of his NFL career as a Bills linebacker. But Haslett apparently is close to being hired as the Lions' head coach.'

Marker What Bills are lacking is the right connections [4:39 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The important thing -- the most important thing for anybody hoping to become a head coach in the NFL in 2006 -- is to be an FOB, a Friend of Bill. Or CUB, as in Coached Under Bill. That's the key to success these days. Especially in the former AFC East -- soon to be the Belichick Division.'

Marker Bills May Be Close to Coaching Decision [4:39 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Bills fans simply don't want to hear about the upside and potential of another brilliant young coordinator. Been there.'

Marker Jauron Gets Hearing [4:38 AM] reports: 'Jauron got his coaching start in Buffalo as an assistant in 1985. He was the head coach in Chicago for five years and was the interim head coach in Detroit the last five games of this season after Steve Mariucci was fired by the Lions.

January 17, 2006

Marker Dick Jauron Second Coach To Interview [9:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It is expected that former Packer's head coach MIke Sherman will be in town on Wednesday.'

Marker There’s no quit in Joe [2:44 PM]
Ruston Daily Leader reports: 'There was a web site set up specifically for Joe by good friend Bob Loretelli, a high school principal in Modesto, Calif. The Bills also picked up on the project and have continued to maintain a steady contact base for any fans wishing to express their wishes and thoughts. “Within a week and a half after it was set up,” Ferguson recalled, “we got over a thousand e-mails wishing us the best, many from all over the world.” Some were from U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Fans in Japan e-mailed and so did countless number of Bills’ fans. And there were phone calls from former teammates in Buffalo, from Joe DeLamielleure and Reggie McKenzie and from O.J. Simpson to J.D. Hill.'

Marker Bills interview Jauron [2:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Team spokesman Scott Berchtold announced the interview but did not provide any details.'

Marker Bills Interview Dick Jauron [2:42 PM] reports: 'Jauron, 55, has two decades worth of NFL coaching experience, including one season (1985) as the defensive backs coach.'

Marker Former Bills QB says he's free of cancer, will continue checkups [2:41 PM]
AP reports: '"Football became so small," Ferguson said in reflecting on the months of treatments. "Everything became small. You're talking here about life. Nothing in football or what I had ever faced in athletics comes close in comparing to this. No challenge has ever been greater than this one."'

Marker Bills can't afford to strike out on next head-coaching hire [2:03 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'However, the 2005 season — the final season of Wilson’s handpicked president/GM, Tom Donahoe, who failed in his five years at the helm to bring the Bills back to the NFL’s postseason tournament — was a contentious one and may have irreparably damaged the team’s standing in the community. As an organization, the Bills exuded an arrogance in recent seasons that was unfounded. There was also a paranoia, as when security personnel were ordered to remove handmade signs from fans at the final home game of the season that called for the firing of Donahoe and/or head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Eye-to-eye with greatness [1:17 PM]
London Free Press reports: '"He's up in heaven now. Hunter fought every day of his life and that kid never gave up. He lived the longest of anyone who had Krabbe leukodystrophy," Kelly said. "I think about him every day. I wanted to see these kids. I know what their parents are going through and how important it is to raise money for causes like this."'

Marker Bills to interview Lions' Jauron... Why? [10:10 AM] reports: 'In this situation, the best thing for Levy to do is put his Chicago bias aside and look at the big picture. The Bills have been awful for five straight years and it's time to bring a coach into the organization that is respected, successful, and has proven himself as a coordinator or head coach. Certainly, Jauron hasn't been successful enough. If the Bills do hire an assistant as their head coach, it would be best to hire a youthful coach like Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Sean Payton, or Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.'

Marker Taught by King, he lives a legacy [10:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After hanging up his football helmet in 1969, Ferguson went into management training at Harrison Radiator in Lockport. He rose to manufacturing supervisor for the successor company, Delphi Corp., before retiring in 2002. In the King tradition, Ferguson has kept a commitment to community service during his years in Western New York. He is a director of Meals on Wheels and the St. Augustine Center and is active in the Bills Alumni Foundation, which distributed $75,000 to charities in 2005.'

Marker Pataki to propose Hunter Kelly center [10:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hunter James Kelly Institute, with $7 million in initial state seed money, in the next couple of years will be home to 12 scientists with separate research teams at the University at Buffalo's Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences studying diseases such as those that took the life of 8-year-old Hunter last August, aides to the governor said Monday.'

Marker Bills to interview Jauron, Sherman; Gray out of running [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dick Jauron will be the first to interview for the Buffalo Bills' head-coaching position. According to an NFL source, Jauron is scheduled to meet with Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. and General Manager Marv Levy today.'

Marker Buffalo fans feel the pain [8:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'To western New Yorkers, disgusted with the Bills' 5-11 season, only one fate is worse than having Ralph Wilson own the team: For him to croak and have his family sell.'

Marker Search for Bills new coach heats up [4:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The team is expected to bring in ex-Buffalo linebacker and former New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett, Dallas passing game coordinator Sean Peyton and possibly former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman this week.'

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