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Buffalo Bills News - October 16, 2001

Marker Bills hope to 'maintain the course' [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'So how can Williams keep this team from quitting? How can he keep their spirits up and get them to work harder, play better, and maybe win a few games during the final three-quarters of the season? "As a professional football player and as a coach you've got to maintain the course," Williams said yesterday during a break in preparation for Thursday night's nationally televised game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. The logical question here would be 'What is the course?' because thus far, this team seems to be farther off course than Christopher Columbus when he set sail in 1492.'

Marker Hansen could return for Jaguars game [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, Hansen's status for the Jaguars is questionable after he re-aggravated his injury in practice on Sunday. He was able to practice yesterday at the stadium but was still favoring the arm.'

Marker True NFL fans won't bat an eye [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'NFL Crazy Lenses, retailing for $120 to $150 a pair, are being sold as accessories, not to correct vision. They will initially be available in designs of a handful of teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Ex-Jag rides gnarly waves with Bills [5:28 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'A surfer who practically grew up on the beach, the former Jaguars quarterback is as loose and laid back as ever these days. Even in frigid Buffalo, Johnson's Southern California roots are still showing. "I'm just having fun and rolling with it," he said. Listening to Johnson joke and laugh, you would never know his career with the Bills -- not to mention Buffalo's season -- is crashing down around him.'

Marker Boselli surgery a success [5:27 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Coughlin also was asked how he felt about the nearly 8,000 empty seats at Alltel Stadium for the Browns game. "It obviously isn't an inspiration," he said. "It's not as exciting. The full support is lacking to a certain extent. Does it have anything to do with how we play? I hope not."'

Marker Inside the huddle [5:26 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The completion rate against the Bills so far is an astounding 67 percent. Buffalo can't stop the run and applies almost no pressure (just five sacks in four games), so it's little wonder the Bills are giving up 32 points a game.'

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October 15, 2001

Marker Dick Roach answers Butler's call [11:48 PM]
ESPN reports: Dick Roach was a coach with the Buffalo Bills from 1987-97.
The absence of defensive coordinator Joe Pascale due to back problems has caused problems with Chargers defense and Roach worked with Butler in Buffalo.

Marker Another blackout for Jaguars; Boselli begins recovery [10:08 PM]
jaguars.com reports: The Jaguars confirmed late this afternoon that this Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Bills will be blacked out to the Jacksonville tv market.

Nearly 6,000 tickets remained at the close of business today. The blackout marks the 2nd consecutive regular-season Jaguars home game not to be televised in Jacksonville.

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (10/15) [2:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "After watching yesterday's ballgames, getting a chance to see some of the things that took place, and you can see again, the division is wide open. Everyone in our division has at least two losses, we need to win in front of a national spotlight, and get on a roll right now."

Marker BILLS SUFFER FROM SHORTAGE OF RAW MATERIALS IN 0-4 START [1:16 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: After analyzing the Buffalo Bills' first four games, the inescapable conclusion is that they simply lack the raw materials to contend, even in the National Football League's present watered-down state.
Problem is, there's not much the Bills can do at this point to beef up a roster that's been outscored 128-71 over the course of four one-sided losses. All they can do is keep trying to get better. Or at least prevent things from getting worse.

Marker Scouting the Jaguars with John Guy [11:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills Director of Pro Personnel John Guy talks about the Jaguars.

Marker From Mohr to Moorman [9:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: As a kickoff specialist and former field goal kicker, Moorman had a natural tendency to "cut" with his leg (kick slightly to the side) instead of punting straight through the ball. While he got away with that in college, he had to fix it in the pros. In Seattle, Moorman also worked on his drop. "Ninety percent of the punt," he says, "is the drop."

Marker Bills are catching limping Jaguars at right time [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills face an opponent missing two of its four best players when they go to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars on Thursday night. The Jaguars' offense will operate without star running back Fred Taylor and All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli.'

Marker Johnson looking good [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He threw the ball extremely well, especially in the wind today," said coach Gregg Williams. "He had a fresh arm. It seems like there is no residual effect from it right now."'

October 14, 2001

Marker There some backups who could breathe live into offenses with struggling QBs [12:58 PM]
CNN/SI reports: [VIDEO] NFL Insider - CNNSI.com analyst Pat Kirwan lists some backup QBs who could rescue their struggling teams (Dallas, Seattle, Buffalo).

Most surprising boost came from Alex Van Pelt in Buffalo. After Rob Johnson get hurt, Van Pelt came in and threw three TDs. One Bills player told me 'We need Alex out there but I can't put my finger on it but it is something'.

Marker Bills' credibility sinks if they throw Rob overboard [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A lot of loyal fans paying $36 a ticket think the results already are clear on the first issue. They have made up their minds. Johnson is not the answer. They might be right. But Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams aren't ready to pull the plug on Johnson and can't afford to pull it yet.'

Marker Bills finally get something Wright [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Kenyatta Wright got a little more than he bargained for last week when he spent a day meeting with residents of the Waters of Orchard Park nursing home on Armor Road. The folks were genuinely appreciative that a pro football player would spend his day off visiting with them. At the same time, the senior citizens were anything but shy in voicing their opinions about this year's Bills and their 0-4 start.'

Marker A tough call on quoting Bills' coach [7:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In commenting on his disappointment in the team's play, Buffalo coach Gregg Williams used a fairly common and relatively mild curse word to describe his state of mind. Still, it created a dilemma for me. I could easily have put in a "bleep", though to those who aren't sure what he said, it might seem the actual word was more offensive than the one used. Or, I could have used a synonym, such as "ticked", which is how the Associated Press handled the issue.'

Marker Wicked use of humor serves Williams well [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills' rookie coach Gregg Williams has a good sense of humor, too, more a dry-martini, acidic wit that is serving him well in the midst of an 0-4 start, worst by a Buffalo team in 16 years.'

Marker Donahoe is standing by his QB option call [6:03 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"We picked Rob because he's more talented, and we felt he fit best with what we were trying to accomplish here."'

October 13, 2001

Marker Cowbows, Redskins fill bad football quota with Bills on bye [10:24 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: The Bills have unquestionably been one of the league's worst teams so far. If they're not THE worst, either the Redskins or Cowboys deserve that dishonor. Egotistical owners and salary cap mismanagement have turned two of the league's most storied rivals into hopeless losers with little cause for optimism.

Marker Bobby Collins, Former Bill, waived by Packers [10:23 PM]
AP reports: The Green Bay Packers activated DT Cletidus Hunt from the NFL's suspended list Saturday in time for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Packers released tight end Bobby Collins to make room for Hunt. The Packers acquired Collins from Buffalo on Aug. 7.

Marker Thursday's game figures to show how low Bills can go [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' game with Jacksonville on Thursday is likely to make some local history. There's a good chance the game, which will be televised by ESPN and also carried on the local PAX affiliate, Channel 51, WPXJ, will be the lowest-rated regular-season Bills game in decades.'

Marker Bills' sacks sad so far [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are 25th in the league this year with five sacks, which puts them on pace for a mere 20. That would be the third-lowest total in club history.'

Marker Boselli injury spoils reunion with Johnson [8:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rob Johnson's roommate at USC was Tony Boselli, who also happened to be the team's All-America offensive left tackle. That's probably the biggest reason Johnson didn't come out of college with the reputation as a sack waiting to happen.'

Marker Bills experiencing rare hard times [6:22 AM]
AP reports: 'For those thinking another magnificent turnaround might soon be in store, Levy cautioned it's too early to draw comparisons. In the middle of the 1986 season, when Levy took over a team that had lost 37 of its previous 43 games, he had the semblance of an emerging core that included Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith and Andre Reed. "The situations aren't truly parallel," said Levy, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past summer. "We were very down when I first arrived, but just on the brink of getting good. I don't know if the tools are there to turn it around as quickly as I was fortunate enough to be with those guys in place."'

October 12, 2001

Marker Fine Isn't Appealing To Jets' Lewis [9:17 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets defended Lewis, insisting he's not a dirty player. LB James Darling said Lewis hit Johnson because the quarterback made an awkward slide, popping up on the artificial turf.'

Marker Lewis is socked with fine [9:16 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"We're going to fight it," Edwards said Thursday of the $12,500 penalty levied by Gene Washington, the league's director of player operations, for "unnecessary roughness." "I don't think Mo did it on purpose at all. I know he didn't."'

Marker Mo Lewis is going to appeal fine for hitting Johnson [9:05 AM]
Newsday reports: 'After hitting a sliding Johnson with a forearm, LB Mo Lewis was slapped with a $12,500 fine by the NFL. While Lewis did not speak to reporters, Herman Edwards said the LB has decided to appeal the fine. "We're going to fight it and say what we feel and see what happens," Edwards said. "Mo was real good about it. He said, 'If they are going to fine me, give it to the firemen.' But we're going to fight it and see."'
NOTE: The NYC firemen is NOT one of ths NFL's charities so it unknown whether this is a bad joke by him or something which he finds funny like laughing after Johnson was hurt and being attended to on the field.

Marker Ralph Wilson answers e-mails [9:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Rob Johnson has been designated as our number one quarterback and, as long as he stays healthy and continues to improve, he will be the number one quarterback. If he, unfortunately, gets hurt, then Alex will start.

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