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Buffalo Bills News - May 25, 2001

Marker Appetite for football attracts Crafts [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It wasn't until 1995, a year after being released by the Bills, that he finally came to grips with his problem. He was out of football, alone, a drunk. So he went into therapy for his alcohol addiction and began to pull his life back together.'

Marker Bills wait as Modrak decides [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe indicated to reporters at league meetings in Chicago he would give Modrak the time he needs waiting to hear from the Bears.'

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May 24, 2001

Marker Bills pick the right Guy for front office job [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We were not in a situation where we needed to hire someone in February," he said. "The additional time afforded us the opportunity to make sure that we hired the best person for the job, and we have done so in hiring John to the position."'

Marker Antowain had no chance of staying [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe also suggested this week that Smith didn't show much loyalty to the organization because he stayed away from offseason workouts. But where was the Bills' loyalty to Smith when they tried to trade him?'

Marker NFL bobbles chance to make a fresh start [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unlike the early-90s, Bills players today pay lip service to the Miami rivalry. Free agency prevents players from staying with a team long enough to work up a true hatred for an opponent.'

May 23, 2001

Marker Bills appoint Guy pro personnel director [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe is familiar with Guy, who served as the Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator from 1992-94 while Donahoe was the team's director of football operations.'

Marker Donahoe comfortable with NFL's new realignment plan [1:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"t will be nice for the fans to look into the future and see what teams will be coming to Buffalo. Plus, the schedule will be much more balanced ... only two games (per season) will be based on where you finish."'

Marker Guy joins Bills as Director of Pro Personnel [1:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced the hiring of John Guy as Director of Pro Personnel. Guy had served most recently as a scout with the Cleveland Browns since 1998. Before that, he spent 26 years as an assistant coach in the NFL and in the NCAA's Division I ranks.'

Marker Off-season Tour: Buffalo Bills [12:42 PM]
realteam.com reports: "Tom Donahoe is having a perfect off-season thus far for the Buffalo Bills. New GM Donahoe obviously understands the first rule of running an NFL club -- know who you are, know who your team is."

Marker Bills happy to stay put in AFC East [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills had only one request when the NFL owners met Tuesday to vote on the league's first realignment since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970: Keep the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East. The Bills got their wish.'

Marker On-street parking limited for Bills fans [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hamburg Town Board has prohibited parking on Manor Lane, Kathaleen and Manor drives on days events are scheduled at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Town Board members said residents on the streets have complained about the number of cars lining the streets during events at the stadium.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins rivalry intact [5:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last season, Buffalo, coming off an 11-5 playoff year, had the NFL's toughest schedule based on its opponents' winning percentage (.586). This season, coming off an 8-8 record, the Bills will play the 27th most difficult (.469).'

May 22, 2001

Marker The Buffalo Jills select the 2001 squad [10:58 PM]
97 Rock reports: '97 ROCK, a proud sponsor of the Buffalo Jills, would like to congratulate this years 2001 Jills squad. Thanks for your help if voting for the 2001 Buffalo Jills. Check back through out the year to 97Rock.com to see more pictures, video and audio from this year's squad.'

Marker Donahoe is still taking the high road [4:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He also made another surprising concession ... that he inherited a roster that had more talent - particularly at the skill positions - than he realized when he took over.'

Marker New century, new look for NFL [2:51 PM]
NFL.com reports: As expected, Indy will move from the East to the South. Seattle will move to the NFC.

Marker More than money figured in Smith's release by Bills [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Some of it was cap-related, and some of it was we didn't feel Antowain totally bought into what we've tried to do here in the offseason, and that's every player's prerogative," Donahoe said during an lunch-time session with the local media. "Coach (Gregg) Williams has come in here with a very strict and a very regimented program. Some players respond to it, some players don't."'

Marker GM candidate coming to town [6:10 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"What I wanted Tom [Modrak] to do is feel comfortable to go to Chicago, explore it, ask the tough questions," Donahoe said. "And if he didn't get the answers he was looking for, to realize he's got a good situation here in Buffalo."'

Marker Donahoe hopes Modrak will join Bills' brass [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"We tried to convince him right now that this might be a better position for him," Donahoe said. "We'll see how effective I was."'

Marker Sports celebrities tee off for charity [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'The 2001 Crestwood Golf Classic with James Lofton and Friends was held at the Cobblestone Country Club...This was the sixth year that Lofton, a former Buffalo Bill, participated. He was joined by former Bills, including Will Grant, Darryl Talley, Steve Tasker, Thurman Thomas and Lou Piccone.'

May 21, 2001

Marker Interview with former ST star Mark Pike [8:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'No Mark is NOT interested in coaching at a professional level. Mark thinks the degrading of Bills special teams is due to the salary cap and the mid-level veteran purge; he also thinks Gregg WIlliams is on the right track.'

Marker Tom Donahoe press conference [8:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "From a cap standpoint [it's much better to cut than restructure]. The problem with the restructures is that it's just a temporary solution to your problem. It solves it for right now, but it creates a bigger problem next year or down the road. When you release a player, you cut the cord, and whatever cap hit you get, you get, and you can move on. You have to be careful with restructuring when you do that, and that's not the number one option you want to look at."

Marker Donahoe prepared to round out Bills' front office [7:57 PM]
AP reports: '[Antowain] Smith's unwillingness to take part in coach Gregg Williams' off-season workout program also played a role in his departure...In comparison, Donahoe said the Bills' two younger running backs, Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris, haven't missed a day of the program.'

Marker Bills claim Heimburger off waivers [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'He was claimed on waivers Friday and the Bills announced the move Monday.'

Marker Modrak to interview with Bears, already has offer in Buffalo [7:53 PM]
AP reports: '"We spoke again this morning with Tom and reiterated our interest in trying to get him here in Buffalo," said Donahoe, who worked with Modrak when both were with the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Project Special Teams [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam Cowart is in every meeting that I have," special teams coach Danny Smith said. "The only person I have not met with in a special teams situation is Rob Johnson. I have met with every other player on this team." Welcome to the mother of all special teams rebuilding projects.'

Marker Turk Schonert, former Bills coach, recommended against trading for A-Train [12:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Panthers took a look at Smith but their new quarterbacks coach, Turk Schonert, knew him from the seasons they spent together in Buffalo and advised Carolina against trading for him.'

Marker The Buffaloization of San Diego continues [12:14 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Buffaloization of San Diego continues. Soon, they may change their name to the Charge Bills. The only thing new general manager John Butler hasn't brought along with him are Buffalo winters and chicken wings.'

May 20, 2001

Marker Jags working against proposed realignment [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Tom Modrak wants to work in the NFL this year, his best option is Buffalo...Modrak will be a top candidate for any GM job that opens up the next couple of years. He can bide his time in Buffalo, work with pal Tom Donahoe, and wait for the perfect opportunity to move.'

Marker No surprise as Bills release Antowain Smith [8:48 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'A straight-ahead power runner, Antowain was neither elusive, nor a particularly gifted blocker. But his worst short-coming was two skillet hands that caught only 38 passes in four seasons with Buffalo.'

May 19, 2001

Marker Arrival of Rogers spells send-off for QB Moreno [10:11 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Rogers was selected by Buffalo...in the second round of the 1994 draft. He started 11 games last season and 79 of 101 in seven seasons with the Bills, but in San Diego he is expected to split time with Gerald Dixon on the strong side.'

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