Bills, 19 Other Teams Look At Henson
Wyche On Bledsoe: Sam Wyche shared some of his ideas to turn around Drew Bledsoe. After reviewing everyone of his passes from last season on film, Wyche said he would like to see Bledsoe tuck it and run some more even though that is something he hasn't really done in his career. He also hopes to get Bledsoe to become more comfortable throwing to his outlet receiver in another effort to avoid sacks.
Saturday February 14, 2003
Tucker Reaches Extension: The Bills were obviously happy with the work of guard Ross Tucker when he took over the starting right guard role late in the season. John Clayton of ESPN is reporting that the Bills have give Tucker a three year contract worth $2.2 Million. It can grow by up to another $1 Million depending on playing time. The deal includes a $225,000 signing bonus. This deal may signify the new coaching staff's confidence in him. He may end up as one of the two starting guards on opening day. Tucker was expected to become a restricted free agent. Front Office Page.
Hunter Turns 7: Valentine's day is a special one in the Bills family. It happens to include three prominent birthdays. Drew Bledsoe is celebrating a birthday today along with Jim Kelly and his son Hunter. Hunter turns 7 today an amazing accomplishment considering the disease he suffers from. We wish all of them a very happy birthday!
Friday February 13, 2003
Is Henson Worth It? Now that the Bills have not eliminated the possibility of pursuing at trade for Drew Henson, the question is, is he worth it? The Texans are looking for a high draft pick but they don't hold all the cards. If they don't trade him before the draft they lose his rights and get nothing. Look for interested teams to wait them out until just before the draft before a move is made. We will have to wait and see how interested the Bills really are. Chime in on your opinion by answering our poll question on our homepage.
Thursday February 12, 2004
Henson Impressive: Drew Henson threw about 75 passes to four receivers during a workout for NFL scouts and coaches of 20 NFL teams today. As we reported earlier, the Bills were represented by Mike Mularkey, Tom Clements, and Sam Wyche. After the workout Wyche said, that you never make final decisions based on these workouts but you couldn't eliminate Henson from your possible plans based on this workout. Henson said it went as good as he could have hoped. The Bills, Packers, and Dolphins are apparently among the teams that are most interested in Henson. He would likely cost at least a 2nd round pick to trade for him.
Bills Scout Henson: The Bills are one of about 15 teams that plan on checking out the workout of Drew Henson today. The Bills contingent includes Mike Mularkey, offensive coordinator Tom Clements, and QB coach Sam Wyche.
Wednesday February 11, 2003
Murphy To Be Named Play By Play Man: John Murphy has been named the new play by play man for the Bills radio broadcasts, the team announced today. Murphy has been the analyst on Bills games for years and was the odds on favorite to get the job. He replaces Van Miller who retired after this past season. No word yet on who will replace Murphy as the analyst.
System Implementation Begins: Mike Mularkey said the staff is finished evaluating the personnel and have begun devising a system that will take advantage of the player strengths. He feels the best chance of success is to fit the scheme to the player. The coaches are also looking ahead to the combine and he admits they are a bit behind because of the length of time it took to hire the assistant coaches.
Wyche Feels He Can Help Bledsoe: In the staff introduction press conference yesterday, Sam Wyche said he believes Drew Bledsoe will be fine. He said everyone has a bad year and the quarterback has not had his skills diminished. Other tidbits from the new staff: WR coach Tyke Tolbert says he's looking forward to working with Eric Moulds and thinks the receiving corps with the Bills is better than he had in Arizona last year. OC Tom Clements said on offense they will take advantage of everyone's abilities. DB coach Steve Szabo said he will emphasize takeaways in practice. RB coach Eric Studesville feels Travis Henry and Wilis McGahee can co-exist. He will do what is needed to maximize their strengths. Special teams coach Bobby April said he will use the best players even if that means putting starters on special teams.
Tuesday February 10, 2003
Coaching Staff Introduced: Mike Mularkey introduced his coaching staff this afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He said while it took longer than expected to put the staff together he feels very lucky to get some of the coaches he got and to keep the coaches he did. He are some of his comments regarding specific coaches: Off. Coordinator Tom Clements will do a great job with Drew Bledsoe. OL coach Jim McNally has an energy level that is unmatched. Sam Wyche will be someone he'll be able to lean on because of his head coaching experience. RB Coach Eric Studesville has had success with pretty darn good running backs. He raved about the energy and offensive mind of WR coach Tyke Tolbert. He feels it was very important to have retained Jerry Gray, Don Blackmon, and Tim Krumrie. DB coach Steve Szabo will bring valuable Super Bowl experience with him. Special teams coach Bobby April has had success wherever he has.
Wyche To Scout Henson: New QB Coach Sam Wyche will be among the Buffalo contigent that heads to Houston to see the workout of Drew Henson on Thursday. Wyche will be counted on, not only to resurrect the career of Drew Bledsoe but also to develop whatever young QB the Bills bring in this year. Wyche's input will go a long way in deciding whether or not the Bills make a run at trading for Henson.
Monday February 9, 2003
Wyche Joins Bills: After a week of checking him out to see if his voice and heart would hold up to the pressure, the Bills have finally added Sam Wyche to the coaching staff as the quarterbacks coach. His addition should round out Mike Mularkey's staff. The coach said he's thrilled to have a coach of Wyche's caliber on his staff. Wyche feels he can help bring Drew Bledsoe's game back to where it was. He also is expected to do wonders for whatever young quarterback the team brings in. They are expected to draft a QB on day one of the draft.
Europe Allocations: Four of the five players the Bills have allocated to NFL Europe received their assignments yesterday. CB Kahlil Carter and OT Jasen Esposito will play for the Scottish Claymores. QB Greg Zolman will play for the Rhein Fire. LB Asa Francis heads to the Colgne Centurions. K/P Mike Shafer has yet to be assigned to a team.
Wild Pro Bowl: The NFC had an improbable 55-52 comeback victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl. The Bills were represented by Takeo Spikes and Ruben Brown. Spikes had one tackle and Brown played right guard in the game.
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