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Buffalo Bills News - January 15, 2004

Marker Crony, or not, give Mularkey a chance [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But add it up, and hiring the 42-year-old Mularkey was far from predictable and easy for Donahoe. In fact, it was rather gutsy given the fact he didn’t do himself any favors when it comes to changing the perception about his lording management style.'

Marker Cowher's problems mounting [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Mularkey, 42, will take just one Steelers assistant with him, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who will become offensive coordinator of the Bills. Mularkey, however, won't wait until next fall to compete against Steelers coach Bill Cowher. Their teams will meet in Buffalo next season, but he and Cowher both want to hire LeBeau as their defensive coordinator and, as of last night, there was no word on who would get him. LeBeau was assistant head coach last year in Buffalo and was secondary coach on Cowher's first staff and later promoted to defensive coordinator. Cowher interviewed Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache at the team's headquarters yesterday and could hire him if he loses out on LeBeau.'

Marker It's official: Mularkey headed to Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Mularkey, who was officially named Bills coach yesterday, also wants to take Clements with him to Buffalo as offensive coordinator. Clements has been with the Steelers since 2001 when he helped turn Kordell Stewart into the team MVP, working especially closely with his footwork and other fundamentals.'

Marker Mularkey to coach Bills [5:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm happy for him but not surprised," said Chip Shealy, who coached Mularkey at Northeast. "He was always a student of the game. He would spend extra time watching film and working on designing plays. You know that someone with that kind of interest has a future in the game."'

Marker Redskins Take a Look at Coaches [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Daniel Snyder's plane, Redskins One, flew to Buffalo to bring some Bills assistant coaches to Redskins Park yesterday, but sources said the aircraft left without one person Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs and his defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, want to hire: Jerry Gray.'

Marker Just like fine wine, Levy only gets better [5:12 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"Neither color nor age are factors if you are good," he said by phone from his home in Chicago. "Numerical age is just as approximation of your functional age. Yes, I am disappointed that I haven't been given another opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL."'

Marker Inside slant [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"There were a lot of very good candidates," owner Ralph Wilson said. "There were a lot of very competent coaches in the seven we interviewed. All of them. You couldn't go wrong."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Antoine Winfield (URFA. Pound-for-pound among best tacklers in the NFL and can cover, but lack of interceptions hurts his chances of signing top deal, particularly with players like Charles Woodson also hitting the market. Bills will make attempt to re-sign Winfield, but won't go overboard and he has sent off plenty of signals that he's ready for a change).'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The length of Mularkey's deal was not immediately known, but it's believed to be four to five seasons for slightly less than the $1.5-million per year average San Francisco defensive coordinator Jim Mora, Jr. received from Atlanta.'

Marker Donahoe banking on Mularkey [5:08 AM]
AP reports: 'Mularkey rescued struggling quarterback Kordell Stewart in 2001, when he threw 14 touchdown passes and led the Steelers to the AFC championship. He also rejuvenated journeyman quarterback Tommy Maddox's career the following year, when he tossed a career-high 20 touchdown passes as the Steelers advanced to the AFC divisional playoffs.'

Marker Is Mularkey The Right Man? [5:07 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'It’s easy to say the Bills should have hired a guy with head coaching experience. It depends on what “experience” you get. Do you get the Dick Jauron that won 13 games for the Bears, or the one that couldn’t get over 500 the last 2 years ? Do you get the Jim Fassel that went to a Super Bowl, or the one that lost his last 8 games in New York ? One man’s “experienced” coach is another man’s retread.'

Marker Former Bills Head Coach Marv Levy talks to 2 on your side [5:06 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: '“What do think his (Mularkey) challenges might be in the next year? Marv Levy: “Well, Stefan, number one, put together a good coaching staff. That is number one. That is the most important thing a coach does. Every successful coach has an outstanding coaching staff."'

Marker Campbell Excited About the Hiring of Mularkey [5:05 AM] reports: '"I'm excited to have a guy like that who has proven to have a great offense the last few years. He is an intelligent offensive minded football guy. He does a lot of different things to trick the defense and that's exciting to me. It makes it a lot of fun."'

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Marker Mularkey's the Man [9:22 PM] reports: 'Mularkey began his coaching career as a tight ends coach and graduated to the position of offensive coordinator, a position he held for three years. A year ago he was a finalist for the head coaching job in Cincinnati. That position eventually went to Marvin Lewis.'

Marker Bills hope Mularkey resurrects stalled offense [8:53 PM]
AP reports: '''With all the experience that Mr. Donahoe and Mr. Wilson have, they certainly know what they are doing better than anybody in the NFL,'' Bills' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''I feel real good about the decision.'''

Marker We've seen it before... [5:05 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'On other levels, though, it just doesn't seem to be a truly good fit. The Bills needed a veteran coach who would come in and establish things right away. There will be little time for learning on the job, which is exactly what Mularkey is going to have to do. The Bills are a team of talented, even playoff-caliber veterans who simply, honestly need to be pointed in the right direction. A coach such as Fassel or Jauron would have been more capable of pointing the team in the right direction than Mularkey.'

Marker Bills officially name Mularkey Head Coach [5:01 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The hiring of Mularkey could also have an impact on the Bills defense, as it's expected Bills Assistant Head Coach Dick LeBeau would remain on the Bills staff. LeBeau was in Pittsburgh Tuesday talking with Steelers coach Bill Cowher about the Steelers defensive coordinators position. Currently, Jerry Gray remains the Bills defensive coordinator, although there is speculation he'll join former Bills coach Gregg Williams in Washington once it's official Gray didn't land the Bills head coaching job.'

Marker Bills Give Mularkey First Head Coaching Job [4:59 PM]
Reuters reports: 'In 2001, Mularkey's first as coordinator, Pittsburgh had the league's top rushing attack and the third-ranked overall offense. That year the Steelers posted a 13-3 regular season record, won the AFC Central title and advanced to the AFC Championship Game. The next year, Pittsburgh had the league's fifth-ranked overall offense and again won the division crown.'

Marker Bills name Mularkey coach [4:57 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Mularkey was named Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator on January 5, 2001 after five seasons as Pittsburgh's tight ends coach. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.'

Marker It's official: Bills name Mularkey as coach [4:56 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 42-year-old traveled to Detroit on Tuesday to meet with Bills owner Ralph Wilson one final time to discuss the job vacancy. He met with the Bills last Wednesday to first discuss the opportunity.'

Marker Bills hire Mularkey to be new coach [4:49 PM]
AP reports: Mularkey becomes the 13th coach in the team's history.

Marker The Bills Confirm Mularkey As 13th Head Coach [3:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He will be introduced tomorrow at 4:00 in Orchard Park.'

Marker No malarky, it's Mularkey [3:12 PM]
Empire reports: The Buffalo Bills have a new head coach..Mike Mularkey. 7 Sports has confirmed that Mularkey, the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator was offered the job after meeting with Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson earlier tonight.

Marker Bills Name Mularkey As Head Coach [3:10 PM] reports: "The Bills have agreed to terms on a contract that will make Mike Mularkey the 13th head coach in team history.'

Marker Elway, Sanders among 15 Hall finalists; Modell not on list [2:11 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Team owners Art Modell and Ralph Wilson Jr. did not make the list.

Neither did Steve Tasker, Bills special teams star.

Marker Mularkey met with Bills owner [1:07 PM]
AP reports: '"There is no deal that is done," Bills' spokesman Scott Berchtold told The Associated Press on Wednesday. He would not say if Mularkey was the favorite to replace Gregg Williams.'

Marker LeBeau meets with Cowher about coordinator job [11:03 AM] reports: 'He spent the 2003 season as the assistant head coach for the Buffalo Bills, and while he was involved with the defense, it wasn't at the level he wanted it to be. "I coordinated last year, but not completely," said LeBeau. "I think this would be a better situation. I didn't call the game. I had input but didn't really call the game. That's the part of the game that I missed."'

Marker LeBeau would love another shot to coach Steelers 'D' [9:39 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'LeBeau, a former Ohio State star who's been in the NFL 31 years as player or coach, wants the chance to call his own plays as a coordinator. Ironically, LeBeau may be a candidate in Buffalo if the Bills hire Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as their new head coach. Or LeBeau may return to Pittsburgh, where the job is apparently his if he wants it. "I had input but I really didn't call the game," LeBeau said of his duties in Buffalo. "That's the part I missed the most. So I think this would be a better situation (in Pittsburgh)."'

Marker Bills zero in on Mularkey for coach [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Is he just what the Buffalo Bills need? It looks like Bills fans may get to find out, because Mike Mularkey is close to a deal that would make him the Bills' new head coach.'

Marker Bills make an offer to Mularkey [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's believed Mularkey will try to retain Bills assistant head coach Dick LeBeau as defensive coordinator. LeBeau interviewed for the defensive coordinator post in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. If LeBeau stays in Buffalo as defensive coordinator, that would leave no room for Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. However, if Gray were not retained by Buffalo, he may be a candidate for another defensive coordinator job in the NFL.'

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