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Buffalo Bills News - October 31, 2004

Marker Buffalo chill [5:42 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'Henry rushed for more than 1,300 yards in both 2002 and 2003. If there isn't room for him in the Bills' plans, he will find a home somewhere else.'

Marker Bills face suddenly revived Cardinals [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"All you have to do is throw the tape on and no matter what I say they're going to see this team is playing hard," said Mularkey, whose own Bills haven't topped 20 points yet and don't have a rushing touchdown. "After their bye week, they went back and retooled a little bit. I just see a different team. They're playing with more confidence, at a faster tempo, they're playing more physical."'

Marker Bills Q&A: Drew Haddad [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Now in your second tour of duty with the Bills, you still haven't been given much of an opportunity. How frustrating is that?
"It's frustrating, but part of this game at every position is patience. My role is to be a backup receiver and go in there when they need me in certain personnel groupings and just in case something happens on returns."'

Marker What Cowboys? [4:32 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bills fans only wish the likes of Bennett and Smith were still around. Even at their advanced ages, could they be much worse than the sorry lot of modern day Bills, who have stumbled to a 1-5 start to the season? It's a certainty disgruntled fans will start calling for heads to roll should the Bills drop a home date to the Cardinals, who don't actually remind observers of Smith's great teams in Dallas.'

Marker Comparisons to greats long gone for Bledsoe [4:19 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'He was all upside, but Bledsoe's career arc is a cautionary tale about the unpredictable life of an NFL quarterback.'

Marker Sunday's Arizona Coverage [4:18 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Comparisons to greats long gone for Bledsoe (Arizona Republic)
Boldin's return revives strategy (Arizona Republic)
Change in weather may affect Cards’ passing game (East Valley Tribune)
Pendergast a coach on the rise (East Valley Tribune)
Cards still have shot in wide open NFC West (East Valley Tribune)
Cardinals' Green explains sacking of line coach (AP)

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October 30, 2004

Marker Cardinals hope to end road woes in Buffalo [3:21 PM]
East Valley Tribune reports: 'After losing on the road by an average of 24 points a game last season, the Cards have lost by 7, 3 and 3 points this year.'

Marker Emmitt looking ahead [3:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Smith's continued ability to make a difference stands in stark contrast to the troubles the Bills are enduring. Here's a team that features an established veteran quarterback in Drew Bledsoe, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver in Eric Moulds, and two talented young running backs in Willis McGahee and Travis Henry, and yet seems incapable of generating a semblance of an offence.'

Marker Radio team far too easy on the Bills [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, Bills fans have been spoiled over the years. If Van Miller still did one thing well at the end of his legendary play-by-play career, it was being objective and not denying things that were easily visible to fans. Murphy doesn't have to go to WGR territory and make a bad play sound like a capital offense, but he would be wise to be more candid.'

Marker Smith's goal is forward progress [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cardinals are 2-4, but mostly because they're young and inexperienced - not because their running back is old. Smith has 459 yards rushing, seventh in the NFC, and he's gaining 4.2 yards per carry this season. Apparently, he wasn't washed up after leaving Dallas as his critics suggested. He might be past his prime at age 35, but he's still among the better backs in the NFL.'

Marker Tight ends give QBs key targets [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"(Mark's) come up with some big plays for us. I know Drew has a lot of confidence in him," Mularkey said.'

Marker Saturday's Arizona Coverage [5:02 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Green appoints new aide for line (Arizona Republic)
NFL a game of give and take (Arizona Republic)
Kruczek record close to falling (Arizona Republic)
Cards' Green re-assigns offensive line coach (East Valley Tribune)
Finally, Wilson lives up to potential (East Valley Tribune)
Cardinals change offensive line coach (AP)
Buffalo, Tough Team, Tough Place to Play (AZCardinals.com)
Smith Looks Forward to More Carries, More Records (AZCardinals.com)

Marker Bills counting on McGahee for boost [4:59 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are just as bad under Mike Mularkey this season as they were under Gregg Williams last season.'

October 29, 2004

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [5:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It's not over until it's over. We still have a chance to make the playoffs and hopefully go to the Super Bowl. That's what keeps us ticking. We believe in one another. We would like to all think that we didn't come up here in April for nothing. Everybody could have been in Florida in April enjoying the weather but we put too much time and effort into it for it to go to waste.'

Marker Winning is an Attitude [5:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'If everyone goes out on the field and does the job he's responsible for, then the personal achievements will come, along with victory. I just don't see a lot of players doing that these days. You can't worry about what the other 10 guys on the field are doing and you can't make excuses for them. When everyone does what they're supposed to do, you will win. A lot of teams today wait for someone to step up, but no one looks in the mirror and forces himself to be that guy. That's what a winner does and that's what a lot of players in this league need to do.'

Marker Let the fun begin [1:41 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'It’s a little different at One Bills Drive now than when Bill Polian was the general manager. Think back to his famous “Jim Kelly is still the quarterback, Ted Marchibroda is still the offensive coordinator and Marv Levy is still the coach. If you don’t like it, get out of town.” Under Commander Tom Donahoe and his puppets, it's more like: “Travis is a starter and Willis is a starter, and if you don’t like it, get out of town.” The fans may not get out of town, but they may stay away from Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sundays.'

Marker Buffalo, Tough Team, Tough Place to Play [1:41 PM]
AZCardinals.com reports: '“I am very familiar with them and they are very physical, they’ve got big guys in there like Sam Adams, Takeo Spikes,” said Ayanbadejo. “They are guys who come to play and they are very talented upfront. They don’t do a lot of things to trick you. They believe they are more talented than you are and that they are going to outplay you.”'

Marker Bills vs. Cardinals Preview [12:04 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"We'd better expect the blitz this week," said right guard Chris Villarrial. "They're going to bring it. They're going to bring the blitz and we're going to have to pick it up. We're going to have to be disciplined this week."'

Marker McGahee back to old form [12:04 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"Travis is more of a downhill player," said offensive lineman Chris Villarrial. "He hits the hole real quick. Willis is more of a guy that likes to get on the edge. He's more of a finesse player almost. They're both physical backs. One likes to hit it down a little quicker and one likes to read it a little bit and then get going, but they're both great backs and we need them on this team."'

Marker Winning just hasn't been in the Cards [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although the Bills are a 3-point favorite, coach Mike Mularkey said he shouldn't have to remind his players that these aren't the same old Cardinals. "All you have to do is throw the tape on, and no matter what I say they're going to see this team is playing hard," he said. "Their bye week (prior to the Seattle game), they went back and retooled a little bit. I just see a different team. They're playing with more confidence, at a faster tempo. They're playing more physical. They're playing with more high emotion. I don't think there's any team you can take lightly in this league. Not for a second."'

Marker Boldin proves Tolbert's teaching makes a big difference [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tolbert's success with young receivers has followed him to Buffalo. The Bills drafted Lee Evans with the 13th overall pick in the spring and he is quickly developing into a major offensive weapon.'

Marker Earning $7,000 is all in a day's work for NFL officials [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Virtually all of them these days train in NFL Europe and Arena Football before they hit the NFL. The NFL runs the officiating departments for the Arena Football League and the arenafootball2 league.'

Marker Bills game won't be on local TV [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Recapturing that momentum at the gate — and adding to it — is the new task facing the team. As always, winning is the best marketing tool, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "Our fans have been great. We have no complaints about anything," Donahoe said. "We have to play better. If we play better, we'll sell them all out."'

Marker Bills defense performs against tough schedule [4:46 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'The five teams that have beaten the Bills - Jacksonville, Oakland, New England, the New York Jets and Baltimore - are 22-10.'

Marker Bills QB’s lack of mobility has made him easier to sack [4:44 AM]
East Valley Tribune reports: '“I’m not going to say it will make it easier, but it is more of an incentive knowing he’ll be back there longer than, say, (Seattle quarterback Matt) Hasselbeck,” said defensive end Calvin Pace, who is tied for the team lead with four sacks. “If you give him time he will pick you apart, so you obviously have to put some pressure on him. He is almost willing to take a sack in order to have another chance to throw it down the field. Obviously, he’s not afraid to take them. It could be a plus for us, but we still have to get back there.”'

Marker Friday's Arizona Coverage [4:32 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Wilson wants to see job through (Arizona Republic)
Bills defense performs against tough schedule (Arizona Republic)
Bills QB’s lack of mobility has made him easier to sack (East Valley Tribune)
Smith looks forward to more carries, records (AP)
Boldin's return set for Sunday (The Sports Network)
Bills Better Than Record Indicates (AZCardinals.com)
Anquan Boldin's Big Red Rage Radio Show Tonight (AZCardinals.com)

Marker New Starters Hope to Ignite Offenses [4:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will have to improve that aspect of their game this week because Arizona has the No. 1 red zone defense in the NFL. The Cardinals don't let their opponents get into the end zone, but the Bills will have to find a way to break the goal line if they're going to walk off the field victorious.'

October 28, 2004

Marker Bills vs. Cardinals [10:25 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'I believe the Bills will win 20-14.'

Marker AZ Backers Gather for Food, Fun and Football [10:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'But what Genco remembers most was a trip the Backers made to watch the Bills battle the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 28, 2001. Even though Buffalo lost the Flutie/Johnson bowl 27-24, it was quite the event for this group of fans. "Our headquarters were at the Holiday Inn in old town San Diego," Genco recalls. "And the group drank both bars in the hotel dry, they ran out of beer! But we had such a good time, it was all in fun."'

Marker Books still favoring bumbling Bills [10:12 PM]
Covers.com reports: 'And once rookie quarterback J.P. Losman’s fully recovered from his broken leg (which should be in a couple of weeks), Mularkey will be pressured to bench Drew Bledsoe in favor of the youngster. The veteran pivot is a sitting duck in the pocket. He’s been sacked 24 times already this year and has chucked seven interceptions. Last week alone Bledsoe was picked off four times and sacked four times in Buffalo’s 20-6 loss to Baltimore as a 4 ½-point dog.'

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