Butler brings Smith on board [7:08 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's a done deal, and I'm thrilled," Smith said last night from his home in Hamburg, N.Y. He grew up in Rhode Island and lived here when he was first married. "It's been a wonderful 14 years in Buffalo, but it was time to move on."'
Jets Add Buffalo's Cottrell to List [6:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'He's popular in Buffalo, where many of the defensive players have lobbied on his behalf for the head-coaching vacancy. But that appears to be a longshot.'
Donahoe takes charge [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"My job is to make it work," Donahoe, the Bills' new president and general manager, said yesterday at his introductory news conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "People will know I'm here."'
Donna Who? Bills welcome GM [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'The good news for the Bills is that Donahoe, however you pronounce his name, doesn't just talk a good game. He has a track record of delivering, having rebuilt the Pittsburgh Steelers into a Super Bowl contender.'
Donahoe and Flutie [10:38 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Better start worrying Flutie fans. Those who thought that Tom Donahoe's hiring as president and general manager of the Bills meant Flutie would return as Buffalo's unequivocal starter, well, not necessarily.'
Former Bills coach interviews with Texans [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Phillips, fired Monday by the Bills, will follow Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who interviewed with the Texans on Thursday.'
It's O.k. to Cheat [6:59 PM]
ESPN reports: This Bills Fan will be rooting for the Raiders this weekend.
Donahoe introduced today in press conference [5:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tom Donahoe said all the right things today. The reaction from the public is overwhelmingly positive after his 1st press conference. Donahoe touched on a number of subjects, including the search for a new coach, the salary cap, and the future of Eric Moulds. Here is one quote: "When you do as well as Buffalo does, you're going to have salary cap problems. I don't know how you get around it Ö We have to find a way to deal with the cap, to handle it, to make sure we don't tear our team apart. We may have to make some tough decisions this year. I'm not going to stand up and say it's going to be easy or be popular, but we cannot be over the cap. That is a rule in the National Football League, so we have to look at the avenues at our disposal to deal with the cap."
Donahoe's first job will be finding coach [4:24 PM]
AP reports: 'But the 53-year-old Donahoe offered no hint Friday of who might replace the fired Wade Phillips. "I'll leave the speculation to you," Donahoe said at a news conference.'
Levy hopes to finally get even [1:27 PM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '"Do I ever reflect on (the Super Bowl losses) -- yes. But it hasn't wrecked my psyche . . . Getting to the Super Bowl is tough, getting back three straight years after the first time is even tougher."'
Thoughts on Ralph, Wade, former Bills [1:23 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What three things do Dusty Zeigler, Glenn Parker and Corbin Lacina have in common? First, they were all Buffalo Bills' offensive linemen, second they all left as free agents and, third, all three will be starting in Sunday's NFL Championship Game.'
Bills To Introduce New GM Today [1:18 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'If you're a fan of the Buffalo Bills, the last couple of days have been good ones. Count your blessings.'
Coaching candidates are plenty [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Aside from a new coach, it appears Donahoe also will need to hire a new director of pro personnel now that A.J. Smith finally has been granted permission to speak with San Diego.'
Texans meet with Bills assistant Cottrell [6:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Phillips will interview for the Texans' job this weekend; Thursday belonged to Cottrell, who was interviewing for a head coaching job for the first time.'
It's Cowher vs. Donahoe again [6:11 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The guess here is the Bills will be a bigger winner over the long haul than the Steelers, that Donahoe still will be working in Buffalo long after Cowher has moved on to his next job.'
Donahoe's former colleagues say Buffalo made the right choice [8:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe also is lauded for his keen eye for talent and a tireless work ethic.'
Levy, Wilson: Hall of Fame Nominees [1:21 PM]
TBD reports: Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson are among the 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Akron... errrr Canton, OH. Other finalists include: Harry Carson, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, Lester Hayes, Mike Munchak, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, Jack Youngblood, Nick Buoniconti, Bill Parcells, Art Monk, and Jackie Slater.
Bills have one preseason game scheduled [12:02 PM]
TBD reports: The Trenton Times reports that the Bills will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Ravens' M. Lewis on Bills' short list [11:12 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Station WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reported last night that Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis is the leading candidate to replace deposed Bills coach Wade Phillips.'
Bears down to 4 [9:10 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Bills were ninth in yards gained and 20th in points scored this season. They were 11th in yards and 16th in points last season and sixth in yards and seventh in points in 1998.'
4 in hunt to run Bears offense [9:08 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Bears coach Dick Jauron has narrowed his list of offensive coordinator candidates to...Bears interim coordinator John Shoop...Jimmy Raye, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Pendry, formerly of the Buffalo Bills and Marc Trestman, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.'
More power to him [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Donahoe lost his last job because he finished as the runner-up in a power struggle. The same thing is not likely to happen anytime soon in Buffalo.'
New GM is a quiet achiever [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Donahoe is a man with a big reputation and a low profile.'
Donahoe comes with sterling reputation [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just as many NFL observers were shocked when the Bills fired GM John Butler last month, they were equally as impressed with the addition of Donahoe.'
Steelers' highlights [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A look at Tom Donahoe's career as personnel chief of the Pittsburgh Steelers...'
Wilson gets right man for the job [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe he stumbled into it, but you could argue that he's better off than he was one month ago where his coaches and GM are concerned.'
Flutie backer takes over as Bills GM [7:14 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have a new general manager and, it would seem, a firm backer of Doug Flutie as the club's starting quarterback in 2001.'
Donahoe comes full circle in NFL [6:12 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills have hired a highly competent, thoroughly loyal, dedicated football man who is respected and liked throughout the sport.'
Donahoe named Bills GM [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Wilson, the team's founder who turns 83 in October, has expressed a desire to cut back on his duties with the team, meaning Donahoe will be the club's chief voice at league-level meetings on down.'
Donahoe prepared for new job [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Team owner Ralph Wilson gave Donahoe unprecedented power within the organization, and to some men who worked with or know Donahoe, he is a man who richly deserves it.'
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