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Buffalo Bills News - January 28, 2001

Marker Williams decides Browns don’t fit [8:59 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"It went well enough, I think, that I'm pulling my name out of Cleveland," Williams told the Nashville Tennessean before heading to Tampa for the Super Bowl. This hardly squared with reports that Lewis, not Williams, is Donahoe's top choice to coach the Bills.'

Marker Levy Bowled Over After Earning Place in Canton [8:37 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The irony of being back in the same place 10 years later didn't escape Levy. And while yesterday's news at least gave him some good memories to take from this city, it couldn't completely take away the sting of his Super Bowl defeats.'

Marker Levy elected to Hall of Fame [8:14 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Marv Levy's journey has taken him from the South Side of Chicago to the hallowed sanctuary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

Marker Norwood isn't running from miss [7:32 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Norwood said he never was demonized in Buffalo. "They've always been supportive. ... The fans in Buffalo saw me as somebody who had a great career up there, won a lot of football games for them, was an All-Pro and handled myself well in the community," he said.'

Marker Time has helped Norwood cope [7:22 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"Time has muted a lot of those emotions," Norwood said. "I'm still probably of the feeling that a lot of the questions that I'm answering even today are ones I've answered so many times. I can appreciate from [the media's] perspective why it has to be done, but you also have to understand my position that I'm the one that answers them. It may be fresh to you but over and over, I'm the one that has to answer them."'

Marker Levy: This Time, It's Good [6:52 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Gratitude is the first one. Especially to the Hall of Fame selectors, but to everybody who made it possible. That includes the Buffalo Bills fans so much. They played such a key part to the thrilling decade that I spent there."'

Marker Bills' Levy is voted into Hall of Fame [6:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's so great to finally have something to celebrate on a Super Bowl weekend," said Levy, alluding to his team's four Super Bowl losses in the 1990s -- including a 20-19 defeat against the New York Giants 10 years ago in the same city as this year's game, Tampa, Fla.'

Marker Hall of Fame beckons Levy [6:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'On Aug. 4, Levy will become only the third member of the Buffalo Bills organization (O.J. Simpson and Billy Shaw are the others) and only the 11th coach in NFL history to receive a Hall of Fame bust.'

Marker There's no avoiding those two painful words [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"You're clicking the remote and that damn lowlight comes up, and you pray that one freaking time that kick will hook just a few feet to the left," says Jim Kelly, the quarterback of all four Bills Super Bowl teams. "But it never does. It's always wide right." Then. Now. Forever.'

Marker Buffalo's Wilson merits election to NFL Hall of Fame [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'In terms of longevity and achievement, Wilson belongs in Canton. Hopefully he'll be elected while he still is breathing.'

Marker Norwood Returns to Site of Super Miss [12:03 AM]
ESPN reports: And so it beings...... Bills fans with less intestinal fortitude may wish go shopping or skiing on Sunday - as Super Bowl coverage is certainly going to bring back a lot of painful memories.

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January 27, 2001

Marker Lewis, Fox coveted for defensive minds [10:40 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Now, Fox and Lewis are hotter than hot. The Browns and Bills are set to go on the offensive Sunday night for Fox and Lewis. The Browns have the money. The Bills have a friend of theirs in high places -- team president Tom Donahoe, who worked with Lewis and Fox in Pittsburgh.'

Marker Canton call [7:18 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Justice was served on Saturday when Marv Levy made the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Bill Parcells did not.'

Marker Bills Stay Busy During Super Bowl Week [4:15 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Upon further review, Buffalo's next head coach won't necessarily be on the sidelines Sunday night ...'

Marker Marv Levy's Biography [1:15 PM]
Pro Football Hall of Fame reports: 'In 1986, when Marv Levy was chosen to direct the fortunes of the Buffalo Bills, he brought with him more than 30 years of coaching experience. A graduate of Coe College, Levy began his pro coaching career in 1969 as kicking teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles...'

Marker Marv Levy enters Hall of Fame [1:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Marv Levy, who coached four straight Buffalo Super Bowl teams, and six players including longtime nominees Lynn Swann and Ron Yary were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.'

Marker Tampa Bay interested in obtaining Flutie [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Flutie piqued the Bucs' interest after quarterback coach Clyde Christensen was selected by head coach Tony Dungy as the team's new offensive coordinator.'

Marker In race for Lewis, money may talk [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But an NFL source said Friday the Browns have a blockbuster offer prepared to lay on Lewis, the Ravens' defensive coordinator, as soon as Super Bowl XXXV is over. Lewis is the clear-cut No. 1 on the Browns' list.'

Marker Still King of the Block [7:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: Patriots owner Robert Kraft now has regrets about letting Sam Gash go. ``Sam Gash was one of my favorite players,'' the Patriots owner said yesterday. ``He's a tough, physical guy who was all about the team. You can't win consistently without leaders like that, guys who lead by example. You can't have guys who talk and don't perform." (Many Bills fans feel the same way Bob.)

Marker Bills Interview Titans’ Williams [6:29 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Before meeting with Williams, Donahoe declined to rank the candidates, but did say he hoped to have the process completed by "Wednesday or so."'

January 26, 2001

Marker [Gregg] Williams Impressed [11:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Following his daylong meeting with Bills president Tom Donahoe, Gregg Williams was not coy about making his interest in the Bills head coaching job known.'

Marker Tagliabue Gives "State of the NFL" Address [9:22 PM]
ESPN reports: Reading between the lines, Tagliabue pretty much says that in 2002 Buffalo will be playing in the AFC East with Miami, New England, and the Jets. The key segment is here: "On realignment, Tagliabue said discussions are continuing. They basically are focusing, according to NFL sources, on whether Houston or Baltimore stays in the AFC Central with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The edge goes to the Houston Texans going into the Central so that they are not in the same division as the old Houston franchise, the Tennessee Titans." This means that the Bills are out of the running for being in the AFC Central, and thus will stay in the East.

Marker Tagliabue endorses Wilson, Levy for Hall of Fame [8:26 PM]
AP reports: 'NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Friday endorsed Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and former Bills coach Marv Levy for the Hall of Fame.'

Marker Bills still hurt 10 years later [1:21 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It was that first one, though, that proved to be the football version of the big fish that got away because Buffalo never got nearly that close again. But ... so what?'

Marker Steinberg laments poor Rob in Buffalo [1:07 PM]
Fox Sports reports: "If Rob throws an interception, Flutie would have thrown 12 touchdown passes. It's even worse than Steve Young-Joe Montana because Montana actually was a real legend and led them to all those Super Bowls and Flutie hasn't. So poor Rob, all he's did was get traded from Jacksonville to there and done his best."

Marker Make your Super Bowl Predictions! [9:59 AM]
TBD reports: Head on over to our Swami Board and make your predictions on the big game! Guess the winner, the final score, quarter by quarter splits, who scores first - anything you want!

Marker Titans aide to interview with Bills [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, Williams looms as a serious candidate. He has distinguished himself as the Titans' defensive leader and has a reputation for having the kind of "chief executive officer" qualities that are an asset to NFL head coaches.'

Marker Vick jilts Kelly Enterprises [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Michael Vick never signed an agreement with Kelly Enterprises," Lowman said. "Michael Vick signed a player agreement with Joel Enterprises and a marketing agreement with Joel Enterprises."'

Marker Titans’ Williams will interview for Bills’ job here today [9:02 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe will interview Titans defensive coordinator Greg Williams today in Nashville for Buffalo's head coaching position.'

Marker Lewis Slipping Away? [1:47 AM]
reports: 'I was just in a chat room with CBS Sportsline writer Len Pasquarelli and I was asking him about Marvin Lewis. He said that right now Tom Donahoe is very upset... Apparently, either Marvin or some of his associates are leaking the possibility that there is a strong, and I mean strong, possibility that Lewis will be heading to Cleveland in a package deal that would include Ozzie Newsome as well.... If this is the case and I quote "Tom won't even look any farther and Fox will be the guy".' [Note: A chat transcript is NOT available to review, so buyer beware.]

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