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Buffalo Bills News - February 11, 2003

Marker Bengals put transition tag on Spikes [8:47 PM] reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes was tagged as the Bengals’ transition player, disappointing one of Cincinnati’s top defensive players and emotional leaders.

Marker Oregon State's Erickson is 49ers' pick as coach [3:42 PM] reports: Dennis Erickson was hired Tuesday by the San Francisco 49ers to replace Steve Mariucci as coach, a surprising end to a search that stretched nearly four weeks. Erickson will be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday.

Marker The Week In Bills History (Feb. 10-16) [1:52 PM] reports: February 15, 1993 - ASSISTANT GM BOB FERGUSON RESIGNS Bills' assistant general manager Bob Ferguson and director of pro personnel left the Bills to join the Denver Broncos as their director of football operations/player personnel.

Marker Learn From The Pros: Phillip Crosby [12:24 PM] reports: This month, fullback Phillip Crosby shares some blocking tips and explains what it's like for a fullback in a 3rd-and-1 situation.

Marker Bills release preseason schedule [11:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will open their preseason in early August on the road with games at the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans, the team said Tuesday.'

Marker Bills Announce 2003 Preseason Schedule [11:10 AM] reports: The Bills will open the preseason with games at Baltimore and Tennessee before returning home to face the Rams and Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Decision on Peerless may go to the wire [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The franchise label would effectively keep Price off the free agent market when his four-year contract expires on Feb. 28. Transitioning him gives the Bills an opportunity to match any offer he received from other suitors.'

Marker Transition tag set for Spikes [9:03 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Former Bengals coach Dick LeBeau hasn't yet told the Buffalo Bills whether he will accept an offer to be an unspecified defensive consultant with the club, Bills media relations director Scott Berchtold said.'

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February 10, 2003

Marker Clements Signs Autographs at Buffalo Auto Show [4:31 PM] reports: On Saturday, February 8, the former first-round draft pick by the Bills in 2001 signed autographs, posed for photos and greeted fans at the Buffalo Auto Show. Also on hand to visit with fans were members of the Buffalo Jills squad.

Marker 5th Down: Chalk Talk with Ralph, Part II [3:01 PM] reports: "I think we have a strong league," Wilson said. "We just have to make the right decisions - the owners and the commissioner - down the road to keep it strong. The revenue-sharing keeps the small-market teams in business. Without revenue-sharing, Buffalo couldn't have a team because we couldn't keep up."

Marker Buffalo Jills Calendars Reduced [1:53 PM] reports: Jills Swimsuit calendars have been reduced from $17 to $7 (includes shipping).

Marker Send A Bills Valentine Day E-Postcard [11:16 AM] reports: Select a Bills E-Postcard and send a message to family & friends.

February 9, 2003

Marker Bills should be able to choose from long line of free-agent 'backers [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Besides Spikes, top-notch outside backers whose contracts are up include Chicago's Rosevelt Colvin, Philadelphia's Shawn Barber, Seattle's Anthony Simmons and Indianapolis' Mike Peterson.'

February 8, 2003

Marker 2002 Week-by-week overtime results [9:38 AM]
ESPN reports: Bills played in three of record 25 overtimes winning two on passes of Bledsoe to Henry and Peerless Price and losing one on opening kickoff to Jets.

Marker Bears' Blache has San Francisco brass rolling in aisles [5:36 AM]
Suburban Chicago Newspapers reports: 'Jauron has considered other options in case Blache gets the job. One Internet report said former Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau, who is Jauron's good friend, is holding off on accepting a defensive assistant job with Buffalo until he finds out for sure whether there would be an opening for a defensive coordinator with the Bears. Bears linebacker coach Gary Moeller has been a defensive coordinator, as well.'

February 7, 2003

Marker Hall of Fame Presenters Named [4:12 PM] reports: Guard Joe DeLamielleure, who distinguished himself with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, has selected the recently retired Buffalo News sports writer/columnist Larry Felser. “Although I didn’t always agree with what he said, Larry was always honest and fair,” DeLamielleure said.

Marker 2003 Pro Bowl Photo Gallery [1:31 PM] reports: Photos from this year's Pro Bowl.

Marker Buffalo Bills Player Appearances [11:16 AM] reports: Buffalo Auto Show - Pontiac/GMC Display Area Saturday Februday 8, 2003 1 pm - 3pm - Billy Buffalo, Buffalo Jills 2 pm - 4pm - Nate Clements

Marker Football still figures prominently in life of Marv Levy, 77 [11:06 AM]
Halifax Daily News reports: '“Television ratings would seem to give an indication that football has emerged as the most prominent spectator sport, particularly in the U.S.,” said Levy, who splits time between his home town of Chicago and a winter residence in Williamsburg, Va.'

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Alex Van Pelt [9:59 AM] reports: Quarterback Alex Van Pelt shared some secrets about his teammates during the Two Minute Drill with Van Pelt returned to the Bills for his seventh season in 2002 and remains one of the best back-up quarterbacks in the NFL. Two Minute Drill Archive

February 6, 2003

Marker Frank Coyle: Bills hope D-linemen fall in draft [7:02 PM]
Shout! reports: The Bills do not have a first-round pick in April, but they hope to draft a top defensive performer in the second and third rounds. Buffalo, of course, will debate the possibilities. Drafting an offensive playmaker is not entirely out of the question. Still, defensive linemen are Buffalo's biggest need and that is a fairly strong group with the addition of underclassmen.

Marker Off the scrap heap: LeBeau would make an excellent addition to Bills' defensive staff [7:01 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Andy Hanacek gives his opinion as to why Tom Modrak and (hopefully) the hiring of Dick LeBeau are shrewd moves by Tom Donahoe

Marker Notes: Free agency different in restricted territory [7:01 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: It's looking more and more like Price will be hit with a franchise tag, which will almost certainly keep him Buffalo. The Bills don't think second-year receiver Josh Reed is ready for a No. 2 role behind Eric Moulds, so Price will be tagged.

Marker Bush should hire Donahoe to create U.S. jobs [7:01 PM]
Shout! Newspaper reports: I hear the Bills might create a job for ex-Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau, who was the Steelers' defensive coordinator for a couple of seasons when Buffalo president and general manager Tom Donahoe worked there.

Marker McAlister, Pace top free-agent wish lists [7:01 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Theories of where Peerless Price and Takeo Spikes may end up.

Marker Alumni Update: Booker Edgerson [2:12 PM] reports: Edgerson made history when the regular season got underway. He became the first Bills player to record an interception in the opening game of his rookie season. In fact, he picked-off Houston quarterback George Blanda twice during that game. Edgerson finished the campaign with a career-high six interceptions and was one of four Bills named to the AFL’s all-rookie team.

Marker Bills hope Ruel has golden touch with line [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think too often times your guys don't pay enough attention to details and consequently they rely on athletic ability. . . . What I'm going to do is work to improve their footwork and technique and fundamentals so they can block better."'

Marker Thomas runs with idea of helping others [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Oh, man. It's almost now like I'm the president of AA. Everywhere I go at least four or five people come up to me and thank me. It's been amazing to me I've been able to touch as many lives as I've touched with me coming out and saying I'm a recovering alcoholic."'

Marker Williams believes LeBeau is good fit [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '“He’d bring 40-plus years of experience and a lot of things he brings defensively, he innovated in this league,” Williams said. “I think he would bring a breath of fresh air ... and (be) another ear for me, to help me a lot as far as some of the administrative duties a coach does.”'

February 5, 2003

Marker Ruel leaps at chance to coach Bills offensive line [9:10 PM]
AP reports: '''I was on a ski slope one time, going down the mountain, thinking I was one of the top skiers in the world until I hit the tree,'' he said. ''I'm just telling you right now, they can all get better. I'm going to help them achieve a higher standard, raise the bar a little higher and it'll hopefully pay off.'''

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