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Buffalo Bills News - November 14, 2002

Marker Excelsior Springs native finding his way as Bills coach [5:17 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I think last year he wanted to err on the side of being a little too hard on some guys, and some guys really didn't appreciate it," fullback Larry Centers said. "He kind of has a rough edge to his approach, and he'll tell you flat-out how it is. For a veteran, you always want a little leeway, and last year with Gregg there wasn't a whole lot of leeway."'

Marker Linebacker Favors comes for visit [5:16 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs might have some competition for [Greg] Favors. He already has visited with Green Bay and could be headed to Buffalo and Carolina.'

Marker Bledsoe happy to be in Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"This," Bledsoe told himself, "is a cool football town."'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:14 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Carol Vermeil, 66, wife of the Chiefs coach, was assaulted by a purse snatcher Tuesday afternoon on the streets of Kansas City's fashionable Plaza shopping area, near where the Vermeils reside.'

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November 13, 2002

Marker Division II Hall of Fame induction set for December 13 [9:37 PM]
Florence Times Daily reports: 'Former Delaware quarterback Scott Brunner, former Kutztown (Pa.) receiver Andre Reed and former Valdosta State (Ga.) linebacker Jessie Tuggle comprise the 2002 class of inductees.'

Marker Patience key to keeping Bills offense rolling [8:29 PM]
AP reports: Knowing it was only a matter of time before opponents started to figure out ways to contain Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe-led offense, Gilbride spent the extra practice time tinkering with some changes in order to keep everyone guessing.

Marker Where Are They Now: John Kidd [8:29 PM] reports: "I really enjoyed my whole time there. There’s just great people in the Buffalo area. I still talk to a lot of people in the organization and obviously, my teammates. We all see each other at different events in the off-season. The relationships, I think, are the best part as far as on-the-field stuff. I think ‘88, when we won our division and (the fans) tore the goalposts down, we were right up there in the top of the league. It was the first time that we had that feeling that we were one of the premier teams in the league."

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Chief Preview [8:28 PM] reports: The Short Punt

I'm always an aggressive guy so I'm always lobbying to go for it but ultimately those are the types of decisions that head coaches make and he's our coach so we stand by what he calls. I trust him. And if we punt it down to the two-yard line and our defense makes a big stand then everybody is talking about what a genius he is. Ultimately, he's our coach and we stand by him. He makes the calls and we go play.

Marker Bills - Chiefs Series History [4:41 PM] reports: The Bills hold a 20-15-1 overall lead (18-14-1 in the regular season) against the Chiefs in a series that dates back to 1960. These two teams were members of the original six-team American Football League, with the Chiefs franchise originally located in Dallas.

Marker Drew Bledsoe 2002 Season Update [1:57 PM] reports: Read a week-by-week review of Bledsoe. He is 2nd in the NFL amongst quarterbacks in yardage (2,802) and yards per game (284.9) behind only Rich Gannon (2,898; 310.2); 3rd in completions (231) behind Rich Gannon (266) and Tom Brady (243) and is 4th in TDs (17) behind Tom Brady (21), Rich Gannon (19) and Aaron Brooks (19).

Marker Offense Looks to Get Back on Track [1:20 PM] reports: '“It will be a test and I don’t want to get into a scoring battle with them,” Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said yesterday at his weekly press conference, “not with this kind of football team where they are so explosive.”'

Marker Week 11 Injury Report [12:43 PM] reports: Riemersma (questionable), Driver (probable), Winfield (probable)

Marker Defensive Backs Are Seeing Double [12:16 PM] reports: In game eight against Detroit, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price topped 100 receiving yards in the same game for the fourth time in their careers and the second time this season.

Marker Bills look to Edwards for a defensive charge [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The tools are there," Williams said. "He's strong, quick and fast. He just has to learn how to bring it every day. You can't take a down off in the league. It's all there for him if he plays hard on every snap."'

Marker Chiefs need consistency for late-season run [5:39 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'At 4-5, the Chiefs are still in the hunt, which reveals just how tightly packed the AFC is. The up-and-down nature of the conference makes it hard to speculate which team will still be standing at the end of the season. Winning six of their last seven games would make the Chiefs 10-6 and all but guarantee a playoff spot. Finishing 9-7 would make matters more dicey.'

Marker Vermeil verbatim [5:38 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'On Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe: "He's more mobile than you might think. He's a big man, a good athlete and he's tough. Very tough. It's tough to knock him down. He can ricochet off a hit and come out and throw the ball. And he doesn't have to have his body in perfect position to throw it 35, 45 yards on the mark. So he's amazing."'

Marker Johnnie's on the spot [5:37 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'What in the world has happened to Johnnie Morton, Chiefs fans are asking about the free agent receiver -- a proven player who caught 69 or more passes in four of his past five seasons -- who received a $5.5 million signing bonus upon coming to Kansas City last spring as a free agent?'

Marker Try as he might, Vermeil can't zip lip about refs [5:36 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"I really try to stay away from officiating (issues)," he said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "I used to get fined all the time and all it did was frustrate me and cost me money." Well, Vermeil may want to check his mail this week.'

Marker Frustrated, but optimistic [5:35 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: '“If you looked at this game a couple of weeks ago, everybody would have said it’d be a 50-45 game, a high scoring game. Unfortunately, both teams kind of stubbed their toe a bit (last time out, when the Chiefs lost 17-13 to the Niners and the Bills fell 38-7 to New England). “Both offenses are kind of struggling right now and are going to be looking to get back on their feet, so it’s going to be a fun game.”'

Marker Dick Vermeil Press Conference [5:34 AM] reports: '"He's got the number one pair of wide receivers in the National Football League in terms of receptions. They've got 122 receptions between Moulds and Price. Again, we go from one quarterback that's having a great year to another quarterback that's having a great year to another marquee pair of wide receivers. So, it's always a challenge for our defensive staff. Price and Moulds are just outstanding."'

November 12, 2002

Marker Showdown of Two of the NFL’s Best Receiving Tandems [4:15 PM] reports: 'Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is 0-2 as a starter at Arrowhead, losing a 31-26 contest (10/15/95) and dropping a 16-14 decision (10/10/99) as a member of the Patriots. Bledsoe owns a 2-4 overall record as a starter in road contests vs. AFC West opponents, with those wins coming by a 45-7 count at SD (12/1/96) and a 28-19 margin at Denver (10/1/00).'

Marker Bills/Chiefs Matchup [4:14 PM]
The Sporting News reports: It may take a computer to keep score of this game. When the Bills have the ball, they will look to exploit a mismatch between their prolific passing game and the league's worst pass defense. When the Chiefs have the ball, Priest Holmes has the luxury of working against the league's 25th-ranked run defense. The team that touches the ball last is very likely to win this shootout.

Marker On Any Given Tuesday [2:53 PM] reports: Quarterback Alex Van Pelt, punter Brian Moorman, safety Tony Driver, kicker Mike Hollis, center Michael Early, defensive end Kendrick Office will host the 2nd annual Bills Sports Challenge to benefit Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Kids will join the players in the fieldhouse to participate in interactive games, autograph sessions and even race the players on the power wheels racetrack. All proceeds benefit Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 10 [9:55 AM] reports: Head coach Joe Bremer of St. Mary's High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the tenth weekend of the 2002 season (Nov. 8-9). St. Mary's rallied for 12 points in the final 4:09 to hand Turner-Carroll a 19-14 loss to win the Monsignor Martin Association's League A title last Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Bills return with healthy outlook [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is the first time the Bills have owned at least a piece of first place in the AFC East this late in the season since they were 7-4 in 1998.'

Marker Tryout attracts dozens [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the 88 players brought in, a dozen were defensive linemen. There were also 13 punters and kickers, though Brian Moorman and Mike Hollis don't have anything to worry about. The Bills are no different than most NFL teams that bring in free agents throughout the season. But the volume of players the Bills brought in last week is unusual.'

Marker Bills' Hollis weathers kicking in cold [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Upon review, Hollis’ first kick against the Patriots was held up by the wind, the second involved a bad snap and hold, and the third he simply hurried.'

Marker Priceless Peerless should be Bills' top priority [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Rams don’t always win but they consistently put on the best show in the NFL. The Bills could be the new version of the Rams but only if they retain Price to team with WR Eric Moulds, QB Drew Bledsoe and RB Travis Henry.'

Marker Slumping Chiefs confident their scoring will return [5:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs have scored a paltry 33 points in their last two games. They topped that total in a single game five times earlier in the season. Just as their defense seems to have solved some of its problems, the Chiefs may now be wrestling with an entirely different set of troubles. And there is some urgency to the situation because they figure to need a lot of points to beat another high-scoring team, Buffalo, on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.'

Marker Refreshed Bills find themselves with share of AFC East lead [5:20 AM]
AP reports: '''We're sitting pretty but we have to continue to play hard to stay that way,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''It's great to have an opportunity to have a chance to be in first place and continue to fight for it. Now you have to stay in the same position that you're in and make other teams try to catch up.'''

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