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Buffalo Bills News - November 22, 2002

Marker Pennington gives Jets bright future [5:20 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Thanks to the emergence of quarterback Chad Pennington, the Jets no longer have the desperate look of a team that must win now or be rebuilt with a new quarterback, a new coach and a new system. Instead, the Jets are a team with a future and will benefit from the experiences of this season regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not.'

Marker It's a Chad, Chad world [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Sunday at Giants Stadium, where the Jets and Bills will play each other again, you can be sure that the Bills' special teams are on serious alert with regard to the Jets' kick-return game.'

Marker Beasley earns praise [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'WR Laveranues Coles sat out practice yesterday with a sore back but is expected to play Sunday. RT Randy Thomas, who was upgraded from questionable to probable with a sprained right ankle, returned to practice.'

Marker Earning return engagement [5:17 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since Morton's explosion, teams have been more hesitant to kick deep to the Jets, and that may again be the case Sunday.'

Marker Parity manages to skip Jets' schedule [5:16 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets, meanwhile, must play Buffalo, at Oakland (Jumbo, take note), Denver, at Chicago, at New England and Green Bay. It will be hard for them to avoid three more losses and an 8-8 finish.'

Marker Chad cool amid wireless frenzy [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It's no secret the Jets suffered periodic communication breakdowns last season on offense, resulting in forced timeouts, delay-of-game penalties and sloppy game management. This year, the operation has been much smoother, evidenced by what didn't happen Sunday in Detroit.'

Marker Healthy Cowart: This is Sam I am [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"He is looking like the Sam Cowart of old, so you have to really account for him and find out where he is on the field because he makes so many plays," Buffalo's Eric Moulds said. "He is one of those guys that receivers try to stay away from, one of those big-hitting guys. We have so much respect for Sam on this team that it was hard to see him go."'

Marker Return Engagement [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Ferguson said the Bills' kickoff-coverage unit must be "pretty much on alert. Just like we know what happened last time, they know what happened."'

Marker Hackett: It's Too Soon to Evaluate Pennington [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We didn't know that there would be a quarterback change, but hey, there's been a quarterback change," Hackett said yesterday. "After he's played 50 [games], then we can sit and say, 'OK, what do you think about this quarterback? Now let's evaluate him.'"'

Marker Jets defense cuts to chase [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Henry, a powerful and quick 5-9, 220-pounder, repeatedly burned the Jets on a misdirection play in which he would get the ball, take a step or two one way and then go back the other way, following the fullback. Henry also victimized the Jets with cutback moves once he reached the hole.'

Marker Campbell has emerged on special teams [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 36 times, second-most in the NFL, and it's often his own fault. "Sometimes Drew, and he has already admitted it, he'll hold the ball a little bit too long looking for the play down the field," Bills coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker Jets' specialists on the prowl [5:09 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo special teams coordinator Danny Smith surely has introduced some wrinkles for his kick-cover unit. It could be that all the Bills will bunch up and then scatter at the kick as Miami did. They could jump lanes running downfield, something the Jets do. Kicker Mike Hollis could shorten his kickoffs, or kick it to LaMont Jordan. Whatever they do, said Morton, "They've got to be kind of nervous and scared. I would be."'

Marker Jets notes [5:08 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Buffalo coach Gregg Williams was Josh Evans' coordinator his first six seasons with the Titans, which is why the Jets' defensive tackle loves him. "Gregg's a motivator. He's the reason I'm here now," said Evans, who signed as an unrestricted free agent in July.'

Marker Jets' Morton eyes encore performance [5:07 AM]
Asbury Park Press/The Home News Tribune reports: '"I think they would be kind of nervous and scared, at least I would be if a team returned a couple against us," Morton said before the Jets practiced at Hofstra University on Thursday. "You kind of want revenge, but they have to be careful, too, that they don't break another one."'

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November 21, 2002

Marker Szott makes quick comeback from knee injury [10:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Szott, who signed with the New York Jets as a free agent in March, tore the ACL in his right knee during non-contact drills on May 29. He underwent surgery on June 19, but never doubted he'd play this season even though such surgery usually requires a far longer recovery period. Now, after two weeks of light practice, Szott is getting repetitions on the offensive line. He's likely to slide in at right guard at some point for the inconsistent J.P. Machado, although not this Sunday against the Bills.'

Marker Great Start Could Be Just the Beginning [1:33 PM] reports: '“Chad has prepared himself to do that,” New York Coach Herman Edwards said. “When you prepare yourself and you surround yourself with players who are fulfilling their roles, it makes your role a lot easier. That is how he has gone about his business and how he is running the football team right now. It is good for him, and it is good for the guys that are around him. They are playing a lot better right now.”'

Marker The Other Side: A Buffalo View [1:29 PM] reports: '[Q:] What kind of mental state are the Bills in after a disappointing loss in Kansas City? [A:] Frustrated more than anything. It was a game they probably should have won. And maybe pretty handily.'

Marker Testaverde in ‘Drew’s role’ with the Jets [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“When Vinny had to have surgery this spring,” Pennington recalled, “I was able to take reps with the No. 1 team. That was what started my development on the field and gave me added confidence I could run the show.”'

Marker Bills have to disrupt Pennington [1:16 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's Merril Hoge says: "The best way to break Chad Pennington's rhythm is to combine pressure up front with pressure outside on the receivers. Sometimes, to disrupt a quarterback, defenses have to throw off the receivers. Getting pressure on Pennington is only part of the equation. The Bills can force Pennington to hesitate by changing coverages, challenging the receivers at the line of scrimmage and affecting how the receivers get in and out of their routes."

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Jets Preview [1:16 PM] reports: 'In the Red Zone: "Really, the thing that allows you to be ultimately successful is your ability to run the ball down there. You get down there and force them to spread out to be conscious of your guys then you run the ball in. "Sometimes you just have to put the ball in Travis (Henry's) hands and make that extra guy that they bring in miss."

Marker Alumni Update: J.D. Williams [9:20 AM] reports: How fast was cornerback J.D. Williams? He could run 40 yards in about the same length of time it took to read these two sentences. It didn’t him too long to stand out on special teams either. Buffalo’s 1990 first-round draft pick blocked a punt in that year’s season-opener, a 26-10 victory over Indianapolis.

Marker Bills - Jets Series History [9:17 AM] reports: The Bills' 46 wins over the Jets are the most Buffalo has against any other NFL team (the Patriots are next at 39). The last four games in the series have been decided by six points or fewer, including the 2001 season opener. The Bills are looking for their second straight win over the Jets in New Jersey after a 14-9 win there in game 15 of 2001.

Marker New life on the line [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"After 10 weeks, we have a quarterback over 3,000 yards and Travis is close to 1,000 yards, so I think that speaks for itself," left tackle Jonas Jennings said.'

Marker Bledsoe tops AFC quarterbacks in Pro Bowl voting [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe leads the AFC in the fan voting for the Pro Bowl and is second behind only Green Bay's Brett Favre in overall votes.'

Marker A Chad counts big time for Jets [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'In his six starts, Pennington has thrown for 1,394 yards, completed an astounding 75.3 percent of his throws, hit for 10 touchdowns, and thrown just 3 interceptions.'

Marker Favors says he can help Bills now [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'He also thinks he can excel on special teams, an area where the Bills are always looking to improve. “That’s a very important part of the game, it can dictate the outcome of the game,” he said. “I take pride in that because I know how important it is. I know games can come down to that.”'

Marker Bills failing in red zone [5:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In their past two games, the Bills have made it inside the red zone a total of nine times and have walked out with just two touchdowns and three field goals. That's leaving 40 of a possible 63 points blowing in the wind.'

Marker Bills look for a way to regain their edge [5:24 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In last Sunday's 17-16 loss in Kansas City, the Chiefs' defence did an excellent job of allowing Bledsoe to complete short passes in place of deep strikes for big gains. It's a "bend but don't break" defensive philosophy that has grown in popularity among Buffalo's opposition.'

Marker On Same Page Without Opening a Book [5:23 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We both see the same things when we're on the field," Coles said. "When I line up outside, it's like he'll look at me, and I look at him, it's almost like we know what each other is thinking just by looking at the defense. Chad can tell me what he sees. I can tell him, `Look out for this in case I get this type of coverage.' When Chad wasn't playing, I would come off at practice and Chad would say, `Did you see this?' He would say, `I'm going to tell Vinny about this.' He's always had that leadership role even though he wasn't at the controls."'

Marker Coles catches a break [5:22 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since Pennington replaced Vinny Testaverde, Coles has 44 receptions for 614 yards and two touchdowns. In the same span, the Bills' Eric Moulds, whom the Jets face Sunday at Giants Stadium, has 41 for 595 yards and four touchdowns. Moulds, tied for third among the AFC receiving leaders, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.'

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