Steelers opt for experience in filling position [5:14 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Cowher also had talked to former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau about joining his staff as a consultant/secondary coach, where he would be working under Steelers defensive coordinator Tim Lewis. But LeBeau plans to discuss a coaching position with the Buffalo Bills this week. The Bills do not have an opening on their staff, but they are willing to create one to hire LeBeau.'
DeLamielleure, Lofton selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame [5:13 AM]
AP reports: '''No one blocked me better than Joe DeLamielleure,'' hall of fame defensive tackle Joe Greene once said.'
'Convoluted' logic ends long process [7:36 PM]
ESPN reports: The Hall of Fame, suggested Paige, in reshaping an old Supreme Court opinion, is a little bit like pornography. You might not be able to define it, or even deign to try, but you pretty much know a Hall of Fame player [but NOT an owner] when you see one.
The 14 modern-day finalists are first cut to 10 and, falling out on that vote were Monk, Lester Hayes, Stabler and Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson.
Lary Bump: Coaching staff improves a tick [5:56 PM]
Shout! reports: Let's look a little closer, though. Blackmon was defensive coordinator for the 2001 Falcons, who couldn't stop a sloth. Steckel was offensive coordinator for the 2000 Bucs, who couldn't move the ball against the '01 Falcons, and that helped keep Tampa Bay out of the Super Bowl until now. There's a reason neither coach was employed in the NFL last season.
Mike Doser: Winfield crushes fellow Buckeye at Madden Bowl [5:55 PM]
Shout! reports: The annual tournament, held during Super Bowl week, features the NFL's top Madden video game players. Unfortunately, Winfield and Springs were nor part of the main tournament. Winfield tried to get into the regular eight-player, single elimination tournament, but EA Sports determined he wasn't a big enough name among player.
Reports: Bills, Steelers interested in LeBeau [5:20 PM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Various newspaper reports would have LeBeau assisting the defensive coordinator of either the Steelers or Bills and working with defensive backs.'
Cowher makes addition to staff [5:19 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'But LeBeau told Cowher he was not interested in returning to the team where he served as an assistant coach for five seasons (1992-96) -- three as secondary coach and the final two as defensive coordinator. LeBeau is considering taking a similar position with the Buffalo Bills, where former Steelers director of football operations Tom Donahoe is team president.'
Allen, four others elected to Hall of Fame [3:41 PM]
AP reports: 'A day before his estranged former team plays in the Super Bowl, Marcus Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining him in the Class of 2003 will be Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Hank Stram, who went in as a seniors candidate.'
Class of 2003 [3:31 PM]
Pro Football Hall Of Fame reports: 'DeLamielleure, is the most honored member of the Buffalo Bills famed "Electric Company" offensive line of the 1970s. Best known as the lead blocker for O.J. Simpson, the NFL's first 2,000-yard rusher, Joe was a six-time Pro Bowl selection during his years with the Bills and Cleveland Browns.'
Three Buffalo Bills await election results for Hall [11:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Three Buffalo Bills will contend today for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr., former guard Joe DeLamielleure and former receiver James Lofton are among the final 15 candidates for election.'
Thurman talks of trouble [11:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On ESPN's sports issues program "Outside the Lines" (9:30 a.m. Sunday), Thomas tells reporter Tom Rinaldi that he lost purpose and became an alcoholic after retirement. In his first interview since rehab, Thurman tells ESPN: "I was completely out of control. I didn't have anything to do. We were going to restaurants having dinner, and I kept excusing myself to go to the bathroom, when in reality I wasn't going to the bathroom. I was going to the bar."'
Bills send six to Europe [11:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed six free agents Friday and assigned them to NFL Europe.'
DeLamielleure shouldn't have to sweat Hall [11:34 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: Of the 13 offensive linemen who have been elected to the Hall of Fame since 1970, DeLamielleure's numbers are comparable or better than everybody's but those of Anthony Munoz and John Hannah.
Wilson deserves to bust into Canton [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: '“I can’t say enough about Ralph Wilson as a leader,” he said.'
DeLamielleure has been lost in the Hall shuffle [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Class of 2003 will be announced today and if the voters do their homework, they will tell the folks in Canton, Ohio to start casting bronze busts of “Joe D” and the man who drafted him, Ralph Wilson.'
Advice on losing from a Bills fan [5:41 AM]
Leesburg Daily Commercial reports: 'Stop and appreciate just getting there. Realize this, every Bills fan that died before January 1991 never saw the Bills advance to a Super Bowl in their lifetime. The same applies in Tampa for those no longer with us as of two weeks ago. Putting it bluntly, think of Cubs fans.'
Tortoise beats the hare [5:40 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'I can still see that ball, etched against the Florida night. Four years of Super Bowl frustration had begun for the Bills.'
Gibbs solves no-huddle [5:39 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Joe Gibbs had this problem: The Washington coach was uncertain if he could make defensive situation substitutions while Buffalo was instrumenting its no-huddle offense. Gibbs' solution: to create in practice a replica of the Bills' scheme with his own players, have them run the no-huddle at Buffalo's pace, and test if he could substitute.'
Here's a vote for valor [5:38 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Valor can be measured in many ways. To me, there never has been a more compelling demonstration of it than Don Beebe's in this game.'
Finding honor in defeat [5:37 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'It didn't matter. What mattered in my thinking was how the Bills had persevered. Honor them.'
Bills Add Six To Roster [4:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '...all of whom will be allocated to the NFL Europe League.'
Simonton among six free agents signed by Bills [4:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo also signed fullback Jarrett Ferguson, safety Milton Proctor, offensive lineman Ronald Boldin, linebacker Merceda Perry and kicker Jason Witczak.'
DeLamielleure finally getting his due [4:07 PM]
AP reports: 'DeLamielleure's true impact, however, didn't become apparent until recently. That's when football enthusiast and researcher John Turney came out with a list ranking DeLamielleure as the NFL's third-most accomplished offensive lineman as far as awards go, only behind John Hannah and Anthony Munoz and ahead of other celebrated linemen such as Ron Yary, Dwight Stephenson and Dan Dierdorf.'
Steelers are also in the running for LeBeau's services [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is believed the Bills want LeBeau to serve as a defensive assistant to coordinator Jerry Gray.'
Bills up cost $3 per game [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to the Bills, the average ticket for a game will cost $40.61. Based on 2002 prices, that would rank as the third-lowest average ticket price in the NFL behind Atlanta ($29.78) and Arizona ($33.68), in figures furnished by Team Marketing Report.'
LeBeau to talk to Bills, Steelers [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau will sit down with Bills coach Gregg Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray after the Super Bowl to discuss joining the team in some defensive capacity.'
LeBeau checking his options before making commitment [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'The Bills, who do not have an opening on their staff, might be willing to create a position for LeBeau, who has been a player or a coach in the NFL for the past 44 years. "We would be willing to do that," Bills president Tom Donahoe said. "You have to create something that the guy feels comfortable with and he feels like he's making a contribution."'
Bills owner Wilson a Hall finalist [5:15 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Owner Ralph Wilson and guard Joe DeLamielleure, who brought glory and winning to the Buffalo Bills, are among the 15 finalists in voting Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wilson, of Grosse Pointe Shores, was an original owner of the Bills when they joined the American Football League.'
Rob Johnson, understudy [5:14 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '"I've gone through some rough times," said Johnson, now 29. "There have been a lot of disappointments and injuries. I had that playoff game won against Tennessee, if you remember, a couple of years ago (2000). But then the Titans pulled off The Music City Miracle. Stuff just seems to happen to me."'
Rob Johnson OK with being No. 2 [9:54 PM]
AP reports: '``It's a situation I picked out,'' Rob said Thursday of joining the Buccaneers this season, even though Brad beat him out for the starting job in training camp. ``I wanted to learn a lot of football from (coach) Jon Gruden. I wouldn't change a thing. I could have gone to other places, I could have gone back to Buffalo. I'm glad to be here.'''
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