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Buffalo Bills News - December 14, 2003

Marker Joe Biddle’s Random Ruminations [5:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Give a Titans salute today to Van Miller, radio voice of the Bills for 37 years. This is his last trip around the frozen lake and he will be in the Bills booth today. Miller won't divulge his age, only admits to being a bus boy at The Last Supper.'

Marker Henry's rushing stats make McGahee look like also-ran [5:03 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'General manager Tom Donahoe agrees, but he thinks there will be room for both tailbacks next season. "We don't have any decision to make," Donahoe said. "We'll go into next year with two outstanding running backs, and we'll see what happens."'

Marker HOF member Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in Richmond VA [1:59 AM]
TBD reports: Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in Richmond, VA, Sunday (December 14th) at an autograph show. Held in the spacious Exhibition Hall at the Richmond International Raceway complex, the show has been a fixture on the sports collecting landscape for 12 years. Each show typically features 12 to 15 autograph guests.

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December 13, 2003

Marker Coaches put friendship aside in push for playoffs [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'This will be the Bills' first important game in Nashville since their AFC wild-card loss to the Titans, which propelled Tennessee to the Super Bowl in 2000. Only six Bills remain from that team, which now looks like a northern version of the Titans, with cornerback Dainon Sidney and four former Tennessee coaches. ''They're bizarro Titans,'' Tennessee left tackle Brad Hopkins said. Add to that three former Tennessee Volunteers on the Bills' roster, and Sunday's game feels like a family reunion albeit one with very high stakes. Henry alone will have 25 friends and family in the stands.'

Marker McNair's a mighty mess, as usual [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's no doubt in my mind he'll answer the bell," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, the Titans' defensive coordinator from 1997-00. "He's one of the toughest football players in the league, and playing at a very high level. You know he's playing at a level that many are considering maybe an MVP candidate. I thought he was last year, too."'

Marker Bills fans blindsided by parking rule [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had parking attendants go out there earlier than they normally would be and made the authorities aware, "Let's enforce this more than we have before,' " said Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold. "A lot of the fans had entered in illegally, actually, when they came into the parking lots before that," he said. "We're paying a lot more attention to that, and we're enforcing it a lot of more readily now, and fans should be aware of that."'

Marker Hut 1, hurt, too…hike [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You don’t take a week off. This is football. You play,” said Bledsoe. “If I’m able to play I’m going to play and that’s the way I’m going to be until I quit playing the game.”'

Marker McNair making progress [5:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He's got a little less swelling in the ankle joint than he did (Thursday). And that's the key right now, to get the swelling out of there, because there's so much swelling and bleeding in the joint it's not operating,'' Fisher said. ''If we can continue to get the swelling out then he'll have a chance to get out on the field and see if he can go.'''

Marker Volek not counting on start [5:18 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Drew has helped me out a lot and I appreciate everything he has done. What he has done in this league is phenomenal,'' Volek said.'

Marker Williams' time in Buffalo may be dwindling [5:17 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'That said, if you mentioned Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as a candidate to become the next Bills' head coach, I wouldn't laugh at you.'

December 12, 2003

Marker McNair a game-time decision, Fisher says [7:21 PM]
AP reports: '``He's got a little less swelling in the ankle joint than he did yesterday,'' coach Jeff Fisher said after practice Friday. ``And that's the key right now, to get the swelling out of there because there's so much swelling and bleeding in the joint, it's not operating.'''

Marker The Bills Are All Healthy Minus One [7:13 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams said Willis McGahee once again practiced with the offense this week. Last week the head coach said he'd consider using McGahee for the first time all season. He didn't play on Sunday. This week Williams said, "I wouldn't go out on a limb and say that he'll play."'

Marker Moulds Returns to Practice; Moore Sits Out [7:00 PM] reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds will be shown giving a tour of his home on "NFL Under the Helmet" Saturday morning at 12 noon ET on FOX in the Buffalo area.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [6:59 PM] reports: 'Q: Watching football as a kid, what was your "team" that you always tried to watch and wanted to play? Did you expect to be playing for the Buffalo Bills today? - Alex (Olean, NY) TH: The Buffalo Bills were my team. I watched them through the Super Bowl runs. A particular player I admired growing up was Emmit Smith, but the Buffalo Bills were my team.'

Marker Coach Fisher's Friday practice report [6:58 PM] reports: 'On Drew Bledsoe: Your rush approach is a little different when you’ve got a quarterback who is not as likely to take off and run or break contain and throw on the run. He could still move around. He’s a pocket passer and a very good one and he’s been making good decisions as of late. His success has been tied to the running game the last three or four weeks.'

Marker Bills' Moore misses second straight practice; Moulds returns [3:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams added that rookie running back Willis McGahee is unlikely to make his NFL debut against Tennessee.'

Marker Bills Defense Continues To Impress [12:11 PM] reports: '"We've got some good offensive teams we are going to play against coming down the stretch but our defense has done a very good job again this past week of not allowing a touchdown against a team with really one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league throwing touchdown passes," head coach Gregg Williams said. "That speaks volumes for our defensive pride. We're not allowing big plays. That's making the opponents' offense earn everything."'

Marker No catch: Tight ends embrace their role [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's not about me or Dave or Ryan or how many balls we catch," said Campbell, who leads the tight ends with 25 catches but has been shut out the last three games. "We just want to contribute in any way we can. It's about team success."'

Marker Freakish challenge doesn't worry Sullivan [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think you have to give credit where it's due, but I think a lot of tackles that go against him psyche themselves out before the game even starts," Sullivan said. "When you play a guy like that, you have to focus on your own technique. Of course, he has the great speed and long arms. But you have to worry about what you have to do. I just have to prepare myself physically and mentally, and then let my ability take care of the rest."'

Marker Fletcher's heart is soul of Buffalo D [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This year, playing for a markedly improved defense, Fletcher won’t approach those gaudy tackle numbers, but he still has a team-leading 132 through 13 games.'

Marker If Williams stays as coach, Bills may get Kearse-d next year [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“A little bit, I can’t lie,” said Kearse when asked if thought about joining Williams in Buffalo.'

Marker Sound of Miracle still echoes in Music City [5:15 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Bills Coach Gregg Williams was defensive coordinator for the Titans at the time of the controversial play (the Bills contended Wycheck threw a forward lateral). When he moved to Buffalo in 2001, he hung a painting of the play in his home. A gift from Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, it stayed there until a visit from some new Buffalo friends.'

Marker McNair off crutches but doesn't practice [5:14 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He's off the crutches so that's encouraging,'' Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said. ''He's hoping to play … We still have a long ways to go and he wants to play very badly.'''

Marker Titans mix up signals vs. Bills [5:13 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Because the Bills may try to steal signs, Fisher said he could have as many as four people sending in defensive signals from the sideline at the same time, with only one providing the true call. Fisher said he expects the Bills to make similar adjustments on their defensive calls.'

Marker Defense has changed since Williams [5:12 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: '“I think if Gregg was here, you would have seen a lot of the same changes. What you’ve got to do is adjust,” Schwartz said. “You have to constantly evolve in this league. There’s things people try to take advantage of; there’s trends in the league, different things that offenses are doing and different things that you have to take away."'

Marker Keys to the Game [5:11 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'Buffalo needs this game to keep its skimpy playoffs hopes on life support. The Titans need it for peace of mind in the wake of last week’s four-turnover disaster vs. Indianapolis. If the Titans can reverse their turnover tendencies of the past few weeks, they should rebound, though it won’t be easy as Gregg Williams knows them better than most. Prediction: Titans 21, Bills 20.'

December 11, 2003

Marker Moulds Is Sick While Moore Is Hurting [10:24 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Moore sat out practice with a leg injury and is questionable. Moulds is probable as he was sent home sick.'

Marker Titans defense first against rush, last against pass [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''You don't ever want to be in your position as far as the secondary to get looked at as being the worst in the league. You don't want to be the worst in anything. But take it for what it is. It's just a number,'' he said. ''All that matters to me is the wins.'''

Marker Banged-up Bills offense finally showing some fight [8:06 PM]
AP reports: '''We didn't give up where I think a lot of people might have,'' said Gilbride, whose team prepares to play at Tennessee on Sunday. ''To me it's more of a reflection of character, confidence.'''

Marker Bills WR Moulds ill; TE Moore has strained hamstring [8:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Three other Buffalo players are listed as questionable: starting OG Mike Pucillo (toe); backup RB Sammy Morris (sprained knee) and backup DE Keith McKenzie (strained right quadriceps).'

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