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Buffalo Bills News - March 28, 2001

Marker Bills seeing few thorns in prickly realignment [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The league will change from its current six-division setup to eight, four-team divisions in 2002. It remains likely that Buffalo, Miami, the New York Jets and New England will stay in the AFC East. Indianapolis almost surely will move out.'

Marker Seahawks or Chargers could be headed to NFC [8:34 AM]
AP reports: "The NFC East and Central and the AFC East and West seem pretty well set," commissioner Paul Tagliabue said as he unveiled seven of the dozen or so plans under consideration. "The more difficult decisions are in the others."

Marker Less Bulk in Defense Ends [8:32 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "We don't worry about if an end holds up against the run because you can always put more bodies in the box to coverup for a smaller guy,'' says Bills coach Gregg Williams, who had great success with Kearse when he was the Titans' defensive coordinator. "But if he has true defensive end speed, that's something you can't coach.''

Marker Sam Rogers - forgotten free agent [8:29 AM]
The Sporting News reports: '[NOTE: Sam Rogers was an OLB not an ILB] ILB -- Sam Rogers, Bills. He was good enough to start for a good team for five years.'

Marker NFL moves closer to realignment [8:28 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'If plan A1 makes 20 teams happy then the deal is done. The maintenance of rivalries will get the vote closer to 20. If those four proxies owned by Tagliabue count, 24 of 32 would be needed, and the commissioner would have the right to cast the votes for the Texans, Rams, Ravens and Titans.'

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March 27, 2001

Marker Super Bowl shuffles into February [8:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'While the Super Bowl has become a January tradition for the past thirty-five years, it will soon turn into a February feature. At the owners' meetings this week, commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced that starting in 2004, the Super Bowl will make a permanent move into month of February.'

Marker NFL Coaches Double As Psychologists [5:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams is a focus of this article on the need for coaches to know how to motivate their players.'

Marker Phillips upset Bills won't pay remainder of contract [3:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Ralph is losing his marbles by pursuing this ill advised slap in the face to the coaching ranks.'

Marker NFL awards Bills four more draft picks [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The picks are compensation for the losses the Bills suffered during last year's free-agency season. The Bills lost four unrestricted free agents to other teams - Kurt Schulz to Detroit, Thomas Smith to Chicago, Dusty Zeigler to the New York Giants and Sean Moran to St. Louis. They did not sign any from other clubs.'

March 26, 2001

Marker NFL awards Bills four compensatory draft picks [8:40 PM]
AP reports: 'The allotment of compensatory picks is determined by a formula based on the salary, playing time and postseason honors of players the team lost to free agency in comparison to free agents the team added.'

Marker Buffalo picks up four compensatory draft picks [4:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'GM Tom Donahoe got what he wanted Monday at the NFL owners meetings, as the Bills were awarded four compensatory draft picks for their free agent losses during last off-season. Buffalo will get an additional third-round choice (95th overall), along with a pair of sixth-round picks (195 and 196th overall), and a seventh-round pick (238th overall) at this year's draft.'

Marker Canada dry: Satellite company loses fight to show NFL games [1:24 PM]
The Sporting News reports: PrimeTime 24 lost a Supreme Court appeal Monday that sought the right to transmit NFL games to customers in Canada. The court, without comment, turned down the company's argument that it could transmit the games without violating the NFL's copyright. Capturing the NFL game signal in the United States for transmission abroad is an unauthorized act under the copyright law.

Marker Washington negotiation hits a snag [1:14 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: The Bears have been counting on three factors being in their favor this year. Salary-cap problems have kept a handful of teams from being serious bidders for top players, leaving teams like the Bears with less competition for talent. Also, the talent pool particularly at defensive tackle has deepened with the release of veterans like Traylor, Lett, Randle, and Stubblefield. More cuts are expected after June 1. Finally, defensive tackle projects as one of the strongest positions in the upcoming draft. As many as a half-dozen defensive tackles are projected in the first round. Angelo Wright has also been in contact with the Patriots...

Marker Realignment on owners' plate [11:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Last time the owners decided on realignment,... commissioner Pete Rozelle decided to let fate draw the NFL's look. Five of the acceptable proposals were put into a flower vase, and Rozelle's administrative assistant, Thelma Elkjer, drew out the winning hand that sucessfully integrated the AFL teams in the NFL.'

Marker Bears, DT Traylor agree on 3-year deal [9:12 AM]
Chicago Sun-Times reports: The Bears agreed to terms with defensive tackle Keith Traylor on a three-year contract Friday but still consider themselves in the running for Ted Washington. Director of business operations Jim Miller says "I talked to Ted's agent [Friday]. It's not dead yet. They're asking for a lot of money. We have a disagreement on his value, but we're still talking." I think Ted is pricing himself out of the market. He better start skating at the Pepsi Center.

Marker Wilson aims to deny Phillips pay for 2001 season [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills are contending that Phillips breached his contract by refusing Wilson's directive to fire special teams coach Ronnie Jones after the season. Phillips got the first two checks he was scheduled to receive in the final year of his deal. But the letter said he will not receive any more. It's a pretty unusual move in the NFL.'

Marker The League At Crossroads [8:18 AM]
TBD reports: 'Now that the dust has settled on one of the most tumultuous two month periods of Buffalo Bills history, a quick look back causes me a great deal of apprehension.'

Marker Bills charge Phillips with insubordination [12:57 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It appears that the Ronnie Jones decision will continue to haunt Phillips. Just when Wade thought it was over Ralph Wilson refuses to pay the final year of his contract.'

March 25, 2001

Marker Kelly's heroics make strong case for Hall election [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Kelly is not about statistics. Never was. He was about leadership, true grit, toughness, unlikely comebacks and an ability to convince his teammates they could win games against formidable odds. His statistics were impressive, but his intangibles are the jewel of his resume.'

Marker Keeping in shape for the cameras [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Steve] Tasker, the All-Pro turned broadcast color guy, is starring as Dr. Einstein - a disbarred, alcoholic, spineless plastic surgeon with an unsteady hand - in the East Aurora group's production of "Arsenic and Old Lace.'

March 24, 2001

Marker Van Pelt Familiar With West Coast Offense [1:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'An article from the Bills official site that talks about Alex Van Pelt's familiarity with the west coast offense from his days at Pitt and it's value to the Bills offense....'

March 23, 2001

Marker Ask an Alum: Charley Ferguson [10:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Charley Ferguson came to the Bills in the wide receiver position from the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in 1963 and played on the 1964 and 1965 championship Bills with the likes of quarterback Ed Rutkowski and punter Paul Maguire, both former Ask an Alum guests... Ferguson played for six seasons, retiring in 1969.'

Marker Roth, Hulsey ready for NFL Europe [10:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo Bills fullback Josh Roth and guard Corey Hulsey arrived in Tampa this week to prepare for a trip to play in NFL Europe. The two players were assigned to the Amsterdam Admirals and look forward to impressing the new coaching staff, while gaining the opportunity to experience a foreign country.'

Marker Roth, Hulsey ready for NFL Europe [10:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will take a closer look inside NFL Europe through periodic diaries from from its own players, fullback Josh Roth and guard Corey Hulsey. Both Roth and Hulsey will play for the Amsterdam Admirals during the 2001 season.'

Marker Fans "ask the owner" [10:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Ralph Wilson answered questions submitted by Bills fans via e-mail today in an exclusive interview with buffalobills.com. Wilson was scheduled to perform a live chat, but due to technical software difficulties, he answered fans questions submitted via e-mail to the site over the past few days.'

Marker NFL Puts A Wrap On Bandannas [9:19 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Concerned about the image being portrayed by a number of high-profile NFL players who wear bandannas and stocking caps beneath their helmets, the league's eight-member competition committee will make a recommendation next week to team owners that players be prohibited from wearing them during games.'

Marker Washington disappointed with Bears' initial offer [8:25 AM]
Daily South Town reports: 'The Bears made former Buffalo defensive tackle Ted Washington an offer Wednesday, and at the same time began exploring cheaper alternatives in the free-agent market.'

Marker The Flutie Factor already is a force in San Diego. [8:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Some news a lot of fans probably don't want to hear:
The Chargers, coming off a 1-15 season, have sold more than 1,000 new season tickets since free-agent quarterback Doug Flutie was signed March 12, and the renewal rate has increased in what generally is a "down time" for season-ticket sales.'

March 22, 2001

Marker Defense a Gray area [11:40 PM]
NFL.com reports: "It's a give-and-take situation," Gray said. "These guys played for Ted Cottrell, and they liked him. There might be a tad bit of animosity at first. They might want me to be just like Ted."

Marker Bills to Stay in AFC East? [12:28 PM]
cnnsi.com reports: Don Banks speculates on the details of the NFL's possible realignment in 2002. When the league becomes a 32-team, eight-division in 2002, Banks thinks most of the new look will be quite familiar. Will the AFC East have Miami, New England, Buffalo and the New York Jets?

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