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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2005

Marker Notes, quotes [4:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills, who rank 31st in the league against the run, face a stiff test Sunday against Miami rookie Ronnie Brown, the second overall pick in last April's draft. Brown rushed for 132 yards and a TD in Miami's 27-24 win over Carolina on Sept. 25. Two weeks ago, the Bills gave up 128 yards rushing and a TD to Tampa Bay rookie Carnell "Cadillac" Williams. "I see him as a young, tough, gifted running back," Bills LB London Fletcher said of Brown. "He has some patience and you often don't see that in a young guy. You can tell he's been coached well and he has a good feel for finding the creases."'

Marker Bills may start Holcomb on Sunday [4:51 AM] reports: 'Maybe out of some miracle, Kelly Holcomb can step in and lead this 1-3 Bills team to the playoffs. However, believing that he can lead a team to a championship is nothing more than a pipe dream. At the moment, the Buffalo Bills don't have an offensive line or a defense capable of orchestrating a Super Bowl run. The only specific position to really produce great things this year has been at running back. Willis McGahee has run for 375 yards despite not getting the football nearly enough.'

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October 5, 2005

Marker Miami (2-1) at Buffalo (1-3) [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has just two touchdowns in its last 14 quarters, and managed only 208 yards against the Saints. The Bills are 31st in the NFL in total offense, averaging 219.8 yards per game.'

Marker Mularkey mum on starting QB [9:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked if he had taken a step back Wednesday, Mularkey gave a terse response: ``You can take it as a step back or you can take it as a step forward. I don't care how you take it.'''

Marker The Controversy Begins [9:28 PM] reports: 'ďI'm not going to talk about starters at any position for either team today," Mularkey said following Wednesdayís practice.'

Marker Edwards Ruled Out with Shoulder Injury [9:28 PM] reports: 'Lauvale Sape, who has been inactive for the first four weeks of the season, will likely be activated in Edwards' absence.'

Marker Anyway You Spell It, Bills Are In Trouble [9:26 PM] reports: 'Out of respect for the sacred sport of Scrabble, Iíll continue on with this column by noting my word scores.'

Marker Mularkey Will Not Commit To Starting Losman [5:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'WGR Sportsradio 550's Paul Hamilton has heard rumblings that Holcomb may get the start Sunday against Miami.'

Marker Bills DT Edwards to miss Sunday's game against Dolphins [4:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey didn't say if Edwards will require surgery on the shoulder. Edwards had an MRI on the shoulder Monday.'

Marker Home warrior [1:29 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'ďIím sure there are bigger Bills fans ó but Iím there every week at 9 in the morning, and Iím there after the game ends,Ē he said. ďAnd Iíve never had a drink of alcohol at a game ... and Iím the loudest one there.Ē'

Marker Spotty play could lead to QB's benching [1:28 PM]
ESPN reports: It's a classic decision. With playoff viability swiftly slipping away, the Bills find themselves in a ticklish position. Do you allow the future quarterback to learn on the job and suffer along with him, or do you try to win games now with a more experienced veteran? How do you balance long-term success versus the short-term need to win?

Marker Bills' fans should be patient with Losman [12:50 PM] reports: 'Lastly in the free agent period before April's draft, Bills' General Manager Tom Donahoe (assuming he's still employed) had better look to upgrade the team's offensive and defensive lines with the salary cap money that Buffalo will have to spend. It is imperative that Losman have time to throw and that the Bills' defensive line can actually rush the opposing passer. Otherwise, the future for the Bills will be exactly like the present...disappointing.'

Marker Wednesday's Miami Coverage [4:47 AM] reports:
Tackling several issues (Miami Herald)
Dolphins GM believes in both tailbacks and lots of QBs (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins QB issue won't be quick fix (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins GM changes mind about Ricky (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins extra (Palm Beach Post)
Dolphins GM lets Saban do talking for him (Naples Daily News)

October 4, 2005

Marker There Is A Saving Grace In The Bills Record And Season [8:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Clements forgot that he and Mularkey coach ball control football. Willis McGahee needs to be the focal point which will help Losman. I know they like to have gadgets, but Losman is not up to them. COACH FOOTBALL, forget about the crap. Tom Donahoe looks for scapegoats for every season that goes wrong and Clements is putting his name at the top of the list with his cleverness.'

Marker Struggling Bills on the mark sticking with QB Losman [8:10 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It's not Buffalo's J.P. Losman who should sit down. It's his critics.'

Marker Five Questions: London Fletcher [6:57 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'If I were commissioner for a day I'd...
...take away all the rules that protect the quarterback.'

Marker Three Simple Words [3:00 PM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'RUN THE BALL.'

Marker Bills' signal-caller under fire [2:59 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"J.P. is the starter and we're going with J.P.," said Mularkey. "I think everybody understands that." However, one has to wonder how much longer he can afford to go with the 24- year-old Losman.'

Marker Bills' Positional Recap - Week 5 [12:29 PM] reports: 'For the second consecutive week, second year running back Willis McGahee posted the Bills most effective offensive performance on Sunday.'

Marker Tuesday's Miami Coverage [12:03 PM] reports:
This week's game (
The Dolphins-Bills series (
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Dolphins-Bills Series Notes (
Dolphins-Bills Connections (

Marker Bills look to regain their focus [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yeah, I did again because I believe in it," he said. "It's been proven to win when we play smart and error free, play our role as players in the scheme and play physical, all those things we have been preaching from Day One. We just reiterated that's what it takes, because each week you see in games those (smart and error-free teams) are the teams that win on Sunday. Those are the teams that win the Super Bowl. That's just got to be re-emphasized."'

Marker Bills begin search for some kind of spark [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're not playing good enough TEAM football. It's every phase. Until we do, we're not going to win," Donahoe said in the visitors' locker room at the Alamodome.'

Marker What can be done to fix broken Bills? [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If I was wearing Tom Clements' headset I'd be calling Willis McGahee's number a lot more often than he has. How can McGahee have carried just one time in the second quarter Sunday, and only 16 times in a game that was that close until the final six minutes?'

Marker Inside slant [4:59 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Unlike a year ago when Buffalo's No. 2 defense and No. 1 special teams were producing game-turning plays, and the offense under Bledsoe was turning tons of takeaways into points, all three phases of Buffalo's program are sputtering.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills, playing without injured LB Takeo Spikes (Achilles), lost DT Ron Edwards to a shoulder injury in the second half and played backups Tim Anderson and Justin Bannan the rest of the way. Their depth was exposed. On New Orleans' lone TD drive after a Buffalo interception, the Saints ran five straight times to cover 18 yards, capped by Brooks' QB draw from four yards out when a huge hole opened up. The nail in the coffin for Buffalo was allowing McAllister to rip off runs of 10, 15, 12 and 26 yards on consecutive plays beginning with 4:08 to play, sparking another drive that ended in a field goal and put the game away with 1:09 to play.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Saints caught fire after a Losman interception in the second quarter. Losman was looking for Eric Moulds on a deep post, but the ball sailed high over Moulds' head by 12 yards and CB Jason Craft made a nice center field catch. He then returned the ball 39 yards to the Bills' 23-yard line, setting up an Aaron Brooks four-yard TD run. The interception was the result of Losman and Moulds getting their signals crossed. Moulds indicated it was Losman's error. "During the week, the coaches said to cut it (the route) because the guy would be on the backside of me," Moulds said. "Instead of throwing it up, I cut it off so he could have all of that field to throw it to me. But as soon as he threw it, I cut it off. It's something we've got to keep working on to be on the same page."'

Marker Toothless Bills Can Still Salvage a Season [4:56 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The division is literally just sitting there, waiting to be taken, and the Bills would seem powerless to do anything about it.'

Marker Bills must make a change at a key position...GM [4:55 AM] reports: 'Fire Donahoe and bring in someone who has proven that they can build a winning NFL team. It's time to give the Bills' fans a team that they can be proud of.'

Marker Dolphins Game Preview [4:54 AM] reports: 'Who would have thought when the season started, that the Bills would be facing the first place Miami Dolphins this week? The Bills limp back home after losing their third straight game in San Antonio against the Saints.'

Marker Another three hour tour to nowhere [4:53 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'But there is a big difference between a Bills game and a rerun of Gilliganís Island. Gilliganís Island tried to be funny, and more often than not, succeeded. You canít say that about the Bills right now.'

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