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Buffalo Bills News - January 3, 2002

Marker Smith knows offense needs to utilize Minor [5:13 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Smith, who is still the starter according to coach Dave Wannstedt, has 810 yards rushing and five touchdowns through 15 games. In 15 games last year, Smith rushed for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns.'

Marker Thomas, Madison to Pro Bowl [5:12 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'In addition to earning a Pro Bowl berth Wednesday, Thomas was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Thomas had 18 tackles last week against Atlanta, including two goal-line stops and a career-high two sacks.'

Marker Bills hope to finish strong [5:12 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Back early in the season, a division game like this would have been huge," Bills defensive end Phil Hansen said Wednesday. "We don't have any hopes for the playoffs. At this point of the season, we want to finish strong, finish well for next season."'

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January 2, 2002

Marker Brown, Centers selected to Pro Bowl team [9:04 PM]
AP reports: '"He can say he's the greatest fullback to ever catch the ball," Brown said. "I don't have any stats other than my penalties, and those are down this season. I can just say I've got six Pro Bowls."'

Marker Bills want Van Pelt; Johnson's future less certain [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '"We definitely want Alex to be here and he's expressed to us that he wants to be here," Donahoe said. "We hope that he's found a permanent home here in Buffalo. And we're going to do whatever we can to try to keep him here."'

Marker Moulds considers trading in pigskin for hoop dreams [9:02 PM]
AP reports: '"It's definitely a possibility,'' Moulds said following practice. "I'd love to get my feet wet. If I have to go the NBA developmental league, I'd love to do that first. But that's a ways away. We're going to see what happens in this offseason and go from there."'

Marker January Bills Wallpaper [6:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Former TBD artist, Gina Mustico, just finished another wonderful wallpaper for the official Buffalo Bills site... Great job Gina! Download your copy today!

Marker Bills Submit Patent Request for Logo [6:22 PM]
USPTO reports: The Buffalo Bills have filed an application for a new logo with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is not clear whether the Bills plan to use this logo on their helmets or if it would be limited to an 'alternate logo' or a merchandise only mark.

Marker The Real Reason the XFL Folded [6:18 PM]
Slate.com reports: Gregg Easterbrook's latest version of his quite bent Tuesday Morning Quarterback column from Slate.com has some interesting things to say about NFL realignment includine this: "Note that Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, both Pennsylvania tough guys by birth, came out of college the same year. Kelly, who played (and practiced, equally important) in the Erie County cold, had to hang it up four years before Marino, who spent his seasons in the Miami shirtsleeves clime."

Marker 2 Bills Make Pro Bowl [6:17 PM]
NFL.com reports: The Bills avoid getting shut out of Pro Bowl as Larry Centers and Ruben Brown make the AFC squad!

Marker Are the Jets really that much better off than the Bills? [1:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Thus the question: If New York loses to fall to 9-7, and Seattle prevails, costing the Jets their playoff berth, would their season be any more rewarding than Buffalo's?'

Marker Bills wrap up season in Miami [10:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'While the game's true significance for Miami won't be known up until the time the two teams hit the field Sunday, the Bills might get the chance to prevent the Miami Dolphins from taking their second straight AFC East title, or at the very least, cost their rivals a home playoff game. '

Marker Gregg Williams press conference [10:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I don't know if you can say we're over the hump yet, until we finish out next week. I think you'll have to go through the off-season to see the dividends into next season. It's obviously a huge game against a quality opponent, they're a good football team, and we were able to go down to the end and find a way to win the ballgame."

Marker Prioleau measures up to role in Bills' secondary [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prioleau's elevation to the starting lineup sent Raion Hill to the bench.'

Marker Bills aren't that far away from playoffs [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could be back in the hunt next season so long as, most notably, they score a starting offensive lineman in the draft, sign Sam Cowart to a contact extension that's cap-friendly for the coming season, and make a decisive (and obvious) decision regarding their starting quarterback.'

Marker Bills' quarterback controversy continues [5:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'For those of you keeping score at home, that's two wins this season for Alex Van Pelt, one for Rob Johnson.'

Marker Wannstedt's first 2 years: low key, effective [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Also, consider that Wannstedt has done this with his team playing a first-place schedule and three games in 13 days; struggling with turnovers and in the running game; and missing its top two projected left tackles, its best offensive lineman (Mark Dixon) and a standout defensive tackle (Daryl Gardener), among others.'

Marker R. Williams, E. James might be seeking trade to Miami [5:02 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A radio report on Tuesday out of Austin, Texas, where Williams starred with the Longhorns, said Williams will push for a trade to Miami this offseason. Williams wanted to be traded last April after the Saints drafted running back Deuce McAllister in the first round. The Dolphins investigated the situation, but were turned down. James, a former UM star, has reportedly told numerous associates he doesn't like living in Indianapolis. James has done his rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee in South Florida, despite the Colts' objections.'

Marker Dolphins talking run, trusting pass [5:01 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler insists what their offense does Sunday against Buffalo at Pro Player Stadium will be dictated by how the Bills' defense plays and where the best matchups can be found. But he acknowledges that the team no longer adheres to Wannstedt's philosophy of living by the run.'

January 1, 2002

Marker Bills' defense redeemed itself [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While the Jets actually outgained Buffalo, 375 yards to 368, the Bills weren't burned by big plays like they were in Atlanta.'

Marker Pat Williams may return for Miami game [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said he hopes to get defensive tackle Pat Williams back on the practice field Wednesday.'

Marker Finally, Buffalo gets divine sign [8:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It's enough to convince a fellow that the Bills are on their way to respectability with a young team that is bound to get better. One thing that could ruin it is the return of quarterback Rob Johnson. Maybe they'll get lucky and he'll be lost in a snowbank.'

Marker Bills are steadily taking shape [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're getting into a groove and playing better. I'd like some of these young guys to have more chances to play but we've only got one more game left and we're going to go out and see if we can win it."'

December 31, 2001

Marker Frustrated Jets team must move on [1:50 PM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"That's not our will to do that but unfortunately that's the way things have been working out," Martin said. "If that's what we're going to do then we just have to work on finishing it off at the end, if that's the team we're going to be we just have to finish better."'

Marker Long out of it Bills prolong playoff race [1:40 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I've played enough years to know it was a screen, especially when Vinny dropped back a second time."'

Marker A feel-good story spoiled by the Bills [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We were competitive in six of the last seven weeks in close ballgames," said Bills' coach Gregg Williams. "Today we made enough plays in this ballgame to win a close one ... and that's something this team needed."'

Marker Bryson runs up Thomas-like numbers [1:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Sunday marked the first time this season - in seven such games - that the Jets lost when Martin rushed for 100 yards.'

Marker Quick Hits [9:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Phil Hansen recorded his first interception since the 1992 AFC Championship game in Miami at a key time, killing a Jet drive to take the lead late in the fourth. Nate Clements also recorded his third interception of the season in the first half, which puts the rookie in the team lead in that category.'

Marker Bills ground Jets' divisional hopes [9:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Shawn Bryson also followed up last week's 130-yard performance in Atlanta with his second consecutive 100-yard performance, rushing for 107 yards on 28 carries. With his second solid performance in place of the injured Travis Henry, Bryson becomes the first Bills back since Thurman Thomas in 1995 to rush for back-to-back 100-yard games.'

Marker 5th Down: Year in review [9:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Unless you had some wonderful personal event-- maybe a marriage, or a birth-- it would be difficult to call 2001 a good year. But it was a year of change and action, both around the globe and around One Bills Drive. CNN will take care of filling you in on those world wide changes, so letís take a few moments here to talk Buffalo Bills.'

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