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Buffalo Bills News - June 8, 2001

Marker Smith roams into town [5:29 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Said Belichick: "Why was he featured in some games and not others? You'd have to ask people in Buffalo."'

Marker Pats have a new dimension [5:27 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It just didn't work out for me," Smith said. "The offense kind of changed from my rookie year. They brought in a different offensive coordinator. From there it kind of went downhill for me."'

Marker Johnson finds comfort in new Bills' surroundings [5:26 AM]
AP reports: 'It helps that Williams, unlike Phillips, stresses discipline and attention to detail -- from film study to fitness. For the first time, Johnson, son of a disciplinarian football coach, feels at home under the stricter regime.'

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June 7, 2001

Marker Patriots snag ex-Bills RB Smith [8:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Smith was impressive in early workout this spring for the new Bills staff and Donahoe conceded there was a time he looked like the team's best back. But then he abruptly stopped showing up for workouts and that, combined with his cap status, sealed his fate.'

Marker Moore contacts Bills; faces court appearance on Tuesday [7:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Mackler said he and Moore were especially incensed over comments Williams made Wednesday, questioning Moore's commitment and criticizing him for failing to return Williams' messages.'

Marker New England signs ex-Buffalo RB [3:55 PM]
AP reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith signed a one-year contract Thursday with the New England Patriots after four years with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Patriots sign free agent RB Antowain Smith [3:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After ranking 26th in the NFL in rushing with no feature back, the New England Patriots on Thursday signed free agent running back Antowain Smith. Terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Ranking the NFL's Coaches [12:42 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "He has prepared his whole life to be an NFL head coach, so don't expect Gregg Williams to blow it."

Marker Patriots sign Bills' Smith [11:29 AM]
New England Patriots reports: 'The Patriots have just signed running back Antowain Smith formerly of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Brown puts blame on Phillips [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just think that the ship wasn't run tightly," Brown said. "The plays weren't being called correctly. The right personnel weren't in all the time. The players were put in an awkward situation and it wasn't fair for us to be in that situation because a lot of us came out and really busted our humps."'

Marker Highly touted Modrak is Bills' gain, Bears' loss [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Modrak is considered one of the most astute talent evaluators in the NFL. He immediately became a target of several teams after being fired by Philadelphia last month. With the Bears moving at a slow pace, he decided joining the Bills was a better option.'

June 6, 2001

Marker Brown blames Bills blunders on Phillips [8:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Citing a host of troubles, from poor play-calling to an overall lack of organization, the five-time Pro Bowl guard accused Phillips of messing up what could have been a memorable Bills era.'

Marker Slow-paced Bears help land Modrak with Bills [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Considered a prime candidate for future NFL executive openings, Modrak didn't rule out the possibility his time might be short with the Bills.'

Marker Bills Backers Group Tickets Deadline Nears [4:38 PM]
TBD reports: 'Join thousands of Bills Backers from all over the country for group seating
at Bills vs. Chargers game. The deadline to purchase tickets is this Saturday. Your order for tickets must be postmarked/mailed by June 9, 2001. No exceptions. If the Bills Backers do not get your order on time, you are on your own for buying tickets. Individual San Diego Charger game tickets go on sale to the general public in late June. Please visit our Tailgate Page for more information to get a ticket order form now. Hundreds have already purchased their tickets! Don't miss out!

Marker Bills' patience thin after Moore misses second practice [4:36 PM]
AP reports: '"Evidently his phone's broken down or maybe in the surgery his ears got numb, because he hasn't called me back," Bills coach Gregg Williams said, referring to two messages that Moore failed to return on Tuesday. "Patience is not my middle name. So he needs to get here as soon as possible."'

Marker Making Spirits Bright [3:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'People have questioned Rob Johnson for his lack of community involvement (not having bought a house here) , but I think he is quietly doing the right things. '

Marker TBD Wallpaper/Calendar - June Edition [11:31 AM]
TBD reports: We apologize for the delay, but the June 2001 edition of our popular wallpaper is finally here. This month we feature the Bills 1st round draft choice: CB Nate Clements. Download your copy today!

Marker Bills' Moore on mend after surgery [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore did not attend the start of minicamp Tuesday, but he had a good reason.'

Marker Tasker leads parade of 11 picked for 'Hall' [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Tasker knew what people were saying behind his back, that he couldn't overcome his size disadvantage to become a productive football player. Once in high school, a Division III coach informed Tasker he wasn't going to recruit him because he thought he was too small.'

Marker Modrak agrees to contract terms [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No contract has been signed, but the terms have been agreed upon, according to Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications. The team will introduce Modrak at a news conference today.'

Marker Moore throws a distraction at Bills camp [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams needs to have a frank conversation with Moore and give him a piece of his mind. The kid is messing up. He's messing with his life and with his team. If the coach can't control him, then he should get him out of here.'

Marker Reuben Brown wants a ring, too [5:12 AM]
Lynchburg News and Advance reports: '"The problems we had started all the way up with Wade," Brown explained, "because if your head coach isn't on the same page as your team leaders, then there's no way that the coach can communicate to the rest of the players."'

Marker Modrak joins Bills' staff as director of operations [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe said Modrak will oversee college scouting for the Bills as well as "offer his expertise in all areas of day-to-day operations. Tom is a high-class individual and will be a tremendous addition."'

June 5, 2001

Marker Deal will allow cap relief for older veterans [10:38 PM]
AP reports: "The subsidy for older veterans was one of the keys to the deal,... Under the agreement all players with more than four years in the league will cost the clubs the same in both cap room and dollars, even though the older players will be making more." If a 10-year veteran is due to make the new league minimum salary of $750,000, only $450,000 would count against the cap.

Marker Ranking the NFL's coaches [10:35 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 23. Gregg Williams, Buffalo Bills. He has prepared his whole life to be an NFL head coach, so don't expect Williams to blow it. He works as hard as anybody and appears to have a solid grasp of the fine line between pushing too much and pushing not enough. As a defensive coach, he's one of the best. He likes to be aggressive, which is a plus with all the speed in the NFL these days. He has a chance to be a real good one.

Marker Bills appoint Modrak director of football operations [9:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Along with handling the team's daily operations, Modrak will oversee the team's college scouting strategy.'

Marker The breakout list: veterans on offense ready to excel [4:56 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'I set out thinking Aaron Brooks of the Saints, Matt Hasselbeck of the Seahawks or Tim Couch of the Browns would be the best candidates to break out, and they still are good candidates. But the enthusiasm of Bills coach Gregg Williams was convincing... What's impressive and different about Johnson is the way he's approaching his job.'

Marker Ranking the AFC East (Bills #4) [4:54 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Gregg Williams is going to come on like wildfire; this league will see what a brilliant leader and coach he is, who inspires and directs his troops. They'll need some consistency at running back and quarterback. Defensively, they should have some players who can still play at a quality level. '

Marker Moore has surgery to remove bullet from leg [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Corey Moore has undergone successful surgery to remove a bullet from his leg. Moore has been cleared to travel, but the Bills don't know when he will be able to come to Buffalo for an evaluation by team doctors.'

Marker Modrak ready to sign on as chief scout for the Bills [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Modrak, the former director of football operations of the Philadelphia Eagles, has made an oral agreement to join the Bills to help oversee their college scouting operation, two NFL sources reported Monday evening.'

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