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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2001

Marker Little suspense for Bills, even against Pathetic Panthers [10:15 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Predicting the outcome of Buffalo Bills games has gotten remarkably easy. It's no longer a question of if they'll lose, but how and by how much. Some optimists point to Sunday's visit by the almost-equally dismal Carolina Panthers as Buffalo's chance to avoid the third one-win season in franchise history, since Carolina hasn't won since a Week 1 upset of Minnesota. But not all single-win records were created equal. Of Carolina's 11 losses, seven were by eight points or fewer. Five came by the margin of a field goal or less, including a pair of overtime defeats. Buffalo has come within three points of victory just twice, with two other losses by a touchdown or less. More than half the Bills' 10 losses, six, were by double-digit margins. Recent history also bodes well for the Panthers. They led New Orleans into the final moments last week, only to blow a lead in the final five minutes for the fifth time this year. That night, Buffalo turned in a thoroughly hapless performance in San Francisco, failing miserably in every phase of the game.'

Marker By George, Panthers also suffering [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Leif Larsen is expected to start for injured defensive tackle Shawn Price on Sunday, though rookie Tyrone Robertson will get plenty of snaps.'

Marker '71 Bills the worst, for now [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'To date, the sub-standard bearer is the 1971 club. That team should have been known as the Counterfeit Bills.'

Marker Fickle fans will love Levy's day [6:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Levy wasn't merely an exceptional coach ... he is a remarkable human being. Even as the Bills were in the midst of four straight trips to the Super Bowl, 'The Coach', whom Levy once employed, couldn't rip him enough. Their knuckle-dragging listeners dutifully chimed in with their 'me to's.' It was predictable ... yet such a sad commentary on the human condition. In the midst of Buffalo's golden age of football, Levy was crucified by a loose cannon who once worked on his staff whose philosophy was any controversy, no matter how flimsily contrived, is good radio.'

Marker Van Pelt sees meaning in lowly matchup [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Not that you were wondering, but the previous time two one-win teams met this late in the season was Dec. 13, 1993, when the 1-11 New England Patriots met the 1-11 Cincinnati Bengals. Surely nobody remembers the score of that one -- a 7-2 thrilling win by the Pats.'

Marker Buffalo quarterback has some N.C. roots [6:08 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'He believes the team has a good leader in first-year head coach Gregg Williams, but it just hasn't come together yet.'

Marker 4 Panthers leading in Pro Bowl balloting [6:07 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Tight end Wesley Walls, a four-time Pro Bowler, has 228,963 votes and is 22,000 ahead of Green Bay's Bubba Franks. Doug Evans is the leader among cornerbacks with 89,925. Todd Sauerbrun is the leader among NFC punters with 142,697 votes and rookie Steve Smith is the leading return man with 70,516 votes.'

Marker Overdue Bill [6:07 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"We're running a West Coast system here (on offense), but we're not running it as efficiently as teams that have run it for years like a San Francisco or a Green Bay," Van Pelt said. "And we're running a Tennessee-type defense here, but we're not running it like the Titans ran it when they were in their prime defensively." Bingo. The Bills run all the right systems, but they run them like the Bad News Bears.'

Marker Panthers Notebook [6:06 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"That's the part I feel we lack right now. Jim Kelly would jump up and get in somebody's face if they didn't run the right route. He'd let them know it. Thurman would stare down the offensive linemen like he was getting ready to shoot them if they didn't block the right guy or if they left a guy unblocked in practice. Those guys obviously had the right to do that because they were so successful. We have a lot of guys here that are young and haven't made that move, that step into leadership yet."'

Marker Bills facing similar struggles as Panthers [6:04 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'As bad as Carolina's 1-11 season has been, it hasn't been nearly as bad as Buffalo's 1-10 campaign.'

Marker Pro Bowl votes favor 4 Panthers [6:02 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Despite their 1-11 record, early returns indicate the Carolina Panthers stand a decent chance of placing four players in next February's Pro Bowl.'

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December 7, 2001

Marker That's not smell of success coming from Bills [4:49 PM]
ESPN.com reports: What a long, tumbling fall it's been for a Bills franchise that has proudly earned its way to four Super Bowl games and has been one of the league's true models for perennial success. Sure, the Bills faced a transition year in 2001 with an entirely-new front office and coaching staff and new systems on offense, defense and special teams. But 1-10? That's a bit drastic.

Marker Buffalo Bills and Zweigle's present a pair of Junior Press Conferences [2:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills fullback Phil Crosby attended CJ's press conference at the Wegmans on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst while Kenyatta Wright represented the Bills at the Orchard Park Wegmans for the Potter Road Elementary class. Both winners asked the first question and were permitted to sit in the front row.

Marker Opponents feast on turnovers while Bills go hungry [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They have given the ball away 27 times (15 interceptions and 12 fumbles), resulting in 106 points by the opposition.'

Marker Knee injury catches up to Price [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Price partially tore the ACL late last season but didn't have surgery.'

Marker Buffalo Bills and Target Continue Art Program Series [7:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills' center Craig Heimburger visited Buffalo City School #74 for the third time this season contributing to the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program. Heimburger diligently assisted the students on their monoprints and calligraphs while completing a few art projects of his own.

Marker Kasay rewards Panthers' faith [7:16 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Kasay has made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts, including a 51-yarder late in Sunday's game at New Orleans.'

Marker Peter to wait on decision until spring [7:15 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Carolina Panthers defensive end Jason Peter said Thursday that he won't decide if he will retire until spring.'

Marker Van Pelt hopes to shake loss to 49ers [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'San Francisco's players and coaches vs. Buffalo's players and coaches looked like a chess match between Bobby Fischer and those who play with Fisher-Price toys.'

Marker Knee injury forces Price out for year [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Price will undergo surgery today or tomorrow to repair an anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the season's final five games.'

Marker Been There [5:19 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'No one has to sell the importance of this Sunday's game between the 1-11 Carolina Panthers and the 1-10 Buffalo Bills to Chris Slade.'

Marker Panthers Notebook [5:18 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who practiced the past two days after missing the previous two games because of bruised shoulders, said he intends to return to the starting lineup on Sunday.'

Marker Panthers' DE says rebound is possible [5:17 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Carolina's matchup with Buffalo marks the first time since that New England-Cincinnati game eight years ago that two NFL teams with only one win to their name have met in a December game.'

Marker Seifert says Walls a no-go for this week [5:16 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: "I don't think he's going to be able to go," Seifert said. "I would love for him to be able to play, but I think it's kind of a stretch."

December 6, 2001

Marker Home not very sweet for once intimidating Bills [9:41 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't know what's up," Pat Williams said. "I'm mad about that. You've got to feel bad for the fans because they come to support us. They want to see us win, and we ain't winning for them. It's been backward for us. We haven't been playing good here or away."'

Marker Price to miss remainder of season with knee injury [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Shawn Price will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage in his left knee.'

Marker Centers makes bid for Pro Bowl [9:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Centers has provided the team with veteran leadership since he arrived in Western New York this past May. Playing in for the NFL for over a decade, he has proved to be one of the league's best fullbacks. '

Marker Marv Levy: An appreciation [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I'll never forget that first time I walked into the Buffalo Bills' team meeting room in early November of 1986 upon being appointed in midseason to take over as head coach," Levy recalled at his Hall of Fame induction. "Sitting in that room were a young Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Kent Hull and Darryl Talley were there, great leaders."

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (12/5) [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I will disagree, and say [Larry Centers and Jay Riemersma] are adequate [blockers for the run]. Larry Centers, has, and has been, a good blocker in our system, and that's another thing you'll see us package things out and sometimes have success of bringing three, four wides and still running the football. It basically comes down to the five guys up front most of the time, because if the formation that comes into the ballgame, it dictates how many people you have to have in come in and block anyway."

Marker Poor offense makes Bills stand up and doubt [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The confidence-challenged Bills might take heart in one fact: Carolina ranks 31st on defense.'

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