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Buffalo Bills News - January 14, 2002

Marker Williams comments on Patriots defense [1:50 PM]
The Sporting News reports: The extra week of preparation might give Belichick's Patriots an edge. So, undoubtedly, will the unique character of the Patriots' defense. Theirs is the only unit in the league that switches back and forth from a 3-4 to a 4-3, defying characterization and confusing opponents. "That gives you fits," Bills coach Gregg Williams says. "It adds practice time and game-plan time. And to their credit, they are flexible enough personnel-wise to do it."

Marker Centers provided the best of a crummy Bills season [1:15 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Say what you want about the 2001 Bills, but they managed to become more competitive as the season wound down.'

Marker Jets defensive coordinator Cottrell to interview with Colts [1:10 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Former Bills DC who lost head coaching job to Gregg Williams is to interview with former Bills GM Bill Polin. Jets GM Terry Bradway informed his coach of the call but it remains unclear when Cottrell will interview for the job.

Marker Meet the New Year, Same as the Old Year [12:49 PM] reports: In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, SI's Peter King makes his rookie of the year picks:
"... Guard Leonard Davis of Arizona, a piledriver from day one, is my offensive rookie, while Buffalo's rookie shut-down corner, Nate Clements, edges Pittsburgh's Kendrell Bell as defensive rookie ..."

Marker Cutting seats could boost sales [5:12 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'A few million bucks in a $100 million-plus business would be sacrificed but, in the long run, it just might be an investment.'

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January 13, 2002

Marker Interview with Fred Smerlas [10:42 PM] reports: "I was at my kid's baseball game on a Friday at 7:30. I got a call from Ralph Wilson on my cell phone and he said "What are you doing?" I said 'I am at my kid's baseball game.' He said, "you made it to the Wall of Fame." I said, "Ralph, that's great!"

Marker Ruben Brown and Larry Centers represent Bills in ProBowl [10:44 AM] reports: Marcellus Wiley was the only ex-Bill listed on Pro-Bowl roster.

Marker Beebe Helping Kids Speed to Success [10:31 AM]
NFL HS reports: There are only a handful of NFL players that will always be remembered for at least a single play or moment. Most of them are legends of the game: Walter Payton, Franco Harris, Joe Montana, Don Beebe.

Marker Bills begin countdown to crucial draft [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The one thing we have to do is be very thorough. Whoever this player is, he's going to make a lot of money. I'm not against paying great players a lot of money, but this guy better prove to all of us he can be a great player."'

Marker Team won't overpay for Cowart to stay [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"Not much less than what they paid (wide receiver Eric Moulds)," [Cowart's agent Gene] Burrough said by telephone from his office in Duluth, Ga., when asked what he felt Cowart was worth. "I don't expect a $12 million bonus, but not too much less."'

Marker More stability is expected after last year's overhaul [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have 6 unrestricted free agents, 7 restricted free agents and 6 exclusive rights free agents.'

January 12, 2002

Marker Sifting through the wreckage [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most pleasant surprise: Jonas Jennings.'

January 11, 2002

Marker Hansen’s NFL years exemplary [4:23 PM]
Fargo Forum reports: 'Moreover, Hansen brought a work ethic to the field that set an example for younger players. He came to play every game. No complaining. No showboating. No whining when he was injured or sometimes overshadowed by marquee players.'

Marker Wilson says Johnson must earn QB job [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"We can't just bring a guy back and say, 'The job's yours, you're the guy,'" Wilson said Thursday night from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. "Who knows, maybe (third-stringer) Travis Brown's the guy."'

January 10, 2002

Marker Up close in the off-season: Brandon Spoon [8:31 AM] reports: 'I will stay on the stairmaster three times per week, and lift some light weights through the beginning of March. I learned from the veterans and our strength and conditioning coach, Rusty Jones, that it is critical to back off the training and let your body heal.'

Marker Dr Z's All Pro Team [8:31 AM] reports: And here's a sleeper that popped my eyes open: the Bills' Billy Conaty . Maybe I just saw him on the greatest days of his career because I couldn't find anyone to agree with me. I didn't like him as much as I did Woody, but he was fairly close.

Marker Centers uncertain if Bills are still in his future [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'They include returning to the Bills if they provide him with a pay hike and assurances from coach Gregg Williams that the team will take steps to improve, requesting his release from the final year of his contract so he can sign with a contender, or retirement.'

Marker Als quarterback Calvillo 'testing the waters' of NFL [5:13 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: 'Foster wouldn't identify the interested teams, but one is believed to be Buffalo - perhaps Calvillo's next stop. "There does seem to be some interest," Foster said.'

Marker Eskimos rookie poised to become first CFL option player [5:12 AM]
CP reports: '[Anthony Calvillo] worked out for Jacksonville and Seattle and has a session planned with Buffalo.'

January 9, 2002

Marker NFL releases list of '02 opponents [5:37 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo Bills will play these team in 2002:

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Marker Some random thoughts on Bills' season [1:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is, no single statistic contributed more to the Bills' 3-13 record than the fact their 123 penalties were an NFL high.'

Marker Several Bills may wind up elsewhere [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In most years, your roster probably is going to turn over anywhere from 25 to 33 percent."'

Marker Taking stock [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Time to call the U-Haul: Rob Johnson, Ken Irvin, J. McDaniel.'

January 8, 2002

Marker Playoff Trivia Challenge [6:15 PM] reports: Test your Bills Playoff expertise in this trivia challenge and win two tickets to the 2002 home opener along with autographed Bills merchandise and selected items from Zweigles.

Marker Bills, Johnson face uncertain offseason [6:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Instead, Johnson confirmed many of his critics' worst fears -- that he was incapable of staying healthy and unable to perform as the team's undisputed starter.'

Marker It's Van Pelt in, Johnson out for Bills [1:54 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Four years of premium-priced quarterbacks added up to zero playoff wins for Buffalo. With a crowded wholesale market this offseason, it's time for the Bills to do a little bargain hunting.'

Marker Character guy says good-bye [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He leaves as one of the most admired and respected players in Bills history.'

Marker First class all the way [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hansen had no immediate plans other than to spend time with his wife, Dianna, and their 7-month-old daughter, Hope.'

Marker Rob not closing - or opening - any doors [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He has told several teammates that he doesn't expect to be here next season, mainly because he doesn't believe he can get a fair shake in this town after being criticized heavily for the Bills' problems.'

Marker A humble guy looms large across WNY [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was small town all the way, an underdog, a small-college player who gave every ounce of himself on the field and made himself into one of the top defensive ends in the game.'

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