Scoring points with Bills' fans [6:10 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'There is urgency to pull off a similar marketing coup this year. A new coach, a new general manager and the likely loss of several marquee players creates a significant challenge for those selling season tickets and luxury seating. Given the high expectations created by a decade of success, it's difficult to believe that fans will pay premium prices to see a team that is not a threat to contend.'
Donahoe holds keys to kingdom [6:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Has anyone else wondered if Tom Donahoe has become the son Bills' owner Ralph Wilson never had? I mean, in the course of just three weeks Donahoe got the keys to the whole franchise.'
Marketing touchdown for Jim Kelly and brother [6:07 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"One of the selling points to Michael is Jim will be his mentor, his tutor. Some say Michael isn't ready (for the NFL). Jim has already started working with him, looking at film," said Dan Kelly, who brought Vick to Buffalo to begin his preparation Jan. 17. "Having Jim tell him what we did for him, the things we provided for him, has really been helpful."'
Bills fans among NFL's best [6:06 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Green Bay is the only NFL town that's colder. Only two markets are smaller. Yet Buffalo is annually among the league's box-office leaders.'
Bills should interview Giants' offensive coach [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Nominating New York Giants offensive coordinator Sean Payton for head coach of the Buffalo Bills.'
Building Wilson's case as a Hall of Fame candidate is a slam dunk [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I will have the personal honor of making the case for Wilson's candidacy. It's one of the easiest tasks I've ever had.'
Smith had no interest in GM job [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With my personality and beliefs, I'm positive that the chemistry between Mr. Wilson and myself would not be conducive to winning. We would not be a match for success. . . . The people in the office that have worked with me over the years that know me well also know these words ring true."'
Ex-Bill tries again [5:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Only one former Bill has a chance for redemption a decade removed from the two words that pain Buffalo sports the most: Wide right.'
Redskins Continue Talks With Bills Assistant Cottrell [4:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Washington Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer spoke to Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell yesterday but did not complete a deal for Cottrell to become the Redskins' defensive coordinator. The two are scheduled to talk again today. Cottrell apparently can have the job to succeed Ray Rhodes if he wants it and if he and Schottenheimer are able to work out a few final details.'
Bottom line, Bills should go with Flutie at quarterback [7:28 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills, for whatever reason, seem to play better when Flutie is in the game. And if I'm the head coach, that's the bottom line.'
Chiefs free to hire Saunders as offensive coordinator [6:45 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Saunders will be joined on the Chiefs' offensive staff by two of Gunther Cunningham's assistants, tight-ends coach Keith Rowen and offensive-line coach Mike Solari, and two additions from the Buffalo Bills, wide-receivers coach Charlie Joiner and running-backs coach James Saxon.'
Cottrell Is Top Choice For Redskins' Defense [6:42 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Schottenheimer said last night that if Cottrell abandons his pursuit of the Bills' head coaching position, it is possible that he could hire Cottrell by this afternoon.'
Capers goes to Texans, not Bills [6:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'The job is now considered to be a two-man race between defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and John Fox of the New York Giants.'
Giants' Coordinators Have Suitors' Attention [6:36 AM]
New York Times reports: '[Donahoe] has told friends there that his choice of a new Bills coach would most likely come down to which person interviews the best and whose philosophy is closest to his.'
Fox in Hunt With Bills; Fassel Has Sharpe Insight [6:26 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Fox, who came to New York as Jim Fassel's defensive coordinator in 1997, interviewed last winter for the Saints' job that went to Jim Haslett.'
Bills Receive Permission to Interview Fox [6:24 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Fox' association with Bills general manager Tom Donahoe when both worked for the Steelers a decade ago made the Bills the most logical fit for Fox.'
Billls want to talk to Fox after game [6:21 AM]
New York Post reports: 'If Fox is hired by the Bills, it is possible that Jim Fassel would promote Johnnie Lynn, the defensive backs coach, to defensive coordinator. There is also a chance that Fox would ask Lynn to join him in Buffalo.'
Giants defensive coordinator given permission to talk with Bills [9:11 PM]
AP reports: 'New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox will interview for the Buffalo Bills' head coaching job.'
Salary Cap Solution [3:06 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Shout recently released the most detailed salary cap information you will find in print or online. The analysis was so thorough that it has inspired one subscriber to pen his own solution to the Bills salary cap woes...'
Ex-Buffalo QB guiding Vick [1:57 PM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'He gets Jim Kelly to help him make the transition to the NFL, both on and off the field. He gets the resources of a marketing firm that handles national accounts for companies such as Motorola and Coors beer. And Dan Kelly, Jim's brother and president of the company, will assist in negotiating Vick's contract after he has been selected in the draft.'
Marvin Lewis hopes to tread same path as boss [12:47 PM]
AP reports: About becoming a head coach: "Am I encouraged? Yes, possibly," Lewis said Thursday of his prospects of moving up. "When that comes, we will look toward that. It's something I can't worry about now. Right now, I am just trying to keep my players' attention, and my attention, on the task at hand."
Capers, Texans close to finalizing deal [12:05 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Capers agent, Jimmy Sexton, arrived in Houston on Thursday evening for contract negotiations. The two sides met late into the night and, barring a breakdown, an agreement could be reached as early as today. A news conference has been tentatively scheduled for Monday. He appears set to take the Texans' job without even meeting with the Bills.'
Redskins zero in on Cottrell [12:02 PM]
Washington Times reports: 'A chance to be the Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator appears extremely close for Buffalo Bills coordinator Ted Cottrell. The only question is whether he would give up his seemingly remote shot to be a head coach.'
Does Cottrell have spot in Bills' future? [12:00 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The question, of course, is Cottrell's future in Buffalo. Certainly he could still be named head coach, though, historically general managers prefer to hire people with whom they've worked previously and Donahoe's other three candidates fit that description.'
Redskins Ponder Cottrell, 3-4 Setup [11:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Bills had the NFL's third-ranked defense this past season while using a 3-4 alignment, and Schottenheimer said of the system that Cottrell might use if he is hired: "You might look to what Buffalo has done, because that's what he's most familiar with."'
Tonawanda student proud of anti-Wade Web site [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But DeLucia, a 14-year-old student at Tonawanda Junior High, is the Web master for www.wademustgo.com a protest site that has had Phillips in its target sights all season.'
No clues in search for missing Attica man [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With an assist from former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, authorities are planning to step up efforts to find a missing 25-year-old Attica man.'
Bills have permission to interview Capers [6:34 AM]
AP reports: 'Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said the permission was granted Wednesday but he didn't know when Capers planned to meet with Bills general manager Tom Donahoe, currently attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.'
Ranking the free agents [12:22 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Eric Moulds (#1 WR), Steve Christie (#4 K), Marcus Spriggs (#3 OT) & Marcellus Wiley (#4 DE) are all listed. According to this report, the Bills are listed at $13.9 million over the salary cap (4th most in the NFL).
New revenue sharing plan [11:41 AM]
AP reports: 'The NFL owners have approved a new revenue sharing plan which shares equally visitor gate receipts. Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson said realignment still won't be easy, but that pooling visitors' revenues will be helpful.'
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