Super Bowl proves Bills close to top [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'd also like to admit that I was wrong about something. Judging from the ugliest Super Bowl of all time, the Bills can't be that far away from the Big Enchilada themselves.'
M. Lewis ready to be head coach [6:34 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Ravens owner Art Modell, vice president Ozzie Newsome and coach Brian Billick have braced for Lewis' departure and even helped clear a path -- producing a résumé videotape and prepping him for the interview process.'
Bills eye defensive architect as coach [6:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's going to be difficult to leave if the opportunity arises," Lewis said. "But I feel ready to handle a head-coaching job."'
Teams may raid Giants staff [6:16 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox, 45, declined comment Monday, a day after the 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Last week, he admitted to being excited about the interview, although he didn't want the process to become a distraction before the game.'
Bills all alone in hunt for coach [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'It means president and general manager Tom Donahoe can chose between NFL defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis and John Fox -- who were on the Browns' wish list at one point -- without the pressure of a bidding situation.'
Redskins, Phillips Are Still Just Talk [6:06 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips remains the team's leading candidate, and Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer said he expects a hire to be made within 48 hours. However, Phillips would not say definitively whether he wants to coach at all in 2001, and Schottenheimer did not rule out a subsequent interview with candidate Vince Tobin, former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.'
Defensive coordinator job may be Phillips' to refuse [6:03 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Former NFL coach Wade Phillips underwent a lengthy interview yesterday for the Washington Redskins' vacant defensive coordinator position, and Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer said the club would fill the post within two days.'
M. Lewis: Bills or else [6:00 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: Cottrell recently took the coordinator's job with the New York Jets, but would rejoin the Bills if offered the head coaching job. Although he has not formally been scratched, it's believed Williams is no longer a candidate in Buffalo. Donahoe is scheduled to interview Fox today...."Buffalo may be the better fit," [Lewis' agent Ray] Anderson said. "We believe Marvin is unequivocally the best candidate."'
Bills to interview Lewis and Fox for head coaching job [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe was in Baltimore on Monday to interview Marvin Lewis, defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Donahoe was scheduled to meet with New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox on Tuesday.'
Monday Morning Quarterback [6:32 PM]
CNNSi reports: Peter King makes the Buffalo Bills his early, early, early, pick for the Super Bowl: "Saints 22 Bills 21."
Colts to Commission Studies to Research New Stadium [2:58 PM]
ESPN reports: The article says "The team must determine what else a new stadium would be used for and whether Colts fans would come to games at an outdoor stadium when the weather turns cold." Indy fans, afterall, must be coddled.....
Did Bills get a good look at the future? [1:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Sunday's game was a head-coaching audition for Buffalo, it looks as if Ravens' defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis will be the Bills' new boss. The consolation prize figures to go to the Giants' John Fox, who looms as Cleveland's next coach. Unless, of course, those roles are reversed.'
Davis to become Browns head coach [1:52 PM]
ESPN reports: Oh, how the tide can shift so quickly.... "Butch Davis, who repeatedly said he had no desire to leave the Univeristy of Miami, resigned today with the Hurricanes to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns."
Coach Lewis Celebrates with Trip to Buffalo [1:48 PM]
Cleveland.com reports: Referring to unnamed sources, the article says the Browns have been talking money in clandestine discussions with Ray Anderson, Lewis' agent. The Browns are afraid of Lewis turning his back on them and are attempting to attract him with an offer too good to refuse, they say. While common in the NFL, such talks are against league rules.
Tom Donahoe, new president of the Bills, is irate that conversation between the Browns and Anderson could be taking place. He believes Anderson is trying to create a bidding war for Lewis, and he wants no part of it.
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Bills' coaching derby reaches the home stretch [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Barring a glitch in the process, Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe is probably going to bring the name of the man he wants to owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. some time on Wednesday.'
Levy deserves Hall honour [6:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Marv Levy has joined Bud Grant as the only former CFL head coaches to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They also share a dubious achievement: They are the only head coaches to be in four Super Bowls and lose them all. Not that it's anything to be ashamed of.'
Cleveland is second stop for Lewis, Fox [6:25 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Lewis will interview today with Buffalo to be the team's head coach, then visit the Browns tomorrow. New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox will interview with the Bills tomorrow and the Browns on Wednesday. Lewis is believed to be the leading candidate for both the Bills and the Browns.'
Norwood's Life Took Wide Right Turn [5:39 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I had a lot of great seasons in Buffalo. I had many game-winners and went to the Pro Bowl, but this is strongly associated. I certainly don't well up emotionally as much as I did years ago."'
Lewis, Fox in Line for Coaching Jobs [5:12 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Several league sources said Sunday they expect Lewis to pick Buffalo. Ravens Coach Brian Billick bypassed Cleveland's head coaching job when he left the Minnesota Vikings to go to Baltimore, and some NFL executives say they expect Billick to steer Lewis away from Browns President Carmen Policy and Director of Football Operations Dwight Clark.'
Redskins Set to Interview Former Bills Coach Phillips [5:10 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills head coach Wade Phillips is scheduled to be in Washington on Monday to interview for the Redskins' defensive coordinator job.'
Levy had hunch he'd get into Hall [8:44 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I've been surrounded by some wondrous athletes, some great people," he said. "What a group of warriors I coached and I don't just mean the Hall of Fame stars. They were great fellas with the stoutest of hearts. Win or lose, they were still my guys."'
Bills not about to fight it out to hire Ravens coordinator [8:34 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Barring a change of plans, Donahoe will fly to Baltimore on Monday to meet with Lewis, he told SportsLine.com. Then he hopes to interview Fox, likely in New York on Tuesday.'
Bills & Browns gear up for Lewis fight [12:41 PM]
NFLScoop reports: 'Within the next 24 hours, both defensive coordinators will be scheduling interviews with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. "We were told that Marvin has an interview set for the day or second day after the game and that he won't be leaving without the head job," an NFL executive revealed to Sports Writers Direct.'
Levy has his ticket for Canton punched [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Challenge my coaching accomplishments if you wish," Levy likes to say, "but my stamina, at least, defies criticism!"'
Levy pulls out a 'win' in overtime [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Where would you rather be than right here; Right now?" For Marv Levy, it's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'
The finest season [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ten years haven't diminished the memories a bit for Talley, his teammates or the followers of the Bills.'
Bills fans shouldn't torture themselves with distant replay of XXV [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So if you've been thinking of popping in the tape for the first time, I've got some advice for you: Don't.'
A decade later, Norwood still fields those questions [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Nantz got an invitation this month that might have been even tougher to get than the one he received for a black tie and boots inaugural ball for his old golfing buddy, President George W. Bush. Scott Norwood, the former Buffalo Bills kicker, invited Nantz to interview him about the memories of the Bills' 20-19 loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV.'
Bills' Adams has good feeling about working with Donahoe [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Naturally, I was concerned who the new man was going to be," admitted Adams, who has two years to run on his contract. "There would have been some people I wouldn't have felt good about working with. Tom Donahoe was not one of those. I've known Tom from meetings and games like the Senior Bowl and I know his reputation - a guy who works hard and is not an ego guy."'
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