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Buffalo Bills News - February 1, 2001

Marker Williams emerges as front-runner for Bills head coaching job [6:08 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's WIVB-TV, citing an undisclosed source in Nashville, reported Wednesday night the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator is the choice of Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Bills expected to hire Titans' Williams today [6:06 AM]
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: 'Williams has been on the Oilers/Titans' staff since 1990, when he was hired as a defensive aide.'

Marker Williams vaults to top of list for Buffalo job [6:03 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'But with more time to prepare for interviews with both Cleveland and Buffalo, Williams may have outperformed the competition.'

Marker Donahoe appears interested in Williams [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'The underpublicized defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans has emerged as a surprisingly strong contender, and he could be offered the job this morning by Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe.'

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January 31, 2001

Marker Panthers pick Schonert as quarterbacks coach [8:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Schonert spent the past three seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills hold line on season ticket prices [8:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Considered among the most affordable in the NFL, Bills season tickets will continue to range from $30-46 a game -- up to a $7 savings off individual game-priced tickets.'

Marker Bills hold line on ticket prices [7:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team's ticket prices, already among the most affordable in the National Football League, will not increase for the 2001 season. Once again, Bills tickets will range in cost from $30-46 per game for a season ticket...'

Marker Funny reporting at WGR55 [4:51 PM]
reports: Is Lewis in or is Lewis out? WGR55 previously announced that the AP in Baltimore was reporting that Lewis was hired as the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Only a short time later, WGR retracted that statement. Mass confusion in Buffalo! Hide your lawn ornaments to prevent the looting!

Marker Wade Phillips denied Redskins coordinator position [4:18 PM]
reports: Sports talk WGR55 is reporting that Redskins' head coach, Marty Schottenheimer, has taken a pass on the services of Bills' former head coach Wade Phillips. Phillips had just completed an interview for the defensive coordinator position this week. Schottenheimer selected his brother, Kurt, to fill the position instead.

Marker Ravens' next task is keeping stars [4:12 PM]
Tennessean.com reports: 'While we sit and wait... Art Modell recently said the Ravens are $14 million above the cap and will have to restructure some contracts. Unrestricted FAs include QB Dilfer, LB Sharper, S Herring, P Richardson, G Flynn, C Mitchell, FB Gash, RB Holmes.'

Marker Donahoe nears decision after meeting Fox [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The urgency of a quick decision by the Bills was lessened somewhat by Cleveland's choice of Butch Davis as its head coach on Monday. The Bills now are the only NFL team searching for a head coach. But given the fact teams still are in competition for quality assistant coaches, Donahoe is unlikely to want much delay in the decision.'

Marker Meeting Set for Fox and Bills [6:31 AM]
New York Times reports: '"If John gets the Buffalo job, I'll be the most happy for him," Giants Coach Jim Fassel said. "He deserves it. He's also got a good job now."'

Marker For Fox, off to Buffalo or stay put [6:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Before Davis was hired, most speculation around the NFL had Fox getting either the Browns or Bills job, with Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis getting the other. Lewis is considered the frontrunner for the Buffalo spot. He interviewed with Donahoe on Monday.'

Marker Fox may lose out to Lewis [6:27 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Where it once looked as if Fox was the favorite for the job, he now could be viewed as something of a longshot.'

Marker Fox' Job Search Is Down to Bills [6:25 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Until the Browns hired Davis, it appeared that Fox and Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis would split the two openings. But it now looks as if one will get the Buffalo job and the other will remain in his current job for 2001. Lewis interviewed Monday, and Fox was set to meet Bills president Tom Donahoe yesterday.'

Marker Fox gets tips, then interviews with Bills [6:22 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"If things don't work out, I've got a great job with a great organization right here," Fox said. "I've been trying to prepare myself my whole career to become a head coach, but if I went the rest of my career as a defensive coordinator, it wouldn't be suicidal for me."'

Marker Carthon may join Big Blue if Fox leaves [6:19 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox met with new Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe on Tuesday at Donahoe's home in Pittsburgh as the Bills look to fill the only head coaching opening left in the NFL. He and fellow defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis of Baltimore and Gregg Williams of Tennessee are the finalists for the job.'

Marker Decision Near on Defense [6:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips returned to his home in East Amherst, N.Y., early yesterday after spending much of Monday with Schottenheimer. Phillips is a proven NFL defensive coordinator and also has been the head coach of the Denver Broncos, and he appeared to emerge as the Redskins' front-runner.'

Marker M. Lewis is awaiting Bills' word [6:10 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'The sooner a decision is made, the better, said Ray Anderson, Lewis' agent..."I think by the end of [today], or [tomorrow] morning at the latest, a firm decision would be made. "You've got a coaching staff to get together, and Cleveland is already out hustling their staff. Coaches are not sitting around forever."'

Marker Lewis, Fox vye for Bills' head coach job [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'It's been learned that the final four candidates have been told a decision will be made today or tomorrow, at the latest.'

January 30, 2001

Marker Bills' head coaching search almost over [8:37 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sources in Cleveland tell a different story, though, surmising that the feeling there was that Lewis would be taking the Bills' job, even if they threw from 2-3 million per season at him.'

Marker Donahoe meets with Fox; Bills head coaching selection can't be far away [8:21 PM]
AP reports: 'With the prospect of the new coach having to hire a new staff, and with Donahoe facing free agent and salary cap concerns in the coming month, it's anticipated that the Bills will make their selection within the next week.'

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.'

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