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Buffalo Bills News - February 10, 2004

Marker Coy Wire - Making Spirituality Fashionable [8:59 PM] reports: In the Bills locker room, where new fashions don't go unnoticed, Wire drew praises and inquiries from his teammates when he premiered his new lid. "I was wearing that hat around and guys on the team started asking me about it and where I got it," Wire remembered "When I told them, they asked me to start making hats for them and it kind of grew from there. I realized that people understood the purpose behind it and I realized a lot of people could benefit from it."

Marker Wyche returns to NFL, raspy voice and all [8:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Wyche takes medication for his heart and says he's fine. The voice, well, he can work around that. ``If I'm on the field on a real windy day, then I'm going to have to get closer to the guys to communicate,'' Wyche said. ``And coaching is teaching. And you've got to be able to communicate. But we'll handle that.'''

Marker Henry now OK with addition of McGahee [7:16 PM]
AP reports: '"I look at it as they took the best player available, and grabbing him had nothing to do with me,'' said Henry, the NFL's fifth-leading rusher last season. "I can only control what I can control. And everything else will play out.'''

Marker Bills hire Sam Wyche [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' offensive overhaul so far includes an offense-minded head coach in Mike Mularkey, a new coordinator who is a former star quarterback in Tom Clements, one of the most experienced offensive line coaches in the game in Jim McNally, and Wyche.'

Marker Wyche, McNally Buffalo future [6:35 AM] reports: '“The heart is fine. No problem. Physically, I proved that coaching in high school because you’re on the field just like you are in the pros,” Wyche said. “My voice is fine. The volume just isn’t going to get any higher, which is fine indoors. We’ll have to see what happens on the field if it gets windy and there’s other noise, but I think it should be OK and obviously Mike does, too. If one of us wasn’t comfortable with it, this wouldn’t have happened. This has given me so much energy. I can really feel the energy after being here just a week.”'

Marker Bills hire experienced voice [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I can’t yell,” said Wyche, the colorful former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “And I can’t tell you how many of my former players have called to say they wished it had happened 20 years ago.”'

Marker A happy Wyche in football again [5:14 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"I've looked at him as hard as I can," Wyche said of Beldsoe. "I've looked at his arm strength. He's still got it."'

Marker From Pickens High to the NFL, Wyche is back [5:13 AM]
Greenville News reports: 'He will work in practices with a small microphone attached to a speaker that will hang from his belt, to better project his voice. It would have been a lot easier for the Bills to go hire one of the many assistants who can scream like a banshee all day long and is desperate for the opportunity. But this is Sam Wyche, an innovator, a free-thinker, a former Furman University and NFL quarterback who knows this game as well as anyone and a guy who may have a level of motivation that surpasses anyone out there.'

Marker Jim McNally Has Made a Living Building Lines [5:12 AM] reports: '"He got along with the players well," says Gregg. "They respected him. He sort of gets in the ring with them. He won’t challenge them physically, but he really works hard step-by-step on technique. That’s his big thing, which I saw in him when we first talked. He spends the time needed at it and he’s always looking for what’s being done by somebody else and constantly updates his knowledge. He’s never afraid to ask for advice or help."'

Marker Bills Complete Staff [5:11 AM] reports: 'Coach Mularkey managed to hire his first staff with much more experience than the one Gregg Williams selected as a first time head coach three years ago.'

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February 9, 2004

Marker Wyche back in NFL as quarterbacks coach of Bills [11:13 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Wyche first served as quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-82, where he helped develop Joe Montana.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Mike McBath [11:05 PM] reports: 'A senior vice president with the Union Bank of Switzerland, formerly Payne Webber, McBath has been involved in the stock market for 28 years, and a member of the company’s ‘President’s Club’ for top producing brokers for 25 of those years.'

Marker The Bills Well Represented In NFL Europe [11:04 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Arkansas CB Kahill Carter and Kutztown tackle Jasen Esposito are going to the Scottish Claymores. New Mexico Military LB Asa Francis will play for Cologne while Vanderbilt QB Greg Zolman will lead the Rhein Fire.'

Marker Back in the saddle [4:05 PM]
CNN/SI reports: '"I'm very, very happy to be back in the NFL," said Wyche, who had served as a volunteer quarterback coach for Pickens (S.C.) High School in the small town where he and his wife, Jane, settled several years ago. "I've really missed it so much, even though I've truly loved my experience coaching in high school. Really, every coach should experience that."'

Marker Bills hire Wyche as quarterbacks coach [3:28 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Wyche has more than two decades of NFL experience as a player and coach. He served as head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-91 and then guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992-95. Following his stint with Tampa Bay, he worked in broadcasting, before stepping down in 2000.'

Marker Bills hire Sam Wyche as quarterbacks coach [3:27 PM]
AP reports: '"He brings a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge to the position that will benefit Drew (Bledsoe) and all of our quarterbacks," Mularkey said. "We are thrilled to have a coach of his caliber."'

Marker Mularkey Rounds Out His Coaching Staff With Wyche [2:32 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wyche will coach the quarterbacks for Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Wyche Joins Bills [2:31 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that new head coach Mike Mularkey has completed the hiring of his staff with the addition of Sam Wyche as quarterbacks coach.

Marker 2004 Buffalo Bills in the NFL Europe [1:08 PM] reports: 'Listed below are the five Bills players that have been assigned to play in the NFL Europe League this spring...'.

Marker Class of 2004 unveiled [12:31 PM] reports: At the Rhein Fire, Hutchinson will hope to make his mark after losing the Cowboys' starting position following nine starts during the 2002 season. The former football and baseball star at Stanford has passed for 1,563 yards and 7 touchdowns in his two-year NFL career. He will be up against Atlanta Falcons passer Wesley Phillips, the son of former Denver and Buffalo head coach Wade Phillips, and Greg Zolman of the Buffalo Bills, who owns Vanderbilt school records with 7,981 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Marker Every team is not a viable contender [12:20 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo (6-10): There shouldn't be much dropoff, even if CB Antoine Winfield somehow escapes in free agency, from the defense that catapulted all the way to No. 2 in the league in 2003. The big task for rookie coach Mike Mularkey, the inventive offensive schemer, is to rehabilitate the career of QB Drew Bledsoe, whose numbers fell off precipitously last season. Buffalo could use another outside playmaker, but Mularkey and his staff figure to upgrade the performances of younger veterans like RB Travis Henry and WR Josh Reed. The OL needs a fix but veteran mentor Jim McNally has worked wonders with even less talent than is on hand here. Obviously, the Bills are in a difficult division, one that includes the reigning league champions, and will need more offense to compete.

February 8, 2004

Marker Patriots decline to exercise option on Smith [11:30 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The New England Patriots did not exercise their option on RB Antowain Smith on Sunday, making the team's best runner an unrestricted free agent. Smith played four seasons for the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Patriots as a free agent in June 2001. He was a first-round draft pick in 1997.

Marker Gbaja-Biamila summoned for Rice [2:11 PM]
Honolulu Star Bulletin reports: 'Levy, 78, said he welcomes the opportunity to be a real coach again. "It could always happen. I'm reinvigorated and in good health. If it comes I welcome it. Maybe people are looking at my age and saying I'm too old. I don't agree with them," said Levy, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls. "(Dick) Vermeil, Joe Gibbs coming back, Jack McKeon in baseball. Experience is a tremendous quality, as long as you haven't become complacent, or one of those 'We've always done it this way' people."'

Marker New Turf, Old Field [2:10 PM]
Honolulu Star Bulletin reports: 'Takeo Spikes is one of the best players in the NFL, and has been since his rookie year of 1998. But only now, after his first season with the Buffalo Bills, has the former Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker garnered the votes necessary to play in the Pro Bowl.'

Marker One tough Cookie who didn't crumble [2:09 PM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'It's too bad Gilchrist is all but forgotten, not only because of his legendary playing career but because he made pro football all-star game history off the field 39 years ago. He not only ought to be remembered for it, he should be celebrated for it.'

Marker Wyche's interest in Bills speaks volumes about love of coaching [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Sam played quarterback in the league," said Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally, who served in the same capacity under Wyche in Cincinnati. "He played under Paul Brown and learned a lot from him. He was with Bill Walsh for a number of years. So he certainly knows all the basics of how to handle a quarterback. I think he's fired up and ready to go."'

Marker Pros present awards to kids [9:01 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Coleman saw his first NFL action in 2003 after spending the previous season on the practice squad. An undrafted rookie free agent from Ferris State, he caught eight passes for 69 yards. Bills QB Drew Bledsoe spoke well of Coleman.'

February 7, 2004

Marker Mularkey postpones decision about Wyche [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wyche, 58, has been in Buffalo since Tuesday meeting and working alongside Mularkey and his staff in what has amounted to a tryout for the job. Mularkey had indicated he would make a decision on Wyche on Friday, but that did not happen.'

Marker In Williams, Gibbs Knew What He Was Getting [5:25 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'If Williams, Buffalo's head coach the previous three seasons, has a defining style for his defensive teams, it is his stress on creativity and aggressiveness.'

Marker Redskins' Williams ready to adapt [5:24 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Williams' motto throughout his coaching career has stayed firm: don't try to make players fit your defense, make your defense fit the players.'

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