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Mularkey Is Bills' Choice

Mike Mularkey - AP Photo Bills Sign Another: The Bills have reached into AFL2 to sign another player that will likely head to NFL Europe. Kahlil Carter was in training camp with AFL's Orlando Predators before the Bills signed the defensive specialist. He had 14 interceptions last year in the AFL2. Front Office Page.

Saturday January 24, 2003

Krumrie Official: The Bills made it official today, announcing that Tim Krumrie is staying on as the defensive line coach. We cited a report yesterday saying that Krumrie indeed was with the rest of the coaches at the Senior Bowl and was staying on. Mike Mularkey now has eight assistants. He still needs a defensive back coach, a receivers coach, and possibly a tight ends and quarterback coach.

Bills Sign Fullback: The Bills have agreed to a contract with former Bears FB Daimon Shelton the Buffalo News reports. He was out of football last year but started 17 games in 2001 and 2002 for the Bears. Front Office Page.

Friday January 23, 2003

Krumrie To Return: WKBW in Buffalo is reporting that Tim Krumrie has agreed to stay on as the Bills defensive line coach. We reported earlier today that he was with the coaches at the Senior Bowl which meant it looked like he was staying. If this report is true, he becomes the fourth defensive coach to remain with the team.

Graves To Browms: WR coach Fred Graves has moved on. He has joined Butch Davis' staff in Cleveland in the same position. Davis feels Graves experience will be an asset to the Browns. Graves was with the Bills for the three years that Gregg Williams was the head coach. Mike Mularkey has yet to fill that position.

Jones Gone? It may not be a foregone conclusion that Rusty Jones remains with the Bills as the strength and conditioning coach. We reported earlier in the week that he will return to the position that he has held since 1985 since his name is still on the official list at the Bills website. Now a report says that Mike Mularkey has interviewed the assistant strength coach of the Dolphins Brad Roll for the job. The two worked together in Tampa Bay.

Krumrie With Coaches: The Bills haven't decided on whether or not they are bringing Tim Krumrie back as the defensive line coach. A sign that he will be back may be a report from WNSA that he is with the Bills' assistants at the Senior Bowl in Mobile Alabama.

Thursday January 22, 2004

Studesville Official: The Bills have made the hiring of RB coach Eric Studesville official. As we reported earlier, he replaces Les Steckel in that position. Studesville spent the past three years as the Giants running backs coach.

Two More Assistants: The Bills Official Website shows that Mike Mularkey is keeping Rusty Jones as his strength and conditioning coach. He has held that position with the Bills since 1985. The Buffalo News is reporting that Mularkey has hired Eric Studesville as his running backs coach. He was the running backs coach with the Giants the past three years. The team now has eight assistant coaches.

Mularkey Wants Balance: Mike Mularkey spoke to WGRZ-TV in Buffalo and said he needs to strike a balance between coaching and his family life. He feels the best results will happen if a coach maintains that balance and time management is the key. He feels a well rested staff will help the team prepare to win. He said he is very passionate about his work and is very attentive to detail and is a list guy but doesn't worry if he gets everything the whole to do list done in one day.

Hiring Process Lengthy: In the interview with WGRZ-TV, Mularkey said the hiring process will be a lengthy one. He said it is important to get the coordinators feedback and input since they have to work with the position coaches day in and day out. He did elude that the team would probably hire a QB coach but he wants to get offensive coordinator Tom Clements view on it. He feels it is a lot for the coordinator to do to coach the QB himself.

Wednesday Janary 21, 2003

Bills Add Coaches: The Bills announced today that they have hired Bobby April as the new special teams coach. They have also retained Don Blackmon as the linebacking corps. Blackmon will serve his second year as the Bills linebacking corps and his 15th in the league. April served as the special teams coach for the Rams the past three seasons. Chuck Lester also remains as a defensive assistant. He has the longest tenure of any coach with the Bills by far as he will enter his 18th season with the team. Mike Mularkey now has six coaches on his staff.

Senior Bowl: The completion of Mike Mularkey's staff is on the back burner a bit this week as coaches and General Managers flock to Mobile Alabama for this Saturday's Senior Bowl. Bills OL coach Jim McNally is there. It is also a place where assistant coaches get interviews for jobs. This is where Mularkey got his first job. The main focus is scouting players for the NFL Draft which takes place in late April.

Tuesday January 20, 2003

Bills May Keep Defensive Assistants: According to a Washington area report the Bills are expected to keep their defensive staff intact now that Jerry Gray is staying on as defensive coordinator. The two biggest names being coveted by Washington is Bills' LB coach Don Blackmon and DL coach Tim Krumrie. The Redskins are expected to land third down/safeties coach Steve Jackson and special teams coach Danny Smith. The Bills have given them permission to talk to those two coaches.

Bills Set To Sign One: Now that they have a head coach the Bills will begin to shape their 80 man training camp roster. A report says the team is set to sign AFL2 sack leader Asa Francis. He projects as an outside linebacker in the pros and will be allocated to NFL Europe to hone his skills his agent says.

Monday January 19, 2003

Coaching Staff Next Project: Look for Mike Mularkey to be busy this week rounding out his coaching staff. The biggest position left to be filled, is the special teams coach since Danny Smith is headed to Washington. He will likely keep at least a few of the defensive assistants but will need to hire all new offensive coaches. One of the big questions that is unclear at this point is if he will hire a QB coach or if Tom Clements will perform those duties.

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