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Buffalo Bills News - December 17, 2000

Marker A Quarterback Keeper In Foxboro [6:20 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe, who turns 29 on Valentine's Day, has said he would like a contract with bonuses tied to the performance of the team, rather than to his performance.'

Marker Patriots-Bills Preview [6:18 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'If Johnson cannot find Eric Moulds (88 catches, 13.6 yards per catch), then he basically runs for his life and hopes for the best.'

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December 16, 2000

Marker Pats, Bills have QB questions [9:48 AM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The Bills front office doesn't say anything publicly, but they're worried they could be in long-term trouble with Johnson as the starter if he doesn't get straightened out.'

Marker Uncoordinated [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You turn the ball over and you have a tough time winning," Pendry said. "That's the biggest difference between where we were early and lately. . . . That's what we've prided ourselves on, and we've got to get back to it.'

Marker Stations brushing up their bids for Bills' radio rights [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The owner of 97 Rock, Citadel Communications, now has to hope that it won't be the last home game it gets to broadcast. After next week's finale in Seattle, the three-year deal that the Bills signed with Citadel's predecessor, Mercury Radio, expires.'

Marker Smith hopes for fresh start [7:53 AM]
D and C reports: '"Oh yeah, I hope so," Smith said of the prospect of being released. "I don't want to go through the same thing here next year. I'd like to get a fresh start somewhere."'

Marker Simmons received coach's message [7:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Simmons, who turned 26 last week, had been dismissed from Wednesday's practice and accused of not expending enough effort.'

Marker Patriots' ills take a toll on Belichick [7:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'His team stinks, the weather is miserable and people are starting to get on his back. Bill Belichick is sick? What a surprise.'

Marker NFL creates a fine mess [7:49 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The NFL (aka the No Fun League) doled out $90,000 in fines to the St. Louis Rams this week. The reason? Dancing after a touchdown.'

Marker Parity's biggest ally of Patriots [7:47 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The NFL is one league in which teams can easily vault over the ones in front of them. Call it Pete Rozelle's legacy. But recent history tells us teams that struggle one year can make a big tournaround the next. The Pats could be one of those teams, considering that they spent the first six weeks of the season or so playing teams tough.'

Marker Simmons in doghouse [7:46 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'During his daily press conference before practice yesterday, Belichick said the matter was a private issue between player and coach. Simmons did not work out with the team Thursday, and Belichick said the third-year pro would not do so yesterday.'

December 15, 2000

Marker Pendry most disturbed by Bills lack of point production [8:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked if that means his offense has underachieved, Pendry said: "I would say this ... we need to score more points when the opportunities are there."'

Marker Patriots, Bills have been big disappointments [1:51 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will play a bowl game Sunday. They're the perfect teams to qualify for the "Disappointment Bowl." The problem is, which team has been the greater disappointment?'

Marker Brown, Moulds named Pro Bowl starters [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make sure the tenacious inside linebacker got in, the Bills mounted a media blitz, even going so far as to get Cowart's mother involved in stumping for her son.'

Marker Votes simply don't add up in Wade's world [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Exasperated Buffalo Bills fans petitioned the Supreme Court this week to overturn the vote of confidence owner Ralph Wilson cast for his head coach, Wade Phillips.'

Marker Phillips says Johnson is sore, but should play Sunday [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, with his elbow wrapped in ice, didn't do much in Wednesday's quick walk through. He threw Thursday, although he appeared to be in pain his first few tosses.'

Marker Redmond's goal: Being the answer [8:47 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"It's a good chance to establish yourself, what you want to accomplish and how hard you play regardless of the record or how many games are left," Redmond said.'

Marker Patriots Focus [8:46 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Snow, sub-freezing temperatures and high winds are part of this week's forecast. Snow is predicted for game day.'

Marker Success now pays dividends later [8:45 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'At this point of the season, most of the Patriot players realize that making a good showing over the final two games of the year can only help their prospects.'

Marker The voice for 'God's frozen people' [5:59 AM]
USA Today reports: 'You can quicken the pulse of any red-blooded Buffalonian by turning on the radio as Miller spins out his familiar phrases: "Fan-demonium"..."God's frozen people"..."Do you believe?"...'

Marker Players vote four Bills to Pro Bowl [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"I guess there's a silver lining in every gray cloud. I'm excited about it. It totally caught me off guard."'

Marker Haslett's Saintly season [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"I will always consider myself a Buffalo Bill no matter where I go," he said...I'd definitely love to live there again."'

Marker Patriots are left starless [5:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Not one of coach Bill Belichick's charges was selected for the Pro Bowl team, announced yesterday.'

Marker Redmond's a work in progress [5:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The words remind Redmond how far he must come to show the Patriots' coaching staff and management that he is the running back of the future.'

Marker Underachieving Simmons missing in action [5:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tony Simmons's season reached a new low yesterday, when the former second-round pick out of Wisconsin was told not to take part in practice by coach Bill Belichick...'

Marker Drew stands Pats [5:45 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Steinberg said his intention is to keep Bledsoe among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but given the complicated nature of NFL contracts, that could mean a wide range of dollar figures.'

Marker Simmons to be sent on out route [5:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'On Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told his players that he wanted to see full effort the last two weeks of the season. Apparently, Tony Simmons didn't show him that effort.'

Marker Simmons takes a pass on Patriots' practice [5:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Simmons's locker was all but vacant, a clear sign that something was wrong.'

Marker Pass Rush Plays Big Part In Pats' Fall [5:42 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'In a 31-team league, they are tied for 29th when it comes to sacking the quarterback.'

Marker Belichick fighting flu [5:41 AM]
AP reports: 'New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick went to a hospital emergency room Thursday night for treatment of flu-like symptoms.'

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