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Buffalo Bills News - February 21, 2001

Marker Cap purge will begin Thursday [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Linebacker Sam Rogers, nose tackle Ted Washington and guard Joe Panos are three veterans who almost have to go due to the salary crunch.'

Marker Bills will test new staff's teaching skills [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Gregg Williams became the Buffalo Bills' head coach, he said the assistants he hired would be great teachers. They had better be.'

Marker Fairchild leaves CSU for NFL job [6:58 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'First-year Buffalo coach Gregg Williams' staff could be called the Mountain West Conference East. Besides Fairchild and Sheppard (who coached a wide-open New Mexico offense before Dennis Franchione's arrival), Bills wide receivers coach Fred Graves left Utah last week.'

Marker The last word [6:06 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In other words, if Flutie has two good years left, that may be enough. Two more years of waiting for Johnson to blossom may be too long.'

Marker Bills QB epic in final chapter [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will announce their choice at quarterback of either Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson next week, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. Donahoe and his new coaching staff met with Flutie at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Monday and with Johnson yesterday.'

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February 20, 2001

Marker Wiley not ruling out re-signing with Bills [8:23 PM]
AP reports: '"I gave them my word that no matter what happens, even if we don't do anything before free agency starts, (the Bills) will get their chance," Wiley's agent Brad Blank said on Tuesday.'

Marker Flutie, Johnson meet with Bills to argue their case to stay [8:22 PM]
AP reports: '"As we stated previously, we want to have an in-depth conversation with each quarterback and get feedback from each on various topics," Williams said. "It will be a thorough two days (of interviews), and I prefer not to comment any further on the subject at this time."'

Marker Bills to release Pro Bowl NT Washington on Thursday [7:44 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'One of the NFL's premier nose tackles over the past 10 seasons will become an unrestricted free agent Thursday, with SportsLine.com confirming Tuesday that the Buffalo Bills intend to release 10-year veteran Ted Washington when the league waiver wire system is activated that day.'

Marker Bills ready to Sheppard in new offense [2:02 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Implementing [the West Coast offense for the Bills] will be Mike Sheppard, the 49-year-old offensive coordinator who was most recently quarterbacks coach of the Seattle Seahawks.'

Marker Washington Cut Happening Thursday [1:02 PM]
KFFL reports: 'As an update to previous reports, Mike Sando reports for the Tacoma News Tribune that the Buffalo Bills will release DL Ted Washington on Thursday in a salary cap move.'

Marker Washington Could Fit In With Seahawks [12:46 PM]
The News Tribune reports: 'This article talks about how Ted Washington's agent, Angelo Wright, has been assured he will be released tomorrow in a cap cutting move and speculates how he might fit into the Seahawks plans. It will be sad to see Big Ted go as well as the "package".'

Marker Wiley Interview Part II [10:57 AM]
Sportstalk.com reports: 'Here's the second part of the GREAT Marcellus Wiley interview. I hope we figure out a way to keep him.'

Marker Eric Moulds makes the SI Swimsuit issue with Heidi Klum [9:27 AM]
TBD reports: 'Super model Heidi Klum is held up by Eric Moulds of the Buffalo Bills, left, and Rod Woodson of the Baltimore Ravens, in this photo from the upcoming 2001 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.'

Marker Bills QBs will make their case [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills brought Doug Flutie into town Monday and were scheduled to visit with Rob Johnson today at the team's Orchard Park training facility. The meetings are designed to allow the Bills' new coaches to better acquaint themselves with the quarterbacks and to exchange ideas about the team's new offense.'

Marker No place like 'home' for Moulds [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, if you're a Buffalo sports fan it's cause for celebration. Given a chance to sell himself to the highest bidder, Moulds took stock of his surroundings and decided he liked this town just fine.'

Marker History of NFL Team Nicknames [7:34 AM]
houstontexans.com reports: 'The nickname refers to William F. Cody, who was known as “Buffalo Bill.” Buffalo had a football team called the Bisons, but the city’s minor league baseball and hockey teams had the same name. The football team held a contest to select a new nickname following the 1946 season.'

February 19, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills Outlook [10:05 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills are at a crossroads. They have not progressed much in recent years, as they seem to be in a state of stagnation. The new football people in charge will definitely change that.'

Marker Steve Fairchild Named Running Backs Coach For Buffalo Bills [7:11 PM]
Colorado State University reports: '"As much as his coaching, I really praise his loyalty. He is also a tremendous husband and father. We will definitely miss Steve, and we'll also miss his family very much. I am proud that Steve has this opportunity and we wish him the best."'

Marker Marcellus Wiley Interview [10:53 AM]
SportsTalk.com reports: 'This is part one of a two part interview with Marcellus Wiley. He has plenty to say about Doug Flutie, Rob Johnson, the XFL, cheerleaders, and much more.

Marker Buffalo Bills 2000 Opponent Comparison [10:28 AM]
TBD reports: 'Football games are designed to be equal; both sides play by the same rules, get an equal number of chances to initially kick off and get an equal number of home and away games. If a team wins a game, you expect the majority of significant statistics to favor the winning team.  If you win most of your games, you expect the majority of the overall statistics to favor you as well.'

Marker Presidential Bills [9:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Talk about slow news days... The Bills' website has offered a list of "Presidential Bills", such as, Ted (George) Washington, etc... They had to reach deep into the depth charts to fill this roster.'

February 18, 2001

Marker Butler has no experience with 1st pick but knows how to use it [10:15 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Marv Levy thinks John Butler will make a good decision about what to do with 1st pick of 2001 draft unlike the previous GM whose picks are often playing in the XFL.'

Marker Billy Joe Hobert re-signed by Colts [6:59 PM]
SportsTalk.com reports: 'The QB who forgot to study when in Buffalo was re-signed by the Colts. Backup quarterback Billy Joe Hobert, who did not step foot on the field last season, to a two-year, $1.2 million contract. He received a signing bonus of $100,000 and a base salary for the upcoming season of $500,000.'

Marker Fairchild joins Bills' coaching staff [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is his first NFL post after spending the last 18 seasons coaching at the college level.'

Marker Bills' Williams takes steps to make return teams feel special [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A strong commitment from the head coach is the most important key to good special teams in the NFL, and it's a big reason for optimism about the Buffalo Bills' special units in 2001. New head coach Gregg Williams was a special teams coach - and a good one...'.

Marker Everybody's whipping boy [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis "kept raising his demands, hoping the Bills would walk away from the table," the Sporting News reported. "It worked." Among the factors influencing Lewis, according to the publication, was that he didn't want to put his two children in Buffalo schools.'

Marker Johnson or Flutie? Bills face tough decision [7:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Flutie...many don't like him because he's a selfish player who places too much blame on others. Johnson...been knocked out of eight of those 19 starts...he also holds the ball too long, which has resulted in a sack every 6.2 pass attempts, the highest figure in the league.'

Marker Levy could still coach, but cap doesn't fit him [7:35 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Levy retired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills after the 1997 season. The Bills were among the best teams in the AFC throughout the 1990s before stumbling home 6-10 in 1997. The losing didn't get to Levy. The salary cap did.'

Marker Fairchild rounds out Bills staff [7:34 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'A college quarterback at Colorado State, and a second-team all-WAC selection behind Jim McMahon as a senior, Fairchild spent the past four seasons at his alma mater as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Like most of his colleagues on the Buffalo staff, he is viewed as a strong teacher.'

February 17, 2001

Marker Bills name Fairchild running backs coach [4:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Fairchild, 42, spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Colorado State.'

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