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Buffalo Bills News - January 9, 2001

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.'

Marker Phillips' decisions left Wilson with little choice [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'My report card on Wade Phillips: Overall record -- B.'

Marker Chan Gailey signs new contract [5:45 AM]
TBD reports: Miami Dolphin OC, Chan Gailey, signed a 2 year extension on Monday with the Dolphins. It had been rumored that if Tom Donahoe was hired that he might seek to bring Gailey into the Bills staff. That rumor is now squashed unless Gailey is offered the head coaching position (or assistant head coach). This would appear to be unlikely due the recent deal Gailey signed.

Marker Wade's World: A Chronology [5:38 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'A look back at the highs and lows of Wade Phillips' Buffalo tenure..'

Marker Phillips' Faulty Loyalty [5:37 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Despite a record that would earn most coaches a contract extension instead of an unceremonious dismissal, Phillips' own shortcomings cost him his job.'

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January 8, 2001

Marker QB controversy doomed Phillips [7:57 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Wade Phillips didn't lose his job as head coach of the Buffalo Bills this weekend. He lost it a year ago.'

Marker It's a cruddy business [2:21 PM]
Shout! reports: 'What a crappy business, this NFL. The Bills fire Wade Phillips after he posted the best start in the first three seasons of any Buffalo head coach's tenure. If winning is the bottom line, all Phillips did was go 29-21 (.580).'

Marker Phillips Fired Himself [2:18 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Shortly after 11 a.m., the team confirmed a story that broke late Sunday ... "Bills President Ralph Wilson released Wade Phillips as head coach of the team ... "'

Marker Phillips fired as Bills' coach [1:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Buffalo special teams' record was among the worst in the National Football League last season,\" Wilson said Monday. "I felt we needed a change and that my request was reasonable. ... I did not want to release Wade but his refusal left me with no option."'

Marker Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [1:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Wade Phillips refused to fire special teams coach Ronnie Jones and it cost him his job.'

Marker Wade Phillips and assistants to go [9:43 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips was fired late Sunday night by owner Ralph Wilson. His unwillingness to make changes in his assistant coaching staff was reportedly a factor in Wilson's decision.'

Marker Sources say wait is over, Wade's out [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The firing apparently was a result of Phillips' refusal to release three of his assistant coaches - offensive coordinator Joe Pendry, offensive line coach Carl Mauck and special teams coach Ronnie Jones.'

Marker Bills fire Phillips - report [7:03 AM]
CP reports: 'Bills assistant coaches whose jobs could be on the line include offensive co-ordinator Joe Pendry, special teams coach Ronnie Jones and offensive line coach Carl Mauck. All three are close friends of Phillips.'

Marker Decided [6:22 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Wade Phillips' three-year head-coaching tenure with the Buffalo Bills will end Monday. Team owner Ralph Wilson is expected to announce Phillips' firing, in a move that was not expected to be decided until Buffalo filled its vacant general manager position.'

Marker Report: Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [6:11 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Apparently, a new general manager isn't the only thing the Buffalo Bills need.'

Marker Phillips was reluctant to fire assistants [6:09 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Phillips' reluctance to fire some of his assistant coaches apparently led to his dismissal. The team has no comment at this time.'

Marker Loyalty to assistants costs Bills coach Phillips his job [6:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'And late Sunday night, it became the bitter end for Phillips, who was dismissed by the Bills after he steadfastly declined to make staffing changes suggested by owner Ralph Wilson last week and then reiterated in the past 48 hours.'

Marker Bills reportedly fire Wade Phillips [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"We have no comment at this time," said Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications.'

January 7, 2001

Marker Longing For Face-Painters [10:14 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'They look at me like I'm crazy, or making the whole thing up. They don't understand how anyone could go to the extremes that a Bills fan will go to in order to feel like part of a team.'

Marker Pendry may chase Moulds Out of Town [10:07 PM]
TBD reports: PFW recently wrote, "Some Bills observers are beginning to be concerned over wide receiver Eric Moulds' impending free agency. These sources say it is not absolute that Moulds will return to Buffalo, especially if offensive coordinator Joe Pendry remains." Listening to talk radio and reading the Stadium Wall message board, Moulds may not be the only person not present in RWS next season if Pendry remains. Some fans may elect to stay away too!

Marker Houston interview makes limbo easier for Cottrell [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cottrell was busy this week boning up for his first interview for an NFL head-coaching job. Cottrell is scheduled to meet with officials of the Houston Texans franchise on Wednesday and Thursday to interview for that expansion club's opening.'

Marker One Bills Drive may be burning as Wilson fiddles over Donahoe hire [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The future of the Bills' franchise is teetering on the brink and owner Ralph Wilson doesn't seem to realize it.'

Marker The Bills and the power of prayer [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If ever the Buffalo Bills needed the power of prayer on their side, it is now.'

Marker Jim Haslett wins AP NFL Coach of the Year [6:45 AM]
TBD reports: Former Bills LB Jim Haslett ('79-'85) has landed The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award. Haslett is only in his first year of coaching the Saints and he guided them to the division title, despite a rash of injuries to his skill players. This is not the first AP award Haslett has won. He was the recipient of the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1979. An interesting side note is that NFC coaches have received the Coach of the Year award 17 times in the past 20 years.

January 6, 2001

Marker Chargers' new GM doesn't wince when talking about wins [12:52 PM]
North County Times reports: 'But Bills owner Ralph Wilson let Butler go last month when negotiations for a new pact stalled. "Don't say fired," Butler asked. "That sounds like you didn't do your damn job."'

Marker Big boss's appetite takes in hunger to win [12:49 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"I'm overweight," he says. "And I love football."'

Marker Big man, big job [12:48 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Butler, 54, said he's a "big believer" in building through the draft. At one point in the 2000 season, 18 of Buffalo's starters were drafted by the club. By contrast, only eight of the Chargers' starters in their season finale were San Diego draftees.'

Marker Donahoe talks slow down [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' now has been 10 days since the first meeting between Wilson and Donahoe. If the Bills are anxious about striking a deal with the former personnel chief of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they don't appear to be showing it.'

Marker Donahoe says talks with Bills ongoing [6:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'And while his name surfaced for top personnel jobs with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions the past two days, Donahoe insisted his focus is still on Buffalo.'

Marker Butler to bring old pal to S.D. [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'But it appears undisclosed NFL officials, interpreting language in the league's anti-tampering policy, have determined that's it's unreasonable for the Bills to hold Smith to the final six weeks of his deal.'

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