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Bills Daily Week in Review - Jan 9th - Jan. 17th, 2000Previous Week

Two Coaches Fired

Most players and former players weren't surprised special teams coach Bruce DeHaven was fired for the debacle in Tennessee. They all praised him for his work with the special teams but the bottom line is: he didn't lose his job only because of that play. The special teams were atrocious in that game and throughout the year. The kick coverage teams and the return teams have been bad all year.
The firing of Running Backs Coach Bishop Harris was met with more emotion and shock. Thurman Thomas summed it up best for his teammates when he said "I'm shocked and I'm angry." The backs got together and went to Phillips in defense of Harris but it didn't work.
The signing of K Dan Giancola is an interesting situation. The Bills say they are bringing him in as a kickoff specialist but with Steve Christie having a sub par year and having a high cap figure, there is a chance we may have a new kicker.
Congratulations to former Coach Marv Levy who is once again a finalist for the hall of fame. Former Bills WR James Lofton is also a finalist but is expected to go in as a Green Bay Packers if elected.
With the free agency period beginning February 11th, GM John Butler has to begin trimming cap room as the Bills will be anywhere from $12 - $17 Million over the cap. They will have to do some major re-structuring of contracts just to get under the cap and have room left over to re-sign some of the Bills free agents. QB Rob Johnson has already committed to re-doing his deal to give some room. It remains to be seen if Bruce Smith will restructure his contract. He refuesed to last year and has said he won't comeback if the Bills don't do anything to become a real contender. Well, Bruce to do that, you are going to have to help out this year. For a complete list of Bills free agents and a constant update on all player and staff moves and contract updates check out our front office page

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