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Buffalo Bills News - February 2, 2001

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.'

Marker Bills snub Fox, hire Titans' aide [5:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The hiring of Butch Davis in Cleveland shook up the Buffalo situation, as it was believed that Lewis was next in line with the Browns.'

Marker Giants Keep Fox as Bills Tap Williams [5:34 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'There have been reports the Bills' modest compensation package turned off high-profile coaches such as Fox and Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.'

Marker Giants not losing Fox [5:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox said he thought assistant coaches of the two Super Bowl teams were at a disadvantage as far as seeking head coaching jobs. Most openings are filled before Super Bowl assistants like he and Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis even can interview.'

Marker M. Lewis stays put as Raven [5:26 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Sources in Buffalo suggest that Donahoe was disturbed by a perceived playing off of Cleveland against Buffalo by Lewis' agent.'

Marker Titans preparing for life without Williams [5:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Fisher has given Williams, 42, permission to talk to Titans secondary coach Jerry Gray and defensive assistant Ronnie Vinklarek. Both are likely to join Williams' staff in Buffalo, with Gray as defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Titans' Williams as head coach [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Under Williams, the Titans finished first in the NFL in several categories, including fewest yards allowed this past season.'

Marker And the winner is Williams [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last night, details on what's likely a three-year contract worth around $1 million a season were being worked out with owner Ralph Wilson and Williams will sign upon his arrival in Buffalo this morning.'

Marker Preparation drives Williams [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"My dad always has believed that the majority of mistakes made in the world could be prevented if someone really prepared himself."'

Marker Lewis' agent lashes out at Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '...Lewis' agent Ray Anderson implied that race was a factor. Lewis is African-American and there are just three NFL head coaches who are black.'

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Marker Buffalo Bills Wallpaper: February 2001 Edition [11:25 PM]
TBD reports: Get your February 2001 edition of our great wallpaper. This artwork was created by a Bills fan for Bills fans!!! Download your copy today!

Marker Patriots want signing money back [10:10 PM]
ESPN reports: After the blizard game vs. the Bills on December 18 last year, Patiots CB Ty Law got caught with the illegal drug Ecstasy. They want to get the signing bonus returned but they DO NOT want to release him. That is one unusual way of clearing salary cap space.

Marker Agreement in place, Bills will hire Williams as new coach [10:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The salient news in this column is that Donahoe plans on sticking to his earlier statement that he will not offer more than $1 million/year for a 1st year head coach. According to this article, Williams will be offered a 3 year, $3 million contract. Williams did not complain when Donahoe laid out the parameters by which a new coach would be selected.

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Titans’ Williams to be head coach [9:12 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Williams is expected to hire Titans' defensive backs coach Jerry Gray as his defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Williams as next head coach [8:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Gregg brings to our franchise a long list of impressive credentials,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said Thursday. "His strengths are in the areas of leadership, knowledge of the game, organizational skills and people skills."'

Marker Ravens win again [8:52 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Baltimore Ravens' chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions just gained a boost from an unexpected source. Buffalo.'

Marker Bills to name Titans defensive coordinator head coach [2:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "We have been hearing whispers, but then we got the official word from (Donahoe) about 30 minutes ago, that he was going with Gregg Williams," agent Ray Anderson, who represents Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, told "It was a brief phone call and one that didn't make us very happy."

Marker Bills tab Titans' Williams to succeed Phillips [2:03 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have hired Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as their 12th head coach. New Bills GM Tom Donahoe informed runner-up candidate Marvin Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator, of the news via telephone about 1 p.m. ET, according to a source.'

Marker Ravens tug at Lewis to stay [1:49 PM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Reportedly the top candidate, Lewis said there were family considerations that would weigh in any decision he makes to leave Baltimore, where he has been the Ravens' coordinator the past five seasons.'

Marker Titans' defensive coordinator to be named [1:11 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have settled on Gregg Williams to be their new head coach, pending a contract being worked out. A news conference is expected to take place Friday in which Williams will be named head coach... Gregg Williams, the Titans' defensive coordinator, is the surprise frontrunner for the Bills' head coaching job.'

Marker (Name Of Coach Here) Must Go [9:10 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'the only things clear about the Buffalo Bills' coaching situation were that Tom Donahoe's choice may be introduced to Ralph Wilson on Thursday for final approval and that Marvin Lewis' agent doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut...'

Marker Bills don't raise prices [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team has not yet announced when individual game and group tickets will go on sale. The 2001 home schedule will include games against the four AFC East rivals, along with Pittsburgh, Seattle, Carolina and New Orleans.'

Marker Titans' Williams may be front-runner [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two well-placed front-office sources from NFL teams told The Buffalo News that Lewis' interview with Bills President Tom Donahoe on Monday evening did not go well.'

Marker Bills Seem to Favor Fox for Job as Coach [7:57 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Most surprising, Marvin Lewis, the defensive mastermind of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens, appears to have dropped out of the mix. There are a number of variables that have affected Lewis's candidacy, including a significant raise he was recently offered by the Ravens' owner, Art Modell.'

Marker Redskins Add a Schottenheimer [7:46 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips took Schottenheimer's decision in stride. He has been the head coach of the Denver Broncos and the Bills, and has had great success as an NFL defensive coordinator. He interviewed with Schottenheimer on Monday and Tuesday, and received the news from Schottenheimer by telephone yesterday.'

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