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Buffalo Bills News - January 23, 2003

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Jags reach agreement with ex-quarterback Harris [5:58 PM]
ESPN reports: Two weeks of interviews and one surprising rejection later, the Jaguars have reached an agreement with Ravens pro personnel director James Harris.

Also interviewed was Buffalo Bills assistant GM Tom Modrak. Harris played for the Buffalo Bills (1969-71) as well as other teams and was named as the most valuable player in the 1975 Pro Bowl game.

Marker Sack Back Program [3:19 PM] reports: While he has built a career on preventing sacks, Bills all-pro guard Ruben Brown participated in an event that promoted giving them up. On Wednesday, January 22, Brown joined representatives of Tops Friendly Markets to cap the "Sack Back" program.

Marker Billy Buffalo In Hawaii [2:48 PM] reports: Billy Buffalo will once again represent the Buffalo Bills at the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Check in on the week's events by reading Billy's postcards starting Wednesday, January 29. Billy will answer questions from fans and let everyone know how he and the players - guard Ruben Brown, quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running back Travis Henry and wide receiver Eric Moulds - are spending their week in paradise

Marker Bills raise nearly all ticket prices [1:23 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Ticket prices will now range from $30 - $39 for season ticket holders and $30 -$48 for tickets to individual games.'

Marker Playoff Flashback: Jan. 23, 1994 [10:04 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills made history by becoming the only team ever to reach four consecutive Super Bowls with a solid, 30-13, victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. RB Thurman Thomas set a franchise record with 189 rushing yards on 33 carries and a club-record three TDs.

Marker Where Are They Now: Mark Kelso [9:23 AM] reports: With 30 career interceptions, third on Buffalo’s all-time list, Kelso played eight seasons for the Bills and started in all four of the team’s Super Bowl appearances. However, some of his fondest memories as a member of the Bills didn’t occur on the field.

Marker Wilson gave Raiders aid to stay afloat [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Over breakfast in San Francisco, Wilson asked Valley how much money he needed to keep going for a year. “He said, ‘I need $400,000,’ “ Wilson said. “I said, ‘OK. I’ll put it up because I want the league to keep going.’ “'

Marker Bulldozing clear path to Canton [5:29 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``Joe D. did everything by example on the field and off,'' Rutigliano. ``One wife, one life, he has been a role model for a lot of people.'''

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January 22, 2003

Marker Coaching carousel: Ruel joins Bills [8:23 PM]
Packer Report reports: '"I remember looking at film of them when the Packers played them late in the season and remember thinking how much talent the team has on both sides of the football. The offensive line in particular has a strong nucleus and a great mix of solid veterans and young players. I'm looking forward to it tremendously."'

Marker Bills sign four free agents [8:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Former Green Bay running back De'Mond Parker signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. The Bills also signed cornerback Ronald Hardge, tight end Ryan Neufeld and linebacker Josh Stamer.'

Marker Bills Add Four To Roster [2:30 PM]
Buffalo reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed four free agents cornerback Ronald Hardge, tight end Ryan Neufeld, running back De’Mond Parker and linebacker Josh Stamer.'

Marker AFC Championship: Bills 51, Raiders 3 (Video) [10:04 AM] reports: The Bills scored 41 first half points on their way to a 51-3 victory over the LA Raiders in the 1990 AFC Championship Game at Rich Stadium.

Marker Bills add three to coaching staff [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills still are interested in bringing recently fired Bengals coach Dick LeBeau on board in some capacity. The team is waiting to see if he wants to coach this year. A decision is expected some time this week.'

Marker Rob's job choice brings Super opportunity [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No, I enjoyed Buffalo," he said. "Until we went through the cap problems, we had a good team. We had a chance, with some breaks, to be in the Super Bowl. It's unfortunate we went through the cap problems and a lot of guys had to go. I was one of them. I still talk to a lot of people up there. It's an unfortunate thing. I wish things could have worked out."'

Marker Driver's in, Favre's out of Pro Bowl game [7:31 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Pat Ruel, the Packers' assistant offensive line coach for the past two seasons, was hired late Monday as No. 1 offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills. The team fired Ronnie Vinklarek after the season. "I'm looking forward to it tremendously," Ruel said. "Across the league the Buffalo Bills are certainly viewed as a team on the rise. The offensive line in particular has a strong nucleus."'

Marker Wilson hints that Williams will get extension [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are considering a contract extension for head coach Gregg Williams, who has a year remaining on a three-year deal. “We don’t think he’ll be a lame duck,” owner Ralph Wilson said late Tuesday.'

Marker Alexander remains with Bengals [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“Obviously the amount of experience that these three individuals bring to our staff is the thing that may be most impressive,” Williams said. “Our team will benefit from their expertise tremendously and immediately. The goal each off-season is to improve every phase of your organization and we feel we’ve done that with the addition of these three coaches.”'

Marker what about rob? [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"A lot of the times we weren't even competitive. There were games when I even told my mother not to watch."'

January 21, 2003

Marker Bills sign three new coaches [7:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday they have agreed to terms with Don Blackmon as linebackers coach, Pat Ruel as offensive line coach and Les Steckel as running backs coach.'

Marker Bills Add Three Assistant Coaches [4:17 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms on contracts with DON BLACKMON as linebackers coach, PAT RUEL as offensive line coach, and LES STECKEL as running backs coach.

Marker Garish Yellow Sportcoat Update [3:44 PM]
ESPN reports: 'One political problem facing the selectors is the ever-worsening Buffalo Bills dilemma.'

Marker Rams hire fairchild as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach [1:27 PM] reports: 'Fairchild joins the Rams from the Buffalo Bills, where he spent the past two seasons (2001-02) as running backs coach.'

Marker Fairchild given title of QBs coach/offensive coordinator [1:26 PM]
ESPN reports: 'St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz continued the revamping of his staff in the wake of a disappointing season, hiring Buffalo Bills running backs coach Steve Fairchild as the team's new quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills & Tops Friendly Markets Combine On Sack Donation To Western NY Food Bank [1:00 PM] reports: Ruben Brown will join representatives of Tops Friendly Markets to cap the "Sack Back" program. Tops agreed to donate 40 sacks of groceries for every sack recorded by the Bills defense during the 2002 season. The Bills sacked the quarterback 30 times, resulting in a donation of 1,200 bags of groceries to the Food Bank of WNY. The value of the donation is $12,000.

Marker Playoff Flashback: Bills 51, Los Angeles Raiders 3 [11:45 AM] reports: The Bills won their first AFC Championship with one of the most dominating performances ever displayed in a title game. Buffalo set the tone for the day by driving 75 yards after the opening KO and scored the initial TD when QB Jim Kelly picked up a bad shotgun snap and scrambled to find WR James Lofton for a 13-yard pass.

Marker Important dates in Buffalo Bills history (Jan. 20-26) [11:32 AM] reports: January 26, 1988 - SHANE CONLAN NAMED 1987 ROOKIE OF YEAR Bills' LB Shane Conlan was named 1987 defensive "Rookie of the Year" by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Marker 5th Down: Questions from the Mailbox [10:14 AM] reports: What area of the team needs the most help through free agency or the draft? What are the chances of keeping Peerless Price? So how does the Bills' salary cap outlook shape up for next year and beyond?

January 20, 2003

Marker Legendary Cleveland running back wants to tell all in biography [1:31 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'For all of Gilchrist's attributes, he grated on Buffalo Coach Lou Saban. With the Bills riding an eight-game winning streak in 1964, Gilchrist maintains that Saban threw a game in a fit of petulance aimed at him. Gilchrist got the ball only 11 times while quarterbacks Kemp and Daryle Lamonica filled the air with more than 50 passes. To protest Saban's strategy, Gilchrist benched himself.'

January 19, 2003

Marker Encroachment: Blue with Envy [12:12 PM] reports: Now the two-time Pro Bowler has made such an impact on the league and his franchise that he is the only animal allowed inside his NFL stadium. This policy appears to be in sharp contrast to Oakland's Network Associates Coliseum, where animals are encouraged to break out reflective black and silver costumes to torture opponents from the Black Hole.

Marker Martz will have former QB help run Rams attack [9:51 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'As things turned out, Martz had to offer the offensive coordinator's title to wrest Fairchild from the Bills. "They weren't amenable to having him come here as a position coach - that would have been a lateral move," Martz said.'

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