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Buffalo Bills News - February 12, 2002

Marker 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.'

Marker 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

Marker Many Buffalo Bills make Buffalo their home year round. [1:14 PM] 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.

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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...'.

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

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February 11, 2002

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker Gilbride Press Conference [6:12 PM] 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."

Marker 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

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

February 10, 2002

Marker 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.

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Hunter Kelly hospitalized in Children's [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Though hospital personnel would not discuss specifics of his illness, it was learned that the boy, for whom the Hunter's Hope Foundation was named, was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day suffering from collapsed lungs as a result of pneumonia.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Hire Kevin Gilbride as Offensive Coordinator [9:14 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'During his eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, Gilbride's teams ranked in the top three in the NFL five times, including the Oilers' number one ranking in 1990.'

Marker Bills hire Gilbride to lead their offense [4:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have scheduled a news conference for Monday.'

Marker Bills decide on Gilbride [4:01 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'If such a thing is possible, Tom Clements did not have a good weekend in Hawaii.'

Marker Gilbride may be headed to Buffalo [4:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"We've had an exhaustive search," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "The names that have gotten out are a fraction of the people we've talked to."'

Marker Bills hire Gilbride as offensive coordinator [12:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Gilbride, a coach for 12 years in the NFL, was the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000.'

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [12:00 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Possessing 12 years of experience as an NFL coach and coordinator, Gilbride takes over for Mike Sheppard, who served as offensive coordinator under Gilbride in San Diego from 1997-98.'

February 9, 2002

Marker 2001 Offseason Review - AFC East [8:51 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Their record didn't look very good, but Gregg Williams established a long-term foundation that should pay dividends for the Bills down the road.'

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [6:57 PM] reports: The Bills today named Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator, Gregg Williams has announced.

Gilbride is an NFL veteran of 12 years, having served as QB coach for the Houston Oilers in 1989, Oilers OC from 1990-1993, Oilers assistant head coach in 1994, Jacksonville Jaguars OC from 1995-1996, San Diego Chargers head coach from 1997-1998 and Pittsburgh Steelers OC from 1999-2000.

During those eight years as an OC, Gilbride's offenses were ranked in the NFL's top three in total offense five times, including the Oilers number one ranking in 1990.

Marker Winfield could have been an agent for change, but wasn't [5:11 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'If only Winfield had said that when pressed about his comments in U.S. News & World Report. If only he had stood behind his quotes and explained why he did what he did, explained why the system is broken and needs to be fixed...It's just too bad Winfield wasn't man enough to do it.'

Marker Bills to offer coordinator post to Gilbride [1:29 PM]
ESPN reports: Gilbride was a coordinator with the then-Houston Oilers (working with Gregg Williams) and Jacksonville Jaguars before being named head coach of the San Diego Chargers in 1997. But he was dismissed by the Chargers six games into the 1998 season after compiling a 9-23 record. His most recent job in the NFL was as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator in 1999.

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