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Buffalo Bills News - February 2, 2002

Marker Luck favors HOF hopefuls Kelly, Modell, Guy [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'The list of finalists for today's Pro Football Hall of Fame selection is the weakest in many years and a minimum of four men must be chosen.'

Marker Stallworth, Kelly favored to enter Hall [5:24 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Levy noted one more thing about Kelly. "Tell me someone who called his own plays? All through our no-huddle days, he was our play-caller. He had to master a lot. If he gets in, I'll be as excited as I was last year."'

Marker Super failures should pass with Hall call [5:16 AM]
Kittanning Leader Times reports: 'To pigeonhole Kelly for four bad games, no matter how large the spotlight, is short-sighted. Leading a team to four straight Super Bowls is a record that, in this era of parity, may never be equalled and should be the focus of any career retrospective.'

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February 1, 2002

Marker Rams-Bills analogy a stretch at best [8:51 PM] reports: There are a lot of similarities between Super Bowl XXV & Super Bowl XXXVI. The nation is at war. Security surrounding the event is tight. Both teams had only one week to prepare for the game after winning their conference championships.

And a leading storyline is how an underrated but solid defense will attempt to stop a prolific offense.

Marker A Matter of Feet [7:08 PM]
Washington City Paper reports: 'A lot of folks from Buffalo will tell you that had Norwood made his kick, the Bills not only would have beaten the Giants but would have gone on to win several more Super Bowls. And the Sabres would have won a Stanley Cup. And the city of Buffalo would have enjoyed the very same prosperity that every other American town enjoyed during the '90s. But the boot went wide right by just a few feet. And the Bills lost three more Super Bowls. And the Sabres got cheated out of a Stanley Cup on a bogus goal by the Dallas Stars. And downtown Buffalo still looks like the Land the Clinton-Gore Economy Forgot. All because of Norwood.'

Marker Kelly for the Hall of Fame [7:04 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even more impressive than the numbers, though, was the aura that accompanied him when he walked onto a football field. With No. 12 behind center, the fans and his teammates always felt he would find a way to win.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign James Cotton of CFL [1:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Cotton is believed to have signed for the NFL minimum of $212,000.'

Marker How can the Patriots win? [12:43 PM]
ESPN reports: So, how can the Patriots win? No turnovers and a consistent running game. Antowain Smith needs to get out early and help the Patriots to a couple of sustained drives, or the game could slip away fast. With the Rams, you have to withstand the first blast. If the Patriots can do that, we'll have a game. They really overpowered a very good, tough and physically imposing Saints defensive line

As for stopping the Rams offense, it seems impossible. But the Patriots do have an awfully good weapon in their head coach. The venerable Parcells, after all, went to all three of his Super Bowls with Belichick as his defensive coordinator. And in 1990, Parcells' Giants faced a high-powered and varied offense in the Buffalo Bills. The underdog Giants controlled the clock and won the game when Scott Norwood went wide right.

Marker Bills call Glenn for NFL audition [12:14 PM]
Winnipeg Sun reports: 'Wednesday, the former long-snapper for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers received a call from his agent telling him that the Buffalo Bills of the NFL are interested in working him out.'

Marker Bills sign Cotton; look at Glenn [12:12 PM]
TSN reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills are apparently interested in Winnipeg Blue Bombers long snapper Steve Glenn. The Ottawa native could be in Buffalo as soon as today to work out for the team.'

Marker Bills lures away Calgary Stampeders' outstanding rookie DE James Cotton [11:25 AM]
Calgary Sun reports: Cotton, is being projected as a linebacker with the Bills, who did not disclose details of the contract. Cotton said the Bills will give him his shot as a LB specializing as a pass rusher. Cotton, an Ohio State product, had nine QB sacks, 53 tackles and three forced fumbles last season. Cotton as a junior played with Antoine Winfield during his senior year.

Marker February Wallpapers feature Bills Pro-Bowlers [11:10 AM] reports: Wallpaper featuring Larry Centers is available and wallpaper featuring Ruben Brown will be loaded soon.
The artist Gina Mustico is an alumni of TBD (she started doing wallpapers for TBD) and posts on the stadium wall as "Moose".

Marker Ex-Bill Antowain Smith enjoying spotlight, feels he's vindicated [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are no hard feelings toward Buffalo. They have a new coach and new general manager, so they wanted to go in a different direction. But I knew I could still play in this league, and New England gave me the opportunity. I'm just happy to be in a place where I'm wanted."'

Marker Is Jim Kelly worthy of the Hall of Fame? [6:36 AM]
ESPN reports: I believe Jim Kelly is worthy of the Hall of Fame and I think he'll make it. He was one of the great quarterbacks of his era -- maybe not in the Elway and Marino class, but a great passer on a Bills team that did something remarkable (four straight Super Bowls). Not only that, but Jim has a heart of gold.

Marker Bills waiting on Rams' QB coach [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: ''It's an honor to be considered by such a fine organization like the Bills," Ramsdell said. "Right now, I'm just trying to get through this week and go from there."'

January 31, 2002

Marker Saimes was tenacious, unassuming star [9:17 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Saimes returned to Canton the same year his playing days ended. That was 1974. He is 60 now and has worked as a scout in the NFL the last 18 years. Currently, he works for the Houston Texans.'

Marker Fame voters make strong case for Jim Kelly [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not saying Kelly is Montana, but we don't need to take up our time. He should be in."'

Marker Ramsdell focuses on game, not Bills [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm flattered," Ramsdell said Wednesday morning. "I'm honored the Bills would consider me. Nothing has happened to this point. I'm just trying to get through this week right now. We're pretty busy. But I will talk to them at some point after this week."'

Marker Van Pelt signs new deal [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal is worth about $6 million, according to Van Pelt's agent, Eric Metz, and could more than double in value if certain incentives are met.'

Marker Phillips set to accept Falcons' job [6:41 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Phillips flew in from his home in Austin, Texas, to meet with head coach Dan Reeves for a second interview Wednesday. Following the all-but-certain approval of the sale of the Falcons to Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank Saturday in New Orleans, Phillips is expected to be named the defensive coordinator.'

Marker Source: Phillips expected to become Atlanta's defensive coordinator [6:38 AM]
AP reports: '"It'd be accurate to say he's more than the leading candidate," the source. "It's his job, and he wants it. We just have to wait until this weekend before we can say anything."'

Marker Dolphins won't let Bills talk to Shula; Turner in Tampa [6:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins did not want to risk losing Shula if they cannot land Turner as their offensive coordinator. However, if Turner joins Wannstedt's staff, then Shula could become a candidate in Buffalo if its job remains open.'

Marker Mike Shula declines offer to interview with Bills [6:26 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm flattered the Bills were interested in me as their offensive coordinator," said Shula, who held that position in Tampa Bay from 1996 to 1999. "Right now, I'm happy here in Miami and I'm looking forward to continuing to contribute to our success next season whether it's in my current role or any other capacity that Dave wants."'

Marker Q & A with Marv Levy [6:11 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'There's no devastation worse than losing the game. Even though you feel great exhilaration when you win and great despair when you lose, the exhilaration never exceeds the intensity of the despair.'

Marker Will Patriots become the new Buffalo Bills? [5:20 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The wisdom in Western New York is that, well, they might have lost four in a row, but at least they got there. This is, of course, nonsense.'

Marker Modrak quickly back on the job [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"The doctors really did a great job. I can't jog but, I couldn't jog before so it's not a big deal. But I'm pretty close to getting back to where I'm at least 80 percent. I don't have any real problems doing anything that I need to get this job done at this point. If I was lifting bales of hay, it'd be a problem."'

January 30, 2002

Marker Buffalo gives Van Pelt a raise [7:58 PM]
USA Today reports: The Buffalo Bills re-signed quarterback Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the longtime backup for capably filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson. It's a hefty raise for Van Pelt, who earned the veteran's minimum of $477,000 last season [plus $10,000 per TD bonus], and comes two years after he found himself on the verge of forced retirement.

Marker Rams assistant up for offensive coordinator job [7:50 PM]
AP reports: St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell has a Super Bowl to deal with on Sunday, then he'll interview with the Buffalo Bills for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

Marker Tidbits on Bills offseason [6:01 PM]
WGR reports: Latest news on Bills by reliable Chris Brown
Van Pelt: signed 5 year/$6 Million
OC: Competition has been heavy for Tom Clements, who interviewed in Buffalo Tuesday, will reportedly interview for the Jacksonville OC job next week and perhaps Saints as well.
Mike Sheppard: interviewing for Saints vacant QB coaching job
Phillips: Turns down Giants job - "I appreciated Jim talking to me. I'm a New Yorker, but I'm really a Buffalo, New Yorker. It's crowded up there."

Marker PFW's Spin On... Tom Modrak [5:55 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Comments on how Modrak built Steelers and Eagles.

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