Source: Phillips expected to become Atlanta's defensive coordinator [6:38 AM]
AP reports: '"It'd be accurate to say he's more than the leading candidate," the source. "It's his job, and he wants it. We just have to wait until this weekend before we can say anything."'
Dolphins won't let Bills talk to Shula; Turner in Tampa [6:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins did not want to risk losing Shula if they cannot land Turner as their offensive coordinator. However, if Turner joins Wannstedt's staff, then Shula could become a candidate in Buffalo if its job remains open.'
Mike Shula declines offer to interview with Bills [6:26 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm flattered the Bills were interested in me as their offensive coordinator," said Shula, who held that position in Tampa Bay from 1996 to 1999. "Right now, I'm happy here in Miami and I'm looking forward to continuing to contribute to our success next season whether it's in my current role or any other capacity that Dave wants."'
Q & A with Marv Levy [6:11 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'There's no devastation worse than losing the game. Even though you feel great exhilaration when you win and great despair when you lose, the exhilaration never exceeds the intensity of the despair.'
Will Patriots become the new Buffalo Bills? [5:20 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The wisdom in Western New York is that, well, they might have lost four in a row, but at least they got there. This is, of course, nonsense.'
Modrak quickly back on the job [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"The doctors really did a great job. I can't jog but, I couldn't jog before so it's not a big deal. But I'm pretty close to getting back to where I'm at least 80 percent. I don't have any real problems doing anything that I need to get this job done at this point. If I was lifting bales of hay, it'd be a problem."'
Buffalo gives Van Pelt a raise [7:58 PM]
USA Today reports: The Buffalo Bills re-signed quarterback Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the longtime backup for capably filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson. It's a hefty raise for Van Pelt, who earned the veteran's minimum of $477,000 last season [plus $10,000 per TD bonus], and comes two years after he found himself on the verge of forced retirement.
Rams assistant up for offensive coordinator job [7:50 PM]
AP reports: St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell has a Super Bowl to deal with on Sunday, then he'll interview with the Buffalo Bills for their vacant offensive coordinator job.
Tidbits on Bills offseason [6:01 PM]
WGR reports: Latest news on Bills by reliable Chris Brown
Van Pelt: signed 5 year/$6 Million
OC: Competition has been heavy for Tom Clements, who interviewed in Buffalo Tuesday, will reportedly interview for the Jacksonville OC job next week and perhaps Saints as well.
Mike Sheppard: interviewing for Saints vacant QB coaching job
Phillips: Turns down Giants job - "I appreciated Jim talking to me. I'm a New Yorker, but I'm really a Buffalo, New Yorker. It's crowded up there."
PFW's Spin On... Tom Modrak [5:55 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Comments on how Modrak built Steelers and Eagles.
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.'
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.
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.'
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."'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
Fireside Chat with Tom Donahoe [11:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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."
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.'
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.
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.'
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