Bills pretender to AFC Championship [8:34 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are coming off an 8-8 season and have a new HC, who's brought in a positive attitude.
The problems are that Buffalo chose the wrong QB in keeping Johnson over Flutie and there simply are too many questions on this team, such as who's going to run the football?
Johnson, who's being backed up by Van Pelt, a player who it seems hasn't taken an NFL snap since Ronald Reagan was in office, has to stay healthy -- something he's never been able to do.
Locker room barriers broken [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"When we came in, both Tom (Donahoe) and I, that was one of the first things we talked about is that there was some division in the locker room," Williams recalled. "So why not get down to brass tax and correct it immediately. That's something a coach can correct, so we intermixed the team and that's the way it will be as long as we're here."'
Topping Titans last season a reason for Bills' optimism [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills looked ready in their final preseason game Thursday night -- ready to go about 3-13 this season. Bills fans can only hope that strangely confident coach Gregg Williams and upbeat quarterback Rob Johnson are saving their good stuff for the Sept. 9 season opener against the New Orleans Saints.'
Ex-Bills RB Jonathan Linton cut by Titans [10:57 PM]
Titan's Website reports: Probably the most difficult one I've had thus far would be that of Jonathan Linton. Jonathan is really a nice person and a hard worker. In retrospect he probably didn't get a chance, so I apologized to him for that. There's nothing fair about the business often times. That was probably the hardest one because we moved him to fullback and he got some work. It's hard to evaluate a player in his position, based on the amount of time he had.
Questions persist as Bills prepare to make final cuts [7:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Gregg Williams has to cut 12 players from his roster by Sunday afternoon. Problem is, the Buffalo Bills head coach would probably like to release a few more based on his team's mediocre preseason performances, capped by Thursday's 20-0 loss at Pittsburgh.'
Size Doesn't Matter [2:00 PM]
Forbes reports: From the 09.17.01 issue:
Current value: $393 mil; Current Ranking: 23
The skinny: Improved lease and specialty seating in 1999. Small but great football town. Major corporate sponsors are Blockbuster Entertainment, HSBC Bank, Verizon Wireless.
Bills' loss raises lots of questions [1:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is, in the first half, when both team's first two units were on the field, Pittsburgh enjoyed a rather emphatic 147-63 edge in offensive yardage. And looking at Buffalo's preseason offense in total, it scored 34 points in four games with a mere three touchdowns. Hardly a ringing endorsement for the touted West Coast attack.'
Plenty of seats (or are there?) at Heinz Field [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Fisher was one of two Bills' youngsters whose play was lauded by head coach Gregg Williams. The other was rookie running back Travis Henry. He noted, "Travis Henry ran the football strong and it's going to be an easy decision (who starts)." Of Fisher, Williams added, "Byrce came off the ball really well ... he attacked and rushed the way we want him to."'
Stewart Sharp, Martin Struggles In 20-0 Preseason Win Over Bills [1:32 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'After the Steelers' offense moved well on its first two drives with Stewartat the helm, Martin's offense could barely register any positive yardage. Martin worked eleven series in which the offense gained a total of 63 yards.'
Rotisserie By The Numbers: The Top 30 Quarterbacks [11:37 AM]
SportsTicker reports: 18. Rob Johnson, Bills: He no longer has to look over his shoulder for Doug Flutie to come and steal his job, but he is worthless if he does not stay healthy.
Bills fall 20-0 to Steelers in pre-season [10:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Recap of the game courtesy of the Buffalo Bills.
Quick Hits [10:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo held Pittsburgh to just 10 first downs, while the Steelers held Buffalo to just 12.
Bills fall in finale [10:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: -Curtis Alexander was the Player of the Game.
-Aaron Schobel recorded 2 sacks for the Bills
-Curtis Alexander led both teams with 47 yards rushing
-Travis Brown was 11 for 22 and 85 yards passing in his Buffalo debut
-Bryce Fisher, Leif Larsen and DaShon Polk all recorded sacks for Buffalo
NFL Referees can make even Marv Levy curse [9:38 AM]
USA Today reports: As the final preseason week of games began Thursday night, all eyes were on NFL replacement officials. If the lockout and bargaining impasse continue, this could get interesting.
"The type of player who thinks he can benefit from intimidation will be encouraged by this," Levy said. "It's like the (substitute teacher). Twenty-five kids are well-behaved, the other five look for vulnerability."
Steelers-Bills Stats [9:15 AM]
NFL.com reports: Game stats from pre-season game.
Bills bring new flavor - vanilla - to Heinz [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If giving the New Orleans Saints little to fear was the Buffalo Bills' mission Thursday night, they were a smashing success.'
Clements could rev up return game [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It looks like rookie Nate Clements may hold the key to dramatic improvement in the return game for the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have kept their prize rookie under wraps on returns most of the preseason. But Clements gave a glimpse of his potential on kickoff returns Thursday when he had a 42-yard return in the third quarter. The Bills are trying to rebound from last season when they ranked 31st in the NFL in kickoff returns.'
Steelers finish preseason with shutout of Buffalo [9:11 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"The first offense, and the first defense, I was very pleased with how they played," said Coach Bill Cowher.'
Replacement refs hardly noticeable [9:10 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"It was pretty good," quarterback Kordell Stewart said. "They made a few mistakes, and the fans got on them a little bit. But there was not much of a difference on the field."'
Donahoe quiet during return [9:08 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Donahoe, who's in his first year as vice-president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills, declined to be interviewed Thursday night at Heinz Field..."I wish Tom Donahoe the best of luck," Steeler running back Jerome Bettis said. "He's a good football man. I should know. He's the guy who brought me to Pittsburgh."'
Steelers rip Bills to end preseason [9:07 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'The Steelers secured the shutout in the second half with the benefit of two missed field goals by Buffalo's usually-reliable Steve Christie. Christie, who has struggled this preseason having made just 4-of-9 field goal attempts entering the game, missed attempts from 22 and 40 yards.'
Stewart's start provides hope for '01 season [9:06 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'Playing in the opening two series, Stewart completed 9-of-14 passes for 105 yards and led the team on a pair of long field goal drives.'
Bills stumble into season [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills closed the preseason with a dreadful 20-0 loss to the Steelers as their West Coast offense remains stranded somewhere out in California.'
Stillers vs. Bills Pre-season Post-game [4:45 AM]
Stillers.com reports: 'The Stillers beat the hell out the Bills last night, 20-0, in a game that was not nearly as close as the score might indicate. Buffalo was never in this game; in the 1st half, the Stillers thrashed them on both sides of the ball.'
Steelers' offense, defense shine in shut out of Buffalo in final preseason outing [4:42 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'It was a better game than Johnson had. Given the reins this year after two seasons of slugging it out with Doug Flutie, Johnson has not played well in the preseason, and he continued that way in the final game, completing 2 of 4 passes for 23 yards and having one intercepted by cornerback Deshea Townsend.'
Vanilla offense drives long way [4:41 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Against Buffalo last night, the Steelers started with two 12-play drives for field goals in the first quarter, putting them well on their way to a 20-0 victory at Heinz Field.'
Martin's long look does little to settle backup QB question [4:39 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"We didn't move the ball as efficiently as I would like to. But it would be wrong of me to put it all on the quarterback."'
For most part, replacement officials go unnoticed [4:38 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'If you ask me, the replacement officials -- it's popular to call them "scabs" in this town, isn't it? -- didn't look much different from the regular guys. In some ways, they were better. They didn't need even one of those tedious, annoying huddles to get their story straight.'
Steeler Report [4:37 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Jerome Bettis was the only healthy starter Coach Bill Cowher did not play last night, figuring The Bus had nothing to prove.'
Steelers defense pitches shutout [4:36 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Sitting high above the field that he once thought would be his team's new home, Donahoe was at once proud and disheartened. Edwards (first round), Brown (seventh round) and running back Zereoue (third round) were members of the last rookie class drafted by Donahoe in 1999 before he was forced to resign.'
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