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Buffalo Bills News - February 6, 2004

Marker Summary of NFL transactions [2:44 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: New England
Feb. 4, 2004

Jan. 19-Feb. 3
Roster addition: FB Phillip Crosby (released from Bills reserve/injured 11/19).

Marker Looking ahead [2:42 PM]
Patriots.com reports: According to NFLPA.org the Patriots have signed 10 free agents for next season, many likely to be sent to NFL Europe for the Spring. The list includes RBs Phillip Crosby, Malaefou Mackenzie and Frank Moreau, safeties Scott Farley and Jason Perry, WR Marquise Walker, cornerback Michael Hall, DE Buck Rasmussen, LB Lawrence Flugence, OL Jack Fadule.

Phillip Crosby was drafted by Bills in 2001 and was released this year after an injury settlement.

Marker Bills looking at Henson [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be represented at quarterback Drew Henson’s workout next week in Houston, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Wyche returns to NFL [5:15 AM]
Pickens Sentinel reports: 'Pickens resident to coach QB's for Buffalo Bills'.
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Marker NFL Europe Experience Proves To Be Valuable [5:14 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It was a great experience," said Moorman. "I think it was the best thing for me as far as developing and showing teams that I am capable of playing in the NFL."'

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February 5, 2004

Marker Mularkey giving Wyche trial run in search of quarterbacks coach [11:39 PM]
CNN/SI reports: "We're kind of doing a trial run, to see if he's going to hold up,'' Mularkey said of Wyche on Thursday. "We've put him through a grind of talking a lot and being involved in all of our meetings. We'll ask him his opinion on this or that, and really are just gauging how he feels at the end of each day.''Wyche in recent years has dealt with both a rare heart condition, one in which the organ suffers from a lack of oxygen, and the misfortune of having one vocal cord accidentally cut during surgery.

Marker Return Specialist Antonio Brown Learns Patience [10:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Basically the head coach and the coaching staff have a big influence on my play and how I present myself in practice week-to-week as an offensive guy and a return guy. I am a receiver. I do kickoff return as a specialist. I practice with the receivers all day.'

Marker 2004 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Picks [10:16 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalobills.com has searched the internet and flipped through numerous draft publications to compile a list of mock draft picks for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Young entrepreneur runs informative Bills Web site [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although the site recently joined TheInsiders.com, a fan-site network that's partnered with Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated and CBS SportsLine, the site's staff and writers are denied official access to Bills players and press events. Scott Berchtold, vice president of communications for the Bills, said the main reason the team withholds access from non-traditional media is a "credibility issue." "When information gets out there that isn't accurate and puts a negative emphasis on things, it can sometimes be a little tough for the team," said Berchtold, who pointed to false rumors surrounding the team's recent search for a head coach. Berchtold said he and his staff try to direct fans to the team's official site, BuffaloBills.com, for news and information.'

Marker Fan poll rates Sabres 63rd, Bills 96th [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach/manager — Sabres 72nd and Bills 121st (Gregg Williams was rated dead last).'

Marker Buffalo Bills 2004 Unrestricted, Restricted, and Exclusive Rights Free Agents [5:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The 2004 free agent period for the NFL begins on March 3 and the Bills have a total of 12 players that are either categorized as a EFA, RFA or UFA this offseason. Below is a complete list of Buffalo's 2004 free agents, broken down into their respective categories.

February 4, 2004

Marker Bills hire Szabo to coach secondary [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Szabo, who was a teammate and classmate of Roger Staubach at the Naval Academy and went on to a 34-year career as a college and pro coach, will be the Buffalo Bills' new defensive backs coach.'

Marker Bills' Donahoe reaffirms vow to reach his AFC East rival's level. [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'New coach Mike Mularkey, the former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, was hired for his past skill in blending the run and the pass. “We believe in what we believe and we know it’ll work,” Donahoe said. “We just have to stay consistent with our philosophy and our plan and do it better.”'

Marker Bills add DB coach [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The only staff opening left is quarterbacks coach, and Mularkey has interviewed ex-Cincinnati and Tampa Bay head coach Sam Wyche. He may also hire a special assistant.'

Marker Miller recovering [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Van Miller, the longtime voice of the Bills, is recuperating in a Buffalo hospital following surgery for diverticulitis and will not attend Thursday’s Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions dinner.'

Marker Insanely early 2004 NFL predictions: AFC East [5:15 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'New head coach Mike Mularkey will open up the offense with gadget plays and fun not seen in these parts since the K-Gun offense of the late '80s and early '90s. This team is fully capable of reaching the postseason party.'

Marker Just what is the Patriots blueprint? [5:14 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But while the Patriots o-line improved and Weis’ offensive system was the right one for his personnel, the Bills crashed and burned with the wrong system for the wrong personnel, and Bledsoe became the focal point of the criticism. While some of that criticism was certainly deserved, Bledsoe was by no means the main problem in 2003.'

February 3, 2004

Marker Bills hire Szabo to coach DBs [2:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Mularkey's staff is all but complete, depending on whether he hires a quarterbacks coach. Former Cincinnati and Tampa Bay head coach Sam Wyche is being considered for that job.'

Marker Szabo Added To Bills' Coaching Staff [2:09 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Szabo replaces Steve Jackson, who left to join Gregg Williams in Washington.'

Marker Bills Hire Szabo To Coach Secondary [2:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Szabo (pronounced ZAY-bo) spent this past season as a volunteer assistant coach with the New England Patriots. Prior to that he coached linebackers with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1994-02 under Tom Coughlin and in 2004 he will be entering his 35th season in coaching.'

Marker Dodge Celebrity benefits United Way [11:10 AM]
Golden Gate Gazette reports: 'This inaugural celebrity golf tournament is a fundraising event to benefit the Hunter's Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1997 by Hall of Fame quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, Jim Kelly and his wife Jill after their son Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy. Kelly and several former and current Buffalo Bills players as well as other professional athletes, including Dan Marino, Bruce Smith and Bernie Kosar, will make their way to Southwest Florida to participate.'

Marker Bills Web site ranked fourth among pro teams [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is the second time Sports Business Journal and UMass have undertaken this review. In 2002, buffalobills.com also was ranked fourth overall.'

Marker Wyche, Henson interest the Bills [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are committed to veteran Drew Bledsoe at least through 2004, but president and general manager Tom Donahoe reiterated on Monday that the team is doing some long-range planning at the position.'

Marker Bledsoe needs wins for his ticket to Hall [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It must have been difficult for Bledsoe to watch his former team win two of the last three Super Bowls, but the new coaching regime of the Buffalo Bills can only hope that the pass-happy QB will buy into the predominantly running attack the team is expected to emphasize in 2004.'

Marker Bledsoe's RV on eBay [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Meyers RV Superstores is auctioning off Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s Winnebago Ultimate Freedom motorhome on eBay through Saturday until 4:55 p.m.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe's Winnebago Ultimate 40ED [5:17 AM]
EBay.com reports: 'Has never been registered, the title is brand new!'

February 2, 2004

Marker Bills consider Wyche as QB coach [4:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Wyche interviewed for the job with new Bills coach Mike Mularkey last week, a team spokesman said on Monday. Mularkey is also seeking a defensive backs coach to round out his staff.'

Marker Bills Website Ranks Among the Best In Sports [1:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In a recent study conducted by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and the University of Massachusetts Graduate Sports Communications program, buffalobills.com ranked fourth out of 131 professional sports team web sites.'

February 1, 2004

Marker Despite recent trends, elite QBs still matter [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Look for the Buffalo Bills to investigate the possibility of acquiring the rights to Drew Henson, the former University of Michigan quarterback who has struggled in the New York Yankees' minor-league chain.'

Marker Bills' Super defeats ‘never go away' [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You think about what might have been, had we won, not just one of the games, but all four,” Talley says. “I’m greedy. I wanted to win them all, but gee, if it was just one, how kind would history be? We have a number of guys who will go to Canton and a number of us will be sitting on the fence, not knowing and wondering.”'

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