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Buffalo Bills News - January 16, 2003

Marker Szabo on Bills' list [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Szabo, 59, was linebackers coach for Jacksonville the past nine seasons.'

Marker Bills continue interviews [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Meanwhile, according to broadcast reports in Buffalo, the Bills are interested in former Atlanta assistant Don Blackmon and former Seattle assistant Johnny Holland, as candidates for its linebackers opening.'

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January 15, 2003

Marker Page 2: Flag day [8:04 PM]
ESPN reports: Jerry Rice acquired one of the few possible records he does not already own, most yards in postseason play -- 2,132. Whom did he surpass? Thurman Thomas, who played seven years fewer than Rice. (You'll hear the postseason yardage records, rarely discussed, mentioned a lot when Thomas is a first-ballot Hall of Fame entrant.)

Marker Bills: The way we hear it... [8:02 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The way we hear it, it would be more of a surprise if former Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau was not hired by the Bills than if he were hired at this point. LeBeau is a coach whom general manager Tom Donahoe has faith in from their days together in Pittsburgh, and Donahoe truly wants him on the staff. Since the Bills are looking to add more experience in the coaching ranks, LeBeau seems to be a perfect fit. Still, the Bills’ pursuit of the one-time Steelers defensive coordinator doesn’t mean Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is on the outs. After Buffalo’s defense turned it up a notch down the stretch, Gray’s job may be safe — for now. But if the Bills hire LeBeau and make him the new LB coach or create a position for him, LeBeau could be in line to take over for Gray if the defense doesn’t show well right away next season.

Marker Parcells hires Warhop to coach offensive line [8:02 PM] reports: Former Arizona Cardinal O-Line Coach Andy Warhop, thought to be sought by the Bills, has signed with Bill Parcells and the Dallas Cowboys.

Marker Playoff Flashback: January 15, 1994 [2:23 PM] reports: The Bills trailed, 17-6, late in the first half and, 23-22, late in the third quarter before QB Jim Kelly capped perhaps the most brilliant performance of his career with a 22-yard TD pass to WR Bill Brooks, his second of the game for the winning points 2:55 into the fourth quarter.

Marker Where Are They Now: Ray Bentley [12:00 PM] reports: And as it turned out, Bentley had to come to Buffalo to be with Kelly, who he had played against in an overtime game while the quarterback was with the USFL’s Houston Gamblers. "There was actually some controversy because they had a center by the name of Frank Kalil, who spit in my face during the game. And so I went over after the game and got into a fight with him. Kelly, in the paper, was saying what a cheap shot artist I was and all this stuff. So my first day in the Bills’ locker room, I went over to him and said, ‘You still think I’m a cheap shot?’ We had a good laugh over that."

Marker Bills interview UB grad Maser [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maser interviewed this week for the Bills' offensive line coaching job, The Buffalo News learned. Maser, 55, spent the past nine seasons coaching the offensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He lost his job when Tom Coughlin was fired as Jaguars coach last month.'

January 14, 2003

Marker What They Said About Joe DeLamielleure [10:46 AM] reports: No one blocked me better than Joe DeLamielleure." -Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers, Sporting News, 1975

Marker 5th Down: Campaigning for Canton [9:48 AM] reports: One year ago, Gerri DeLamielleure received a phone call from an ex-football player named Ron Yary.Gerri didn't know Yary. Her husband, former Buffalo Bills guard Joe DeLamielleure, had met him a Pro Bowl or two. But they basically didn't know each other either.Still, Yary had a message for Joe, one important enough that he was compelled to call. Since Joe wasn't home on this January day, Yary left word with his wife.

Marker Bills eyeing Warhop [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The contract of Warhop, 41, runs out this week and he will be free to talk to any club.'

Marker Cardinals Coach target of Bills [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Broadcast reports on Monday reported the Bills have asked the Cardinals for permission to interview Warhop. Team spokesman Scott Berchtold, however, was unable to confirm if the Bills made the request or if Arizona said OK.'

Marker Jones says he won't be silent long [5:17 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'A source said Arizona offensive line coach George Warhop is on Parcells' wish list as well. Warhop's agent, Danny More, said Warhop is scheduled to interview with Buffalo today, but no interview has been scheduled with the Cowboys.'

January 13, 2003

Marker Recapping Donahoe's First Two Years In Buffalo [10:03 AM] reports: On January 10, 2001 owner Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson hired former Pittsburgh Steelers' executive Tom Donahoe as the Bills' president and general manager. Two years later, the eighth general manger in the team's history sat down with to reflect on his time in Buffalo.

Marker The Week In Bills History (Jan. 13-19) [10:02 AM] reports: January 14, 1981 - JOE CRIBBS ROOKIE OF YEAR Bills' RB Joe Cribbs was named the 1980 AFC rookie of the year by United Press International (UPI).

Marker Bills fans clinch Top 10 ranking in annual NFL survey [6:33 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills rank a respectable ninth out of 32 teams.'

January 11, 2003

Marker Several teams expected to have QB camp battles [11:08 AM]
ESPN reports: Despite published reports, Bills assistant GM Tom Modrak has not spoken to Seahawks officials about their opening for a GM. That's not to say he won't, but Bills president/GM Donahoe insisted this week that the Seahawks haven't even phoned for permission to meet with Modrak. In the meantime, Modrak did interview last weekend with Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver. If the Jags boss has any sense, he'll hire him. Modrak is one of the best available talent evaluators in the league. Too many teams have passed on him since he departed the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago.

Marker Krumrie joins Bills [9:31 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"That experience and the tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy that he brings makes him a valuable addition to our staff," Buffalo head coach Gregg Williams said. "We have some young players at that position and I have no doubt they will benefit greatly from his expertise."'

Marker Bills tap Krumrie as assistant [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Krumrie, 42, is a two-time former Pro Bowl player who is known for bringing intensity and a physical style to the unit he coaches.'

Marker Krumrie named DL coach [7:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'He’s been credited for the development of good, young pass rushers Reinard Wilson and Justin Smith the past two seasons.'

Marker Krumrie leaves Bengals for Bills' defensive line job [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bills reportedly also asked for permission to speak to Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander, but Brown didn't give it.'

Marker Bengals lose Krumrie to Bills; Lewis rumors intensify [7:02 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"Tim was a great player for us, and he has been a very good coach," Bengals president Mike Brown said. "He always gives everything he has. We hold him in the highest regard and wish him the best with this new opportunity."'

January 10, 2003

Marker Bengals assistant coach joins Buffalo Bills staff [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Tim Krumrie is leaving to take the same job with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills Hire Krumrie To Coach Defensive Line [4:29 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has hired TIM KRUMRIE as its defensive line coach. “Tim Krumrie has 20 years of professional defensive line experience as a player and an assistant. That experience and the tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy that he brings make him a valuable addition to our staff,” said Bills head coach Gregg Williams. “We have some young players at that position and I have no doubt that they will benefit greatly from his expertise.”

Marker Bills Begin Interviews For Coaching Positions [2:45 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have officially started to conduct interviews for their assistant coaching openings. On Thursday, Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Tim Krumrie visited Buffalo to meet with head coach Gregg Williams.

Marker Bills, Browns and Giants’ long-snapper [1:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'When Williams took the job, he maintained that he and his staff would “teach” the Bills to be better players. But, judging by the three firings, he sorely underestimated the value of a pro coaching background.'

Marker LeBeau might keep 4-3 if he's def. coordinator [1:33 PM]
Shout! reports: If Dick LeBeau became Bills defensive coordinator, that would not guarantee a return to the 3-4 defense Buffalo had mostly operated for more than 20 years before Gregg Williams took over.

Marker The Official Buffalo Bills Kids Club [10:54 AM] 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 Bills talk to Bengals assistant Krumrie [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He still is under contract to Cincinnati. But the Bengals gave permission to the Bills to speak with him.'

Marker Bledsoe drew more fans for Bills [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, who finished 8-8, drew 547,702 fans to Ralph Wilson Stadium, a jump of 42,966 over 2001 for an increase in revenue of approximately $1.63 million.'

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