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Buffalo Bills News - January 27, 2001

Marker Tampa Bay interested in obtaining Flutie [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Flutie piqued the Bucs' interest after quarterback coach Clyde Christensen was selected by head coach Tony Dungy as the team's new offensive coordinator.'

Marker In race for Lewis, money may talk [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But an NFL source said Friday the Browns have a blockbuster offer prepared to lay on Lewis, the Ravens' defensive coordinator, as soon as Super Bowl XXXV is over. Lewis is the clear-cut No. 1 on the Browns' list.'

Marker Still King of the Block [7:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: Patriots owner Robert Kraft now has regrets about letting Sam Gash go. ``Sam Gash was one of my favorite players,'' the Patriots owner said yesterday. ``He's a tough, physical guy who was all about the team. You can't win consistently without leaders like that, guys who lead by example. You can't have guys who talk and don't perform." (Many Bills fans feel the same way Bob.)

Marker Bills Interview Titans’ Williams [6:29 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Before meeting with Williams, Donahoe declined to rank the candidates, but did say he hoped to have the process completed by "Wednesday or so."'

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January 26, 2001

Marker [Gregg] Williams Impressed [11:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Following his daylong meeting with Bills president Tom Donahoe, Gregg Williams was not coy about making his interest in the Bills head coaching job known.'

Marker Tagliabue Gives "State of the NFL" Address [9:22 PM]
ESPN reports: Reading between the lines, Tagliabue pretty much says that in 2002 Buffalo will be playing in the AFC East with Miami, New England, and the Jets. The key segment is here: "On realignment, Tagliabue said discussions are continuing. They basically are focusing, according to NFL sources, on whether Houston or Baltimore stays in the AFC Central with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The edge goes to the Houston Texans going into the Central so that they are not in the same division as the old Houston franchise, the Tennessee Titans." This means that the Bills are out of the running for being in the AFC Central, and thus will stay in the East.

Marker Tagliabue endorses Wilson, Levy for Hall of Fame [8:26 PM]
AP reports: 'NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Friday endorsed Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and former Bills coach Marv Levy for the Hall of Fame.'

Marker Bills still hurt 10 years later [1:21 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It was that first one, though, that proved to be the football version of the big fish that got away because Buffalo never got nearly that close again. But ... so what?'

Marker Steinberg laments poor Rob in Buffalo [1:07 PM]
Fox Sports reports: "If Rob throws an interception, Flutie would have thrown 12 touchdown passes. It's even worse than Steve Young-Joe Montana because Montana actually was a real legend and led them to all those Super Bowls and Flutie hasn't. So poor Rob, all he's did was get traded from Jacksonville to there and done his best."

Marker Make your Super Bowl Predictions! [9:59 AM]
TBD reports: Head on over to our Swami Board and make your predictions on the big game! Guess the winner, the final score, quarter by quarter splits, who scores first - anything you want!

Marker Titans aide to interview with Bills [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, Williams looms as a serious candidate. He has distinguished himself as the Titans' defensive leader and has a reputation for having the kind of "chief executive officer" qualities that are an asset to NFL head coaches.'

Marker Vick jilts Kelly Enterprises [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Michael Vick never signed an agreement with Kelly Enterprises," Lowman said. "Michael Vick signed a player agreement with Joel Enterprises and a marketing agreement with Joel Enterprises."'

Marker Titans’ Williams will interview for Bills’ job here today [9:02 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe will interview Titans defensive coordinator Greg Williams today in Nashville for Buffalo's head coaching position.'

Marker Lewis Slipping Away? [1:47 AM]
reports: 'I was just in a chat room with CBS Sportsline writer Len Pasquarelli and I was asking him about Marvin Lewis. He said that right now Tom Donahoe is very upset... Apparently, either Marvin or some of his associates are leaking the possibility that there is a strong, and I mean strong, possibility that Lewis will be heading to Cleveland in a package deal that would include Ozzie Newsome as well.... If this is the case and I quote "Tom won't even look any farther and Fox will be the guy".' [Note: A chat transcript is NOT available to review, so buyer beware.]

January 25, 2001

Marker NFLPA Field Survery Ranks Buffalo in Bottom 10 [10:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The survey concluded that Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium... had the second-worst field. Grass fields at the Meadowlands... and Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium ranked third and fourth on the "worst" list. Rounding out the 10 worst were Dallas, Minnesota, Buffalo and New Orleans - all with turf - and Chicago and Miami with grass.'

Marker Source: Parcells Will Take Over in Tampa Next Season [4:35 PM]
New York Post reports: Despite the title, Mark Cannizzaro can't help but speculate that Parcells may come to Buffalo next season. Some people will publish anything!

Marker Cottrell's aides may go with him [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cottrell...is expected to bring highly regarded defensive backs coach Bill Bradley to New York. There also is a possibility linebackers coach Chuck Lester and defensive line coach John Levra may join Cottrell as well. Levra also may opt to retire.'

Marker Lewis, Fox put their futures on hold [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lewis and Fox, this year's hot NFL coaching commodities, are top candidates for the head coaching jobs in both Buffalo and Cleveland. Both teams have asked permission to speak with them after Sunday's game. And both coaches are steadfastly trying to keep their focus on the biggest football game of their lives.'

Marker Phillips waits and wonders [6:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'CBS Sportsline.com reported that the Bills might try to withhold Phillips' salary because, in effect, he resigned after refusing to fire special-teams coach Ronnie Jones. Phillips called that report "bogus."'

Marker Vick learns part of business is firing [6:24 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'In addition to seeking a more experienced agent, Vick said another major reason for voiding the deals was he was unhappy with the percentages that were being charged. According to Vick, Kelly was to get 25 percent of his marketing revenue, about 10 percent higher than the norm.'

Marker Pendry Is Hired; Phillips Interested [6:09 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips said yesterday that he reopened his talks with Schottenheimer on Tuesday and indicated he is more comfortable pursuing the job now that his former defensive coordinator in Buffalo, Ted Cottrell, is no longer a candidate.'

Marker Redskins add line coach [6:08 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"[Joe Pendry's] a guy with a tremendous breadth and understanding of all aspects of offensive play," Schottenheimer said.'

Marker Williams’ interview with Browns goes smoothly [6:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The 42-year-old Williams is also considered by many inside the league to be a candidate for the Bills head coaching position...Titans President Jeff Diamond said yesterday the Bills have not yet formally requested permission to speak to Williams.'

January 24, 2001

Marker Parker still looking for first ring [9:22 PM]
AP reports: '"In Buffalo we were always winners. They treated us that way. There was none of the stigma of losing four Super Bowls," said Parker, who played three years with Kansas City before joining the Giants.'

Marker Report: Vick fires agents and Jim Kelly Enterprises [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I started talking to other people, I talked to (Washington defensive end) Bruce Smith, and it made me start thinking that I had to find somebody with more experience and class."'

Marker Hackett, Cottrell join Jets coaching staff [9:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Edwards confirmed that Cottrell will be allowed to return to Buffalo if he is named the team's coach..."We're not going to stop him," Edwards said. "If he would get that opportunity, we'd let him go."'

Marker Bills get permission to interview Titans' Williams [9:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills on Wednesday would not say if Williams was a candidate to replace Wade Phillips, who was dismissed as coach this month.'

Marker Redskins hire Pendry to coach line [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Joe Pendry, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, was hired by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday to coach the offensive line.'

Marker Joe Pendry goes to Washington [7:29 PM]
TBD reports: According to radio reports out of the nation's capitol, Joe Pendry has been hired by Marty Schottenheimer to be the Redskins' Offensive Line coach. Pendry was Schottenheimer's Offensive Coordinator back in Kansas City during the Barry Word/Christian Okoye years. Former Bills' Head Coach Wade Phillips will be interviewing for Washington's Defensive Coordinator's position on Monday.

Marker Donahoe calls Texans' hiring of Capers 'wrong' [1:40 PM]
ESPN reports: Why is he complaining? Personally, I am glad the Texans got Capers. Let's hope the "back door" deal with Lewis is true....

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