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Buffalo Bills News - October 24, 2001

Marker ESPN Power Poll Rating - 26 (was 28) [8:35 AM]
ESPN reports: Will see plenty of familiar faces across the field Sunday.

Marker Dr.Z/SI - Power Rating 25 (was 29) [8:31 AM]
CNN/SI reports: I like Gregg Williams, their coach, and I liked the fire they showed against Jacksonville, but when you're sitting on a small lead and backed up on your four-yard line late in the game, you simply must squeeze out a first down. You don't call three straight runs, lose three yards, punt 28 yards and hand the Jags the tying field goal. To their credit, though, they drove the field to win it at the end. But to me, this is a case of a coach almost undoing the hard work of his players.

Marker Donahoe answers Flutie blitz [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've never had a problem with people who are passionate," said Donahoe, sipping coffee while discussing Flutie's Svengali hold on some people. "You can love Doug Flutie, but it doesn't mean that to love Doug you have to hate the Buffalo Bills. I don't understand that, I just don't."'

Marker Wiley still talking a good game [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Wiley admits it will be strange lining up and seeing old friends like Bills guard Ruben Brown staring back at him Sunday. "It's going to be like one of those backyard games in the neighborhood," Wiley says. "I'm sure some trash talking will be exchanged." The former Bill just hopes this isn't a day where he'll have to eat his words.'

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October 23, 2001

Marker Chargers, Bills preparing for angst-driven grudge match [9:22 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Butler was a valued employee of the Buffalo Bills, and if Wilson didn't think so he wouldn't talk so passionately about an AFC West opponent. Until this year, San Diego was nothing more than a destination for Wilson; now it's an obsession, and unless it has something to do with his suggestions of tampering I don't get it. He made Butler an offer, and it was refused. He fired Butler, and Butler found somewhere else to work. End of story.'

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (10/22) [10:38 AM] reports: On owner Ralph Wilson's comment that this was his Super Bowl:

"When that was made, I've always approached each game as if it was the most important game of the season. This week, that's the most important game. They have no significance to me. That's the most significant game of the season because that's who we play this week."

Marker Welcome to the wild, wooly AFC East [10:34 AM] reports: This year's AFC East race has certainly taken a strange turn through the first six weeks of the NFL season. The Dolphins are currently atop the division with a 3-2 record, while Indianapolis, sits in 4th place with just a 2-3 mark. New York and New England both have .500 marks at 3-3 to be tied for 2nd.

With that in mind, coach Williams has been reminding his players that they are still very much alive in the chase if they can put some more wins together

Marker Johnson ready for Flutie's Chargers [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This should be brutal. This should be acrimonious. This should be nasty and cold-blooded. This should be wonderful.'

Marker Butler to get look at mess he left behind [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Enjoy it while it lasts, San Diego. Before you know it Butler will be dealing out oversized contracts to every middle-of-the-road Charger, spending your franchise into salary-cap poverty. And when the deed is done, when the options are to either tough it out or find a new sugar-daddy owner to feed his spending habit, Butler will reach for the money faster than the toad inhales the fly. Just ask us. We know.'

Marker Jennings questionable for Chargers [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills starting right tackle Jonas Jennings missed practice Monday and will be evaluated through Wednesday before the team determines if he will be able to play in Sunday's game at San Diego.'

Marker Bills owner pops off on ... rivalry with Bolts? [9:05 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Flutie, who is close to sainthood in Buffalo -- Chargers games now regularly televised in Western New York gather ridiculously high 14 ratings -- loves the Buffalonians. But he echoes Butler when discussing Wilson's statement. "He's got a lot of explaining to do to his players," Flutie said.'

Marker Johnson eager to face Flutie [5:31 AM]
AP reports: '"I look forward to these types of games," Johnson said on Monday. "It kind of reminds you of a college-type rivalry and that sort of thing. Definitely, it gives fans something to talk about and makes it a little more interesting." Maybe more than a little.'

Marker Seau rehabs groin; Flutie faces 39 candles [5:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Seau is cautiously optimistic that he'll be able to play in San Diego's grudge match against Buffalo despite a groin pull that kept him out of the second half of the Chargers' 27-10 win over Denver on Sunday...Flutie, meanwhile, will face a forest of birthday candles when he turns 39 on Tuesday. Flutie says he feels more like he's 25 on game days.'

Marker Jabs flying as Flutie vs. Johnson looms [5:21 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The second shot in advance of Sunday's Flutie-Rob Johnson showdown came out of San Diego where former Bills linebacker Sam Rogers had this assessment: "This is a game we should win by 10 points at least," Rogers said. "I don't think (the Bills) can sneak one out."'

Marker Bills focus on Chargers, not hype [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's of no significance to me," said Williams when asked about Wilson's feud with Butler. "It's the most important game of our season -- because it's the game we have this week."'

Marker Flutie's fun to watch because he's a winner [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo management has cut too far and too deep. These players aren't the Buffalo Bills to me. This is like an expansion team with an old, familiar name. I hope the Bills do leave western New York. I don't want my taxes supporting these impostors.'

October 22, 2001

Marker RJ Peter King's Offensive Player of the Week [3:12 PM]
CNN/SI reports: (tie) Buffalo QB Rob Johnson and New England WR David Patten. Johnson, with his 23-of-30, 1 TD performance in the Bills' first win of the season Thursday night at Jacksonville, is a symbolic pick.

Marker Marv Levy's Week 6 snapshot [2:12 PM] reports: Don't place blame -- find solutions. That's what the Buffalo Bills did this week. They simplified their game-plans and worked on fundamentals. They didn't run that 4-6 defense with all the clever blitzes.

Buffalo at San Diego Rob Johnson vs. Doug Flutie . This is one game that I really think Buffalo prefers to play on the road. The general sentiment in Buffalo is that the fans love Doug Flutie. Johnson had a very good game against Jacksonville. I think San Diego has learned their lessons on the road -- they have to earn every victory. This will be a very hyped game in both cities.

Marker Here we go again - Flutie vs. Johnson, anyone? [1:49 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It's about Johnson and Flutie. It figures to stay that way until Sunday. And probably long after.'

Marker Other Sunday stories [10:27 AM] reports: '"It's the best game I've seen out of Rob," said A.J. Smith, the Bills' former pro scouting director who now fills the same duties for the San Diego Chargers. "He did an outstanding job. He looked very comfortable, made all the plays. And his accuracy, it was outstanding."

Marker Time for a pep talk during a dismal Bills season [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fred Rogers, from TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood": "Sometimes a football game makes us very happy, like after an onside kick that our team recovers on the first play of a game. Other times, it makes us sad, like when some knucklehead on our team gives the ball back on a fumble. It's best to draw pictures of the play that made you the angriest, then have Dad roll it up in a big envelope and send it to One Bills Drive, c/o Gregg Williams. He'll be very happy you shared your feelings."'

Marker Ralph charges into 'super' matchup [8:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Some observers believe Wilson went too far with his statements about how badly he wants to win this game. Given the lost season this is turning out to be for the Bills, the "Ralph Bowl" is about as good as it's going to get.'

October 21, 2001

Marker HOF mailbox: Former Bills G Billy Shaw [7:53 PM] reports: Every week of the 2001 season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame lets you submit questions to Hall of Fame legends as part of our Spotlight Game coverage. Your E-mails will be forwarded to each Hall of Famer as they sit down and discuss their careers, current NFL action, or anything else you want them to talk about. Questions will be collected by Thursday of each week. Then come back on Friday to read what they had to say.

Marker The Williams era pays first dividends [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The major accomplishment of the victory over Jacksonville was that it made clear Gregg Williams and his staff are not the confederacy of dunces the first four games suggested.'

Marker Keep an eye on the team [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Football fans, if you want to see the world through the eyes of the Buffalo Bills, you can literally do it.'

October 20, 2001

Marker Bills finally put it all together [12:27 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: Johnson finished 23-of-30 passing for 238 yards and a 27-yard third-quarter touchdown to Eric Moulds. More important, he directed an offense that controlled the ball for 35 minutes and 34 second without turning the ball over and converted six third-down opportunities in 14 tries.

Marker Bills hoping to build on positive performance [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A young team has to learn how to win," linebacker Keith Newman said. "The last few weeks have been frustrating, but I think getting this win lets us know that we're not a bad football team. But this is just a small step. We can't be satisfied. We still have a lot of work to do."'

Marker Company connections [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York was named the official healthcare company of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Redemption for Johnson [6:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Johnson's numbers were solid enough, completing 23 of 30 attempts for 238 yards and one touchdown. But most impressive was the game-winning drive.'

Marker Bills' Henry investigated for sex offense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'People 21 years of age or older who have sexual relations with someone 17 years or younger can be charged with statutory rape regardless of consent.'

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