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Buffalo Bills News - November 11, 2004

Marker Bills' patience paying off [5:02 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'While it's too soon to anoint him a star, he's certainly found the launching pad -- the Bills are 3-1 since he took over the starting job from Travis Henry.'

Marker Pats know rival Bills pack punch [5:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'They're last in the AFC in yards per play on first down (4.22). They're 29th in the NFL in yards per rushing attempt (3.5). They're 27th in passing (170.4 yards per game). They're 27th in sacks allowed per pass play (23 on the season). They're 27th in points per game (17.1).'

Marker Brady, Milloy still close [5:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``You definitely have to be aware of him,'' said Brady. ``He knows our personnel. He knows our play-calling as well as just about anybody. So he's going to have his input. He had a great game against us last year when we played them there. He seems to always find his way into the mix.'''

Marker So Far, McGahee Giving Bills A Needed Boost [4:59 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Of course, part of the reason Williams failed as head coach was the players Donahoe gave him. After a boffo 2001 draft that yielded four starters - CB Nate Clements, DE Aaron Schobel, RB Travis Henry, OT Jonas Jennings - Donahoe has been under siege for his personnel decisions.'

Marker Coverage in focus as Pats prep for Bills [4:58 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'With the Bills and Patriots set to meet again Sunday night at Gillette Stadium, the aftertaste of the coverage collapse in Buffalo has been revisited this week. "Nobody had more problems than we did with their kicking game," Belichick noted.'

Marker Lately, at least, the Bills are getting it right [4:57 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Sometimes it takes a few weeks to kind of get things to where you want them to be," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the Bills. "Last week against the Jets [they] really pretty much played a perfect game. They had no turnovers, no interceptions, efficient passing, a good job running the ball by [Willis] McGahee, [they] got a couple of turnovers, [they had about] 38 minutes time of possession and held the Jets to 11 yards in five possessions in the second half, things like that. It was another solid day for them in the kicking game. That was probably their best effort of the year and best game of the year, especially after the Jets [were] coming off of a big win against Miami. [Buffalo] played the game the way that Buffalo wanted to play it."'

Marker McGahee backing the Buffalo offense [4:56 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Although both Henry and McGahee have similar sets of skills, Mularkey felt McGahee was doing more with his opportunities. "The difference between the two of them at the time is that we were getting more yards after first contact with Willis," Mularkey said. "That’s been the case in the first three games. He’s making a lot of yards when there’s nothing there. He’s run the ball very well."'

Marker Resurgent Milloy, Bledsoe no longer bogus Bills [4:55 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: 'Now, at the season's midpoint, the two former New England Patriots head back to Foxboro, their first NFL home, having contributed in major ways to the Bills' recent charge. Bledsoe?'

Marker Thursday's New England Coverage [4:50 AM] reports:
Against Clarett, Vrabel lines up alongside OSU (Boston Globe)
No taking offense with title defense (Boston Globe)
Bills' patience paying off (Boston Globe)
Pats know rival Bills pack punch (Boston Herald)
Brady, Milloy still close (Boston Herald)
Coverage in focus as Pats prep for Bills (Metro West Daily News)
Branch inches closer to return (Metro West Daily News)
So Far, McGahee Giving Bills A Needed Boost (Hartford Courant)
McGahee backing the Buffalo offense (Woonsocket Call)
New England signs Nimmo for practice duty (Woonsocket Call)
Lately, at least, the Bills are getting it right (Providence Journal)
Branch appears close to a return (Providence Journal)
Vinatieri's got plenty of game (Springfield Republican)
Vrabel backs ex-coach (Springfield Republican)
Dillon is the team MVP at this juncture (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Pats’ offense still clicking (Nashua Telegraph)
Miller throw on a fake punt? Well, certainly don't rule it out (Portland Press Herald)
McGahee rushes to turn Bills around (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Key injuries don't stop New England (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Two minute timing (
Patriots sign OT Lance Nimmo to practice squad (
Tom Brady Locker Room Interview (
Injury report (
Bill Belichick Press Conference (
Bills' Willis McGahee Conference Call (
Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey Conference Call (

Marker Inside slant [4:49 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Counting this year's 0-3 mark, the Bills are 2-13 since midway through the 2002 season on the road. In that block of games, Bledsoe has been sacked 53 times and has thrown 22 interceptions and as a team the Bills are minus-34 in turnover ratio.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:48 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills will consider moving DT Justin Bannan to offensive guard on a full-time basis next year, line coach Jim McNally said, and Bannan isn't opposed to the idea.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:47 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'RB Willis McGahee's 132-yard rushing day on 37 carries against the Jets last Sunday was even more impressive when you consider he had 11 runs go for zero or negative yardage. Six runs lost 21 yards. He made up for it with five carries for 12 yards or longer, bouncing outside when a hole wasn't there or carrying defenders on his back.'

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November 10, 2004

Marker Buffalo (3-5) at New England (7-1) [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '``We're all getting comfortable right now,'' McGahee said. ``We know what it takes to win.'''

Marker Vincent Is Still Struggling To Get Back [8:51 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Troy Vincent was still limited in Wednesday's practice. His knee is listed as questionable. Missing and riding the bikes were Mike Williams, Coy Wire, Josh Reed and Constantin Ritzmann. Ritzmann is out, while Wire and Reed are doubtful.'

Marker Confidence Continues to Build [8:49 PM] reports: '“The feeling's great. Anytime you win it's great,” said right guard Chris Villarrial. “We would like to stack up more of these together and this is a huge, huge week for us right now. We can go up there and if we can beat the best team in football it can really raise the morale around here.”'

Marker Key injuries don't stop New England [8:47 PM]
AP reports: '''We just have to have a little more communication,'' Harrison said. ''If I look at Ty Law, I might give him a sign or a wink or a nod of the head. He knows exactly what I'm doing, whereas you have to go out there and play alongside maybe an unproven guy or a guy that's inexperienced, it's a little different.'''

Marker McGahee's leaping into limelight [8:47 PM]
AP reports: '''He's added a big spark for us,'' guard Chris Villarrial said. ''It's great to see him step in there the way he has. He's just taken over. We're really excited about him being back there.'''

Marker Bills RT Williams questionable with neck injury [5:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey said Williams is considered day-to-day, but added team doctors have not cleared the player for practice. Williams is listed as questionable. Mularkey described Williams as being sore, and that he's been working out in the pool in an attempt to loosen up.'

Marker Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey Conference Call [4:16 PM] reports: 'Q: Is your team mentally strong enough to come into New England and deal with different types of adversity?
MM: We are going to find out.'

Marker Bills' Willis McGahee Conference Call [4:15 PM] reports: 'Q: What was the locker room like when Drew Bledsoe was taking so many shots from the public?
WM: There was total support for him. I really don't get into the newspapers and get into all of that hype. They don't know what it takes to go out there and do his job. I don't think anyone of them can come up there and try to throw the ball, make the correct reads and call the right plays in certain situations.'

Marker Bill Belichick Press Conference [4:13 PM] reports: 'Q: What is McGahee doing that maybe [Travis] Henry wasn't doing?
BB: They are both really good backs. I don't think there is anything wrong with Henry. He is one of the best running backs in the league. McGahee has come in there and run hard. He has good speed. I think they both have similar styles. They break a lot of tackles. They can both get outside. They can both run with power inside. They are both good backs. They both catch the ball as outlet receivers. They have [Lee] Evans, [Josh] Reed and [Eric] Moulds to kind of go deep and run the vertical patterns. Then, if you drop off and cover those, they can drop the ball off underneath. Drew [Bledsoe] has done a good job of that. They have been able to be productive in the passing game as well.'

Marker Sunday Night Gives Bills Chance to Shine [12:22 PM] reports: 'The only team that has been better than the Bills over the past month is the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4-0.'

Marker Turning Point For The Bills [12:22 PM] reports: If you’ve been waiting for the Bills to put together a complete game, solid in all phases, you had to be happy with the performance they put in against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Marker Bills fans take glee from Miami woes [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are promising, the Dolphins putrid.'

Marker Bills vs. Patriots Preview [8:51 AM] reports: The Bills have gained momentum and are on the upswing with three wins in their last four games. All those wins have happened at home, they will see how far they've come with a tough road prime time matchup in New England.

Marker Braxton, Bills Move the Chains [7:21 AM] reports: 'Hall of Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure feels that the Bills’ success at moving the chains can be summed up with five words. "Good technique and great knowledge," he said. "In today’s football, I find great technology and no technique. They have all the computers and all this and they have 1,000 formations and they run 100 plays. But they don’t perfect any of them. We ran five or six plays, maximum, and ran them to perfection. It didn’t matter who they put in there, they knew it was coming and we blocked them."'

Marker Wednesday's New England Coverage [5:35 AM] reports:
Halftime (Boston Herald)
No (tight) end in sight (Boston Herald)
Inspiration (Boston Herald)
Confident Despite Thinning Defense (Hartford Courant)
Pats may start searching for players for its depleted o-line (Woonsocket Call)
It won’t be as easy this time around (Woonsocket Call)
Dream comes true for this young Patriots rooter (Providence Journal)
Patriots vs. Bills Pre-Game Notes (
Bills stampede into Foxborough to take on the Patriots (
Pats work out two linemen (

November 9, 2004

Marker Haddad Is Back [9:49 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He was cut last Friday because Buffalo needed a fourth receiver and Haddad was nursing a hamstring injury. Jonathan Smith was elevated from the practice squad for the Jets game.'

Marker The Questions: With Takeo Spikes, Bills Linebacker [9:35 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Most treasured possession?
A picture of me and my father taken after a game in '99. He passed away in 2001, and I take the photo with me when I go on the road.'

Marker Bills re-sign WR Haddad to practice squad [5:22 PM]
AP reports: 'The move came after the University at Buffalo product had cleared waivers. After opening the season on the Bills practice squad, Haddad was promoted to the active roster last month and appeared in one game.'

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