Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Speaking of statistics, the final numbers are in and it was ugly for the Bills in 2003, especially on offense. Buffalo dropped in 12 statistical offensive categories kept by the NFL, including total yards (12th to 30th), passing yards (fifth to 28th), third-down conversions (ninth to 28th), and points (11th to 30th). On the positive side, the Bills improved defensively in nine categories, including yards (14th to second), rushing yards (29th to eighth), sacks (21st to ninth) and points (27th to fifth).'
Another Bills coaching candidate in town; talks exclusively to Channel 2 [5:10 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Mularkey said he's impressed with the Bills organization. "The nucleus is there for a winner. The organization is very good. The owner (Ralph Wilson) has the support to give the coach, and so does Tom, so I think it's just an ideal situation."'
The Bills Say Krumrie And Gray Have Not Left [8:51 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As of 5:00 Wednesday, Krumrie was still in his Bills office working.'
Donahoe mulls options after interviewing seven candidates [4:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Barring Donahoe expanding his search beyond the seven candidates he's already met over the past week, the Bills are left with two options. Donahoe can either consider making an offer to one of four candidates who are either unemployed -- ex-Giants coach Jim Fassel and ex-Bears coach Dick Jauron -- or whose respective teams are out of the playoffs -- Mularkey and Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. Option No. 2 is sitting tight, a wait that could potentially run into next month before Donahoe can resume talks with any of the three assistants -- New England's Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, and St. Louis' Lovie Smith -- whose teams are still in the playoffs.'
The Bills Speak To Another Coordinator [4:22 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mike Mularkey was in Wednesday to talk with the Bills. The Steelers offensive coordinator already spoke with Atlanta. It was three years ago that Bill Cowher named Mularkey offensive coordinator. He took over for Kevin Gilbride.'
Gibbs returns to coach Redskins [4:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Gibbs will be introduced at a news conference Thursday, but he already has his first two hires in place, according to the source. Former Buffalo Bills coach Greg Williams will be defensive coordinator, and Joe Bugel -- offensive line coach during much of Gibbs' first stint in Washington -- will return to that post.'
Moorman Honored As Bills Man of the Year [3:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills are pleased to announce that punter Brian Moorman is the team's selection for the 2003 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the only league award that recognizes player off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence.'
Coaching Search Continues With Mike Mularkey [12:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: For the third straight day Buffalo will interview a candidate for the vacant head coaching job. This time, Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe will meet with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.
Surprise, surprise [10:56 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'There are some indications that former Bears head coach Dick Jauron has emerged as the Bills' leading candidate.'
Mularkey next on list for Bills [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have a high regard for Weis' play-calling and his ability to do more with less in New England. Weis only has met with one other team, the New York Giants, who Tuesday picked Tom Coughlin. So the Bills probably could get Weis if they want him, as soon as New England's season ends.'
Ex-Bill Crafts spared prison in drug case [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'During the brief sentencing, Neil Cuomo, Crafts' lawyer, told the judge Crafts has an offer to try out with the Detroit team in the Arena Football League. Cuomo said that Crafts, a recovering alcoholic he described as "the vagabond of football" after playing in professional leagues in the states, Canada and Europe, knows he is "at the end of the road" athletically. The lawyer said his client, the father of two young children, got involved in the drug ring because he was "looking to get some money" for his family.'
Buffalo's coaching job highly rated in NFL [5:20 AM]
Rochester D & C reports: 'Of the seven teams with head coaching vacancies this off-season, Buffalo ranks with Chicago and Atlanta for greatest potential for greatest turnaround, according to many league insiders. Others believe the new man will suffer the same fate as Williams unless the offensive line is completely rebuilt or the Bills statue for a quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, is replaced. The defense, meanwhile, is good but far from complete.'
Bills will interview Steelers' Mularkey for head coach job [5:19 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"We just feel Mike's one of the outstanding coaches in the league," Donahoe said. "He has a very good offensive mind and he's been interviewed by some other teams and been close to a couple jobs. We think he offers a lot and we're eager to sit down and talk to him in detail."'
This one opening is closed [5:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'There are whispers around the league that Fassel, who interviewed in Buffalo yesterday, has been offered the Bills job, though his agent, Steve Rosner, denies it. If Fassel lands in Buffalo and Green in Oakland, Johnson would be Crennel's only competition for the Cardinals job. And, for what it's worth, Crennel and Bears general manager Jerry Angelo were colleagues with the Giants. Weis also is believed to be in the running for the Bills job.'
A Giant opening closes [5:17 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The candidacy of the 47-year-old Weis makes a lot of sense in Buffalo as his expertise (offense) is the Bills' primary area of need. Furthermore, he could potentially inherit close to an entire defensive coaching staff, eliminating one of the primary challenges for a first-time head coach. The Bills would also weaken a division rival.'
UT's Reese steps down [5:16 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'Jerry Gray, a former UT All-American defensive back, is a prime candidate to replace Reese if secondary coach Duane Akina is not promoted. Gray, most recently the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, has expressed interest in returning to college coaching. Gray, who interviewed for the Bills head coaching job on Monday, had not been contacted as of late Tuesday afternoon.'
Ravens' Savage makes pitch for Dolphins GM job [5:15 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins still haven't heard whether Tom Modrak, assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bills, is interested in the job.'
Cottrell to interview with Vikings [5:14 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Former Buffalo coach Gregg Williams, whose defense was ranked second in the NFL last season, remains the frontrunner for the Jets' job.'
Gibbs returns to Redskins; ex-Bill Williams to coach D [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In addition to his acceptance of a deal, Redskins sources also told SportsLine.com that Gibbs has already met with and signed former Bills head coach Gregg Williams to become his new defensive coordinator. Williams was the hottest defensive coordinator on the open market and was previously set to fly to New York on Friday to interview with Tom Coughlin.'
Bills Interview Former Giants Coach Jim Fassel [8:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Labeled a "quarterback guru", Fassel was credited with recruiting and coaching Broncos quarterback John Elway at Stanford. He later coached Elway to his finest season as a pro in 1993, when the Broncos quarterback earned the AFC Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors. That year, Denver's offense ranked third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL and scored 373 points to rank first in the conference and third in the league. Fassel also tutored Kent Graham into a solid player and helped rejuvenate veteran Boomer Esiason and Kerry Collins.'
Fassel interviews with Bills, talks exclusively with Channel 2 [8:13 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'As for a time frame, Fassel backed away from earlier reports that said he wanted to have something finalized by the end of the week. "I thought that that might happen, but like everything else, a lot of guys go through different processes. But I would imagine it would be sometime over the weekend or something like that, I'd have a pretty good idea."'
Bills have one candidate left after meeting with Fassel [8:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Fassel, fired last month by the Giants, who fell to 4-12, flew home to New Jersey after the meeting. He described it ``as a good day'' in a brief interview with Buffalo's WGRZ-TV. But Fassel declined to say whether the Bills had made him an offer, adding he hoped to have a better idea of where he stood by this weekend.'
The Bills Continue Head Coaching Interviews With Fassel [3:06 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tom Donahoe has spoken with Lovie Smith, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Jerry Gray and Dick Jauron. One man he will not talk to his Tom Coughlin. He was hired to replace Fassel with the Giants.'
Ex-Bills Crafts gets 100-day sentence for cocaine charge [2:53 PM]
AP reports: 'Crafts, who played for Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal in the CFL and the Buffalo Bills in the NFL, is expected to be released from prison later this week, having already served 71 days in jail. Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka also sentenced Crafts to 200 hours of community service.'
Sentencing Day for Former Buffalo Bill [1:14 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Jerry Crafts faced a 15 year jail term, but instead Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka sentenced the 35 year old athlete Tuesday to 100 days behind bars, five years probation in a drug case.'
Fassel next in hunt for Bills coach [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Contrary to various reports, Donahoe has no immediate plans to name a new head coach. It appears he will interview as many viable candidates as possible.'
Levy says he's interested in coaching again [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Buffalo is a wonderful place. It’s a great spot, a great job,” said Levy on Monday when contacted at his Chicago home. “And I feel re-energized, more energized in fact than when I stepped away. I had a bit of the Dick Vermeil syndrome, but I’m in even better shape now than I was.”'
Fassel, Bills will talk today [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Finding a person with NFL head coaching experience and experience on the offensive side of the football are high on Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe’s list of criteria after the team regressed offensively last season under Gregg Williams, who was fired last week. Fassel meets both prerequisites.'
Coughlin Interviewed Once Again by Giants [5:17 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The only other team that has indicated interest in Coughlin this season has been the Buffalo Bills, who appear to be leaning toward the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, although they also have an interview scheduled with Fassel today.'
Big Blue on verge of hiring Coughlin [5:16 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'There were indications the Bills were scheduled to interview Coughlin in Buffalo today, the same day they are scheduled to talk with Fassel. It's not clear how the Giants' heavy interest in Coughlin will affect those plans.'
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