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Buffalo Bills News - October 7, 2001

Marker Johnson looks to be no more than bill of goods [6:05 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Yet the Bills made a fundamental error when they chose Johnson over Doug Flutie in the offseason. They didn't go by what they saw. They went by what they wanted to see.'

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October 6, 2001

Marker Jets and Bills meet in matchup of struggling teams [7:29 PM]
AP reports: 'A month into the season it's apparent that Edwards' New York Jets very much resemble their next opponent, the struggling AFC East rival Buffalo Bills. "We're similar," Edwards said. "When you watch them on tape, you see them at times do things very well, and at times kind of beat themselves. I think it's a work in progress for them. "And I think we're going through the same process here."'

Marker Becht looking to rebound [9:15 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Becht dropped three catchable passes in Monday night's 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, including one that would have gone for a touchdown. "I've never had a game like that, but I'm putting it behind me," Becht said. "I've had a good week. I worked hard and my head's in the right place. It's a bad game. I'll move on and get better. I'm not going to have my head down. I know this team needs me. I can't wait to play this game."'

Marker Cottrell wants to have right stuff in return to Buffalo [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's going to be a little different," Cottrell said this week by phone from his office in Hempstead, L.I. "I'm going to see a lot of friends up there. I spent 10 years of my life up there. You have a lot of thoughts and memories, but you have a job to do."'

Marker Glenn Ready to Show Jets He Is Handy on Returns [6:07 AM]
New York Times reports: 'But Glenn, a standout cornerback, has never impressed his N.F.L. coaches with his punt returning. Although he gets in stride with breathtaking speed, he does not have the most fluid style when catching the ball.'

Marker Hayes Starts Over As Jets' Safety [6:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Hayes will start at free safety tomorrow against the AFC East rival Bills in Buffalo, replacing injured starter Damien Robinson, who is out with a sprained ankle.'

Marker Becht's hoping his awful game is behind him [6:04 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Becht was at his worst against the 49ers, dropping several passes and allowing a critical sack late in the game.'

Marker Hayes Will Replace Injured Robinson [6:03 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'In another injury setback for the Jets, Robinson will miss Sunday's must-win game at Buffalo with a sprained left ankle. It figures to be less of an inconvenience than it could be, because the Jets will insert Chris Hayes, who finished last season as the starter at free safety.'

Marker Hayes gets chance to help again [6:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Bills (0-3) rank 27th in the NFL in passing offense, averaging just 158.3 yards per game. But Pro Bowl wide receiver Eric Moulds has just five receptions in three games and Bills quarterback Rob Johnson wants to get him going.'

Marker Hayes getting his chance to energize Jets secondary [6:00 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Hayes started the final eight games of the 2000 campaign, and appeared to have plugged the Jets' perennial hole at free safety. But during the spring, the team signed free agent Damien Robinson from Tampa Bay. Good-bye starting spot for Hayes, who had to be content with his title of "special-teams ace." But Robinson, nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the loss to San Francisco on Monday night, was downgraded from questionable to out Friday. So Hayes will make his first start of 2001 when the Jets (1-2) visit Buffalo (0-3) at 4:05 p.m.'

Marker Bills Face Another Long Sunday Afternoon [5:59 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: It was just one sentence, buried in Gregg Williams' weekly Wednesday discussion of the state of the Buffalo Bills, but it gave a hint that he might just be learning what head coaching is all about. "I think we have to identify what we have strengths at doing and capitalize on those," Williams said... Whoa.

October 5, 2001

Marker Injury-riddled Bills see some sit, others return [8:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Tackles John Fina and Jonas Jennings, who sat out last Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with leg injuries, practiced again Friday and were expected to start Sunday against the New York Jets.'

Marker Edwards making sure Jets remain confident in abilities [11:29 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'First-year coach Herman Edwards understands what a precarious position the Jets hang in. If the Jets (1-2) do not beat winless Buffalo (0-3) this Sunday, the grumbling will quickly turn to discontent and take a huge step toward downright mutiny. In many ways, Edwards is coaching not to lose his team.'

Marker Bills finally have chance vs. Jets [10:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bottom line: The Bills are off to their worst start in 17 seasons and their legitimate chances to win a game are few and far between. This week's match with the New York Jets is one of them. Expect an all-out effort from Buffalo and take the 4 points vs. a Jets team that has been less than impressive in compiling a 1-2 mark this season.'

Marker Jets can relate to Bills' offensive woes [10:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets lack consistency. Their last four touchdown drives averaged 12 plays and 78 yards. They even had a 94-yard march end in a field goal. But the Jets have 12 three-and-out series, tied for fourth most in the NFL.'

Marker Christie takes opportunity to bid his fans farewell [9:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Christie, who maintains he was basically cut because he refused an injury settlement, was still receiving checks from the Bills until the time of his release, said Gil Scott, Christie's Toronto-based agent.'

Marker Williams anchors depleted defense [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams speaks frequently with Washington, not so much for playing advice -- he has an excellent coach in John Levra for that -- but for support. With the Bills off to an 0-3 start, Williams isn't afraid to use his phone-a-friend life line. "I talk to Ted all the time," Williams said. "I've told him I haven't been doing too well, but Ted tells me to 'Suck it up and just play, you're the man now.' We don't have Ted anymore or any backups for that matter, and it's going to be hard on us."'

Marker Classy Christie offers gratitude [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's a bit unusual to come here and do this," Christie said. "A lot of guys come back when they're ready to retire, after it's been one or two years after they've been to another club. I really didn't want to wait that long to make my thank-yous."'

Marker West Coast Offense: Jets Aren't Quite There [5:54 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Vinny Testaverde says it is a matter of a missed block here, a poor throw there, a dropped pass, the little things that are impeding the development of the Jets' offense.'

Marker Anthony's Fate Is In His Hands [5:53 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Actually, Sunday was really Monday night, and it was an absolute nightmare for Becht, the last of four No. 1 picks for the Jets in 2000. Aside from the three obvious drops, there was a fourth that was borderline and there was a fourth-quarter sack he allowed to rookie defensive end Andre Carter. The last drop and the sack came on back-to-back plays. Drop. Sack. All on prime-time television, before Al, Dennis, Dan and the entire country. Ouch.'

Marker Martin Past Due for Bills [5:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since coming to the Jets in 1998, Martin has only 331 yards in six games against Buffalo, a per-carry average of 2.8 yards.'

Marker Jets sweating the details [5:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'With the implementation of a new offense and defense, the struggles become even more apparent. And it has left a veteran team's confidence shaken as it heads to Orchard Park to face the Bills on Sunday.'

Marker Glenn back to doing PR work [5:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Maybe Aaron Glenn is just meant to return punts for the Jets this season. First, the Jets lost first-round draft pick Santana Moss to torn cartilage in his knee and Glenn filled in. Then they traded for Chad Morton, who is out until at least next week with a sprained ankle. Until he returns, Glenn is the man and that's fine with him.'

Marker Time for Jets to Take Off [5:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Tired of watching film of a defense that looked like 11 chaperones at the prom, not to mention an offense that sputtered again, they are fighting to stay positive when a lot of voices outside of Weeb Ewbank Hall say the Jets might be finished in October. Fact is, if they lose to the winless Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, that might be the case.'

Marker Winless Bills Are in Even Worse Shape [5:49 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The quarterback can't stay upright, the Pro Bowl wide receiver isn't having any fun, and the defense has given up 86 points in three games. Other than that, everything's just swell in Buffalo.'

Marker Need to get Chrebet involved [5:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The numbers are stark. The Jets' best wide receiver, a move-the-chains guy who appears to be a perfect fit for the short, quick-strike passing game of the West Coast offense, has had 12 passes thrown to him in the first three games. He has caught nine for 137 yards and no touchdowns. Where is Wayne Chrebet and why isn't he more involved in an offense that appears to be tailor-made for his skills?'

Marker Jets corner Glenn takes over punt returns [5:48 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Some Jets fans already are nervous about cornerback Aaron Glenn taking over as the primary punt returner in the possible cold and rainy weather Sundayin Buffalo. And they might get even more jittery after hearing comments from some of the principals three days before the game against the Bills.'

Marker 'Slash' looks to make a splash [5:45 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'To some NFL athletes, "Slash" is a four-letter word. But the nickname is music to Tory Woodbury's ears.'

October 4, 2001

Marker Christie not ready to retire [7:33 PM]
AP reports: '"When I'm healthy, I'll be ready to come back and play," said Christie, an 11-year NFL veteran who signed a free agent contract with the Bills in 1992 after two seasons with Tampa Bay. "I guess the unfortunate thing is that it won't be here."'

Marker Cottrell wondering who Bills defenders are [7:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Cottrell, however, isn't buying into the criticisms being made against Johnson, who has now lost seven straight starts going back to last season. "Rob could burn you if you make some mistakes," Cottrell said. "I've seen Rob have some great games. I know what he can do throwing the ball. I've got a lot of respect for his arm."'

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