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Buffalo Bills News - January 10, 2003

Marker Bills, Browns and Giants’ long-snapper [1:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'When Williams took the job, he maintained that he and his staff would “teach” the Bills to be better players. But, judging by the three firings, he sorely underestimated the value of a pro coaching background.'

Marker LeBeau might keep 4-3 if he's def. coordinator [1:33 PM]
Shout! reports: If Dick LeBeau became Bills defensive coordinator, that would not guarantee a return to the 3-4 defense Buffalo had mostly operated for more than 20 years before Gregg Williams took over.

Marker The Official Buffalo Bills Kids Club [10:54 AM] reports: Become a member of the Bills Kids Club and show everyone who your favorite team is - the Buffalo Bills. When you sign up, you will receive your exclusive Bills Kids Club t-shirt, a special welcome card from me, Billy Buffalo, the official Bills team mascot. You will also get some fun stuff like sticker, Bills school supplies, team photos, a quarterly newsletter and a birthday card signed by one of the Bills players.

Marker Bills talk to Bengals assistant Krumrie [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He still is under contract to Cincinnati. But the Bengals gave permission to the Bills to speak with him.'

Marker Bledsoe drew more fans for Bills [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, who finished 8-8, drew 547,702 fans to Ralph Wilson Stadium, a jump of 42,966 over 2001 for an increase in revenue of approximately $1.63 million.'

Marker Ex-Bills head coach Wade Phillips proving he knows his 'D' [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“It wasn’t my choice to leave, I’ll tell you that,” Phillips said. “That was my place, my time, and it was taken away. We did a good job and I think we would have continued to do a good job. But I don’t hold grudges. Ralph’s up for the Hall of Fame and I hope he gets in. I didn’t think what he did was right by me, but it was his choice and it’s his team. I certainly wish everyone well up there.”'

Marker Phillips: Coaches need commitment from team [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s not the money, it’s the command of the football team,” he said. “If players think you’re going to be there, they’ll do what you say and when you lead, they’ll follow. But if they don’t know if you’ll be there or not, they start affiliating with different factions ... they go their own ways.”'

Marker Big comebacks can propel teams through playoffs [5:18 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Levy said he doesn't know if his Bills team was destined to do what it did. "I'm not Plato," he said. "It's difficult for me to say if the rest of the way would have been any different (if the Bills had earned a more conventional victory against the Oilers). We had a veteran team and we were able to celebrate and come right back down to earth. It can propel you, if you are level-headed. It depends on how you handle it."'

Marker Report: Bills talking to Krumrie [5:17 AM] reports: 'Bengals President Mike Brown indicated last week that he wasn’t going to let any of his coaches who still have a contract leave until the Bengals name a new head coach.'

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January 9, 2003

Marker Coach learns buddy system doesn't work [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Vinklarek was Williams' biggest blunder, a sentimental choice bordering on cronyism.'

Marker Phillips lands on his feet with Falcons [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know if there's a word for how disappointed I was," he said. "I guess devastated is what I'd use. That was my place, that was my time and it was taken away. We did a good job and I think we would have continued to do a good job and gotten the team where we wanted to be."'

Marker Football star Rodney Wright reaches plea deal in accident [9:01 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'The charge against Wright, 23, will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he's not arrested in the next year, according to the plea agreement in Fresno County Superior Court. Wright, 23, pleaded no contest to a charge of being involved in an accident resulting in injury and leaving the scene. After the year is up, he is likely to receive three years probation, said defense attorney Salvatore Sciandra. If Wright does not stay out of trouble, he could face up to three years in prison for the felony conviction.'

Marker Bills pursue LeBeau to fill assistant spot [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'There has been speculation that at age 65 he would welcome a low-profile position -- the Bills linebackers job is open -- but sources close to the energetic LeBeau said he’s still interested in holding a position of authority.'

January 8, 2003

Marker Former Fresno State enters guilty plea [9:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills receiver Rodney Wright pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaving the scene of a collision that injured two people.'

Marker Alumni Update: John Davis [5:00 PM] reports: "I was on a team that did something that will never be done again, and that’s playing in four-straight Super Bowls," said the former Bills offensive lineman John Davis. The versatile lineman used the NFL free agency system (Plan B) in 1989 to leave the Oilers for the Bills. His timing could not have been much better.

Marker Another look at Joe D. [1:26 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'DeLamielleure is also the only member of the All-Decade team of the 70’s first team not to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'

Marker The Music City Miracle (Video Highlights) [11:44 AM] reports: After kicker Steve Christie hit a 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in an January 8, 2000 playoff game with the Tennessee Titans, the Bills had appeared to pull off an upset victory. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Frank Wycheck fired a suspicious looking cross-field lateral to Kevin Dyson that he returned 75 yards for a 22-16 Wild-Card victory that has been dubbed as "The Music City Miracle".

Marker Playoff Flashback: Titans 22, Bills 16 (2000) [11:43 AM] reports: The 11-5 Bills traveled to Nashville for an AFC Wild Card match-up with the 13-3 Titans that fittingly had all the elements of a country western ballad – adversity, exhilaration, frustrating run-ins with lawmen, and in the end, heartbreak.

Marker Playoff Flashback: Cincinnati Bengals 21, Bills 10 (1989) [11:42 AM] reports: The Bills’ season ended in Riverfront Stadium as Cincinnati dominated the Bills, 21-10, before a boisterous crowd. The Bills offense sputtered throughout the game, spent most of the second half pinned against its own goal line and failed to convert on any 3rd down opportunities in the game.

Marker Bumper crop [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had a solid draft last April, according to most draftniks. And in a year when rookies made a major impact throughout the NFL, few teams got more production out of their first-year players than Buffalo.'

Marker Williams stays, some assistants go [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: '“Right now, Gregg’s in the process of evaluating his entire staff. He’s made two changes and we’ll see where it goes from here,” Donahoe said. “The changes he’s made, sometimes these things come off as firings and we don’t feel they are. We made a two-year commitment to these coaches and we fulfilled that. (In both cases) Gregg felt he wanted someone with a little more experience.”'

Marker Ryan expressed keen insight with `The Music City Miracle' [5:35 AM]
Knoxville News Sentinel reports: '"It was unbelievable to pull something like that off, especially in those circumstances," he said. "I've seen trick plays work, but never with so much at stake. You've got to give Buffalo a lot of credit for not paying attention."'

January 7, 2003

Marker Modrak expected to interview for Seahawks' vacant GM job [8:34 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Tom Modrak, the Buffalo Bills director of football operations, is expected to interview with the Seattle Seahawks sometime this week for their general manager job, according to a league source.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Fire Offensive Line Coach and Linebackers Coach [8:24 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Buffalo finished 8-8 this season, compared with 3-13 a year before. However, the Bills' offensive line allowed 54 sacks, tying Dallas for the second highest in the National Football League. Buffalo's defense also forced a league-low 19 turnovers and allowed 24.8 points a game, 27th out of 32 NFL teams.'

NOTE: The coaches were not fired, their contracts expired and were not renewed.

Marker Buffalo Bills "Prime Time Games" [5:20 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have played in 56 Prime Time Games (30-26 overall, 14-6 at home, 16-20 on the road) during their history, dating back to a 23-14 win in an October meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1973. More recently, the Bills strung together five-straight Prime Time wins between 1998 and 2000. Here's a breakdown of the Prime Time Games the Bills have played since 1973.

Marker Ed Block Courage Award - Tony Driver Represents Bills [5:03 PM] reports: The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation today announced the names of the 32 recipients from the NFL who will receive an Ed Block Courage Award on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at the 25th Anniversary of the Ed Block Courage Awards.

Marker Bills drop two assistants [1:15 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills will now need to fill four assistant coaching spots. Defensive line coach John Levra retired and quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe became the coach at Tulsa.'

Marker It's Time To Think Big [10:23 AM] reports: On the way to their 8-8 record, the 2002 Buffalo Bills were a lot of things to their fans, but good for their health was not one of them. Oh, there were times when watching the Bills would get your heart pounding so fast that it was a workout in itself. But there were just as many times when the only way you could keep sane was to have a stress ball in each hand and a masseuse kneading the muscles of your back.

Marker Bills dismiss Vinklarek, Aldridge [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The decision on Vinklarek had to be tough on Williams. The two have known each other for 16 years. Williams was the best man at Vinklarek's wedding.'

Marker 'Joe D' hopes 13th time proves lucky for Hall [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There are 13 offensive linemen who played since 1970 that have been voted into the Hall of Fame. Of those 13, only John Hannah and Anthony Munoz have more All-Pro selections than "Joe D."'

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