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Buffalo Bills News - February 10, 2002

Marker Gilbride may be headed to Buffalo [4:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"We've had an exhaustive search," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "The names that have gotten out are a fraction of the people we've talked to."'

Marker Bills hire Gilbride as offensive coordinator [12:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Gilbride, a coach for 12 years in the NFL, was the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000.'

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [12:00 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Possessing 12 years of experience as an NFL coach and coordinator, Gilbride takes over for Mike Sheppard, who served as offensive coordinator under Gilbride in San Diego from 1997-98.'

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February 9, 2002

Marker 2001 Offseason Review - AFC East [8:51 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Their record didn't look very good, but Gregg Williams established a long-term foundation that should pay dividends for the Bills down the road.'

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [6:57 PM] reports: The Bills today named Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator, Gregg Williams has announced.

Gilbride is an NFL veteran of 12 years, having served as QB coach for the Houston Oilers in 1989, Oilers OC from 1990-1993, Oilers assistant head coach in 1994, Jacksonville Jaguars OC from 1995-1996, San Diego Chargers head coach from 1997-1998 and Pittsburgh Steelers OC from 1999-2000.

During those eight years as an OC, Gilbride's offenses were ranked in the NFL's top three in total offense five times, including the Oilers number one ranking in 1990.

Marker Winfield could have been an agent for change, but wasn't [5:11 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'If only Winfield had said that when pressed about his comments in U.S. News & World Report. If only he had stood behind his quotes and explained why he did what he did, explained why the system is broken and needs to be fixed...It's just too bad Winfield wasn't man enough to do it.'

Marker Bills to offer coordinator post to Gilbride [1:29 PM]
ESPN reports: Gilbride was a coordinator with the then-Houston Oilers (working with Gregg Williams) and Jacksonville Jaguars before being named head coach of the San Diego Chargers in 1997. But he was dismissed by the Chargers six games into the 1998 season after compiling a 9-23 record. His most recent job in the NFL was as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator in 1999.

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [11:59 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Possessing 12 years of experience as an NFL coach and coordinator, Gilbride takes over for Mike Sheppard, who served as offensive coordinator under Gilbride in San Diego from 1997-98.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Phillips may try to get Cowart [9:27 AM]
ESPN reports: Don't be surprised, now that Wade Phillips has been hired as the Atlanta DC, if the Falcons switch to a 3-4 front in 2002. The Falcons really like their young LB corps and feel it is one of the club's few areas of strength. Phillips is also hinting to friends that he will try to pry Buffalo LB Sam Cowart, whom he drafted, away from the Bills in unrestricted free agency

Marker Cowart talks hung up on bonus money [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Disagreement over the amount of the bonus Cowart would receive upon signing a deal remains the sticking point.'

Marker Sheppard joins Saints' staff [6:19 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'As expected, New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett completed his coaching staff Friday with the hiring of quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard, a former offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers.'

Marker Clements turns down job with Jaguars [6:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'It is possible Clements could reject an offer from the Bills, too, and return to the Steelers, where he would be next in line to become offensive coordinator should Mike Mularkey receive a head coaching offer from another NFL team.'

Marker McKay still in running for GM job [5:53 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons hace received permission to talk to Buffalo director of football operations Tom Modrak, who spent three years in the same position in Philadelphia and is largely responsible for assembling the current Eagles squad.'

February 8, 2002

Marker Levy campaigns for one-year sub plan [11:38 PM]
ESPN reports: Levy spent much of Friday attempting to reach several Buccaneers officials to offer his services as head coach. His rationale: He would serve as coach only for the 2002 campaign, then step aside following the season, permitting the Bucs to hire current Oakland coach Jon Gruden, who will become a free agent after next season.

Marker Please keep Hunter Kelly in your prayers [11:34 PM]
Krabbes Family Network reports: Hunter is currently in the ICU with pneumonia - both lungs had collapsed and were full of fluid. He is a fighter and is doing a little better today but is not out of the woods yet. The Kelly family would like you to keep him in your prayers, and if any of you are involved in a prayer network, to include Hunter. We thank you and will keep you posted on any changes. May God Bless You All.

Marker Modrak now on Falcons' list; for General Manager [6:12 PM]
ESPN reports: has learned that, after striking out with 4 of 5 possible candidates for the newly defined role of general manager, new owner Arthur Blank has received permission to interview Buffalo Bills director of football operations Tom Modrak for the job. Bills president Tom Donahoe confirmed Friday he has granted a request by the Falcons to meet with Modrak, one of the league's premier talent evaluators. "My priority is to try to keep him here," Modrak said, "but it's a good opportunity and I have to let him pursue it. He has wanted to be a general manager for a while now."

Marker Mike Sheppard is hired before his replacement is found. [5:32 PM]
AP via Yahoo. reports: He's back at the position he held a year ago, QB Coach.

Marker Sheppard tops list for QB coach [12:07 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard has emerged as the leading candidate to become quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints. Team officials are expected to announce Sheppard's hiring as early as today.'

Marker Williams nears decision on offensive coordinator [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams said he has spoken with roughly 30 candidates.'

Marker Coughlin steeping up efforts to hire Clements [6:58 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"It hasn't been decided," Clements said. "It will play out as it plays out." Before arriving in Hawaii, Clements met with Coughlin and other Jaguars officials over the weekend. He refused to say last night if he had been in further contact with Coughlin since that meeting. "I don't want to talk about it," he said. Coughlin also interviewed with the Buffalo Bills last week for their offensive coordinator job. The Bills also have been in contact with former Steelers offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and former Indiana University head coach Cam Cameron.'

Marker Clements gets offer from Jags [6:56 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Clements, 48, also is being courted by the Buffalo Bills to become their offensive coordinator, and Steelers coach Bill Cowher hopes to keep Clements in Pittsburgh as a potential down-the-line replacement for current offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey...One of the lures of the Jaguars' job is that coach Tom Coughlin is offering near-total autonomy over the offense, Clements confirmed last night.'

February 7, 2002

Marker Hall of Fame players introduced at Pro Bowl event [9:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Kelly, the first USFL player to make the Hall of Fame, is dedicating his honor to his son, Hunter, who turns five next week. The boy has the rare and deadly Krabbe's disease, and doctors had told Kelly his son wouldn't live past 14 months with the disease, which attacks the white matter of the brain.'

Marker Van Pelt and Steve Tasker are real sportsmen [7:26 PM]
ESPN reports: Stories on those players among others at spring turkey camp.

Marker Gregg Williams on Coaching Carousel next year? [7:20 PM]
ESPN reports: Len Pasquarelli of ESPN speculates that Gregg Williams may be replaced by Jim Haslett of New Orleans next year. But speculations are often inaccurate especially at this time of year. Not many people were speculating the Patriots would be winning the Superbowl a year ago.

Marker Cam Cameron interviews, Clements set to take Jax post [6:35 PM]
ESPN reports: Cam Cameron, fired as coach of Indiana University, had an "impressive" interview with the Bills earlier this week. Clements looks like he'll take the Jacksonville OC job. Another quote from the article: "Dan Henning is viewed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL."

Marker Bills allocate seven to NFL Europe [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills allocated seven players, including practice squad quarterback David Dinkins, to NFL Europe for the upcoming spring season on Thursday.'

Marker Former OSU star caught in furor [1:36 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Winfield took the brunt of the financial hit. Yetts, a former Ohio State wrestler, cheated Winfield out of $1.35 million by putting Winfield's money into his own personal and business accounts, the commission's suit alleges. The Bills gave Winfield a $3.5 million signing bonus when they drafted him in the first round in 1999. When the cornerback looked to invest some of the bonus money, he cut ties with All Pro Sports and turned to Yetts. He returned to All Pro Sports after a background check by the Bills revealed a former NFL player had sued Yetts, U.S. News reported.'

Marker Bills to send Seven to NFL Europe. [1:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: Finally, some real use of that opportunity.

Marker Jim Kelly's in the Hall of Fame - Oh That's Great [10:33 AM] reports: When Frank Reich was first told last Saturday of Jim Kelly's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his reaction was measured as precisely as a third down pass. "Oh, that's great," Reich said, happily but quietly. "That's really great." The response was typical Reich -- calm and even-keeled, not prone to exaggeration or hyperbole.

Marker Model Student. All-American Kicker. No Scholarship [10:31 AM]
New York Times reports: The Hinterbichler story begins with the 1991 Super Bowl. Because the Hinterbichler family was originally from Buffalo, Erik and his older brother, Kurt, watched in dismay as the Bills lost to the Giants, 20-19, when the Buffalo place-kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yard field- goal attempt with seconds left in the game.

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