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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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."'
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."'
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.
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.'
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."'
Wilson turns the page [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really like Wade," Wilson said. "But we had awful special teams."'
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."'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
Phillips' decisions left Wilson with little choice [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'My report card on Wade Phillips: Overall record -- B.'
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.
Wade's World: A Chronology [5:38 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'A look back at the highs and lows of Wade Phillips' Buffalo tenure..'
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.'
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.'
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).'
Phillips Fired Himself [2:18 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Shortly after 11 a.m., the team confirmed a story that broke late Sunday ... "Bills President Ralph Wilson released Wade Phillips as head coach of the team ... "'
Phillips fired as Bills' coach [1:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Buffalo special teams' record was among the worst in the National Football League last season,\" Wilson said Monday. "I felt we needed a change and that my request was reasonable. ... I did not want to release Wade but his refusal left me with no option."'
Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [1:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Wade Phillips refused to fire special teams coach Ronnie Jones and it cost him his job.'
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