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Buffalo Bills News - March 12, 2001

Marker Gregg Williams press conference [1:28 PM] reports: On overweight players: "Don't like them at all. At all. What we can't coach is guys who run fast and move fast. You're born with that. When all of the sudden your body weight inhibits your way to move fast, no matter how much technique we coach you..."

Marker Pat Williams chats with at WNY Sports Festival [12:34 PM] reports: "The strength coaches have been killing me this past week. I've been running, lifting weights, and I've got my diet plan going on. I'm just trying to get down to my assigned weight they've got for me, and be ready to play on every down!"

Marker Sam Cowart moves to OLB [12:15 PM]
reports: Head Coach Gregg Williams said today that John Holecek would remain in the MLB position and Sam Cowart would be moved to OLB.

Marker Flutie's legacy takes on mythical proportions [6:08 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'If Flutie truly was the "savior" of the Bills franchise, as many readily declare, season ticket sales for the following year would have skyrocketed. They did not.'

Marker Choice of QB makes a winner of CVB gamble [6:05 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The [Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau], acting on the advice of president Richard Geiger, decided to use Johnson in the video and in the visitors guide.'

Marker New offense sure to help mobile Johnson [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '...the switch will boost offensive productivity and reduce quarterback Rob Johnson's alarming sack count. The West Coast offense uses shorter QB drops and quick, short passes to set up the running game.'

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March 11, 2001

Marker March Madness!!! Join the TBD pool [5:28 PM]
TBD reports: Pass some of the offseason time by joining the TBD March Madness pool! Click on the link above and sign up today! We'll have some prizes to give out too, so grab your spot and take your best shot at filling out the most accurate bracket.

Marker Roth To Play For Amsterdam In NFL Europe [3:41 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: '"Coach Williams told him that the reason he wanted him to go was because they run the west coast offense in Amsterdam and he'll be able to learn it first hand," Roth's father said. "It's a great opportunity for him to showcase himself."'

Marker Kuliga paves Flutie’s path to Chargers [10:57 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'She only hammered out a $30 million, six-year deal for Flutie, that's all. Do they have a Rookie of the Year award for agents?'

Marker Fate led Flutie to NFL, Bolts [10:53 AM]
North County Times reports: 'It appears that Buffalo is happy with its QB pick ---- San Diego is ecstatic.'

Marker Williams wants Bills to start shaping up now [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In his letter to the players, Williams made it clear that he wasn't impressed by their 41-percent participation in offseason workouts a year ago. He said he expected everyone here this time - not just for minicamp but the 16-week offseason. He was especially tough on the offensive linemen.'

Marker Marv Levy spurs a foul shot [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps it's inevitable. Lose four consecutive Super Bowls and even the coaches of girls high school basketball teams in California will invoke the Buffalo Bills as what not to emulate.'

Marker Bills expect no no-shows [6:45 AM]
D and C reports: '"There was speculation (in the media) that there would be a small turnout, but that's not what I expected," Williams said. "I expect 100 percent and I thought the guys would be excited, just like they are. They can't wait to get started."'

Marker Kelly's impact makes him the top QB in Bills history [6:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Here are my top five...Jim Kelly...Joe Ferguson...Jack Kemp...Doug Flutie...Frank Reich...'.

March 10, 2001

Marker Chargers Look Up to Flutie [7:09 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"I guess you need someone you believe is going to be the guy, and, for me, it's a situation I've been looking for for 17 years."'

Marker Meet our new DC Jerry Gray [2:17 PM] reports: Did somebody say agressive? "...if the quarterback isn't throwing, ducking or running after a count of three after the ball is snapped, he has too much time."

Marker Flutie signs with Chargers as starter [11:04 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Since free agency signing period started on March 2, the Chargers have issued contracts worth an estimated $100 million. Or, roughly, the same number of people predicting the diminutive Flutie, 38, would never survive in the NFL.'

Marker Flutie gives Turner a lot of options for game plans [11:03 AM]
North County Times reports: '"Everyone gets caught up in Doug's mobility, and that is a big part of the way he plays,'' Turner said. "But he is a very, very good passer. He does a good job throwing from the pocket."'

Marker Diminutive QB: A huge addition [11:02 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Flutie is more than just a piece of the puzzle here. He looks to be a perfect fit.'

Marker A far cry from when Leaf blew in from Vegas [10:20 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'With Leaf, the Chargers hoped they had a quarterback. With Flutie, they know.'

Marker Chargers counting on charismatic QB to give the team a winning direction [10:16 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Chargers director of ticket sales Jerry McBurney said that as a result of the Flutie signing the club sold about 100 new season tickets yesterday. "The phones have been ringing off the hook and the lobby has been full of people," McBurney said.'

Marker Ex-Titan Robertson says he’ll likely end up going to Raiders or Bills [9:46 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Former Titans safety Marcus Robertson said last night that while several teams have shown interest in his services he’d like to wind up in either the Oakland Raiders or Buffalo Bills. He plans to visit both cities next week.'

Marker Flutie ready to work magic with Chargers [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The people of Buffalo, the fan support that I had there, the organization, the players on the team, it was just a great, great three years and a lot of fun," Flutie said.'

Marker RB Smith gets to prove himself again [7:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'And Antowain Smith, who lost his starting job last season, asked to be traded and was expected to be a salary-cap victim but survived last week's cuts, is part of new coach Gregg Williams' plans.'

Marker QB controversy could follow Flutie to San Diego [7:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'One potential problem for Doug Flutie in San Diego: The Chargers want him to start for next season but he says he has three or four good years left in him as an effective NFL QB.'

Marker Flutie takes charge in San Diego [7:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'One of the most beloved players in New England history, the former Natick and Boston College star fielded calls from Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, and Miami, but decided sunny Southern California was his best option.'

Marker Tip sheet: Chargers have plans set with Flutie, Vick [7:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: ' has learned that the six-year contract that Doug Flutie signed with the team on Friday is structured more as a two-year deal. On paper, the contract is believed to be worth $28 million to $30 million, but is severely backloaded, with the final four years averaging somewhere in the area of $5 million annually.'

Marker Flutie signing energizes Chargers [7:37 AM]
AP reports: 'Flutie's pretty excited, too, notwithstanding his $30.3 million, six-year deal that includes a $3 million signing bonus.'

Marker Redskins sign long snapper [7:36 AM]
AP reports: 'The Washington Redskins on Friday signed lineman and long snapper Ethan Albright from the Buffalo Bills.'

March 9, 2001

Marker Flutie signing energizes Chargers [7:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Although neither side would discuss specifics, the contract is believed to be in $28 million to $30 million range, similar to what Brad Johnson got from Tampa Bay and Elvis Grbac got from Baltimore. The signing bonus is believed to be about $3 million.'

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