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Buffalo Bills News - January 10, 2001

Marker Wade a Minute [9:10 PM]
Buffalo Beat reports: 'According to the anti-Wade movement, Phillips has no business coaching a team at the NFL level. To his detractors, the former Denver Bronco head coach is a bumbling, unenthusiastic incompetent. Football insiders, those intimately familiar with the game, have a far different take on Phillips.'

Marker Phillips would like to coach expansion Texans [6:14 PM]
AP reports: 'On Wednesday, Phillips said he is looking forward to becoming an NFL head coach again, possibly with the expansion Houston Texans, who start play in 2002. Phillips, 53, said he expects to interview with Houston in the coming weeks, though nothing has been formally set up.'

Marker Wilson Spent Money, Title On Donahoe [2:20 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Donahoe's official introduction is scheduled for Friday, but the Bills are clearly his team already.'

Marker Bills name Tom Donahoe general manager [11:52 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Donahoe becomes the eighth general manager in team history.'

Marker Tom Donahoe named Bills' president, GM [11:51 AM]
AP reports: '"In my discussions with him over the past two weeks I feel he is the most qualified man to oversee the Bills football operations," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said.'

Marker Donahoe is in [11:38 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills snagged 52-year-old Tom Donahoe as their general manager finally. Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. signed him today and will have a news conference Friday to introduce Donahoe to the public.'

Marker Donahoe accepts P/GM position! [9:51 AM]
TBD reports: The Buffalo Bills have announced that Tom Donahoe has accepted a job as the president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills. He will serve as the eighth GM in Bills history.

Marker Bad career move [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's seldom a good idea to tell the boss to mind his own business. Just ask Wade Phillips.'

Marker Phillips takes stock of hits and misses [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet another factor that made Phillips' return implausible was his contract status. He has just a year remaining and would have been viewed as a lame duck next season. Phillips did not want that and would have desired a contract extension.'

Marker Jones hopes Bills' stint doesn't ruin his self-image [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Our problems on special teams really were pretty simple. They were speed getting down the field, the lack of ability to get off a block and make a tackle. When we had breakdowns that's where the breakdowns were."'

Marker Wilson's Teflon is wearing thin [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somehow, it's hard to be optimistic. The owner might not intend to jump ship, but that doesn't mean the boat isn't sinking.'

Marker For Flutie, it's all about playing [6:45 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'With Johnson's history of injuries, Flutie knows Buffalo may be his best chance to play. Is there an NFL team ballsy enough to give a 38-year-old QB a starting job? Not likely. Too bad.'

Marker Phillips plans to interview for Texans job [6:37 AM]
AP reports: '"Houston is home for me. I went to the University of Houston and I coached with my dad with the Oilers during the glory days, so to speak," Phillips told Houston television station KRIV.'

Marker No hello means goodbye for Wade [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"We played so many young players this year who are going to be solid next year," Phillips said. "There are a lot of good coaches who can do a good job, a lot of GMs. I'm sure Ralph will hire those people. This has been a strong, winning franchise and I think it'll continue to be. I'm just sad it's not with me."'

Marker Life goes on [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: '"Our problems on special teams were pretty simple," he said. "It was speed getting down the field and the lack of ability to get off blocks and make a tackle. When we had breakdowns, that's where the breakdowns were."'

Marker Phillips' dad backs Wade's principles [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: '"When he lost Bruce Smith, Thomas Smith, Gabe Northern and Kurt Schulz from the defense before the season, I told him he was in for a rough time. Then, he gets his team to 7-4, and he loses four more starters from his defense. Four pretty good starters, too. Those are some tough obstacles to overcome."'

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January 9, 2001

Marker Pendry a consideration for Bucs job [9:41 PM]
TBD reports: Don Banks, reporter for Sports Illustrated, made a passing comment in his column today that Joe Pendry may be in consideration to replace the recently fired Les Steckel in Tampa Bay. Steckel was the Bucs offensive coordinator for only one year. Banks said Head Coach Tony Dungy will take his time in finding Steckel's replacement.

Marker Phillips said he offered to reassign assistant before being fired [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"I do want to say that I did offer to change special teams coaches because I did feel like it was my responsibility and my fault that I brought in a guy who didn't have any experience with special teams,'' Phillips said.'

Marker Cottrell is players' choice for Buffalo's vacant coaching position [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"He's been around this business a long time and I think he's ready to step up and be a head coach. So, hopefully, it'll go to Ted Cottrell."'

Marker Wilson turns the page [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really like Wade," Wilson said. "But we had awful special teams."'

Marker Phillips bows out gracefully [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And I want to especially thank the Buffalo Bills' fans. Not only the ones in Western New York, but throughout the country, who gave us tremendous support."'

Marker Wade truly was a player's coach [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's who Wade is," defensive end Marcellus Wiley said. "He's extremely loyal to people, especially his players and coaches. As everyone has seen, he'll go down with the ship."'

Marker Defensive work prompted Levy to bring Phillips to Bills [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips was happy being a defensive coordinator, but his dream was to be a head coach again. He insisted he didn't come to Buffalo to be Levy's successor. But that's what happened shortly after Levy announced his retirement on Jan. 31, 1998.'

Marker Scenarios show several choices for head coach [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I confess to personal bias. I think Cottrell would make a fine head coach. His football mind is obvious, but he also has a strong personality, an ability to deal with players and to communicate with the public and the media. His affability is a bonus.'

Marker A miracle he stayed this long [6:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Phillips will never again be offered a head coaching job in the NFL. In fact, if he ever does receive and accept another bid, I will eat this column.'

Marker Phillips given bum's rush [6:23 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Phillips was not a complete disaster as a coach. Most of his players liked him and he usually had his players ready. It was on game day that he most often fell short.'

Marker Loyalty costs Phillips his job [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"He told us, 'They're going to get me eventually and it's because I'm loyal,' " said backup quarterback Alex Van Pelt, referring to Phillips' pregame speech in the locker room before the Bills' final game at Seattle Dec. 23.'

Marker Cottrell lets credentials speak [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, as of yesterday, Cottrell had not heard from owner Ralph Wilson and the highly respected career assistant was going ahead with plans to interview with the expansion Houston Texans tomorrow for their vacancy.'

Marker Patient Donahoe unfazed by changes [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is unexpected, but it's something that Mr. Wilson has to deal with today," said Donahoe when asked about Phillips' dismissal. "We'll see where it goes."'

Marker Phillips pays for choosing friends [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'I would have asked Wade Phillips to fire not only special-teams coach Ronnie Jones, but also offensive coordinator Joe Pendry and offensive-line coach Carl Mauck.'

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