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Buffalo Bills News - January 25, 2001

Marker NFLPA Field Survery Ranks Buffalo in Bottom 10 [10:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The survey concluded that Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium... had the second-worst field. Grass fields at the Meadowlands... and Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium ranked third and fourth on the "worst" list. Rounding out the 10 worst were Dallas, Minnesota, Buffalo and New Orleans - all with turf - and Chicago and Miami with grass.'

Marker Source: Parcells Will Take Over in Tampa Next Season [4:35 PM]
New York Post reports: Despite the title, Mark Cannizzaro can't help but speculate that Parcells may come to Buffalo next season. Some people will publish anything!

Marker Cottrell's aides may go with him [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cottrell...is expected to bring highly regarded defensive backs coach Bill Bradley to New York. There also is a possibility linebackers coach Chuck Lester and defensive line coach John Levra may join Cottrell as well. Levra also may opt to retire.'

Marker Lewis, Fox put their futures on hold [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lewis and Fox, this year's hot NFL coaching commodities, are top candidates for the head coaching jobs in both Buffalo and Cleveland. Both teams have asked permission to speak with them after Sunday's game. And both coaches are steadfastly trying to keep their focus on the biggest football game of their lives.'

Marker Phillips waits and wonders [6:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'CBS Sportsline.com reported that the Bills might try to withhold Phillips' salary because, in effect, he resigned after refusing to fire special-teams coach Ronnie Jones. Phillips called that report "bogus."'

Marker Vick learns part of business is firing [6:24 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'In addition to seeking a more experienced agent, Vick said another major reason for voiding the deals was he was unhappy with the percentages that were being charged. According to Vick, Kelly was to get 25 percent of his marketing revenue, about 10 percent higher than the norm.'

Marker Pendry Is Hired; Phillips Interested [6:09 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips said yesterday that he reopened his talks with Schottenheimer on Tuesday and indicated he is more comfortable pursuing the job now that his former defensive coordinator in Buffalo, Ted Cottrell, is no longer a candidate.'

Marker Redskins add line coach [6:08 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"[Joe Pendry's] a guy with a tremendous breadth and understanding of all aspects of offensive play," Schottenheimer said.'

Marker Williams’ interview with Browns goes smoothly [6:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The 42-year-old Williams is also considered by many inside the league to be a candidate for the Bills head coaching position...Titans President Jeff Diamond said yesterday the Bills have not yet formally requested permission to speak to Williams.'

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January 24, 2001

Marker Parker still looking for first ring [9:22 PM]
AP reports: '"In Buffalo we were always winners. They treated us that way. There was none of the stigma of losing four Super Bowls," said Parker, who played three years with Kansas City before joining the Giants.'

Marker Report: Vick fires agents and Jim Kelly Enterprises [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I started talking to other people, I talked to (Washington defensive end) Bruce Smith, and it made me start thinking that I had to find somebody with more experience and class."'

Marker Hackett, Cottrell join Jets coaching staff [9:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Edwards confirmed that Cottrell will be allowed to return to Buffalo if he is named the team's coach..."We're not going to stop him," Edwards said. "If he would get that opportunity, we'd let him go."'

Marker Bills get permission to interview Titans' Williams [9:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills on Wednesday would not say if Williams was a candidate to replace Wade Phillips, who was dismissed as coach this month.'

Marker Redskins hire Pendry to coach line [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Joe Pendry, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, was hired by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday to coach the offensive line.'

Marker Joe Pendry goes to Washington [7:29 PM]
TBD reports: According to radio reports out of the nation's capitol, Joe Pendry has been hired by Marty Schottenheimer to be the Redskins' Offensive Line coach. Pendry was Schottenheimer's Offensive Coordinator back in Kansas City during the Barry Word/Christian Okoye years. Former Bills' Head Coach Wade Phillips will be interviewing for Washington's Defensive Coordinator's position on Monday.

Marker Donahoe calls Texans' hiring of Capers 'wrong' [1:40 PM]
ESPN reports: Why is he complaining? Personally, I am glad the Texans got Capers. Let's hope the "back door" deal with Lewis is true....

Marker Report: Vick fires agent [1:31 PM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'Attempts to reach Joel and Kelly Enterprises on Tuesday evening were unsuccessful. No reason was given for the firing.'

Marker Vick fires agents: Kelly Enterprises [9:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Vick originally signed with Jim Kelly Enterprises of Buffalo to handle promotional activities and Joel Enterprises of Richmond, Va., to negotiate his contract... But league officials here for Super Bowl XXXV confirmed for SportsLine.com on Tuesday night that Vick has terminated the two firms.'

Marker Wiley wary about Bills' uncertainty [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you think of the guys who were most responsible for the success of this team over the last several years, John Butler, Wade Phillips and Ted Cottrell are the first three names that come to mind," said defensive end Marcellus Wiley. "It's tough for me personally because I feel like my network has been taken out of the situation. Those three names as well as Bruce (Smith) and Phil (Hansen) were key as far as my progress as a player.'

Marker Rejected but not dejected [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Both Parker and Zeigler refuse to say "I told you so" to those in Buffalo who doubted them.'

Marker Case settled against wife of ex-Bill [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The wife of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas will have charges related to a bar fight [in a Franklin Street bistro] dropped if she stays out of trouble for six months, a judge ruled Tuesday.'

Marker Bills seeking capital gains [7:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'A year after signing Buffalo Bills free-agent defensive end Bruce Smith, the Washington Redskins are ready to announce the signing of offensive coordinator Joe Pendry as their offensive line coach and possibly fired head coach Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator.'

Marker Christie clueless about his future [7:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Wade and Ronnie both said they'd want me back, but they're both gone so that's all out the door," said Christie, one of the NFL's most reliable placekickers. "I'm pretty confident somebody will pick me up."'

Marker Back-room deal has M. Lewis bound for Buffalo [7:38 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston: "two highly ranked Ravens officials said yesterday that Lewis and the Bills are each their No. 1 choices and want to make the deal happen." Preston also speculates that Lewis will bring with him "secondary coach Donnie Henderson and Chip Morton, the Ravens' assistant strength and conditioning coach." Finally, Preston also notes that "when he first came to Baltimore, Lewis tried to teach the ex-Browns the Steelers' way. Big mistake. In the past two seasons, he has won over the players."

Marker Jints preparing for their Fox to flee big blue den [7:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In Buffalo, Fox' main competition will come from Marvin Lewis, the Ravens defensive coordinator. Fox has extremely strong ties with Tom Donahoe, who was recently hired as the Bills general manager, from their days together in Pittsburgh. Lewis also has ties to Donahoe and the Steelers.'

Marker A sign of the times [7:35 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Lewis is considered the front-runner in Buffalo because he worked with new Bills GM Tom Donahoe during his 14-year tenure in Pittsburgh. Black assistants are no longer being interviewed by strangers, a factor that should help minorities gain a fair chance in the process.'

Marker Fox, Lewis Duel on Field, For Jobs [7:34 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'So far, the score is Marvin Lewis 3, John Fox 2, in the matchup of Super Bowl defensive coordinators. That's three head coaching interviews lined up for Lewis and two for Fox after the Super Bowl.'

Marker Cottrell has the right to run out pattern to Bills [7:33 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Ted Cottrell, the new assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, has a three-year contract that allows him to opt out if he is offered the Buffalo Bills' head coaching job, for which he already has interviewed.'

Marker Browns, Bills waiting to hold talks with Fox [7:32 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We don't want to lose him because he's a great coach, but this has been his dream and we want him to have his dream. He'd make a great had coach, I think everyone knows that. You see how he prepares us each week. There are a lot of teams in the league who could use a head coach like John Fox."'

Marker Jets, coaches agree to deals [7:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'It has been reported that Cottrell has an out clause in his contract in case Buffalo wants to hire him as its head coach. But the Bills also will interview both Super Bowl defensive coordinators -- the Giants' John Fox and Baltimore's Marvin Lewis -- early next week.'

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