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Buffalo Bills News - January 10, 2001

Marker Donahoe accepts P/GM position! [9:51 AM]
TBD reports: The Buffalo Bills have announced that Tom Donahoe has accepted a job as the president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills. He will serve as the eighth GM in Bills history.

Marker Bad career move [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's seldom a good idea to tell the boss to mind his own business. Just ask Wade Phillips.'

Marker Phillips takes stock of hits and misses [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet another factor that made Phillips' return implausible was his contract status. He has just a year remaining and would have been viewed as a lame duck next season. Phillips did not want that and would have desired a contract extension.'

Marker Jones hopes Bills' stint doesn't ruin his self-image [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Our problems on special teams really were pretty simple. They were speed getting down the field, the lack of ability to get off a block and make a tackle. When we had breakdowns that's where the breakdowns were."'

Marker Wilson's Teflon is wearing thin [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somehow, it's hard to be optimistic. The owner might not intend to jump ship, but that doesn't mean the boat isn't sinking.'

Marker For Flutie, it's all about playing [6:45 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'With Johnson's history of injuries, Flutie knows Buffalo may be his best chance to play. Is there an NFL team ballsy enough to give a 38-year-old QB a starting job? Not likely. Too bad.'

Marker Phillips plans to interview for Texans job [6:37 AM]
AP reports: '"Houston is home for me. I went to the University of Houston and I coached with my dad with the Oilers during the glory days, so to speak," Phillips told Houston television station KRIV.'

Marker No hello means goodbye for Wade [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"We played so many young players this year who are going to be solid next year," Phillips said. "There are a lot of good coaches who can do a good job, a lot of GMs. I'm sure Ralph will hire those people. This has been a strong, winning franchise and I think it'll continue to be. I'm just sad it's not with me."'

Marker Life goes on [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: '"Our problems on special teams were pretty simple," he said. "It was speed getting down the field and the lack of ability to get off blocks and make a tackle. When we had breakdowns, that's where the breakdowns were."'

Marker Phillips' dad backs Wade's principles [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: '"When he lost Bruce Smith, Thomas Smith, Gabe Northern and Kurt Schulz from the defense before the season, I told him he was in for a rough time. Then, he gets his team to 7-4, and he loses four more starters from his defense. Four pretty good starters, too. Those are some tough obstacles to overcome."'

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January 9, 2001

Marker Pendry a consideration for Bucs job [9:41 PM]
TBD reports: Don Banks, reporter for Sports Illustrated, made a passing comment in his column today that Joe Pendry may be in consideration to replace the recently fired Les Steckel in Tampa Bay. Steckel was the Bucs offensive coordinator for only one year. Banks said Head Coach Tony Dungy will take his time in finding Steckel's replacement.

Marker Phillips said he offered to reassign assistant before being fired [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"I do want to say that I did offer to change special teams coaches because I did feel like it was my responsibility and my fault that I brought in a guy who didn't have any experience with special teams,'' Phillips said.'

Marker Cottrell is players' choice for Buffalo's vacant coaching position [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"He's been around this business a long time and I think he's ready to step up and be a head coach. So, hopefully, it'll go to Ted Cottrell."'

Marker Wilson turns the page [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really like Wade," Wilson said. "But we had awful special teams."'

Marker Phillips bows out gracefully [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And I want to especially thank the Buffalo Bills' fans. Not only the ones in Western New York, but throughout the country, who gave us tremendous support."'

Marker Wade truly was a player's coach [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's who Wade is," defensive end Marcellus Wiley said. "He's extremely loyal to people, especially his players and coaches. As everyone has seen, he'll go down with the ship."'

Marker Defensive work prompted Levy to bring Phillips to Bills [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips was happy being a defensive coordinator, but his dream was to be a head coach again. He insisted he didn't come to Buffalo to be Levy's successor. But that's what happened shortly after Levy announced his retirement on Jan. 31, 1998.'

Marker Scenarios show several choices for head coach [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I confess to personal bias. I think Cottrell would make a fine head coach. His football mind is obvious, but he also has a strong personality, an ability to deal with players and to communicate with the public and the media. His affability is a bonus.'

Marker A miracle he stayed this long [6:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Phillips will never again be offered a head coaching job in the NFL. In fact, if he ever does receive and accept another bid, I will eat this column.'

Marker Phillips given bum's rush [6:23 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Phillips was not a complete disaster as a coach. Most of his players liked him and he usually had his players ready. It was on game day that he most often fell short.'

Marker Loyalty costs Phillips his job [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"He told us, 'They're going to get me eventually and it's because I'm loyal,' " said backup quarterback Alex Van Pelt, referring to Phillips' pregame speech in the locker room before the Bills' final game at Seattle Dec. 23.'

Marker Cottrell lets credentials speak [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, as of yesterday, Cottrell had not heard from owner Ralph Wilson and the highly respected career assistant was going ahead with plans to interview with the expansion Houston Texans tomorrow for their vacancy.'

Marker Patient Donahoe unfazed by changes [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is unexpected, but it's something that Mr. Wilson has to deal with today," said Donahoe when asked about Phillips' dismissal. "We'll see where it goes."'

Marker Phillips pays for choosing friends [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'I would have asked Wade Phillips to fire not only special-teams coach Ronnie Jones, but also offensive coordinator Joe Pendry and offensive-line coach Carl Mauck.'

Marker Phillips' decisions left Wilson with little choice [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'My report card on Wade Phillips: Overall record -- B.'

Marker Chan Gailey signs new contract [5:45 AM]
TBD reports: Miami Dolphin OC, Chan Gailey, signed a 2 year extension on Monday with the Dolphins. It had been rumored that if Tom Donahoe was hired that he might seek to bring Gailey into the Bills staff. That rumor is now squashed unless Gailey is offered the head coaching position (or assistant head coach). This would appear to be unlikely due the recent deal Gailey signed.

Marker Wade's World: A Chronology [5:38 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'A look back at the highs and lows of Wade Phillips' Buffalo tenure..'

Marker Phillips' Faulty Loyalty [5:37 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Despite a record that would earn most coaches a contract extension instead of an unceremonious dismissal, Phillips' own shortcomings cost him his job.'

January 8, 2001

Marker QB controversy doomed Phillips [7:57 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Wade Phillips didn't lose his job as head coach of the Buffalo Bills this weekend. He lost it a year ago.'

Marker It's a cruddy business [2:21 PM]
Shout! reports: 'What a crappy business, this NFL. The Bills fire Wade Phillips after he posted the best start in the first three seasons of any Buffalo head coach's tenure. If winning is the bottom line, all Phillips did was go 29-21 (.580).'

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