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Buffalo Bills News - November 2, 2000

Marker Phillips' dancing only amplifies QB controversy [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Media-generated? The controversy is media-driven only in the sense that we are obligated to chronicle everything Phillips says in public, no matter how convoluted or inane.'

Marker Phillips sees running game evolving with new style [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You had to go away from the smashmouth to more the cutback, bounce-outside style runners. And the two young guys have done a good job with it. Not that the other guys can't or wouldn't . . . and those two guys have probably caught more passes this year already because our offense has changed."'

Marker Ted Washington stands tall helping 5 children from Togo [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Gnohoue kids remain in awe of Washington, listed in the Bills media guide as 6 feet, 5 inches and 330 pounds. "Il est tres grand," Simon marveled. Yes, he is.'

Marker Flutie to fans: It's only football [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"There's four hours a day of talk shows, people calling up to complain, who should start, who shouldn't start," Flutie said. "The second you lose a game they want to kill themselves. Or we win and they come to work on Monday and it makes their week. "It's my job. Football is important to me. It's my livelihood. But to the average fan, come on, try to enjoy the games for crying out loud. It's football. It's entertainment. It's fun. Be crazy on Sunday, but don't let it ruin your life.'

Marker Johnson: Flutie should start [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rob Johnson, out two games with a separated right throwing shoulder, returned to practice yesterday in pads and threw the ball well, but said afterward it's not likely he'd be ready to start this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.'

Marker Bills no kings when it comes to playing on road [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'How can the Buffalo Bills be 2 1/2-point underdogs Sunday against the struggling New England Patriots? The fact that Buffalo and lowly Arizona and San Diego are the only teams without a road win this NFL season probably has something to do with it.'

Marker Small town, big controversy [6:00 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Get a life, Western New York. Anytime soon would be nice. The quarterback battle between Flutie and Rob Johnson is the story here. It's bigger than the U.S. Presidential race. Bigger than the health-care question. If God himself returned on the morrow and great mountains fell into sea, if pestilence descended upon the world, Bob from East Amherst would still be on the line wondering if Flutie should get the start.'

Marker Milloy ready to play catch-up with Flutie [5:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"Like I said last year, and every time we play this guy, he's the guy who adds the extra element as far as being able to ad lib with his legs. With Flutie, the play is never over until the whistle blows. It's kind of like sandlot football out there."'

Marker Katzenmoyer placed on IR [5:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Yes, the Patriots have some concern about Flutie's elusiveness, but don't think the Bills aren't worried about Bledsoe and his receivers. That's because Buffalo ranks 16th in the NFL in pass defense.'

Marker Special effect [5:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'After a 1998 season in which he silenced many of his critics with gutsy play and a pair of comeback wins, Bledsoe came out flying in 1999. When the Pats hit their bye date after Week 8, Bledsoe had the stats (13 touchdowns, four interceptions) and the swagger of a Pro Bowl quarterback. Since then, he's won four games.'

Marker Milloy cuts Flutie-mania down to size [5:54 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"He shouldn't be a crowd favorite at our stadium," said Milloy. "If I have a chance, I'm going to drag his ass into the ground."'

Marker Flaky fans' devotion to Flutie really frosts Milloy [5:52 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"He shouldn't be a crowd favorite in our stadium," Milloy declared testily. "To me, I mean, if I have a chance I'm going to try and drag [him] to the ground . . ."'

Marker Are Bills trying to buffalo Belichick on QB issue? [5:51 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'In a move that probably was designed to give Bill Belichick pause, Wade Phillips told reporters yesterday that he hadn't decided whether Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson would be starting at quarterback when the 4-4 Buffalo Bills face the 2-6 Pats Sunday at Foxboro Stadium.'

Marker Not Business As Usual [5:50 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'As Belichick retools the Patriots, the middle of the offensive line - guards and centers - seems to have stabilized. Belichick cut 1999 fifth-round pick Ed Ellis at the start of training camp when it became obvious to him that Ellis had size but a lousy work ethic. After praising the talent of 6-6, 350-pound second-year pro Derrick Fletcher during training camp, Belichick started him in the opener and cut him two weeks later. He cut third-year backup center Jason Andersen two weeks ago.'

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November 1, 2000

Marker Johnson not ready; Flutie set to start against Patriots [8:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Barring miraculous improvement to Rob Johnson's injured shoulder, Doug Flutie will make his third straight start when Buffalo faces New England on Sunday.'

Marker Wednesday's Bills Notes [3:14 PM]
Shout! reports: 'If Doug Flutie ends up being the Lou Gehrig of football, Rob Johnson may never play for the Buffalo Bills again. Johnson is questionable against the Patriots, but even if he were 1000 percent he most likely wouldn't start. Wade Phillips wouldn't say one way or the other.'

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Marker Charity cases [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tuesdays are the traditional day off for NFL players during the season, but for many it's a busy time for those active in community projects. Defensive end Marcellus Wiley and Sammy Morris visited young patients at Roswell Park. Tight end Jay Riemersma was the guest speaker at an assembly at Clarence Central High School. Tight end Sheldon Jackson participated in an after-school arts program with students at the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy. Cornerback Donovan Greer taped a public service announcement on the dangers of drinking and driving at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bjornson, Floyd are repositioned [8:03 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '...coach Bill Belichick plans to try two position shifts this week in practice to see whether he can get more punch into the offense. On Monday, his staff informed tight end Bjornson that he was to learn the wide receivers' plays and Floyd, a fullback by trade, to master the tight end's job.'

Marker Pats get future line on Hamilton [8:02 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'While the important work has yet to be done, the Patriots began to rebuild their defensive line for the future yesterday when they agreed to terms with defensive end Bobby Hamilton on a three-year contract extension.'

Marker Veteran Rucci cut loose by Pats [8:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Coach Bill Belichick continued to retool his roster yesterday when he released Rucci, an eight-year veteran and full-time starter at right guard the previous four seasons.'

Marker Flutie is Phillips' best nightmare [8:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Flutie's a cynical, hard-bitten veteran who retains a self-confidence so overwhelming it verges on megalomania.'

Marker Smith is the wizard Bills can thank for Flutie magic [7:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Call him the Kurt Warner of pro personnel directors. Because, like the Rams' quarterback, A.J. Smith came out of obscurity to become one of the best in the NFL at his position.'

Marker Lions' free safety a free thinker [7:58 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '[The Buffalo Bills] could not afford to give [Kurt] Schulz the money he wanted, and only now are people beginning to understand that he might have been Buffalo's biggest offseason loss.'

October 31, 2000

Marker Bills' victory overshadows play calling [1:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'I hate to be critical ... but heck, that's what a column is for...'

Marker Flutie no fun to play [1:31 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"Doug Flutie?" said Lawyer Milloy. "I don't want to talk about that little (expletive)."'

Marker Bills enjoy big plays on defense [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is little doubt the Buffalo Bills have one of the strongest defenses in the National Football League. Just imagine how good the unit would be if it starts creating more big plays.'

Marker QB pecking order remains the same [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy? As far as coach Wade Phillips is concerned, it does not exist with his team.'

Marker You Make the Call! [8:46 AM]
Shout! reports: '"You Make the Call" is a presentation of both real and imagined NFL scenarios, where we invite you to "make the call" based upon the Official Rules for the NFL for 1999. Good luck, because you'll need it.'

Marker Who's at Quarterback? [8:45 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Wade Phillips wouldn't commit to a starting quarterback for the Bills' game at New England Sunday, Nov. 5. Rob Johnson had said he was going to throw Monday, but after coming from a team meeting, Phillips wasn't sure whether the early-season starter had thrown.'

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