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Buffalo Bills News - February 9, 2004

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Mike McBath [11:05 PM] reports: 'A senior vice president with the Union Bank of Switzerland, formerly Payne Webber, McBath has been involved in the stock market for 28 years, and a member of the company’s ‘President’s Club’ for top producing brokers for 25 of those years.'

Marker The Bills Well Represented In NFL Europe [11:04 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Arkansas CB Kahill Carter and Kutztown tackle Jasen Esposito are going to the Scottish Claymores. New Mexico Military LB Asa Francis will play for Cologne while Vanderbilt QB Greg Zolman will lead the Rhein Fire.'

Marker Back in the saddle [4:05 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"I'm very, very happy to be back in the NFL," said Wyche, who had served as a volunteer quarterback coach for Pickens (S.C.) High School in the small town where he and his wife, Jane, settled several years ago. "I've really missed it so much, even though I've truly loved my experience coaching in high school. Really, every coach should experience that."'

Marker Bills hire Wyche as quarterbacks coach [3:28 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Wyche has more than two decades of NFL experience as a player and coach. He served as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-91 and then guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992-95. Following his stint with Tampa Bay, he worked in broadcasting, before stepping down in 2000.'

Marker Bills hire Sam Wyche as quarterbacks coach [3:27 PM]
AP reports: '"He brings a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge to the position that will benefit Drew (Bledsoe) and all of our quarterbacks," Mularkey said. "We are thrilled to have a coach of his caliber."'

Marker Mularkey Rounds Out His Coaching Staff With Wyche [2:32 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wyche will coach the quarterbacks for Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Wyche Joins Bills [2:31 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that new head coach Mike Mularkey has completed the hiring of his staff with the addition of Sam Wyche as quarterbacks coach.

Marker 2004 Buffalo Bills in the NFL Europe [1:08 PM] reports: 'Listed below are the five Bills players that have been assigned to play in the NFL Europe League this spring...'.

Marker Class of 2004 unveiled [12:31 PM] reports: At the Rhein Fire, Hutchinson will hope to make his mark after losing the Cowboys' starting position following nine starts during the 2002 season. The former football and baseball star at Stanford has passed for 1,563 yards and 7 touchdowns in his two-year NFL career. He will be up against Atlanta Falcons passer Wesley Phillips, the son of former Denver and Buffalo head coach Wade Phillips, and Greg Zolman of the Buffalo Bills, who owns Vanderbilt school records with 7,981 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Marker Every team is not a viable contender [12:20 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo (6-10): There shouldn't be much dropoff, even if CB Antoine Winfield somehow escapes in free agency, from the defense that catapulted all the way to No. 2 in the league in 2003. The big task for rookie coach Mike Mularkey, the inventive offensive schemer, is to rehabilitate the career of QB Drew Bledsoe, whose numbers fell off precipitously last season. Buffalo could use another outside playmaker, but Mularkey and his staff figure to upgrade the performances of younger veterans like RB Travis Henry and WR Josh Reed. The OL needs a fix but veteran mentor Jim McNally has worked wonders with even less talent than is on hand here. Obviously, the Bills are in a difficult division, one that includes the reigning league champions, and will need more offense to compete.

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February 8, 2004

Marker Patriots decline to exercise option on Smith [11:30 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The New England Patriots did not exercise their option on RB Antowain Smith on Sunday, making the team's best runner an unrestricted free agent. Smith played four seasons for the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Patriots as a free agent in June 2001. He was a first-round draft pick in 1997.

Marker Gbaja-Biamila summoned for Rice [2:11 PM]
Honolulu Star Bulletin reports: 'Levy, 78, said he welcomes the opportunity to be a real coach again. "It could always happen. I'm reinvigorated and in good health. If it comes I welcome it. Maybe people are looking at my age and saying I'm too old. I don't agree with them," said Levy, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls. "(Dick) Vermeil, Joe Gibbs coming back, Jack McKeon in baseball. Experience is a tremendous quality, as long as you haven't become complacent, or one of those 'We've always done it this way' people."'

Marker New Turf, Old Field [2:10 PM]
Honolulu Star Bulletin reports: 'Takeo Spikes is one of the best players in the NFL, and has been since his rookie year of 1998. But only now, after his first season with the Buffalo Bills, has the former Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker garnered the votes necessary to play in the Pro Bowl.'

Marker One tough Cookie who didn't crumble [2:09 PM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'It's too bad Gilchrist is all but forgotten, not only because of his legendary playing career but because he made pro football all-star game history off the field 39 years ago. He not only ought to be remembered for it, he should be celebrated for it.'

Marker Wyche's interest in Bills speaks volumes about love of coaching [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam played quarterback in the league," said Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally, who served in the same capacity under Wyche in Cincinnati. "He played under Paul Brown and learned a lot from him. He was with Bill Walsh for a number of years. So he certainly knows all the basics of how to handle a quarterback. I think he's fired up and ready to go."'

Marker Pros present awards to kids [9:01 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Coleman saw his first NFL action in 2003 after spending the previous season on the practice squad. An undrafted rookie free agent from Ferris State, he caught eight passes for 69 yards. Bills QB Drew Bledsoe spoke well of Coleman.'

February 7, 2004

Marker Mularkey postpones decision about Wyche [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wyche, 58, has been in Buffalo since Tuesday meeting and working alongside Mularkey and his staff in what has amounted to a tryout for the job. Mularkey had indicated he would make a decision on Wyche on Friday, but that did not happen.'

Marker In Williams, Gibbs Knew What He Was Getting [5:25 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'If Williams, Buffalo's head coach the previous three seasons, has a defining style for his defensive teams, it is his stress on creativity and aggressiveness.'

Marker Redskins' Williams ready to adapt [5:24 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Williams' motto throughout his coaching career has stayed firm: don't try to make players fit your defense, make your defense fit the players.'

Marker Relaxation Is the Theme for the Offseason [5:23 AM] reports: OT Marcus Price: '"Earlier in January I had to have knee surgery so I've been rehabbing that a little bit. I've also been to San Diego rehabbing. I'm just getting my body back and trying to get some rest but enjoying time with family. The next couple of weeks in Texas I'll get back on my workouts and get prepared for the 2004 season. During Super Bowl week I did some appearances in the area and but I didn't go to the game. I won't go to the Super Bowl game until I'm in it."'

February 6, 2004

Marker Bills to attend QB Henson's workout [6:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have a starting quarterback in veteran Drew Bledsoe, but team President Tom Donahoe is interested in acquiring someone who can be groomed to eventually take over. Bledsoe is also coming off one of the worst seasons of his 11-year career, finishing with 2,860 yards passing, with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 16 games.'

Marker Ex-Buffalo coach Williams settles in with 'Skins [6:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams declined to comment on his time in Buffalo. "I'm a Washington Redskin," he said.'

Marker Bills Interested in Henson [6:51 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are among the teams that plan on going to Houston to get a look at the former University of Michigan quarterback. He'll workout next Thursday and all NFL teams are welcome to attend.'

Marker Transcript: Gregg Williams Press Conference [6:50 PM] reports: '“I thought it was going to be pretty inconspicuous when he flew into town because nobody really knew officially that he was the head coach. But when he landed the private plane with the five-foot helmet on the side of the tail, it got out pretty quick around Buffalo that he was in town and we were talking."'

Marker The Bills Are Still Evaluating Sam Wyche [3:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He's still being evaluated by new head coach Mike Mularkey to see if his health will allow him to endure the hours coaches put in.'

Marker Summary of NFL transactions [2:44 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: New England
Feb. 4, 2004

Jan. 19-Feb. 3
Roster addition: FB Phillip Crosby (released from Bills reserve/injured 11/19).

Marker Looking ahead [2:42 PM] reports: According to the Patriots have signed 10 free agents for next season, many likely to be sent to NFL Europe for the Spring. The list includes RBs Phillip Crosby, Malaefou Mackenzie and Frank Moreau, safeties Scott Farley and Jason Perry, WR Marquise Walker, cornerback Michael Hall, DE Buck Rasmussen, LB Lawrence Flugence, OL Jack Fadule.

Phillip Crosby was drafted by Bills in 2001 and was released this year after an injury settlement.

Marker Bills looking at Henson [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be represented at quarterback Drew Henson’s workout next week in Houston, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Wyche returns to NFL [5:15 AM]
Pickens Sentinel reports: 'Pickens resident to coach QB's for Buffalo Bills'.
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Marker NFL Europe Experience Proves To Be Valuable [5:14 AM] reports: '"It was a great experience," said Moorman. "I think it was the best thing for me as far as developing and showing teams that I am capable of playing in the NFL."'

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