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Buffalo Bills News - February 9, 2002

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [11:59 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Possessing 12 years of experience as an NFL coach and coordinator, Gilbride takes over for Mike Sheppard, who served as offensive coordinator under Gilbride in San Diego from 1997-98.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Phillips may try to get Cowart [9:27 AM]
ESPN reports: Don't be surprised, now that Wade Phillips has been hired as the Atlanta DC, if the Falcons switch to a 3-4 front in 2002. The Falcons really like their young LB corps and feel it is one of the club's few areas of strength. Phillips is also hinting to friends that he will try to pry Buffalo LB Sam Cowart, whom he drafted, away from the Bills in unrestricted free agency

Marker Cowart talks hung up on bonus money [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Disagreement over the amount of the bonus Cowart would receive upon signing a deal remains the sticking point.'

Marker Sheppard joins Saints' staff [6:19 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'As expected, New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett completed his coaching staff Friday with the hiring of quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard, a former offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers.'

Marker Clements turns down job with Jaguars [6:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'It is possible Clements could reject an offer from the Bills, too, and return to the Steelers, where he would be next in line to become offensive coordinator should Mike Mularkey receive a head coaching offer from another NFL team.'

Marker McKay still in running for GM job [5:53 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons hace received permission to talk to Buffalo director of football operations Tom Modrak, who spent three years in the same position in Philadelphia and is largely responsible for assembling the current Eagles squad.'

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February 8, 2002

Marker Levy campaigns for one-year sub plan [11:38 PM]
ESPN reports: Levy spent much of Friday attempting to reach several Buccaneers officials to offer his services as head coach. His rationale: He would serve as coach only for the 2002 campaign, then step aside following the season, permitting the Bucs to hire current Oakland coach Jon Gruden, who will become a free agent after next season.

Marker Please keep Hunter Kelly in your prayers [11:34 PM]
Krabbes Family Network reports: Hunter is currently in the ICU with pneumonia - both lungs had collapsed and were full of fluid. He is a fighter and is doing a little better today but is not out of the woods yet. The Kelly family would like you to keep him in your prayers, and if any of you are involved in a prayer network, to include Hunter. We thank you and will keep you posted on any changes. May God Bless You All.

Marker Modrak now on Falcons' list; for General Manager [6:12 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN.com has learned that, after striking out with 4 of 5 possible candidates for the newly defined role of general manager, new owner Arthur Blank has received permission to interview Buffalo Bills director of football operations Tom Modrak for the job. Bills president Tom Donahoe confirmed Friday he has granted a request by the Falcons to meet with Modrak, one of the league's premier talent evaluators. "My priority is to try to keep him here," Modrak said, "but it's a good opportunity and I have to let him pursue it. He has wanted to be a general manager for a while now."

Marker Mike Sheppard is hired before his replacement is found. [5:32 PM]
AP via Yahoo. reports: He's back at the position he held a year ago, QB Coach.

Marker Sheppard tops list for QB coach [12:07 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard has emerged as the leading candidate to become quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints. Team officials are expected to announce Sheppard's hiring as early as today.'

Marker Williams nears decision on offensive coordinator [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams said he has spoken with roughly 30 candidates.'

Marker Coughlin steeping up efforts to hire Clements [6:58 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"It hasn't been decided," Clements said. "It will play out as it plays out." Before arriving in Hawaii, Clements met with Coughlin and other Jaguars officials over the weekend. He refused to say last night if he had been in further contact with Coughlin since that meeting. "I don't want to talk about it," he said. Coughlin also interviewed with the Buffalo Bills last week for their offensive coordinator job. The Bills also have been in contact with former Steelers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and former Indiana University head coach Cam Cameron.'

Marker Clements gets offer from Jags [6:56 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Clements, 48, also is being courted by the Buffalo Bills to become their offensive coordinator, and Steelers coach Bill Cowher hopes to keep Clements in Pittsburgh as a potential down-the-line replacement for current offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey...One of the lures of the Jaguars' job is that coach Tom Coughlin is offering near-total autonomy over the offense, Clements confirmed last night.'

February 7, 2002

Marker Hall of Fame players introduced at Pro Bowl event [9:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly, the first USFL player to make the Hall of Fame, is dedicating his honor to his son, Hunter, who turns five next week. The boy has the rare and deadly Krabbe's disease, and doctors had told Kelly his son wouldn't live past 14 months with the disease, which attacks the white matter of the brain.'

Marker Van Pelt and Steve Tasker are real sportsmen [7:26 PM]
ESPN reports: Stories on those players among others at spring turkey camp.

Marker Gregg Williams on Coaching Carousel next year? [7:20 PM]
ESPN reports: Len Pasquarelli of ESPN speculates that Gregg Williams may be replaced by Jim Haslett of New Orleans next year. But speculations are often inaccurate especially at this time of year. Not many people were speculating the Patriots would be winning the Superbowl a year ago.

Marker Cam Cameron interviews, Clements set to take Jax post [6:35 PM]
ESPN reports: Cam Cameron, fired as coach of Indiana University, had an "impressive" interview with the Bills earlier this week. Clements looks like he'll take the Jacksonville OC job. Another quote from the article: "Dan Henning is viewed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL."

Marker Bills allocate seven to NFL Europe [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills allocated seven players, including practice squad quarterback David Dinkins, to NFL Europe for the upcoming spring season on Thursday.'

Marker Former OSU star caught in furor [1:36 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Winfield took the brunt of the financial hit. Yetts, a former Ohio State wrestler, cheated Winfield out of $1.35 million by putting Winfield's money into his own personal and business accounts, the commission's suit alleges. The Bills gave Winfield a $3.5 million signing bonus when they drafted him in the first round in 1999. When the cornerback looked to invest some of the bonus money, he cut ties with All Pro Sports and turned to Yetts. He returned to All Pro Sports after a background check by the Bills revealed a former NFL player had sued Yetts, U.S. News reported.'

Marker Bills to send Seven to NFL Europe. [1:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: Finally, some real use of that opportunity.

Marker Jim Kelly's in the Hall of Fame - Oh That's Great [10:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: When Frank Reich was first told last Saturday of Jim Kelly's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his reaction was measured as precisely as a third down pass. "Oh, that's great," Reich said, happily but quietly. "That's really great." The response was typical Reich -- calm and even-keeled, not prone to exaggeration or hyperbole.

Marker Model Student. All-American Kicker. No Scholarship [10:31 AM]
New York Times reports: The Hinterbichler story begins with the 1991 Super Bowl. Because the Hinterbichler family was originally from Buffalo, Erik and his older brother, Kurt, watched in dismay as the Bills lost to the Giants, 20-19, when the Buffalo place-kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field- goal attempt with seconds left in the game.

Marker Bills sign four [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of two center prospects among four free-agent signees Wednesday.'

Marker Agent: Winfield misquoted [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills cornerback Antoine Winfield's agent said a magazine misquoted the player about accepting gifts from an agent while at Ohio State.'

Marker Jags interview Clements [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clements also has interviewed for the offensive coordinator job in Buffalo.'

Marker Another dishonest player agent comes under the gun [8:26 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Winfield and his agent are at odds. Apparently, Winfield feels his agent defrauded and stole from him. The thing that I always find interesting about players is how stupid they can be. If you come to people with your hand out and they?re willing to commit a legal act to get your name on a contract, why don?t these athletes realize that they are dealing with dishonest people? You do not want dishonest people handling your money and finances.

Marker Levy looks back on drafting Thurman Thomas [8:25 AM]
Pro Football HOF reports: Marv Levy talks about the 1988 draft, the year the Bills picked Thurman Thomas. Thomas was the eight RB taken that year. Anyone remember the Bears' Brad Muster?

Marker NFL greats compete in legends Beach Bowl [7:04 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Reed also spoke about former teammate Jim Kelly, the former Bills quarterback who was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. "What can you say about Jim," Reed said. "There was probably no one more deserving to get in on his first try. It's great for the city of Buffalo and it's great for the Bills."'

Marker Agent: Former Ohio State star misquoted [7:02 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills cornerback Antoine Winfield's agent said a magazine misquoted the player about accepting gifts from an agent while at Ohio State.'

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