Community 2001 Year in Review… [7:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'During the football season, NFL players are allowed one day, Tuesday, away from their strict training regimen. The Buffalo Bills view this day, not as a day to rest, but an opportunity to give back to the community that so avidly supports them.'
Texans not big on Fina [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fina, one of five Bills made available for selection, is too old and his contract too expensive under the criteria Texans general manager Charley Casserly has developed for Monday's draft.'
Levy would fit bill for Bucs [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Levy could help them shed their desperation. He would bring a touch of class and leadership to an organization that has become the laughingstock of the league. And he might just be the right man at the right time for a veteran team that still has enough talent to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2002.'
Texans not interested in selecting Fina in expansion draft [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '"Any player that was over 30 years old we eliminated from our thinking," Casserly said during a telephone conference call with the media on Wednesday. Casserly added that he doesn't want to gamble on whether older players can complete the duration of expensive, long-term contracts. That's a number of strikes against Fina, who turns 33 next month and has five years left on a deal scheduled to pay him $19 million. Fina's durability is also in question after knee problems forced him to miss three games last season.'
Fina to Center? Williams says it is a possibility [6:28 PM]
WGR reports: WGR's Chris Brown has reported that Gregg Williams is considering moving Fina to Center and has been since November.
Salary cap status of all 32 teams [6:25 PM]
ESPN.com reports: Buffalo Bills - $6.4 million under
Building defense as easy as one, two, 3-4 [1:35 PM]
ESPN.com reports: Four-man defensive lines were kings. The Steelers started the 2001 season as the league's only true 3-4. Gregg Williams eliminated it from the Bills' game plan after replacing Wade Phillips despite back-to-back playoff seasons.
NO WAY Johnson comes back [11:54 AM]
Shout! reports: Gregg Williams hired Kevin Gilbride to oversee the Bills offense this season. That does not mean, however, that Buffalo will make amends with Rob Johnson and bring him back at a drastically reduced salary. I just don't see how that could happen.
Where are they now? - Don Beebe [11:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Interview with the King of Speed.
Modrak waits on Falcons [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Modrak has said often he would leave only for a GM position to his liking. He wouldn't say if that was Atlanta.'
Len Pasquarelli's all-expansion team [9:06 PM]
ESPN reports: WR Avion Black and Safety Raion Hill are the only Bills who makes his list.
New coordinator excited to work again for Reeves [7:28 PM]
AP reports: 'After his ordeal in Buffalo, Wade Phillips isn't interested in pursuing an NFL head coaching job. At least not any time soon.'
Players allocated to NFL-Europe [2:50 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The following players have been allocated for NFL-Europe:
David Dinkins, QB, Amsterdam
Reggie Allen, WR, Amsterdam
Chad Sears, S, Amsterdam
Scott Keys, WR, Berlin
Curtis Alexander, RB, Frankfurt
DeVonte Peterson, DT, Scotland
Jimmy Robinson, LB, Scotland
Many Buffalo Bills make Buffalo their home year round. [1:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: When the Buffalo Bills add players to their roster, they arrive here from places all over the world. Although many return to these places during the off-season, several players have stayed and made a home for themselves and their families in Buffalo and Western New York. Buffalo has embraced these professional athletes as valuable members of the community.
Gilbride ready to sell himself [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills players complained that Sheppard's game plans were too predictable and didn't take full advantage of their skills. The Bills think Gilbride will do a better job of that.'
Williams looks to experience on offense [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He'd better be right about Gilbride, because he just put his job in his hands.'
Hunter Kelly released from Children's [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly's 4-year-old son,Hunter, was released Monday afternoon from Children's Hospital after spending the weekend in the hospital.'
Bills interested in playing in the Dome [9:08 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Donahoe said another meeting is scheduled with Syracuse officials, though he declined to say when or the time frame for making a date at the Dome.'
Falcons interview Bills exec; McKay's status murky [6:23 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Owner Arthur Blank and coach Dan Reeves met Monday with Buffalo director of player personnel Tom Modrak, interviewing him for the vice president/general manager position...'.
Modrak interviews while Mueller may withdraw [6:17 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo Bills director of football operations Tom Modrak, one of the league's top talent scouts, interviewed on Monday with new Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank as the team continued its search for a general manager in its restructured front office.'
Gilbride: Offense will suit personnel [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm delighted to be here," Gilbride said. "I've had some great experiences here, some positive, some not so positive. But I always had great admiration for the fans and the quality of this organization."'
Bills interested in playing exhibition game at Syracuse [8:13 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said negotiations between the team and Syracuse University are only in the "conversation stages." Syracuse athletics director Jake Crouthamel said a meeting with the Bills has been scheduled for the near future. He added that the school has expressed interest in hosting a Bills game for several years.'
Gilbride begins task of revamping Bills offense [8:12 PM]
AP reports: 'In outlining his plans, Gilbride refused to commit to starting quarterback Rob Johnson, whose future in Buffalo is in limbo. "That's an organizational decision. And I'm sure they'll ask me my opinion later on down the road," said Gilbride, who coached Johnson when the two were with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the mid-1990s. "Whatever way we go, we'll be excited about coaching the guys that are here."'
Gilbride Press Conference [6:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Gilbride on RJ: "The thing that I know about Rob is that when we had in Jacksonville I thought he was a very talented player, a guy who loved the game, loved to prepare. He did all the things we asked him to do. I thought he had a very bright future ahead of him and I think he still does."
Hunter is doing a bit better but still sick [1:32 PM]
Krabbes Family Network reports: Thank you for your caring, concern and all the prayers for Hunter. He is a bit better, but still in serious condition. We are all amazed at the continued strength of our little buddy, and he is surrounded by the love of his mommy, daddy, sisters, and grandparents - along with many other family members and friends.
Please continue your prayers for him, to pray for the families who have lost their children, for beautiful CJ's life, and for all our children who are sick.
God Bless. Jill
NOTE: The Krabbes message board is NOT a Bills forum and please leave any messages related to HUNTER not to Bills Football or Jim Kelly
Senior discount [1:25 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Bucs are a veteran team that could benefit from the wisdom and coaching style that took Levy to four consecutive Super Bowls and the Hall of Fame.'
Bills seek exhibition at Dome [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've always considered ourselves a regional franchise, and we know that there are a lot of Bills fans in this part of the state. We think this would be a good way of bringing Bills football to this area."'
Donahoe's Bills will Contend in 2002 or 2003 [7:25 PM]
Pittsburgh Tribine-Review reports: Donahoe, incidentally, was the one NFL executive who went out on a limb and said the Patriots were a dangerous team and picked them to win. If you ask me, it's Donahoe's Buffalo Bills who might be the most surprising team in the NFL in 2002. If not this fall, then certainly by 2003 will Donahoe and his old buddy Tom Modrak have that club turned into a contender.
Bills name Gilbride new coordinator [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The hiring is a crucial move for Williams and one that needs to work if he is going to survive as coach of the Bills.'
Gilbride fires back at Kordell's criticism [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kevin Gilbride's most recent stop in the NFL was either a big failure or it laid the foundation for a lot of success this season.'
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