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Buffalo Bills News - November 19, 2001

Marker Hawks' Fauria calls refs' replay ruling a crock [5:25 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Tight end Christian Fauria appeared to catch a 12-yard pass on third-and-10 during the third quarter. But Fauria's less-than-conventional methods - he kicked the ball with his left foot before snagging it out of the air - caused officials on the field to rule it an incomplete pass.'

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November 18, 2001

Marker Bills retire Kelly's No. 12 [4:43 PM]
AP reports: '"This is the greatest thing that could ever have happened in my life, and it took everybody pulling together in this city," Kelly said. "This is one big family. Thank you very much, I love you all."'

Marker Seahawks 23, Bills 20 [4:39 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (1-8) are off to their worst start in 16 years, and they have lost seven straight at home going back to last season. It's Buffalo's longest home losing streak since dropping eight straight spanning the 1983-84 seasons.'

Marker Seattle 23, Buffalo 20 [4:38 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'With the Seahawks shutting down the run, Van Pelt was forced to throw often in his fourth NFL start. He was 28-of-42 for 316 yards and two TDs but could not prevent the Bills from suffering their fourth consecutive loss.'

Marker Buffalo gearing up to stop run [3:40 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Bills will surely counter by bolstering their defensive front seven with an eighth defender near the line of scrimmage. Williams, in his first season with the Bills, employed such a strategy regularly as defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.'

Marker Game day [3:38 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'With nine more penalties last week, the Bills have committed 63 on the season, compared to only 37 for the Seahawks.'

Marker Van Pelt seeks to keep fans in Ralph past halftime [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's got a great presence about him. I think the players like playing for him."'

Marker QBs will need to shine on Jim Kelly Day [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Opponents have outscored the Bills, 59-16, in the first quarter and 59-17 in the third.'

Marker There are many blanks to be filled in during Bills' second half [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Which should make it interesting to chart Jonas Jennings and Marques Sullivan, the two highest-picked linemen from the 2001 draft, for the next two months.'

Marker Hansen hangs on [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I want to be part of bringing this team back to a winning level."'

Marker Time enhances appreciation of Kelly [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If we were directing a video of Kelly's 10 greatest performances, here's how it would look...'.

Marker Jim Kelly exemplifies a Hall of Fame QB [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For those who must decide who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year, this one should be easy.'

Marker Many unhappy homecomings [8:42 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"You get the feeling he's in control when he's in there," said receiver Peerless Price. "He knows the offense. He knows the timing everybody has."'

Marker Van Pelt ready to lead Bills [8:38 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"I don't know if I see things better (than Johnson)," Van Pelt said. "But that's one thing in this offense: I do have experience in it and I can anticipate some things."'

Marker Sheppard matches up with mentor [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sheppard, who has taken a lot of heat for his inconsistent play-calling, has been limited in his ability to open up his offense because of injuries to the line. His unit is coming off a futile display against New England. Wouldn't a victory today be a sweet way to bounce back?'

Marker Scouting report [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills can slow down Alexander and force Hasselbeck to the air, they stand a much better chance of pulling the upset.'

Marker Q & A with Bill Conaty [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] The offensive line has been under heavy criticism this year. What is your biggest beef with reporters and fans who criticize the offensive line? [A:] ''I can't say what I would want to say, but I'd just say guys are trying their best. There hasn't been as many mental errors as there has physical errors. There's been some of both, but guys are doing their best, busting their butt.'

Marker Alexander not guaranteed anything [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'When asked if Alexander deserves to start, coach Mike Holmgren played coy, saying "I don't know. I'm going to hold off until we make that decision. I'll have a chance to think it through, to see how healthy he is. We'll go from there."'

Marker Bills have some pieces in place to turn things around quickly [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills appear headed for a 3-13 season at best, but there are reasons to be optimistic.'

Marker Forget those Super Bowls, Kelly belongs in Canton [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'If winning the big one is the main prerequisite, then I suppose Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien and Jeff Hostetler will merit consideration over Kelly. And if you think they do, then you must also believe that a football is filled with Flutie Flakes rather than air and that Rob Johnson's bones are made of steel.'

Marker Bills add team's finest QB to Wall of Fame today [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: '''It's funny how things turn out sometimes,'' said Kelly, owner of virtually every passing record in team history. ''Looking back, I'm so happy (Bills owner) Ralph Wilson didn't listen to me and trade me before I came to Buffalo because who knows what would have happened.'''

Marker Kelly magic returns to 'The Ralph' [6:09 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for Canton, the QB who led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls and eight playoff berths in a span of nine seasons, seems a lock ... though not necessarily on the first ballot.'

Marker Hasselbeck still struggling to lead Hawks [6:07 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Hasselbeck isn't the engineer that drives the Seahawks' train, but rather a passenger holding a ticket.'

Marker Capsule preview: Seahawks vs. Bills [6:06 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'On the other side of the ball, the Bills are a mess. Their top receiver is a fullback and their top running back is a rookie who averages 3.2 yards per carry. Expect the Seahawks to tee off on immobile QB Alex Van Pelt.'

Marker Toiling in anonymity [6:04 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Nobody flew Chris Gray down to Los Angeles for a television appearance last week.'

Marker Good hands keep attention on Centers [6:03 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'He has led his team in receiving seven times in the last nine years and leads Buffalo in this his first season with the Bills. In fact, he leads all NFL running backs with 47 catches. He also has caught passes in 128 consecutive games, the third longest active streak in the NFL behind Jerry Rice (233 games) and Tim Brown (132).'

November 17, 2001

Marker Painful lessons in Buffalo [3:12 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'One year removed from his comparatively low-profile duties as quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks, Sheppard is fielding the tough questions as offensive coordinator for the 1-7 Bills.'

Marker Bills backup Travis Brown is still green [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills snapped up Brown because he spent the one season learning the West Coast offense from Holmgren, a master, and was recommended by Bills offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard, the quarterbacks coach under Holmgren in Seattle.'

Marker Unutoa signed for long snaps [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Freeman, the outstanding Bills safety from 1975 to '86, will serve as the field judge for Sunday's game.'

Marker 'Kids' reviving defense [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Overall, the Bills are starting or getting regular contributions from 14 rookie or first-year players.'

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