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Buffalo Bills News - February 8, 2002

Marker Mike Sheppard is hired before his replacement is found. [5:32 PM]
AP via Yahoo. reports: He's back at the position he held a year ago, QB Coach.

Marker Sheppard tops list for QB coach [12:07 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard has emerged as the leading candidate to become quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints. Team officials are expected to announce Sheppard's hiring as early as today.'

Marker Williams nears decision on offensive coordinator [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams said he has spoken with roughly 30 candidates.'

Marker Coughlin steeping up efforts to hire Clements [6:58 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"It hasn't been decided," Clements said. "It will play out as it plays out." Before arriving in Hawaii, Clements met with Coughlin and other Jaguars officials over the weekend. He refused to say last night if he had been in further contact with Coughlin since that meeting. "I don't want to talk about it," he said. Coughlin also interviewed with the Buffalo Bills last week for their offensive coordinator job. The Bills also have been in contact with former Steelers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and former Indiana University head coach Cam Cameron.'

Marker Clements gets offer from Jags [6:56 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Clements, 48, also is being courted by the Buffalo Bills to become their offensive coordinator, and Steelers coach Bill Cowher hopes to keep Clements in Pittsburgh as a potential down-the-line replacement for current offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey...One of the lures of the Jaguars' job is that coach Tom Coughlin is offering near-total autonomy over the offense, Clements confirmed last night.'

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February 7, 2002

Marker Hall of Fame players introduced at Pro Bowl event [9:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly, the first USFL player to make the Hall of Fame, is dedicating his honor to his son, Hunter, who turns five next week. The boy has the rare and deadly Krabbe's disease, and doctors had told Kelly his son wouldn't live past 14 months with the disease, which attacks the white matter of the brain.'

Marker Van Pelt and Steve Tasker are real sportsmen [7:26 PM]
ESPN reports: Stories on those players among others at spring turkey camp.

Marker Gregg Williams on Coaching Carousel next year? [7:20 PM]
ESPN reports: Len Pasquarelli of ESPN speculates that Gregg Williams may be replaced by Jim Haslett of New Orleans next year. But speculations are often inaccurate especially at this time of year. Not many people were speculating the Patriots would be winning the Superbowl a year ago.

Marker Cam Cameron interviews, Clements set to take Jax post [6:35 PM]
ESPN reports: Cam Cameron, fired as coach of Indiana University, had an "impressive" interview with the Bills earlier this week. Clements looks like he'll take the Jacksonville OC job. Another quote from the article: "Dan Henning is viewed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL."

Marker Bills allocate seven to NFL Europe [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills allocated seven players, including practice squad quarterback David Dinkins, to NFL Europe for the upcoming spring season on Thursday.'

Marker Former OSU star caught in furor [1:36 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Winfield took the brunt of the financial hit. Yetts, a former Ohio State wrestler, cheated Winfield out of $1.35 million by putting Winfield's money into his own personal and business accounts, the commission's suit alleges. The Bills gave Winfield a $3.5 million signing bonus when they drafted him in the first round in 1999. When the cornerback looked to invest some of the bonus money, he cut ties with All Pro Sports and turned to Yetts. He returned to All Pro Sports after a background check by the Bills revealed a former NFL player had sued Yetts, U.S. News reported.'

Marker Bills to send Seven to NFL Europe. [1:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: Finally, some real use of that opportunity.

Marker Jim Kelly's in the Hall of Fame - Oh That's Great [10:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: When Frank Reich was first told last Saturday of Jim Kelly's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his reaction was measured as precisely as a third down pass. "Oh, that's great," Reich said, happily but quietly. "That's really great." The response was typical Reich -- calm and even-keeled, not prone to exaggeration or hyperbole.

Marker Model Student. All-American Kicker. No Scholarship [10:31 AM]
New York Times reports: The Hinterbichler story begins with the 1991 Super Bowl. Because the Hinterbichler family was originally from Buffalo, Erik and his older brother, Kurt, watched in dismay as the Bills lost to the Giants, 20-19, when the Buffalo place-kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field- goal attempt with seconds left in the game.

Marker Bills sign four [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of two center prospects among four free-agent signees Wednesday.'

Marker Agent: Winfield misquoted [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills cornerback Antoine Winfield's agent said a magazine misquoted the player about accepting gifts from an agent while at Ohio State.'

Marker Jags interview Clements [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clements also has interviewed for the offensive coordinator job in Buffalo.'

Marker Another dishonest player agent comes under the gun [8:26 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Winfield and his agent are at odds. Apparently, Winfield feels his agent defrauded and stole from him. The thing that I always find interesting about players is how stupid they can be. If you come to people with your hand out and they?re willing to commit a legal act to get your name on a contract, why don?t these athletes realize that they are dealing with dishonest people? You do not want dishonest people handling your money and finances.

Marker Levy looks back on drafting Thurman Thomas [8:25 AM]
Pro Football HOF reports: Marv Levy talks about the 1988 draft, the year the Bills picked Thurman Thomas. Thomas was the eight RB taken that year. Anyone remember the Bears' Brad Muster?

Marker NFL greats compete in legends Beach Bowl [7:04 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Reed also spoke about former teammate Jim Kelly, the former Bills quarterback who was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. "What can you say about Jim," Reed said. "There was probably no one more deserving to get in on his first try. It's great for the city of Buffalo and it's great for the Bills."'

Marker Agent: Former Ohio State star misquoted [7:02 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills cornerback Antoine Winfield's agent said a magazine misquoted the player about accepting gifts from an agent while at Ohio State.'

Marker Bills sign four [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Two centers, Michael Early and Tom Schau, cornerback Jason Bostic and defensive tackle DeVonte Peterson were added to the roster.'

February 6, 2002

Marker Bills sign four free agents [9:11 PM]
AP reports: '...and center Tom Schau.'

Marker Bills sign another Center [6:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed free agent center Tom Schau. He has a twin brother, Ryan, who played with him on the offensive line at Illinois and is currently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Marker Bills sign three free agents [3:22 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed three free agents on Wednesday, including center Michael Early, who spent part of last season with the team. Also signed were cornerback Jason Bostic, who spent all of the 2000 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and defensive tackle DeVonte Peterson, who attended Bills training camp last summer before being released.'

Marker Bills sign three free agents [2:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed three free agents: cornerback Jason Bostic, center Michael Early, and defensive tackle DeVonte Peterson.

Marker Stick to the plan. It's called CYA football [12:11 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Coordinators are being hired to run a "system" even if the team's personnel doesn't fit. The Bills tried the West Coast way in 2001 even though QB Rob Johnson will never be mistaken for the prototype West Coast QB. The result was miserable. They gained decent yardage, but on third down and in the red zone, they flopped. With a new OC for 2002, you had better not mention WCO in Buffalo anymore.

"I want the Bills' offense," says GM Tom Donahoe. "I don't like systems. Too many guys are wedded to a system, and they run it come hell or high water even if the personnel doesn't fit it. Good coaching is putting your players in positions where they have a chance to be successful. And I don't see that happening enough in this league. The problem with the WCO is, unless you have Steve Young and Jerry Rice, it's not going to be the same."

Marker New full year pigskin calendar by Gina 'Moose' Mustico [9:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills website has a new full year wallpaper desktop calendar with a pigskin theme by TBD contributor Gina 'Moose' Mustico.

Marker Erin to represent Bills Cheerleaders at Probowl [9:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Our own Buffalo Jill, Erin, will represent Western New York and the Bills in the 2002 Pro Bowl which will take place in Honolulu Hawaii on Feb. 9, 2002.

Marker Croom not interested in Bills [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One hurdle the Bills face in selling the opening is the question of job security.'

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