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Buffalo Bills News - February 14, 2004

Marker Bills, Tucker agree to new pact [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tucker, who started five games at right guard in place of Mike Pucillo late last season, was set to become a free agent on March 3. Tucker joined the Bills after starting half the season for Dallas in 2002.'

Marker Houston's steal doesn't merit a Bills deal [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Why did Buffalo bother attending Hensonís workout in Houston this week? He probably will be traded by the Texans for at least a high second-round pick and perhaps a first-round pick. The Bills need immediate help in too many areas (wide receiver, defensive end and tight end) to use one of their top picks on a project QB.'

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February 13, 2004

Marker Bills not Tucker-ed out [11:13 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills reached a three-year, $2.2 million agreement with guard Ross Tucker, 24, that could grow to $3.2 million depending upon his playing time. Tucker is a great success story for the Bills, a former undrafted player claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys who ended up as the starting RG the final 5 games of last season. The 6-4, 316-pounder is projected to be a starter next season. Included in the deal is a $225,000 signing bonus. He was scheduled to be a RFA.

Marker Ask Play-By-Play Man John Murphy [10:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'No stranger to Bills fans, Murphy recently completed his 16th season alongside Miller in the booth as the radio networkís color analyst. He first held the analyst job from 1984-89 and then again from 1994-2003. A native of Lockport, NY and graduate of Syracuse University, Murphy has also served as the sports director at WKBW-TV (Channel 7) in Buffalo since 1989.'

Marker Studesville Likes His Backs [10:04 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Henry proved last year he can carry the load. Playing much of the season with bruised ribs then a broken leg, Henry ran for over 1,350 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. "That's a credit to him and how tough he is and his commitment to the team," Studesville said of Henry. "He's an impressive player."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Pete Gogolak [3:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Being the second-highest scorer in the league as a rookie, I asked for a raise and they wouldnít give it to me. Iíll tell you very frankly, I signed for $11,000 and I asked for 20. So I played out my contract. I didnít talk to anybody and I became a free agent and thatís when the Giants approached me and signed me," said Gogolak. "In Buffalo, I think they thought I was a traitor, basically. I really loved Buffalo and I loved the team. It was a great football town. Very frankly, it was the best two years in my professional career and it was a wonderful place to play for. The whole town was behind you. I think it was just kind of a financial situation. I felt that I was worth that kind of money and the management felt that I wasnít."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Jim Jeffcoat [1:37 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Iíd like to be a head coach someday, thereís no question. Thatís the only reason I got in this business, to be a head coach. I know that itís a long journey, but Iím prepared for that."'

Marker A time to celebrate: Jim Kelly's 'hero' turns 7 [1:36 PM]
AP reports: '''He'll never be able to do what daddy did,'' said Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to an unprecedented four straight AFC titles in the early 1990s. ''But he's going to do greater things. He's going to make a difference in kids' lives. He already has.'''

Marker QB's workout gets raves, has Texans ready to talk trade [12:01 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: Green Bay's Mike Sherman and Buffalo's Mike Mularkey were the only head coaches in attendance. Buffalo's Tom Donahue[sic], Miami's Rick Spielman and the New York Giants' Ernie Accorsi were the only general managers.

Marker Open Season [7:21 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' new quarterbacks coach has a damaged heart and a broken voice, but you gotta like his drive.'

February 12, 2004

Marker Good Audition for Henson [10:45 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"The one thing that happens in a drill like this is you can't make a final decision," said Bills quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche. "What you can do is eliminate. I don't think anyone eliminated him today."'

Marker Lindell Works Toward Improving on 2003 Season [10:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ''I don't think the season went too well. I think there are a lot of things I need to do a better job at next season. I didn't do anything to jump start the team at all. My kickoffs weren't as consistent as I would have liked, or I thought they would be. In the offseason I want to get my leg strength better and get more consistent on the kickoff. My kickoff steps were new as far as how I did those. I used to put the ball on the hash and step it off so everybody knew where I was going. This past season I put it in the middle. It will be nice to have an offseason to continue getting better on my kickoff steps and just get better on the field goals.''

Marker Henson showcases football skills for scouts [4:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Casserly won't say exactly what the Texans want for Henson, but the team would love to get a first-round pick in return. The Bills, Packers and Dolphins are apparently among the teams that are most interested.'

Marker Bills Attend Drew Henson's Workout [1:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I saw him (Henson) on film last year from his days in Michigan," Clements said. "I have an idea of what he looked like on film and I was impressed with him at Michigan. When you go down there you're just going to see how rusty he may be. You want to see what athletic ability he has, how he's throwing the ball and whether or not he's accurate and if he still has the same zip on it. Just guessing, I expect him to be fairly impressive in person. He's going to just display his athletic ability and how he can throw the ball."'

Marker 2003 Draft review and All-Rookie team [10:49 AM]
NFL.com reports: Buffalo Bills: Seven of eight picks made the roster. The class produced only two starts. The key to this draft is what McGahee and Chris Kelsay do in the future.

Marker Job carousel spins wildly for league's defensive coordinators [8:50 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Included in the high-profile mix are five former NFL head coaches, the most recent being Gregg Williams (Washington) and Dick Jauron (Detroit), who were let go this season by the Bills and Bears, respectively. Others include Gunther Cunningham, the former Chiefs head coach who has returned to become Kansas Cityís DC; Wade Phillips, a former head coach in Denver and Buffalo who will be in charge of the Chargersí defense; and Dick LeBeau, a former head coach in Cincinnati who is returning to Pittsburgh, where he spent 1992 through í96 as an assistant coach and then defensive coordinator.

Marker Bills head for Henson's workout [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Texans will shop Henson to the highest bidder, but whether Buffalo would be involved in bidding for him so soon after giving up a No. 1 pick to New England for Bledsoe in 2002 is highly speculative. Many personnel directors feel Henson is a long-term project.'

Marker Murphy to succeed Miller as Bills' radio announcer [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'ďIím just succeeding him. I mean, who can replace Van?Ē said Murphy, 46, who worked alongside the legendary Miller for 16 years. ďIf you grew up around here, heís the voice of the Bills, and I just feel Iím succeeding him. These are huge shoes to fill. Iím going to try not to think about it.Ē'

Marker Return to the sideline is the best medicine for Wyche [5:15 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: '"I'm the luckiest guy going," he said. "How many times can you call up and say,"I'm looking for a job. Oh, by the way, I have a heart disease, I can't talk very well, you got a job for me?"''

February 11, 2004

Marker The Bills New Staff Is Already At Work [8:23 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Moving to the offense, former Notre Dame quarterback Tom Clements is in his first season as an offensive coordinator. Clements has coached quarterbacks with the Steelers, Chiefs and Saints. He says his philosophy will fit the talents of the players he has. He did mention he likes to run the football and develop a solid running game. He also feels Drew Bledsoe is not washed up and he will have plays that get the ball out of his hand quicker. Clements is a huge fan of Travis Henry. He loves the power Henry packs in such a small package.'

Marker Clements to View Another Drew [8:21 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"I expect he'll be fairly impressive," said Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements. "We're just going to go down there and see how rusty he may be, see what kind of athletic ability he displays, see how he's throwing the ball, whether he's accurate, whether he still has the same zip on it, things like that."'

Marker Mularkey bringing assistants with him to scout Henson [8:21 PM]
AP reports: '''All I know is what I've heard about him,'' Mularkey said. ''That's why I'm probably going to ask Tom and Sam to go down there with me and do all the evaluating on him. They're the quarterback, I don't want to say gurus but they know it better than I do.'''

Marker Bills hire Murphy to succeed Miller [8:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Murphy had served 16 years as Miller's partner. He is a Buffalo-area native and Syracuse University graduate, who will retain his job as sports director at Buffalo's WKBW-TV.'

Marker Bills buckle Murphy into play-by-play job [5:09 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Murphy recently completed his 16th season alongside Miller in the booth. He first held the analyst job from 1984-89 when working as sports director at WBEN-AM and then again from 1994-2003.'

Marker Bills Alumni Relations [5:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We are fortunate to have an owner and general manager who realize that the legacy of a team is as important as its future is, because the future is built on the heart of itís past.'

Marker After Eight-Year Hiatus Wyche Returns to NFL [4:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I have always missed the game of football, but there was a period in my life where I was very sick. I was awake for an hour a day and couldn't do much at all. For a while there, I was in real trouble. Luckily, the medication has corrected that part of it and I have a pacemaker now. In fact, I have the same pacemaker that Vice President Cheney has. He gets it during the week, and I get it on weekends. We are saving a lot of money," Wyche quipped.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Phil Vilapiano [4:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My biggest memory of when I got to Buffalo was the size of the guys," Villapiano recalled. "Joe Devlin, Kenny Jones, Reggie McKenzie, they were all big, but they were all cut. The Raiders were all big, but they were just big. Not cut like these guys. Everybody was lifting weights, trying to make their bodies bigger and stronger. Where in Oakland, nobody lifted weights. It was just a totally different world. It was a different, more modern-type team than the Raiders were. One other thing I noticed besides that was how many really good players were in Buffalo. The only thing they needed was what Chuck Knox did: bring in some old guys to help out the young guys. The young guys were great athletes, they just didnít know they were. We had a real good blend of people."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Booker Moore [4:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Moore was waived by the Bills in Ď86 and for the past 15 years, has worked in law enforcement. Heís now a sergeant/detective with the Genesee County (Mich.) Sheriffs Department.'

Marker Billsí McNally returns home to fix O-line [12:28 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'ďI know how rabid these fans are. And when Iím coaching, Iím going to be thinking that Iím home and Iím going to do the best that I can for their team,Ē he maintained.'

Marker Hitting the ground running [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you can get the running game going really effectively, that's going to open up the offense and make the play-action passing avenues more open," Clements said. "That's where you can get some big chunks of yards. When defenses are reacting up to the run, you can get big chunks of yards throwing it downfield. If it's not there, take what they give you, get it down to your dump back and get some positive yards and avoid the sack. That's basically the philosophy."'

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