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Buffalo Bills News - June 12, 2002

Marker Bills' Modrak staying on [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's not the security of the job so much, I'm secure, but I also really like this organization. I like where we're going, I like the direction we're heading. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, we're going to be successful, we're going to win, and that makes it even more appealing."'

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June 11, 2002

Marker Bills make sure they hold on to Modrak [10:04 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I felt this year's draft was as fine as any we have had in our history and Tom certainly was a key component," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said in a statement. "His knowledge in the areas of personnel and the game of football are top-notch and he will continue to play a very important role in our franchise."'

Marker Buffalo Bills Promote Tom Modrak to Assistant General Manager [10:03 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Modrak, 59, was hired last June as the team's director of football operations. Although his title will change, he will still oversee scouting of college and pro players and assist general manager Tom Donahoe with day-to-day operations, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said.'

Marker Bills promote Modrak to assistant GM [9:44 PM]
AP reports: '"We look forward to having him for a long time. And I say that from the bottom of my heart," Bills president and GM Tom Donahoe said. "I have great respect for him in what he's done in personnel in this league, and I have even more respect for him as a person."'

Marker Camp Report: Tom Modrak Promoted To Assistant GM [5:58 PM] reports: While the Bills conducted their sixth organized team workout in the past eight days on Tuesday, the biggest news came off the field as President and General Manager Tom Donahoe announced that Tom Modrak has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Recap of Gregg Williams on the Jim Rome radio show [5:56 PM]
TBD reports: He talked about
* the excitment he has for Drew Bledsoe coming to town. How having a player with a chip on his shoulder is so valuable and that he's been such a great leader even just to this point in the offseason.
* how important a good field goal kicker is, throwing out last year's stats of how many close games we lost and that in those games there were multiple kicks missed.
* what it is going to take to have a winning season. Winning close games early is the number one thing GW thinks this team needs to gain confidence and be successful. Of course, strong leadership by the veterans was mentioned also.

Marker Not everyone thinks the new Bills uniforms are better [4:05 PM]
ESPN reports: Poll on ESPN. Page 2 is all about sounding off, and this time it's your turn. We want you to decide if the Buffalo Bills has made the right moves in their new uniform styles.

Marker Chicks on Football: Pleasant Surprises at RB, TE [3:57 PM] reports: Travis Henry (RB), Buffalo: The Bills' powerful back is ready to shine as one of this year's Sophomore Sensations.

Marker Modrak Promoted To Assistant General Manager [1:22 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that Tom Modrak has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. Modrak, who signed a multi-year contract, served as Director of Football Operations since joining the club in early June of last year.

Marker Equipment Room Busy Incorporating New Look [10:20 AM] reports: The re-designed uniforms were revealed in a ceremony at Ralph Wilson Stadium this past Saturday in front of 16,000 plus screaming Bills backers. That's not where the story ends though. With the new look comes more changes behind the scenes and added tasks to an already busy schedule.

Marker Bills Host Chat With Uniform Expert On Wednesday [9:48 AM] reports: will host a thirty-minute live chat with Jet Blue Airways uniform design expert Stan Herman of Stan Herman Design (NYC) on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 3:30 PM (ET). Herman will answer questions about the new uniform design.

Marker Bills aren't joshing when they praise Reed [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They didn't think twice. They had to have Reed. They couldn't pass up the Biletnikoff winner, a first-team All-American who the team graded highly in character, effort, toughness, production and running after the catch.'

Marker Jersey-mania [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'On Sunday's Meet the Press program on NBC, host and Buffalo native Tim Russert closed the show by holding up his brand new Bills jersey, a dark blue home version.'

June 10, 2002

Marker Fashion show at the Ralph [11:10 PM]
WKBW reports: The new uniforms are still red, white and blue, but the patriotic blue is replaced by a darker navy blue. The uniforms were well received by fans, who formed long lines to purchase the new digs.

Marker Chris Brown: New Team, New Look [11:06 PM]
WGR reports: Bills officially unveil new uniforms
The traditional red, white and blue color scheme that has been part of the Bills look since 1962 remains but has been intensified with the addition of a darker blue. The team's red helmet with a blue charging buffalo on the side has also been maintained but has been modified to include nickel gray and navy stripes. In another nod to tradition, the nickel gray of the 1960-61 Bills returns as a subtle enhancement on the helmet as well as the jersey and pants.

Marker Monday Mini-Camp Notes [11:03 PM]
ESN reports: The second-week of mini-camp didn't produce any major changes but, one is still expected to take place starting Tuesday's practice. If all goes according to plan, left tackle Trey Teague will go inside to center while Jonas Jennings, last year's RT, will get snaps at LT. And as Gregg Williams said after practice on Monday, using a Tom Donahoe reference during the Drew Bledsoe talks, "stay tuned" the rest of the week.

Marker Several camps will be summertime hot spots [8:25 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe in a Bills uniform intrigues me. GM Tom Donahoe and his right-hand man, Tom Modrak, know how to build a playoff team and they will right Buffalo's ship sooner rather than later.

Marker Breaking the Moulds [8:23 PM] reports: With the addition of Bledsoe, Buffalo becomes a bona fide contender for New England's crown. The Bills' offense -- now directed by Kevin Gilbride -- has a leader who can get the ball downfield to receivers Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed, the team's second-round draft pick.

Marker Back To Work For The Bills [6:15 PM] reports: After spending the weekend modeling the new uniforms, the Bills were back on the football field on Monday for the first of four workouts this week before breaking until camp begins on July 24.

Marker Bills Making National News With New Uniforms [3:43 PM] reports: Here's a list of the national appearances that Bills members will be making this week talking about the uniform change. Listen in to hear what they have to say.

Marker 5th Down Book: Super Plays [2:22 PM] reports: Don Beebe's End Zone Chase: Perseverance. Toughness. The absolute inability to quit. Those are the qualities that make up the greatest play ever in Buffalo Bills history. It's also one of the most memorable plays ever in a Super Bowl, and the lone bright spot in a painful loss for Buffalo.

Marker Bledsoe turns down invitation to attend Superbowl ring ceremony [12:05 PM]
Canoe - AP reports: QB Drew Bledsoe, who was injured early in the season and never regained his starting job, was invited but did not attend the ceremony. WR Terry Glenn, who played four games between injuries and suspensions, did not receive a ring.

Marker Tailgate 2002 Page was updated [10:32 AM]
TBD reports: Click on Tailgate Central or bookmark link

Information on all of the TBD events including:
Jim Kelly's HOF Induction Weekend
TBD Tailgate Party 2002 - Jets vs. Bills (Home Opener)
TBD Tailgate North - Bills vs. Vikings
TBD Tailgate West - Bills vs. Broncos
Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball
All events have contacts for further information

Marker Players Participate In Autograph Signing For NFL Charity Auction [9:26 AM] reports: The Bills players participated in an autograph signing of items that will be sold for charity via NFL Auction, an online charity-based initiative of the NFL

Marker Bills' uniforms stay true to red, white and blue [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously, it's going to take more than new uniforms. But hopefully the new guys wearing them will help the Bills get moving in the right direction."'

Marker Defiant Henry faces plenty of challenges in possible break-out year [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is, can he carry the ball 300 times and be effective in December? He had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason to relieve the tendinitis in his right knee. Can he thrive while carrying a Bettis-like load?'

June 9, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Uniform Unveiling Pictures [9:04 PM]
TBD reports: Pictures from TBD's Blue Coat on the Spot.

Marker Transcript for June 9 [6:17 PM]
NBC's Meet the Press reports: 'The French Open is next, but the big sports news: The Buffalo Bills have new uniforms, unveiled yesterday. New aggressive, and there's the new secret weapon. We're going back to the Super Bowl. Drew Bledsoe, bring it home one time.'

Marker Mike Doser: Bills' new uniforms the pinnacle of COOL [5:12 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Despite filing a logo for trademark - a "B" folded into the head of a buffalo - the team did not include it. The Bills remain one of only 9 NFL teams to feature jersey numbers on the sides of their shoulders instead of on the tops of them. Many teams have put numbers on the tops so they can include a secondary logo on the sides. The fact remains that the Bills have a secondary logo registered to them, but have decided not to use it.'

Marker Pasquarelli: Some veterans still on the bubble [4:54 PM]
ESPN reports: "The hemorrhaging hasn't quite stopped yet," said agent Jack Wirth, who represents Jay Riemersma, the Buffalo tight end whose continued tenure with the franchise remains an iffy proposition. "There still could be a little more blood before camp."

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