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Buffalo Bills News - January 10, 2004

Marker Defensive coordinator puts interviews aside [5:11 AM]
AP reports: 'Smith's best fit likely would have been with the Falcons and general manager Rich McKay, who was with Smith when he coached linebackers with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ''Lovie Smith is going to get a head coaching job,'' offensive tackle Kyle Turley said.'

Marker The Bills Could Lose Two Assistant Coaches [5:10 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both coaches of course are close to Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who hired them when he was head coach of the Bills.'

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January 9, 2004

Marker Analysis: Playoffs might determine Bills coaching search [5:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Depending on Donahoe's level of interest, the Bills search could extend into next month after the Super Bowl if the Patriots and/or Rams make it that far. Where any of the three candidates rank on the Bills' list is uncertain. But that Donahoe has yet to make his selection while four other teams have already hired a new coach this past week is an indication that at least one of the still-employed assistants is in the running.'

Marker Bills Step Back To Evaluate Coaching Search [5:19 PM] reports: 'The Bills have granted the Washington Redskins permission to interview special teams coach Danny Smith and safeties/3rd down specialist coach Steve Jackson. Both coaches are currently under contract with Buffalo.'

Marker Bills attendance up, TV ratings slip [1:28 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'As the Bills continue to search for a new head coach, a team official said this week a decision has not been made on whether prices will increase for 2004.'

Marker Donahoe looks closely at coordinators [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Donahoe is strongly considering Weis, who developed such stars as Curtis Martin, Ben Coates and Tom Brady. If New England (14-2), which has home-field advantage throughout the postseason, advances all the way to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, Donahoe said he’d be willing to wait it out. “If it’s the right guy and you feel you have to wait, then you better wait,” he said.'

Marker Assembly of the Coaching Staff Remains Incomplete [5:18 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Although Gibbs did not specify the problems, new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams -- recently fired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills -- is expected to try obtaining at least two former assistants: defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, possibly to coach the secondary, and defensive line coach Tim Krumrie. Gibbs noted that assistant coaches whose bosses had been fired were not free to seek other jobs if they were still under contract to their teams.'

Marker Gibbs' first task: Filling his staff [5:17 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'The Redskins' hiring of Williams as defensive coordinator might have been their biggest coup. Despite a failed three-year stint as head coach in Buffalo, Williams was in high demand this week for his defensive prowess..."I have some real good friends who coached with him," Gibbs said. "It's one of those things where you kind of know his reputation. And when he became available, I think almost everybody was talking to him."'

Marker Steelers lining up job candidates for defensive coordinator [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Dick LeBeau is returning to the Steelers, at least for an interview.'

Marker Poor season might have been good for Mularkey [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"(Donahoe) has a tough decision, I think," Mularkey said, "because there are a lot of coaches who are qualified to do it."'

Marker Big Blue targets ex-Steeler aide [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Coughlin also is interested in hiring Dick Jauron, his former defensive coordinator in Jacksonville, but the Giants won't make a move until the Bills head coaching situation is finalized. Jauron is a candidate in Buffalo.'

Marker Fassel Might Not Find Job [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Bills have interviewed seven people, and there have been reports Fassel had a mediocre interview with them. Among the other top candidates are Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and former Bears coach Dick Jauron, whom Coughlin hopes to interview to be his defensive coordinator.'

Marker Field quickly narrowing [5:12 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Fassel is still a candidate in Buffalo but is said to be trailing former Bears coach Dick Jauron, a favorite of Bills ownership.'

Marker Ex-Texas star Gray wants NFL position [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"The University of Texas is secondary right now because I am in the NFL and in the process," said Gray, who interviewed with Buffalo for its vacant head coaching position Monday. "The opportunity to become a head coach in the NFL at 41 is something special."'

Marker Ex-Wolf assistant to get GM interview [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins said Tom Modrak, Buffalo's assistant general manager, hasn't decided if he's interested in the job.'

Marker Moorman named finalist for award [5:09 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'Moorman has even started a Web site,, where a downloadable pledge form is available.'

January 8, 2004

Marker Gray should matter to Longhorns [1:36 PM]
Austin American Statesman reports: 'When Reese announced his resignation Tuesday after six seasons at Texas, it set in motion a chain of events that could return Gray to Texas, where he was an All-America safety in 1983 and 1984. Gray said Wednesday he is very interested in becoming the Longhorns' new defensive coordinator, but he understandably remains hopeful that he will land the vacant head coaching position with the Buffalo Bills after a solid three-hour interview with General Manager Tom Donahoe. After all, Gregg Williams, who was fired by the Bills as head coach after going 17-31 in three seasons, was making $900,000 a year. No college pays that much for a defensive coordinator. Not yet anyway.'

Marker Levy's the answer to age-old question : Bears need the old Bill-coach [1:35 PM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: Levy is a Chicago guy. He has analyzed the Bears, written about them. He knows Bear weather, and in similar stuff, he took the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls. And he wants the job. So why don't the Bears seem to be interested in him? He's 78.'

Marker Gray likes Texas job, if NFL bid fails [1:34 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Gray, an All-American at Texas in 1983-84, said he has no interest in rejoining Williams, who was hired Wednesday as the Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator, as a position coach. Gray indicated that he's interested only in NFL jobs as a defensive coordinator or head coach.'

Marker On the seventh day, the Bills pondered [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Presuming Fassel is not invited back for another interview, the Bills probably are looking at Dick Jauron, Charlie Weis or Mularkey as the top candidates among those already interviewed.'

Marker No clear favorites to coach the Bills [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The next step, Donahoe said, is sharing all the information on the candidates he has collected with team owner Ralph Wilson and assistant general manager Tom Modrak for their input and advice. That step begins Thursday morning. After all the data has been crunched and the questions answered, only then will Donahoe present a contract offer to somebody, he said.'

Marker Coughlin Looks to Build Staff [5:29 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Coughlin had arranged to interview the recently fired Buffalo Bills coach, Gregg Williams, last Friday, but Williams called Coughlin on Wednesday morning to tell him he would become Joe Gibbs's defensive coordinator in Washington.'

Marker Bills or nil for Fassel [5:28 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Fassel is due $2.7 million next season, and he'll get all of it if he doesn't find another job. He tried to set up an interview with the Bears, but doesn't appear to be in their plans. There are also openings in Oakland and Atlanta, but they aren't interested.'

Marker Snyder gets best of Jets again [5:27 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Herman Edwards acknowledged that Williams, whom he interviewed last Friday for the same job, was "high on our list." Instead of pouncing on Williams, the most qualified candidate, Edwards proceeded to interview other coaches.'

Marker Fassel's hopes are sinking fast [5:26 AM]
New York Post reports: 'This past Monday Fassel was in Buffalo interviewing for the Bills vacancy. A scheduled interview with the Bears was put on hold but might come next week.'

Marker 'Skins stick it to Jets again [5:25 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Williams, recently fired as the Bills' head coach, interviewed with Herman Edwards last Friday and was not only considered very high on the list to replace Ted Cottrell at defensive coordinator but he was believed to be the team's top choice. Sources inside Weeb Ewbank Hall yesterday characterized Edwards as disconcerted by the news of Williams going to Washington, indicating that Williams was the coach he was targeting.'

Marker Jets Keep Looking [5:24 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Coach Herman Edwards acknowledged disappointment but said he never offered Williams the job. Edwards preferred to interview other candidates rather than make a hasty decision. "If you only interview one guy, you never learn about the other four guys," he said. "To me, they're all in the mix and they're all really good coaches."'

Marker Defensive Choice Has Gotten Away [5:23 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Coughlin was to interview former Bills coach Gregg Williams tomorrow and probably would have hired him, but Joe Gibbs' Redskins signed Williams yesterday.'

Marker Redskins block Jets' path [5:22 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"I just think that obviously that's what the Redskins wanted to do and they felt they wanted to pull the trigger at that point on the coach and the coordinator, and they did it,'' Jets coach Herman Edwards said.'

Marker Redskins foil Jets by hiring Williams [5:21 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'The Jets interviewed Williams — fired last week as Buffalo’s head coach — last weekend and he appeared to be the leading candidate. But by waiting until interviewing all candidates before making a decision, the Jets allowed the Redskins and brand new coach Joe Gibbs to swoop in and get Williams.'

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