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BILLS EXTEND PACTS OF LEVY'S ASSISTANT COACHES

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wins two consecutive Super Bowls and says goodbye to his head coach.

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson loses four Super Bowls in a row and says his head coach can "stay as long as he wants."

Wilson also said Wednesday that the contract of each member of Marv Levy's coaching staff has been extended through 1995. Buffalo's 11 assistants each make an estimated $110,000 to $200,000 per year. Levy is under contract through 1996.

Wilson said the Bills' Super Bowl futility had not caused him to have even the slightest negative feeling toward his coaches.

Reminded of the feud between Jones and Jimmy Johnson that led to Johnson's departure as head coach of the Cowboys, Wilson said, "I know it's not common for an owner and a coach to have the relationship that Marv and I have. And with all of these players leaving (via free agency), unfortunately, everything doesn't go sky-high continually.

"We're going to fall on some unfortunate times," Wilson said, "but Marv's still going to be the coach."

One reason Wilson said he and Levy don't clash as Jones and Johnson did is that neither strives to be the center of attention.

"I don't want credit for anything," Wilson said. "The coaches do all the work and the players do all the playing.

". . . Marv doesn't seek the credit, either, and he's always willing to take the blame. He's very, very high class. I've never seen anybody handle himself as well."

The owner also offered nothing but praise for the assistants, although some of the offensive coaches were publicly criticized by the players last year for their strategy.

"We have a great staff," Wilson said. "They've stuck together; they've worked hard; they're an outstanding staff. Except for one or two people who have left in the past couple of years, we've had stability.

"And stability is a major point with me. In the coaching business in all sports, they say, 'Don't buy a house; rent.' They're in one place two or three years, and then they pick up their family and move somewhere else. You can't get much stability that way."

Wilson pointed out that, in helping low draft picks develop into prime starters, the coaching staff has "created many millionaires for the National Football League."

He cited the tutelage tackle Howard Ballard got from offensive coordinator and line coach Tom Bresnahan. Ballard, an 11th-round pick in 1987, signed a four-year, $10.5-million contract with Seattle in February.

Meanwhile, Wilson said he's unhappy the executive committee of the NFL Management Council denied his request for an extra pick in Sunday's draft as compensation for losing free-agent tackle Will Wolford to Indianapolis last year.

"I'm extremely disappointed that we weren't treated more fairly in some sort of way," he said.

He also isn't holding out hope the league might grant the Bills an extra pick for the 1995 draft.

The Bills pursued the additional pick because the Colts took advantage of a loophole, structuring a contract offer that would have made Wolford more expensive to the Bills than he would have been to Indianapolis. Although an arbitrator approved the offer, the loophole was later closed.

Wilson said he could have appealed the arbitrator's decision in U.S. District court but didn't because he feared it would obstruct the collective bargaining settlement between the Management Council and NFL Players Association.

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