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Buffalo Bills News - January 25, 2004

Marker Fox gives Mularkey a blueprint [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Yes, it is Super Bowl Week, also known as Melancholy Week for Buffalo Bills fans, who know Fox as the guy who slipped through general manager Tom Donahoe’s hands three years ago.'

Marker Preds defender signs with Bills [5:24 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Carter likely will play in NFL Europe and then join the Bills during training camp.'

Marker Metzelaars scored a big 1st for Panthers [5:23 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '"Buffalo or Carolina, let's see," says Metzelaars with a laugh. "In April there's still snow on the ground in Buffalo and in Augusta they're wearing golf shirts."'

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January 24, 2004

Marker Buffalo retains Krumrie as line coach [5:16 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Krumrie joined the Bills last season after eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.'

Marker Bills retain DL coach Krumrie [1:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Newly hired coach Mike Mularkey now has a staff of eight assistants. He still needs to hire coaches for the defensive backs and receivers.'

Marker Krumrie To Remain On Bills Staff [1:29 PM] reports: 'The 2004 season will mark Krumrie’s 10th as an NFL assistant and second with the Bills. Prior to coming to Buffalo last season, he spent eight seasons as an assistant with Cincinnati and 12 before that (1983-94) as a defensive tackle with the Bengals.'

Marker Coaching Search Nears Conclusion [10:34 AM] reports: 'Gibbs, on how much the coaching experience of Gregg Williams will aid him as he transitions back into the NFL:
“Gregg is a very meticulous note-taker. He understands every single aspect of the rules in the offseason and what you can do. Basically it’s neat having his calendar back there because you can see what [the Bills] did in the offseason. I’d say all of that is invaluable for me. It really helps having someone well-organized like that. It’s just been terrific.”'

Marker Top Draft Prospects Perform at the Senior Bowl [10:22 AM] reports: 'The Bills have a history of picking Senior Bowl participants. In each of the last two drafts, the team has selected four players that have been involved in the nation's most unique football game.'

Marker Around the league [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Daimon Shelton, a free agent fullback who last played with Chicago, reached an agreement to join the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Check out these 2 QBs [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have to be thinking about grooming a young QB, and finding one in this year’s draft should be a top priority.'

January 23, 2004

Marker Bills keep Krumrie, lose Graves [10:48 PM]
WKBW reports: Bills DL coach Tim Krumrie will be staying with the team. Krumrie has agreed to remain on the Bills coaching staff for his second year with the team. The former Bengals player is credited with getting Sam Adams, Aaron Schobel and the rest of his group to contribute a lot to the NFL's second-ranked defense.

Meanwhile, WRs coach Fred Graves is leaving after three seasons in Buffalo. He's accepted a position with the Cleveland Browns to become their receivers coach.

Marker UCF assistant coach headed to NFL [7:31 PM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: Less than a month after finishing his coaching staff at UCF, George O'Leary must fill it again --- but not as much as he first thought. OL coach DeGuglielmo resigned on Friday after accepting an offer to coach the same position for the New York Giants. But TEs coach Eric Green, after an interview with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, called O'Leary to say he was staying at UCF. Green played for first-year Bills Coach Mike Mularkey for part of their careers with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Marker Mularkey Adds To His Coaching Staff [4:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Another new face to the coaching staff is Bobby April. April will head up the special teams and comes from St. Louis. The Rams punt return unit was ranked seventh in the league under April. He has also coached special teams in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Atlanta.'

Marker Davis Signs Two-Year Extension [2:42 PM] reports: 'Davis completed the staff by hiring Kennedy Pola as running backs coach and Fred Graves as wide receivers coach Friday...Graves enters his 30th season of coaching football on the college or professional level. He was the wide receivers coach for the last three seasons with the Buffalo Bills...'.

Marker Dolphins' Turner to meet with Raiders for head coaching job [1:17 PM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Dolphins assistant strength coach Brad Roll has interviewed to become the strength coach in Buffalo. Roll and new Bills coach Mike Mularkey worked together previously in Tampa Bay.'

Marker Spikes All-Pro to All-Access [1:15 PM] reports: '"What I had to get used to on the set was asking questions instead of answering them," Spikes said. "I think the experience of having to come up with questions really made me realize what it is like to be a T.V. reporter. I have a great respect for the people on T.V. stations now, because I know what they have to go through. At times, they may be taping and at other times they may have to go live. You don't have a lot of room for error in a lot of those situations."'

Marker Anonymous QBs leave super mark [5:15 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'While Hanifan heads to the family ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Buffalo should be in line for great things in 2005 with the hiring of 24-year veteran line coach Jim McNally. Consider that Cincinnati reached the Super Bowl in McNally's second season there (1981), Carolina made the NFC title game in his second season (1996) and the Giants went to the Super Bowl in his second season (2000).'

January 22, 2004

Marker Mularkey Adds to Staff [10:01 PM] reports: 'Lester is a survivor. He was first hired as an assistant by Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy in 1987. He's now working under his fourth head coach.'

Marker Studesville Joins Bills As Running Backs Coach [3:44 PM] reports: 'A native of Madison, WI, Studesville (pronounced “STEW-dus-vill”) spent the last three seasons coaching running backs with the New York Giants. He broke into the NFL coaching ranks with Chicago as the Bears quality control coach from 1997-2000. Prior to that, he worked in the collegiate ranks from 1991-96.'

Marker Bills hire Studesville as running backs coach [3:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Studesville spent the past three seasons coaching the New York Giants running backs.'

Marker Phillips and Williams both took the fall [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams did not get fired ... he merely wasn’t renewed. But even as his tenure fell apart, Williams declined to blame his assistants, particularly offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride whose stubborn, inflexible philosophy and play-calling did more than anything else to cost his boss the job.'

Marker Mularkey names three assistants [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'April's reputation took a hit in St. Louis, where his units allowed 10 special teams touchdowns while scoring only one the last three seasons. He lost control of kickoff coverage (ranked 30th this season) in 2002, but he did oversee the punt coverage unit, which finished last this season (15.1 yards per return). His kickoff and punt returns finished in the middle of the pack.'

Marker Mularkey connects with Bills fans [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Although she did take Donahoe’s remark as an attack on fans, she said she doesn’t see Mularkey’s greeting as a makeup call. Rather, with her $390 season ticket bill coming in the mail soon, Babiarz said it’s simply a case of the team buttering her up, high-tech style. “I thought more that Tom Donahoe would make sure he was touching base with his season ticket holders as soon as possible to get them pumped, because that bill is coming next week, I know it is,” she said.'

Marker Three Finalists Interview for Football Opening [5:15 AM]
Cornell Daily Sun reports: 'Gilbride, a 29-year coaching veteran, has spent the last 14 years in the pro ranks, including two seasons as a head coach and 11 others as an offensive coordinator. Known as one of the preeminent offensive minds in the game, Gilbride has spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, which he led to offensive rankings of 11th and 30th in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, respectively. Prior to his stint in upstate New York, Gilbride served as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers (1990-94), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-96), and Pittsburgh Steelers (1999-00), where his teams were perennially ranked near the top of the league in passing offense.'

Marker Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"There are some guys that you can't ask them to do things they aren't capable of," Mularkey said. "There are great schemes and ideas that go on across the league every Sunday, but if you don't have the personnel to do it, you're asking for failure. It starts with the quarterback but it's coordinated across the board. That's my philosophy with it."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Gregg Williams could've saved his job and Kevin Gilbride's too had they given Henry the football eight to 10 more times a game.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills are keeping close tabs on University of Pittsburgh WR Larry Fitzgerald eligibility ruling for the draft. They are in need of a talented wideout, and while they pick 13th, might consider doing whatever it takes to move up into the top 10 for a chance to grab Fitzgerald.'

Marker Mike Mularkey talks to Channel 2 [5:11 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Many NFL head coaches are so consumed with their jobs they're known to sleep in the office and forget the name of the family pet. Mike Mularkey says he will not be one of them. He believes balance is the key to success, both on and off the field. He says he will be passionate about coaching the Bills, but says he will also always make time for his wife Betsy and two sons. Mularkey, however, does admit the hectic pace of his new job is consuming him right now.'

January 21, 2004

Marker Things to get off my chest [10:12 PM]
HBO reports: And while we're at it, everyone is comparing the Philadelphia Eagles (losers of three consecutive NFC Championship games) to the Buffalo Bills.

Now, wait a minute. The Buffalo Bills won a ton of huge playoff games. They never lost a championship game in their house-much less two in a row. In fact, Jim Kelly was 9-1 at home in the postseason! As Philadelphia has found out, it is very difficult to reach one Super Bowl-never mind four in a row. Before anyone finds an easy way of comparing the Eagles failures with the Bills-check the facts. Those Bills defeated Dan Marino's Dolphins and Joe Montana's Chiefs and John Elway's Broncos in the postseason. They won AFC Championship games at home and on the road. They won them with offense, and they won them with defense. So, to Eagles players, fans, and media; enough already with the Bills bashing. Today's Eagles would be fortunate to have one Hall of Fame player like Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, or Jim Kelly.

Marker Bills hire April to coach special teams; retain LB coach Blackmon [5:05 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills retained Don Blackmon as their linebackers coach. Blackmon completed his first season in Buffalo, coaching a revamped corps that featured two new starters -- Pro Bowl selection Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey.'

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