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Buffalo Bills News - January 17, 2001

Marker DE Wiley fond of former GM Butler [10:13 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, an unrestricted free agent, has made mention of his fondness for former general manager John Butler, who has since taken the position in San Diego. Although Butler refuses to comment on Wiley because he remains employed by the Bills, it's pretty clear he could be pursued by the Chargers once the free-agent season opens.'

Marker Donahoe prefers Capers [10:11 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Joel Buchsbaum: Donahoe apparently wants Capers to be his head coach, but there could be a problem with the African-American players, who, if there's a defensive coach hired, they want it to be Ted Cottrell. Cottrell interviewed with the new Houston franchise this week.'

Marker Bills extend contract for games on 97 Rock [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be back on WGRF-FM 97 Rock through the 2004 season.'

Marker Jets Interview Jaguar Aide Cottrell Next [6:33 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Cottrell interviewed for the Bills' head coaching slot on Monday and has also interviewed with the Texans. He will go to Washington later this week to talk to Coach Marty Schottenheimer about becoming the Redskins' defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills will move on radio dial to WCMF [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Continuing a National Football League trend of reaching out to a younger male audience via the FM radio dial, Bills games and related talk shows will be heard on classic rock station WCMF-FM (96.5) starting next season.'

Marker Bills deal a lift for WCMF [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills draw the young male demographics advertisers seek. And the Bills have the largest listeners share of any National Football League team, according to Arbitron ratings.'

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January 16, 2001

Marker Be Your Own Capologist! [8:56 PM]
NFL Player's Association reports: Here is everything you ever wanted to know (and much, much more) about how the NFL Salary Cap - the nuts and bolts of the agreement.

Marker Cottrell happy to get 'fair shot' for Bills job [8:32 PM]
AP reports: '"I wasn't seeking for anybody to give me the job, I just wanted a fair shot: 'Give me a chance, let me present myself."'

Marker WCMF in Rochester gets Bills broadcast contract [12:59 PM]
TBD reports: WCMF, 96.5 FM Rochester, just announced that they now have the broadcast rights with Van Miller for the next four years. The games will no longer be on WHAM 1180 (this is sad news to those fans in border states who could pick up WHAM 300+ miles away).

Marker It all happened before... [9:44 AM]
TBD reports: 'In February of 1993 the Buffalo Bills were done licking their wounds from the 52-17 trashing received in Super Bowl XXVII. The internal organizational fallout claimed a victim though, Bills GM, Bill Polian.'

Marker Lewis could top Bills' coaching wish list [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said the Bills have not asked permission to speak with Lewis as of Monday, but it appears Lewis is the front-runner to replace Wade Phillips, who was fired by owner Ralph Wilson last week.'

Marker Cottrell impresses Donahoe [6:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"He did an outstanding job," Donahoe said. "We met for a long time and covered a lot of areas. He was very good."'

January 15, 2001

Marker Busy Weeks Ahead For Donahoe [7:49 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Between trips to Florida to meet with owner Ralph Wilson, to San Francisco to scout the East-West Shrine Classic and back to Buffalo to meet the press, Donahoe may not have had time to assemble a to-do list ...'

Marker Remembering The Good With The Bad [7:48 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'The four-game losing streak that finished the Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes and subsequent upper-management purge are the freshest memories, but also obscure a season that had its share of highlights.'

Marker Jim Kelly, Hunter on the Discovery Health Channel [2:10 PM]
reports: Those of you who have either cable or satellite might want to turn in to the Discovery Health Channel on this Tuesday night at 8:00. There is a special on athletes and the Kelly family will be on with Hunter. They are in the second segment. Cynthia Cooper (WNBA) will also be featured as she has adopted her 6 nieces and nephews. The Kelly's will talk about Hunter and his disorder...

Marker Bills have permission to speak to Marvin Lewis [10:29 AM]
TBD reports: Len Pasquarelli, SportsLine.com Senior Writer, reported yesterday that the Bills have received permission to speak with Ravens Defensive Coordinator Marvin Lewis. Two other teams have also received permission: the Browns and Lions. Considering Donahoe's connection with Lewis from his Steeler days, it appears Lewis is the front-runner to replace Wade Phillips.

Marker Native Son [7:04 AM]
Houston Texans reports: '"Yes, he asked me to make some staff changes but it's never that simple," Phillips said. "There are always more issues."'

Marker Sites with Bills news are clickin' these days [6:23 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo News, which readers have become accustomed to as the "paper of record" on the Bills, has had to play catch-up on many stories surrounding the team, including the firing of coach Wade Phillips.'

January 14, 2001

Marker Donahoe turning up some unexpected Buffalo connections [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pittsburgh is a town where it seems every third person has some connection to ESPN's Beano Cook...Tom Donahoe, who spent his entire life in Pittsburgh...is finding the same thing about Buffalo applies to him.'

Marker Beneath Donahoe's fancy suit, you'll find a blue collar [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Already clear is that we're going to like him. He's honest. He's funny. He's humble. He has conviction. Donahoe fits in. The guy from Pittsburgh is one of us.'

Marker Chargers hire Butler associate A.J. Smith [7:38 AM]
AP reports: '"We've kind of stuck together over the years," Smith said Saturday from his home near Buffalo. "We have the same philosophies and the same passion to win. Our contracts have always coincided so we wouldn't be left one without the other. We enjoy working together."'

Marker Phillips offers Texans winning record, Houston roots [7:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"It's good to be back home," Phillips said. "I'm proud that I'm a Texan and a Houstonian. Coming home certainly would have to be a big factor, but that's not the only factor. It would have to be the right fit. In Texas, it's not `fit like a glove,' it's fit like a boot -- good boots, that is.'

January 13, 2001

Marker Cottrell Checks In [7:44 PM]
Houston Texans reports: 'Ted Cottrell is currently in a difficult position. But it's a position that numerous assistant coaches in the National Football League would love to occupy.'

Marker Former Bills coach talks with Texans [3:58 PM]
AP reports: '"Ralph gave me some great opportunities that furthered my career. We won a lot of games there so I'm proud of what we did there and I think we will see each other at league meetings. "I know he feels like I did a good job for him."'

Marker Chargers hire another ex-Bill [3:52 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson initially denied the Chargers permission to talk to Smith, but Donahoe apparently saw no need to drag things out, since it was understood Smith was going to join Butler once his contract expired.'

Marker The Last Word [3:39 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Tom Donahoe said he's ready to make the tough decisions that will take the Buffalo Bills to a level they haven't seen before. We believe him.'

Marker 'We want to win' [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"These people are used to winning. This is a football team that should have been in the playoffs this year. And we want to get it back on track and into the playoffs next year."'

Marker Cottrell 'thrilled' to be in running for head job [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I do intend to interview Ted Cottrell," Donahoe said. "We'll probably reach him this weekend and set something up for the first part of next week."'

Marker Donahoe got Bills' faithful plenty excited [8:17 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It wasn't that he gave some fiery speech, but rather the way he made his case.'

Marker Bills are short on answers [7:29 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But through all the rampant optimism, there was a message of caution from owner Ralph Wilson. "We have a serious salary-cap problem," Wilson ventured. "I read where we had the fourth-highest total of signing bonuses handed out, $198.6 million (U.S.)."'

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