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Buffalo Bills News - January 10, 2001

Marker Life goes on [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: '"Our problems on special teams were pretty simple," he said. "It was speed getting down the field and the lack of ability to get off blocks and make a tackle. When we had breakdowns, that's where the breakdowns were."'

Marker Phillips' dad backs Wade's principles [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: '"When he lost Bruce Smith, Thomas Smith, Gabe Northern and Kurt Schulz from the defense before the season, I told him he was in for a rough time. Then, he gets his team to 7-4, and he loses four more starters from his defense. Four pretty good starters, too. Those are some tough obstacles to overcome."'

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January 9, 2001

Marker Pendry a consideration for Bucs job [9:41 PM]
TBD reports: Don Banks, reporter for Sports Illustrated, made a passing comment in his column today that Joe Pendry may be in consideration to replace the recently fired Les Steckel in Tampa Bay. Steckel was the Bucs offensive coordinator for only one year. Banks said Head Coach Tony Dungy will take his time in finding Steckel's replacement.

Marker Phillips said he offered to reassign assistant before being fired [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"I do want to say that I did offer to change special teams coaches because I did feel like it was my responsibility and my fault that I brought in a guy who didn't have any experience with special teams,'' Phillips said.'

Marker Cottrell is players' choice for Buffalo's vacant coaching position [8:25 PM]
AP reports: '"He's been around this business a long time and I think he's ready to step up and be a head coach. So, hopefully, it'll go to Ted Cottrell."'

Marker Wilson turns the page [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really like Wade," Wilson said. "But we had awful special teams."'

Marker Phillips bows out gracefully [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And I want to especially thank the Buffalo Bills' fans. Not only the ones in Western New York, but throughout the country, who gave us tremendous support."'

Marker Wade truly was a player's coach [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's who Wade is," defensive end Marcellus Wiley said. "He's extremely loyal to people, especially his players and coaches. As everyone has seen, he'll go down with the ship."'

Marker Defensive work prompted Levy to bring Phillips to Bills [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips was happy being a defensive coordinator, but his dream was to be a head coach again. He insisted he didn't come to Buffalo to be Levy's successor. But that's what happened shortly after Levy announced his retirement on Jan. 31, 1998.'

Marker Scenarios show several choices for head coach [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I confess to personal bias. I think Cottrell would make a fine head coach. His football mind is obvious, but he also has a strong personality, an ability to deal with players and to communicate with the public and the media. His affability is a bonus.'

Marker A miracle he stayed this long [6:35 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Phillips will never again be offered a head coaching job in the NFL. In fact, if he ever does receive and accept another bid, I will eat this column.'

Marker Phillips given bum's rush [6:23 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Phillips was not a complete disaster as a coach. Most of his players liked him and he usually had his players ready. It was on game day that he most often fell short.'

Marker Loyalty costs Phillips his job [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: '"He told us, 'They're going to get me eventually and it's because I'm loyal,' " said backup quarterback Alex Van Pelt, referring to Phillips' pregame speech in the locker room before the Bills' final game at Seattle Dec. 23.'

Marker Cottrell lets credentials speak [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, as of yesterday, Cottrell had not heard from owner Ralph Wilson and the highly respected career assistant was going ahead with plans to interview with the expansion Houston Texans tomorrow for their vacancy.'

Marker Patient Donahoe unfazed by changes [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: '"This is unexpected, but it's something that Mr. Wilson has to deal with today," said Donahoe when asked about Phillips' dismissal. "We'll see where it goes."'

Marker Phillips pays for choosing friends [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'I would have asked Wade Phillips to fire not only special-teams coach Ronnie Jones, but also offensive coordinator Joe Pendry and offensive-line coach Carl Mauck.'

Marker Phillips' decisions left Wilson with little choice [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'My report card on Wade Phillips: Overall record -- B.'

Marker Chan Gailey signs new contract [5:45 AM]
TBD reports: Miami Dolphin OC, Chan Gailey, signed a 2 year extension on Monday with the Dolphins. It had been rumored that if Tom Donahoe was hired that he might seek to bring Gailey into the Bills staff. That rumor is now squashed unless Gailey is offered the head coaching position (or assistant head coach). This would appear to be unlikely due the recent deal Gailey signed.

Marker Wade's World: A Chronology [5:38 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'A look back at the highs and lows of Wade Phillips' Buffalo tenure..'

Marker Phillips' Faulty Loyalty [5:37 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Despite a record that would earn most coaches a contract extension instead of an unceremonious dismissal, Phillips' own shortcomings cost him his job.'

January 8, 2001

Marker QB controversy doomed Phillips [7:57 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Wade Phillips didn't lose his job as head coach of the Buffalo Bills this weekend. He lost it a year ago.'

Marker It's a cruddy business [2:21 PM]
Shout! reports: 'What a crappy business, this NFL. The Bills fire Wade Phillips after he posted the best start in the first three seasons of any Buffalo head coach's tenure. If winning is the bottom line, all Phillips did was go 29-21 (.580).'

Marker Phillips Fired Himself [2:18 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Shortly after 11 a.m., the team confirmed a story that broke late Sunday ... "Bills President Ralph Wilson released Wade Phillips as head coach of the team ... "'

Marker Phillips fired as Bills' coach [1:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Buffalo special teams' record was among the worst in the National Football League last season,\" Wilson said Monday. "I felt we needed a change and that my request was reasonable. ... I did not want to release Wade but his refusal left me with no option."'

Marker Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [1:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Wade Phillips refused to fire special teams coach Ronnie Jones and it cost him his job.'

Marker Wade Phillips and assistants to go [9:43 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips was fired late Sunday night by owner Ralph Wilson. His unwillingness to make changes in his assistant coaching staff was reportedly a factor in Wilson's decision.'

Marker Sources say wait is over, Wade's out [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The firing apparently was a result of Phillips' refusal to release three of his assistant coaches - offensive coordinator Joe Pendry, offensive line coach Carl Mauck and special teams coach Ronnie Jones.'

Marker Bills fire Phillips - report [7:03 AM]
CP reports: 'Bills assistant coaches whose jobs could be on the line include offensive co-ordinator Joe Pendry, special teams coach Ronnie Jones and offensive line coach Carl Mauck. All three are close friends of Phillips.'

Marker Decided [6:22 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Wade Phillips' three-year head-coaching tenure with the Buffalo Bills will end Monday. Team owner Ralph Wilson is expected to announce Phillips' firing, in a move that was not expected to be decided until Buffalo filled its vacant general manager position.'

Marker Report: Bills fire coach Wade Phillips [6:11 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Apparently, a new general manager isn't the only thing the Buffalo Bills need.'

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