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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2004

Marker Flashback: Bills Beat Jets on Monday Night [9:29 PM] reports: 'After the Bills were absent from the Monday night stage for four years, Smith and Reed’s first appearance came seven games into the ‘88 campaign when they traveled to the Meadowlands and helped beat the Jets, 37-14. The most points the Bills had scored in a regulation game in nine seasons.'

Marker CB Vincent Ruled Out for Jets Game [9:27 PM] reports: '"I'm just taking it day-to-day," said Vincent. "I feel better than I did yesterday and I don't want to go into the weeks and days because if I'm not back when I say I'm supposed to be back then where do I go from my mindset? I don't want fans or my teammates expecting me to be back tomorrow if I'm not ready. As soon as I'm ready I'll be back on the football field."'

Marker NFL Celebrates 'High School Tuesday' [9:26 PM] reports: '"The day helps to reinforce the messages that high schools are passing on to their players each and every day: take care of your school work, practice and play hard, and enjoy the experience," said Mikko Simon, Manager of "Every NFL player loves reminiscing about his high school days, and many have formed long-lasting relationships with their coaches and teammates. NFL High School Tuesday helps today's high schoolers realize the value of what they are doing and not to take anything for granted."'

Marker Reserves Will Step In [9:26 PM] reports: 'If Trey Teague's knee injury keeps him sidelined, Ross Tucker, usually a back-up guard, would make his first career start at center.'

Marker Bills accuse Patriots LB Wilfork of taking cheap shots [9:06 PM]
AP reports: '''It was a dirty thing to do,'' Villarrial said. ''Let's be obvious, anybody that's down on the ground, you don't kick them.'''

Marker Bills O-line, defensive backfield banged up [5:56 PM]
AP reports: 'Center Trey Teague and left tackle Jonas Jennings were held out of practice Wednesday, leaving the Buffalo Bills potentially short two starters for this weekend's game at the New York Jets.'

Marker Banged Up Bills Eye First Win [1:07 PM] reports: 'The mood among the team right now is one of a little frustration, frustration over the fact that a lot of their problems have been self-inflicted. I think certainly when you look closely at the three games that they’ve lost, if you take away some of their own mental mistakes and breakdowns, they very easily could be 3-0 right now. I think that’s the different between good teams and bad teams. Good teams limit their mistakes and continue to play good, solid football. The Bills just have not been doing enough of that lately.'

Marker When Bills had to be perfect, they weren't [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills said the bootleg would have worked if everyone had executed his assignment. But given how deep Bledsoe was in the backfield, he would have had to cover a lot of ground to get the 3 yards needed for the first down. That's a lot to ask, given his limited mobility.'

Marker Who's To Blame? [8:50 AM] reports: Who is responsible for the Bills losing their last 6 games? Who is responsible for the team being 17-34 since 2001? Who is responsible for ensuring the word ‘Bills’ is never mentioned with the term ‘playoff team’? Let’s take a look at the candidates for the title of scapegoat king/bringer of weekly indigestion.

Marker Bills vs. Jets Preview [5:48 AM] reports: The Bills and Jets are two teams going in opposite directions so far this season. The Bills are one of the league's biggest disappointments at 0-3 and need to right the ship quickly. It will be a very hard job to do at the Meadowlands this week.

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [5:47 AM] reports:
Jets pick sleeper in Coleman (New York Daily News)
Jets heed Martin mantra (New York Post)
No Super reservations, yet (Newsday)
A Jet on the rise (White Plains Journal News)
Abraham is looking like a money player (Newark Star Ledger)
Jordan not kicking about his role (Bergen Record)
Opportunistic defense helps Jets improve (AP)
Jets vs. Bills press release (

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October 5, 2004

Marker Players Need to be Held Accountable [3:28 PM] reports: 'The players need to be held accountable for their actions. You hate to take your best players off the field, but you have to send a message. You can't play stupid football. Stupid football will make you lose every time, it doesn't matter if you're the most talented team in the league. If you don't play smart, you're not going to win. That's been the biggest issue so far. Until they get this problem cleaned-up it's going to remain a serious issue. Obviously you hate to take certain guys off the field, but if you have repeat offenders that just aren't getting the message then maybe, you need to bench them. Hopefully it won't come to that, but if you're able to damage a guy's ego he may think long and hard about what he's doing on the field and it may help to fix some of those mistakes.'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 5 [3:27 PM] reports: 'Coach Mike Kane of Olean High School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football “Coach of the Week” for the fifth weekend of the 2004 season (October 1-2).'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Patriots [3:27 PM] reports: 'The Bills currently rank 1st in the AFC in both kickoff returns and kickoff coverage.'

Marker What these Bills lack is discipline [12:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But that doesn’t change the fact Bills’ players lack a sense of fear. Just because the head coach doesn’t get in their face doesn’t mean there can’t be consequences for dumb or careless play.'

Marker Injuries mounting in Bills' secondary [12:38 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I think that has a huge effect on your secondary when you have a guy like Lawyer Milloy out and Troy Vincent," head coach Mike Mularkey said. "We understand we're young back there, and we got to make sure that we're putting these guys in a scheme that they're confident. We know if we're sitting there and we're guessing, "Do we think he can do it?' he's probably doing the same thing. We've got to just be smart about how we scheme with the younger guys."'

Marker WR Lee Evans Needs Your Help [12:38 PM] reports: 'Your vote for Evans can be placed on beginning Tuesday morning and ending on Thursday afternoon. The winner will be announced Thursday afternoon on'

Marker Bills sit through replay of Sunday's defeat [12:37 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“Everyone has to be accountable to each other,” Buffalo offensive lineman Ross Tucker said. “When everyone is watching, you’re held accountable.”'

Marker Bills lose Vincent [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are not sure about the status of center Trey Teague, who also left Sunday's game with a knee injury. Coach Mike Mularkey said he didn't know the results of a magnetic resonance imaging exam done on Teague's left knee Monday. Mularkey thinks it may only be a sprain but isn't sure if it is severe enough to keep Teague off the field.'

Marker Bills fill this bar's whine cellar [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's going to get worse, too," Rex said. "Donahoe's first draft class was his best. Guys like Aaron Schobel and Jonas Jennings were value players in their first contracts. What's coming behind them? Josh Reed isn't value. Mike Williams isn't."'

Marker McGahee says he'll patiently wait for turn [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You just roll with the punches," he said Monday. "It's a business. No spot is guaranteed to you, you know what I mean? My time will come. I'm not going to rush it. I've waited this long. I can wait as long as it takes."'

Marker Jets keeping Bills in sights [8:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'They beat the Dolphins (0-4) Sunday in Miami, 17-9. Now the Bills (0-3) and the 49ers (0-4) are coming to town, followed by an Oct. 24 showdown against the Patriots (3-0) in Foxboro. Such possibilities. Oops, forgot the gag order.'

Marker Edwards not looking ahead [8:49 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'There's already talk about the possibility that the Jets, who host 0-3 Buffalo this Sunday and 0-4 San Francisco the following week, might still be undefeated when they face the Patriots in Foxboro in three weeks. The Pats (also 3-0) host 0-4 Miami Sunday, but have a challenge the following week when they host 3-0 Seattle. "How about Buffalo?" Edwards shot back when asked about the chance for a clash with the Pats on Oct. 24. "That's who we play. That's all I'll comment on is Buffalo."'

Marker Clash of unbeatens likely [8:48 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'First up, the 0-3 Bills, who've scored a whopping 37 points in their first three games, have a rookie coach and half their secondary on the shelf. Don't see the Jets' first loss coming this weekend.'

Marker Tuesday's New England Coverage [8:47 AM] reports:
Two sides to Patriots' success story (Boston Globe)
Team caught short by injuries to receivers (Boston Globe)
Brady, Pats prepare (Boston Herald)
Bruschi comes up big again (Boston Herald)
Pats still a bit streaky (Boston Herald)
Winning tradition transforms fans (Boston Herald)
Streak on back burner (Boston Herald)
Stretch play for Patriots (Metro West Daily News)
Converting on third (Metro West Daily News)
The Bills came and Brady conquered (Providence Journal)
Patriots' Bruschi continues to stop at nothing to come out on top (Providence Journal)
Dolphin mark impresses Law the most (Providence Journal)
It was a win, but it wasn’t pretty (Woonsocket Call)
Bills can't faze Patriots (Springfield Republican)
Brady has an edge (Nashua Telegraph)
Bill Belichick Press Conference (
Patriots at Bills Post-Game Press Conference (
Grogan's Grade: Week 3 (

Marker The Bills Lose Vincent To Knee Surgery [8:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills watched film as a team for the first time staying over an hour extra. Mularkey says it's useful to do once in awhile so players are accountable to each other.'

Marker Bills to be without CB Vincent for two weeks [8:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Vincent hurt his right knee Sunday after pushing Patriots wideout Bethel Johnson out of bounds on a reception on New England's opening drive of the game. Vincent was immediately carted to the locker room and did not return.'

Marker Bills Fans Still Waiting [8:44 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It’s hard to imagine a worse scenario for president and general manager Tom Donahoe in regard to his leadership with the Bills.'

Marker Why to watch: Bills-Jets [8:43 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Are the Jets really this good? Are the Bills as bad as their record would lead you to believe?'

Marker McGee may move into a starting job [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I feel like I'm ready. The only thing I need to work on is the little things. Don't do my own thing, just play the defense. I've really got to focus this week in practice so I'm ready for the game Sunday."'

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