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Buffalo Bills News - February 27, 2001

Marker Eagles early favorite to land Wiley [1:07 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli reports that most people at the combine have installed Philadelphia as the early favorite to land Marcellus Wiley when the unrestricted free-agent signing period commences Friday morning. I have read this in several sources now. This was the first authoritative confirmation.

Marker Poor combine showing shows most QBs just passing through [1:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli writes about QB's at the combine. Queried if there were any 'sleepers' among the quarterbacks, one head coach retorted: "Yeah, all of them are sleepers. They started throwing, and I nodded off." Anyone thinking there is a QB of the Bill's future hidden in this draft ought to think again.

Marker XFL, R.I.P. [11:52 AM]
ESPN reports: While awaiting word on reworked contracts and the QB situation I read Hunter S. Thompson's take on the XFL. He writes: "It is worse than any dream that ever happened in the worst and most tortured hallucinations ever suffered by the most pitiful LSD victim.... nobody except Vince McMahon was anxious to see it born, and nobody except the cheerleaders will miss it when it's gone..."

Marker Thomas' retirement to start Bills' big week [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will bring Thurman Thomas back to town at 3 p.m. today for his official retirement announcement.'

Marker Thurman Thomas on WGR55 today [8:50 AM]
TBD reports: 'Thurman Thomas will be on WGR55 this morning at 9:05 am. You can hear them live on the internet from their website.'

Marker Bills, Hansen working on a deal [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've got a good feeling we'll get something settled," agent Jack Wirth said yesterday. "They want to keep Phil and we're trying our best to get something done."'

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February 26, 2001

Marker Bills QB Decision Simple, But Not Obvious [10:47 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: "Listening to most of the analysis surrounding the quarterback choice facing the Buffalo Bills' new hierarchy, you come to an inescapable question -- what's taking so long?"

Marker Board woos a team player [4:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Jack Kemp and Ed Rutkowski could enter politics, why can't Lou Piccone run for Amherst Town Board?'

Marker Dolphins would pursue Johnson if he is let go [4:36 PM]
Orange County Register reports: 'The ex-El Toro High QB would likely draw the attention of several teams if the Bills cut him.'

Marker TFY reviews OL at the combine [4:32 PM]
TFYDraft reports: 'Looks like Garza has moved up to #2 center spot (behind Raiola, in front of Rabach and Hamilton) ... look for the Bills to consider him in Round 3. Also, Borrum has been pegged sleeper pick at OL for several weeks and it looks like the Combine was his coming-out party... I beleieve he goes by the end of the 2nd round now.'

Marker The Last Great Quarterback Controversy? [4:14 PM]
NFLTalk.com reports: 'NFLTalk.com's Mike Florio thinks the lesson of the Bills QB debate might make it the last one we see in the NFL.'

Marker Thurman Thomas on ESPN's Up Close [4:13 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Real Player required, only a 28.8 feed which can't handle the replays. They apparently have an iso camera on him during the MCM which I'm sorry I didn't see.'

Marker Johnson a Dolphin? [1:53 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'The downside of Johnson is that of his 19 starts in Buffalo, he failed to finish eight of them when he was knocked out with an injury. Additionally, that fact that he took 79 sacks during his tenure indicates that he had a tendency to hang on to the ball too long.'

Marker Johnson could be making an exit [1:44 PM]
ESPN reports: 'So the decision isn't made. Signs point toward Johnson being the one to go. Stay tuned.'

Marker Fluties, Johnson both have positives...and negatives [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Donahoe and Williams have done their homework. They've watched every play Johnson and Flutie triggered last season. They've interviewed some 60 people - players, coaches, medical people and others - to get a profile on both QBs. They've even had separate face-to-face meetings with Flutie and Johnson.'

Marker Itís looking like Johnson is Buffaloís guy [12:04 PM]
cnnsi.com reports: Columnist Don Banks indicates that while media reports have speculated that Flutie was in the lead for most of the past week or so, league sources believe Johnson will be the choice of coach Gregg Williams. League personnel officials and scouts say that the signs all indicate itís Johnsonís job to lose.

Marker Bills will determine Dolphins' move [6:25 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Creating enough room under the salary cap, however, could be a stumbling block in signing either Johnson. As it stands, the Dolphins will have to restructure some deals and release playersto re-sign some of their own free agents.'

Marker Dolphins eye Johnson -- if Bills keep Flutie [6:23 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins have reason to cheer for Doug Flutie.'

Marker Dolphins would be interested in R. Johnson [6:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Look for the Dolphins to be among a group of teams that will express strong interest in Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson if he is released this week.'

Marker Sheppard finally gets to call offensive shots [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'During his 27-year football coaching career, Sheppard has been climbing the ladder of success, and now he has his first chance to put his own stamp on a National Football League offense.'

February 25, 2001

Marker Street-fighter Flutie . . . SoCal-soft Johnson . . . What's the decision? [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Donahoe would do well to consult his "Internet personality" - "As a starter Flutie's record is 21-9, what's the decision?" - and launch this new era of Bills football with Flutie, the more reliable choice.'

Marker It's decision time: Johnson or Flutie [8:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Don't be surprised if it's the other way around -- Johnson over Flutie. Johnson has more upside and seems ideally suited for the West Coast system Williams plans to install. They also save more against the cap by waiving Flutie ($3 million) than Johnson ($1.6 million).'

Marker Combine plays key role [6:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"Even if we didn't have the salary cap issue, these guys couldn't be on the same team. This has gone almost beyond not liking each other."'

Marker Wiley move will result in a jackpot [6:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Marcellus Wiley got his wish Thursday. He lost his job.'

February 24, 2001

Marker QB speculation inaccurate [10:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "The answer is, emphatically, that no decision will be made until next week," Donahoe said. "Any other report or speculation would be false and premature."

Marker Flutie's Proven Record Speaks For Itself [10:57 PM]
ESPN reports: 'More people on the Flutie Wagon.'

Marker Johnson could be making an exit [10:56 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Other hints that Flutie may be the man....'

Marker Mauck sounds off on quarterbacks, performance of line [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But there's no doubt who Mauck thinks was the best man for the offense in 2000. "Doug got sacked one out of 23 pass attempts, Rob got sacked one out of six," Mauck said from his office in Detroit, where he is the Lions' offensive line coach. "I think you can figure it out for yourself."'

February 23, 2001

Marker A Flurry of Player Movements [12:39 PM]
NFL.com reports: Provides a team-by-team summary of cuts, franchise tags, transition players, and signings as of 2/22/01

Marker Buffalo battles [11:40 AM]
CNN/SI reports: '"They do not like each other," said Donahoe, not exactly breaking that story. "Both of them were committed to being the guy. As long as the other guy wasn't there. ... Even if we didn't have a [salary] cap issue, these two guys can't be on the same team. This has almost gone beyond not liking each other."'

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