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Buffalo Bills News - December 28, 2000

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?"'

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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.'

Marker Retooling should start on defense [10:45 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Until Bills quarterback Doug Flutie ended the game with a couple of harmless genuflections for negative yardage, Buffalo had picked up 581 offensive yards - with 580 being the Seahawks record for defensive largess.'

Marker Watters reveals his pain [10:40 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Never in his public life had brash, in-your-face Ricky Watters been a sympathetic figure.'

Marker Bills display finishing kick [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Flutie brought the Buffalo Bills' offense out of its deep freeze Saturday night. It was too late to extend the Bills' season, of course, but it served as some salve to the wounds the Bills have suffered the past month.'

Marker Flutie gem won't help Wade's case [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if you ask me, this game merely confirmed everything Phillips' critics have been saying about him. It magnified his two biggest mistakes - his mishandling of the quarterback situation and the special teams - and it should make iteven clearer to Wilson that Phillips deserves to be dismissed.'

Marker Antowain works off frustrations [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running with the speed and power rarely seen from him this year, Smith rumbled for a career-high 147 yards on 17 carries during the Bills' 42-23 victory at Husky Stadium.'

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