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Buffalo Bills News - October 28, 2004

Marker Mularkey fumbles handoff [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And now that he's proven beyond a doubt that he's recovered from major knee surgery, now that we've seen sharing the football doesn't work (the Bills rank 28th in rushing and have zero rushing touchdowns), now that the floundering Bills are in desperate need of an offensive spark, McGahee should be the permanent starter, getting 25-plus carries a game.'

Marker Henry out as Bills' starter [5:06 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Read between the lines. Unless McGahee blows out his surgically-repaired knee, it appears obvious that he has overtaken Henry as the back who will lug the majority of the load for the struggling Bills from here on in. Wouldn't it be much simpler for the Bills to just come out and say that? Not a chance.'

Marker Cardinals quit playing loserball [5:05 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Cardinals, 23-17.'

Marker Bills call on McGahee to find missing 'spark' [5:04 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'The Bills haven't scored a rushing touchdown in their past nine games, and the Cardinals are the only team in the NFL that hasn't allowed one this season.'

Marker Cards prepare for Bills' backs [5:03 AM]
East Valley Tribune reports: '“It doesn’t matter who starts,” defensive tackle Russell Davis said. “They’ll both play. Travis Henry is a power runner. He’s not going to go down easily. He will square his shoulders and try to get as many yards as he can. McGahee is more of a slasher, a guy who will make you miss. We have to prepare for both guys and be ready for both styles of running.”'

Marker Bills Expecting Improved Offense with Boldin's Return [5:02 AM]
AZCardinals.com reports: '“His last game at Florida State, he put his offensive team on his back,” recalled Spikes. “He was a one-man show. That let me knew right there the type of player he was and I knew he was going to be special when he got in the league and he did that.”'

Marker Thursday's Arizona Coverage [5:01 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Hopes soar: Boldin's back (Arizona Republic)
Bills call on McGahee to find missing 'spark' (Arizona Republic)
Cards prepare for Bills' backs (East Valley Tribune)
Receiver's return could make Cards difficult to defend (East Valley Tribune)
Pro Bowl receiver says there's no doubt he'll play (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Bills Expecting Improved Offense with Boldin's Return (AZCardinals.com)
Rackers Earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (AZCardinals.com)

Marker Beebe calls on legend Levy for motivational support [5:00 AM]
Aurora Beacon News reports: '"He's influenced me on my style of coaching," said Beebe of Levy. "But now that I'm talking about it, he might have had an indirect impact on why I got into it. I saw how much fun he had. And, even though the level he was at was more of a business, he was always able to form relationships."'

Marker Inside slant [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have just eight rushing TDs in their past 20 games; the Kansas City Chiefs had that many last Sunday against Atlanta.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Offensively, Buffalo's last-ranked red zone offense has to find a way crack Arizona's No. 1-ranked red zone defense. A heavy dose of RB Willis McGahee may do the trick. The Cardinals are ranked just 24th in total defense but they do the important things well: NFL-most 18 takeaways and they get off the field on third down. Buffalo needs to control the ball and keep it simple, avoiding difficult third-down situations.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills talk about how their offensive line is improving, but the Baltimore Ravens, like the Oakland Raiders earlier this year, talked plenty of smack after their victory last Sunday. "We knew their offensive line was suspect to allowing sacks," said Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, who had two of his team's four sacks. "We just decided to get after them and we did."'

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October 27, 2004

Marker McGahee to share starting role with Henry [9:15 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Based on Willis’ performance the last couple of weeks with the run game, I felt like he has given us a spark moving the ball when there have been holes and when there haven’t been holes," Mularkey said. "We’re going to see if that can be a difference in this game."'

Marker Inside slant [9:09 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We want to be a running team. Willis (McGahee) and Travis (Henry) have to run up the middle," Moulds said in the wake of Sunday's miserable 20-6 loss at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. "If we don't have success, let's get a field goal at least. But it seems we're trying to throw the ball in those situations when we got in the red zone and we got interceptions. Let's just pound the ball in there and if we get one-on-one coverage outside, let's throw it up and make a play, but we're doing it totally the opposite."'

Marker Bills Add Reed to Practice Squad [9:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has signed OT Rodney Reed to its practice squad. Reed, a four-time academic All-American out of LSU, started all 14 games at right tackle during his senior season for the Tigers in 2003.'

Marker Both Backs Named Starters [9:01 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'We’re looking at the last couple week of production, and if that's what it takes it's not the only position that may happen. Right now it's the one that is and hopefully it’s the spark in the run game that gets us going.”'

Marker Mularkey Names McGahee Cardinals Starter [9:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Based on Willis' performance the last couple of weeks with the run game I felt like he has given us a spark moving the ball when there have been holes and when there hasn't been holes," Mularkey told Buffalobills.com Wednesday morning. "We're going to see if that can be a difference in this game."'

Marker Arizona (2-4) at Buffalo (1-5) [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have been undone by a sputtering offense that has yet to score 21 points in a game, and doesn't have a rushing touchdown. ``It's a culmination of a lot of things,'' Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. ``We've got to get better. We know the enemy, and we'll try to address it.'''

Marker Bills LT Jennings ready to return [8:58 PM]
AP reports: '''I think I'm ready to go,'' Jennings said. ''I've been out for so long, I'm kind of anxious to get out practicing and be with my first group.'''

Marker RB McGahee earns Bills starting job [8:58 PM]
AP reports: '``We're just trying to get a spark. It's not the only position that that may happen to. But right now that's the one that it is. And hopefully that's the spark in the run game that gets us rolling.'''

Marker Two Starting Running Backs [1:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'WGR 550 will have more on the story when Mularky addresses the media Wednesday afternoon.'

Marker Don’t write off the Cardinals any longer [12:58 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'The Cardinals have as many wins (18) as the Bills since the 2001 season.'

Marker Pasch Scouts the Bills [12:53 PM]
AZCardinals.com reports: 'Mularkey has a good offensive mind, and will eventually turn the Buffalo offense around. J.P. Losman is the quarterback of the future, but the first-round draft pick is coming off a broken leg suffered in practice earlier in the season. The defense is playing well, and the Bills could still be a good football team in the near future. Whether near future means this year or next remains to be seen.'

Marker Jumping the gun? McGahee says he's the starter [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It would be interesting to see how Henry handles a demotion. He wasn't happy when the Bills drafted McGahee in the first round of the 2003 draft. He eventually accepted the situation, realizing that McGahee did not pose an immediate threat because he was recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. But the idea of losing playing time won't sit well with Henry, who spent most of the second half on the bench last Sunday.'

Marker Past glory haunts Vinny and Bledsoe [6:30 AM]
Yale Daily News reports: 'Watching Pennington and Brady, there was a sharpness in their craft, an alertness, if you will. Come to think of it, I think what's made Bledsoe and Testaverde look so old lately is the absence of that alertness. They've lost both the youthful ability to think in the pocket and the hunger in their eyes. And sadly enough, the loss of these factors has nothing to do with age.'

Marker Wednesday's Arizona Coverage [6:29 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Extending contracts now will pay future dividends (Arizona Republic)
Great to see NFL games have some kick (East Valley Tribune)
Could the Cardinals be for real? (The Sports Network)
Cards at Bills Game Release (AZCardinals.com)

Marker Flashback: Bills Blow Out Cardinals [6:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"There has been some rough games," Mohr laughed. "We played Detroit [Dec. 12, ‘91], I think it was the last game of the year. The wind was blowing hard that day and I dropped it and the ball almost blew off my foot. I punted it and it went straight to the sideline towards our bench and almost hit (special teams) coach Bruce DeHaven. I looked over there and he’s just laughing. There was nothing you can really do when that happens because you can’t predict when that gust is going to hit you. You’ve got to be careful when those winds start gusting around."'

Marker The Future Is Now [6:27 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Make no mistake about it – the Bills are a bad team. I take no joy in making that statement – as a Bills fan it pains me to see the cold hard truth.

Marker Bills vs. Cardinals Preview [6:26 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills and Cardinals are two struggling teams but the Cardinals got a big win last week against Seattle. The Bills continue to struggle offensively and will look to Willis McGahee to jump start the offense.

October 26, 2004

Marker Bills' McGahee says he's starting against Arizona [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were unavailable for comment. Coach Mike Mularkey is expected to update any lineup changes during his weekly news conference on Wednesday.'

Marker McGahee Says He's Number One [9:32 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee told Sporting News Radio, "I will be starting this Sunday. I've always said when the opportunity presents itself, I just have to take advantage of it."'

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