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Buffalo Bills News - November 12, 2003

Marker Pinpoint precision [5:15 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'After nine games, Stanley is leading the NFL with 22 punts dropped inside the opponents' 20-yard line, a pace that would break the league record of 39 set by Baltimore's Kyle Richardson in 1999. Of Stanley's 48 punts this season, only 16 -- or one in every three -- have been returnable.'

Marker Defense suffers in year two [5:14 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'The only relief in sight is that the offenses, particularly the rushing offenses, of the next three teams aren't particularly daunting. Nevertheless, the Texans will visit Buffalo to face one of the league's weakest ground games this Sunday, then host two middling backfields-by-committee when the Patriots and Falcons visit Houston. So there is hope.'

Marker Bledsoe's the man, warts and all [5:13 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Bledsoe must play better, no question, but it says here he will, when other areas around him, including coaching, improve. That may not happen this season, but it doesn’t mean the season is a waste. Donahoe didn’t expect to go from 3-13 to 13-3 in two seasons anyway, and it’s almost a shame the first two games masked the problems that were here all the time.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe's parents on the Today Show [5:12 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Bennett says his 10th grade teacher, Mac Bledsoe, reinforced that belief. As did his classmate, Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe’s parents honored on The Today Show [5:11 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Drew made a surprise appearance on the show and gave Bennett an autographed Bills jersey. Drew says teachers are the real heroes. “As football players we're held up as hero's and people know all about what we do, but the real heroes are the teachers that make an impact on kids on a daily basis and it's neat to see my parents being recognized for doing that.”'

Marker Bledsoes in NY [5:10 AM]
ParentingWithDignity.com reports: 'Mac, Barbara and Drew Bledsoe were guests of Katie Couric (NBC's Today Show) on November 11, 2003. The event was a special reunion for Mac and Barbara with a former student and classmate of Drew's.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Aaron Schobel [5:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'To date this season, the third-year veteran from TCU has posted 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one interception. In addition, he has accumulated seven quarterback pressures and six quarterback hits to lead the Bills pass rush.'

Marker Eden's Doug Beetow Named Bills HS Football [5:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Head coach Doug Beetow of Eden High School has been named the Buffalo Bills’ high school football “Coach of the Week” for the tenth weekend of the 2003 season (Nov. 7-8). Beetow led Eden (10-0) to a 45-33 victory over rival Southwestern HS (8-2) in the Section VI Federation Class B championship playoff game last Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Scouting Report [5:07 AM]
HoustonTexans.com reports: 'Technically, the Bills still have a chance to make the playoffs. With games at home against the Texans, Colts, Jets and Dolphins and away games at the Giants, Titans and Patriots, there is plenty of time for the Bills to get themselves back in the playoff hunt. With five losses, their margin for error is slim. But with one of the NFL's strongest defenses and an offense that could quickly catch on fire, they have as good a chance of making a run as any team in the league. Unfortunately, the Bills have shown little in the past two weeks to show that they're trying to turn things around.'

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November 11, 2003

Marker Bills Offense Should Mutiny [1:52 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Drew deserves a huge chunk of the blame, but so do his teammates. The offensive line did not hold up well in Dallas on Sunday. Eric Moulds said that several players were responsible for missing blitz pick-ups. But, I believe that Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride should shoulder most of the blame. His play-calling has been atrocious. The offensive line, the running back, and maybe even Bledsoe have to be ready for a mutiny.'

Marker Williams and Gilbride must share blame with Beldsoe [11:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Oh, the Bills might suck it up for the final seven games as a show of solidarity for their embattled head coach and his struggling offensive staff. But don’t count on it. This turkey appears cooked.'

Marker Another manic Monday for Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're aren't pointing fingers at anybody," defensive tackle Pat Williams said. "Everybody is still staying together. We just ain't winning."'

Marker Bills need someone new calling plays [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had 11 first-down plays in the second half. They ran on four of them.'

Marker Bills player reports theft of monitor from Hummer [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills safety Lawyer Milloy reported to Buffalo police that sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, someone broke the rear driver's side window of his 2003 Hummer and took a 7-inch color monitor valued at $1,500 from the driver's headrest.'

Marker Wannstedt will wait till Wednesday [8:04 AM]
ESPN reports: WR Eric Moulds is still bothered by a groin injury and expects to play hurt the rest of the season. "I'm basically about 80 percent," Moulds said Monday, a day after he managed just five catches for 32 yards in Buffalo's 10-6 loss at Dallas.

Marker Frustrated Bills aren't making excuses [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With three more sacks leading to two fumbles at Dallas, Bledsoe is taking more shots than 50 Cent. He has accounted for 14 turnovers himself this season and on Sunday averaged a minuscule 3.0 yards per attempt, nearly four below his average.'

Marker Simply put, Bills lack the skills [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bledsoe isn’t the only member of the offense who lacks speed. Most of his teammates do, too. Eric Moulds can motor but the Bills lack a speedy wideout on the other side to complement him. The team misses Peerless Price more than most observers expected. Top running back Travis Henry isn’t slow, but he doesn’t have the speed to consistently turn the corner.'

Marker Is this worse than 3-13 in 2001? [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'That rose you spoke of is now a dying plant in need of water, fertilizer, sunshine and, most importantly, a new gardener. Unless Williams can go 6-1 down the stretch, and he’s given us no reason to have faith that he will, he’ll be packing his air horns and the Bills will be back to square one. But hey, nobody should be catatonic with shock. The NFL is a league of teams du jour. Obviously, everybody overrated Buffalo’s talent moves, starting at the top with Donahoe.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Houston was blown out by Kansas City and Tennessee, but there’s no shame in that as they are a combined 16-2 this year. Otherwise, the Texans have been very competitive and downright pesky. They own victories over Miami on the road, NFC South leader Carolina, and lowly Jacksonville, and they scared the heck out of AFC South leader Indianapolis before succumbing in the RCA Dome. This is no gimme for the Bills, but then again, the University at Buffalo might not be a gimme for the Bills right now.'

Marker Inside slant [5:16 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The offensive line is woefully inept and is getting blown away by the blitzes, and the receivers, who are supposed to get open on hot routes against one-on-one coverage in blitz situations aren't doing it. But Bledsoe is the man with the ball in his hands and ultimately it comes down to what he does with it. This is a fact even Bledsoe won't dispute.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bledsoe repeatedly said after the game that there were plays to be made, but the Bills didn't make them. Ultimately, it was Bledsoe who didn't make them.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'DE Ryan Denney, a second-round draft choice in 2002, continues to start, but he also continues to give the Bills almost no production. He was credited with one tackle against the Cowboys, and he has just one sack this year.'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [5:13 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We as an offense have to find ways to score touchdowns. It's not just Drew. We've got to win the turnover battle when we go on the road. We didn't win the turnover battle again. That was the significant part of the ballgame. They were able to get a turnover in a short field and we didn't force them to kick a field goal. We didn't get any turnovers on defense and help our offense get a short field."

November 10, 2003

Marker Bledsoe being blamed for Bills woes [7:30 PM]
AP reports: '''We love our guys,'' Teague said. ''It's obvious you can point to the quarterback and say, 'He should've thrown for 300 yards and we would've won.' I don't think it's warranted. ''But we're not really concerned about people outside of this locker room.'''

Marker Moulds still bothered by groin injury [7:29 PM]
AP reports: '''Mentally, you go out there and play and not worry about the injury, but at the same time you can feel it and it's there,'' Moulds said. ''I need a rest but we don't have another bye week so it's going to be an injury that's going to hamper me for the rest of the season.'''

Marker Bills lose, viewers snooze [2:32 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'You have to admire Gilbride's determination. No matter how few points the Bills score, or how pitiful they look not scoring them, he simply and utterly refuses to adjust in any way.'

Marker Bills’ defense needs a little offense [11:49 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Our record is what it is,” Bledsoe said. “We’ve got to win at least six of the last seven games to get ourselves in (to the playoffs) ... that’s what’s ahead of us.”'

Marker Bills still looking for a touchdown on the road [11:48 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Now I know why Buddy Ryan punched Kevin Gilbride on the Houston Oilers’ sideline about a decade ago.'

Marker Bill collector [11:47 AM]
Sherman Herald Democrat reports: 'The Buffalo offense only mustered two field goals in the first half, despite a 127-98 yard advantage.'

Marker Bills fans almost miss game in Dallas [11:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Making the three-hour drive from Houston to Dallas on Sunday morning, the group ran out of beer and decided to stop in the small town of Buffalo, which is two-hours away from Dallas. After realizing that beer is not sold in Buffalo because it is a dry town, the group got back on the bus, only to find that it had broke down.'

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