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Buffalo Bills News - December 13, 2004

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:24 PM] reports: 'You started Troy Vincent at free safety against the Cleveland Browns and he was very effective. Do you plan to start him at safety the rest of the season? Or does it depend on who you are playing that particular week? MM: We'll re-evaluate the decision to play Troy Vincent at safety and see if it's the best fit. Speaking Monday, after his first game at that position, I will say that he will play free safety for our next game.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:24 PM] reports: 'You mentioned last week that Drew graded above 90 percent in 10 of the first 12 games. Could you give us a little more insight into how those grades are calculated? TD: Our players are graded each week by their position coach. The coach will evaluate each play based on the call and the assignment. In the case of Drew and the other quarterbacks they are graded by Sam Wyche and Sam is a very tough grader. The vast majority of times Drew's performances this year have been good enough for us to win the game and there is no question that Drew and all of our quarterbacks have benefited by the addition of Sam Wyche to our staff.'

Marker Browns hit rock bottom in Buffalo [3:57 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'McCown was battered all game long by the Buffalo defense, as the Browns' offensive line surrendered eight sacks for a loss of 79 yards while allowing him to get hit numerous other times. The line just couldn't keep the Browns' defenders out of the youngster's face.'

Marker Bills’ defense smart, physical — and humble [3:48 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“We’ve won four in a row, that’s the important number,” Buffalo cornerback Lawyer Milloy said. “You’re judged by wins and losses, and right now we’re winning.”'

Marker The numbers don't lie — The Browns are awful [3:47 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'It’s about a three-hour bus ride to Cleveland, and it looked like the Browns were running for that bus by the end of the third quarter. McCown was not ready to be in thrown to the wolves against Buffalo’s aggressive defense. Butch Davis knew this was a mess when he quit two weeks ago, sticking interim coach Terry Robiskie with the task of dealing with the stench. Browns are awful.'

Marker Bills Offense Playing with Confidence [1:46 PM] reports: '"You have a little swagger when you score like that and you have a defense playing behind you," said tackle Jonas Jennings. "A little cockiness brings confidence.'

Marker Bills crush Cleveland [12:35 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“We’re still mathematically alive and anything can happen,” the Bills’ owner said. “It takes me back to last year. The Vikings started at 6-0 and they missed the playoffs on a last second pass by Arizona in the final game. It was not against the Vikings, but somebody else. So, how do you know? How do you know in this game? There’s no form.”'

Marker Browns roll over like dogs, get pounded by Buffalo [12:28 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Bills weren't stylish or sleek on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Thanks to their overwhelming physical dominance of team that looked like it would rather be anywhere else for nearly three quarters, they didn't need to be.'

Marker Buffalo’s defense crushes Cleveland [11:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The difference is the offense is scoring points,” Vincent emphasized. “When you do that and your defense gets off the field (after) third down you have a chance to win.”'

Marker Browns’ Robiskie: ‘It was men against boys’ [11:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'How bad was it for McCown? His 25.4 QB rating was lower than Bills’ punter Brian Moorman (39.6), who threw an incompletion at the end of the first half on a muffed snap for a field goal try.'

Marker Vincent’s return fuels a record-setting day for ‘D’ [11:52 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You’ve got a young quarterback that’s in there and you have to disrupt him a little bit,” he said. “When you’re that young and don’t have the experience knowing where guys are and you’re on the run, it’s not as easy as if you’re a guy who’s been getting a lot of snaps back there. We wanted to be in front of his face as much as we could and it was effective."'

Marker Tailspin reaches seven in Buffalo [11:49 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: '"We had a lot of young guys out there (on the line)," Robiskie said. "With them, they have Sam Adams in the game, London Fletcher in the game, Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey with their group. I got a sense on our sideline that it was too big for us. We were trying running plays, and we couldn't block them, and on passing plays we couldn't block them."'

Marker Bills ride defense to fourth straight win [11:48 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'The on-site parking lots opened at 8 a.m., and were filled with several hundred tailgaters within minutes. . . . The most unusual item on sale at the concession stands was a "venison dog," which cost 50 cents more than a "kielbasa dog."'

Marker Bills keep rolling [9:24 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"When you've got two guys that are two feet from each other that the combined weight is almost 800,000 pounds then you're not going to have a lot of time," said McCown of Adams and Pat Williams. "Those guys, a lot of times you can't just block those guys with one lineman. It takes two or three guys to block those two guys and that frees up a linebacker to come on a blitz and then we can't pick him up. They had a great scheme for us."'

Marker That's a wrap! [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's about points and attitude," Bills veteran Troy Vincent said of the winning streak. "When you score points, you start believing in yourself, believing in what the coaches are preaching, and you give yourself a great chance to win."'

Marker Browns bothered by big beating [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You usually don't see that a whole lot," Browns tackle Ross Verba said of the Bills' defensive display. "They pretty much just do whatever they want."'

Marker Vincent passes on-the-job training with flying colors [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For his first game back and for as long as he's been out, to play free safety out of the blue and make the plays that he did was outstanding on his part," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "Not just his play, but him on the field is a big factor for our defense."'

Marker 'D' solidifies standing as foundation of franchise [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a point of emphasis this week," said Milloy, "not to fall into that trap, not to get involved in what people were saying about the playoffs. We were 6-6. We're far away from the playoffs. We all did a good job of keeping ourselves humble and preparing for a team we viewed as a threat. We told ourselves, "Don't let them get started. Let's keep them down. Let them play for next year and let's keep our year alive.' "'

Marker Game plans get buoyed by a bit of Tom's foolery [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think coach Clements is really doing a good job of putting a steady stream of plays together, and then he comes with something special," Greer said. "The way that he balances out the things that we do really does a good job with timing and catching the defense off guard."'

Marker Uneven offense able to pile it on [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was the Bills' fourth consecutive game with at least 37 points. They have 154 points in the last four games.'

Marker Bills host a smackdown [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Player of the game: Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes recorded seven tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Marker Grading the Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Run defense (A+): It looked like the Bills were playing with 15 versus the Browns' 11. D-line and linebackers were Tasmanian devils.'

Marker The whole 17 yards [5:43 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"Ultimately, there was a point it was men against boys, to be honest," Robiskie said. "I thought the speed of the game, the tempo, the environment, the crowd, the weather, the noise - all of it was too big for a couple kids, and one was Luke. I thought all of it rattled Luke early, and I don't think he ever recovered."'

Marker Bills' defense a recipe for Browns' disaster [5:42 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"We were doing some new pressures, fire zones and blitzes that we hadn't shown before," said Fletcher. "Really, once we were having success with blitzing, Jerry [Gray, defensive coordinator] just stayed with it and we were able to create all kinds of pressure on their quarterback."'

Marker Lip fattened, QB flattened in Buffalo stampede [5:41 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'McCown admitted he'll have nightmares of 335-pound tackle Sam Adams falling on him, as Adams did several times Sunday, including twice on sacks. "The first time he fell on my head I got up and was kind of dizzy," McCown said. "Sam knows my brother from Texas A&M. I tried to tell him that Randy said hello, and I don't think I could spit it out because my head was turning like that."'

Marker A no show in Buffalo [5:10 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'The Browns turned the ball over five times and totaled a meager 17 net yards of offense, and even that is deceiving because they gained 19 yards on their last two possessions while the Bills backups played.'

Marker Browns set record with 17 yards of net offense against Bills [5:10 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``They blitzed and they rattled Luke. He got nervous, they shook him up early, and I don't think he recovered from it.'''

Marker McCown survives Buffalo blitz [5:10 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Making his second NFL start, McCown discovered what it was like to have a 350-pound beer keg fall on him. Only this one had two legs, two arms and a head bigger than a microwave -- and goes by the name of Sam Adams.'

Marker Futile offense spoils defensive effort [5:10 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“At halftime, I told the guys the defense was playing their hearts out,” interim Head Coach Terry Robiskie said. “Offensively, not only were we not helping them, we were hurting them.”'

Marker Buffalo tees off on McCown with seven sacks [5:10 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I think we were in the same situation getting beat by 25 or 30 in the fourth quarter,” McCown said. “There’s not a whole lot you can do when you haven’t been able to execute all day. The only difference is Buffalo kept coming with pressure, and New England showed mercy.”'

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