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Buffalo Bills News - January 19, 2001

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.'

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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.'

January 16, 2001

Marker Be Your Own Capologist! [8:56 PM]
NFL Player's Association reports: Here is everything you ever wanted to know (and much, much more) about how the NFL Salary Cap - the nuts and bolts of the agreement.

Marker Cottrell happy to get 'fair shot' for Bills job [8:32 PM]
AP reports: '"I wasn't seeking for anybody to give me the job, I just wanted a fair shot: 'Give me a chance, let me present myself."'

Marker WCMF in Rochester gets Bills broadcast contract [12:59 PM]
TBD reports: WCMF, 96.5 FM Rochester, just announced that they now have the broadcast rights with Van Miller for the next four years. The games will no longer be on WHAM 1180 (this is sad news to those fans in border states who could pick up WHAM 300+ miles away).

Marker It all happened before... [9:44 AM]
TBD reports: 'In February of 1993 the Buffalo Bills were done licking their wounds from the 52-17 trashing received in Super Bowl XXVII. The internal organizational fallout claimed a victim though, Bills GM, Bill Polian.'

Marker Lewis could top Bills' coaching wish list [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said the Bills have not asked permission to speak with Lewis as of Monday, but it appears Lewis is the front-runner to replace Wade Phillips, who was fired by owner Ralph Wilson last week.'

Marker Cottrell impresses Donahoe [6:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"He did an outstanding job," Donahoe said. "We met for a long time and covered a lot of areas. He was very good."'

January 15, 2001

Marker Busy Weeks Ahead For Donahoe [7:49 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Between trips to Florida to meet with owner Ralph Wilson, to San Francisco to scout the East-West Shrine Classic and back to Buffalo to meet the press, Donahoe may not have had time to assemble a to-do list ...'

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