The Bills and Buffalo [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'State and county leaders ought to...begin working toward a binding long-term lease with the team.'
NFL Insider [3:52 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"[John Guy] coached [special teams] at Pittsburgh with us in the early '90s," said Tom Donahoe, Buffalo's new president. "I wanted to hire him with the Steelers [in personnel], but I didn't think he had enough experience scouting. Now I think he's more prepared to do this job.'
Buffalo Bills building their first retail store [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Construction is under way on the $400,000 project that will see a 2,000-square-foot store go up on a site between the ticket office and the field house at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park. The store is expected to start its rookie season in time for the Bills first home preseason game on Aug. 12.'
Bills, Sabres rest little in hectic off season [8:14 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"When I started here, all the players that came in to see me all said they felt there was a lack of discipline here. That was without any prompting on my part," Donahoe said. "(Coach) Gregg (Williams) has certainly brought a very disciplined approach. The players have bought into it. No one has come in to me and complained."'
WWII veteran Wilson: War is simply insanity [6:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like many vets, Wilson has a difficult time discussing his war experiences. It's not easy recounting the sweeping devastation, the profound loss. The scenes remain indelible in his 82-year-old mind -- perhaps no scene more vivid than that visit to Hiroshima in the summer of 1945.'
Off-season tour: Buffalo Bills [9:31 PM]
Real Team reports: 'Tom Donahoe is having a perfect off-season thus far for the Buffalo Bills.'
WNSA may lose Simon to radio giant KMOX [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It looks like Buffalo Bills fans will have to wait even longer to see their team win a Super Bowl. Even in Fantasyland. Rob Lieberman, the director of the TNT movie "Second String," was recently told that the airing of the film about a team of Bills' second-teamers winning the big game probably is going to be delayed again.'
Bills have fierce battle brewing at RB [7:28 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Four young backs will be trying to prove their wares on the field, and the battle figures to be one of the more compelling ones in any training camp this summer.'
Appetite for football attracts Crafts [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It wasn't until 1995, a year after being released by the Bills, that he finally came to grips with his problem. He was out of football, alone, a drunk. So he went into therapy for his alcohol addiction and began to pull his life back together.'
Bills wait as Modrak decides [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe indicated to reporters at league meetings in Chicago he would give Modrak the time he needs waiting to hear from the Bears.'
Bills pick the right Guy for front office job [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We were not in a situation where we needed to hire someone in February," he said. "The additional time afforded us the opportunity to make sure that we hired the best person for the job, and we have done so in hiring John to the position."'
Antowain had no chance of staying [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe also suggested this week that Smith didn't show much loyalty to the organization because he stayed away from offseason workouts. But where was the Bills' loyalty to Smith when they tried to trade him?'
NFL bobbles chance to make a fresh start [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unlike the early-90s, Bills players today pay lip service to the Miami rivalry. Free agency prevents players from staying with a team long enough to work up a true hatred for an opponent.'
Bills appoint Guy pro personnel director [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe is familiar with Guy, who served as the Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator from 1992-94 while Donahoe was the team's director of football operations.'
Donahoe comfortable with NFL's new realignment plan [1:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"t will be nice for the fans to look into the future and see what teams will be coming to Buffalo. Plus, the schedule will be much more balanced ... only two games (per season) will be based on where you finish."'
Guy joins Bills as Director of Pro Personnel [1:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced the hiring of John Guy as Director of Pro Personnel. Guy had served most recently as a scout with the Cleveland Browns since 1998. Before that, he spent 26 years as an assistant coach in the NFL and in the NCAA's Division I ranks.'
Off-season Tour: Buffalo Bills [12:42 PM]
realteam.com reports: "Tom Donahoe is having a perfect off-season thus far for the Buffalo Bills. New GM Donahoe obviously understands the first rule of running an NFL club -- know who you are, know who your team is."
Bills happy to stay put in AFC East [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills had only one request when the NFL owners met Tuesday to vote on the league's first realignment since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970: Keep the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. The Bills got their wish.'
On-street parking limited for Bills fans [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hamburg Town Board has prohibited parking on Manor Lane, Kathaleen and Manor drives on days events are scheduled at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Town Board members said residents on the streets have complained about the number of cars lining the streets during events at the stadium.'
Bills-Dolphins rivalry intact [5:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last season, Buffalo, coming off an 11-5 playoff year, had the NFL's toughest schedule based on its opponents' winning percentage (.586). This season, coming off an 8-8 record, the Bills will play the 27th most difficult (.469).'
The Buffalo Jills select the 2001 squad [10:58 PM]
97 Rock reports: '97 ROCK, a proud sponsor of the Buffalo Jills, would like to congratulate this years 2001 Jills squad. Thanks for your help if voting for the 2001 Buffalo Jills. Check back through out the year to 97Rock.com to see more pictures, video and audio from this year's squad.'
Donahoe is still taking the high road [4:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He also made another surprising concession ... that he inherited a roster that had more talent - particularly at the skill positions - than he realized when he took over.'
New century, new look for NFL [2:51 PM]
NFL.com reports: As expected, Indy will move from the East to the South. Seattle will move to the NFC.
More than money figured in Smith's release by Bills [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Some of it was cap-related, and some of it was we didn't feel Antowain totally bought into what we've tried to do here in the offseason, and that's every player's prerogative," Donahoe said during an lunch-time session with the local media. "Coach (Gregg) Williams has come in here with a very strict and a very regimented program. Some players respond to it, some players don't."'
GM candidate coming to town [6:10 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"What I wanted Tom [Modrak] to do is feel comfortable to go to Chicago, explore it, ask the tough questions," Donahoe said. "And if he didn't get the answers he was looking for, to realize he's got a good situation here in Buffalo."'
Donahoe hopes Modrak will join Bills' brass [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"We tried to convince him right now that this might be a better position for him," Donahoe said. "We'll see how effective I was."'
Sports celebrities tee off for charity [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'The 2001 Crestwood Golf Classic with James Lofton and Friends was held at the Cobblestone Country Club...This was the sixth year that Lofton, a former Buffalo Bill, participated. He was joined by former Bills, including Will Grant, Darryl Talley, Steve Tasker, Thurman Thomas and Lou Piccone.'
Interview with former ST star Mark Pike [8:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'No Mark is NOT interested in coaching at a professional level. Mark thinks the degrading of Bills special teams is due to the salary cap and the mid-level veteran purge; he also thinks Gregg WIlliams is on the right track.'
Tom Donahoe press conference [8:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "From a cap standpoint [it's much better to cut than restructure]. The problem with the restructures is that it's just a temporary solution to your problem. It solves it for right now, but it creates a bigger problem next year or down the road. When you release a player, you cut the cord, and whatever cap hit you get, you get, and you can move on. You have to be careful with restructuring when you do that, and that's not the number one option you want to look at."
Donahoe prepared to round out Bills' front office [7:57 PM]
AP reports: '[Antowain] Smith's unwillingness to take part in coach Gregg Williams' off-season workout program also played a role in his departure...In comparison, Donahoe said the Bills' two younger running backs, Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris, haven't missed a day of the program.'
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