QB controversy doomed Phillips [7:57 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Wade Phillips didn't lose his job as head coach of the Buffalo Bills this weekend. He lost it a year ago.'
It's a cruddy business [2:21 PM]
Shout! reports: 'What a crappy business, this NFL. The Bills fire Wade Phillips after he posted the best start in the first three seasons of any Buffalo head coach's tenure. If winning is the bottom line, all Phillips did was go 29-21 (.580).'
Phillips Fired Himself [2:18 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Shortly after 11 a.m., the team confirmed a story that broke late Sunday ... "Bills President Ralph Wilson released Wade Phillips as head coach of the team ... "'
Phillips fired as Bills' coach [1:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Buffalo special teams' record was among the worst in the National Football League last season,\" Wilson said Monday. "I felt we needed a change and that my request was reasonable. ... I did not want to release Wade but his refusal left me with no option."'
Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [1:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Wade Phillips refused to fire special teams coach Ronnie Jones and it cost him his job.'
Wade Phillips and assistants to go [9:43 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips was fired late Sunday night by owner Ralph Wilson. His unwillingness to make changes in his assistant coaching staff was reportedly a factor in Wilson's decision.'
Sources say wait is over, Wade's out [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The firing apparently was a result of Phillips' refusal to release three of his assistant coaches - offensive coordinator Joe Pendry, offensive line coach Carl Mauck and special teams coach Ronnie Jones.'
Bills fire Phillips - report [7:03 AM]
CP reports: 'Bills assistant coaches whose jobs could be on the line include offensive co-ordinator Joe Pendry, special teams coach Ronnie Jones and offensive line coach Carl Mauck. All three are close friends of Phillips.'
Decided [6:22 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Wade Phillips' three-year head-coaching tenure with the Buffalo Bills will end Monday. Team owner Ralph Wilson is expected to announce Phillips' firing, in a move that was not expected to be decided until Buffalo filled its vacant general manager position.'
Report: Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [6:11 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Apparently, a new general manager isn't the only thing the Buffalo Bills need.'
Phillips was reluctant to fire assistants [6:09 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Phillips' reluctance to fire some of his assistant coaches apparently led to his dismissal. The team has no comment at this time.'
Loyalty to assistants costs Bills coach Phillips his job [6:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'And late Sunday night, it became the bitter end for Phillips, who was dismissed by the Bills after he steadfastly declined to make staffing changes suggested by owner Ralph Wilson last week and then reiterated in the past 48 hours.'
Bills reportedly fire Wade Phillips [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"We have no comment at this time," said Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications.'
Longing For Face-Painters [10:14 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'They look at me like I'm crazy, or making the whole thing up. They don't understand how anyone could go to the extremes that a Bills fan will go to in order to feel like part of a team.'
Pendry may chase Moulds Out of Town [10:07 PM]
TBD reports: PFW recently wrote, "Some Bills observers are beginning to be concerned over wide receiver Eric Moulds' impending free agency. These sources say it is not absolute that Moulds will return to Buffalo, especially if offensive coordinator Joe Pendry remains." Listening to talk radio and reading the Stadium Wall message board, Moulds may not be the only person not present in RWS next season if Pendry remains. Some fans may elect to stay away too!
Houston interview makes limbo easier for Cottrell [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cottrell was busy this week boning up for his first interview for an NFL head-coaching job. Cottrell is scheduled to meet with officials of the Houston Texans franchise on Wednesday and Thursday to interview for that expansion club's opening.'
One Bills Drive may be burning as Wilson fiddles over Donahoe hire [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The future of the Bills' franchise is teetering on the brink and owner Ralph Wilson doesn't seem to realize it.'
The Bills and the power of prayer [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If ever the Buffalo Bills needed the power of prayer on their side, it is now.'
Jim Haslett wins AP NFL Coach of the Year [6:45 AM]
TBD reports: Former Bills LB Jim Haslett ('79-'85) has landed The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award. Haslett is only in his first year of coaching the Saints and he guided them to the division title, despite a rash of injuries to his skill players. This is not the first AP award Haslett has won. He was the recipient of the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 1979. An interesting side note is that NFC coaches have received the Coach of the Year award 17 times in the past 20 years.
Chargers' new GM doesn't wince when talking about wins [12:52 PM]
North County Times reports: 'But Bills owner Ralph Wilson let Butler go last month when negotiations for a new pact stalled. "Don't say fired," Butler asked. "That sounds like you didn't do your damn job."'
Big boss's appetite takes in hunger to win [12:49 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"I'm overweight," he says. "And I love football."'
Big man, big job [12:48 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Butler, 54, said he's a "big believer" in building through the draft. At one point in the 2000 season, 18 of Buffalo's starters were drafted by the club. By contrast, only eight of the Chargers' starters in their season finale were San Diego draftees.'
Donahoe talks slow down [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...it now has been 10 days since the first meeting between Wilson and Donahoe. If the Bills are anxious about striking a deal with the former personnel chief of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they don't appear to be showing it.'
Donahoe says talks with Bills ongoing [6:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'And while his name surfaced for top personnel jobs with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions the past two days, Donahoe insisted his focus is still on Buffalo.'
Butler to bring old pal to S.D. [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'But it appears undisclosed NFL officials, interpreting language in the league's anti-tampering policy, have determined that's it's unreasonable for the Bills to hold Smith to the final six weeks of his deal.'
Chargers pin their future on Butler [9:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Of immediate concern is whether Butler will be able to bring along A.J. Smith, the Bills' pro personnel director. Butler and Smith have worked together since the early 1980s. Smith is under contract to Buffalo through mid-February, and reportedly will be forced to serve out the time, unless the Chargers can get the NFL to intervene.'
Chargers name Butler vice president, GM [9:08 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"It's a big challenge," said Butler, who was fired by Buffalo on December 19 after 14 years with the team. "I'm going to tell you this, nobody is going to outwork us. I don't like the word 'lose.' It's not part of my vocabulary."'
Butler named Executive Vice President/General Manager [9:04 PM]
San Diego Chargers reports: '"John Butler knows what it takes to win in this league," said Spanos. "He's had amazing success in the draft and has been responsible for building championship teams. His record in Buffalo speaks for itself.'
The Chargers did it: Butler takes GM job [1:58 PM]
North County Times reports: 'Once Butler became available ---- after contract talks with Bills owner Ralph Wilson collapsed ---- Spanos spurned other candidates and put Butler No. 1 on his list.'
John Butler comes on board as GM [12:19 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson denied the Chargers permission to talk to Smith yesterday, but a source said San Diego will seek to overturn Wilson's decision today by asking the commissioner's office to review Smith's contract.'
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