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Buffalo Bills News - January 12, 2002

Marker Sifting through the wreckage [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most pleasant surprise: Jonas Jennings.'

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January 11, 2002

Marker Hansen’s NFL years exemplary [4:23 PM]
Fargo Forum reports: 'Moreover, Hansen brought a work ethic to the field that set an example for younger players. He came to play every game. No complaining. No showboating. No whining when he was injured or sometimes overshadowed by marquee players.'

Marker Wilson says Johnson must earn QB job [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"We can't just bring a guy back and say, 'The job's yours, you're the guy,'" Wilson said Thursday night from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. "Who knows, maybe (third-stringer) Travis Brown's the guy."'

January 10, 2002

Marker Up close in the off-season: Brandon Spoon [8:31 AM] reports: 'I will stay on the stairmaster three times per week, and lift some light weights through the beginning of March. I learned from the veterans and our strength and conditioning coach, Rusty Jones, that it is critical to back off the training and let your body heal.'

Marker Dr Z's All Pro Team [8:31 AM] reports: And here's a sleeper that popped my eyes open: the Bills' Billy Conaty . Maybe I just saw him on the greatest days of his career because I couldn't find anyone to agree with me. I didn't like him as much as I did Woody, but he was fairly close.

Marker Centers uncertain if Bills are still in his future [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'They include returning to the Bills if they provide him with a pay hike and assurances from coach Gregg Williams that the team will take steps to improve, requesting his release from the final year of his contract so he can sign with a contender, or retirement.'

Marker Als quarterback Calvillo 'testing the waters' of NFL [5:13 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: 'Foster wouldn't identify the interested teams, but one is believed to be Buffalo - perhaps Calvillo's next stop. "There does seem to be some interest," Foster said.'

Marker Eskimos rookie poised to become first CFL option player [5:12 AM]
CP reports: '[Anthony Calvillo] worked out for Jacksonville and Seattle and has a session planned with Buffalo.'

January 9, 2002

Marker NFL releases list of '02 opponents [5:37 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo Bills will play these team in 2002:

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions
Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Marker Some random thoughts on Bills' season [1:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is, no single statistic contributed more to the Bills' 3-13 record than the fact their 123 penalties were an NFL high.'

Marker Several Bills may wind up elsewhere [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In most years, your roster probably is going to turn over anywhere from 25 to 33 percent."'

Marker Taking stock [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Time to call the U-Haul: Rob Johnson, Ken Irvin, J. McDaniel.'

January 8, 2002

Marker Playoff Trivia Challenge [6:15 PM] reports: Test your Bills Playoff expertise in this trivia challenge and win two tickets to the 2002 home opener along with autographed Bills merchandise and selected items from Zweigles.

Marker Bills, Johnson face uncertain offseason [6:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Instead, Johnson confirmed many of his critics' worst fears -- that he was incapable of staying healthy and unable to perform as the team's undisputed starter.'

Marker It's Van Pelt in, Johnson out for Bills [1:54 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Four years of premium-priced quarterbacks added up to zero playoff wins for Buffalo. With a crowded wholesale market this offseason, it's time for the Bills to do a little bargain hunting.'

Marker Character guy says good-bye [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He leaves as one of the most admired and respected players in Bills history.'

Marker First class all the way [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hansen had no immediate plans other than to spend time with his wife, Dianna, and their 7-month-old daughter, Hope.'

Marker Rob not closing - or opening - any doors [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He has told several teammates that he doesn't expect to be here next season, mainly because he doesn't believe he can get a fair shake in this town after being criticized heavily for the Bills' problems.'

Marker A humble guy looms large across WNY [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was small town all the way, an underdog, a small-college player who gave every ounce of himself on the field and made himself into one of the top defensive ends in the game.'

Marker Players try to shake off residue of losing [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Nine of the last 12 games were (decided by) seven points or less. The hope is we can learn from that, and the biggest part of that is coming back ready to go even harder than we did this year."'

Marker Bills' classy Hansen tackles retirement [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"He's one of the best people I've ever been associated with," said Bills offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski. "There isn't a phony bone in that guy's body. You won't find a better teammate or friend. He will be missed."'

Marker Bills' to-do list includes making Van Pelt starter [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rookie coach Gregg Williams and his staff had more growing pains this year than a teenager with a new weight set and Williams would've been better served hiring a pair of experienced coordinators last winter. But now that Mike Sheppard and Jerry Gray have gotten their hands dirty, their second years should operate much smoother. Why start over?'

Marker Fickle Johnson should not return [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe's recent comments about Johnson's durability and burdensome contract lead one to believe that the Bills are ready to file for divorce. Still, talk that Donahoe will meet this week with Johnson's agent have kept open the possibility that he may return. Let's hope not.'

Marker Ex-NDSU star ends 11-year Buffalo career [5:09 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '"I want to be remembered as a consistent, dependable guy everyone could depend on," Hansen said. "I got everything out of my God-given talent, and I believe I used all the tools at my disposal, and got everything out that I could."'

January 7, 2002

Marker Bills Defensive End Hansen Retires After 11-Year NFL Career [7:45 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '"I want to be remembered as a consistent, dependable guy," Hansen said. "I wasn't Bruce Smith, and I couldn't do what Bruce Smith did. I believe I used all the tools at my disposal, and got everything out of my talent that I could."'

Marker Bills' Henry to have knee surgery [2:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Rookie Travis Henry, the Buffalo Bills leading rusher, will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to relieve tendinitis in his right knee.'

Marker Bills DE Phil Hansen announces retirement [1:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Although he never received Pro Bowl recognition, Hansen started 148 of 156 games with the Bills and was regarded as one of the team's most consistent players, compiling 867 tackles.'

Marker Phil Hansen announces his retirement [11:33 AM] reports: 'One of just two Bills remaining from the team's Super Bowl runs of the early 1990s, Hansen leaves the Bills as the team's second-best sack producer, with 61.5, and the team's active leader in games played (156).'

Marker Bills Hansen retires, ending 11-year career [11:13 AM]
AP reports: '"My body and my heart tell me it's time to move on. I've known for a long time now that this would be my final season. I tried to keep it a secret because I didn't want it to become a distraction to any of my teammates," Hansen said. "I always thought the focus should be on the opponent."'

Marker Glory days aren't around the corner for Bills [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nine of the Bills' 16 games were decided by a touchdown or less. That means they were competitive. But they won just three of those games. That means they weren't good enough to make the plays when it counted.'

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