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Buffalo Bills News - November 15, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Kids Club Birthdays [10:05 AM] reports: The Bills would like to wish a Happy Birthday to the following Buffalo Bills Kids Club members: Stephen Meagher (Nov. 15), Jake Caplan (Nov. 15), Kiley Shannon (Nov. 16), Philip Limbeck (Nov. 17), Jake Lawton (Nov. 17), Douglas Tay (Nov. 18), Stewart Bovi (Nov. 18)...

Marker Bills, Chiefs are armed for a shootout [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chiefs have the lowest-ranked defense in the NFL.'

Marker In race thistight, tiebreakers don't favor Bills [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite a 5-4 record and a piece of first place in the AFC East, the Bills' 2-4 conference record is the worst of the 14 contenders, matched only by Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills' defense in a Gray area [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like tackling a running back at full speed, it is Gray who feels every one. And like other players who traded in their pads for a coach’s whistle, he has discovered that doing it yourself on the field is a lot easier than getting others to do it for you.'

Marker Vermeil's back with tears of joy [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“Some people just have a way with people,” Fletcher said. “He’s compassionate. He’s loyal. He’s a guy who’s tough but fair. We had tough practices. We’d be out there 3 1/2 hours sometimes, but he was also a fair person. Once you were one of his guys it was tough to fall out of his favor. He would go to bat for you. He was a guy players had a special relationship with.”'

Marker Chiefs concerned with Stryzinski's inconsistent punting [5:16 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"It has been inconsistent, very inconsistent," Vermeil said. "I treat the punter like I have in the past with a kicker, and that's you stay with him until he punts himself out of a slump. Otherwise, you get somebody else and you don't know what you're going to get."'

Marker Stopping third downs is key [5:15 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'For the season, opponents have converted 51 of 116 (44 percent) of third downs. That ranks 26th in the NFL.'

Marker Bills invade Rams' old turf [5:14 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '"We tick 'em off one week at a time," Gilbride mused. "That's the key: Don't keep them ticked off for too long, just a week at a time."'

Marker Border crossing Ahanotu's billet [5:13 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I have always wanted to experience life in another country," Ahanotu says. "So I said, 'Well, if I'm in Buffalo I'm too close not to do it.'"'

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November 14, 2002

Marker The way we hear it: Buffalo [11:09 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Gray has been under fire all season long for his defense’s poor play, and it seems that Williams is growing tired of the defense’s performance. Williams was visibly angry at Gray on the sideline after the Bills gave up a 45-yard TD to Kevin Faulk. With two weeks to prepare because of the bye week, the Bills’ game vs. Kansas City could be perceived as a yardstick game for both coaches’ futures.

Marker Weekend Pickoff: Buffalo (5-4) at Kansas City (4-5) [10:54 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Tony Gonzalez has not caught more than four passes in five of the Chiefs' nine games. He's been thrown to only 53 times (34 catches) -- a woeful 20 percent of Trent Green's passes. Is he under quarantine?
Bills 31, Chiefs 24

Marker Harmon Forcast: Kansas City 26, Buffalo 21 [10:52 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Chiefs are excellent on the run, the Bills live by the pass, and each team has problems on defense against those strengths. A 21-17 victor in ’00, Buffalo has taken four of its last five from K.C.

Marker Controversial plays: what's your vote? [10:29 PM]
ESPN reports: 8. The Music City Miracle
1999 wild card playoff game. Titans vs. Bills. Buffalo takes a 16-15 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Desperate Titans coach Jeff Fisher calls a trick play for the kickoff return, the "Home-Run Throwback." It works -- Lorenzo Neal catches the ball and hands it to TE Frank Wycheck, who throws an overhand lateral cross-field to Kevin Dyson, who scampers 75 yards for the winning TD. He crosses the goal line with three seconds left. On the replay, the toss -- which looks about as close to a perfectly sideways pass as can be -- is ruled a legal lateral.

Marker First ... And 10: Taking to the air [10:22 PM]
ESPN reports: 6. Buffalo Bills at KC Chiefs: For the past couple of games involving the Chiefs, everyone expected tons of points. That didn't happen against the Raiders and 49ers because each team used ball-possession offenses that kept the Chiefs offense on the sidelines. Well, that might not happen this week. The Bills are giving up 29.9 points a game. They aren't good at stopping teams with good offenses.

Marker Prioleau in Shout! chat Monday night [10:20 PM]
Yahoo Sports reports: Starting free safety Pierson Prioleau will join Shout! reporters Mike Doser and Lary Bump in the Bills' chat room Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. ET. Prioleau will take fans' questions for an hour

Marker . [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“If they have a weakness,” Vermeil said, “they, too, have had a problem in giving up big plays, just like we have. They’ve given up 42 plays of 20 yards or more. Hopefully, we can take advantage of that as they will try to take advantage of our problems to date."'

Marker Buffalo Bills Fourth Down Trivia [9:24 AM] reports: On Nov. 8, 1986, WR/special teams star Steve Tasker was claimed off waivers from which team?

Marker Better defense is Chief concern for Bills [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chiefs rank second in the NFL in scoring at 30.2 points a game.'

Marker Sidelines still speak to Vermeil [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You don't rebuild an entire football team in two years," he said. "It takes time. You've got to have patience. That's not what the NFL is all about. But I like watching kids grow. I like to see them get better."'

Marker Chiefs coach has pleasant memories of London [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since the bye week was introduced in the NFL schedule, the Bills are 10-3 in games following the open date.'

Marker Rested Bills look for victories [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their 5-4 record says they are tied for first, but with a 1-2 record in games against their AFC East rivals, and a 2-4 mark in the AFC -- key tiebreakers which, given the jumbled state of the playoff race, will certainly come into play -- the Bills have little room for error in these final seven weeks.'

Marker Riemersma says he will play against Kansas City [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“I don’t think there’s any question I’ll be able to play on Sunday, the biggest thing is not to have a setback and have it tighten back up on me,” Riemersma said. “The big question is how I feel (today) because I did quite a bit today. I pretty much took my normal reps.”'

Marker Bills trying to break away [5:18 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Heading into week 11 of the regular-season schedule, 13 of 16 AFC teams are either tied for first place or are one game back in their respective divisions.'

Marker Excelsior Springs native finding his way as Bills coach [5:17 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I think last year he wanted to err on the side of being a little too hard on some guys, and some guys really didn't appreciate it," fullback Larry Centers said. "He kind of has a rough edge to his approach, and he'll tell you flat-out how it is. For a veteran, you always want a little leeway, and last year with Gregg there wasn't a whole lot of leeway."'

Marker Linebacker Favors comes for visit [5:16 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs might have some competition for [Greg] Favors. He already has visited with Green Bay and could be headed to Buffalo and Carolina.'

Marker Bledsoe happy to be in Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"This," Bledsoe told himself, "is a cool football town."'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:14 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Carol Vermeil, 66, wife of the Chiefs coach, was assaulted by a purse snatcher Tuesday afternoon on the streets of Kansas City's fashionable Plaza shopping area, near where the Vermeils reside.'

November 13, 2002

Marker Division II Hall of Fame induction set for December 13 [9:37 PM]
Florence Times Daily reports: 'Former Delaware quarterback Scott Brunner, former Kutztown (Pa.) receiver Andre Reed and former Valdosta State (Ga.) linebacker Jessie Tuggle comprise the 2002 class of inductees.'

Marker Patience key to keeping Bills offense rolling [8:29 PM]
AP reports: Knowing it was only a matter of time before opponents started to figure out ways to contain Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe-led offense, Gilbride spent the extra practice time tinkering with some changes in order to keep everyone guessing.

Marker Where Are They Now: John Kidd [8:29 PM] reports: "I really enjoyed my whole time there. There’s just great people in the Buffalo area. I still talk to a lot of people in the organization and obviously, my teammates. We all see each other at different events in the off-season. The relationships, I think, are the best part as far as on-the-field stuff. I think ‘88, when we won our division and (the fans) tore the goalposts down, we were right up there in the top of the league. It was the first time that we had that feeling that we were one of the premier teams in the league."

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