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Buffalo Bills News - January 11, 2004

Marker Let's chill out, give Donahoe time [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Personally, Id take a 78-years-young Marv Levy above all the candidates interviewed so far. If the Washington Redskins can rehire their own re-energized Pro Football Hall of Fame coach in Joe Gibbs, why not Buffalo?'

Marker Crennel coordinates deal [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tom Donahoe has promised a thorough search, which bodes well for both New England coordinators, who are among seven candidates.'

Marker Openings closing fast [5:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bledsoe has always been a flexible guy, however, and probably could coexist with Weis. But why would the Bills go in that direction when Jauron and Mularkey are available?'

Marker Crennel extended [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Crennel interviewed with five teams for their head coaching vacancies during the bye week, but three of those - the Giants, Falcons and Cardinals - filled their openings. He remains alive with Chicago and Buffalo, although the Bills are said to be favoring Pats offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.'

Marker LeBeau anxious for interview [5:17 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"Pittsburgh is like home for me," said LeBeau, who is a native of London, Ohio. "People were always exceptionally good to me in that town. They have great sports fans."'

Marker Mularkey still has no answers [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'If Mularkey doesn't get the Buffalo job, he has an edge in preparing for the Bills, who are one of the Steelers' opponents in 2004. "I studied a lot of film on them, so I know their personnel pretty well before I go in there (for the interview). So, I can talk about each guy and have a good feel about every guy on the roster and their schemes. They are very close (to succeeding). Their defense got better and was stout at the end of the year. Their offense struggled, and if you can get those two to complement each other and get a little more ball control with the offense, they got a chance. They are not far away at all."'

Marker Mularkey passes on interview with Raiders [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Mularkey has emerged as one of the leading candidates to become the head coach with the Buffalo Bills, but it does not appear that is the reason he declined the interview with the Raiders.'

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January 10, 2004

Marker Bills assistants to talk to Redskins [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's considered a good possibility that defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who still is under contract for the coming season, will be back. However, if the new coach has a confidant he wants to bring along as defensive coordinator, Gray could be let out of his contract.'

Marker Succeeding Miller is no slam dunk for Murphy [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to other sources, the key question is whether the Bills want their next radio voice also to be their voice in the community, speak to area groups, host TV shows and do public relations. If the Bills decide their voice will hold a full-time job, Murphy's chances could diminish. He is the sports director at the local ABC affiliate, Channel 7, and certainly is making more money there than the Bills would offer for a full-time position.'

Marker Redskins don't interest Bills' Gray [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Gray is considered a long shot to land the Bills job, but its believed the new coach will be urged to keep him on as coordinator. Gray would not be interested in making a downward move by rejoining Williams. The Texas job does intrigue him.'

Marker Bills will be primed to run [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It will be interesting to see if pass-happy quarterback Drew Bledsoe would accept such a drastic change in offensive philosophy. For the sake of the Bills and his career, Bledsoe should buy into it 100 percent.'

Marker Redskins Close to More Hires [5:18 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'According to a source, Williams wants to hire his former defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, defensive line coach Tim Krumrie and linebackers coach Don Blackmon. But those coaches remain under contract with the Bills, who so far have given the Redskins permission to talk only with Jackson and Smith.'

Marker Just a regular working Joe [5:17 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Williams is interested in other Bills staffers but remains in a holding pattern while Buffalo searches for his replacement.'

Marker Mularkey's options wide open [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'The Oakland Raiders have received permission from the Steelers to speak to Mularkey about replacing former coach Bill Callahan, who was fired at the end of the season.'

Marker Cowher, LeBeau schedule Tuesday meeting [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He was assistant head coach with the Buffalo Bills in '03 and is hoping to return to Buffalo this season. He is tempted by the Steelers' job possibility, but he might want to stay in Buffalo if his close friend Dick Jauron is hired as head coach. Jauron is one of seven candidates in Buffalo, including Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Giants add Lewis, eye Jauron [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Coughlin is interested in hiring Jauron to be his assistant head coach, in part so he can work with Lewis. But Jauron's availability isn't clear, since he's still a candidate to be the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Former Dolphin asks for and gets interview for GM [5:13 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Jones said Buffalo Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak told him Thursday that he remains unsure whether he wants to interview for the position.'

Marker Bills grant Redskins permission to interview assistants [5:12 AM]
AP reports: 'Smith is the Bills special teams coach, and his unit finished third in the league this season in kickoff coverage. Jackson is the Bills safeties coach and third-down specialist.'

Marker Defensive coordinator puts interviews aside [5:11 AM]
AP reports: 'Smith's best fit likely would have been with the Falcons and general manager Rich McKay, who was with Smith when he coached linebackers with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ''Lovie Smith is going to get a head coaching job,'' offensive tackle Kyle Turley said.'

Marker The Bills Could Lose Two Assistant Coaches [5:10 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both coaches of course are close to Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who hired them when he was head coach of the Bills.'

January 9, 2004

Marker Analysis: Playoffs might determine Bills coaching search [5:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Depending on Donahoe's level of interest, the Bills search could extend into next month after the Super Bowl if the Patriots and/or Rams make it that far. Where any of the three candidates rank on the Bills' list is uncertain. But that Donahoe has yet to make his selection while four other teams have already hired a new coach this past week is an indication that at least one of the still-employed assistants is in the running.'

Marker Bills Step Back To Evaluate Coaching Search [5:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have granted the Washington Redskins permission to interview special teams coach Danny Smith and safeties/3rd down specialist coach Steve Jackson. Both coaches are currently under contract with Buffalo.'

Marker Bills attendance up, TV ratings slip [1:28 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'As the Bills continue to search for a new head coach, a team official said this week a decision has not been made on whether prices will increase for 2004.'

Marker Donahoe looks closely at coordinators [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Donahoe is strongly considering Weis, who developed such stars as Curtis Martin, Ben Coates and Tom Brady. If New England (14-2), which has home-field advantage throughout the postseason, advances all the way to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, Donahoe said hed be willing to wait it out. If its the right guy and you feel you have to wait, then you better wait, he said.'

Marker Assembly of the Coaching Staff Remains Incomplete [5:18 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Although Gibbs did not specify the problems, new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams -- recently fired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills -- is expected to try obtaining at least two former assistants: defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, possibly to coach the secondary, and defensive line coach Tim Krumrie. Gibbs noted that assistant coaches whose bosses had been fired were not free to seek other jobs if they were still under contract to their teams.'

Marker Gibbs' first task: Filling his staff [5:17 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'The Redskins' hiring of Williams as defensive coordinator might have been their biggest coup. Despite a failed three-year stint as head coach in Buffalo, Williams was in high demand this week for his defensive prowess..."I have some real good friends who coached with him," Gibbs said. "It's one of those things where you kind of know his reputation. And when he became available, I think almost everybody was talking to him."'

Marker Steelers lining up job candidates for defensive coordinator [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Dick LeBeau is returning to the Steelers, at least for an interview.'

Marker Poor season might have been good for Mularkey [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"(Donahoe) has a tough decision, I think," Mularkey said, "because there are a lot of coaches who are qualified to do it."'

Marker Big Blue targets ex-Steeler aide [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Coughlin also is interested in hiring Dick Jauron, his former defensive coordinator in Jacksonville, but the Giants won't make a move until the Bills head coaching situation is finalized. Jauron is a candidate in Buffalo.'

Marker Fassel Might Not Find Job [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Bills have interviewed seven people, and there have been reports Fassel had a mediocre interview with them. Among the other top candidates are Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and former Bears coach Dick Jauron, whom Coughlin hopes to interview to be his defensive coordinator.'

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