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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2004

Marker Milloy to miss at least another three weeks [9:38 PM]
AP reports: '''It's killing me not to be out there,'' he said. ''I'm a guy that prides myself being loyal to myself, loyal to my teammates, one of the guys that's dependable. But sometimes when nature takes its course, you can't do anything about that."'

Marker Bills Look to take Victory out of ‘Black Hole’ [11:57 AM] reports: '"Playing in the 'Black Hole" is different," Reese said. "You've just got to focus on your game and what you've got to do. It's a totally different atmosphere. It's like Halloween is coming early. As far as the costumes go, you see everything from A to Z."'

Marker Bills Accepting Applications for Community QB Award [11:56 AM] reports: 'A committee comprised of community leaders will review the nominations and select the 10 finalists and name the 2004 Buffalo Bills Community Quarterback winner. The Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation will then award each of the 10 finalists with a $1,000 grant for their charitable organizations, with the winner receiving an additional $10,000 grant. Winners and their agency contacts will also be recognized on the field at the Bills-Steelers game on January 2.'

Marker Bills Focus on Matchup with Raiders [11:56 AM] reports: '"We watched the tape and Monday and moved on," cornerback Troy Vincent said of the last-second loss to Jacksonville. "They won, we lost, and we've got another opportunity this weekend as we travel out to Oakland. We'll get it together and see if we can have another good defensive performance but this time seal the deal."'

Marker Tops, Bills Working for Education in WNY [11:55 AM] reports: 'This year marked the third consecutive year that the Bills in the Tops Rookie Club attended the event. Students in the Buffalo area have been unable to attend field trips in the past few years due to the Buffalo Public Schools funding crisis. The lack of funds has forced the school board to cut all field trips from the curriculum.'

Marker Bills' offense can't afford to delay [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That situation is always tough," safety Izell Reese said. "The more we can get off the field and get our offense the ball, the better success we'll have in scoring. That's our job. I mean, that's defense. If (the offense) scores three points, it's our job to keep the other team from scoring at all."'

Marker Raiders show a commitment to the blitz [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're certainly not afraid to come after you with the blitz because they have probably the best tandem of corners in the league in Woodson and Buchanon," Bledsoe said. "They have two guys who can cover man to man as well as anyone. They will take some chances with the blitz and leave those guys out there on an island. When they do that, we have to make plays against them."'

Marker Thursday's Oakland Coverage [7:53 AM] reports:
Rice says support role fine with him (Oakland Tribune)
Rookie Gallery will start Sunday (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders defense aimed at keeping foes guessing (Contra Costa Times)
Gallery lined up to start (Contra Costa Times)
After solid outing against Pittsburgh, Woodson expects test from Buffalo (San Jose Mercury News)
Gallery to start home opener after impressive NFL debut (San Jose Mercury News)
Woodson plays corner as if he hadn't missed a day (San Francisco Chronicle)
Gallery set to start at right tackle (San Francisco Chronicle)
Rice's reduced role concerns receiver (Sacramento Bee)
Gallery will start at right tackle (Sacramento Bee)
Rookie lineman Gallery steps into starting lineup (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Woodson not thinking about long-term contract now (AP)

Marker Bills won't rush young Evans [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think any rookie, it's hard to step right in," Mularkey said. "Some guys can do it and some can't, but I think at some point Lee will. It's not right now, but he's got to get more playing time so he can get more experience."'

Marker Bills' Lindell still confident despite a critical miss [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Every kick is big for me. Even if we're up 28-0, for me to go out and kick a field goal is big for me; I want to make every one of them. And that one meant a little more than some of the others."'

Marker NFL veteran Beebe pursues calling as coach [5:04 AM]
USA Today reports: 'At Aurora, Beebe uses a hybrid of the no-huddle (K-Gun, named after quarterback Jim Kelly) and West Coast offenses he learned playing for the Bills and Packers. His quarterback-wide receiver combo of Nate Peterson and Terrence Pool has teamed for seven touchdowns in the three games.'

Marker Inside slant [5:03 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bledsoe didn't have to elaborate. The Bills have won just seven times in their last 23 games dating back to 2002 when he joined the club from New England.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills will want to run the ball, score early and take the notorious Raiders' "Black Hole" crowd out of the picture. That means finding a way to move the Raiders beefy D-line anchored by Pro Bowl veterans Warren Sapp and Ted Washington. Good luck.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'OT Jonas Jennings, who has gone against DE Aaron Schobel every day in practice since the two came into the NFL as part of Buffalo's 2001 draft class, said Schobel was very deserving of his new contract extension. Jennings said Schobel has steadily gotten better. "His counter moves are definitely better and I've been going against him for so long and I know him so well," Jennings said. "I think his speed is his No. 1 asset."'

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September 15, 2004

Marker Bills Have to Finish [9:44 PM] reports: '“We know what we’re capable of and what we can do as a team,” wide receiver Josh Reed excplained. “We just want to go out there and execute and not shoot ourselves in the foot like we’ve been doing.”'

Marker Bills PK Lindell gets season off on wrong foot [9:43 PM]
AP reports: '''He's got to be automatic,'' said coach Mike Mularkey, who's team prepares to play at Oakland this Sunday. ''The objective of the offense is to score points every time they touch the ball, and he's a large part of that. So his consistency is very important.'''

Marker Oooh, I feel the power [12:26 PM]
Rochester City Newspaper reports: 'Lindell. Great leg, but inaccurate. It's time to cut him.'

Marker Bills vs. Raiders Preview [12:23 PM] reports: The Bills and Raiders enter week 2 trying to shake the bad feeling of tough losses. This game may come down to which team has the shortest memory and gets over their opening day loss.

Marker Bills rookies join pupils on field trip to museum [12:23 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On their day off from practice Tuesday, Buffalo Bills rookies Lee Evans and Tim Anderson joined children from Lackawanna's Martin Road Elementary School on a field trip to the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.'

Marker Fans keep Bills' turnstiles spinning [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have sold 42,553 season tickets this year. That's 863 fewer than a year ago, but it's still the second-highest total since 1994.'

Marker Former Bills assistant Hawkins dies at 69 [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chuck Knox hired Hawkins for the Bills staff in 1982, and Hawkins was one of the assistants who went with Knox to Seattle.'

September 14, 2004

Marker Bills should never forget [10:17 PM]
Medina Journal Register reports: 'After four straight seasons out of the playoffs, there’s a little bit of restlessness in the seating bowl of Ralph Wilson Stadium. Scoring one TD in a game against a team that finished 5-11 last season isn’t going to cut it. There’s not a lot of patience around Western New York for nice tries or coming close. The Bills have to figure out how to win — and soon.'

Marker East Brady honed Kelly's skills [9:56 PM]
Butler Eagle reports: '"We lived and breathed football," Kelly said. "Nowadays, kids have Nintendo games and so many distractions. We didn't have that. We played tackle football and it didn't matter where."'

Marker Inside slant [9:42 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It's a play that will keep cornerback Nate Clements up at night.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [9:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'COACHING: D-plus -- Mike Mularkey's regular-season debut was marred by the turnovers and penalties that plagued his team in the preseason. Some questionable passing calls by coordinator Tom Clements, twice passing on third-and-one unsuccessfully to stir memories of Kevin Gilbride of a year ago. Bills never tested Jaguars' deep cover 2 zones with the speed of Evans. Meanwhile, Jacksonville scored winning TD throwing into triple coverage. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray needed to find way to get to quarterback Byron Leftwich on final drive.'

Marker Notes, quotes [9:40 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The loss dropped Buffalo to 3-8 in its last 11 regular-season openers and snapped a three-game win streak against Jacksonville.'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 2 [9:36 PM] reports: 'Head coach Jim Kuhn of West Seneca West High School has been named the Buffalo Bills’ high school football “Coach of the Week” for the second weekend of the 2004 season (Sept. 10-11). Kuhn led the Indians to an impressive 28-0 victory over Class AA rival Jamestown HS, a traditional powerhouse in WNY high school football.'

Marker Flashback: Bills Rally to Beat Raiders [9:34 PM] reports: '"Steve Tasker kind of just stepped up and made a huge play," says Williams. "It was a situation where we had game-planned their punt team. I remember where a couple punts before, their up-back hit me pretty hard a couple times because I was going to be one of the guys that was going to be freed to try to block it. So coach (Bruce) DeHaven decided to go from the opposite side and he switched Steve and I. Steve made a move and blocked the punt. I was there to recover it and 38 yards later, we took the lead and never looked back."'

Marker No finger pointing (yet) with the Bills [9:32 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I’m going to find a positive in this and I hope they will too. Right now, I know everybody is down in the dumps. But when we put that tape on and they see what they’re capable of doing, it should help us."'

Marker Defense Wilts In End Of Tough Loss [9:31 PM] reports: The Bills executed their gameplan well but when things got tight at the end of the game, it looked like the same old Bills from 2003. The Defense dominated most of the game but tired after the Offense could produce only 10 points. The team didn't show any toughness at the end and collapsed on the final play for a devastating loss. Here are our position by position grades:

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