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Buffalo Bills News - October 23, 2002

Marker Alumni Update: Pete Metzelaars [5:22 PM] reports: There was a time not too long ago when NFL players looked to spend their entire playing career with the team that drafted them. That’s what Pete Metzelaars hoped would happen in Seattle. But after three seasons with the Seahawks, the tight end was traded to Buffalo in 1985.

Marker Ask Nate Clements A Question [2:37 PM] reports: visitors selected Bills cornerback Nate Clements as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Miami Dolphins. He tied the franchise record with three interceptions and finished just one shy of the NFL mark.

Marker Offensive line starts to come together [1:32 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'Not only has it done a good job of protecting rookie quarterback Joey Harrington when he sets to pass, but the run blocking has improved. Last Sunday, the offensive line keyed a 172-yard rushing effort by running back James Stewart during a 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.'

Marker There's a cowardly coach among us [1:18 PM]
Battle Creek Enquirer reports: 'Millen called one of the Detroit Lions a devout coward last week, but failed to name names. For going about things this way, Millen is the real cowardly Lion.'

Marker Week 8 Injury Report [12:23 PM] reports: Winfield (Doubtful), Driver, Moore, Williams all questionable. The Lions list nine players.

Marker Clements Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week [11:36 AM] reports: Bills cornerback Nate Clements has been selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in last week’s win at Miami.

Marker Heavy hitter Jenkins is a smash in run-stopping performance [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jenkins' number was called a lot last Sunday in Miami. With Wire struggling, Jenkins got the majority of the defensive snaps at strong safety. He was in on just three tackles, but played a key role in holding Dolphins running back Ricky Williams to 97 rushing yards.'

Marker Time off to think about 'Barbershop,' Katie Couric and a Bills movie [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The film won't air until Dec. 15 on cable's TNT so you'll have to wait for a full review. For now, let's just say that, after a slow start typical of the Bills offense these days, it is an entertaining film that works as a comedy, a football movie and as a romance. And star Gil Bellows, who came for the premiere, may be as likable a performer as Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Sinking ship [8:49 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'While Millen's comments had no effect on Sunday's game and have been largely forgotten by the players, there is still a lingering uneasiness with the coaching staff. By all accounts, Mornhinweg was white-hot mad at Millen over the weekend, first for saying anything in the first place and, second, for leaving town and making Mornhinweg clean up his mess.'

Marker Bills sign cornerback [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cornerback Marcus Floyd, released by the New York Jets last month, was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad on Tuesday.'

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October 22, 2002

Marker Bills gaining confidence as ‘D’ improves [9:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The big thing for this team is that we’ve gotten better each week ... we’ve seen continuous improvement across the board. Our offensive line loses a player like Mike Williams (first round draft choice) and Marcus (Price) comes in (at right tackle) and we just keep rolling.”'

Marker Something special [9:45 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'What this means, as I see it, is that while no one should get too carried away with expectations, it is becoming clear most of us underestimated what Drew Bledsoe would mean to this team. If he stays healthy, and other key people don’t go down for extended periods of time, there’s no reason this team can’t continue to surprise us. It’s far from a one man effort, but that sure is where this all starts.'

Marker Bills sign Floyd to practice squad [4:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Floyd was released by the New York Jets last month. He takes over the spot vacated by Ahmad Brooks, who was promoted to the Bills' active roster last week to fill in for injured starting cornerback Antoine Winfield.'

Marker Bills Add Floyd To Practice Squad [2:11 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has signed defensive back Marcus Floyd to its practice squad. Floyd (5-9, 185) was with the Jets in the 2002 preseason and spent the first two weeks of the regular season on New York’s 53-man roster before being released on 9/22/02

Marker On Any Given Tuesday: Oct. 22, 2002 [11:35 AM] reports: Several Buffalo Bills players are spending their day off in the community. Among them, linebacker London Fletcher will attend an autograph signing session at Verizon Wireless in the Boulevard Mall from 5:00 - 6:00 PM to promote the HopeLine Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.

Marker Henry piling up big rushing numbers [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry's 132-yard performance against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday gives him 631 yards for the season, fourth best in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. Of all the running backs with 100 or more carries, Henry's 4.8 yards per attempt is second only to Marshall Faulk's 4.9.'

Marker Williams plays a big role in resurgence [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They could take a four-game winning streak and a 6-3 record into the bye week. That's a big leap, but they believe they can do it. If it happens, Williams will have gone from a "coach on the hot seat" to hot young coach, and - brace yourself - maybe even a candidate for coach of the year.'

Marker Moore, Mike Williams make progress [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mike Williams had a great workout Saturday, Sunday and (Monday). Hopefully we can work him back out on the field this week. We'll take a look at how he is (today), but Wednesday will be a crucial day to see how far along he's come."'

Marker Lions will have less room for error against Bills than they had against Bears [9:07 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'The 4-3 Bills are averaging 31 points per game, the third-highest average in the NFL. If the Lions, who haven't won a road game since the 2000 season, are going to keep pace they can't afford to make the same mistakes they made against the Bears. Detroit committed 10 penalties for 79 yards, not including the 63-yard kickoff return which Chicago had in the fourth quarter after the Lions were called for offside and had to rekick.'

Marker Bills use balance to bag wins [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“We came out in the second half and everyone knows we’re going to run it and the offensive line still did a good job against one of the top defenses in the league,” Bledsoe said. “It’s a nice feeling ... and it all starts up front. It’s a young group that keeps getting better every week.”'

Marker Can the 4-3 Buffalo Bills win the AFC East Division title? [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Even if they are 6-3 after this two-game homestand heading into their bye, I can see a scenario where the Bills will need to beat the Bengals in the final game of the year just to hit .500.'

Marker Looking ahead: Bills Week 8 [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'At the start of the season, Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Detroit Lions looked like a real dog, a game between two teams that combined to win five games in 2001. Now, as we approach the midway point of the 2002 season, Ralph Wilson Stadium will be sold out, and the game is vitally important for the Bills, and reasonably important to the Lions.'

Marker Mornhinweg sees progress; Lions' next goal is road win [5:17 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'They have not won a road game since Mornhinweg took over last year. The road losing streak has reached 11 games, and they will be underdogs when they play Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Moeller ponders what could have been [5:16 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'In the short term, the Lions definitely would have been better off with Moeller as coach. They would have won more games last season. But there would be no Joey Vision. It is doubtful quarterback Joey Harrington would have been available in the late rounds. So now it is up to the Lions to make sure the long-term prospects are brighter.'

Marker Lions finish with flourish [5:15 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"As crazy as it sounds, those overtime games are great for a football team, when you're in the midst of improving," Mornhinweg said. "Those are the tough, tough tight situations. In the close games, and the end of games -- you need to be put in those positions time and time again. "You may fail nine out of 10 times. And the next 10, you may fail six out of 10. Then, all of a sudden, you're succeeding seven or eight or nine times out of 10."'

October 21, 2002

Marker Bills suddenly believing in themselves [7:55 PM]
AP reports: '''I think people are probably going to start taking notice,'' tight end Jay Riemersma said. ''The Bills have a tradition here of being in the playoff hunt each and every year. And the last few years, we haven't done that. It's good to be back in that thick of things.'''

Marker Turnovers Play A Key Role In Buffalo's Win [5:43 PM] reports: Including playoffs, the team that has held the advantage in the takeaway/giveaway ratio between the Bills and the Dolphins has emerged victorious in each of the last eight meetings of this series and 13 of the last 14.

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Photos [4:44 PM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Jon from the Palm Beach Post thought Bills fans might enjoy a look at the photo gallery from Sunday's game.'

Marker Bills get HOT in Miami [3:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We felt, coming in, that it would come down to whose defense played the better game and won the turnover battle,” Fletcher said. “We picked a great game to finally get some interceptions. To come in with none and end up leaving with four and six turnovers, that’s huge for our defense."'

Marker Lucas takes blame for loss [3:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The real question, of course, is whether the Buffalo Bills’ defense is suddenly that good or Ray Lucas is just that bad. In truth, it’s probably considerably more of the latter than the former.'

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