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Buffalo Bills News - January 23, 2001

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."'

Marker Herman-ator tapping Bills 'D' chief [6:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Cottrell, believing one of the younger hot prospects would get the Buffalo job, didn't want to wait that long.'

Marker Jets Add Bills' Cottrell To Be 'D' Coordinator [6:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Cottrell also mulled an offer from the Redskins and he was under consideration for the Bills' vacant head-coaching job, although he was considered a longshot.'

Marker Norwood Won't Kick Self [6:10 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Replay is just that - it's history," Norwood said. "It's certainly something I can't change, be it positive or negative. I stand with the work that I did. It's a good career, an enjoyable career in the NFL. I didn't make them all, but I didn't miss them all, either."'

Marker Hackett To Run Jets' 'O' [6:08 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Cottrell, who interviewed last week for the Jets' head-coaching position, indicated that he is to be assistant head coach under Herman Edwards. "He will be giving me a lot of responsibilities," Cottrell said. "Some of the duties, some things on the team, letting me be privy to things that are happening.'

Marker Cottrell Opts for Jets Over Redskins [6:04 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Washington Redskins lost their top defensive coordinator candidate, Ted Cottrell, to the New York Jets yesterday...Bills offensive coordinator Joe Pendry interviewed with Schottenheimer yesterday for the offensive line coach position.'

Marker Redskins hire 3, can't land Cottrell [6:01 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"We agreed to disagree," Marty Schottenheimer said of Cottrell. "He made a choice; I would defer to him [for comment]. He came back to us through [agent Joe Linta] for some things I guess were made available [from] the Jets. We were not prepared to do those things."'

Marker New man on board [5:59 AM]
AP reports: 'According to reports, Cottrell does have an out clause with the Jets should the Bills select him to be head coach to replace Wade Phillips, who was fired earlier this month.'

Marker Bills safety carjacked [5:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Two gunmen forced Buffalo Bills safety Raion Hill into his car and drove him to New Orleans, where another assailant's car hit him, sheriff's deputies said.'

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January 22, 2001

Marker Cotrell is OUT in Washington [6:12 PM]
TBD reports: TBD was the first to break the news to you early this evening. Ted Cottrell has been eliminated from consideration for the Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator position. Cottrell has turned down the Redskins in order to accept a position with the New York Jets, who interviewed Cottrell today. (Update) has now confirmed this story...

Marker Cottrell to interview for Jets assistant post [6:26 AM]
AP reports: '"No, I'm not totally done here," Cottrell said, regarding staying in Buffalo. "That's still a possibility too. I talked to Tom and I'm not out of it yet."'

Marker Parker can't forget Norwood's 'wide right' [6:21 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It doesn't diminish the great career he had. But as far as people's consciousness and their memory of him, that [miss] probably screwed him over. "I know I'll never forget him."'

Marker Meet Cottrell today about defensive job [6:18 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Cottrell, a former Rutgers assistant, was said to be very impressive during his interview last week for the club's head coaching post, a job that went to Herman Edwards.'

Marker Jets, Cottrell to meet about defensive post [6:16 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Cottrell has interviewed for head coaching as well as coordinating positions, and an NFL source said he remains "very viable" to fill the Buffalo head-coaching vacancy.'

Marker Cottrell Talks Inch Forward [6:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Washington Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer continued his discussions with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell yesterday without reaching a resolution, and the New York Jets entered the chase to hire Cottrell as defensive coordinator.'

Marker Scoring points with Bills' fans [6:10 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'There is urgency to pull off a similar marketing coup this year. A new coach, a new general manager and the likely loss of several marquee players creates a significant challenge for those selling season tickets and luxury seating. Given the high expectations created by a decade of success, it's difficult to believe that fans will pay premium prices to see a team that is not a threat to contend.'

Marker Donahoe holds keys to kingdom [6:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Has anyone else wondered if Tom Donahoe has become the son Bills' owner Ralph Wilson never had? I mean, in the course of just three weeks Donahoe got the keys to the whole franchise.'

Marker Marketing touchdown for Jim Kelly and brother [6:07 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"One of the selling points to Michael is Jim will be his mentor, his tutor. Some say Michael isn't ready (for the NFL). Jim has already started working with him, looking at film," said Dan Kelly, who brought Vick to Buffalo to begin his preparation Jan. 17. "Having Jim tell him what we did for him, the things we provided for him, has really been helpful."'

Marker Bills fans among NFL's best [6:06 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Green Bay is the only NFL town that's colder. Only two markets are smaller. Yet Buffalo is annually among the league's box-office leaders.'

Marker Bills should interview Giants' offensive coach [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Nominating New York Giants offensive coordinator Sean Payton for head coach of the Buffalo Bills.'

January 21, 2001

Marker Building Wilson's case as a Hall of Fame candidate is a slam dunk [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I will have the personal honor of making the case for Wilson's candidacy. It's one of the easiest tasks I've ever had.'

Marker Smith had no interest in GM job [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With my personality and beliefs, I'm positive that the chemistry between Mr. Wilson and myself would not be conducive to winning. We would not be a match for success. . . . The people in the office that have worked with me over the years that know me well also know these words ring true."'

Marker Ex-Bill tries again [5:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Only one former Bill has a chance for redemption a decade removed from the two words that pain Buffalo sports the most: Wide right.'

Marker Redskins Continue Talks With Bills Assistant Cottrell [4:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Washington Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer spoke to Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell yesterday but did not complete a deal for Cottrell to become the Redskins' defensive coordinator. The two are scheduled to talk again today. Cottrell apparently can have the job to succeed Ray Rhodes if he wants it and if he and Schottenheimer are able to work out a few final details.'

January 20, 2001

Marker Bottom line, Bills should go with Flutie at quarterback [7:28 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills, for whatever reason, seem to play better when Flutie is in the game. And if I'm the head coach, that's the bottom line.'

Marker Chiefs free to hire Saunders as offensive coordinator [6:45 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Saunders will be joined on the Chiefs' offensive staff by two of Gunther Cunningham's assistants, tight-ends coach Keith Rowen and offensive-line coach Mike Solari, and two additions from the Buffalo Bills, wide-receivers coach Charlie Joiner and running-backs coach James Saxon.'

Marker Cottrell Is Top Choice For Redskins' Defense [6:42 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Schottenheimer said last night that if Cottrell abandons his pursuit of the Bills' head coaching position, it is possible that he could hire Cottrell by this afternoon.'

Marker Capers goes to Texans, not Bills [6:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'The job is now considered to be a two-man race between defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and John Fox of the New York Giants.'

Marker Giants' Coordinators Have Suitors' Attention [6:36 AM]
New York Times reports: '[Donahoe] has told friends there that his choice of a new Bills coach would most likely come down to which person interviews the best and whose philosophy is closest to his.'

Marker Fox in Hunt With Bills; Fassel Has Sharpe Insight [6:26 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Fox, who came to New York as Jim Fassel's defensive coordinator in 1997, interviewed last winter for the Saints' job that went to Jim Haslett.'

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