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Buffalo Bills News - December 17, 2003

Marker Bills on standby for ticket to Hawaii [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have numerous candidates for the Pro Bowl, but will their poor record hurt some of the player's chances?'

Marker The Dolphins Wilt Again in the Heat of December [7:34 AM]
New York Times reports: 'One South Florida newspaper — The Sun-Sentinel — has even polled readers to identify which coach should replace Wannstedt: Tom Coughlin, Dennis Green, Nick Saban or Bob Stoops. Stoops, the Oklahoma coach, was the early front-runner.'

Marker AFC East went south, and Patriots benefited [7:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills never made up for the loss of Peerless Price, and though Donahoe's decision to draft running back Willis McGahee (who may play this week for the first time) may pay off down the road, it didn't do a thing for the Bills this season. The Bills' offensive line, which needed maximum protection of Bledsoe, fell far short. And the backs and tight ends didn't do a very good job picking up blitzes.'

Marker Wannstedt wants focus on games -- not himself [5:30 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A source who has recently spoken to former Minnesota coach Dennis Green and current LSU coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that in conversations about the vacancy in Atlanta, both men indicated they might be more interested in coaching ``a little further south.'''

Marker Dolphins are left broken, beaten [5:29 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He ran a trembling hand over his face. He had his own blood soaking through his dress clothes. ''We can't say otherwise,'' he said. ``We're not a good team.'''

Marker Dolphins coaching job would be attractive one [5:28 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Word is already trickling through the NFL that the Dolphins are discussing different scenarios about what to do.'

Marker Konrad likely out for Bills [5:27 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Ricky Williams missed some downs while nursing a sore shoulder but indicated he was fine after the game. Jason Taylor twisted his right ankle but is OK, and Brock Marion (eye) and Olindo Mare (ankle) are also fine.'

Marker Winning final two games may not be enough for Dolphins [5:26 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Wannstedt said he met with Huizenga following the game Monday night but wouldn't divulge what the owner said. Their conversation came after the Eagles sliced through a defense Wannstedt helped build as the foundation of the team.'

Marker Bad vibes spilling over to younger Dolphins [5:25 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'This team has always seemed to be talking itself into its own greatness, rather than really believing it. But the loss of faith was even clearer in the postgame locker room than it has been all along. The vibe wasn't desperation. It was resignation.'

Marker Konrad suffers Grade II concussion against Eagles, doubtful vs. Bills [5:24 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Konrad appears to be the only Dolphin who could miss the Bills game because of injury.'

Marker For Wannstedt and Miami, the destination looks bleak [5:23 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Wannstedt, 81-82 as a head coach, appears almost resigned to his fate.'

Marker Hard to express pain as season slips away [5:22 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins have sunk three-quarters of their payroll into defense and for what kind of return? On Monday, in a game that was bigger than John Madden, the Dolphins tackled poorly and took egregious penalties.'

Marker Konrad (concussion) likely out vs. Buffalo [5:21 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Fullback Rob Konrad suffered a Grade II concussion in the first quarter of Monday night's 34-27 loss to Philadelphia and is not expected to play Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Wannstedt sidesteps talk of losing job [5:20 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Under the NFL's complicated tie-breaking procedures, the only other way the Dolphins can get in is if they end up in a four-way tie with Tennessee, Denver and Baltimore at 10-6, or a three-way tie with the Titans and Ravens -- provided Denver finishes 9-7.'

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December 16, 2003

Marker Schobel Reaches Double-digit Sack Mark [10:40 PM] reports: 'In the last three games alone, the former TCU star has six sacks and has also recorded a fumble recovery and forced a fumble - both career firsts.'

Marker Wannstedt deflects questions about job security [10:37 PM]
AP reports: '``I'm not really concerned about it,'' Wannstedt said Tuesday. ``I'm just concerned about this game. And that's what the players are concerned about, and the coaches and everybody in this building. There's not enough time to get caught up in all that stuff.'''

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Robert James [4:54 PM] reports: 'James may have only played six seasons for Buffalo, yet he still made quite an impression. So much so that in ‘98, his name was placed on the team’s Wall of Fame in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "It meant a whole lot as I looked up on that wall and realized I was the first defensive back that they selected to go up there, and knowing in the history of the ball club and all the great players that have come through that program," James said. "I think it’s one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon any athlete by their team, knowing that they hold you in that high esteem to where they’re willing to honor you and place your name on the Wall of Fame. It’s a great honor, it really is."'

Marker Campbell's TD Up For Play of the Week [3:18 PM] reports: 'Mark Campbell's diving 6-yard touchdown reception of a Drew Bledsoe pass with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter is among the five week fifteen nominees for the "NFL PLAY OF THE WEEK - PRESENTED BY LEVITRA" (vardenafil HCI) - introduced by the NFL this season.'

Marker Tucker was a smart move for the Bills [12:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The 6-4, 316-pound Princeton alumnus, by all accounts, has performed impressively. And the numbers speak to that contention. Not only have the Bills won two of his three starts, the loss coming Sunday at Tennessee, but also Buffalo running back Travis Henry has rushed for 370 yards over that span while averaging nearly five yards per carry.'

Marker Another letdown officially snuffs Buffalo's playoff hopes [12:06 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills season officially completed its journey down the commode -- a trip that lasted almost three months -- on Sunday, splashing into the National Football League's septic system along with Gregg Williams' head-coaching career.'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [12:05 PM] reports: '"There have been some tough losses, some of those ones where we played very poorly. There was a lot of respect that I have for the guys because of how hard they played. It was a battle. It was a heavyweight battle and I told the guys (Sunday) in the locker room and at the meeting (Monday), you can't be embarrassed by anything in the way you played because you played so physical. There were a couple of plays that went against us and a couple of plays that we didn't make but they played hard."'

Marker Monday Quarterback Club Awards Announced [12:04 PM] reports: 'Bills Man of the Year: Travis Henry.'

Marker Calf Injury Likely To Sideline Safety Izell Reese [12:03 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills safety Izell Reese tore his left calf early in the second quarter of Sunday's 28-26 loss at Tennessee and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Marker Bills vow to keep fighting despite knockout blow [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I do take pride in that, but that shows the character of these guys," said Williams on Monday. "They love to play and there are a lot of things throughout the course of the week with rehab and the strength training, that massive amount of meetings we have and the practice sessions, but they love to play on Sunday and it shows every time they step out there."'

Marker Bills shouldn't live without valiant Henry [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is your coaching staff at its finest. There's a simple reason Henry wasn't on the field. He's not in the Bills' two-point "packages." It shouldn't come as any great surprise. Kevin Gilbride, the offensive coordinator, has proved time and again he has no faith in his running game in short-yardage situations.'

Marker A special game for Walla Walla [7:11 AM]
Spokane Spokesman Review reports: '"When Billy was in the 5th grade, his brother, Joe, was starting quarterback for Wa-Hi. Their father, John, was the head football coach at Walla Walla Community College. Joe Volek was a good high school quarterback, he eventually went on to start for two years at Montana State. There was a talented sophomore quarterback at Wa-Hi that year whose dad was the offensive coordinator at Wa-Hi. The player was Drew Bledsoe, the coach was Mac Bledsoe. Halfway through the season, the talented sophomore replaced the very good senior at starting quarterback. This infuriated John Volek to no end. "As I was watching Billy lead the Titans to victory over the Bledsoe Bills I could not help but think, I know `Big Cat' Volek must really be enjoying this moment, as young Billy is getting the revenge for brother Joe and dad John."'

Marker Bills still have plenty to prove [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“There is a lot at stake for a lot of people these last couple weeks,” Donahoe said. Many of those people are coaches, headed by Gregg Williams, whose contract is up, and beleaguered offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, whose unit could not mount a successful fourth-quarter comeback for the fourth time in the past six games, resulting in losses by margins of 4, 2, 3, and 2 points.'

Marker Should the Bills keep Bledsoe, or cut him? [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Call me crazy, and I’m sure you will, but this guy has hit the proverbial wall and I don’t think he can be considered the quarterback of the Bills’ future. I think the Bills should let him go, sign an emerging free agent — how about Tennessee’s Billy Volek? — and move on.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo has a score to settle with Miami after Ricky Williams carried 42 times for 153 yards in the Dolphins’ 17-7 victory back in September which started the Bills on a season-long downward spiral. Miami still has to prove it can win in cold weather, and here’s a perfect opportunity because it’s going to be cold.'

Marker Inside slant [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Even worse than Henry's exclusion from the final drive was his absence on the game's biggest play, the two-point conversion attempt with 24 seconds remaining that could have sent the game into overtime and possibly prolonged Buffalo's playoff hopes another week. Henry was on the bench for that one, too.'

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