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Buffalo Bills News - October 1, 2003

Marker Middle Age Crisis [9:32 AM]
TBD reports: 'In the first two weeks I could not contain my glee, as Bledsoe & Co. rattled off 68 points in the opening eight quarters, and the running game delivered 5 TDs. I remarked on how happy I would have been in recent years to get that total over 4 games. How prescient that thought had turned out to be. As the Bills offense sputtered to add a total of 13 points in the following two games, we are almost back to the depths of time when we had vicious debates on the choice of a starting quarterback...'

Marker Spikes vents displeasure over lapses on defense [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's gotta mean something to you deep down inside," Spikes said. "When you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror - you might not say it out loud - but did you do everything possible to help this team win? If you can't answer yourself in the mirror with a straight face, then you know you have to go back to the drawing board."'

Marker Judge warns former Bulldog in rehab [8:52 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Wright is currently at the Comprehensive Alcohol Program west of Fresno, where he is an in-house patient. Wright entered the program in late September and is scheduled to leave late this month.'

Marker Booster Club Meeting Report [8:29 AM]
TBD reports: The first surprise speaker was Coy Wire. He talked about the foundation and its raffle and what he would like to do with the charity work and special teams. How important they are to the game. He also mentioned that he was a RB the first two years in college so he was asked "Since we are having so much trouble running the ball and with the injuries - have you asked the coaching staff to let you try running the ball?" He smiled and got a gleem in his eyes "I'd love the have my hands on the ball" but of course he doesn't think it will happen.

The second speaker was our magical long snapper and his rope tricks. He is so great up beat and friendly.

Our third speaker was the author of Relentless and Relentless II. He has a new book out and it is $15 available at the fieldhouse at the Booster booth which is by the Alumni booth (down left hand side) he will autograph it for you there and it deals with the old AFL.

Marker Bengals rely on backup running backs [5:20 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'With Corey Dillon doubtful to play against the Bills on Sunday because of a nagging groin injury, the Bengals will turn to backups Brandon Bennett and Johnson for assistance.'

Marker Bengals' backfield gets additions, subtractions [5:19 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals released fullback Chris Edmonds, the preseason starter, from the 53-man roster. They also cut former UC star Ray Jackson from the practice squad. The Bengals signed former Washington Redskins tailback Kenny Watson to a two-year contract to take Edmonds' spot on the active roster.'

Marker Rookie receiver has dancing fever [5:18 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Bengals rookie wide receiver Kelley Washington desperately wants to contribute. While understanding the Bengals' pecking order ó "Chad (Johnson) is the number one, Peter (Warrick) is the number two" ó Washington would like to see more plays called his way. So much so that a week ago he asked offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski and wide receivers coach Alex Wood if he could see more action.'

Marker Wright in Court [5:17 AM]
KFSN-TV reports: 'Tuesday, the judge could have arrested Wright for violating his order. Instead, the judge decided to let Rodney Wright remain in an alcohol treatment program and didn't arrest him.'

Marker Autographed Fiberglass Buffalo [5:16 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Today, the ESL Animal Scramble showed off a "one of a kind" fiberglass buffalo, autographed by all the members of the Buffalo Bills. The only way you can own it is by going to the animal scramble auction Friday.'

Marker Henry Expected Back This Week [5:15 AM] reports: 'Henry had a brisk workout Monday and coach Gregg Williams said the plan is to have his starting running back return to the fold this week. Henry should be ready to play when Buffalo hosts Cincinnati this Sunday.'

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September 30, 2003

Marker They Way We Hear It [9:43 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Bills CB Nate Clements has played quite well since the halfway point of the 2002 season, and we hear there are several reasons for it. First, Clements believes he benefited from a tough offseason, during which he lost 15 pounds and came into training camp in the absolute best shape of his career. During training camp, Bills observers say he worked hard on his footwork and seemingly has improved it nicely. Clements has three interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) and 15 tackles thus far in í03 and has been a nice complement to fellow CB Antoine Winfield, who is known more for his run support than his coverage capabilities. We hear that he may not come across as such all the time, but Clements is a film-study fanatic and loves to pick apart his performances to make himself better.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Thomas Smith [8:39 PM] reports: '"I am a minister for the Lord. Iím currently a bishop at the Covenant Ministry International in Little Rock, Arkansas. I really enjoy being around the word of God. Itís like when you first get into the league, everything is real new and once you get into it, you really enjoy all the benefits and all the surroundings and the atmosphere. The same thing is found spiritually. When you get saved, you really donít know what the word of God says, and the benefits of the word of God, and who you are, and your purpose here on earth. Once you dig deeper into the things of God and the bible and find out who you are and your purpose here on earth, its invaluable. Iíve been on fire ever since. Itís just been an amazing ride, it really has."'

Marker Losing ground in Buffalo [2:14 PM]
ESPN reports: We're getting close to expunging from our memory any allusions made after the first two games of this campaign that relate to statements suggesting the Buffalo Bills are much improved versus the run. In the past two games, both defeats, the Bills defense has surrendered 343 rushing yards.

Marker Struggling Bills must win next two [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills must win both games ... period. A split is unacceptable and getting swept will turn up the volume on the calls for head coach Gregg Williamsí job.'

Marker Bills Booster Club Meeting [10:57 AM]
TBD reports: Tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 PM in Paul McGuire Suites at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Scheduled guests include the kicking team - punter, kicker and the long snapper. Come and meet them. Jon might get to do a little magic.

Marker Henry could be back Sunday [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He had a real good workout today," Williams said after team meetings Monday. "He has worked so hard. He was really dejected that he didn't get a chance to play. I'd hope that he would be able to get right back into practice and get started for this week. That's our plan anyway."'

Marker Bills still troubled by penalties [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This season, only Washington (44), Oakland (43) and San Diego (38) have been flagged more than the Bills (37), who also have the sixth-most penalty yards with 342.'

Marker Bills Searching For More [8:44 AM] reports: 'What disappointed me most about the Bills loss on Sunday to the Eagles was that Philadelphia came in and played a more desperate game. Even Head Coach Gregg Williams acknowledged that his team didn't wake up until the fourth quarter. I find that disturbing.'

Marker Spikes vows better Bills defense [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'ďWe have a great back coming in, and we look forward to the challenge. I look forward to it,Ē Spikes said of Corey Dillon, who has a strained groin and might not play. ďItís big (for me). To sum it up, knowing from where I came, knowing where I am now and where I want to go, thatís how big emotionally this game is for me.Ē'

Marker Is coaching to blame for a two-game skid? [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Players follow the leader. Williams established a cavalier tone for this season at St. John Fisher College by holding just one double session. Penalties out of aggression can be excused somewhat in a sport as violent as football. But the Bills have become mentally sloppy, and clearly they arenít good enough to overcome their mistakes. Nine penalties on the defense the past two games have led to 27 points for the opposition. Gregg on Monday tactfully blamed the zebras for having a bad day, too. Thatís not what the ticket buyers want to hear.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Donít look now, but all of a sudden the Bungles, er, the Bengals, look like a tough matchup for the slumping Bills.'

Marker Spotlight fits Spikes like a glove [5:14 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bills have lost their last two and dropped to 2-2, but Spikes does not regret his decision to leave Cincinnati. "It has been everything I hoped it would be, even though we lost the last two," Spikes said Monday. "The reason we're losing is what we're doing to ourselves."'

Marker Injury puts Dillon on bench for Bills matchup [5:13 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"Corey looks to be the only guy that maybe we'll hold out at this point," Lewis said. "We want to give him a chance to rest this week, rest through the bye, try to get him back for Baltimore and have him come smoking after that."'

Marker Inside slant [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The biggest knock on Williams during his first two years was that he wasn't a very good game day coach. His decisions left a lot to be desired, and that continues to be a prime issue.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'What rushing offense? There wasn't one.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'RG Mike Pucillo has struggled badly the last two weeks against bruising run stuffers Tim Bowens of Miami and Corey Simon of Philadelphia. Pucillo has three holding calls the last two weeks (one was declined), and he has been one of the reasons the Bills haven't gotten any push in the running game.'

Marker Spikes in spotlight again [5:09 AM] reports: 'ďI think Marvin did him a favor,Ē said quarterback Jon Kitna. ďHe didnít want to be here anymore. He wanted to get a new start. We lost a great caliber football player, but we like the team we have here. You donít want guys here that just dread coming into work and dread being on the team. You donít want that.Ē'

September 29, 2003

Marker Bengals will 'ride without' Dillon [9:51 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I need time to get it right," Dillon said after Sunday's game. "The most disappointing thing is I can't be out there with my boys. That was more pain than the groin. They're going to have to ride without me for a little bit. Hopefully, after the bye I can come back and be 100 percent."'

Marker Ground game leads Eagles to first victory [9:27 PM]
AP reports: '''We always believed we could run the ball,'' said Westbrook, a second-year pro from Villanova. ''We're capable of running it. We have three pretty good running backs and we have a great offensive line that can block, and when we have the opportunity, we're going to run the ball.'''

Marker Sputtering Bills taking 2-game skid personally [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'How bad has it been? Buffalo's last two opponents have managed more first downs by penalty, eight, than the Bills have had on the ground, one each in their last two games.'

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