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Buffalo Bills News - February 3, 2001

Marker Flutie or Johnson to go [6:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe verified yesterday the team's widely anticipated plan to cut or trade one of the team's quarterbacks by the start of NFL free agency on March 2.'

Marker Williams the right choice [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: '"Of all the people I interviewed then and most recently (Marvin Lewis, John Fox and Ted Cottrell), this was the best candidate I ever interviewed," Donahoe said.'

Marker Williams is one 'special' choice for Bills [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Enthusiasm. Obsessiveness for details. A sense of humor. A belief in discipline, defense, accountability, teamwork. That's what Williams promised to deliver.'

Marker Bills: Take your criticism elsewhere [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"There were seven jobs available. We are the only team that waited to interview Marvin Lewis (an African American) so I think if there is heat to put on teams it should be on the other six teams that didn't even wait to interview him."'

Marker The Last Word [6:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I won't mention The Throwback, if you don't mention The Comeback," Williams said.'

Marker Bills hired Williams for his skill, not because of his race [12:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Interesting article from the tireless Len Pasquarelli. He enthusiastically defends Tom Donahoe's decision to hire Gregg Williams and goes into a lengthy explanation of how the situation turned sour for Marvin Lewis. At the end of the article he mentions: "The Bills are prepared to offer star wide receiver and potential unrestricted free agent Eric Moulds a six-year contract worth $64 million, which will be severely backloaded."

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February 2, 2001

Marker Bills introduce new head coach [8:27 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: '"We've got a lot of work ahead of us, and I mean we. We're bringing a great staff in here, starting off on the right foot, getting our systems in place and be ready."'

Marker Buoniconti, Levy hope their achievements stand forever [8:22 PM]
AP reports: '"Deep down, you hope it's a record that stands," Levy said. "We were able to maintain a continuity on our roster. I think it's extremely difficult."'

Marker Williams takes over as Bills' coach [8:19 PM]
AP reports: '"Was it a forward pass, Gregg?" Wilson asked...responded a smiling Williams, who was then the Titans' defensive coordinator: "As of today, my thinking was it was a forward pass."'

Marker WIlliams meets media [7:55 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Williams impressed Donahoe with a detailed research plan and strategy that he had been preparing since 1992 that would help him land a head coaching job. The plan included a list of coaches whom he'd want on his staff, and he updated it annually, grading the coaches' performances through each football season.'

Marker One quarterback is gone... [5:07 PM]
reports: Empire Sports reported that Tom Donahoe has stated that only one quarterback [Flutie or Johnson] will remain on the team this season. He also mentioned that there is a possibility that unrestricted free agent Eric Moulds will receive the Franchise Player tag.

Marker Bills move to restructure salaries to get under cap [4:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli reports that Jay Riemersma agreed to reduce his base salary to the veteran minimum of $484,000 and the team guaranteed the balance of $1.116 million in a signing bonus. Washington and Hansen were also notified that they will need to restructure their current contracts.

Marker Press Conference Quotes [3:51 PM]
TBD reports: Here are some select quotes gathered from today's press conference announcing Gregg Williams as the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Lewis interview on ESPN radio [2:16 PM]
reports: Here is a short summary of the Marvin Lewis interview on ESPN radio: Marvin said that he was dissapointed because he never was given the opportunity to know that this [position] would be the best move for his family. He was never shown around Buffalo, never saw were he would be working, and never met potential co-workers (Ralph Wilson included). He did not claim racism, he did not appear to be pissed, and he did not seem to be enthused about the job (for the reasons cited above). Marvin seemed disappointed more than anything else.

Marker A Deplorable Situation [10:47 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Donahoe will undoubtedly face plenty of criticism from within the NFL and the outside world in the coming weeks. There are questions he must answer today.'

Marker Opportunities were equal, but Williams right for Bills [10:00 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Chris Mortensen presents an objective look at events that led to Gregg Williams hiring and why it is more the NFL's fault and not the Bills that Marvin Lewis did not get a head coaching job.'

Marker The Bills' new coach made it the hard way [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gregg Williams didn't parlay a National Football League playing career into a spot on the NFL sidelines. He had to start as a high school coach.'

Marker Eager Williams bags first upset [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe never had met Gregg Williams until the two shook hands in a Nashville hotel a week ago. To say the two became fast friends is the understatement of the year for the Bills.'

Marker Williams aced interview with Donahoe [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seemingly out of nowhere, Donahoe had a candidate who seemed to fit the exact profile of what he wanted in his new coach. He wanted someone with an attention to detail, a man who was well-prepared. Most important, he was looking for someone with an intimate knowledge of assistant coaching candidates.'

Marker Cottrell not bitter about being passed over [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There was a big improvement over what happened to me last year in that I was able to interview for three head coaching jobs, and I appreciated that," Cottrell said Thursday night by phone from New York, where he now works as the Jets' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills' new coach is a stickler for detail [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gregg Williams has this thing about lists. It appeals to his meticulous nature.'

Marker Bills players relieved that job is finally filled [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cowart...said Thursday he doesn't know much about Williams, but is well aware of the talent on the Titans' defense. "They were full of athletes, guys who make big plays," Cowart said. "Hopefully, he can bring that mentality over to Buffalo. We weren't a bad defense, but we can get better in some areas, and I'm sure he's the guy for that."'

Marker '92 comeback still felt [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So . . . Williams might not be in Buffalo today if it weren't for Frank Reich & Co. in 1993.'

Marker Racial stew brews in Buffalo, as Bills land new coach [6:35 AM]
National Post reports: 'See, in Buffalo, no one really cares whether you're black or white, qualified or unqualified, paid well or poorly. There's only one thing they really want to know: Are you a Flutie guy or a Johnson guy?'

Marker Bills not guilty of racism [6:26 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Call it racism on Buffalo's part if you want, but bad timing's more like it, at least where it concerns Lewis.'

Marker Dungy lashes out [5:58 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Anderson said he and Lewis became suspicious about the Bills' hiring process rather quickly. At no point was there any indication from Donahoe that Lewis would meet team owner Ralph Wilson, tour the city of Buffalo or the team's facilities, or talk contract parameters, Anderson said.'

Marker Left out in the cold [5:56 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'But the greatest injustice might be that Lewis and Fox only got to interview with one of the nine teams that sought a head coach at some point since the start of the 2000 season, thanks to an NFL rule prohibiting assistants from interviewing for other jobs while their teams are still alive in the playoffs.'

Marker Titan-ic loss [5:47 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"How did Buffalo not hire Marvin Lewis?" said [Blaine] Bishop, shaking his head. "They did two things: They took our coach, and they let Baltimore keep their guy. I don't what to say. I'm pretty much speechless."'

Marker Bills Select Titans' Williams [5:42 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Giants officials had been rooting for Fox to get the Bills' job on a personal level, but they were notably apprehensive about the consequences of his departure.'

Marker Fox Trots Back to Big Blue [5:39 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'John Fox didn't get the job as coach of the Bills, and that, of course, is good news for the Giants. As much as the people around him were rooting for Fox, they didn't want to lose their highly acclaimed defensive coordinator.'

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