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Buffalo Bills News - February 6, 2001

Marker Talented assistants are head coaches' survival guides [9:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli's analysis of Williams' hiring skills. 'In this age of free agency, and at a time when league head coaches are being stretched in several directions and must master the art of delegating to ensure success, a solid staff is more essential than ever before. No matter the lineage of the man on the coaching throne, he had better surround himself with loyal and committed courtiers or his reign will be a short one.'

Marker Bills pull Sheppard into flock as offensive coordinator [7:55 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sheppard was the offensive coordinator under Kevin Gilbride in San Diego before joining the Seahawks, and has also worked on the Baltimore and Cleveland coaching staffs.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with Mike Sheppard for offensive coordinator [7:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Sheppard, 49, has spent eight years as an NFL assistant. Before joining Seattle two years ago, he was offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers in 1997 and 1998. He also was an assistant with Baltimore and Cleveland.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with Mike Sheppard as OC [6:17 PM] reports: 'New Bills head coach Gregg Williams wasted no time beginning to piece together his coaching staff, as he has agreed to terms with former Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard as Buffalo's new offensive coordinator Tuesday.'

Marker Players restructure contracts [5:24 PM]
reports: As posted on the Stadium Wall message board: 'WGR55 has just reported that John Fina, Ruben Brown, and Ken Irvin have all agreed to restructure their contracts, freeing up over 3 Million in Cap $ money.'

Marker Mike Sheppard is the new offensive coordinator [5:15 PM]
reports: 'I was just listening to 107.7 Sports Authority. Mike Sheppard is the Buffalo Bills new Offensive Coordinator. He was Seattle's QB coach.'

Marker A plan for Patriots: Divide and conquer [3:18 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Boston Globe columnist Ron Borges salivates at the prospect of getting stronger by scavenging the carcasses of AFC East rivals - signing their UFAs.'

Marker Possible linebacker's coach [3:14 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Shout! has caught whiff of a rumor on Gregg Williams' LBs coach choice: Miles Aldridge, defensive coordinator for Middle Tennessee State.'

Marker Bills Salary Cap woes [3:12 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe never imagined the Bills' salary cap problems could be this bad. Some U.S. government officials are even comparing Buffalo's cap to the gross mismanagement of Social Security.'

Marker Mike Sheppard/Joe Ferguson almost in [2:26 PM]
reports: 'According to a TBD-friendly source, Mike Sheppard and Joe Ferguson are almost in as new coaches at One Bills Drive. While anything can happen to torpedo any candidate, this selection process is very close to be being over. (This same source reported that Gregg Williams was our leading candidate and that the announcement would come on Friday, many hours before the national and local media reports were even suggesting that Williams had emerged as our lead candidate.)'

Marker Sheppard could end up calling plays for Buffalo [2:20 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Seattle Seahawks assistant coach Mike Sheppard has surfaced as a leading candidate to become offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills received permission Monday to speak with Sheppard about their top offensive job under new coach Gregg Williams. The process could gain speed beginning today.'

Marker Ravens' Lewis Didn't Really Want Bills' Job [11:33 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Mike Fondacaro was kind enough to pass this article along. Thanks Mike! Keep them coming... This piece reads like major damage control for Marvin Lewis. The more days that pass, the less outraged his entourage is and the more they claim it was was Lewis who turned down the Bills. Whatever Marvin...

Marker Williams wants to speak to Seahawks coach [6:54 AM]
reports: Our friends at posted this tidbit early this morning: 'ESPN reports Gregg Williams called the Seattle Seahawks to request permission to speak to their QBs coach Mike Sheppard about the offensive coordinator job. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren is due back from vacation Tuesday and he is expected to grant that permission.'

Marker Moulds' salary could hurt defense [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'In order to find salary- cap room to keep Moulds from becoming a free agent, the Bills have asked veteran stalwart defensive linemen Ted Washington and Phil Hansen to take pay cuts, said Angelo Wright, Washington's agent. Both players have refused, which may factor into their possible release.'

Marker Bills' choice was based solely on ability [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ted Cottrell, who had even more reason to be disappointed about not becoming Buffalo's head coach than Lewis, said he felt he was treated fairly. That should carry more weight than what Lewis and his agent think.'

Marker Lions hire 3 more assistants; Selcer back [4:59 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Carl Mauck, 53, a 17-year NFL assistant, will coach the offensive linemen.'

Marker Batch begins off-season preparations [4:55 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Three Lions assistant coaches from last year have been told they will not be brought back -- Jim Zorn (quarterbacks)...Two offensive assistants have agreed to terms -- Carl Mauck (offensive line) and Maurice Carthon (running backs).'

Marker Lewis clarifies position on job with Bills, says it wasn't a good fit [4:51 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Lewis scoffed at rumors that he had a bad interview with the Bills.'

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Marker Bills look to Lions' Zorn to fill out coaching staff [8:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said Monday the team has sought and been granted permission to speak with Zorn, who has two seasons remaining on his contract in Detroit, but might not fit into the staffing plans of new coach Marty Mornhinweg there.'

Marker Report: Mauck to coach with Lions [8:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Mauck would be the latest assistant to leave Buffalo, which is in the midst of changing its coaching staff under newly-hired head coach Gregg Williams, who took over following Wade Phillips' dismissal.'

Marker Bills interview Gray, Vinklarek for assistant coaching jobs [8:30 PM]
AP reports: "Tennessee Titans assistants Jeff Gray and Ronnie Vinklarek were the first to be interviewed for positions with the Buffalo Bills coaching staff.'

Marker Bills re-sign three practice squad players [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills re-signed three members of their practice squad...Josh Roth...Corey Hulsey...Jarrett Procell.'

Marker Report: Bills on verge of making Moulds highest-paid WR [8:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are on the verge of making Eric Moulds the NFL's highest-paid receiver.'

Marker Pro Bowl Photos [7:09 PM]
TBD reports: 'One of the greatest aspects of Two Bills Drive is that we have readers located throughout the world. So when it comes time to share Bills news, we have "local" reporters in every market! Sunday was no exception, as longtime Stadium Wall message board poster, Eric/Hawaii, sent us his photos from the Pro Bowl! Thanks Eric!'

Marker Washington refuses to restructure contract [7:07 PM]
reports: 'According to sports talk radio, WGR55, Ted Washington's agent has refused to restructure his contract.'

Marker Bills resign three players [5:10 PM]
TBD reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has re-signed guard Corey Hulsey, defensive end Jarrett Procell, and fullback Josh Roth. All three players were with the team as unsigned free agents during the 2000 preseason and spent the entire regular season on the practice squad. Roth played at the University of Buffalo after starring at Pine Valley Central High School. Hulsey and Procell joined the team as unsigned rookie free agents out of Clemson and Louisiana Tech, respectively.

Marker Bills have had an impressive postseason [4:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It's telling that there was no groundswell of protest when Wilson tendered Phillips his pink slip. And, since then, the Bills' 82-year-old owner has done everything right ... either by plan, or sheer good fortune.'

Marker Joe Ferguson to interview for QB coach [2:20 PM]
reports: WGR reported that former Bills quarterback, Joe Ferguson, will be interviewed for the QB coach position.

Marker Marvin Lewis's Agent Accuses Bills of Bias [9:28 AM]
New York Times reports: [Article requires registration]
Anderson, Lewis's very vocal agent, accuses the Bills of bias in the negotiations with Lewis. If anything the Bills were biased TOWARD Lewis for Lewis was the only candidate who got a second interview due to him "not interviewing well" the first time. Tom Donahoe, who hired him before in Pittsburgh, felt he may have been exhausted after his Super Bowl run and wanted to give him a second chance.

Marker Turf is greener on another football field [9:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: The Bills line has not been described as tough last three years so following quote may not be a compliment:

"A coaching change could be coming on the Lions' offensive line. Carl Mauck, who played 12 NFL seasons with four teams, was at the Silverdome on Friday. Mauck has been an NFL assistant with six teams since 1982 and with Buffalo the last three. His units have reflected his toughness as a player."

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