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Buffalo Bills News - January 24, 2001

Marker Back-room deal has M. Lewis bound for Buffalo [7:38 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston: "two highly ranked Ravens officials said yesterday that Lewis and the Bills are each their No. 1 choices and want to make the deal happen." Preston also speculates that Lewis will bring with him "secondary coach Donnie Henderson and Chip Morton, the Ravens' assistant strength and conditioning coach." Finally, Preston also notes that "when he first came to Baltimore, Lewis tried to teach the ex-Browns the Steelers' way. Big mistake. In the past two seasons, he has won over the players."

Marker Jints preparing for their Fox to flee big blue den [7:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In Buffalo, Fox' main competition will come from Marvin Lewis, the Ravens defensive coordinator. Fox has extremely strong ties with Tom Donahoe, who was recently hired as the Bills general manager, from their days together in Pittsburgh. Lewis also has ties to Donahoe and the Steelers.'

Marker A sign of the times [7:35 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Lewis is considered the front-runner in Buffalo because he worked with new Bills GM Tom Donahoe during his 14-year tenure in Pittsburgh. Black assistants are no longer being interviewed by strangers, a factor that should help minorities gain a fair chance in the process.'

Marker Fox, Lewis Duel on Field, For Jobs [7:34 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'So far, the score is Marvin Lewis 3, John Fox 2, in the matchup of Super Bowl defensive coordinators. That's three head coaching interviews lined up for Lewis and two for Fox after the Super Bowl.'

Marker Cottrell has the right to run out pattern to Bills [7:33 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Ted Cottrell, the new assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, has a three-year contract that allows him to opt out if he is offered the Buffalo Bills' head coaching job, for which he already has interviewed.'

Marker Browns, Bills waiting to hold talks with Fox [7:32 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We don't want to lose him because he's a great coach, but this has been his dream and we want him to have his dream. He'd make a great had coach, I think everyone knows that. You see how he prepares us each week. There are a lot of teams in the league who could use a head coach like John Fox."'

Marker Jets, coaches agree to deals [7:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'It has been reported that Cottrell has an out clause in his contract in case Buffalo wants to hire him as its head coach. But the Bills also will interview both Super Bowl defensive coordinators -- the Giants' John Fox and Baltimore's Marvin Lewis -- early next week.'

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January 23, 2001

Marker Bills Booster Club Meeting sheds some light [10:57 PM]
reports: They are really cleaning house [at OBD]. They are downsizing and even let Adam Lingner go. He was one of the most visable PR types in the office. We [the Booster Club] will meet the new GM at the April meeting. I did ask about the injuries and there were a lot of offseason surgeries. We talked salary cap issues with someone inside the organization, but not in control. He fears that the older, well paid guys are going to get the chance to test the waters. Hansen, Washington, Jones, Fina were just some of the names mentioned. Also it is almost a shoe in that the Ravens man [Marvin Lewis] is our head coach and Ted Cottrell is #3 man on the list. It was mentioned that Eric Moulds may end up in New Orleans where he will be close to home.

Marker Defensive wizards [8:26 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Lewis and Fox are up for the head coaching job in Buffalo, with both expected to be interviewed by the Bills next week, and Lewis is the early favorite.'

Marker Peter King's Inside the NFL [4:34 PM]
reports: Mr. King seems to think that the Bills will NOT land Marvin Lewis. Here is a quote from his article: "I think the more I hear about coaching vacancies in the NFL right now, the more I think Marvin Lewis will sign with Cleveland a week from today for the most money and the most responsibility he can get from any of the teams still with an opening."

Marker Coordinators set? [1:46 PM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'Cottrell wants to be a head coach, and figures taking a high profile defensive coordinator position in the media capital of the world could help him take the next step.'

Marker Draft 2001: Mock First Round [1:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '14. Buffalo Bills - LB - Dan Morgan - Miami (Fla.)
The Bills will focus on their offensive line and defense this spring. Morgan is a very savvy defensive player who has played both inside and outside. He should be able to adjust to Buffalo's 3-4 scheme and start as a rookie.'

Marker Cottrell moves on [10:28 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Many of the Bills' coaches are leaving now. It's a mass exodus and it's kind of sad. Ted Cottrell took the Jets' defensive coordinator position and also became an assistant head coach. He had the chance to be the Redskins' defensive coordinator...'

Marker Cottrell accepts post as Jets' top assistant [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With two offers on the table, Cottrell couldn't afford to wait for Donahoe to make a decision on a job he might not have gotten anyway. In addition, being an assistant head coach will make him a more attractive head-coaching candidate in the future.'

Marker Cottrell leaving for Jets [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ted Cottrell is a New York Jet.'

Marker Cottrell says he has joined the Jets [6:18 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Is Ted Cottrell the Jets' new defensive coordinator and/or assistant head coach this morning? Depending on whom you talk to, the answer is yes, no, or maybe.'

Marker Cottrell named assistant, will handle defense [6:16 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I talked to Herman quite a bit about it and he'll be giving me a lot of responsibility," Cottrell said last night. "I'll be his right-hand man, plus being the defensive coordinator, so that was very intriguing to me. I'm pretty happy about what happened."'

Marker Herman-ator tapping Bills 'D' chief [6:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Cottrell, believing one of the younger hot prospects would get the Buffalo job, didn't want to wait that long.'

Marker Jets Add Bills' Cottrell To Be 'D' Coordinator [6:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Cottrell also mulled an offer from the Redskins and he was under consideration for the Bills' vacant head-coaching job, although he was considered a longshot.'

Marker Norwood Won't Kick Self [6:10 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Replay is just that - it's history," Norwood said. "It's certainly something I can't change, be it positive or negative. I stand with the work that I did. It's a good career, an enjoyable career in the NFL. I didn't make them all, but I didn't miss them all, either."'

Marker Hackett To Run Jets' 'O' [6:08 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Cottrell, who interviewed last week for the Jets' head-coaching position, indicated that he is to be assistant head coach under Herman Edwards. "He will be giving me a lot of responsibilities," Cottrell said. "Some of the duties, some things on the team, letting me be privy to things that are happening.'

Marker Cottrell Opts for Jets Over Redskins [6:04 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Washington Redskins lost their top defensive coordinator candidate, Ted Cottrell, to the New York Jets yesterday...Bills offensive coordinator Joe Pendry interviewed with Schottenheimer yesterday for the offensive line coach position.'

Marker Redskins hire 3, can't land Cottrell [6:01 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"We agreed to disagree," Marty Schottenheimer said of Cottrell. "He made a choice; I would defer to him [for comment]. He came back to us through [agent Joe Linta] for some things I guess were made available [from] the Jets. We were not prepared to do those things."'

Marker New man on board [5:59 AM]
AP reports: 'According to reports, Cottrell does have an out clause with the Jets should the Bills select him to be head coach to replace Wade Phillips, who was fired earlier this month.'

Marker Bills safety carjacked [5:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Two gunmen forced Buffalo Bills safety Raion Hill into his car and drove him to New Orleans, where another assailant's car hit him, sheriff's deputies said.'

January 22, 2001

Marker Cotrell is OUT in Washington [6:12 PM]
TBD reports: TBD was the first to break the news to you early this evening. Ted Cottrell has been eliminated from consideration for the Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator position. Cottrell has turned down the Redskins in order to accept a position with the New York Jets, who interviewed Cottrell today. (Update) has now confirmed this story...

Marker Cottrell to interview for Jets assistant post [6:26 AM]
AP reports: '"No, I'm not totally done here," Cottrell said, regarding staying in Buffalo. "That's still a possibility too. I talked to Tom and I'm not out of it yet."'

Marker Parker can't forget Norwood's 'wide right' [6:21 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It doesn't diminish the great career he had. But as far as people's consciousness and their memory of him, that [miss] probably screwed him over. "I know I'll never forget him."'

Marker Meet Cottrell today about defensive job [6:18 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Cottrell, a former Rutgers assistant, was said to be very impressive during his interview last week for the club's head coaching post, a job that went to Herman Edwards.'

Marker Jets, Cottrell to meet about defensive post [6:16 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Cottrell has interviewed for head coaching as well as coordinating positions, and an NFL source said he remains "very viable" to fill the Buffalo head-coaching vacancy.'

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