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Buffalo Bills News - March 6, 2003

Marker NFL influenced by USFL's schemes, former coaches [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: "Spreading the field like we did, with 4 WRs and throwing all the time in the 'run-and-shoot,' that was kind of radical back then," allowed HOF QB Jim Kelly, trigger man for the Houston Gamblers' audacious offense before signing with the Buffalo Bills. "Now you see it all the time in the NFL and not just on third down. People can say whatever they want to (about the USFL), but we tried to be exciting. The coaches had kind of an 'anything goes' attitude, you know?"

Marker USFL: A team-by-team history [7:56 PM]
ESPN reports: Best (Bills) Players: Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie & Scott Norwood

Worth remembering: The Run-and-Shoot was born here. Houston rolled up 1,162 points in two seasons, and QB Jim Kelly was the main ingredient. He threw for a remarkable 5,219 yards and 44 touchdowns in his rookie season, and followed that up with 4,623 yards and 39 TDs in 1985 despite missing several games with an injury.

Marker Spikes impressed with Bills organization, top to bottom (Interview) [7:05 PM] reports: "That was impressive by all the fans. I thought I was coming down to Cincinnati and Paul Brown Stadium in the last game of the year. They made me feel welcome. I remember one guy… 'play well Takeo, just don't hurt anybody so you can get ready for us next year.' I saw posters out there. I even saw some guys (say)… 'Spikes I love Buffalo but I'm going to take my jersey today and put a Cincinnati jersey on today.' He put it on, it was impressive."

Marker Press Conference Photo: Takeo Spikes [6:33 PM]
Yahoo reports: Takeo Spikes, currently a LB for the Cincinnati Bengals, speaks to the media during a press conference after meeting with the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Thursday, March 6, 2003. Additional Page

Marker Mike Doser: Bills need Adams [6:29 PM]
Shout! reports: Would signing tackle Sam Adams be the return of the powerful interior line play the Bills have been lacking since Ted Washington left two years ago?

Marker Mike Doser: Spikes likes Williams and the Bills [6:28 PM]
Shout! reports: Weakside LB Takeo Spikes visited with the Bills today. Here's what he said: "I like everything. I like the way Coach Williams orchestrates his whole schedule as far as taking care of the players, leaving it up to the veteran players to demand more of the younger players on the team. I like that."

Marker Blitzing them in Chi-uh, Buffalo [6:26 PM] reports: It was in the NFL that Chicago Blitz's braintrust left a lasting legacy. Bill Polian was the Blitz's first personnel director. Marv Levy followed Allen as head coach. John Butler was the director of college scouting. Reunited with the Buffalo Bills, they would reach four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990-93. Former USFL players Jim Kelly, Kent Hull and Scott Norwood helped them get there. "Our experiences in the USFL helped us enormously," said Polian.

Marker Bills: Spikes, Adams, and Lindell meet with Buffalo [6:25 PM] reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Sam Adams will have formal visits with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Buffalo will likely make an offer to Spikes very soon.

Marker WKBW-TV Becomes Official TV Station of the Buffalo Bills [4:48 PM] reports: WKBW-TV will broadcast Bills preseason games, which for the first time in recent memory will include tape-delayed broadcasts of home preseason contests. Channel 7 will also air "The Gregg Williams Show" (Sundays at 11:30 AM) and "Bills All-Access" with Steve Tasker and Jennifer Mucha (Saturdays at 7:30 PM).

Marker Did You Know? - Linebacker Takeo Spikes [2:52 PM] reports: Has not missed a Bengals game (or start) due to injury (79 games). It took the death of his father, Jimmie Spikes, on October 12 to keep him out of their lineup for the first and only time.

Marker LB Comparison/What They're Saying [12:40 PM] reports: "I've seen him play for a long time and he is one of those guys who from sideline to sideline, loves to play the game. He has a passion to play the game. It's fun to watch those kinds of players play." -- Bills coach Gregg Williams on free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes

Marker Spikes In Town For Visit [9:47 AM] reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes is in Buffalo today visiting with President and General Manager Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams. Spikes, the 13th overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Auburn, has averaged 113 tackles a season for the Bengals. Cincinnati has the right to match any offer made to Spikes, having placed their transition tag on the fifth-year pro back on February 11.

Marker Bills play host to Spikes, Adams today [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To try to discourage Cincinnati from matching an offer, the Bills probably would have to give him a large base salary for 2003, in addition to a big signing bonus.'

Marker Spikes, Bills to meet today [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are approximately $7 million under the cap, leaving plenty of room to structure deals for Spikes and Adams for 2003. Things would be tight to make other moves, however, and trading wide receiver Peerless Price -- Buffalo’s franchise player -- remains the easiest way to clear $5.01 million in room.'

Marker Bills seek to sign Spikes [5:20 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Buffalo president and general manager Tom Donahoe was traveling Wednesday and unavailable for comment, a Bills spokesman said. Reports out of Buffalo have said the Bills were preparing an offer sheet for Spikes.'

Marker Holliday hopes he's the guy [5:19 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Former Seahawk Sam Adams, a 6-foot-3 defensive tackle listed at 330 pounds, lives in the Seattle area and wouldn't mind a return to the Seahawks. Adams, who played with the Oakland Raiders last season, would prefer to bypass visits to other teams — though he will speak with the Buffalo Bills today — and agree to terms if the money is right.'

Marker Hawks navigating free-agency waters [5:19 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'Kicker Rian Lindell, a restricted free agent, completed his visit with the Buffalo Bills yesterday. His agent, Paul Sheehy, expects to get offers from the Bills and New York Jets in the next day or two. By tendering Lindell a $605,000 offer last week, the Seahawks can match any offer sheet he signs.'

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March 5, 2003

Marker Linebackers visit Bengals; Spikes checks out Buffalo [9:11 PM] reports: 'The Bengals are thinking linebackers as they try to grapple with the Takeo Spikes question: They want their leading tackler back, but it is believed he was on a plane to Buffalo Wednesday to visit the Bills in what may be a precursor to an offer sheet in the next few days.'

Marker Robinson defends Bills' brass [9:09 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Robinson pointed out at the end of games, many teams were successful at running on the Buffalo defense, and so serious pass-rushing efforts never materialized. He used the Kansas City loss and the two New England losses as prime examples.'

Marker Restricted Free Agent Kicker Rian Lindell Visits [4:57 PM] reports: "It's really nice here. The facility is great; coaches and the people are really nice as well. I like the fieldhouse, it's always good to be able to come in out of the cold and get your workout in. I like the ability to be inside doing sprints. It's very convenient."

Marker Bills consider Lindell if Hollis doesn't re-sign [3:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Lindell is a restricted free agent, who can entertain offers from other teams after the Seahawks retained his rights by tendering him a $605,000 contract. Seattle holds the right to match any offer, but would receive no compensation should Lindell sign with another team.'

Marker Alumni Update: Chuck Knox [1:24 PM] reports: During Chuck Knox’s first season, the Bills went 5-11. Granted, it was a losing record, but on the bright side, seven of the 11 losses were by seven points or less. Buffalo was 7-9 in ‘79. This time, five of the nine losses were by seven or fewer points. The club seemed to be heading in the right direction.

Marker From Donahoe's Desk [1:21 PM] reports: To give you a sense of what that's like, let's take a look at some of the tasks stacked on Tom Donahoe's desk. Keep in mind that this doesn't include any of the marketing, public relations or business-end responsibilities that come with being the president and general manager of an NFL club. This is free agency, pure and simple. (Actually, simple is not at all the right word…)

Marker Seahawks Kicker Rian Lindell Visits Bills [11:47 AM] reports: Today the Bills are entertaining Seahawks kicker Rian Lindell, a restricted free agent. Lindell was successful on 23 of 29 field-goal tries (79.3 percent) for Seattle last season. The former undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2000 has also handled kickoffs for the Seahawks the past three seasons.

Marker Oakland's Adams and Seattle kicker coming for visits [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Free agent Sam Adams of the Oakland Raiders will visit the Buffalo Bills here Thursday.'

Marker Adams, Bengals exchange figures [8:24 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo would like to pair up Adams with young and talented tackle Pat Williams, another client of Wright's. The Bills are roughly $7 million under the salary cap and could free up another $5 million if they can work out a deal to trade wide receiver Peerless Price, their franchise player.'

Marker Falcons, Bills still talking about Peerless [5:29 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Bills want a first-round pick as part of a package in exchange for Price, but the Falcons may not be willing to part with the No. 23 choice. ''Let's not assume we don't have any interest in having our first-round draft choice,'' Anderson said a few days ago.'

Marker Bengals tackle Thornton [12:51 AM]
Bengals Press Box reports: With Raiders DT Sam Adams still unable to get what he thinks is a satisfactory offer over the long term from Cincinnati, he is set Thursday to visit Buffalo, the city, where ironically comes the buzz that the Bills could be prepping an offer sheet for Bengals LB Takeo Spikes in the next week.

March 4, 2003

Marker Mike Doser: Spikes would inject more attitude [8:08 PM]
Shout! reports: Weakside LB Takeo Spikes would add some serious swagger to the Bills' defense. He's emotional, intense and outgoing. He's not one of those players who leads by example.

Spikes leads with his mouth AND by example

Marker Cap Class Sends Media Back to School [2:29 PM] reports: When it was over, Tom Donahoe said he felt like a teacher once again, right down to the blank stares he used to see on many students' faces. "You just know that everybody is saying, 'What did he say?'" the Buffalo Bills president/general manager said with a sheepish green as he stepped down from the platform in the media room at the team's training facility.

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