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Buffalo Bills News - January 30, 2001

Marker Advantage: Buffalo [5:35 PM]
Shout! reports: 'With University of Miami coach Butch Davis reportedly taking the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job, it seems that Bills general manager Tom Donahoe will have his choice of head coaches now: Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, . . .'

Marker Pro Bowl week begins for four Bills [5:33 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Today is the first day of practice at the 2001 Pro Bowl in Honolulu and four Bills will be among the participants in the AFC team workout that will be held at 3:00 PM (ET) at Aloha Stadium. Guard Ruben Brown, wide receiver Eric Moulds and nose tackle Ted Washington are making return trips to the Pro Bowl while linebacker Sam Cowart...'

Marker Are Bills next year's version of the Ravens? [5:09 PM]
LA Times reports: 'Mike Penner, one of the Times' two NFL writers, says the Bills are prime candidates to make it to the Super Bowl after being out of the playoffs the year before. He also gives his take on the QB situation, and why Buffalo is better off than Baltimore.'

Marker Parker joins Bennett as only player to play in losing 5 Super Bowls [5:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: The pain was just as deep for the 34-year-old Parker, the left guard who joined Cornelius Bennett as the only player to play in lose five Super Bowls. He lost four straight seasons with Buffalo starting in 1991.

Marker Some fond memories of Levy's legacy [1:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'One afternoon, while meeting with the media, he casually pointed out that he'd been misquoted in the Buffalo paper...which, indeed, he had been. He added that the misquote contained incorrectly constructed phrasing. "I don't mind if you misquote me," he said, unable to stifle a laugh, "just don't misquote me using bad grammar."'

Marker Donahoe has pick of litter for coach [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are the only team in the NFL with a head-coaching vacancy in the wake of Butch Davis' appointment Monday as Cleveland Browns head coach. That appears to put most of the negotiating cards in the hands of Donahoe, who now has his pick of the top coaching candidates on the market.'

Marker Super Bowl proves Bills close to top [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'd also like to admit that I was wrong about something. Judging from the ugliest Super Bowl of all time, the Bills can't be that far away from the Big Enchilada themselves.'

Marker M. Lewis ready to be head coach [6:34 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Ravens owner Art Modell, vice president Ozzie Newsome and coach Brian Billick have braced for Lewis' departure and even helped clear a path -- producing a résumé videotape and prepping him for the interview process.'

Marker Bills eye defensive architect as coach [6:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's going to be difficult to leave if the opportunity arises," Lewis said. "But I feel ready to handle a head-coaching job."'

Marker Teams may raid Giants staff [6:16 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox, 45, declined comment Monday, a day after the 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Last week, he admitted to being excited about the interview, although he didn't want the process to become a distraction before the game.'

Marker Bills all alone in hunt for coach [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'It means president and general manager Tom Donahoe can chose between NFL defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis and John Fox -- who were on the Browns' wish list at one point -- without the pressure of a bidding situation.'

Marker Redskins, Phillips Are Still Just Talk [6:06 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips remains the team's leading candidate, and Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer said he expects a hire to be made within 48 hours. However, Phillips would not say definitively whether he wants to coach at all in 2001, and Schottenheimer did not rule out a subsequent interview with candidate Vince Tobin, former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.'

Marker Defensive coordinator job may be Phillips' to refuse [6:03 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Former NFL coach Wade Phillips underwent a lengthy interview yesterday for the Washington Redskins' vacant defensive coordinator position, and Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer said the club would fill the post within two days.'

Marker M. Lewis: Bills or else [6:00 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: Cottrell recently took the coordinator's job with the New York Jets, but would rejoin the Bills if offered the head coaching job. Although he has not formally been scratched, it's believed Williams is no longer a candidate in Buffalo. Donahoe is scheduled to interview Fox today...."Buffalo may be the better fit," [Lewis' agent Ray] Anderson said. "We believe Marvin is unequivocally the best candidate."'

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January 29, 2001

Marker Bills to interview Lewis and Fox for head coaching job [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe was in Baltimore on Monday to interview Marvin Lewis, defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Donahoe was scheduled to meet with New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox on Tuesday.'

Marker Monday Morning Quarterback [6:32 PM]
CNNSi reports: Peter King makes the Buffalo Bills his early, early, early, pick for the Super Bowl: "Saints 22 Bills 21."

Marker Colts to Commission Studies to Research New Stadium [2:58 PM]
ESPN reports: The article says "The team must determine what else a new stadium would be used for and whether Colts fans would come to games at an outdoor stadium when the weather turns cold." Indy fans, afterall, must be coddled.....

Marker Did Bills get a good look at the future? [1:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Sunday's game was a head-coaching audition for Buffalo, it looks as if Ravens' defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis will be the Bills' new boss. The consolation prize figures to go to the Giants' John Fox, who looms as Cleveland's next coach. Unless, of course, those roles are reversed.'

Marker Davis to become Browns head coach [1:52 PM]
ESPN reports: Oh, how the tide can shift so quickly.... "Butch Davis, who repeatedly said he had no desire to leave the Univeristy of Miami, resigned today with the Hurricanes to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns."

Marker Coach Lewis Celebrates with Trip to Buffalo [1:48 PM] reports: Referring to unnamed sources, the article says the Browns have been talking money in clandestine discussions with Ray Anderson, Lewis' agent. The Browns are afraid of Lewis turning his back on them and are attempting to attract him with an offer too good to refuse, they say. While common in the NFL, such talks are against league rules.

Tom Donahoe, new president of the Bills, is irate that conversation between the Browns and Anderson could be taking place. He believes Anderson is trying to create a bidding war for Lewis, and he wants no part of it.

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Marker Bills' coaching derby reaches the home stretch [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Barring a glitch in the process, Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe is probably going to bring the name of the man he wants to owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. some time on Wednesday.'

Marker Levy deserves Hall honour [6:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Marv Levy has joined Bud Grant as the only former CFL head coaches to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They also share a dubious achievement: They are the only head coaches to be in four Super Bowls and lose them all. Not that it's anything to be ashamed of.'

Marker Cleveland is second stop for Lewis, Fox [6:25 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Lewis will interview today with Buffalo to be the team's head coach, then visit the Browns tomorrow. New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox will interview with the Bills tomorrow and the Browns on Wednesday. Lewis is believed to be the leading candidate for both the Bills and the Browns.'

Marker Norwood's Life Took Wide Right Turn [5:39 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I had a lot of great seasons in Buffalo. I had many game-winners and went to the Pro Bowl, but this is strongly associated. I certainly don't well up emotionally as much as I did years ago."'

Marker Lewis, Fox in Line for Coaching Jobs [5:12 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Several league sources said Sunday they expect Lewis to pick Buffalo. Ravens Coach Brian Billick bypassed Cleveland's head coaching job when he left the Minnesota Vikings to go to Baltimore, and some NFL executives say they expect Billick to steer Lewis away from Browns President Carmen Policy and Director of Football Operations Dwight Clark.'

Marker Redskins Set to Interview Former Bills Coach Phillips [5:10 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills head coach Wade Phillips is scheduled to be in Washington on Monday to interview for the Redskins' defensive coordinator job.'

January 28, 2001

Marker Levy had hunch he'd get into Hall [8:44 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I've been surrounded by some wondrous athletes, some great people," he said. "What a group of warriors I coached and I don't just mean the Hall of Fame stars. They were great fellas with the stoutest of hearts. Win or lose, they were still my guys."'

Marker Bills not about to fight it out to hire Ravens coordinator [8:34 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Barring a change of plans, Donahoe will fly to Baltimore on Monday to meet with Lewis, he told Then he hopes to interview Fox, likely in New York on Tuesday.'

Marker Bills & Browns gear up for Lewis fight [12:41 PM]
NFLScoop reports: 'Within the next 24 hours, both defensive coordinators will be scheduling interviews with the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills. "We were told that Marvin has an interview set for the day or second day after the game and that he won't be leaving without the head job," an NFL executive revealed to Sports Writers Direct.'

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