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Buffalo Bills News - December 29, 2000

Marker Wilson to meet Donahoe again [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team said Wilson also plans to interview other candidates for the position made vacant by John Butler's firing on Dec. 19.'

Marker Return to sender [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Phillips was steadfast in his defense of the special teams. Many of the players who were released last offseason were major special teams contributors. And with so many spots filled by first- and second-year players, Phillips said breakdowns were inevitable.'

Marker Bills closing in on Donohoe [6:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'While Wilson could grant interviews this weekend to other candidates for the GM job made vacant by the firing of John Butler last week, it was learned, Wilson's meeting with the highly regarded Donahoe in West Palm Beach on Wednesday went well enough to just about convince the 82-year-old owner to look no further.'

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December 28, 2000

Marker Bills close in on Donohoe [11:52 PM]
D and C reports: ...that Ralph Wilson and Tom Donahoe are close to an agreement. The two will meet next week where they are expected to finalize a contract and begin planning for the 2001 season.

Marker Chargers talking to former Bills GM [9:20 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'John Butler may have taken the first step toward becoming the Chargers' next general manager when he spent most of Wednesday afternoon and evening meeting with club president Dean Spanos in Denver.'

Marker Chargers president interviews John Butler [9:10 PM]
AP reports: 'While Butler might be the leading candidate, Spanos has said he'll consider others, some of whom might be with playoff teams. Johnston said Spanos told him he had spoken with another candidate, but didn't say who.'

Marker Donahoe earns second interview for Bills GM job [9:09 PM]
AP reports: '"Tom Donahoe and I had a discussion yesterday and we have decided to talk again," Wilson said in a statement Thursday. "It won't be in six months. It will probably take place in the first part of next week."'

Marker Bills head into an offseason of uncertainty [1:34 PM]
AP reports: '"It's not easy playing quarterback here with the situation I'm in. It takes its toll. If it's the same situation next year, I've got to get ready to deal with it all over again," Johnson said. "Public sentiment is so for Doug and it will always be for Doug."'

Marker NFL Draft Order [12:25 PM]
Shout! reports: The Bills will draft 14th in the 2001 NFL draft held in April.

Marker Sam Gash means Smash Mouth [10:27 AM]
TBD reports: Although it may be a coincedence, here is a little factoid that MSNBC's Gregg Easterbrook noted in a recent column: "... in 1999, with Gash lead-blocking, the Bills rushing offense ranked eighth, while this year, with the same runners and linemen but no Gash, Buffalo dropped to 17th. Gash is now with Baltimore, whose running game leapt from bottom-quartile in 1999 to fourth in 2000. This season Gash had two carries for two yards."

Marker Starting at the top [10:17 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Wilson's job search to replace fired general manager John Butler seems set up to lead to former Pittsburgh front office executive Tom Donahoe, who has emerged as the front-runner.'

Marker Bills rank ninth in NFL attendance [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have now finished in the top 10 league-wide 10 times in the last 11 years. They led the NFL in attendance four consecutive years from 1990 through 1993.'

Marker Wilson interviews ex-Steelers exec Donahoe [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe has been working as a guest analyst for ESPN. On an Internet chat session over the weekend, he was asked by a fan about the sticky quarterback decision facing the Bills. His response was: "As a starter, Flutie's record is now 21-9. What's the decision?"'

December 27, 2000

Marker Phillips reportedly to meet with Bills owner Jan. 5 [1:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Wilson, who gave Phillips a vote of confidence three weeks ago, has twice since refused to follow up on the endorsement.'

Marker Has Phillips done enough to save job? [1:48 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Yesterday, the Buffalo Bills' head coach began meetings with team owner Ralph Wilson in Florida, presumably to save his job. At issue is the question of whether Saturday night's impressive win at Seattle, and the fact he has a year remaining on his contract, is enough to bring him back next season ... probably at the expense of a few assistant coaches.'

Marker Wilson, Phillips to meet Jan. 5 [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The meeting usually is held the week after the end of the season. But the timing of the meeting may allow the Bills time to get a general manager in place to take part in the review.'

Marker Coaching philosophy and Rob Johnson ruined Bills chances [7:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'For his part, Pendry has no gifts at all. His game plans stink. His use of personnel is useless.'

December 26, 2000

Marker Disgruntled Smith wants out of Buffalo [8:47 PM]
AP reports: '"If it was up to me, I would like to move on because I wasn't given a fair opportunity here. I wasn't given a fair shot, and that's all I really asked for."'

Marker Flutie show in Seattle means little [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We're back to the "Doug has that magic" baloney.'

Marker If Flutie returns, use him properly [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'A job you wouldn't want: Director of season-ticket sales for the 2001 Buffalo Bills if quarterback Doug Flutie is traded or released and the current offensive line and special teams coaches are retained.'

December 25, 2000

Marker Bills' future poses more questions than answers [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let the uncertainty begin.'

Marker Players reflect on season of tumult [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we still continued to fight, but we were still kind of falling apart a little bit."'

Marker Flutie shows he's better suited to be Bills' QB [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the aftermath of the Bills' discouraging 8-8 season, it should be evident that the team's quarterback position is too important to leave in the exclusive care of Rob Johnson.'

Marker Butler's replacement faces critical decisions [5:07 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Somebody's going to have to come in...and take hold pretty quickly."

Marker Season recap [5:01 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's just frustrating that I get these little injuries," Johnson said.'

Marker Bills' offensive staff has got to go [5:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Memo to Ralph Wilson: Just as you did to John Butler last week, it is time to send Joe Pendry, Max Bowman, Charlie Joiner, Turk Schonert, Carl Mauck, James Saxon and Ronnie Jones in search of other business opportunities.'

December 24, 2000

Marker Quarterback controversy wore on Bills [8:14 PM]
AP reports: '"It wears on you when you guys just keep going over it and over it and over it," defensive end Phil Hansen said Sunday, referring to constant media questions regarding Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. "I guess, toward the end, you guys finally got what you wanted - a little controversy."'

Marker Flutie Guides Bills [3:36 PM]
Seahawks Insider reports: 'Playing against the league's worst defense, the Buffalo Bills tallied up 579 total yards and punted only one time the entire game against the Seattle Seahawks.'

Marker Even With Near Record-Setting Performance, Changes In Offing [3:33 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'Well, let's just say that assistant coach Ronnie Jones won't have to sign a new lease on an apartment in Western New York for next season.'

Marker No defense for this finale [10:47 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Flutie completed 20 of 25 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Antowain Smith entered the game with 84 carries for 207 yards - a 2.5-yard average that ranked last on the team - but he might as well have been O.J. Simpson on this night.'

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