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Buffalo Bills News - January 24, 2001

Marker Report: Vick fires agents and Jim Kelly Enterprises [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I started talking to other people, I talked to (Washington defensive end) Bruce Smith, and it made me start thinking that I had to find somebody with more experience and class."'

Marker Hackett, Cottrell join Jets coaching staff [9:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Edwards confirmed that Cottrell will be allowed to return to Buffalo if he is named the team's coach..."We're not going to stop him," Edwards said. "If he would get that opportunity, we'd let him go."'

Marker Bills get permission to interview Titans' Williams [9:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills on Wednesday would not say if Williams was a candidate to replace Wade Phillips, who was dismissed as coach this month.'

Marker Redskins hire Pendry to coach line [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Joe Pendry, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, was hired by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday to coach the offensive line.'

Marker Joe Pendry goes to Washington [7:29 PM]
TBD reports: According to radio reports out of the nation's capitol, Joe Pendry has been hired by Marty Schottenheimer to be the Redskins' Offensive Line coach. Pendry was Schottenheimer's Offensive Coordinator back in Kansas City during the Barry Word/Christian Okoye years. Former Bills' Head Coach Wade Phillips will be interviewing for Washington's Defensive Coordinator's position on Monday.

Marker Donahoe calls Texans' hiring of Capers 'wrong' [1:40 PM]
ESPN reports: Why is he complaining? Personally, I am glad the Texans got Capers. Let's hope the "back door" deal with Lewis is true....

Marker Report: Vick fires agent [1:31 PM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'Attempts to reach Joel and Kelly Enterprises on Tuesday evening were unsuccessful. No reason was given for the firing.'

Marker Vick fires agents: Kelly Enterprises [9:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Vick originally signed with Jim Kelly Enterprises of Buffalo to handle promotional activities and Joel Enterprises of Richmond, Va., to negotiate his contract... But league officials here for Super Bowl XXXV confirmed for SportsLine.com on Tuesday night that Vick has terminated the two firms.'

Marker Wiley wary about Bills' uncertainty [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you think of the guys who were most responsible for the success of this team over the last several years, John Butler, Wade Phillips and Ted Cottrell are the first three names that come to mind," said defensive end Marcellus Wiley. "It's tough for me personally because I feel like my network has been taken out of the situation. Those three names as well as Bruce (Smith) and Phil (Hansen) were key as far as my progress as a player.'

Marker Rejected but not dejected [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Both Parker and Zeigler refuse to say "I told you so" to those in Buffalo who doubted them.'

Marker Case settled against wife of ex-Bill [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The wife of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas will have charges related to a bar fight [in a Franklin Street bistro] dropped if she stays out of trouble for six months, a judge ruled Tuesday.'

Marker Bills seeking capital gains [7:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'A year after signing Buffalo Bills free-agent defensive end Bruce Smith, the Washington Redskins are ready to announce the signing of offensive coordinator Joe Pendry as their offensive line coach and possibly fired head coach Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator.'

Marker Christie clueless about his future [7:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Wade and Ronnie both said they'd want me back, but they're both gone so that's all out the door," said Christie, one of the NFL's most reliable placekickers. "I'm pretty confident somebody will pick me up."'

Marker Back-room deal has M. Lewis bound for Buffalo [7:38 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston: "two highly ranked Ravens officials said yesterday that Lewis and the Bills are each their No. 1 choices and want to make the deal happen." Preston also speculates that Lewis will bring with him "secondary coach Donnie Henderson and Chip Morton, the Ravens' assistant strength and conditioning coach." Finally, Preston also notes that "when he first came to Baltimore, Lewis tried to teach the ex-Browns the Steelers' way. Big mistake. In the past two seasons, he has won over the players."

Marker Jints preparing for their Fox to flee big blue den [7:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In Buffalo, Fox' main competition will come from Marvin Lewis, the Ravens defensive coordinator. Fox has extremely strong ties with Tom Donahoe, who was recently hired as the Bills general manager, from their days together in Pittsburgh. Lewis also has ties to Donahoe and the Steelers.'

Marker A sign of the times [7:35 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Lewis is considered the front-runner in Buffalo because he worked with new Bills GM Tom Donahoe during his 14-year tenure in Pittsburgh. Black assistants are no longer being interviewed by strangers, a factor that should help minorities gain a fair chance in the process.'

Marker Fox, Lewis Duel on Field, For Jobs [7:34 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'So far, the score is Marvin Lewis 3, John Fox 2, in the matchup of Super Bowl defensive coordinators. That's three head coaching interviews lined up for Lewis and two for Fox after the Super Bowl.'

Marker Cottrell has the right to run out pattern to Bills [7:33 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Ted Cottrell, the new assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, has a three-year contract that allows him to opt out if he is offered the Buffalo Bills' head coaching job, for which he already has interviewed.'

Marker Browns, Bills waiting to hold talks with Fox [7:32 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We don't want to lose him because he's a great coach, but this has been his dream and we want him to have his dream. He'd make a great had coach, I think everyone knows that. You see how he prepares us each week. There are a lot of teams in the league who could use a head coach like John Fox."'

Marker Jets, coaches agree to deals [7:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'It has been reported that Cottrell has an out clause in his contract in case Buffalo wants to hire him as its head coach. But the Bills also will interview both Super Bowl defensive coordinators -- the Giants' John Fox and Baltimore's Marvin Lewis -- early next week.'

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January 23, 2001

Marker Bills Booster Club Meeting sheds some light [10:57 PM]
reports: They are really cleaning house [at OBD]. They are downsizing and even let Adam Lingner go. He was one of the most visable PR types in the office. We [the Booster Club] will meet the new GM at the April meeting. I did ask about the injuries and there were a lot of offseason surgeries. We talked salary cap issues with someone inside the organization, but not in control. He fears that the older, well paid guys are going to get the chance to test the waters. Hansen, Washington, Jones, Fina were just some of the names mentioned. Also it is almost a shoe in that the Ravens man [Marvin Lewis] is our head coach and Ted Cottrell is #3 man on the list. It was mentioned that Eric Moulds may end up in New Orleans where he will be close to home.

Marker Defensive wizards [8:26 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Lewis and Fox are up for the head coaching job in Buffalo, with both expected to be interviewed by the Bills next week, and Lewis is the early favorite.'

Marker Peter King's Inside the NFL [4:34 PM]
reports: Mr. King seems to think that the Bills will NOT land Marvin Lewis. Here is a quote from his article: "I think the more I hear about coaching vacancies in the NFL right now, the more I think Marvin Lewis will sign with Cleveland a week from today for the most money and the most responsibility he can get from any of the teams still with an opening."

Marker Coordinators set? [1:46 PM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'Cottrell wants to be a head coach, and figures taking a high profile defensive coordinator position in the media capital of the world could help him take the next step.'

Marker Draft 2001: Mock First Round [1:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '14. Buffalo Bills - LB - Dan Morgan - Miami (Fla.)
The Bills will focus on their offensive line and defense this spring. Morgan is a very savvy defensive player who has played both inside and outside. He should be able to adjust to Buffalo's 3-4 scheme and start as a rookie.'

Marker Cottrell moves on [10:28 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Many of the Bills' coaches are leaving now. It's a mass exodus and it's kind of sad. Ted Cottrell took the Jets' defensive coordinator position and also became an assistant head coach. He had the chance to be the Redskins' defensive coordinator...'

Marker Cottrell accepts post as Jets' top assistant [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With two offers on the table, Cottrell couldn't afford to wait for Donahoe to make a decision on a job he might not have gotten anyway. In addition, being an assistant head coach will make him a more attractive head-coaching candidate in the future.'

Marker Cottrell leaving for Jets [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ted Cottrell is a New York Jet.'

Marker Cottrell says he has joined the Jets [6:18 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Is Ted Cottrell the Jets' new defensive coordinator and/or assistant head coach this morning? Depending on whom you talk to, the answer is yes, no, or maybe.'

Marker Cottrell named assistant, will handle defense [6:16 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I talked to Herman quite a bit about it and he'll be giving me a lot of responsibility," Cottrell said last night. "I'll be his right-hand man, plus being the defensive coordinator, so that was very intriguing to me. I'm pretty happy about what happened."'

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