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Buffalo Bills News - January 9, 2001

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.'

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.

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