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Buffalo Bills News - June 11, 2001

Marker Bills take big hit [9:08 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills, though, have a strong chance of being hurt even more by their choice to keep Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie as the starting quarterback, allowing Flutie to sign with the Chargers.'

Marker Pittsford parades positive pride [6:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Pittsford has a slew of other community events ready for coming weeks, including a parade on July 27 to welcome the Buffalo Bills to their training camp at St. John Fisher College..the upcoming Bills camp was a major draw for Positively Pittsford, with a parking lot off Main Street crammed with Bills memorabilia, plus some players signing autographs.'

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June 10, 2001

Marker Offensive mastermind Erhardt gives Bills a running start [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams are big fans of Erhardt. They brought him into town last week to hold a one-day "clinic" with the Bills assistant coaches.'

Marker Big things predicted for Johnson this fall [7:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Sporting News' pro football analyst Dan Pompei this week lists position-by-position "the young veterans on offense most likely to have breakout seasons" in 2001. The quarterback pick might be offensive to Doug Flutie fans: Rob Johnson of the Bills.'

June 9, 2001

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes 6/8 [10:55 AM] reports: 'Williams gives his quotes regarding yesterday's practice and the week overall on the Bills official website...'

Marker A look at the AFC East shows Indy is the top team [10:54 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Luckily for the Colts, they have the talent to go undefeated in their division -- no one comes close to matching their offensive prowess. Miami still has quarterback questions. The Jets are trying to learn the complicated West Coast offense. Buffalo has no running game of which to speak. New England is in disarray.'

Marker 2000 Salary Cap numbers [10:53 AM]
USA Today reports: '2000 Salary cap numbers as calculated by USA Today.'

Marker Moore contacts Bills; faces court appearance on Tuesday [10:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore's status with his coach might be the least of his worries.'

Marker Rome and Dickerson home in on new locations [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dickerson has been making noises about selling his Buffalo home and continuing to do his show after moving to Florida...."I don't see him wanting to do it full time...He loves Buffalo. He loves football. He's going to be here for the football season."'

June 8, 2001

Marker Clements makes first appearance at Bills' mini-camp [8:04 PM]
AP reports: 'He had a legitimate reason for his absence: He was in school.'

Marker Gregg Williams post-practice quotes (6/7) [12:07 PM] reports: Many feel GW's style is one of intimidation. many do not care for it. Personally, I think it is a persona he has created specifically for the media.

Marker Patriots run right out and sign Smith [9:57 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'With the signing yesterday of 6-foot-2-inch, 230-pound former Buffalo Bills running back Antowain Smith to a one-year contract for $560,000, the Patriots made themselves bigger at that position. The question, of course, is whether they made themselves better.'

Marker Williams speaks to Moore [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears all is well with the Corey Moore situation, at least from the Buffalo Bills' point of view.'

Marker Smith roams into town [5:29 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Said Belichick: "Why was he featured in some games and not others? You'd have to ask people in Buffalo."'

Marker Pats have a new dimension [5:27 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It just didn't work out for me," Smith said. "The offense kind of changed from my rookie year. They brought in a different offensive coordinator. From there it kind of went downhill for me."'

Marker Johnson finds comfort in new Bills' surroundings [5:26 AM]
AP reports: 'It helps that Williams, unlike Phillips, stresses discipline and attention to detail -- from film study to fitness. For the first time, Johnson, son of a disciplinarian football coach, feels at home under the stricter regime.'

June 7, 2001

Marker Patriots snag ex-Bills RB Smith [8:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Smith was impressive in early workout this spring for the new Bills staff and Donahoe conceded there was a time he looked like the team's best back. But then he abruptly stopped showing up for workouts and that, combined with his cap status, sealed his fate.'

Marker Moore contacts Bills; faces court appearance on Tuesday [7:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Mackler said he and Moore were especially incensed over comments Williams made Wednesday, questioning Moore's commitment and criticizing him for failing to return Williams' messages.'

Marker New England signs ex-Buffalo RB [3:55 PM]
AP reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith signed a one-year contract Thursday with the New England Patriots after four years with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Patriots sign free agent RB Antowain Smith [3:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After ranking 26th in the NFL in rushing with no feature back, the New England Patriots on Thursday signed free agent running back Antowain Smith. Terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Ranking the NFL's Coaches [12:42 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "He has prepared his whole life to be an NFL head coach, so don't expect Gregg Williams to blow it."

Marker Patriots sign Bills' Smith [11:29 AM]
New England Patriots reports: 'The Patriots have just signed running back Antowain Smith formerly of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Brown puts blame on Phillips [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just think that the ship wasn't run tightly," Brown said. "The plays weren't being called correctly. The right personnel weren't in all the time. The players were put in an awkward situation and it wasn't fair for us to be in that situation because a lot of us came out and really busted our humps."'

Marker Highly touted Modrak is Bills' gain, Bears' loss [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Modrak is considered one of the most astute talent evaluators in the NFL. He immediately became a target of several teams after being fired by Philadelphia last month. With the Bears moving at a slow pace, he decided joining the Bills was a better option.'

June 6, 2001

Marker Brown blames Bills blunders on Phillips [8:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Citing a host of troubles, from poor play-calling to an overall lack of organization, the five-time Pro Bowl guard accused Phillips of messing up what could have been a memorable Bills era.'

Marker Slow-paced Bears help land Modrak with Bills [8:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Considered a prime candidate for future NFL executive openings, Modrak didn't rule out the possibility his time might be short with the Bills.'

Marker Bills Backers Group Tickets Deadline Nears [4:38 PM]
TBD reports: 'Join thousands of Bills Backers from all over the country for group seating
at Bills vs. Chargers game. The deadline to purchase tickets is this Saturday. Your order for tickets must be postmarked/mailed by June 9, 2001. No exceptions. If the Bills Backers do not get your order on time, you are on your own for buying tickets. Individual San Diego Charger game tickets go on sale to the general public in late June. Please visit our Tailgate Page for more information to get a ticket order form now. Hundreds have already purchased their tickets! Don't miss out!

Marker Bills' patience thin after Moore misses second practice [4:36 PM]
AP reports: '"Evidently his phone's broken down or maybe in the surgery his ears got numb, because he hasn't called me back," Bills coach Gregg Williams said, referring to two messages that Moore failed to return on Tuesday. "Patience is not my middle name. So he needs to get here as soon as possible."'

Marker Making Spirits Bright [3:12 PM] reports: 'People have questioned Rob Johnson for his lack of community involvement (not having bought a house here) , but I think he is quietly doing the right things. '

Marker TBD Wallpaper/Calendar - June Edition [11:31 AM]
TBD reports: We apologize for the delay, but the June 2001 edition of our popular wallpaper is finally here. This month we feature the Bills 1st round draft choice: CB Nate Clements. Download your copy today!

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