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Buffalo Bills News - January 31, 2001

Marker Wade Phillips denied Redskins coordinator position [4:18 PM]
reports: Sports talk WGR55 is reporting that Redskins' head coach, Marty Schottenheimer, has taken a pass on the services of Bills' former head coach Wade Phillips. Phillips had just completed an interview for the defensive coordinator position this week. Schottenheimer selected his brother, Kurt, to fill the position instead.

Marker Ravens' next task is keeping stars [4:12 PM] reports: 'While we sit and wait... Art Modell recently said the Ravens are $14 million above the cap and will have to restructure some contracts. Unrestricted FAs include QB Dilfer, LB Sharper, S Herring, P Richardson, G Flynn, C Mitchell, FB Gash, RB Holmes.'

Marker Donahoe nears decision after meeting Fox [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The urgency of a quick decision by the Bills was lessened somewhat by Cleveland's choice of Butch Davis as its head coach on Monday. The Bills now are the only NFL team searching for a head coach. But given the fact teams still are in competition for quality assistant coaches, Donahoe is unlikely to want much delay in the decision.'

Marker Meeting Set for Fox and Bills [6:31 AM]
New York Times reports: '"If John gets the Buffalo job, I'll be the most happy for him," Giants Coach Jim Fassel said. "He deserves it. He's also got a good job now."'

Marker For Fox, off to Buffalo or stay put [6:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Before Davis was hired, most speculation around the NFL had Fox getting either the Browns or Bills job, with Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis getting the other. Lewis is considered the frontrunner for the Buffalo spot. He interviewed with Donahoe on Monday.'

Marker Fox may lose out to Lewis [6:27 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Where it once looked as if Fox was the favorite for the job, he now could be viewed as something of a longshot.'

Marker Fox' Job Search Is Down to Bills [6:25 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Until the Browns hired Davis, it appeared that Fox and Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis would split the two openings. But it now looks as if one will get the Buffalo job and the other will remain in his current job for 2001. Lewis interviewed Monday, and Fox was set to meet Bills president Tom Donahoe yesterday.'

Marker Fox gets tips, then interviews with Bills [6:22 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"If things don't work out, I've got a great job with a great organization right here," Fox said. "I've been trying to prepare myself my whole career to become a head coach, but if I went the rest of my career as a defensive coordinator, it wouldn't be suicidal for me."'

Marker Carthon may join Big Blue if Fox leaves [6:19 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox met with new Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe on Tuesday at Donahoe's home in Pittsburgh as the Bills look to fill the only head coaching opening left in the NFL. He and fellow defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis of Baltimore and Gregg Williams of Tennessee are the finalists for the job.'

Marker Decision Near on Defense [6:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips returned to his home in East Amherst, N.Y., early yesterday after spending much of Monday with Schottenheimer. Phillips is a proven NFL defensive coordinator and also has been the head coach of the Denver Broncos, and he appeared to emerge as the Redskins' front-runner.'

Marker M. Lewis is awaiting Bills' word [6:10 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'The sooner a decision is made, the better, said Ray Anderson, Lewis' agent..."I think by the end of [today], or [tomorrow] morning at the latest, a firm decision would be made. "You've got a coaching staff to get together, and Cleveland is already out hustling their staff. Coaches are not sitting around forever."'

Marker Lewis, Fox vye for Bills' head coach job [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'It's been learned that the final four candidates have been told a decision will be made today or tomorrow, at the latest.'

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January 30, 2001

Marker Bills' head coaching search almost over [8:37 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sources in Cleveland tell a different story, though, surmising that the feeling there was that Lewis would be taking the Bills' job, even if they threw from 2-3 million per season at him.'

Marker Donahoe meets with Fox; Bills head coaching selection can't be far away [8:21 PM]
AP reports: 'With the prospect of the new coach having to hire a new staff, and with Donahoe facing free agent and salary cap concerns in the coming month, it's anticipated that the Bills will make their selection within the next week.'

Marker Advantage: Buffalo [5:35 PM]
Shout! reports: 'With University of Miami coach Butch Davis reportedly taking the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job, it seems that Bills general manager Tom Donahoe will have his choice of head coaches now: Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, . . .'

Marker Pro Bowl week begins for four Bills [5:33 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Today is the first day of practice at the 2001 Pro Bowl in Honolulu and four Bills will be among the participants in the AFC team workout that will be held at 3:00 PM (ET) at Aloha Stadium. Guard Ruben Brown, wide receiver Eric Moulds and nose tackle Ted Washington are making return trips to the Pro Bowl while linebacker Sam Cowart...'

Marker Are Bills next year's version of the Ravens? [5:09 PM]
LA Times reports: 'Mike Penner, one of the Times' two NFL writers, says the Bills are prime candidates to make it to the Super Bowl after being out of the playoffs the year before. He also gives his take on the QB situation, and why Buffalo is better off than Baltimore.'

Marker Parker joins Bennett as only player to play in losing 5 Super Bowls [5:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: The pain was just as deep for the 34-year-old Parker, the left guard who joined Cornelius Bennett as the only player to play in lose five Super Bowls. He lost four straight seasons with Buffalo starting in 1991.

Marker Some fond memories of Levy's legacy [1:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'One afternoon, while meeting with the media, he casually pointed out that he'd been misquoted in the Buffalo paper...which, indeed, he had been. He added that the misquote contained incorrectly constructed phrasing. "I don't mind if you misquote me," he said, unable to stifle a laugh, "just don't misquote me using bad grammar."'

Marker Donahoe has pick of litter for coach [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are the only team in the NFL with a head-coaching vacancy in the wake of Butch Davis' appointment Monday as Cleveland Browns head coach. That appears to put most of the negotiating cards in the hands of Donahoe, who now has his pick of the top coaching candidates on the market.'

Marker Super Bowl proves Bills close to top [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'd also like to admit that I was wrong about something. Judging from the ugliest Super Bowl of all time, the Bills can't be that far away from the Big Enchilada themselves.'

Marker M. Lewis ready to be head coach [6:34 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Ravens owner Art Modell, vice president Ozzie Newsome and coach Brian Billick have braced for Lewis' departure and even helped clear a path -- producing a résumé videotape and prepping him for the interview process.'

Marker Bills eye defensive architect as coach [6:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's going to be difficult to leave if the opportunity arises," Lewis said. "But I feel ready to handle a head-coaching job."'

Marker Teams may raid Giants staff [6:16 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Fox, 45, declined comment Monday, a day after the 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Last week, he admitted to being excited about the interview, although he didn't want the process to become a distraction before the game.'

Marker Bills all alone in hunt for coach [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'It means president and general manager Tom Donahoe can chose between NFL defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis and John Fox -- who were on the Browns' wish list at one point -- without the pressure of a bidding situation.'

Marker Redskins, Phillips Are Still Just Talk [6:06 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips remains the team's leading candidate, and Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer said he expects a hire to be made within 48 hours. However, Phillips would not say definitively whether he wants to coach at all in 2001, and Schottenheimer did not rule out a subsequent interview with candidate Vince Tobin, former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.'

Marker Defensive coordinator job may be Phillips' to refuse [6:03 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Former NFL coach Wade Phillips underwent a lengthy interview yesterday for the Washington Redskins' vacant defensive coordinator position, and Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer said the club would fill the post within two days.'

Marker M. Lewis: Bills or else [6:00 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: Cottrell recently took the coordinator's job with the New York Jets, but would rejoin the Bills if offered the head coaching job. Although he has not formally been scratched, it's believed Williams is no longer a candidate in Buffalo. Donahoe is scheduled to interview Fox today...."Buffalo may be the better fit," [Lewis' agent Ray] Anderson said. "We believe Marvin is unequivocally the best candidate."'

January 29, 2001

Marker Bills to interview Lewis and Fox for head coaching job [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe was in Baltimore on Monday to interview Marvin Lewis, defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Donahoe was scheduled to meet with New York Giants defensive coordinator John Fox on Tuesday.'

Marker Monday Morning Quarterback [6:32 PM]
CNNSi reports: Peter King makes the Buffalo Bills his early, early, early, pick for the Super Bowl: "Saints 22 Bills 21."

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