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Buffalo Bills News - January 26, 2004

Marker Tolbert Joins Bills As Receivers Coach [3:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tolbert comes to Buffalo after spending last season coaching the same position with the Arizona Cardinals. Prior to that, he coached for nine seasons at the college level including stops at Louisiana-Monroe (1994-97), Auburn (1998), Louisiana-Lafayette (1999-01) and Florida (2002). A native of Conroe, TX, Tolbert was a three-year letter-winner as a receiver at LSU from 1988-90.'

Marker Gilbride rejoins his mentor [12:31 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: Kevin Gilbride has landed on his feet again. Fired as Buffalo's offensive coordinator in the Gregg Williams purge, Gilbride has been reunited with Tom Coughlin with the Giants. Gilbride accepted Coughlin's offer rather than become the head coach at Cornell. When Coughlin was Jacksonville's coach, he hired Gilbride as OC after the Oilers fired him. Coughlin and Gilbride did so well with the Jaguars, helping them reach the AFC Championship Game in 1996, their second season, that Gilbride was hired as San Diego's head coach.

Marker Norwood's miss in '91 was Super costly for Bills [5:15 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'After making 18 of 29 attempts the following season, Norwood left the Bills — run out of town, some said. No other NFL team picked him up despite his impressive lifetime record. Rightly or wrongly, his association with failure made him a pariah.'

Marker Buffalo Bills fans get a kick out of story [5:14 AM]
Vancouver Columbian reports: 'In Nick Daschel's profile of Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell, Lindell talked about how intense Bills fans are about their team. It appears the Mountain View High School grad was prophetic, because that profile became the most-requested story from the newspaper last week, thanks to links from several Bills websites.'

Marker Duke's Diary [5:13 AM]
Elmira Star Gazette reports: 'I was on the Buffalo sideline for the first half. After one play, Gregg Williams, the Buffalo coach, yelled to one of his players, "Catch the ball, you trout-mouth rookie." During a timeout a few plays later, I walked over to him and said, "Coach, what the heck is a trout-mouth rookie?" He laughed and said when someone looks confused and has his mouth open like a fish, he calls him trout mouth.'

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January 25, 2004

Marker Eagles don't fit the Bills [5:04 PM]
phillyBurbs.com reports: 'In Buffalo, though, putting the Eagles in the Bills’ elite league is considered not only inaccurate, but a little insulting. If you're going to keep reminding Buffalo of its bumbles, at least find a team that bumbles on the biggest stage.'

Marker Krumrie to stay with Bills [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Krumrie, 43, was pursued by Washington earlier this month to serve on the new staff of Joe Gibbs, but the Bills did not give the Redskins permission to speak with him.'

Marker Talent, timing, track record elevated Mularkey [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why did Mularkey outpoint Weis on the Bills' scorecard? Here's my opinion...'.

Marker Fox gives Mularkey a blueprint [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Yes, it is Super Bowl Week, also known as Melancholy Week for Buffalo Bills fans, who know Fox as the guy who slipped through general manager Tom Donahoe’s hands three years ago.'

Marker Preds defender signs with Bills [5:24 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Carter likely will play in NFL Europe and then join the Bills during training camp.'

Marker Metzelaars scored a big 1st for Panthers [5:23 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '"Buffalo or Carolina, let's see," says Metzelaars with a laugh. "In April there's still snow on the ground in Buffalo and in Augusta they're wearing golf shirts."'

January 24, 2004

Marker Buffalo retains Krumrie as line coach [5:16 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Krumrie joined the Bills last season after eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.'

Marker Bills retain DL coach Krumrie [1:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Newly hired coach Mike Mularkey now has a staff of eight assistants. He still needs to hire coaches for the defensive backs and receivers.'

Marker Krumrie To Remain On Bills Staff [1:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 2004 season will mark Krumrie’s 10th as an NFL assistant and second with the Bills. Prior to coming to Buffalo last season, he spent eight seasons as an assistant with Cincinnati and 12 before that (1983-94) as a defensive tackle with the Bengals.'

Marker Coaching Search Nears Conclusion [10:34 AM]
Redskins.com reports: 'Gibbs, on how much the coaching experience of Gregg Williams will aid him as he transitions back into the NFL:
“Gregg is a very meticulous note-taker. He understands every single aspect of the rules in the offseason and what you can do. Basically it’s neat having his calendar back there because you can see what [the Bills] did in the offseason. I’d say all of that is invaluable for me. It really helps having someone well-organized like that. It’s just been terrific.”'

Marker Top Draft Prospects Perform at the Senior Bowl [10:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have a history of picking Senior Bowl participants. In each of the last two drafts, the team has selected four players that have been involved in the nation's most unique football game.'

Marker Around the league [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Daimon Shelton, a free agent fullback who last played with Chicago, reached an agreement to join the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Check out these 2 QBs [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have to be thinking about grooming a young QB, and finding one in this year’s draft should be a top priority.'

January 23, 2004

Marker Bills keep Krumrie, lose Graves [10:48 PM]
WKBW reports: Bills DL coach Tim Krumrie will be staying with the team. Krumrie has agreed to remain on the Bills coaching staff for his second year with the team. The former Bengals player is credited with getting Sam Adams, Aaron Schobel and the rest of his group to contribute a lot to the NFL's second-ranked defense.

Meanwhile, WRs coach Fred Graves is leaving after three seasons in Buffalo. He's accepted a position with the Cleveland Browns to become their receivers coach.

Marker UCF assistant coach headed to NFL [7:31 PM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: Less than a month after finishing his coaching staff at UCF, George O'Leary must fill it again --- but not as much as he first thought. OL coach DeGuglielmo resigned on Friday after accepting an offer to coach the same position for the New York Giants. But TEs coach Eric Green, after an interview with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, called O'Leary to say he was staying at UCF. Green played for first-year Bills Coach Mike Mularkey for part of their careers with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Marker Mularkey Adds To His Coaching Staff [4:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Another new face to the coaching staff is Bobby April. April will head up the special teams and comes from St. Louis. The Rams punt return unit was ranked seventh in the league under April. He has also coached special teams in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.'

Marker Davis Signs Two-Year Extension [2:42 PM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Davis completed the staff by hiring Kennedy Pola as running backs coach and Fred Graves as wide receivers coach Friday...Graves enters his 30th season of coaching football on the college or professional level. He was the wide receivers coach for the last three seasons with the Buffalo Bills...'.

Marker Dolphins' Turner to meet with Raiders for head coaching job [1:17 PM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Dolphins assistant strength coach Brad Roll has interviewed to become the strength coach in Buffalo. Roll and new Bills coach Mike Mularkey worked together previously in Tampa Bay.'

Marker Spikes All-Pro to All-Access [1:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"What I had to get used to on the set was asking questions instead of answering them," Spikes said. "I think the experience of having to come up with questions really made me realize what it is like to be a T.V. reporter. I have a great respect for the people on T.V. stations now, because I know what they have to go through. At times, they may be taping and at other times they may have to go live. You don't have a lot of room for error in a lot of those situations."'

Marker Anonymous QBs leave super mark [5:15 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'While Hanifan heads to the family ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Buffalo should be in line for great things in 2005 with the hiring of 24-year veteran line coach Jim McNally. Consider that Cincinnati reached the Super Bowl in McNally's second season there (1981), Carolina made the NFC title game in his second season (1996) and the Giants went to the Super Bowl in his second season (2000).'

January 22, 2004

Marker Mularkey Adds to Staff [10:01 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Lester is a survivor. He was first hired as an assistant by Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy in 1987. He's now working under his fourth head coach.'

Marker Studesville Joins Bills As Running Backs Coach [3:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A native of Madison, WI, Studesville (pronounced “STEW-dus-vill”) spent the last three seasons coaching running backs with the New York Giants. He broke into the NFL coaching ranks with Chicago as the Bears quality control coach from 1997-2000. Prior to that, he worked in the collegiate ranks from 1991-96.'

Marker Bills hire Studesville as running backs coach [3:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Studesville spent the past three seasons coaching the New York Giants running backs.'

Marker Phillips and Williams both took the fall [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams did not get fired ... he merely wasn’t renewed. But even as his tenure fell apart, Williams declined to blame his assistants, particularly offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride whose stubborn, inflexible philosophy and play-calling did more than anything else to cost his boss the job.'

Marker Mularkey names three assistants [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'April's reputation took a hit in St. Louis, where his units allowed 10 special teams touchdowns while scoring only one the last three seasons. He lost control of kickoff coverage (ranked 30th this season) in 2002, but he did oversee the punt coverage unit, which finished last this season (15.1 yards per return). His kickoff and punt returns finished in the middle of the pack.'

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