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Buffalo Bills News - September 5, 1999

Marker Flutie Cements His No. 1 Status [8:20 AM]
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Marker Game Photos [8:04 AM]
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Marker Steelers Notebook [8:03 AM]
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Marker Gonzalez Status Shaky As Cowher Mulls Cuts [8:02 AM]
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Marker Steelers' Offense Limp As Bills Win, 16-14 [8:01 AM]
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Marker Tradition Pulled In Gandy [7:58 AM]
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Marker Steelers Notebook [7:57 AM]
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Marker Trio Sits On Bubble [7:56 AM]
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Marker Offense Continues To Struggle [7:55 AM]
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Marker Game Summary [7:52 AM]
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Marker Stumbling Bills Stop Steelers [7:51 AM]
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Marker Shaky Bills Exposed As Wild-Card Fodder, At Best [7:50 AM]
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September 4, 1999

Marker Survival Of The Fittest [4:54 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Buffalo rode Doug Flutie all the way to the playoffs — after opening the season 0-3. The Bills became just the fifth team in NFL history to lose its first three and rebound to make the postseason. Flutie stepped in for an injured Rob Johnson and never relinquished the job, winning seven of 10 starts down the stretch. Despite that performance, Flutie is by no means guaranteed a starting role all season — Johnson owns a $25 million contract and he doesn't figure to just concede his spot.'

Marker Bills Give Starters A Tuneup For Opener [4:49 PM]
D & C reports: 'The starters on offense and defense are expected to play at least the first half, and perhaps into the third quarter if one group doesn't get enough work in the first 30 minutes. Doug Flutie will start at quarterback, Rob Johnson will likely take over at the start of the third quarter, and Alex Van Pelt may see action late in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Rookies on the Bubble [4:06 PM]
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September 3, 1999

Marker Another fearless idiotic forcast from ESPN [7:11 PM]
ESPNet reports: Don't read this. Buffalo doesn't even get a mention. This is for your "Sports Experts to Serve Crow in December" bookmark folder.

Marker Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast [6:36 PM]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: '13. BUFFALO BILLS...Outlook: The Bills are counting on more miracles from quarterback Doug Flutie, and it could happen. The Bills have tried to build some depth, and they have some good young players like WR Eric Moulds and RB Antowain Smith. And don't forget that guy at defensive end -- Bruce Smith, who at 36 can still make big plays.'

Marker AFC East: December Figures To Settle New York-Miami Division Race [6:34 PM]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: 'The Bills had a good draft. Watch for Peerless Price to settle under some long throws from the revitalized Doug Flutie, and for cornerback Antoine Winfield's big-time hits. They also have a good blend of top youngsters (Moulds, guard Ruben Brown, linebacker Sam Cowart) to go with a strong array of vets. There's no lack of leadership here.'

Marker Great Expectations [7:24 AM]
National Post reports: '"I'm just a lot more relaxed this year," Flutie says. "I have the same intensity and the same attitude about it. I've always that had that drive and desire to be as good as I can be and win and all that. But I'm just so much more comfortable with the whole surroundings, locker room, guys in the locker room, on the field, the offence. It's just a much more relaxed situation for me."'

Marker Hansen Opts For Reliability Over Recognition [6:24 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I play the best I can," said Hansen, beginning his ninth year in Buffalo. "If recognition comes, great. If it doesn't, play harder."'

Marker Smith To Visit Sick Father; Will Miss Bills' Last Preseason Game [6:23 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"My father is a very sick man," Smith said. "His condition is very serious."'

Marker Bills Expecting Breakout Season From Riemersma [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: '"We knew by mid-season last year he was ready to take the position over and by the end of the year we were probably using him more than Lonnie," said tight ends coach Max Bowman. "By the end of the year there were things we found we could do with him where he was more versatile than Lonnie. There were games where he had more snaps than Lonnie because we were doing things that were more conducive to his ability and not to Lonnie's."'

Marker Smith, Panos Will Miss Pittsburgh Exhibition [6:17 AM]
D & C reports: 'Bruce Smith will miss tomorrow night's home preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers to spend time with his gravely ill father in Virginia...Right guard Joe Panos won't play either. He missed another day of practice yesterday, and coach Wade Phillips said Panos traveled to have his neck examined by a specialist, though Phillips did not specify where Panos went or whom he saw.'

September 2, 1999

Marker Hansen Plays As Bills' Quiet Leader [3:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Sure I’d like to go to the Pro Bowl,” Hansen admitted. “But I play defensive end on running downs and defensive tackle on passing downs. “I don’t know if that helps me or hurts me. But any good defensive end is judged on his sack numbers, not on his consistency or how he plays the run. To be recognized you need well over 10 sacks.” Of the focus on Smith, he added, “Notoriety brings notoriety. If you look at Bruce Smith you end up looking at all the cogs ... and I’m one of the cogs.”'

Marker The Last Word [7:23 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Throughout professional sport, teams are built and dismantled with such frequency and speed that players often don't even get to know their teammates. If the Bills are successful this year, it will strike a blow for a concept long since considered an anachronism: Continuity.'

Marker Bills Receiver Loud Waits For Word On Future [6:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The final roster of 53 is announced Sunday. If he hasn't done it already, Loud probably can win a job with a solid performance in the final exhibition game against Pittsburgh on Saturday.'

Marker Bills' Smith Leaves Practice To Be With Ailing Father [6:28 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"The doctors wrote [my father] off about six or seven years ago," Smith said last month. "They said he had six months to live, and my father's still hanging around. He's not in very good shape but he's still passing on knowledge and experiences and wisdom, and that's where I get my will to keep pushing on."'

Marker Hansen's Three Sacks Prove His Knee Is Ready [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: 'Hansen is coming off a knee injury that ended his team-high ironman streak of consecutive starts at 86. It reminded teammates and media yet again just how underrated Hansen is while he plays alongside perennial Pro Bowlers Ted Washington and Bruce Smith, Buffalo's all-time sack leader with 164.'

Marker Spielman Deserves Praise For Decision To Retire [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Hull and Levy think Spielman will make an exceptional coach but that it will take a special person to play for him. "We have a lot of the same qualities," Hull said. "But I'm not sure I could play for him. He comes from a different breed. I will tell you this. If he decides to coach and finds the right players, they'll be winners. He'll take average and make them great."'

Marker Panos Rests Neck Stinger [6:20 AM]
D & C reports: '"He's had some (stingers) so we thought we'd rest him a bit and give him some treatment," Phillips said. "We're on top of it. He's had his MRIs." Phillips said it hasn't been determined if Panos will play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

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