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Buffalo Bills News - December 5, 2001

Marker Hansen appreciates winning years during losing season [8:49 PM]
AP reports: '"I have a duty to them to make sure they know what being proud and being a Buffalo Bill is all about. Yeah, you're darn right," Hansen said. "After playing here for 11 years, you're darn right I care. This is part of my life."'

Marker Marv Levy: Johnson's Time is UP [6:15 PM]
WNSA reports: One of the most asked questions in Western NY is the status of beleaguered Rob Johnson and whether he will be returning next season. Donahoe said that he spoke briefly with the agent of Johnson and informed the agent that any consideration for the return of Johnson could not be at the cap figure Johnson will have next season ($11 million.) The GM said that it will be something to talk about at the end of the season.

The next morning, former Bills head coach Marv Levy spoke with Howard Simon on W N S A and when asked about Johnson by a caller, Marv Levy feels that Johnson's "time is up" in Buffalo, considering all the events over the past couple of years.

Marker Former Bill 1st round pick Thomas Smith released by Colts [5:56 PM]
AP reports: The Colts, plagued all season by short kickoffs and facing another possible blow with an injury to kicker Mike Vanderjagt, have signed veteran Doug Brien.
To make room for Brien, the team released veteran DB Thomas Smith, signed in September after being waived by the Chicago Bears.

Marker Bills sign Alexander to practice roster [3:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Alexander, who spent last spring playing in the defunct XFL, rejoins the Bills after being cut last August. He was cut despite a promising preseason in which he had 29 carries for 178 yards.'

Marker Bills sign RB Curtis Alexander to the team's practice squad [2:28 PM] reports: 'Alexander (5-11, 204) takes the place of QB Dreisbach, who was signed off the Bills PS to the 53-man roster of the Lions. He was originally drafted by Denver in the 4th round of the 1998 Draft out of Alabama and spent that season on the Broncos'PS before being released during the next preseason. He will wear #35 with the Bills.'

Marker Hall of Fame Exhibit on Display at this Sunday's Game [12:25 PM] reports: Mementos that will be on display in Buffalo include the following:

  • Football caught by James Lofton on 9/6/1992 against the L.A. Rams to set what was then a NFL record for most career reception yardage.
  • Gloves worn by Andre Reed on 11/23/1997 against the Tennessee Oilers in a career milestone game in which he became the NFL's third all-time leading receiver in receptions.
  • Shoe worn by Steve Christie in the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game against the Houston Oilers when he kicked the game-winning FG in overtime to complete the greatest comeback in NFL history. A game program from that contest is also part of the display.
  • Helmet worn by Bruce Smith in the 1990 season, the year the Bills earned their first trip to the Super Bowl.
  • Jim Kelly 1994 "Throwbacks" NFL 75th Anniversary celebration jersey.
  • Marker Bills' 2002 schedule taking shape [12:06 PM] reports: 'However, with Sunday's loss to San Francisco and New England's win over New York, the Bills are now assured of being seeded fourth in the new AFC East in terms of scheduling purposes for next year. This means Buffalo will host the fourth seed from the AFC North, and visit the fourth place seed in the AFC South.'

    Marker Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [12:05 PM] reports: "Our effort was disappointing, and it hasn't been up to this point. You think playing a team with the record the 49ers have, and a national television game, that you'd be able to get a better effort, and we didn't. We're very disappointed in that, and we have to take the steps to correct that, and we'll try to do that this week."

    Marker Press Conference with Bills [11:12 AM]
    TBD reports: Transcripted from press conference:
    Van Pelt says Carolina will not come here and die and they will be playing to win and but the Bills will not quit they can still go 6-10; there are no quitters on the Bills and they will be playing to win even if they do not win until they go into Miami the last week. Hard practicing team who just needs to translate it to wins.

    Other notes:
    First part of halftime for Marv Levy - it will be quick (2-4 minutes).
    Same layout as Jim's weekend.

    Roster Move - filled PS with RB Curtis Alexander (from preseason).
    David Dinkins to be our PS QB.

    Marker Pro Football Hall of Fame's will visit the Buffalo Bills [10:32 AM]
    TBD reports: Pro Football Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit will visit the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse and be on display at the Bills Experience prior to Sunday's game.

    Marker Harmon Forcast - Buffalo 20, Carolina 7 [10:06 AM]
    CBS Sportsline reports: The Panthers have no bright spots on offense or defense, but the Bills pass the ball well and defend against the pass even better. Buffalo's two for two in the series, with wins in 1995 and '98.

    Marker Texans will host Bills next season [8:58 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'They will also host Chicago, Detroit, Oakland and San Diego, and visit Denver, Green Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota.'

    Marker Bills, Panthers look for much needed win [8:49 AM] reports: Buffalo finishes their home schedule in the next two weeks with a pair of games against Carolina and New England, and they will look to break an eight-game losing streak at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo, winless at home since last Nov. 12, has also never lost nine in a row at home, more than six home games in a single season in franchise history, and has won at least two games at home in every season since 1977.

    This year's squad certainly would like to keep those streaks intact, and avoid having to beat New England on Dec. 16th to avoid becoming the first Buffalo team in franchise history to go winless at home in a season.

    Marker Lions sign Dreisbach as No. 3 QB [7:19 AM]
    Detroit Free Press reports: 'The Lions signed former Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach as their No. 3 quarterback and put cornerback Robert Bailey on injured reserve with a neck injury Tuesday.'

    Marker Lions sign ex-Wolverines quarterback Dreisbach [7:18 AM]
    Detroit News reports: 'Dreisbach had been on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad since Nov. 14.'

    Marker Bailey latest Lions to go on injured reserve [7:17 AM]
    Ann Arbor News reports: 'The signing of Dreisbach could signal Detroit's next move: placing former starting quarterback Charlie Batch on the injured reserve list.'

    Marker Bills give up on forgettable season [5:21 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Not only was this a bad loss, it was a giant leap backward, an affirmation of just how bad the Bills are. In fact, you can make the argument that right now Buffalo might be the worst team in the NFL.'

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    December 4, 2001

    Marker Lions sign QB Scott Dreisbach, place CB Bailey on IR [10:40 PM]
    AP reports: Dreisbach joined the Oakland Raiders in 1999 as an UDFA from Michigan. He played in two preseason games before he was sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken leg. He was placed on IR in 2000 with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, and the Raiders released him in April. He was then signed to the Buffalo Bills' practice squad in November

    Marker Levy's Best Comebacks [8:44 PM] reports: When he came to Western New York in 1986, one of the best qualities that Marv Levy's Buffalo Bills teams exemplified was a never-say-die attitude. This resilience allowed the Bills to accomplish a feat that had never been done before in NFL history, to fight all the way to the Super Bowl in four consecutive seasons despite injuries, changes in personnel and other setbacks that might have derailed other teams.

    Marker The Way We Hear It [3:18 PM]
    Pro Football Weekly reports: Talk on Jennings (being our best tackle) and Flowers (trade bait in offseason), about 2/3 down the page

    Marker 49ers Report Card [1:39 PM]
    Contra Costa Times reports: 'A...A...A...A...B...A...A...C-...A...A-.'

    Marker Tuesday Community Events [11:23 AM] reports: The Bills have announced their community events for this week.

    Bills Paintfest Art Program - Craig Heimburger
    Bingo - Kenyatta Wright
    Zweigle' Jr. Press Conferences - Phillip Crosby & Kenyatta Wright
    Lighting of the "Tree of Hope" at Roswell Park - Brian Moorman, Junior Robinson and team mascot Billy Buffalo

    Marker Bills will honor the greatest coach in their history. Marv Levy [11:18 AM] reports: Get your beer during 2nd Quarter - The Marv Levy Hall Of Fame ring ceremony will be at halftime this weekend.

    Marker Hunter's Hope Ball Charity Ball pictures [9:41 AM]
    TBD reports: Hunter's Hope Charity Ball held November 30th, 2001 in Buffalo, NY at the Adam's Mark Hotel was attended by Jack Wheeler, TBD's Resident Blue Coat.

    Marker Game could decide No. 2 in Draft Derby [9:06 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Despite a few pretenders, the race for football futility is pared down to three teams: the Detroit Lions (0-11), Carolina Panthers (1-11) and Buffalo Bills (1-10).'

    Marker How bad is it? Let's count the ways [9:05 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'So I've decided to put together a list of low points and let you decide for yourselves.'

    Marker Physically, Bills were no match [5:11 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Said cornerback Antoine Winfield: "It was a long flight out here to get blown out like this."'

    December 3, 2001

    Marker Even P.R. gimmicks backfire on futile Bills [4:49 PM]
    Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Days later, in timely order, Wilson used the Thanksgiving holiday to announce the Bills, with more than 3,000 unsold tickets, would lift the blackout -- another first for them -- and allow local television for the Miami Dolphins, the most anticipated home game of every season. Still, among the first reactions heard were, Why didn't the Bills do this last week when Kelly was honored?'

    Marker AFC East a horserace but Bills headed toward gluehouse [2:22 PM]
    The Sporting News reports: 'While the NFC East race full of sputtering engines will come down to whoever runs out of gas last, the AFC East is developing into a full-steam bell-lap affair featuring a strong troika of teams. The Bills got out of the fun early -- when they picked Door No. 1 and Rob Johnson was behind it, they were left with the NFL equivalent of the clucky chicken gag prize.'

    Marker Peter King Thoughts [2:04 PM]
    CNN/SI reports: I think the league has bent over too far to protect QBs and we see more of it every week. Eaton's hit on Doug Flutie was brutal, but it was simply a football play, and he got 15 yards for it. Ditto Flowers for tackling Garcia near the sideline -- but not out of bounds. This just continues a trend that is admirable but has just gotten out of control. Everyone wants to see the QB stay upright, but no one wants to see him treated like a piece of china. I think Van Pelt made some of the dumbest throws I've seen a QB make in a long time in San Francisco. Rob Johnson, your job looks secure to me.

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