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Buffalo Bills News - November 4, 2000

Marker Johnson talks some smack about Flutie [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For someone to go anonymously and say those things is kind of, I don't know, cowardly," he said. "It's not typical of football players. . . . If a lot of guys feel that way, they should come to me and say it to my face," he said. "I'm a man. They're men, and I can take it. I'd rather hear about it from them than hear about it on the radio when I'm driving home, from an FM channel when I'm trying to listen to Limp Biskit."'

Marker Treading water [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Halfway through the 2000 season, it has become obvious that a team doesn't lose that many veterans - including seven starters - without feeling the pinch.

Marker Buffalo voters can't get enough of this election [8:24 AM]
National Post reports: 'This is what the great Buffalo quarterback controversy has come to: walking toward Ralph Wilson Stadium before the Jets game last Sunday, fans stopped by a radio booth to pick up an election sign for their candidate.'

Marker Bills' QB spat takes a turn [7:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday on Jim Rome's syndicated national talk show, Rob Johnson -- who has refused to speak with the local media this week -- insinuated that it was Flutie who gave derogatory remarks about him anonymously to a Sports Illustrated writer.'

Marker Morris surprises even himself [7:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, even the confident Morris couldn't have envisioned that by the midway point of his rookie NFL season he would be the primary running back in the Buffalo offense.'

Marker Flutie, Johnson in war of words [7:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Flutie confronted Johnson at practice after Johnson went on Jim Rome's nationally syndicated radio show and accused Flutie of taking shots at him in Sports Illustrated.'

Marker Faulk heading back to the starting block [7:10 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Once again, it looks like Kevin Faulk will be asked to carry the Patriots' running game.'

Marker Belichick: Milloy has point [7:09 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"I don't think there's any lack of respect for Doug Flutie on our football team - I don't think that at all. Nobody has said that. Would we like to play well against him? Yeah. Would we like to hit him a couple of times and slow him down and keep him from running around? Sure. Every team in the league would probably want to do it. That's my take on the comments."'

Marker Pats rule Eric idle for Bills [7:07 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'After watching Eric Bjornson for eight games as the Patriots' No. 1 tight end, coach Bill Belichick shifted the veteran to a new position - the bench.'

Marker Flutie Magic Lives [7:05 AM]
Patriots Football reports: 'John Hannah may be the best Patriot ever, or someday Bledsoe will be. But Flutie is the most revered New England football player ever.'

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November 3, 2000

Marker 2 Bills worry Pats [2:05 PM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'Every time Patriots coach Bill Belichick tries to look at Buffalo linebacker Sam Cowart, he sees Bills nose tackle Ted Washington.'

Marker Pats not flustered by Flutie [2:02 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '"They're cheering for Flutie, but not really for the Bills," Eaton said with a smile. "They'll go 'Nice hit, uh, tough for Doug'. They'll get over it.''

Marker `Belichop' back to the Patriot's cutting room [1:38 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'This week, amiable, approachable, snuff-dippin' offensive guard Todd Rucci got whacked as Bill Belichick continued his scorched-earth approach to revamping his roster.'

Marker Buffalo at New England Preview [1:37 PM]
Patriots Football reports: '[Patriots Coach Bill Belichick says that] "I think once [Flutie] gets out of the pocket and can really improvise and can scramble to run or scramble to throw that he is really at his best element, and defensively you're probably in your worst, that's probably the worst case scenario because he's so much better at that, then defenses are at defending it."

Marker Weekly Predictions [1:30 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'After a murderous first-half schedule, the Buffalo Bills get a break of sorts, starting Sunday in Foxboro.'

Marker Bills Report Card: Room For Improvement [1:29 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Halfway through the 2000 season, the Buffalo Bills stand 4-4, looking up at the co-leaders in the AFC East. Breaking down their performance over the first half of the schedule position by position, that looks about right.'

Marker Still can't trust this little QB [10:18 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Coaches should know enough to play this guy without always harping against his size. They should just shut up and give him the ball. Nope. After all these years, he still must deal with coaches who feel that a 5-foot-10, 180-pound quarterback can't be trusted.'

Marker Bills count on Moulds [10:17 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"Starting in '98 was when he really crashed on to the scene," New England coach Bill Belichick said. "It just seemed like coaching against him it was just a matter of time, because he's big, he's fast, he's tough and he can really catch the ball."'

Marker Johnson not ready as a backup [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips confirmed the obvious on Thursday by finally admitting Doug Flutie will be his starting quarterback for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against New England at Foxboro Stadium.'

Marker Moulds hopes to stay with Bills [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '"We're trying to work something out," owner Ralph Wilson said yesterday. "We're so tight to the cap still, but the cap will go up $5 million next year at least. Every salary on the team goes up automatically so it's not like we've got an extra $5 million to spend. But we've talked to Eric's agent and we're working now on a plan to keep him and as many other players as we can. He's a great, great receiver and we certainly want to keep him."'

Marker Wilson wants Miami in AFC East [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson is confident his team's 35-year-old rivalry with the Miami Dolphins will be preserved when the NFL realigns its divisions in 2002.'

Marker Eaton has a nose for action [5:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It's not a sexy position. Lined up against the opposing center, the nose tackle must possess a certain ferociousness. Tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Meet Chad Eaton.'

Marker Rutledge hoping his new role catches on [5:37 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'With Eric Bjornson used more as a wide receiver, Rod Rutledge will get his big opportunity to be the team's primary tight end for the first time since Ben Coates was sent packing after last season.'

Marker Patriots look to Rutledge [5:36 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Where is the Patriots tight end of the future? Apparently, he's not on the current roster.'

Marker Center sizes up his competition [5:35 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It's not often that 320-pound Patriots center Damien Woody lines up opposite a player larger than himself, but it will happen Sunday. Woody will stare across the line at vaunted Buffalo Bills nose tackle Ted Washington, who is generously listed at 6-foot-5, 330 pounds.'

Marker Time to reload or unload [5:34 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'On Sunday, Bledsoe and the Patriots begin the second half of their work year, meeting the Buffalo Bills at Foxboro Stadium and, in many ways, it may be the most significant time in Bledsoe's eight-year career.'

Marker Belichick downplays Katzenmoyer injury [5:33 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Spires said Flutie's lack of size (the Bills list the quarterback at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds) can often work to his advantage. "He's a tough guy to locate behind all the big people who surround him," said Spires. "There are times you can't find him until it's too late. Oh, yeah, there's another thing. He's got a sixth sense about when to duck to avoid blitzers and when to take off just before the pocket is going to collapse."'

Marker Washington Isn't A Little Disruptive [5:31 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Of the 118 first downs the Bills have given up, only 26 have come via the run. A big reason is Washington.'

November 2, 2000

Marker Morris emerging as Bills top rushing threat [8:57 PM]
AP reports: 'Sammy Morris is the first to admit this beats washing dishes at Sea World.'

Marker Flutie will start against Patriots [8:56 PM]
AP reports: 'Doug Flutie will start his third straight game in place of Rob Johnson, who's injured right shoulder hasn't fully recovered, Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips said Thursday.'

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