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Buffalo Bills News - January 12, 2001

Marker Texans meet with Bills assistant Cottrell [6:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Phillips will interview for the Texans' job this weekend; Thursday belonged to Cottrell, who was interviewing for a head coaching job for the first time.'

Marker It's Cowher vs. Donahoe again [6:11 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The guess here is the Bills will be a bigger winner over the long haul than the Steelers, that Donahoe still will be working in Buffalo long after Cowher has moved on to his next job.'

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January 11, 2001

Marker Donahoe's former colleagues say Buffalo made the right choice [8:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe also is lauded for his keen eye for talent and a tireless work ethic.'

Marker Levy, Wilson: Hall of Fame Nominees [1:21 PM]
TBD reports: Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson are among the 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Akron... errrr Canton, OH. Other finalists include: Harry Carson, Dave Casper, Dan Hampton, Lester Hayes, Mike Munchak, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, Jack Youngblood, Nick Buoniconti, Bill Parcells, Art Monk, and Jackie Slater.

Marker Bills have one preseason game scheduled [12:02 PM]
TBD reports: The Trenton Times reports that the Bills will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Marker Ravens' M. Lewis on Bills' short list [11:12 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Station WGRZ-TV in Buffalo reported last night that Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis is the leading candidate to replace deposed Bills coach Wade Phillips.'

Marker Bears down to 4 [9:10 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Bills were ninth in yards gained and 20th in points scored this season. They were 11th in yards and 16th in points last season and sixth in yards and seventh in points in 1998.'

Marker 4 in hunt to run Bears offense [9:08 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Bears coach Dick Jauron has narrowed his list of offensive coordinator candidates to...Bears interim coordinator John Shoop...Jimmy Raye, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Pendry, formerly of the Buffalo Bills and Marc Trestman, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.'

Marker More power to him [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Donahoe lost his last job because he finished as the runner-up in a power struggle. The same thing is not likely to happen anytime soon in Buffalo.'

Marker New GM is a quiet achiever [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Donahoe is a man with a big reputation and a low profile.'

Marker Donahoe comes with sterling reputation [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just as many NFL observers were shocked when the Bills fired GM John Butler last month, they were equally as impressed with the addition of Donahoe.'

Marker Steelers' highlights [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A look at Tom Donahoe's career as personnel chief of the Pittsburgh Steelers...'

Marker Wilson gets right man for the job [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe he stumbled into it, but you could argue that he's better off than he was one month ago where his coaches and GM are concerned.'

Marker Flutie backer takes over as Bills GM [7:14 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have a new general manager and, it would seem, a firm backer of Doug Flutie as the club's starting quarterback in 2001.'

Marker Donahoe comes full circle in NFL [6:12 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills have hired a highly competent, thoroughly loyal, dedicated football man who is respected and liked throughout the sport.'

Marker Donahoe named Bills GM [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Wilson, the team's founder who turns 83 in October, has expressed a desire to cut back on his duties with the team, meaning Donahoe will be the club's chief voice at league-level meetings on down.'

Marker Donahoe prepared for new job [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Team owner Ralph Wilson gave Donahoe unprecedented power within the organization, and to some men who worked with or know Donahoe, he is a man who richly deserves it.'

Marker Cottrell deserves chance to coach Bills [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ted Cottrell probably won't be the next coach of the Buffalo Bills -- despite the fact that he would be the logical successor to the fired Wade Phillips. Nobody said the NFL world is fair.'

January 10, 2001

Marker Wade a Minute [9:10 PM]
Buffalo Beat reports: 'According to the anti-Wade movement, Phillips has no business coaching a team at the NFL level. To his detractors, the former Denver Bronco head coach is a bumbling, unenthusiastic incompetent. Football insiders, those intimately familiar with the game, have a far different take on Phillips.'

Marker Phillips would like to coach expansion Texans [6:14 PM]
AP reports: 'On Wednesday, Phillips said he is looking forward to becoming an NFL head coach again, possibly with the expansion Houston Texans, who start play in 2002. Phillips, 53, said he expects to interview with Houston in the coming weeks, though nothing has been formally set up.'

Marker Wilson Spent Money, Title On Donahoe [2:20 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Donahoe's official introduction is scheduled for Friday, but the Bills are clearly his team already.'

Marker Bills name Tom Donahoe general manager [11:52 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Donahoe becomes the eighth general manager in team history.'

Marker Tom Donahoe named Bills' president, GM [11:51 AM]
AP reports: '"In my discussions with him over the past two weeks I feel he is the most qualified man to oversee the Bills football operations," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said.'

Marker Donahoe is in [11:38 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills snagged 52-year-old Tom Donahoe as their general manager finally. Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. signed him today and will have a news conference Friday to introduce Donahoe to the public.'

Marker Donahoe accepts P/GM position! [9:51 AM]
TBD reports: The Buffalo Bills have announced that Tom Donahoe has accepted a job as the president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills. He will serve as the eighth GM in Bills history.

Marker Bad career move [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's seldom a good idea to tell the boss to mind his own business. Just ask Wade Phillips.'

Marker Phillips takes stock of hits and misses [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet another factor that made Phillips' return implausible was his contract status. He has just a year remaining and would have been viewed as a lame duck next season. Phillips did not want that and would have desired a contract extension.'

Marker Jones hopes Bills' stint doesn't ruin his self-image [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Our problems on special teams really were pretty simple. They were speed getting down the field, the lack of ability to get off a block and make a tackle. When we had breakdowns that's where the breakdowns were."'

Marker Wilson's Teflon is wearing thin [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somehow, it's hard to be optimistic. The owner might not intend to jump ship, but that doesn't mean the boat isn't sinking.'

Marker For Flutie, it's all about playing [6:45 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'With Johnson's history of injuries, Flutie knows Buffalo may be his best chance to play. Is there an NFL team ballsy enough to give a 38-year-old QB a starting job? Not likely. Too bad.'

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