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Buffalo Bills News - February 6, 2003

Marker McAlister, Pace top free-agent wish lists [7:01 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Theories of where Peerless Price and Takeo Spikes may end up.

Marker Alumni Update: Booker Edgerson [2:12 PM] reports: Edgerson made history when the regular season got underway. He became the first Bills player to record an interception in the opening game of his rookie season. In fact, he picked-off Houston quarterback George Blanda twice during that game. Edgerson finished the campaign with a career-high six interceptions and was one of four Bills named to the AFL’s all-rookie team.

Marker Bills hope Ruel has golden touch with line [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think too often times your guys don't pay enough attention to details and consequently they rely on athletic ability. . . . What I'm going to do is work to improve their footwork and technique and fundamentals so they can block better."'

Marker Thomas runs with idea of helping others [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Oh, man. It's almost now like I'm the president of AA. Everywhere I go at least four or five people come up to me and thank me. It's been amazing to me I've been able to touch as many lives as I've touched with me coming out and saying I'm a recovering alcoholic."'

Marker Williams believes LeBeau is good fit [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '“He’d bring 40-plus years of experience and a lot of things he brings defensively, he innovated in this league,” Williams said. “I think he would bring a breath of fresh air ... and (be) another ear for me, to help me a lot as far as some of the administrative duties a coach does.”'

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February 5, 2003

Marker Ruel leaps at chance to coach Bills offensive line [9:10 PM]
AP reports: '''I was on a ski slope one time, going down the mountain, thinking I was one of the top skiers in the world until I hit the tree,'' he said. ''I'm just telling you right now, they can all get better. I'm going to help them achieve a higher standard, raise the bar a little higher and it'll hopefully pay off.'''

Marker LeBeau to decide whether to take Bills coaching offer [3:46 PM]
AP reports: '``We want him, and hopefully he wants us,'' Bills coach Gregg Williams said Wednesday, a day after LeBeau visited with the team at its suburban-Buffalo headquarters.'

Marker Bills Wait To Hear Back From Dick LeBeau [2:48 PM] reports: Hopefully, yesterday we presented the right situation, that he would want to come here, because he would be a valuable addition to our staff. I really look forward to working with him, if it works out. We should know something in the next couple days."

Marker Bills Introduce Running Backs Coach Les Steckel [2:47 PM] reports: On return to coaching: "They say coaching is something in your blood. You just enjoy the working relationship you have with players and coaches and certainly the adrenaline flow on Sundays. But this was an opportunity that I really looked forward to. I have tremendous respect for Gregg, as a coach working with him in Houston and Tennessee.

Marker Transcript of interview with Don Blackmon [2:46 PM] reports: "When I talked to Coach Williams it was a good meeting. And I was excited about the opportunity to come here and join this franchise, they've done a good job. You look at the way they've gone 3-and-whatever-it-was to 8-8 and they're on the move, making the right moves. As far as just being here, just having the opportunity to work with good people, it's important."

Marker Bills Introduce Offensive Line Coach Pat Ruel [2:45 PM] reports: Talk about Mike Williams: "I am excited to work with him. I am in the evaluation process right now and I see good things fro him, from all of these guys. Right now I am going to see what things I can do, as a coach, to make each one of them a better player. That is my biggest concern right now."

Marker Tim Krumrie Quotebook [1:29 PM] reports: '"I'll even go back to my playing days. I've always loved playing in Buffalo. The fans are great and the city is great. I remember coming down what I call snowball alley right out here on the bus and the fans we're throwing snowballs at us. The support from the city is tremendous and I'm excited to be here and excited to come to a city that really supports the team."'

Marker Happy B-Day: Drew Bledsoe & Jim Kelly - Special V-Day Promotion [12:10 PM] reports: While die-hard Bills fans know that February 14 is the birthday of Drew Bledsoe and Jim Kelly, most others recognize it as Valentine's Day. If that special someone celebrates both, what better gift is there for him or her than Bills football? With that in mind, the Bills are offering a special Valentine's Day promotion.

Marker Bills talk to LeBeau [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills would like to convince LeBeau to take a position as an assistant under defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. LeBeau, 65, was fired by the Bengals after a three-year head-coaching tenure.'

Marker Kelly gala moving here [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'The first Hunter’s Hope Rochester Ball is planned for July 25 at the High Falls festival site, which overlooks the river. Information on the availability or price of tickets is not yet available.'

February 4, 2003

Marker Bills Add Two More To Roster [5:36 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed two free agents DE Andrew Bowers and DB Kenneth Harris. Bowers (6-5, 297), a two-year starter out of Utah, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent (2001). Harris, a 5-11, 205-pound defensive back out of Northern Iowa University, is originally from Buffalo and a graduate of St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, where he played both running back and defensive back.

Marker LeBeau to visit Bills over potential job offer [4:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Dick LeBeau was scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday to discuss the team's offer to join their defensive staff.'

Marker 2003 Buffalo Bills in the NFL Europe League [3:53 PM] reports: The NFL Europe League training camp kicks off in February and runs to the end of March. Five of the six Bills players allocated have been assiged to a NFL Europe team.

Marker Bills sign cornerback Turner [2:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Turner, who was out of football last season, appeared in 51 games with the Chargers mostly as a special-teams player before he was released last August. Previously, he appeared in 41 games over three seasons with Washington.'

Marker Bills Sign CB Scott Turner [10:30 AM] reports: Turner (5-10, 180) was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the seventh-round (226th overall) of the 1995 Draft out of Illinois. He played in 41 games over three seasons with Washington before being released and claimed off of waivers by the San Diego Chargers in 1998. In his four years in San Diego, Turner appeared in 51 games (4 starts) contributing 23 tackles and two interceptions.

Marker February Bills Wallpaper [9:29 AM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Buffalo Bills on your computer's desktop. February's calendar features offensive tackle Jonas Jennings. Jennings moved to the left tackle position prior to the start of the 2002 season and started 15 games, missing only one game due to a leg injury.

Marker Ex-Bills O-line coach to MTSU [6:15 AM]
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: '“When you don’t get in the playoffs things have to happen, guys have to make moves,” Vinklarek said. “I am a big boy, I understand it. What I hope to bring these young men here is an insight and an understanding that they have to develop, and I want to lend to them all the things I’ve picked up over the years."'

Marker McCollum Names Ex-Bills, Titans Assistant as Offensive Line Coach [6:11 AM]
Middle Tennessee State University reports: 'Vinklarek, 44, spent the past two years as the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills where the offensive line paved the way in 2002 for a 4,359-yard passer in Drew Bledsoe, a 1,439-yard rusher in Travis Henry, and two 1,200-plus receivers in Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Vinklarek was on the same Bills staff as former Blue Raider defensive coordinator Miles Aldridge.'

February 3, 2003

Marker Hawaiian Experience - Billy Buffalo at the Pro Bowl [4:01 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe, Ruben Brown, Travis Henry, and Eric Moulds weren't the only ones representing the Buffalo Bills at the annual Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Billy Buffalo, the team's mascot, was part of the festivities on Sunday. For Billy, it was his second trip to the all-star game in past three years. Read his final postcard from Hawaii

Marker Ask Pro Bowl Buffalo Jill [3:17 PM] reports: Buffalo Jills cheerleader Diana was among the twenty-five cheerleaders selected for the 2003 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Diana is in her sixth season with the Jills. Diana will be in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 27 to February 5. When she returns she will talk about her Pro Bowl experience and share some photos of her trip with

Marker Request more information and a membership form for the Bills Kids Club [3:09 PM] reports: Become a member of the Bills Kids Club and show everyone who your favorite team is - the Buffalo Bills. When you sign up, you will receive your exclusive Bills Kids Club t-shirt, a special welcome card from me, Billy Buffalo, the official Bills team mascot. You will also get some fun stuff like sticker, Bills school supplies, team photos, a quarterly newsletter and a birthday card signed by one of the Bills players.

Marker The Week In Bills History (Feb. 3-8) [11:23 AM] reports: February 4, 1993 - RALPH WILSON RESTRUCTURES BILLS' ORGANIZATION Buffalo Bills' GM Bill Polian was released from his contract with the Bills as owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. began to restructure the front office.

Marker 5th Down: Chalk Talk with Ralph, Part I [10:55 AM] reports: Even though the Bills have salary cap room, they'll be cautious spenders in free agency this winter. Re-signing wide receiver Peerless Price is presumably high on the wish list, but the team won't overspend to do it."With Peerless Price, we would like to keep him," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said. "I don't know whether we can. That'll be up to our salary cap situation." Read this week's 5th Down

February 2, 2003

Marker Bledsoe's Pro Bowl Return Gratifying [10:09 AM] reports: 'What a difference a year makes. Now Bledsoe is on a new team and appearing in the fourth Pro Bowl of his 10-year career as one of the AFC's three quarterbacks. The others are Oakland's Rich Gannon , who will start Sunday against the NFC at Aloha Stadium, and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning.'

Marker CDS 25th Anniversary Dinner featuring Jim Kelly [10:08 AM]
Continuing Developmental Services reports: 'Join former Buffalo Bills quarterback and National Hall of Famer, Jim Kelly on March 6th at CDS' 25th Anniversary Celebration brought to you by BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester area.'

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