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Buffalo Bills News - February 8, 2004

Marker One tough Cookie who didn't crumble [2:09 PM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'It's too bad Gilchrist is all but forgotten, not only because of his legendary playing career but because he made pro football all-star game history off the field 39 years ago. He not only ought to be remembered for it, he should be celebrated for it.'

Marker Wyche's interest in Bills speaks volumes about love of coaching [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam played quarterback in the league," said Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally, who served in the same capacity under Wyche in Cincinnati. "He played under Paul Brown and learned a lot from him. He was with Bill Walsh for a number of years. So he certainly knows all the basics of how to handle a quarterback. I think he's fired up and ready to go."'

Marker Pros present awards to kids [9:01 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Coleman saw his first NFL action in 2003 after spending the previous season on the practice squad. An undrafted rookie free agent from Ferris State, he caught eight passes for 69 yards. Bills QB Drew Bledsoe spoke well of Coleman.'

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February 7, 2004

Marker Mularkey postpones decision about Wyche [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wyche, 58, has been in Buffalo since Tuesday meeting and working alongside Mularkey and his staff in what has amounted to a tryout for the job. Mularkey had indicated he would make a decision on Wyche on Friday, but that did not happen.'

Marker In Williams, Gibbs Knew What He Was Getting [5:25 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'If Williams, Buffalo's head coach the previous three seasons, has a defining style for his defensive teams, it is his stress on creativity and aggressiveness.'

Marker Redskins' Williams ready to adapt [5:24 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Williams' motto throughout his coaching career has stayed firm: don't try to make players fit your defense, make your defense fit the players.'

Marker Relaxation Is the Theme for the Offseason [5:23 AM] reports: OT Marcus Price: '"Earlier in January I had to have knee surgery so I've been rehabbing that a little bit. I've also been to San Diego rehabbing. I'm just getting my body back and trying to get some rest but enjoying time with family. The next couple of weeks in Texas I'll get back on my workouts and get prepared for the 2004 season. During Super Bowl week I did some appearances in the area and but I didn't go to the game. I won't go to the Super Bowl game until I'm in it."'

February 6, 2004

Marker Bills to attend QB Henson's workout [6:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have a starting quarterback in veteran Drew Bledsoe, but team President Tom Donahoe is interested in acquiring someone who can be groomed to eventually take over. Bledsoe is also coming off one of the worst seasons of his 11-year career, finishing with 2,860 yards passing, with 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 16 games.'

Marker Ex-Buffalo coach Williams settles in with 'Skins [6:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams declined to comment on his time in Buffalo. "I'm a Washington Redskin," he said.'

Marker Bills Interested in Henson [6:51 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are among the teams that plan on going to Houston to get a look at the former University of Michigan quarterback. He'll workout next Thursday and all NFL teams are welcome to attend.'

Marker Transcript: Gregg Williams Press Conference [6:50 PM] reports: '“I thought it was going to be pretty inconspicuous when he flew into town because nobody really knew officially that he was the head coach. But when he landed the private plane with the five-foot helmet on the side of the tail, it got out pretty quick around Buffalo that he was in town and we were talking."'

Marker The Bills Are Still Evaluating Sam Wyche [3:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He's still being evaluated by new head coach Mike Mularkey to see if his health will allow him to endure the hours coaches put in.'

Marker Summary of NFL transactions [2:44 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: New England
Feb. 4, 2004

Jan. 19-Feb. 3
Roster addition: FB Phillip Crosby (released from Bills reserve/injured 11/19).

Marker Looking ahead [2:42 PM] reports: According to the Patriots have signed 10 free agents for next season, many likely to be sent to NFL Europe for the Spring. The list includes RBs Phillip Crosby, Malaefou Mackenzie and Frank Moreau, safeties Scott Farley and Jason Perry, WR Marquise Walker, cornerback Michael Hall, DE Buck Rasmussen, LB Lawrence Flugence, OL Jack Fadule.

Phillip Crosby was drafted by Bills in 2001 and was released this year after an injury settlement.

Marker Bills looking at Henson [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be represented at quarterback Drew Henson’s workout next week in Houston, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Wyche returns to NFL [5:15 AM]
Pickens Sentinel reports: 'Pickens resident to coach QB's for Buffalo Bills'.
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Marker NFL Europe Experience Proves To Be Valuable [5:14 AM] reports: '"It was a great experience," said Moorman. "I think it was the best thing for me as far as developing and showing teams that I am capable of playing in the NFL."'

February 5, 2004

Marker Mularkey giving Wyche trial run in search of quarterbacks coach [11:39 PM]
CNN/SI reports: "We're kind of doing a trial run, to see if he's going to hold up,'' Mularkey said of Wyche on Thursday. "We've put him through a grind of talking a lot and being involved in all of our meetings. We'll ask him his opinion on this or that, and really are just gauging how he feels at the end of each day.''Wyche in recent years has dealt with both a rare heart condition, one in which the organ suffers from a lack of oxygen, and the misfortune of having one vocal cord accidentally cut during surgery.

Marker Return Specialist Antonio Brown Learns Patience [10:17 AM] reports: 'Basically the head coach and the coaching staff have a big influence on my play and how I present myself in practice week-to-week as an offensive guy and a return guy. I am a receiver. I do kickoff return as a specialist. I practice with the receivers all day.'

Marker 2004 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Picks [10:16 AM] reports: ' has searched the internet and flipped through numerous draft publications to compile a list of mock draft picks for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Young entrepreneur runs informative Bills Web site [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although the site recently joined, a fan-site network that's partnered with Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated and CBS SportsLine, the site's staff and writers are denied official access to Bills players and press events. Scott Berchtold, vice president of communications for the Bills, said the main reason the team withholds access from non-traditional media is a "credibility issue." "When information gets out there that isn't accurate and puts a negative emphasis on things, it can sometimes be a little tough for the team," said Berchtold, who pointed to false rumors surrounding the team's recent search for a head coach. Berchtold said he and his staff try to direct fans to the team's official site,, for news and information.'

Marker Fan poll rates Sabres 63rd, Bills 96th [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach/manager — Sabres 72nd and Bills 121st (Gregg Williams was rated dead last).'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2004 Unrestricted, Restricted, and Exclusive Rights Free Agents [5:15 AM] reports: The 2004 free agent period for the NFL begins on March 3 and the Bills have a total of 12 players that are either categorized as a EFA, RFA or UFA this offseason. Below is a complete list of Buffalo's 2004 free agents, broken down into their respective categories.

February 4, 2004

Marker Bills hire Szabo to coach secondary [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Szabo, who was a teammate and classmate of Roger Staubach at the Naval Academy and went on to a 34-year career as a college and pro coach, will be the Buffalo Bills' new defensive backs coach.'

Marker Bills' Donahoe reaffirms vow to reach his AFC East rival's level. [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'New coach Mike Mularkey, the former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, was hired for his past skill in blending the run and the pass. “We believe in what we believe and we know it’ll work,” Donahoe said. “We just have to stay consistent with our philosophy and our plan and do it better.”'

Marker Bills add DB coach [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The only staff opening left is quarterbacks coach, and Mularkey has interviewed ex-Cincinnati and Tampa Bay head coach Sam Wyche. He may also hire a special assistant.'

Marker Miller recovering [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Van Miller, the longtime voice of the Bills, is recuperating in a Buffalo hospital following surgery for diverticulitis and will not attend Thursday’s Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions dinner.'

Marker Insanely early 2004 NFL predictions: AFC East [5:15 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'New head coach Mike Mularkey will open up the offense with gadget plays and fun not seen in these parts since the K-Gun offense of the late '80s and early '90s. This team is fully capable of reaching the postseason party.'

Marker Just what is the Patriots blueprint? [5:14 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But while the Patriots o-line improved and Weis’ offensive system was the right one for his personnel, the Bills crashed and burned with the wrong system for the wrong personnel, and Bledsoe became the focal point of the criticism. While some of that criticism was certainly deserved, Bledsoe was by no means the main problem in 2003.'

February 3, 2004

Marker Bills hire Szabo to coach DBs [2:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Mularkey's staff is all but complete, depending on whether he hires a quarterbacks coach. Former Cincinnati and Tampa Bay head coach Sam Wyche is being considered for that job.'

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