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Buffalo Bills News - January 13, 2004

Marker Bills have Mularkey in sights as next head coach [4:16 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'All indications coming out of Buffalo continue to point in the direction of the Bills hiring Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as their head coach, as soon as Wednesday, league sources close to the situation said Tuesday.'

Marker Lindell views season with Bills as mulligan [1:43 PM]
Vancouver Columbian reports: '"I wasn't the reason we didn't make the playoffs, but I didn't help, either," Lindell said. "Not that I had many chances to help. I didn't get to kick any game-winners, but I had the one (29-yarder) against Cincinnati to go in overtime. I just didn't do anything, really."'

Marker How did Bills fare? Let's paint by numbers [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills weren't good on first downs. They weren't good in short-yardage situations. They weren't good in the red zone. They were awful on third downs. They threw too much in a lot of key situations.'

Marker Pats' success may be helping Mularkey [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That might explain why Mike Mularkey, the Steelers' offensive coordinator, is emerging as a hot candidate. The Bills had further discussions with him by phone on Monday. It doesn't seem fair to the New England coaches, or to the Bills, for the Pats' playoff status to play such a big role in the decision.'

Marker Search for defensive coordinator has a familiar look [8:31 AM] reports: 'The 66-year old LeBeau would welcome the chance to return to Pittsburgh. "I feel good about having the opportunity," said LeBeau. "As far as my chances, you would have to ask Bill."'

Marker Bills' Assistants in Limbo [5:15 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Washington-based NFL Coaches Association has sent a letter to Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asking the club to immediately make a decision on the fate of the coaching staff of fired head coach Gregg Williams. The letter's intent is for the Bills to either release the remaining staff members from their contracts or guarantee the coaches will be retained for next season.'

Marker Green not likely to become coach [5:14 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Williams, the recently deposed Bills coach, hopes to bring several of his old assistants to Washington, but Buffalo won't grant most of them permission to interview at least until the new coach gets a chance to retain them.'

Marker Cowher faces more losses [5:13 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'If Mularkey gets the head coaching job in Buffalo, it's possible he and Cowher will be bidding to hire the same man as defensive coordinator. LeBeau was assistant head coach in Buffalo last season and he remains a favorite of Tom Donahoe, the Bills' president and general manager.'

Marker Jauron should know fate in Buffalo soon [5:12 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"I could see more people getting upset if it ends up being Mularkey,'' said Dan Cave, news anchor for WGR, a sports radio station in Buffalo. "A lot of people have soured on Donohoe. If he brings Mularkey in here, they will see it as a Pittsburgh connection, Donohoe just hiring his Steelers buddy."'

Marker Buffalo fans offer opinions on Jauron [5:11 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'He's a nice guy - they often finish last... Get the picture?'

Marker Out-of-work Fassel faces Giant payday [5:10 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Meanwhile, Fassel's failure in Buffalo could end up costing Coughlin a valuable assistant. Coughlin wants to name Chicago Bears coach Dick Jauron his assistant head coach with the Giants. But Jauron is believed to be the leading candidate to coach the Bills, who are also considering Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.'

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January 12, 2004

Marker Bills still in holding pattern for a new head coach [9:53 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The Bills can hire Jauron and Mularkey anytime, but Weis is unavailable until the Patriots are out of the playoffs. Since the Bills haven't made any decisions yet about a head coach, speculation continues to mount that they are waiting for Weis and the Patriots to wrap up their playoff run.'

Marker Mularkey emerging as a top candidate in Buffalo [9:31 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Donahoe has said he wanted a man with previous head coaching experience after swinging and missing on Gregg Williams, whom the Bills fired on Dec. 29 after a 17-31 record and no playoff appearances in three seasons. That would seem to indicate Jauron was in the driver's seat. However, with the quarterback problems in Buffalo, it is believed the Bills would like to hire an offensive mind -- and Mularkey is believed to have the inside track, especially if the Patriots beat the Colts in the AFC title game, which would tie up Weis for another two weeks.'

Marker Season's Best: London Fletcher [9:30 PM] reports: '"Recognition of the passing game, stopping the pass, defensing the pass. Coach Don Blackmon has really helped me to better understand the passing game."'

Marker LeBeau, Blache, Cottrell to interview with Steelers [4:54 PM]
AP reports: 'The Steelers could be seeking two coordinators if offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is chosen as the Bills' next head coach. Mularkey interviewed last week in Buffalo and was awaiting word Monday whether he would be hired. Mularkey turned down a chance to meet with the Raiders about succeeding coach Bill Callahan, a decision that apparently wasn't related to his pursuit of the Bills' job.'

Marker Kelly's nephew wins Punt, Pass and Kick [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chad Kelly of Grand Island, a nephew of Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, was the winner in the boys 8-9 division in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national finals.'

Marker Green Is Likely To Join Gibbs's Redskins Staff [6:29 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Williams is Gibbs's only defensive coach because Gibbs has been stifled by NFL rules that bar a team from interviewing an assistant under contract without receiving permission. Williams, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills the past three seasons, has wanted to hire a slew of his former assistants. He has received permission to interview Bills special teams coach Danny Smith and safeties/ third-down coach Steve Jackson. The Redskins are expected to hire them both this week.'

Marker Dolphins' GM hunt may end in hiring this week [6:28 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It doesn't appear Buffalo Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak has interest in the job. Jones said he hasn't called to accept the team's offer for an interview.'

Marker Cottrell to interview with Steelers [6:27 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is one of seven candidates to become the next head coach of the Bills. But Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said last night that he and owner Ralph Wilson are reviewing information and don't expect to make an announcement today.'

Marker Coach pool getting deeper [6:26 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Also on Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey withdrew his name from consideration for the Raiders' job, which came as no surprise. Raiders insiders expect Mularkey to be named the Buffalo Bills' head coach today and he was never considered to be a serious candidate in Oakland.'

January 11, 2004

Marker Steelers' coordinator still candidate for Bills [3:49 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Wade Phillips, Atlanta's defensive coordinator, also has contacted the Raiders through intermediaries to let them know of his interest in the job. Phillips became interim head coach when Dan Reeves was fired by the Falcons before the end of the regular season.'

Marker Then there were three [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The three likeliest choices to succeed Gregg Williams still appear to be former Chicago head coach Dick Jauron, Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.'

Marker Let's chill out, give Donahoe time [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Personally, I’d take a 78-years-young Marv Levy above all the candidates interviewed so far. If the Washington Redskins can rehire their own re-energized Pro Football Hall of Fame coach in Joe Gibbs, why not Buffalo?'

Marker Crennel coordinates deal [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tom Donahoe has promised a thorough search, which bodes well for both New England coordinators, who are among seven candidates.'

Marker Openings closing fast [5:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bledsoe has always been a flexible guy, however, and probably could coexist with Weis. But why would the Bills go in that direction when Jauron and Mularkey are available?'

Marker Crennel extended [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Crennel interviewed with five teams for their head coaching vacancies during the bye week, but three of those - the Giants, Falcons and Cardinals - filled their openings. He remains alive with Chicago and Buffalo, although the Bills are said to be favoring Pats offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.'

Marker LeBeau anxious for interview [5:17 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"Pittsburgh is like home for me," said LeBeau, who is a native of London, Ohio. "People were always exceptionally good to me in that town. They have great sports fans."'

Marker Mularkey still has no answers [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'If Mularkey doesn't get the Buffalo job, he has an edge in preparing for the Bills, who are one of the Steelers' opponents in 2004. "I studied a lot of film on them, so I know their personnel pretty well before I go in there (for the interview). So, I can talk about each guy and have a good feel about every guy on the roster and their schemes. They are very close (to succeeding). Their defense got better and was stout at the end of the year. Their offense struggled, and if you can get those two to complement each other and get a little more ball control with the offense, they got a chance. They are not far away at all."'

Marker Mularkey passes on interview with Raiders [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Mularkey has emerged as one of the leading candidates to become the head coach with the Buffalo Bills, but it does not appear that is the reason he declined the interview with the Raiders.'

January 10, 2004

Marker Bills assistants to talk to Redskins [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's considered a good possibility that defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who still is under contract for the coming season, will be back. However, if the new coach has a confidant he wants to bring along as defensive coordinator, Gray could be let out of his contract.'

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