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Buffalo Bills News - March 1, 2001

Marker MetroWesters: Flutie a proven winner [1:16 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The release of Natick's Doug Flutie from the Buffalo Bills struck a chord with many MetroWest residents who pointed out the NFL franchise flourished under the 38-year-old quarterback&'s leadership.'

Marker Bills blew it by dumping Flutie [10:47 AM]
MSNBC reports: 'Bills blew it by dumping Flutie... New GM Donahoe made wrong choice in Buffalo's quarterback controversy.'... What does he know??

Marker Leaf, Flutie Are Among Players Cut [10:46 AM]
LA Times reports: 'Chargers end association with quarterback; Bills make decision to go with Johnson.'

Marker Buffalo News web site is having problems [10:41 AM]
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Marker Bills keep Johnson, cut Flutie [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Today's decision may not be a popular one with all of our fans, but our responsibility as an organization is . . . to make the right decisions," Donahoe said. "We would like to thank Doug Flutie for his efforts here in Buffalo."'

Marker In Rob they trust [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds supports the Bills' decision, but will miss Flutie. The two developed a close relationship, and Moulds had some of his greatest games when Flutie was the starter.'

Marker Bills show confidence in staff teachers [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And as of Wednesday, they have put their reputations in the hands of a flawed, fragile quarterback who has yet to prove he can be a consistently healthy, effective NFL starter.'

Marker Talent wins out for Johnson [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know we've got the right guy for this offense. Rob can make all the throws. He can make every throw that needs to be made. He's mobile. We've got to coach him to be smarter in how he takes care of his body. We've got to coach him to get rid of the ball quicker."'

Marker As victories mounted, Flutie ignited passionate debates [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But over the past three seasons, Flutie energized a city that longed for a new hero in the aftermath Jim Kelly's retirement in 1996. Flutie rejuvenated a franchise many thought was going to leave town. He also stirred more passionate debate in Western New York than any Bills player in recent memory.'

Marker Well thought out [6:38 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'If the end of the Doug Flutie versus Rob Johnson melodrama felt a bit anticlimactic to you Wednesday, it's because in the final analysis, logic prevailed.'

Marker The right move: Flutie’s a goner [6:36 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Flutie won't be out of work long. San Diego, now headed by former Buffalo general manger John Butler, will make a strong push.'

Marker Flutie let go by Bills [5:30 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'His two biggest decisions since taking over the Bills' football operations - to hire Gregg Williams as coach over Marvin Lewis, and keep Johnson over Flutie - have been unpopular in Buffalo. Let's see if they work.'

Marker Bills sack Flutie [5:27 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Doug Flutie has made a career out of proving people wrong. He'll now attempt to add Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe's name to that list.'

Marker Flutie faces music [5:20 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As elusive as he always has been on the football field, Doug Flutie couldn't avoid the biggest sack of all.'

Marker Doug 'n' Dave show [5:19 AM]
Calgary Sun reports: 'Considering Chargers GM John Butler was the only man who had the faith to sign Flutie three years ago when he was GM in Buffalo, he's the likeliest candidate to do it again.'

Marker The Last Word [5:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And while it chagrins us, you also should know there is only one problem with tying the can to Flutie. From our vantage point, he was not the problem. The problem was: Rob Johnson is no stinkin' good.'

Marker Bills pick Johnson, deflate Flutiemania [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson is expected to talk publicly today about the decision.'

Marker Rob gets keys to the car [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"What was interesting in talking to the players who came in to see me, none of the players expressed a desire for one or the other, but they all expressed a desire (for us) to pick a quarterback."'

Marker Flutie release angers Bill fans [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"I doubt seriously Rob Johnson will ever be a Buffalo Bill," he says. "Buffalo Bills don't wear bandanas on their heads or have that devil-may-care, surfer boy attitude that he has. "He ought to be playing for San Diego."'

Marker Dropping Flutie first step toward rebuilding team [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'In my Fantasyland, Flutie's 27 and Rob's in high school cruising for chicks. But reality bites. And like the choice or not, the Bills took one more step toward becoming a true team again.'

Marker Johnson has much to prove to Bills' faithful [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sadly, Doug will be working his magic elsewhere, while the Bills pin their hopes on a quarterback whose potential no longer seems unlimited.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Wallpaper [12:38 AM]
TBD reports: 'Download great Buffalo Bills' artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. Includes a calendar for the month of March!'

Marker Rob lives [12:08 AM]
Shout! reports: 'When Wade Phillips introduced Rob Johnson three years ago as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills he said he hoped it would be the start of the Rob Johnson-Wade Phillips era. Well, on Wednesday night, Feb. 28 the Johnson era really and belatedly began as general manager and president Tom Donahoe ...'

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February 28, 2001

Marker Johnson Stays, Flutie Goes [10:35 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: "There is no more controversy," Williams said. "The locker room is unified."

Marker Johnson logically prevails in turf war [8:45 PM]
ESPN reports: 'First of all, the word has always been that the Bills' players preferred Johnson at quarterback.'

Marker Bills to cut Flutie, retain Johnson as starting QB [8:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Donahoe said last week that the one quarterback who remains probably will have to restructure his contract to accommodate the team's tight cap status. Flutie has a 2001 cap value of $7.753 million and Johnson of $8.292 million.'

Marker Doug is Done - Bills choose to keep Johnson as starting QB [6:05 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'After weeks of internal debate on the merits of their two quarterbacks, the Bills have decided in favor of Rob Johnson. The team will officially announce the decision to retain Johnson at a 7 p.m. EST news conference at the team complex.'

Marker Bills to keep Johnson, cut Flutie [6:04 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were forced to make a decision mostly for salary-cap reasons as they had to cut almost $8 million off their payroll in time for Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline.'

Marker Bills tap Johnson as quarterback [5:16 PM] reports: 'One day after saying goodbye to Thurman Thomas Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills looked towards the future in retaining quarterback Rob Johnson as the team's starting quarterback in 2001. With the large amount of money the team's two quarterbacks would count when the salary cap numbers are enforced Thursday evening, the Bills decided they could only keep one of their two quarterbacks. After an exhaustive review of film, interviews with other players and coaches, and thought to the future direction of the club, the Bills retained the younger Johnson.'

Marker Talk about this decision on the Stadium Wall! [5:15 PM]
TBD reports: Now that Johnson is the man in Buffalo, head over to the Stadium Wall message board and tell us what you think of the decision! (If you were reading the Wall last night you would have had this information before ANYONE on the internet!).

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