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Buffalo Bills News - January 20, 2001

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.'

Marker Bills Receive Permission to Interview Fox [6:24 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Fox' association with Bills general manager Tom Donahoe when both worked for the Steelers a decade ago made the Bills the most logical fit for Fox.'

Marker Billls want to talk to Fox after game [6:21 AM]
New York Post reports: 'If Fox is hired by the Bills, it is possible that Jim Fassel would promote Johnnie Lynn, the defensive backs coach, to defensive coordinator. There is also a chance that Fox would ask Lynn to join him in Buffalo.'

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January 19, 2001

Marker Giants defensive coordinator given permission to talk with Bills [9:11 PM]
AP reports: 'New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox will interview for the Buffalo Bills' head coaching job.'

Marker Salary Cap Solution [3:06 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Shout recently released the most detailed salary cap information you will find in print or online. The analysis was so thorough that it has inspired one subscriber to pen his own solution to the Bills salary cap woes...'

Marker Ex-Buffalo QB guiding Vick [1:57 PM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'He gets Jim Kelly to help him make the transition to the NFL, both on and off the field. He gets the resources of a marketing firm that handles national accounts for companies such as Motorola and Coors beer. And Dan Kelly, Jim's brother and president of the company, will assist in negotiating Vick's contract after he has been selected in the draft.'

Marker Marvin Lewis hopes to tread same path as boss [12:47 PM]
AP reports: About becoming a head coach: "Am I encouraged? Yes, possibly," Lewis said Thursday of his prospects of moving up. "When that comes, we will look toward that. It's something I can't worry about now. Right now, I am just trying to keep my players' attention, and my attention, on the task at hand."

Marker Capers, Texans close to finalizing deal [12:05 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Capers agent, Jimmy Sexton, arrived in Houston on Thursday evening for contract negotiations. The two sides met late into the night and, barring a breakdown, an agreement could be reached as early as today. A news conference has been tentatively scheduled for Monday. He appears set to take the Texans' job without even meeting with the Bills.'

Marker Redskins zero in on Cottrell [12:02 PM]
Washington Times reports: 'A chance to be the Washington Redskins' defensive coordinator appears extremely close for Buffalo Bills coordinator Ted Cottrell. The only question is whether he would give up his seemingly remote shot to be a head coach.'

Marker Does Cottrell have spot in Bills' future? [12:00 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The question, of course, is Cottrell's future in Buffalo. Certainly he could still be named head coach, though, historically general managers prefer to hire people with whom they've worked previously and Donahoe's other three candidates fit that description.'

Marker Redskins Ponder Cottrell, 3-4 Setup [11:21 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Bills had the NFL's third-ranked defense this past season while using a 3-4 alignment, and Schottenheimer said of the system that Cottrell might use if he is hired: "You might look to what Buffalo has done, because that's what he's most familiar with."'

Marker Tonawanda student proud of anti-Wade Web site [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But DeLucia, a 14-year-old student at Tonawanda Junior High, is the Web master for a protest site that has had Phillips in its target sights all season.'

Marker No clues in search for missing Attica man [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With an assist from former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, authorities are planning to step up efforts to find a missing 25-year-old Attica man.'

Marker Bills have permission to interview Capers [6:34 AM]
AP reports: 'Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said the permission was granted Wednesday but he didn't know when Capers planned to meet with Bills general manager Tom Donahoe, currently attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.'

January 18, 2001

Marker Ranking the free agents [12:22 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Eric Moulds (#1 WR), Steve Christie (#4 K), Marcus Spriggs (#3 OT) & Marcellus Wiley (#4 DE) are all listed. According to this report, the Bills are listed at $13.9 million over the salary cap (4th most in the NFL).

Marker New revenue sharing plan [11:41 AM]
AP reports: 'The NFL owners have approved a new revenue sharing plan which shares equally visitor gate receipts. Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson said realignment still won't be easy, but that pooling visitors' revenues will be helpful.'

Marker Rivalry over geography (NFL Realignment) [11:35 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'AFC East: Buffalo, New England, Miami and the New York Jets. The Dolphins, you ask? They have been around for a long time and have clout.'

Marker Bills plan talk with Capers [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A couple of guys I want to talk to are still playing," Donahoe said. "So we have to be patient."'

Marker Redskins concentrate on defensive coaches [8:40 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Hiring Cottrell could prove difficult. He has been linked to the top jobs in Buffalo and Houston. Cottrell might be tied up another two weeks before those jobs are resolved, and Schottenheimer said he won't wait long for any candidate's decision.'

Marker Redskins to Interview Cottrell for Defense [8:05 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Ted Cottrell is scheduled to interview with Washington Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer today at Redskins Park... his only two candidates to succeed Ray Rhodes as the Redskins' defensive coordinator are Cottrell and former Arizona Cardinals coach Vince Tobin.'

January 17, 2001

Marker Vick Teams With Jim Kelly [7:34 PM]
TBD reports: Michael Vick signed a contract with Kelly Enterprises today. Kelly Enterprises will provide exclusive marketing services, such as endorsement deals and public relation events. Jim's brother, Dan, will handle contract negotiations along with the Joel Enterprises firm.

Marker This time, the fullback will get his fill [12:51 PM]
Boston Globe reports: Nice article in the Boston Globe about Sam Gash finally getting to play in a Super Bowl. How could you not be happy for the guy? Here is a quote: 'Gash left New England bitter, signed with the division rival Bills, and became a two-time Pro Bowl player by doing the same things he'd done for Parcells and was willing to do for Carroll. He sacrificed his body for his team.'

Marker Bills will interview Dom Capers [12:43 PM]
reports: ESPN has just reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars have given the Bills permission to speak with Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers. Capers was a former head coach in Carolina, and a former DC in Pittsburgh under Donahoe.

Marker DE Wiley fond of former GM Butler [10:13 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, an unrestricted free agent, has made mention of his fondness for former general manager John Butler, who has since taken the position in San Diego. Although Butler refuses to comment on Wiley because he remains employed by the Bills, it's pretty clear he could be pursued by the Chargers once the free-agent season opens.'

Marker Donahoe prefers Capers [10:11 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Joel Buchsbaum: Donahoe apparently wants Capers to be his head coach, but there could be a problem with the African-American players, who, if there's a defensive coach hired, they want it to be Ted Cottrell. Cottrell interviewed with the new Houston franchise this week.'

Marker Bills extend contract for games on 97 Rock [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be back on WGRF-FM 97 Rock through the 2004 season.'

Marker Jets Interview Jaguar Aide Cottrell Next [6:33 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Cottrell interviewed for the Bills' head coaching slot on Monday and has also interviewed with the Texans. He will go to Washington later this week to talk to Coach Marty Schottenheimer about becoming the Redskins' defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills will move on radio dial to WCMF [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Continuing a National Football League trend of reaching out to a younger male audience via the FM radio dial, Bills games and related talk shows will be heard on classic rock station WCMF-FM (96.5) starting next season.'

Marker Bills deal a lift for WCMF [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills draw the young male demographics advertisers seek. And the Bills have the largest listeners share of any National Football League team, according to Arbitron ratings.'

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