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Buffalo Bills News - January 15, 2001

Marker Jim Kelly, Hunter on the Discovery Health Channel [2:10 PM]
reports: Those of you who have either cable or satellite might want to turn in to the Discovery Health Channel on this Tuesday night at 8:00. There is a special on athletes and the Kelly family will be on with Hunter. They are in the second segment. Cynthia Cooper (WNBA) will also be featured as she has adopted her 6 nieces and nephews. The Kelly's will talk about Hunter and his disorder...

Marker Bills have permission to speak to Marvin Lewis [10:29 AM]
TBD reports: Len Pasquarelli, Senior Writer, reported yesterday that the Bills have received permission to speak with Ravens Defensive Coordinator Marvin Lewis. Two other teams have also received permission: the Browns and Lions. Considering Donahoe's connection with Lewis from his Steeler days, it appears Lewis is the front-runner to replace Wade Phillips.

Marker Native Son [7:04 AM]
Houston Texans reports: '"Yes, he asked me to make some staff changes but it's never that simple," Phillips said. "There are always more issues."'

Marker Sites with Bills news are clickin' these days [6:23 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo News, which readers have become accustomed to as the "paper of record" on the Bills, has had to play catch-up on many stories surrounding the team, including the firing of coach Wade Phillips.'

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January 14, 2001

Marker Donahoe turning up some unexpected Buffalo connections [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pittsburgh is a town where it seems every third person has some connection to ESPN's Beano Cook...Tom Donahoe, who spent his entire life in finding the same thing about Buffalo applies to him.'

Marker Beneath Donahoe's fancy suit, you'll find a blue collar [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Already clear is that we're going to like him. He's honest. He's funny. He's humble. He has conviction. Donahoe fits in. The guy from Pittsburgh is one of us.'

Marker Chargers hire Butler associate A.J. Smith [7:38 AM]
AP reports: '"We've kind of stuck together over the years," Smith said Saturday from his home near Buffalo. "We have the same philosophies and the same passion to win. Our contracts have always coincided so we wouldn't be left one without the other. We enjoy working together."'

Marker Phillips offers Texans winning record, Houston roots [7:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"It's good to be back home," Phillips said. "I'm proud that I'm a Texan and a Houstonian. Coming home certainly would have to be a big factor, but that's not the only factor. It would have to be the right fit. In Texas, it's not `fit like a glove,' it's fit like a boot -- good boots, that is.'

January 13, 2001

Marker Cottrell Checks In [7:44 PM]
Houston Texans reports: 'Ted Cottrell is currently in a difficult position. But it's a position that numerous assistant coaches in the National Football League would love to occupy.'

Marker Former Bills coach talks with Texans [3:58 PM]
AP reports: '"Ralph gave me some great opportunities that furthered my career. We won a lot of games there so I'm proud of what we did there and I think we will see each other at league meetings. "I know he feels like I did a good job for him."'

Marker Chargers hire another ex-Bill [3:52 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson initially denied the Chargers permission to talk to Smith, but Donahoe apparently saw no need to drag things out, since it was understood Smith was going to join Butler once his contract expired.'

Marker The Last Word [3:39 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Tom Donahoe said he's ready to make the tough decisions that will take the Buffalo Bills to a level they haven't seen before. We believe him.'

Marker 'We want to win' [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"These people are used to winning. This is a football team that should have been in the playoffs this year. And we want to get it back on track and into the playoffs next year."'

Marker Cottrell 'thrilled' to be in running for head job [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I do intend to interview Ted Cottrell," Donahoe said. "We'll probably reach him this weekend and set something up for the first part of next week."'

Marker Donahoe got Bills' faithful plenty excited [8:17 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It wasn't that he gave some fiery speech, but rather the way he made his case.'

Marker Bills are short on answers [7:29 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But through all the rampant optimism, there was a message of caution from owner Ralph Wilson. "We have a serious salary-cap problem," Wilson ventured. "I read where we had the fourth-highest total of signing bonuses handed out, $198.6 million (U.S.)."'

Marker Butler brings Smith on board [7:08 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's a done deal, and I'm thrilled," Smith said last night from his home in Hamburg, N.Y. He grew up in Rhode Island and lived here when he was first married. "It's been a wonderful 14 years in Buffalo, but it was time to move on."'

Marker Jets Add Buffalo's Cottrell to List [6:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'He's popular in Buffalo, where many of the defensive players have lobbied on his behalf for the head-coaching vacancy. But that appears to be a longshot.'

Marker Donahoe takes charge [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"My job is to make it work," Donahoe, the Bills' new president and general manager, said yesterday at his introductory news conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "People will know I'm here."'

Marker Donna Who? Bills welcome GM [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'The good news for the Bills is that Donahoe, however you pronounce his name, doesn't just talk a good game. He has a track record of delivering, having rebuilt the Pittsburgh Steelers into a Super Bowl contender.'

January 12, 2001

Marker Donahoe and Flutie [10:38 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Better start worrying Flutie fans. Those who thought that Tom Donahoe's hiring as president and general manager of the Bills meant Flutie would return as Buffalo's unequivocal starter, well, not necessarily.'

Marker Former Bills coach interviews with Texans [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Phillips, fired Monday by the Bills, will follow Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who interviewed with the Texans on Thursday.'

Marker It's O.k. to Cheat [6:59 PM]
ESPN reports: This Bills Fan will be rooting for the Raiders this weekend.

Marker Donahoe introduced today in press conference [5:18 PM] reports: Tom Donahoe said all the right things today. The reaction from the public is overwhelmingly positive after his 1st press conference. Donahoe touched on a number of subjects, including the search for a new coach, the salary cap, and the future of Eric Moulds. Here is one quote: "When you do as well as Buffalo does, you're going to have salary cap problems. I don't know how you get around it Ö We have to find a way to deal with the cap, to handle it, to make sure we don't tear our team apart. We may have to make some tough decisions this year. I'm not going to stand up and say it's going to be easy or be popular, but we cannot be over the cap. That is a rule in the National Football League, so we have to look at the avenues at our disposal to deal with the cap."

Marker Donahoe's first job will be finding coach [4:24 PM]
AP reports: 'But the 53-year-old Donahoe offered no hint Friday of who might replace the fired Wade Phillips. "I'll leave the speculation to you," Donahoe said at a news conference.'

Marker Levy hopes to finally get even [1:27 PM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '"Do I ever reflect on (the Super Bowl losses) -- yes. But it hasn't wrecked my psyche . . . Getting to the Super Bowl is tough, getting back three straight years after the first time is even tougher."'

Marker Thoughts on Ralph, Wade, former Bills [1:23 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What three things do Dusty Zeigler, Glenn Parker and Corbin Lacina have in common? First, they were all Buffalo Bills' offensive linemen, second they all left as free agents and, third, all three will be starting in Sunday's NFL Championship Game.'

Marker Bills To Introduce New GM Today [1:18 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'If you're a fan of the Buffalo Bills, the last couple of days have been good ones. Count your blessings.'

Marker Coaching candidates are plenty [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Aside from a new coach, it appears Donahoe also will need to hire a new director of pro personnel now that A.J. Smith finally has been granted permission to speak with San Diego.'

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.'

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