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Buffalo Bills News - December 12, 2001

Marker Finally, a line worth repeating [5:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Before we had reason to position the ''P'' word in even the same paragraph with the Patriots, many New Englanders were using other, not-so-nice ''P'' words to describe the team's defense.'

Marker Free agency a boost for Pats [5:45 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots were the busiest team in the NFL last offseason, and now we know why. The Pats signed 21 veteran free agents heading into training camp, and the 16 players that remain have helped turn them from a last-place team to one gunning for a division title.'

Marker Bruschi shines as middleman [5:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bruschi has been many things to the Patriots over his six-year career - special teams stalwart, pass rushing specialist, weak-side linebacker in the 4-3 and inside linebacker in the 3-4. Now Bruschi, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, is playing perhaps the best football of his life in yet another role.'

Marker Patriots in nice shape [5:44 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Well, the Patriots are actually right in the middle of it, standing fifth among nine teams who still have a reasonable chance to make the playoffs.'

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December 11, 2001

Marker Eric Moulds - the $42 Million Dollar Man [3:19 PM]
Muscletech magazine reports: Ad with Eric Moulds:
Picture yourself in Ralph Wilson Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. It's the Buffalo Bills vs. the Baltimore Ravens. You're standing on the 50-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. No, you're not some deranged, half-naked fan who, having had too much to drink, managed to stumble out onto the field. Believe it or not you are the franchise player; the marquee guy.

Marker The Bills may have saved Williams' job [1:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the way this young team rallied - 30 players on Buffalo's 53-man roster are in their first or second season - was encouraging, given this year's lack of success. As Williams correctly noted, "We had every opportunity to have an excuse not to play." And his team's willingness to not quit might ultimately have saved him from being fired.'

Marker Pat Williams has slight crack in leg bone [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said that the injury is in a non-weight-bearing area and that Williams may be able to return before the end of the season.'

Marker Bills find fuel for rally with the run [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: ' Trailing the Carolina Panthers by 11 points at halftime on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills did an uncharacteristic thing on the way to securing their second victory of the season: They ran the ball with a purpose.'

Marker NFL fines catch up to Bills' Price [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Already this season, Price was twice fined $5,000 for picking up unnecessary roughness penalties against New Orleans on Sept. 9 and Indianapolis on Sept. 23.'

Marker Bills' bosses need time to rebuild the franchise [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe is looking beyond 2002 and he could want more bodies by trading down. What happens at the box office can't be a major concern in building a team back into playoff contention.'

December 10, 2001

Marker NFL Fines Bills' Peerless Price $30,000 for Striking 49er [8:13 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Price hit a 49ers player after the final play of the game, an interception thrown by Alex Van Pelt at the San Francisco 1-yard line. Price was called for a personal foul.'

Marker Bills' Williams out with cracked fibula [4:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Nosetackle Pat Williams, the Bills' second-leading tackler, will miss at least two weeks with a cracked bone in his left leg, further depleting Buffalo's defensive line.'

Marker NFL fines Bills' Price $30,000 [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo receiver Peerless Price was fined $30,000 by the NFL for shoving an opponent from behind after the Bills' game against San Francisco. The league considered two $5,000 fines Price received for unnecessary roughness earlier this season in determining the amount of the $30,000 fine, NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said Monday.'

Marker A Marv-elous day for the Bills [1:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the best aspect of the second victory in the Gregg Williams era was the reaction to it. No wild celebrations, no "I told you so's" from the players, no rash predictions.

Marker Panthers still trying to find way to win [1:44 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'They've heard this song before.'

Marker Bills end eight-game home losing streak [1:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Travis Henry's 40-yard effort on a screen pass, preceding the Bills first field goal was the longest reception of the rookie running back's career. He also finished with 101 yards on 27 carries and became the first Bills' running back to have two 100-yard games in his rookie year.'

Marker Patriots in driving seat but weary of Buffalo [12:19 PM]
AP reports: '"We're definitely in the driver's seat as far as being in the playoffs", said WR Troy Brown, the 198th player drafted in 1993, but "Buffalo bothers me a lot. They've lost some close games."'

Marker Crowd (44,549) lowest since 41,231 attended 12/14/1997 game against Jacksonville [12:04 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills played before their smallest home crowd in four years, but rookie Travis Henry and Alex Van Pelt staged a comeback worth watching.

"We were in a regular zone coverage and I dropped back and Nate made a great play on the ball, tipped it up in the air. I just ran under it," Spoon said. "I saw daylight ahead of me. I just took off. I saw everybody clearing the offensive players out. If I didn't score, I was going to hear it for the rest of my career."

Marker Good coaches can keep bad teams happy by Marv Levy [11:13 AM] reports: I witnessed a battle between two teams with two wins between them today (Carolina at Buffalo). I do think there is an approach to coaching teams who are out of the playoff race. Despite the great difficulties some of these teams have had, especially 0-12 Detroit, they've struggled, they've fought game after game, and the biggest thing these kinds of teams lack is confidence. Confidence comes from winning.

The best example a coach can set is by his own personal work ethic -- not by lashing out or by finding fault. These coaches should continue to try to find a solution, continue to work at getting better in the fundamentals of the game -- run, throw, block, tackle, catch, kick. Don't fall apart -- that's the best chance any coach has to salvage some victories in the final few games of the season.

Marker Brandon Spoon post-game comments [10:00 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On the win:
?It helps us out a lot and gives us momentum. Alex was saying in the locker room that if we finish up 6-10, we can feel good about ourselves for the fact that we can win our last games. I know coming into this game the expectations and morale were pretty low with the fans, media and everybody. If we can run the table, finish 6-10 and play some good, competitive football these last five weeks, then we can build on into next season. That is what the 49ers did last year. Hopefully, we will be able to build on and move on next season.?

Marker Phil Hansen post-game comments [9:59 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On the difference between the first and second half:
"Without looking at the film it is difficult to tell. It seemed as if they ran the same plays. We just executed better. It did seem as if the holes for them to run weren't as big as they were in the first half. It seemed like things clogged up more in the second half."

Marker Jay Riemersma post-game comments [9:58 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On the crowd support: "Hats off to all the fans that came out today. They have shown us great support over the years. This has been down year for them as well as for us. We are happy to win one for them."

Marker Eric Moulds post-game comments [9:56 AM] reports: Among other commenrs:
On the first home win of the season:
"It's good for us. It's been a long time coming. I want to thank God for us playing well as far as coming back in the second half. We played much better then we did in the first half. We played to win instead of just being in the game."

Marker Alex Van Pelt post-game comments [9:50 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On being more of a locker room presence:
"Probably, it is something that I feel comfortable doing."

Marker Gregg Williams post-game comments [9:47 AM] reports: Among other comments:
On hesitation on going for six at the end of the first half:
"No, there wasn't, especially with the opportunity to discuss this with Alex prior to the play. I had faith in him." Regarding the drive at the end of the half? "It gave us more momentum coming in at halftime. It was a catalyst that we talked about at halftime."

Marker George Seifert post-game comments [9:45 AM] reports: Among other comments:
"Buffalo played certainly very effectively in the second half and did a good job. The running back ran hard. They were able to get the ball to the tight end. Defensively they put the clamps on us and we weren't very dynamic."

Marker Bills rally to down Panthers [9:41 AM] reports: On the day where the Bills honored their former coach who taught a never-say-die attitude to his players, the current Bills pulled off a rally from an 18-point deficit to grab their second win of the season. Buffalo, who trailed 24-6 late in the second quarter, pulled out a 25-24 win over the Carolina Panthers in front of 44,549 fans and chilly conditions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Comeback a painkiller for Bills [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Finally. After six straight defeats . . . after 393 days without a win at home . . . the Bills had reason to smile in their locker room in Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Henry runs at chance to receive [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I got a chance to run the ball and catch it out of the backfield. Those are the things I want to get more of a chance to do."'

Marker Things could be finer for Carolina [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm really tired of answering the same questions every week after games," Steussie said.'

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