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Buffalo Bills News - February 2, 2001

Marker A Deplorable Situation [10:47 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Donahoe will undoubtedly face plenty of criticism from within the NFL and the outside world in the coming weeks. There are questions he must answer today.'

Marker Opportunities were equal, but Williams right for Bills [10:00 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Chris Mortensen presents an objective look at events that led to Gregg Williams hiring and why it is more the NFL's fault and not the Bills that Marvin Lewis did not get a head coaching job.'

Marker The Bills' new coach made it the hard way [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gregg Williams didn't parlay a National Football League playing career into a spot on the NFL sidelines. He had to start as a high school coach.'

Marker Eager Williams bags first upset [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe never had met Gregg Williams until the two shook hands in a Nashville hotel a week ago. To say the two became fast friends is the understatement of the year for the Bills.'

Marker Williams aced interview with Donahoe [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Seemingly out of nowhere, Donahoe had a candidate who seemed to fit the exact profile of what he wanted in his new coach. He wanted someone with an attention to detail, a man who was well-prepared. Most important, he was looking for someone with an intimate knowledge of assistant coaching candidates.'

Marker Cottrell not bitter about being passed over [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There was a big improvement over what happened to me last year in that I was able to interview for three head coaching jobs, and I appreciated that," Cottrell said Thursday night by phone from New York, where he now works as the Jets' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills' new coach is a stickler for detail [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gregg Williams has this thing about lists. It appeals to his meticulous nature.'

Marker Bills players relieved that job is finally filled [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cowart...said Thursday he doesn't know much about Williams, but is well aware of the talent on the Titans' defense. "They were full of athletes, guys who make big plays," Cowart said. "Hopefully, he can bring that mentality over to Buffalo. We weren't a bad defense, but we can get better in some areas, and I'm sure he's the guy for that."'

Marker '92 comeback still felt [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So . . . Williams might not be in Buffalo today if it weren't for Frank Reich & Co. in 1993.'

Marker Racial stew brews in Buffalo, as Bills land new coach [6:35 AM]
National Post reports: 'See, in Buffalo, no one really cares whether you're black or white, qualified or unqualified, paid well or poorly. There's only one thing they really want to know: Are you a Flutie guy or a Johnson guy?'

Marker Bills not guilty of racism [6:26 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Call it racism on Buffalo's part if you want, but bad timing's more like it, at least where it concerns Lewis.'

Marker Dungy lashes out [5:58 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Anderson said he and Lewis became suspicious about the Bills' hiring process rather quickly. At no point was there any indication from Donahoe that Lewis would meet team owner Ralph Wilson, tour the city of Buffalo or the team's facilities, or talk contract parameters, Anderson said.'

Marker Left out in the cold [5:56 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'But the greatest injustice might be that Lewis and Fox only got to interview with one of the nine teams that sought a head coach at some point since the start of the 2000 season, thanks to an NFL rule prohibiting assistants from interviewing for other jobs while their teams are still alive in the playoffs.'

Marker Titan-ic loss [5:47 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"How did Buffalo not hire Marvin Lewis?" said [Blaine] Bishop, shaking his head. "They did two things: They took our coach, and they let Baltimore keep their guy. I don't what to say. I'm pretty much speechless."'

Marker Bills Select Titans' Williams [5:42 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Giants officials had been rooting for Fox to get the Bills' job on a personal level, but they were notably apprehensive about the consequences of his departure.'

Marker Fox Trots Back to Big Blue [5:39 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'John Fox didn't get the job as coach of the Bills, and that, of course, is good news for the Giants. As much as the people around him were rooting for Fox, they didn't want to lose their highly acclaimed defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills snub Fox, hire Titans' aide [5:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The hiring of Butch Davis in Cleveland shook up the Buffalo situation, as it was believed that Lewis was next in line with the Browns.'

Marker Giants Keep Fox as Bills Tap Williams [5:34 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'There have been reports the Bills' modest compensation package turned off high-profile coaches such as Fox and Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis.'

Marker Giants not losing Fox [5:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox said he thought assistant coaches of the two Super Bowl teams were at a disadvantage as far as seeking head coaching jobs. Most openings are filled before Super Bowl assistants like he and Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis even can interview.'

Marker M. Lewis stays put as Raven [5:26 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Sources in Buffalo suggest that Donahoe was disturbed by a perceived playing off of Cleveland against Buffalo by Lewis' agent.'

Marker Titans preparing for life without Williams [5:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Fisher has given Williams, 42, permission to talk to Titans secondary coach Jerry Gray and defensive assistant Ronnie Vinklarek. Both are likely to join Williams' staff in Buffalo, with Gray as defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Titans' Williams as head coach [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Under Williams, the Titans finished first in the NFL in several categories, including fewest yards allowed this past season.'

Marker And the winner is Williams [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last night, details on what's likely a three-year contract worth around $1 million a season were being worked out with owner Ralph Wilson and Williams will sign upon his arrival in Buffalo this morning.'

Marker Preparation drives Williams [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"My dad always has believed that the majority of mistakes made in the world could be prevented if someone really prepared himself."'

Marker Lewis' agent lashes out at Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '...Lewis' agent Ray Anderson implied that race was a factor. Lewis is African-American and there are just three NFL head coaches who are black.'

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February 1, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills Wallpaper: February 2001 Edition [11:25 PM]
TBD reports: Get your February 2001 edition of our great wallpaper. This artwork was created by a Bills fan for Bills fans!!! Download your copy today!

Marker Patriots want signing money back [10:10 PM]
ESPN reports: After the blizard game vs. the Bills on December 18 last year, Patiots CB Ty Law got caught with the illegal drug Ecstasy. They want to get the signing bonus returned but they DO NOT want to release him. That is one unusual way of clearing salary cap space.

Marker Agreement in place, Bills will hire Williams as new coach [10:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The salient news in this column is that Donahoe plans on sticking to his earlier statement that he will not offer more than $1 million/year for a 1st year head coach. According to this article, Williams will be offered a 3 year, $3 million contract. Williams did not complain when Donahoe laid out the parameters by which a new coach would be selected.

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Titans’ Williams to be head coach [9:12 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Williams is expected to hire Titans' defensive backs coach Jerry Gray as his defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Williams as next head coach [8:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Gregg brings to our franchise a long list of impressive credentials,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said Thursday. "His strengths are in the areas of leadership, knowledge of the game, organizational skills and people skills."'

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