New look fits Smerlas just fine [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the people who present the award that make it special and this is from the people of Western New York," Smerlas said. "This is where I spent most of career, where I learned about a lot of things. "To play football here, people just bleed football. They take pride in their sports, so much pride . . . Of course, it never began as a love-fest with the city of Buffalo when Smerlas came to Buffalo in 1979 as a second-round draft choice out of Boston College. "No one wants to come here," Smerlas said. "You hear and believe all the stories about it being 60 degrees below in the summer. But then you come here and you never want to leave."'
Felser's been with Bills since team's birth but give the wife her props, too [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Larry Felser, it's always an opinionated day. A columnist and sports editor for the Buffalo News, Felser was among 11 inductees to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night. He had a stint as a ball boy with the original All-America Conference and began his newspaper career running copy at the Courier-Express. In 1959, he began covering the Buffalo Bills, then of the new American Football League. For 18 years, Felser provided daily coverage of the Bills, moving to columnist with The Buffalo News in 1977.'
New 'key' turns Jet 'O' [8:37 AM]
New York Post reports: 'No player symbolizes the 2000 Al Groh Jets in a more complete way than Richie Anderson. He's diligent in his preparation, explosive and dependable in his production and so quiet he goes by almost unnoticed by even the most ardent of Jet fans.'
I Want What He Got [8:36 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '[Marcus] Coleman has three interceptions, all in the last game against Miami, with two coming in overtime. [Aaron] Glenn has two picks, and is hungry for more.'
Flutie Has a Feel for Testaverde's Travails [8:35 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He's playing as well as he's ever played, no question," said Flutie, who will start for the Bills Sunday in place of injured starter Rob Johnson. "It just kills me, because I remember the last time we were playing [the Jets], everybody was complaining that he wasn't playing consistently and lighting it up. Now that he's coming off a five-touchdown game, it sounds like you [reporters] love him again."'
No safety in numbers [8:34 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'After the Jets' free safeties were victimized in three of the Dolphins' four touchdowns in Monday night's thriller, Williams, Scott Frost and Chris Hayes have been getting reps at the position in practice this week. As is his wont, Groh was mum on who the starter will be on Sunday in Buffalo.'
Jets set when it comes to Chrebet [8:32 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Let's hear it for Wayne Chrebet. You won't hear it from him. The guy isn't just a clutch receiver, he's a great clutch receiver. A good receiver makes clutch catches by accident; a great one does it over and over again.'
Paul Dottino's scouting report: Jets at Bills [8:31 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Prediction: Jets 17, Bills 16.'
Opponents always avoid Jets' Glenn [5:32 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips echoed that sentiment when asked about the Moulds-Coleman matchup. "I don't want to overlook Aaron Glenn because he's also a tremendous player," Phillips said. "Two corners like that can take a lot of things away. The Jets put them in man-to-man with no help, really. Not many teams have the luxury of doing that."'
Hard to predict path of this campaign trail [5:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'And if the Jets need to pull another game out, who's next on the list to do the unexpected? "You never know," [Jumbo] Elliott said.'
Jets' magic act is looking super [5:28 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Victor Green has a pretty good feel for Jets karma - after all, he has been on the scene since 1993 - and he believes the remarkable start is a harbinger of something truly special. As in, Super special. "Hey, the sky's the limit," the Jets' strong safety said yesterday at Hofstra. "I hope it takes us all the way to Tampa (for Super Bowl XXXV). Hopefully, we can continue to have the magic. If we do, we can take it as far as we let it."'
Safety concerns may spur switch [5:26 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Jets coach Al Groh, unhappy with the play of his safeties, seems prepared to make a lineup change for Sunday's game against the Bills (3-4). It's believed starting FS Kevin Williams will be replaced by Scott Frost, who came off the bench in the last two games. Special teams star Chris Hayes, who has been waiting for his shot on defense, also is practicing at free safety this week and he could split time with Frost in the game.'
Groh's big wish: forget the fish [5:24 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bills' coach Wade Phillips is hoping his team can take advantage of any Jets fatigue. "It was an unbelievable game," Phillips said of the Jets' comeback over Miami. "I watched until it was 30-7. I expected to see (the Jet loss result) in the paper and it wasn't there. Of course, I thought Dewey won, too. "It was great win, a great game. I've looked at the film a bunch of times and even though we have it on tape it's still amazing what they did, scoring 30 points in one quarter. "I've said all along the Jets have tremendous leaders with tremendous heart on their football team and it shows," Phillips went on. "And, of course Al Groh has done a great job coaching them."'
Coleman Comes Up Big On and Off the Field [5:18 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Coleman had three interceptions Monday night, two of them on the same drive in overtime (he fumbled one away). The last one led to John Hall's game-winning field goal. Coleman nearly had a fourth interception, but he dropped a ball earlier in the game. He is now second on the team in interceptions behind Victor Green, who has four. "If I had three picks, I might retire," Glenn said. "They say they come in bunches, so if you have three, you can't retire, because you might get four and five." That could happen on Sunday because Coleman figures to be defending against the Bills' go-to receiver, Eric Moulds, when the teams play in Buffalo. Moulds is Buffalo's leading receiver and has already caught 53 passes for 695 yards. That is almost 20 more receptions than any Jet has. Part of Coleman's drop in statistics reflects the fact that opposing offenses avoid throwing to his side of the field. But because Moulds is such an integral part of the Buffalo offense, Coleman is confident he will have plenty of work.'
Flutie can't seem to sway critics [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When asked whether he felt he could sway Bills coach Wade Phillips with strong play while Johnson is out (likely for at least two more games), Flutie said it was unlikely. "I don't have any control over that decision," Flutie said. "I'm going to just try to play the best I can play and if it makes it difficult on them to make a decision, great. But I don't think there's going to be a decision to be made no matter what I do."'
Bills expect Jets to maintain focus [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"It just depends on how well they play," Flutie said. "Yes, they had one less day to heal up, so maybe (Wednesday's) practice was a little bit sluggish, but that's about it. After that, everything will be back on an even keel and they'll be ready to go."'
Phillips won't be quitting on Jets come Sunday [8:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Normally, in the midst of game-planning for the upcoming opponent, he doesn't watch on Monday night. But since his team hosts the Jets Sunday, Phillips tuned in. "I get the tape at the 6 a.m. (the next day)," he said, "but I had it on because sometimes I can pick up audibles ... which you can't hear on the film. But (on the telecast) you also can't see as well (the whole alignment of the 22 players) to analyze things as you can on film. "Really," Phillips added, "I was watching the game just to watch it, since we're playing (the Jets) this week and we know each other so well." And even though he didn't witness the finish live, Phillips sees nothing but good coming from the Jets' remarkable comeback. "It can't do anything but help," he said.'
Moulds emerges as Bills top offensive threat [8:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Seven games into the season, he's on pace to shatter a number of franchise records. His 53 receptions are 37 short of Reed's mark set in 1994, and he is on track to eclipse his own 1998 record of 1,368 receiving yards. Moulds plays down his performance, saying it means little when the Bills (3-4) are struggling.'
Who is the FS? [1:29 PM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'Last week against Miami, the Jets played three different players at the free safety position. Kevin Williams started. The Scott Frost took over and he was followed by Chris Hayes. This instability at free safety is starting to hurt the Jets.'
Jets' season something special so far [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jets players admitted Wednesday that they are starting to amaze themselves with their own heroics. "We certainly have a sense of a little magic in the air," Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet said as he prepared for Sunday's AFC East game in Buffalo. "Magic and some luck." "I don't know if it's magical, but I think something special is a better word for it," Jets safety Victor Green said.'
Wives go to bat for Food Bank drive [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will conduct their annual Cans From Fans food drive at Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Fans are welcome to bring in cans and other non-perishable food items, which will be collected at the stadium gates by wives of the Bills' players and coaches. Cash donations also will be accepted. The drive benefits the Food Bank of Western New York. Bills coach Wade Phillips and his wife, Laurie, are chairing the effort. "There are thousands and thousands in our own community who are hungry, and one small way to help alleviate the problem is this drive for the Food Bank," Laurie Phillips said.'
Groh wants team to focus on Bills [9:05 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The Bills are looming, waiting to pay the Jets back for a 27-14, Sept. 17 loss like extra-hot Buffalo chicken wings eaten too late at night. "You can't sit back and bask in the glory, you have to move on," defensive tackle Ernie Logan said, recalling Groh's message. "We won. Now we're playing Buffalo. "You sit back and you think about last week's game when Buffalo is preparing to get back at you. . . . The Bills felt that was a game they let get away from them, rather than us beating them." There is a cautionary warning right there on game film of the 3-4 Bills. If not for receiver Peerless Price's fumble with less than three minutes left last Sunday, the Bills might have left the Minnesota Vikings in an imperfect heap instead of at 7-0 as the league's lone undefeated team.'
Riemersma may return vs. Jets [8:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'He's officially questionable for this Sunday's critical AFC East showdown with the New York Jets, the team he was injured against on Sept. 17, but it's looking more and more as if he'll play.'
Tillman taking Porter's spot at safety [8:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips hinted yesterday that he might make a change in his dime defense, and though he wouldn't confirm it, Daryl Porter all but did. "I'm not going to count myself out, I'm just basically going to learn and try to help out Travares (Tillman) and make sure he knows exactly what he's doing," said Porter. Porter has been torched the last few games for big plays, including the winning touchdown by the Vikings last week, and it appears that he's headed for the bench in favor of the rookie second-round draft choice Tillman.'
Jets Play Catch-Up With Style and Frenzy [8:00 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Do not look for a Jets player among the league leaders for quarterback, receiver, running back, sacks or interceptions. The Jets are not ranked among the top offensive or defensive teams, either. There is only one place in a sea of statistics where one can easily find the Jets: atop the American Conference East.'
Groh Gets High Marks on Tests [7:59 AM]
New York Times reports: 'When Al Groh described his halftime tirade during the Jets' 40-37 Monday night classic victory over the Miami Dolphins in overtime, he smiled. "I sang 'em a lullaby," he said. Not really; a lullaby puts a baby to sleep. This lullaby would have burned little kids' ears. It woke up all those big babies in green-and- white uniforms who fell behind, 30-7, before their fourth-quarter explosion on four of Vinny Testaverde's five touchdown passes. More important, this lullaby showed not only that the Jets' new head coach is in command, but also that his players will play hard for him.'
Jets Out of Clouds [7:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The first-place Jets (6-1) face the Bills (3-4) Sunday at Orchard Park in a game that screams of a potential emotional letdown. Coach Al Groh, trying to prevent it, addressed the subject in yesterday's team meeting. "I think they're well aware of the fact that most of (the Bills) had gone to bed, and so they're not all that impressed with what we did," Groh said.'
Anderson Catches on in Win [7:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It was overshadowed by Vinny Testaverde's five touchdown passes and Jumbo Elliott's improbable touchdown and Marcus Coleman's interception hat trick, but perhaps the most impressive individual performance in the Jets' dramatic comeback win over the Dolphins was Richie Anderson's receiving. He caught 12 passes for 109 yards. Think about that for a second: 12 receptions. Only three times in the 41-year history of the Jets has a player produced more receptions in a single game - Clark Gaines (17 in 1980) and Al Toon twice (14 in 1988 and 13 in 1988). Anderson didn't garner much publicity for his monster game, but it has been that kind of season for him - sneaky good. "A lot of people talk about me being the most underrated back; I think Richie is the most underrated back," Curtis Martin said yesterday at Hofstra. "He means so much to this team. He's like the motor for this team. Once Richie gets going, a lot of us get going.'
Bills' Flutie Still Stumped by Benching [7:55 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It was very frustrating and it made for a very unsettling offseason for me, personally," Flutie said yesterday in conference call with New York reporters. "I guess we weren't winning by enough." Flutie, who will start for the injured Rob Johnson (shoulder) Sunday against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium, led the Bills to a 10-5 record last season. He was benched in the regular-season finale and the AFC wild-card playoff game in Tennessee. "I went to the Pro Bowl in '98, and I was the first alternate at the Pro Bowl last year, yet I'm not good enough to start for the team in the playoffs," he said.'
Never-say die Jets: Anything's possible [7:54 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A win over the Bills Sunday would make the Jets 7-1 at the halfway point in the regular season, assure them of sole possession of first place for another week and make them 5-0 against AFC East competition - a huge tiebreaker factor. It, too, would leave the Bills at 3-5 at the turn with a debilitating 0-4 division record, including 0-2 against the Jets. In essence, a Jet win over the Bills Sunday would allow the Jets to just about bury Buffalo the way they've buried the 2-6 Patriots with a season series sweep.'
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