Tagliabue Gives "State of the NFL" Address [9:22 PM]
ESPN reports: Reading between the lines, Tagliabue pretty much says that in 2002 Buffalo will be playing in the AFC East with Miami, New England, and the Jets. The key segment is here: "On realignment, Tagliabue said discussions are continuing. They basically are focusing, according to NFL sources, on whether Houston or Baltimore stays in the AFC Central with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The edge goes to the Houston Texans going into the Central so that they are not in the same division as the old Houston franchise, the Tennessee Titans." This means that the Bills are out of the running for being in the AFC Central, and thus will stay in the East.
Tagliabue endorses Wilson, Levy for Hall of Fame [8:26 PM]
AP reports: 'NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Friday endorsed Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and former Bills coach Marv Levy for the Hall of Fame.'
Bills still hurt 10 years later [1:21 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It was that first one, though, that proved to be the football version of the big fish that got away because Buffalo never got nearly that close again. But ... so what?'
Steinberg laments poor Rob in Buffalo [1:07 PM]
Fox Sports reports: "If Rob throws an interception, Flutie would have thrown 12 touchdown passes. It's even worse than Steve Young-Joe Montana because Montana actually was a real legend and led them to all those Super Bowls and Flutie hasn't. So poor Rob, all he's did was get traded from Jacksonville to there and done his best."
Make your Super Bowl Predictions! [9:59 AM]
TBD reports: Head on over to our Swami Board and make your predictions on the big game! Guess the winner, the final score, quarter by quarter splits, who scores first - anything you want!
Titans aide to interview with Bills [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, Williams looms as a serious candidate. He has distinguished himself as the Titans' defensive leader and has a reputation for having the kind of "chief executive officer" qualities that are an asset to NFL head coaches.'
Vick jilts Kelly Enterprises [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Michael Vick never signed an agreement with Kelly Enterprises," Lowman said. "Michael Vick signed a player agreement with Joel Enterprises and a marketing agreement with Joel Enterprises."'
Titans’ Williams will interview for Bills’ job here today [9:02 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe will interview Titans defensive coordinator Greg Williams today in Nashville for Buffalo's head coaching position.'
Lewis Slipping Away? [1:47 AM]
reports: 'I was just in a chat room with CBS Sportsline writer Len Pasquarelli and I was asking him about Marvin Lewis. He said that right now Tom Donahoe is very upset... Apparently, either Marvin or some of his associates are leaking the possibility that there is a strong, and I mean strong, possibility that Lewis will be heading to Cleveland in a package deal that would include Ozzie Newsome as well.... If this is the case and I quote "Tom won't even look any farther and Fox will be the guy".' [Note: A chat transcript is NOT available to review, so buyer beware.]
NFLPA Field Survery Ranks Buffalo in Bottom 10 [10:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The survey concluded that Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium... had the second-worst field. Grass fields at the Meadowlands... and Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium ranked third and fourth on the "worst" list. Rounding out the 10 worst were Dallas, Minnesota, Buffalo and New Orleans - all with turf - and Chicago and Miami with grass.'
Source: Parcells Will Take Over in Tampa Next Season [4:35 PM]
New York Post reports: Despite the title, Mark Cannizzaro can't help but speculate that Parcells may come to Buffalo next season. Some people will publish anything!
Cottrell's aides may go with him [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cottrell...is expected to bring highly regarded defensive backs coach Bill Bradley to New York. There also is a possibility linebackers coach Chuck Lester and defensive line coach John Levra may join Cottrell as well. Levra also may opt to retire.'
Lewis, Fox put their futures on hold [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lewis and Fox, this year's hot NFL coaching commodities, are top candidates for the head coaching jobs in both Buffalo and Cleveland. Both teams have asked permission to speak with them after Sunday's game. And both coaches are steadfastly trying to keep their focus on the biggest football game of their lives.'
Phillips waits and wonders [6:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'CBS Sportsline.com reported that the Bills might try to withhold Phillips' salary because, in effect, he resigned after refusing to fire special-teams coach Ronnie Jones. Phillips called that report "bogus."'
Vick learns part of business is firing [6:24 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'In addition to seeking a more experienced agent, Vick said another major reason for voiding the deals was he was unhappy with the percentages that were being charged. According to Vick, Kelly was to get 25 percent of his marketing revenue, about 10 percent higher than the norm.'
Pendry Is Hired; Phillips Interested [6:09 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips said yesterday that he reopened his talks with Schottenheimer on Tuesday and indicated he is more comfortable pursuing the job now that his former defensive coordinator in Buffalo, Ted Cottrell, is no longer a candidate.'
Redskins add line coach [6:08 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"[Joe Pendry's] a guy with a tremendous breadth and understanding of all aspects of offensive play," Schottenheimer said.'
Williams’ interview with Browns goes smoothly [6:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The 42-year-old Williams is also considered by many inside the league to be a candidate for the Bills head coaching position...Titans President Jeff Diamond said yesterday the Bills have not yet formally requested permission to speak to Williams.'
Parker still looking for first ring [9:22 PM]
AP reports: '"In Buffalo we were always winners. They treated us that way. There was none of the stigma of losing four Super Bowls," said Parker, who played three years with Kansas City before joining the Giants.'
Report: Vick fires agents and Jim Kelly Enterprises [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I started talking to other people, I talked to (Washington defensive end) Bruce Smith, and it made me start thinking that I had to find somebody with more experience and class."'
Hackett, Cottrell join Jets coaching staff [9:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Edwards confirmed that Cottrell will be allowed to return to Buffalo if he is named the team's coach..."We're not going to stop him," Edwards said. "If he would get that opportunity, we'd let him go."'
Bills get permission to interview Titans' Williams [9:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills on Wednesday would not say if Williams was a candidate to replace Wade Phillips, who was dismissed as coach this month.'
Redskins hire Pendry to coach line [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Joe Pendry, the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, was hired by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday to coach the offensive line.'
Joe Pendry goes to Washington [7:29 PM]
TBD reports: According to radio reports out of the nation's capitol, Joe Pendry has been hired by Marty Schottenheimer to be the Redskins' Offensive Line coach. Pendry was Schottenheimer's Offensive Coordinator back in Kansas City during the Barry Word/Christian Okoye years. Former Bills' Head Coach Wade Phillips will be interviewing for Washington's Defensive Coordinator's position on Monday.
Donahoe calls Texans' hiring of Capers 'wrong' [1:40 PM]
ESPN reports: Why is he complaining? Personally, I am glad the Texans got Capers. Let's hope the "back door" deal with Lewis is true....
Report: Vick fires agent [1:31 PM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'Attempts to reach Joel and Kelly Enterprises on Tuesday evening were unsuccessful. No reason was given for the firing.'
Vick fires agents: Kelly Enterprises [9:31 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Vick originally signed with Jim Kelly Enterprises of Buffalo to handle promotional activities and Joel Enterprises of Richmond, Va., to negotiate his contract... But league officials here for Super Bowl XXXV confirmed for SportsLine.com on Tuesday night that Vick has terminated the two firms.'
Wiley wary about Bills' uncertainty [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you think of the guys who were most responsible for the success of this team over the last several years, John Butler, Wade Phillips and Ted Cottrell are the first three names that come to mind," said defensive end Marcellus Wiley. "It's tough for me personally because I feel like my network has been taken out of the situation. Those three names as well as Bruce (Smith) and Phil (Hansen) were key as far as my progress as a player.'
Rejected but not dejected [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Both Parker and Zeigler refuse to say "I told you so" to those in Buffalo who doubted them.'
Case settled against wife of ex-Bill [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The wife of former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas will have charges related to a bar fight [in a Franklin Street bistro] dropped if she stays out of trouble for six months, a judge ruled Tuesday.'
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