Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"It's always nice if you can get (a coach with NFL experience). But I don't want to say we need 'A, B, C, D' to have a head coach. I think we need to have the right head coach. I've got to do a better job of doing that this time around. We have to do it objectively. We have to do it with an open mind. I don't think we can necessarily put "x" amount of criteria on it and say, 'this is what we have to have.'" -- GM Tom Donahoe on what he will be looking for in the team's next coach.'
Donahoe misfire still hits target [5:09 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Please understand, Williams deserved a lot of criticism, and most the blame, for the Bills 6-10 season, and it was quite disappointing to me that Williams whiffed on the chance to shoulder at least some of the blame at his ‘thank-you I’m outa here’ news conference. But Williams is more than a bright football guy, good husband and father. He impressed Donahoe enough to be named an NFL Head Coach after a successful stint as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator, and there are literally thousands of coaches at all levels who can only dream of reaching such heights at the age of 42. There was nothing to be happy about at Monday’s Williams farewell, because nobody “won”.'
Gregg Fired, Donahoe Under Fire [5:08 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It's not Tom Donahoe's job to reprimand the media or anyone in the Western New York community. It's his job to put a competitive football team on the field. If he's embarrassed by certain members of the Western New York media, think about how embarrassed the media and fans were to see the performance we saw Saturday in New England.'
Williams finished as Bills' coach [5:07 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Somebody's going to come into a pretty good situation," said Donahoe, who said the search will begin immediately as he, along with owner Wilson and Tom Modrak, head of personnel, compile a list of candidates.'
Tom Donahoe Discusses Coaching Change [7:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"(The things) we do, people are going to criticize, that's fine as long as it stays on the level of criticizing the job that people do. I think what is inexcusable is personal attacks, name-calling and some of the things that I've heard, not just directed toward Gregg, but directed toward Lindy Ruff and directed toward other people in Western New York. I don't think there is any place for it."'
Gregg Williams' Closing Remarks In Buffalo [7:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'd also like to thank the community. This is a special place to be. I say that now. My family and I have really enjoyed the time we've been here in Western New York. It's a beautiful area of the state and it's a beautiful area of the country and it's a great place to raise a family. I can see why the rich tradition of the Buffalo Bills is what it is. The Buffalo Bill fans are tremendous fans and are well known throughout the country. It has been special times and I've enjoyed my time in the community."'
Winfield headlines Bills free agents [7:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Though the Bills certainly would like to see the cornerback return, he may become too expensive for the Bills. Winfield's value on the open market could put him in line for a hefty raise after making a $530,000 base salary in the fifth and final year of his contract this season.'
Williams Not To Return [6:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tom Donahoe said there wasn't any timetable for the hiring of Williams' replacement, although he did say the process would be intense.'
Bills fire coach Gregg Williams [5:28 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"We weren't able to do as well as I thought we would this season, but I believe this club has a good strong nucleus and can take the next step," Williams said at an afternoon news conference. "I'm just sorry I wasn't able to get us to the next level."'
Williams not coming back to Bills [4:57 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Williams' status with the team was further damaged by a suspected loss of the locker room. Pro Bowl offensive lineman Ruben Brown was asked to 'stay home' for Saturday's embarrassing 31-0 loss to New England.'
Brown wants to stay with Bills [4:56 PM]
AP reports: '``I feel he is a part of this team,'' Donahoe said of Brown. ``What happened last week and how we go forward doesn't serve any purpose to air it out publicly. It's better served, once things settle down, to be settled internally.'''
Williams out as Bills' coach [4:54 PM]
AP reports: '``I regret that it didn't work out,'' Donahoe said. ``I can't say anything publicly bad about the guy except we didn't win enough football games.'''
Press Conference Scheduled for today at 4:15pm [4:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills have called a 4:15 PM press conference today in the media room of the team’s training facility in Orchard Park.
Firing follws disappointing 6-10 year [4:22 PM]
ESPN.com reports: 'But Williams' inability to develop an improved roster into a playoff contender played a part in the team's decision. The Bills played below Donahoe's expectations this season, after bolstering the defense with free-agent additions such as linebacker Takeo Spikes, tackle Sam Adams and safety Lawyer Milloy. "We have regressed, and I didn't have confidence we could turn that around," Donahoe said.'
Stick a fork in Williams [2:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He’ll be fired, in part, because he wasn’t a good sideline coach. On game day, Williams, 17-31 in his three seasons, was undermined by fundamentally flawed decisions, ill-considered challenges and poor clock management. But the area most responsible for his pink slip ultimately will be in selecting offensive assistants.'
Donahoe makes it clear it's Drew [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He took more bullets than a '30 Packard in one of those Al Capone movies, and I don't think it was fair," Donahoe said. "I think some other people on our team should have stood up (for him), some of our coaches should have stood up."'
Coach Williams failed, but players failed him too [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What's the lasting impression of this season? "Underachieving, underachievers, period."'
Brown was asked to skip finale [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I wanted to play. They asked me not to play, and I respected that," Brown told The Buffalo News. "I never quit. I'm sure everyone who comes to the games, knows me or played with me knows I never quit. . . . Even when things that weren't that good for me, I've never quit. I'm pretty sure the fans of Buffalo know that. I've always been willing to stand up if I didn't have a good game or play as well as I thought . . . I remember Jim Kelly telling me, "Hey, you don't have to tell everybody when you have a bad game.' "'
2004 Bills schedule [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Home: New England, Miami, New York Jets, Cleveland, Pittburgh, Houston, Arizona, St. Louis.'
Bills' Brown punished for being late [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Still, Brown’s long-term future in Buffalo is tenuous. He’s due a $1.8 million roster bonus in March and the club may elect to part ways with Brown, one of the club’s most popular and civic-minded players who recently was named to a team-record eighth consecutive Pro Bowl. Metz said much is to be decided, particularly if a new head coach is hired, as expected.'
Scores of changes in store for Bills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Hey, when you don’t make the playoffs, when you underachieve, you know there’s going to be changes,” he said. “How many changes, that’s not for me to decide. That’s upper management, Mr. Donahoe and his staff. I know one thing, whatever changes are made, we will be a good football team next season and we will compete for a Super Bowl.”'
Bills' new year should be quite busy [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s hard to believe three years of upheaval and hard work have not panned out for Donahoe. Williams’ record is his record and his most difficult decisions have only just begun. Pass the champagne; it’s going to be a long new year.'
The Last Word [5:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This season was supposed to pay the first dividend on Donahoe's campaign to get the Bills out of salary-cap hell. He has accomplished that, but the team is nowhere near ready for prime time. However it plays out, the Bills are once again on that treadmill of losers everywhere: The rebuilding program. See you in three more years.'
Good sign: Brady’s A-OK [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'COACHING - A. Strategically this was as good as it gets. The offense spread the Bills out across the field, allowing Brady to pick out the nickel and dime backs and throw in their areas. Once the Pats took a big lead in the second half, they pounded away with Antowain Smith and the offensive line. The defense never gave Drew Bledsoe time to wait for his receivers to get open, mixing their blitzes and keeping the pressure in Bledsoe's face.'
Patriots-Bills Quotebook [10:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Good guys who did the right thing, but it just didn't work out. We always go with the guys who are ready to go. It starts with me, guys have been stepping in all year and we just have to be ready to go. My job is trying to get the guys that were here ready to go. Effort has not been the issue with this team, that's disappointing part."'
Gregg williams quotes [10:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Well you know, its tough, and we weren't able to make a few plays for him. And a couple of the pressure situations he got pressured early, was hit early on a protection bust and turned the ball over and we didn't keep that drive for point position, I think they were able to score off that drive. Early in the ballgame we didn't make plays for him. And that's the way the season has gone That's where we've probably been the most remiss for the season, that's probably why we're at 6-10, no big plays."'
Drew Bledsoe quotes [10:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"First of all, let me say this about Gregg Williams. You watch a guy that is going through a very tough situation, and we are all in a very tough situation as a team, but Gregg through the entire season has been in a difficult spot. His strength of character that he has demonstrated for this team and the leadership that Gregg demonstrated for this team has been tremendous. I have great respect for him because of that. As far as what we do on the field, the thing that I have said all year is that we have a plan going to the game, we just need to be more precise in what we do on the field. I still believe that is true. As far as could there have been help at times, we can all do better at times. That's the bottom line."'
Tardiness -- not `personal reasons' -- behind Brown's absence [10:32 PM]
AP reports: '``I don't want people thinking this is something that it's not,'' agent Eric Metz told The Associated Press. ``One isolated, very small mistake shouldn't damage what has been and will continue to be a very great career.'''
McGinnis, three others will be out [10:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'In Buffalo, Gregg Williams is expected to be fired Tuesday after three seasons in which he went 17-31. The Bills do, however, plan to bring back quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'
Brown Stays Mum As The Bills Start The Off Season [10:14 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As his teammates cleaned out their lockers, Ruben Brown decided not to tell why he missed last week and Saturday's season finale in New England. Jonas Jennings said, "Rubes is OK, he's just mad at some of the accusations against him." I was thinking that maybe Brown could stop all the speculating if he'd come out and tell us what happened. He's always been a standup guy and I don't understand why that may have changed?'
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