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Buffalo Bills News - March 2, 2001

Marker End of the 7-11 debate [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is, to put it mildly, counterintuitive to keep a quarterback who has a starting record of 7-10 over the past three seasons and cut a quarterback who went 21-9 over the same span. But it seems to us the Bills made the right choice.'

Marker Rogers joins cap victims [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting outside linebacker Sam Rogers was cut, as expected, as the Bills made their final moves to get under the $67.4 million salary cap every NFL team had to meet by 4 p.m. Thursday. Rogers, a six-year starter, joins nose tackle Ted Washington as the prime Bills defenders on the waiver wire.'

Marker Second guesses [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the Buffalo Bills have finally voted one quarterback off the island. Even though there's a survivor, that doesn't necessarily end the Great Quarterback Controversy. On the contrary, for Internet junkies and talk show groupies, it's only just now getting good.'

Marker Flutie not on Bucs' short list [8:01 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'It appears as though the Bucs and Buffalo Bills have something in common. Both teams believe they can succeed without quarterback Doug Flutie running their offense.'

Marker Salary Cap Squeezes N.F.L.'s Big Names [7:58 AM]
New York Times reports: 'One National Football League team official said yesterday that there are at least eight teams interested in Flutie, including the San Diego Chargers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins.'

Marker Free agent DE poised to strike It rich [7:12 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Wiley very soon will not only sign the biggest contract ever for a former Columbia University football player, but he could get the biggest contract in the free agent class of '01, checking in at around $50 million.'

Marker QB rift was deep [6:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Finding himself on the other side of a sack for a change, Rob Johnson yesterday had a chance to celebrate. Instead, the survivor of the Buffalo Bills quarterback controversy resisted sniping at former teammate Doug Flutie.'

Marker Johnson confident in his ability [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I wish you guys knew the total situation of how divided the team was and how mentally draining it can be," Johnson said. "I mean, coaches were taking sides, it was that bad. "Guys would come out of meetings and they'd say, 'Boy, they really bad mouthed you in there and they're rooting for the other guy.'"'

Marker Flutie hoping to play in sun [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flutie, released by the Buffalo Bills Wednesday in favor of Rob Johnson, told WCMF's Brother Wease "the only thing that really ticked me off is the perception that Rob beat me out -- that's he's better than me."'

Marker Bills' Rogers is a cap victim [6:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith survived the Buffalo Bills' final roster purge of players to meet yesterday's NFL's salary cap deadline. Linebacker Sam Rogers wasn't so lucky.'

Marker Flutie again left holding short end of the stick [6:29 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Now, once more, he is available to any team that wants to win. He knows he can, if only they would let him.'

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March 1, 2001

Marker Say It Ain't So [9:14 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The Chargers and Bills made QB decisions ...
CNNSI.com puts them in historical perspective.

Sports fans love to reminisce over the days when it all went wrong: the wasted draft pick, the tragic trade or the defecting hero. These may not be, by definition, the worst roster moves ever made, but they were the ones that affected us on a personal level. These are the events that caused -- and still cause -- us to sit on our bar stools and lament the cruel twists of life.

Marker Decision to keep Johnson the right choice [9:12 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Johnson has not endeared himself to many fans because of his knack for getting injured. He was knocked out of nine of 19 starts with the Bills. Some of that was attributed to his maddening habit of holding the ball to long, which resulted in far too many sacks.'

Marker Bills cut Rogers and Albright [8:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Rogers, who was to make more than $6.3 million next season, was cut along with long-snapper Ethan Albright. Also gone are safety Daryl Porter and cornerback Ray Hill, restricted free agents who were not tendered offers.'

Marker Johnson ready to emerge from Flutie's shadow [8:09 PM]
AP reports: '"Doug Flutie's going to have fans when he's 60 years old. He's that type of guy," Johnson said. "My job is to win football games. The people of Buffalo will respect that when we win."'

Marker Bills' QB Choice a Head-Scratcher [3:38 PM]
SF Chronicle reports: 'Flutie may have been 21-9 as a starter for the Bills, but Johnson (7-11 in 18 starts) is much taller. And you know how important that is...'

To most of Rob's female fans it is!

Marker Sam Rogers and Ethan Albright released [3:35 PM]
reports: 'President and General Manager, Tom Donahoe, said on WNSA that OLB Sam Rogers has been released and the Bills are now under the cap.'

Marker Flutie released by Buffalo [1:17 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"Doug's a free agent now, that's an upside," said Flutie's brother, Darren, last night. "He has options. But nobody likes rejection. And that's what they said to Doug. We don't want you in Buffalo.'

Marker MetroWesters: Flutie a proven winner [1:16 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The release of Natick's Doug Flutie from the Buffalo Bills struck a chord with many MetroWest residents who pointed out the NFL franchise flourished under the 38-year-old quarterback&'s leadership.'

Marker Bills blew it by dumping Flutie [10:47 AM]
MSNBC reports: 'Bills blew it by dumping Flutie... New GM Donahoe made wrong choice in Buffalo's quarterback controversy.'... What does he know??

Marker Leaf, Flutie Are Among Players Cut [10:46 AM]
LA Times reports: 'Chargers end association with quarterback; Bills make decision to go with Johnson.'

Marker Buffalo News web site is having problems [10:41 AM]
reports: It appears that the Buffalo News site is experiencing problems at the moment, therefore, article links to the site are not loading properly. Please check back later.

Marker Bills keep Johnson, cut Flutie [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Today's decision may not be a popular one with all of our fans, but our responsibility as an organization is . . . to make the right decisions," Donahoe said. "We would like to thank Doug Flutie for his efforts here in Buffalo."'

Marker In Rob they trust [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds supports the Bills' decision, but will miss Flutie. The two developed a close relationship, and Moulds had some of his greatest games when Flutie was the starter.'

Marker Bills show confidence in staff teachers [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And as of Wednesday, they have put their reputations in the hands of a flawed, fragile quarterback who has yet to prove he can be a consistently healthy, effective NFL starter.'

Marker Talent wins out for Johnson [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know we've got the right guy for this offense. Rob can make all the throws. He can make every throw that needs to be made. He's mobile. We've got to coach him to be smarter in how he takes care of his body. We've got to coach him to get rid of the ball quicker."'

Marker As victories mounted, Flutie ignited passionate debates [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But over the past three seasons, Flutie energized a city that longed for a new hero in the aftermath Jim Kelly's retirement in 1996. Flutie rejuvenated a franchise many thought was going to leave town. He also stirred more passionate debate in Western New York than any Bills player in recent memory.'

Marker Well thought out [6:38 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'If the end of the Doug Flutie versus Rob Johnson melodrama felt a bit anticlimactic to you Wednesday, it's because in the final analysis, logic prevailed.'

Marker The right move: Flutie’s a goner [6:36 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Flutie won't be out of work long. San Diego, now headed by former Buffalo general manger John Butler, will make a strong push.'

Marker Flutie let go by Bills [5:30 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'His two biggest decisions since taking over the Bills' football operations - to hire Gregg Williams as coach over Marvin Lewis, and keep Johnson over Flutie - have been unpopular in Buffalo. Let's see if they work.'

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