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Buffalo Bills News - October 17, 2001

Marker Johnson's moment with Jaguars remains his brightest [5:31 AM]
AP reports: 'Indeed, life hasn't been nearly as good for Johnson since he started the 1997 season opener for Jacksonville in place of the injured Mark Brunell and threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-27 win. The performance led to his trade to the Bills -- Jacksonville got a first- and fourth-round pick -- and a five-year, $25 million contract when he arrived.'

Marker Bills still waiting for TE to break out [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '...Jay Riemersma is still waiting for his opportunity to become a major contributor to the Buffalo Bills offense. The sixth-year tight end has been told in each of the last two training camps that he would be a prime receiving target in Buffalo's passing offense, yet he has spent the majority of his time helping the Bills' perpetually weak offensive line protect quarterback Rob Johnson.'

Marker No hiding Coughlin's drive for success [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'As for Coughlin, who earns $2.5 million a year as one of the league's most successful coaches, he's sparring with a media that is quick to remind everyone that Jacksonville is 11-14 since a 62-7 rout of the Miami Dolphins in the 1999 playoffs.'

Marker More than just a game [5:22 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'True, but Johnson hasn't done enough since being traded to the Bills three years ago to make the Jaguars or their followers forget Aug. 31, 1997. Replacing an injured Mark Brunell, Johnson made his first NFL start a memorable one against the Baltimore Ravens. Despite leaving the game twice with a severe ankle sprain, Johnson completed 20 of 24 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 25 yards for a touchdown in the stirring, 28-27 Jacksonville victory.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"It's a defense obviously we're familiar with because of Tennessee," Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell told Buffalo reporters this week. "You have to study. Coach Williams' scheme is not an easy one to play against. There are some unconventional [defensive] fronts, and they do different things with their safeties. They do things you don't normally see, like linebackers lined up in different positions."'

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October 16, 2001

Marker TSN / Don Pompei Power Poll - 28 [4:49 PM]
The Sporting News reports: War Room 28 (was 27)
Bills continue to be horrible on "D", although offense under backup QB Van Pelt showed signs of improvement.

Marker ESPN Power Poll - 28 [4:41 PM]
ESPN reports: 28. Bills (0-4) (was 28) Week off came at a good time for Buffalo
Same three teams below us.

Marker Moorman adds kick to Bills special teams [3:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Moorman, who replaced steady veteran Chris Mohr, ranks second in the league, averaging 48.1 yards a punt, playing an important role on a team whose inexperienced and banged-up defense requires all the help it can get.'

Marker Schottenheimer snubbed Levy refusing to let Bruce Smith attend HoF induction [3:11 PM]
Slate reports: Schottenheimer denied Smith permission to attend the Hall of Fame induction of former coach Marv Levy, because of jealousy of Marv's Bills besting Marty's Chiefs in the 1993 AFC championship game. The snub against Levy was both very, very small on Schottenheimer's part and got him off on such a bad footing with Smith, Washington's best player, that by early October, Bruce was denouncing Schottenheimer on-camera to ESPN's Andrea Kramer.

Marker Johnson at a crossroads in Jacksonville return [2:29 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for his own fate, Johnson admits, "Obviously, I didn't expect to get hurt this much ... that's been my problem here. But I think over the last three years, I think I've played very good football ... winning football."'

Marker 2001 Buffalo Jills cheerleaders [2:00 PM] reports: Some good things happened during the bye week. The Bills were able to place on their website pictures and profiles of the new Jills cheerleaders.

Marker Bills continue work on Jaguars [12:57 PM] reports: "After watching yesterday's ballgames, getting a chance to see some of the things that took place, and you can see again, the division is wide open," Williams said. "Everyone in our division has at least two losses, we need to win in front of a national spotlight, and get on a roll right now. We have the opportunity to play emotional, the way we need to play when we get down there, and that is wide-open football and have a chance to get a win here."

Marker Alex Van Pelt answers email questions [12:56 PM] reports: "I'd have to say have the guys have confidence in me. If you prepare yourself well, when you come into the game, you give off a feeling of confidence. If the guys believe in you, there's not a lot of drop off. Some places, if you're not prepared, and don't know how to call the plays in the huddle, or aren't familiar, the guys will say 'great.' When you've done your work and prepare as the starter, the guys respond well."

Marker Johnson welcomes change of place [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm excited," he said. "I had some good times down there. I have some really good friends. . . . I'm just looking forward to having the chance to play against some of the guys I used to play with."'

Marker Black ready for 'promotion' to wide receiver [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Black is expected to see more action with the offense Thursday when the Bills visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. McDaniel missed practice Monday with a high ankle sprain and likely will be sidelined against the Jags.'

Marker Bills hope to 'maintain the course' [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'So how can Williams keep this team from quitting? How can he keep their spirits up and get them to work harder, play better, and maybe win a few games during the final three-quarters of the season? "As a professional football player and as a coach you've got to maintain the course," Williams said yesterday during a break in preparation for Thursday night's nationally televised game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars. The logical question here would be 'What is the course?' because thus far, this team seems to be farther off course than Christopher Columbus when he set sail in 1492.'

Marker Hansen could return for Jaguars game [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Still, Hansen's status for the Jaguars is questionable after he re-aggravated his injury in practice on Sunday. He was able to practice yesterday at the stadium but was still favoring the arm.'

Marker True NFL fans won't bat an eye [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'NFL Crazy Lenses, retailing for $120 to $150 a pair, are being sold as accessories, not to correct vision. They will initially be available in designs of a handful of teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings.'

Marker Ex-Jag rides gnarly waves with Bills [5:28 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'A surfer who practically grew up on the beach, the former Jaguars quarterback is as loose and laid back as ever these days. Even in frigid Buffalo, Johnson's Southern California roots are still showing. "I'm just having fun and rolling with it," he said. Listening to Johnson joke and laugh, you would never know his career with the Bills -- not to mention Buffalo's season -- is crashing down around him.'

Marker Boselli surgery a success [5:27 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Coughlin also was asked how he felt about the nearly 8,000 empty seats at Alltel Stadium for the Browns game. "It obviously isn't an inspiration," he said. "It's not as exciting. The full support is lacking to a certain extent. Does it have anything to do with how we play? I hope not."'

Marker Inside the huddle [5:26 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The completion rate against the Bills so far is an astounding 67 percent. Buffalo can't stop the run and applies almost no pressure (just five sacks in four games), so it's little wonder the Bills are giving up 32 points a game.'

October 15, 2001

Marker Dick Roach answers Butler's call [11:48 PM]
ESPN reports: Dick Roach was a coach with the Buffalo Bills from 1987-97.
The absence of defensive coordinator Joe Pascale due to back problems has caused problems with Chargers defense and Roach worked with Butler in Buffalo.

Marker Another blackout for Jaguars; Boselli begins recovery [10:08 PM] reports: The Jaguars confirmed late this afternoon that this Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Bills will be blacked out to the Jacksonville tv market.

Nearly 6,000 tickets remained at the close of business today. The blackout marks the 2nd consecutive regular-season Jaguars home game not to be televised in Jacksonville.

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (10/15) [2:28 PM] reports: "After watching yesterday's ballgames, getting a chance to see some of the things that took place, and you can see again, the division is wide open. Everyone in our division has at least two losses, we need to win in front of a national spotlight, and get on a roll right now."

Niagara Falls Reporter reports: After analyzing the Buffalo Bills' first four games, the inescapable conclusion is that they simply lack the raw materials to contend, even in the National Football League's present watered-down state.
Problem is, there's not much the Bills can do at this point to beef up a roster that's been outscored 128-71 over the course of four one-sided losses. All they can do is keep trying to get better. Or at least prevent things from getting worse.

Marker Scouting the Jaguars with John Guy [11:26 AM] reports: Bills Director of Pro Personnel John Guy talks about the Jaguars.

Marker From Mohr to Moorman [9:34 AM] reports: As a kickoff specialist and former field goal kicker, Moorman had a natural tendency to "cut" with his leg (kick slightly to the side) instead of punting straight through the ball. While he got away with that in college, he had to fix it in the pros. In Seattle, Moorman also worked on his drop. "Ninety percent of the punt," he says, "is the drop."

Marker Bills are catching limping Jaguars at right time [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills face an opponent missing two of its four best players when they go to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars on Thursday night. The Jaguars' offense will operate without star running back Fred Taylor and All-Pro left tackle Tony Boselli.'

Marker Johnson looking good [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He threw the ball extremely well, especially in the wind today," said coach Gregg Williams. "He had a fresh arm. It seems like there is no residual effect from it right now."'

October 14, 2001

Marker There some backups who could breathe live into offenses with struggling QBs [12:58 PM]
CNN/SI reports: [VIDEO] NFL Insider - analyst Pat Kirwan lists some backup QBs who could rescue their struggling teams (Dallas, Seattle, Buffalo).

Most surprising boost came from Alex Van Pelt in Buffalo. After Rob Johnson get hurt, Van Pelt came in and threw three TDs. One Bills player told me 'We need Alex out there but I can't put my finger on it but it is something'.

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