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Buffalo Bills News - January 13, 2003

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.'

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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.'

Marker Ex-Bills head coach Wade Phillips proving he knows his 'D' [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“It wasn’t my choice to leave, I’ll tell you that,” Phillips said. “That was my place, my time, and it was taken away. We did a good job and I think we would have continued to do a good job. But I don’t hold grudges. Ralph’s up for the Hall of Fame and I hope he gets in. I didn’t think what he did was right by me, but it was his choice and it’s his team. I certainly wish everyone well up there.”'

Marker Phillips: Coaches need commitment from team [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s not the money, it’s the command of the football team,” he said. “If players think you’re going to be there, they’ll do what you say and when you lead, they’ll follow. But if they don’t know if you’ll be there or not, they start affiliating with different factions ... they go their own ways.”'

Marker Big comebacks can propel teams through playoffs [5:18 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Levy said he doesn't know if his Bills team was destined to do what it did. "I'm not Plato," he said. "It's difficult for me to say if the rest of the way would have been any different (if the Bills had earned a more conventional victory against the Oilers). We had a veteran team and we were able to celebrate and come right back down to earth. It can propel you, if you are level-headed. It depends on how you handle it."'

Marker Report: Bills talking to Krumrie [5:17 AM] reports: 'Bengals President Mike Brown indicated last week that he wasn’t going to let any of his coaches who still have a contract leave until the Bengals name a new head coach.'

January 9, 2003

Marker Coach learns buddy system doesn't work [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Vinklarek was Williams' biggest blunder, a sentimental choice bordering on cronyism.'

Marker Phillips lands on his feet with Falcons [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know if there's a word for how disappointed I was," he said. "I guess devastated is what I'd use. That was my place, that was my time and it was taken away. We did a good job and I think we would have continued to do a good job and gotten the team where we wanted to be."'

Marker Football star Rodney Wright reaches plea deal in accident [9:01 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'The charge against Wright, 23, will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he's not arrested in the next year, according to the plea agreement in Fresno County Superior Court. Wright, 23, pleaded no contest to a charge of being involved in an accident resulting in injury and leaving the scene. After the year is up, he is likely to receive three years probation, said defense attorney Salvatore Sciandra. If Wright does not stay out of trouble, he could face up to three years in prison for the felony conviction.'

Marker Bills pursue LeBeau to fill assistant spot [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'There has been speculation that at age 65 he would welcome a low-profile position -- the Bills linebackers job is open -- but sources close to the energetic LeBeau said he’s still interested in holding a position of authority.'

January 8, 2003

Marker Former Fresno State enters guilty plea [9:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills receiver Rodney Wright pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaving the scene of a collision that injured two people.'

Marker Alumni Update: John Davis [5:00 PM] reports: "I was on a team that did something that will never be done again, and that’s playing in four-straight Super Bowls," said the former Bills offensive lineman John Davis. The versatile lineman used the NFL free agency system (Plan B) in 1989 to leave the Oilers for the Bills. His timing could not have been much better.

Marker Another look at Joe D. [1:26 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'DeLamielleure is also the only member of the All-Decade team of the 70’s first team not to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

Marker The Music City Miracle (Video Highlights) [11:44 AM] reports: After kicker Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in an January 8, 2000 playoff game with the Tennessee Titans, the Bills had appeared to pull off an upset victory. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Frank Wycheck fired a suspicious looking cross-field lateral to Kevin Dyson that he returned 75 yards for a 22-16 Wild-Card victory that has been dubbed as "The Music City Miracle".

Marker Playoff Flashback: Titans 22, Bills 16 (2000) [11:43 AM] reports: The 11-5 Bills traveled to Nashville for an AFC Wild Card match-up with the 13-3 Titans that fittingly had all the elements of a country western ballad – adversity, exhilaration, frustrating run-ins with lawmen, and in the end, heartbreak.

Marker Playoff Flashback: Cincinnati Bengals 21, Bills 10 (1989) [11:42 AM] reports: The Bills’ season ended in Riverfront Stadium as Cincinnati dominated the Bills, 21-10, before a boisterous crowd. The Bills offense sputtered throughout the game, spent most of the second half pinned against its own goal line and failed to convert on any 3rd down opportunities in the game.

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