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Buffalo Bills News - July 31, 2001

Marker Williams done with Holecek [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"John was playing the middle linebacker only on first-down packages (for us)," Williams said. "What was decided as an organization was to have as much speed on the field as possible. This defense is all about running. We had to make a decision on the cap, the numbers, and depth on the team."'

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July 30, 2001

Marker Flowers ready to blossom in new Bills defensive system [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'With the off-season loss of starter and last year's sack leader Marcellus Wiley, who signed a lucrative free-agent deal with San Diego, the Bills are counting on Flowers to take over on the right side.'

Marker Young vets look to become leaders [2:34 PM] reports: 'One of those players is running back Sammy Morris, who broke out of nowhere to record six total touchdowns in 12 games for Buffalo in 2000. Now, he's competing with two other young players, Shawn Bryson and Travis Henry, for the starting job, but also he wants to be a leader on the Bills.'

Marker Determined Levy is No. 2 no more [1:53 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Unlike some coaches haunted by their failure to advance to the NFL championship game, Levy holds his head of white hair high despite the crushing defeats in the Super Bowl. Returning to the Super Bowl three times after a heartbreaking, one-point loss in the first appearance was a coaching accomplishment in which Levy takes great pride.'

Marker New era begins for Bills [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This training camp definitely has a different feel than the ones we've had before since I've been here," wide receiver Eric Moulds said. "Any time you've got a new environment, a new coaching staff and a new way of doing things, I think guys get excited about that."'

Marker Jones, Hansen like new look [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Instead of going through the same old stuff that we've done the last five years, I have to study more and pay closer attention in our meetings and really learn this. It's like a pick-me-up. It's got me energized out there. Hopefully it'll have the same effect on the other guys."'

Marker There's plenty to love about Williams - for now [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe the Bills will surprise everyone, finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. But they could very well go 6-10 in his first season. Will you still love Gregg Williams?'

Marker Veterans get early wake-up [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Getting up at 6 is a lot different than it has been the last few months," said Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds. "I heard (the horn) coming down the hall and I turned over and then it got closer and then I started to get up."'

Marker Eric Moulds: Q & A of the Day [7:11 AM] reports: "You have to go out and be consistent. From the first day I became a starter, I wanted to go out and improve each year and get better. I'm going to try to do that, and each year get better, and make a play here and there to get us over the top. My goal is to get to the Superdome [for Super Bowl XXXVI].

Marker Pat Williams' out with sore tooth [7:03 AM]
Shout! reports: 'An infected tooth kept Pat Williamsí out of training camp workouts Sunday. Williams watched from the sideline as the Bills participated in their first training camp sessions with veterans and rookies. Leif Larsen and Jarrett Procell initially subbed for Williams with the first team.'

Marker Let the pounding begin [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"There's an excitement here, a brand new offense, a brand new defense, a new coaching staff and GM, you've got a wholesale change here," said tight end Jay Riemersma. "It's fun, it's exciting, and I think the practice and tempo that you saw today will continue throughout the practices."'

Marker Wilson gives $100,000 to student fund [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's just a wonderful facility, not just for the players, but for the franchise," Wilson said. "People can come here from all over and watch practice and it creates enthusiasm, especially for the youngsters. Rochester's a great city and very important to the Bills. They've embraced us."'

Marker Flutie fans still miss their hero [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Even inside the Wegmans merchandise tent on the Fisher campus, the division manifested itself. Flutie bobbing head dolls and T-shirts were displayed right next to ones bearing Johnson's likeness. A worker, requesting anonymity, said the Flutie shirts were out-selling the Johnsons.'

Marker Calculating coach lays the groundwork [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Five minutes in Williams' presence, and one feels the urge to run home and organize the sock drawer.'

Marker Money nice, teammates nicer [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: '"I could have gone somewhere else and got some type of numbers like that, but you have to have teammates to get it done. To win a Super Bowl, I can't win it by myself."'

Marker Billboards beam Marv's honor, big time [5:07 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The billboards feature a shot of Levy in a blue Bills jacket and the words, "right here, right now," which are taken from one of the coach's most oft-quoted pre-game speeches. The hall of fame's logo also appears on the billboard.'

July 29, 2001

Marker Wilson preaches patience [7:35 PM]
AP reports: '"I think our organization with Tom and the coach, we're going to have a really good team. It may take a little longer than what the fans would like, know what I mean?"'

Marker Led by Moulds, Bills won't have trouble passing [5:22 PM]
AP reports: '"You look at it, I think I'd be hard-pressed to find a group in the NFL as deep and as good as this group," Bills rookie receivers coach Fred Graves said.'

Marker Wiliams press conference 07/29/01 [4:05 PM] reports: "It was good to get started the whole team back together today. Both Tom Donahoe and I were talking at practice on how crisp things were for the first practice, and I want to give credit to these guys for the time they put in the off-season. They started off today without missing a beat from where they left off June 14th, and that was exciting. We did a lot of first situational things this morning. We did a few third down things, but for the most part it was based on both sides of the ball..."

Marker Donahoe speaks on the "State of the Bills" [4:04 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills President / General Manager Tom Donahoe spoke to Bills' corporate partner Choice One Communications in the Molson Hospitality Tent Friday, July 27.

Marker St. John Fisher presents Ralph Wilson with Scholarship fund [4:03 PM] reports: On behalf of St. John Fisher, President Kathryn Keough presented Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. with a Scholar/Athlete Scholarship fund last night at a special Wegmans/ Buffalo Bills Training Camp Kick Off Event.

Marker Ruben Brown tackles hunger [4:02 PM] reports: Bills All-Pro guard Ruben Brown will participate in a photo opportunity to promote Tackling Hunger 2001, a national hunger relief program conducted by Campbell¹s Chunky Soup and the NFL to benefit food banks across the country.

Marker Bills Official Training Camp Update [4:00 PM] reports: Pittsford, NY (2:30 PM) - The Bills' veterans arrived at St. John Fisher Saturday afternoon, and the whole 80-man roster was on the field for Sunday morning practice.

Marker After offseason turmoil, Moore eager for action [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I want to play so bad, it hurts. But my time will come. It's finally good to just totally focus on football for a change."'

Marker Scratch below surface to mine young football gems [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So who's your ruby in this year's camp? Carl Nesmith, the All-Big 12 safety from Kansas who went undrafted? Josh Roth, the former UB fullback who spent last season on the Bills' practice squad? David Dinkins, the Morehead State quarterback? Mine? Defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson, the very last draft choice.'

Marker Killing time was no slam dunk for Clements [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams is counting on Clements to challenge for major playing time at cornerback and as a punt returner. Clements missed two days of practices, so he has some catching up to do.'

Marker What a great day for a parade... [7:42 AM]
TBD reports: 'Yesterday was just right for a parade, nice and sunny, and not too hot. I made it to the staging area at the high school about 4:45 to prepare for the line up. There were already alot of the convertibles awaiting the players arrival. Ruben Brown was already there, speaking with several fans and signing autographs.'

Marker Marv Levy [6:47 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"We had a young Jim Kelly, a young Bruce Smith, a young Andre Reed, a young Thurman Thomas," he said. "The organization was magnificent. How lucky can you get?"'

Marker Levy, Polian relationship keyed Buffalo stampede [6:46 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"Three things made Marv a great coach," Polian said. "No. 1 is his complete and total honesty with everyone he comes in contact with. No. 2 is his incredible ability to inspire loyalty and teamwork. No. 3 is his ability to make you feel that what you did, no matter how great or small, was important to the program."

Marker Levy: 'Mild-mannered, but he was a lion' [6:44 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"He demanded respect," Spielman said, "but it was automatically given to him by his players because of the kind of coach he was and the kind of person he was."'

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