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Buffalo Bills News - January 30, 2002

Marker PFW's Spin On... Tom Modrak [5:55 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Comments on how Modrak built Steelers and Eagles.

Marker Bills re-sign QB Van Pelt [12:58 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 31-year-old Van Pelt could emerge as the starter next season. Johnson has one year left on his contract worth $11.2 million against the salary cap and recently was left available for next month's expansion draft.'

Marker Bills Re-Sign Quarterback Van Pelt [12:52 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills re-signed QB Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the longtime backup for capably filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson. The deal, agreed to on Tuesday, is believed to be worth $6 million, but also includes additional incentive clauses should Van Pelt become the Bills permanent starter.

Marker Bills' job search shifts to Steelers, Rams aides [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears that former San Diego head coach Kevin Gilbride, who previously worked with Bills coach Gregg Williams, will not be a serious candidate for the job, even though he has interviewed for it.'

Marker Phillips out of the running for post [9:02 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Why weren't the Giants right for Phillips? "I'm a New Yorker, but I'm really a Buffalo, New Yorker," said Phillips, who coached with the Bills from 1995-2000. "Wherever I go, I'd like to pick it. There's nothing wrong with New York people, certainly, but it's crowded up there."'

Marker Phillips says no to Giants [9:02 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Speaking from his home in Texas, Phillips said, "It just didn't fit good. It's got to be the right situation. They have great players, a great coach, and it's a great organization. They were more personal things than anything else. For whatever reasons, it wasn't the right fit for me at this time in my career."'

Marker Rob-friendly coordinators in the mix [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'In Clements, Childress and Ramsdell, Williams is eyeing a position coach from behind three of the four quarterbacks in last weekend's conference championship games (Kordell Stewart, Donovan McNabb, Kurt Warner). However, none of the three has been a coordinator at the NFL level.'

Marker West Coast suits Van Pelt [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'Van Pelt on Tuesday signed a five-year deal he had agreed on in principle earlier this month, his agent confirmed. Van Pelt's contract is worth nearly $6 million - top pay for an NFL backup - but comes with incentives and escalator clauses that more than triples if he becomes the team's permanent starter.'

Marker Hayes fired; Mularkey, Clements interview elsewhere [5:36 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Clements, a McKees Rocks native who has been credited with helping Kordell Stewart's development, interviewed yesterday for the offensive coordinator position with the Buffalo Bills and will talk with the Jacksonville Jaguars next week about a similar job.'

Marker Mularkey, Clements to interview with other teams [5:35 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, credited with helping resurrect Kordell Stewart's career, finished his first interview Tuesday to become the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator. Within the next week, he will interview for the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

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January 29, 2002

Marker Bills seek to interview Rams QB coach for coordinator job [8:56 PM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Under league rules, the Bills can't interview Ramsdell until after the Rams' season ends. Zygmunt indicated Monday that Martz would have no problem with Ramsdell interviewing for the position. adding that Martz doesn't try to stand in the way of assistants who have a chance at career advancement.'

Marker Bills interview Clements for offensive coordinator [8:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and recently fired San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley both had phone interviews with the Bills in the last few days.'

Marker Clements draws Buffalo's interest [10:39 AM]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: Tom Clements, the Steelers first QB coach in 28 years, is a candidate to become the OC of the Buffalo Bills. Bills president Tom Donahoe yesterday requested and received permission from the Steelers to talk to Clements. Williams was trying to arrange to bring Clements to Buffalo for an interview today.

Marker Briscoe writes own footnote to history [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No longer content as a footnote in other people's stories, Briscoe has written his own story, entitled "The First Black Quarterback". The book, due out Feb. 15, chronicles Briscoe's fascinating and volatile life.'

Marker Coordinator choices are numerous for the Bills [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Gilbride interviewed recently with Minnesota for its offensive coordinator's job. He also reportedly put the New Orleans Saints on hold for its offer to coach their quarterbacks so he could speak with another team about a more prestigious position. That team could be the Bills. Mike Riley, fired as San Diego's head coach, is also believed to be interested in Buffalo's opening.'

Marker Fassel eyes Wade, Tobin [5:05 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Given that Reeves will likely coach only one more season, Phillips might be attracted to Atlanta if he hopes to again be a head coach.'

Marker Phillips Still Front-Runner to Succeed Fox [5:04 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Phillips has spoken to Falcons coach Dan Reeves but is believed to favor the Giants.'

January 28, 2002

Marker Fireside Chat with Tom Donahoe [11:41 PM] reports: The Best anjd the Worst of the Job
"Talking to the agents is really challenging because they have such a different agenda than we do", he said. "They're concerned about one player, we have to be concerned about 53 players, the salary cap and how it affects the whole team. That's challenging. I wouldn't say I dislike it, but there are other things that I would rather be doing."

Marker Maxie signs on with Bills [8:33 PM]
CP reports: 'Demetrious Maxie obviously had a change of heart. Last week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive tackle said his first choice was to return to the CFL team. But on Monday, the six-foot-two, 290-pound Maxie signed with the NFL's Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Failure in Super Bowl brings lifetime of infamy [4:21 PM]
Charlotte Observer reports: The Irish rock band U2 has a new video centered on a field goal kicker who misses a kick in the final seconds of a big game. Video director Joseph Kahn said it is based partly on Scott Norwood, the Buffalo Bills kicker who missed a potential game-winning field goal in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXV. The ultimate indignity for Norwood, wouldn't you say, being thrust onto video shelves between the bare midriffs and the trashy rap?

Strange that U2 would choose such a subject for a music video, but give them this -- the title is appropriate. It's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

That is the story of Scott Norwood's life, summed up in nine words.

Marker Bills sign free agent Demetrious Maxie of CFL [2:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Maxie, who indicated last week he'd like to return to Saskatchewan next season, said money changed his mind.'

Marker Donahoe rolls the dice on draft list [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Was it mere coincidence that the Bills announced the firing of offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard only moments before they revealed their expansion list?'

Marker Bills sign free agent Demetrious Maxie [12:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: '...he spent the past season playing in the Canadian Football League for Saskatchewan.'

Marker Fassel Set to Huddle With Wade [5:32 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Phillips, a former head coach with both the Broncos and the Buffalo Bills, had Fassel on his Denver staff in 1993-94. He is believed to be the leading candidate to replace John Fox, who became the head coach of the Carolina Panthers on Friday.'

Marker Phillips Tops List To Replace Fox [5:31 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Phillips has interviewed with Dan Reeves' Falcons, but he appears to be the Giants' leading candidate.'

Marker Jints Wade-ing after Phillips [5:30 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Fassel worked in Denver with Phillips, who was fired a year ago as head coach of the Bills. Phillips could be an immediate front runner for the most important position on Fassel's staff and Fassel may strike quickly, as there are other openings in the league and there will be competition for Phillips' services.'

January 27, 2002

Marker Wade Phillips on Fassel's docket [5:43 PM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips is the front-runner to become the Giants next defensive coordinator and will interview for the position tomorrow.'

Marker Don't expect Johnson to do a Lamonica impersonation [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson certainly has the talent to be a capable quarterback in the NFL. He's a nice guy and a good person. But putting him on the expansion list was the logical and correct thing for the Bills to do.'

January 26, 2002

Marker Conference Championships are about Redemption [11:23 PM]
USA Today reports: Inevitably, cameras will focus on these players (such as Antowain Smith, who was released by Buffalo last year) at the end of Sunday's games. Win, and they become the sentimental favorites, like John Elway finally having enough talent around him to win it all in Denver. Lose, and they almost become tragic heroes like the Buffalo Bills of the 1990s.

Marker Len Pasquarelli's expansion draft list for Houston [4:37 PM]
ESPN reports: Forget the high priced players. Look at the 2nd teer agents such as Avion Black of Buffalo, a potentially solid kick-return man.

And don't forget about defensive backs such as Chris Hayes of the New York Jets, Tampa Bay's Eric Vance and Raion Hill of the Bills, all good cover men on the punt and kickoff teams.

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