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Buffalo Bills News - February 12, 2002

Marker Gilbride: Offense will suit personnel [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm delighted to be here," Gilbride said. "I've had some great experiences here, some positive, some not so positive. But I always had great admiration for the fans and the quality of this organization."'

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February 11, 2002

Marker Bills interested in playing exhibition game at Syracuse [8:13 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said negotiations between the team and Syracuse University are only in the "conversation stages." Syracuse athletics director Jake Crouthamel said a meeting with the Bills has been scheduled for the near future. He added that the school has expressed interest in hosting a Bills game for several years.'

Marker Gilbride begins task of revamping Bills offense [8:12 PM]
AP reports: 'In outlining his plans, Gilbride refused to commit to starting quarterback Rob Johnson, whose future in Buffalo is in limbo. "That's an organizational decision. And I'm sure they'll ask me my opinion later on down the road," said Gilbride, who coached Johnson when the two were with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the mid-1990s. "Whatever way we go, we'll be excited about coaching the guys that are here."'

Marker Gilbride Press Conference [6:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Gilbride on RJ: "The thing that I know about Rob is that when we had in Jacksonville I thought he was a very talented player, a guy who loved the game, loved to prepare. He did all the things we asked him to do. I thought he had a very bright future ahead of him and I think he still does."

Marker Hunter is doing a bit better but still sick [1:32 PM]
Krabbes Family Network reports: Thank you for your caring, concern and all the prayers for Hunter. He is a bit better, but still in serious condition. We are all amazed at the continued strength of our little buddy, and he is surrounded by the love of his mommy, daddy, sisters, and grandparents - along with many other family members and friends.
Please continue your prayers for him, to pray for the families who have lost their children, for beautiful CJ's life, and for all our children who are sick.
God Bless. Jill

NOTE: The Krabbes message board is NOT a Bills forum and please leave any messages related to HUNTER not to Bills Football or Jim Kelly

Marker Senior discount [1:25 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Bucs are a veteran team that could benefit from the wisdom and coaching style that took Levy to four consecutive Super Bowls and the Hall of Fame.'

Marker Bills seek exhibition at Dome [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've always considered ourselves a regional franchise, and we know that there are a lot of Bills fans in this part of the state. We think this would be a good way of bringing Bills football to this area."'

February 10, 2002

Marker Donahoe's Bills will Contend in 2002 or 2003 [7:25 PM]
Pittsburgh Tribine-Review reports: Donahoe, incidentally, was the one NFL executive who went out on a limb and said the Patriots were a dangerous team and picked them to win. If you ask me, it's Donahoe's Buffalo Bills who might be the most surprising team in the NFL in 2002. If not this fall, then certainly by 2003 will Donahoe and his old buddy Tom Modrak have that club turned into a contender.

Marker Bills name Gilbride new coordinator [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The hiring is a crucial move for Williams and one that needs to work if he is going to survive as coach of the Bills.'

Marker Gilbride fires back at Kordell's criticism [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kevin Gilbride's most recent stop in the NFL was either a big failure or it laid the foundation for a lot of success this season.'

Marker Hunter Kelly hospitalized in Children's [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Though hospital personnel would not discuss specifics of his illness, it was learned that the boy, for whom the Hunter's Hope Foundation was named, was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day suffering from collapsed lungs as a result of pneumonia.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Hire Kevin Gilbride as Offensive Coordinator [9:14 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'During his eight seasons as an offensive coordinator, Gilbride's teams ranked in the top three in the NFL five times, including the Oilers' number one ranking in 1990.'

Marker Bills hire Gilbride to lead their offense [4:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have scheduled a news conference for Monday.'

Marker Bills decide on Gilbride [4:01 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'If such a thing is possible, Tom Clements did not have a good weekend in Hawaii.'

Marker Gilbride may be headed to Buffalo [4:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"We've had an exhaustive search," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "The names that have gotten out are a fraction of the people we've talked to."'

Marker Bills hire Gilbride as offensive coordinator [12:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Gilbride, a coach for 12 years in the NFL, was the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000.'

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [12:00 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Possessing 12 years of experience as an NFL coach and coordinator, Gilbride takes over for Mike Sheppard, who served as offensive coordinator under Gilbride in San Diego from 1997-98.'

February 9, 2002

Marker 2001 Offseason Review - AFC East [8:51 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Their record didn't look very good, but Gregg Williams established a long-term foundation that should pay dividends for the Bills down the road.'

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [6:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today named Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator, Gregg Williams has announced.

Gilbride is an NFL veteran of 12 years, having served as QB coach for the Houston Oilers in 1989, Oilers OC from 1990-1993, Oilers assistant head coach in 1994, Jacksonville Jaguars OC from 1995-1996, San Diego Chargers head coach from 1997-1998 and Pittsburgh Steelers OC from 1999-2000.

During those eight years as an OC, Gilbride's offenses were ranked in the NFL's top three in total offense five times, including the Oilers number one ranking in 1990.

Marker Winfield could have been an agent for change, but wasn't [5:11 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'If only Winfield had said that when pressed about his comments in U.S. News & World Report. If only he had stood behind his quotes and explained why he did what he did, explained why the system is broken and needs to be fixed...It's just too bad Winfield wasn't man enough to do it.'

Marker Bills to offer coordinator post to Gilbride [1:29 PM]
ESPN reports: Gilbride was a coordinator with the then-Houston Oilers (working with Gregg Williams) and Jacksonville Jaguars before being named head coach of the San Diego Chargers in 1997. But he was dismissed by the Chargers six games into the 1998 season after compiling a 9-23 record. His most recent job in the NFL was as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator in 1999.

Marker Bills name Gilbride offensive coordinator [11:59 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Possessing 12 years of experience as an NFL coach and coordinator, Gilbride takes over for Mike Sheppard, who served as offensive coordinator under Gilbride in San Diego from 1997-98.'

Marker Len Pasquarelli: Phillips may try to get Cowart [9:27 AM]
ESPN reports: Don't be surprised, now that Wade Phillips has been hired as the Atlanta DC, if the Falcons switch to a 3-4 front in 2002. The Falcons really like their young LB corps and feel it is one of the club's few areas of strength. Phillips is also hinting to friends that he will try to pry Buffalo LB Sam Cowart, whom he drafted, away from the Bills in unrestricted free agency

Marker Cowart talks hung up on bonus money [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Disagreement over the amount of the bonus Cowart would receive upon signing a deal remains the sticking point.'

Marker Sheppard joins Saints' staff [6:19 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'As expected, New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett completed his coaching staff Friday with the hiring of quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard, a former offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers.'

Marker Clements turns down job with Jaguars [6:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'It is possible Clements could reject an offer from the Bills, too, and return to the Steelers, where he would be next in line to become offensive coordinator should Mike Mularkey receive a head coaching offer from another NFL team.'

Marker McKay still in running for GM job [5:53 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons hace received permission to talk to Buffalo director of football operations Tom Modrak, who spent three years in the same position in Philadelphia and is largely responsible for assembling the current Eagles squad.'

February 8, 2002

Marker Levy campaigns for one-year sub plan [11:38 PM]
ESPN reports: Levy spent much of Friday attempting to reach several Buccaneers officials to offer his services as head coach. His rationale: He would serve as coach only for the 2002 campaign, then step aside following the season, permitting the Bucs to hire current Oakland coach Jon Gruden, who will become a free agent after next season.

Marker Please keep Hunter Kelly in your prayers [11:34 PM]
Krabbes Family Network reports: Hunter is currently in the ICU with pneumonia - both lungs had collapsed and were full of fluid. He is a fighter and is doing a little better today but is not out of the woods yet. The Kelly family would like you to keep him in your prayers, and if any of you are involved in a prayer network, to include Hunter. We thank you and will keep you posted on any changes. May God Bless You All.

Marker Modrak now on Falcons' list; for General Manager [6:12 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN.com has learned that, after striking out with 4 of 5 possible candidates for the newly defined role of general manager, new owner Arthur Blank has received permission to interview Buffalo Bills director of football operations Tom Modrak for the job. Bills president Tom Donahoe confirmed Friday he has granted a request by the Falcons to meet with Modrak, one of the league's premier talent evaluators. "My priority is to try to keep him here," Modrak said, "but it's a good opportunity and I have to let him pursue it. He has wanted to be a general manager for a while now."

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