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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2001

Marker Bills have no more time for excuses [6:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Well, the hype and posturing are over, it's time for the Buffalo Bills to show what they've got. And, frankly, there's some legitimate concern.'

Marker Brooks wants to light up Buffalo [5:41 AM]
Mobile Register reports: '"We want to make a statement throughout the year and it starts today," said Joe Johnson. "It's very important we rattle (Rob) Johnson early and take out the running game."'

Marker New-look Bills ready for first test [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'The majority of fans and media in western New York think not. There isn't much hope for success today, or in 2001, the negative nabobs insisting that the Bills have undergone too radical a change, are too young and are simply not talented enough to contend for a playoff berth. Not surprisingly, the attitude is much different within the confines of One Bills Drive as players, coaches and front office officials deny the team is about to embark on the mother of all rebuilding years.'

Marker Q and A with Jonas Jennings [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'What pops into your head when someone mentions Buffalo? ''The cold weather. I don't know what it would be like. Everybody I talk to back home, it's 'How's the weather? Is it cold up there? Is there snow on the ground yet?''

Marker In Thurman's footsteps [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"When Travis gets the ball, you get the feeling he knows where he's going. He understands the importance of not rushing things and letting the play unfold. Thurman was like that. Real patient with the ball, real intelligent -- then boom he sees his opening and takes advantage of it. And Travis can't be a treat to tackle because he is nothing but shoulder pads and knees coming through that hole. Like a bowling ball ready to make contact with pins."'

Marker Scouting report [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'But because the NFL is so parity-driven, there is still a glimmer of hope that the Bills can be competitive this year.'

Marker Haslett a fan, but ... [5:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"You have a lot of fans up there. I have a lot of friends still living up there, a lot of players I played with still up there, and it's odd. I still want them to be successful too, other than against us."'

Marker Booted into limbo [5:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With former teammates Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas standing proudly at his side, Andre Reed -- the leading receiver in Buffalo Bills history -- bid adieu to the team yesterday. Too bad Steve Christie, the team's all-time leading scorer, did not have the same opportunity to say goodbye.'

Marker Man in the middle tackles West Coast [5:26 AM]
Biloxi Sun Herald reports: 'How well the Bills' untested offensive line protects Johnson is a huge key. "One of the things that I really studied hard the last two years when we played against this team was the extreme depth of drops," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, who was the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator the past four years. "We knew going into the ballgame that we were going to have a chance to get after him and put a lot of hits on him because of how deep they were setting him."'

Marker Top billing [5:24 AM]
Biloxi Sun Herald reports: 'Joe Horn knows all about Eric Moulds. "He's from Mississippi. I'm from Mississippi," Horn said. "I was telling my father-in-law it'll be the battle of the Mississippi boys."'

Marker Don't tell Saints coach you can't go home again [4:23 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"When the job came open initially when Wade got it, I thought there was some interest, but we (Steelers) were in the middle of the playoffs. We were in the AFC Championship Game, and they named Wade. That would have been great to go back and coach a team that you played on for so long.'

Marker Join the TBD Office Pool! [1:22 AM]
TBD reports: For the 3rd year in row, TBD will bring fans together for the annual pick 'em contest. This season we will host the contest on CBS Sportsline. Just sign-up at the link above. The group password is "gobills". Come join us!

Marker Bills still seeking answers with regular season looming [1:18 AM]
NFR reports: Buffalo will improve as the myriad youngsters learn their roles. If things
break right, the Bills could even make some noise in the division.

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September 8, 2001

Marker Receiver Andre Reed Retires From NFL After 16-Year Career [8:46 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '"He came from a little school, Kutztown University in Pennsylvania," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said. "This chap came to the Bills in the fourth round of the 1985 draft. It was probably the best deal the Bills ever got."'

Marker Andre Reed retires from Bills [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '"We didn't win any Super Bowls, but it was the ride of my life," he said. "During that time, there will never be an assembly of players like that here again. Never. It'll never be duplicated, and I don't know if it will be duplicated in the NFL again."'

Marker Bills placekicker Christie put on injured reserve [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills placekicker Steve Christie's 188-game kicking streak will end Sunday after the team placed him on injured reserve Saturday.'

Marker Christie Out, Arians In [5:40 PM] reports: 'Bills kicker Steve Christie will miss tomorrow's game against the New Orleans Saints. He will be replaced by Jake Arians.'

Marker WGR55 Broadcasting from Hammer's Lot [5:38 PM]
TBD reports: For those who could not make it to the "TBD Tailgate Party" Sunday, the "HAMMER" has set up a away that you can still be part of TBD Tailgate Party. We are proud to welcome to "Hammer's Lot" WGR 55 Radio. They will be doing their broadcast next to the TBD tailgate party this Sunday. They will be in our lot for all the games this year. Ann Burke and the Bulldog will start their broadcast at 8:00 am. So tune in to WGR55, listen in, call on the toll free line and be part of the TBD 2001 Tailgate party!

Marker Johnson looks to keep head [3:25 PM]
Mobile Register reports: '"We might go through some growing pains, but [our offensive linemen] are battlers," said Johnson. "They will fight you to the last play. They are young, but they have a lot of talent.'

Marker Haslett does about face with Saints [3:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Tom [Donahoe] and I have a good relationship ... we talk a lot of football and a lot about personnel. I have nothing but respect for him. You're not going to get a better man. I know he's going to do a great job up there and I know he's going to turn that thing around and get it the way it's supposed to be."'

Marker Former Bills WR Andre Reed announces retirement [3:10 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Reed established himself as one of the NFL's dominant receivers with the Bills, setting four franchise records including most receiving touchdowns (86) and most receptions in a game -- 15 against Green Bay in 1994. He finished with 13,095 receiving yards with Buffalo.'

Marker Fiery Haslett gives Saints new attitude [10:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I always knew Jim was cut out to be a coach," said Fred Smerlas, Haslett's former running mate with the Bills. "Jim has one of the big intangibles you need to be a great head coach: He's not afraid to cut anyone's throat and leave 'em for dead."'

Marker Call on Christie to go down to wire [10:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's a theoretical Plan C the Bills could face. If Christie can't kick this week and the Bills don't want to cut a positional player they could decide to cut Christie and agree to re-sign him next week after the Saints game. Any other team could claim Christie if he got cut. However, being a vested veteran, Christie does not have to go to a team that claims him. He would have his choice to sign anywhere.'

Marker Bills' defense poses stiff test for Brooks, Saints [7:06 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'In order to prepare for the Bills, McCarthy had his offense watch 10 Tennessee game tapes from last season. The Bills apparently showed little of their "46" defense during the preseason, forcing the Saints, in McCarthy's words, "to chase a bunch of ghosts" while preparing a game plan.'

Marker Howard to test Buffalo rookie [7:04 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Buffalo coach Gregg Williams says Jennings will hold his own. Williams compares him to defensive end Jevon Kearse, whom Williams coached as defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. "He does some things down the field, some second-effort things that are like Jevon," Williams said of Jennings. "He has a lot of ability, and he has been grasping things quickly and playing at a high level. I really think he'll be a rising star in this league."'

Marker New-look Bills short on experience [6:32 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"You guys can use whatever expression you want to use. All we know is that we want to win football games and I'm pretty damn sure the coaches are planning to win football games," Fina spat. "They don't give a s--- if you say rebuilding or not, we're going out there to win a f------ game and that's all there is to it."'

Marker Johnson aims to win over Flutie faithful [6:31 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Johnson is fully aware of the "fragile" tag he's been labeled with and the legion of Flutie fans who were upset when the new Bills management opted for the former USC star over the ex-CFL great, but said he's confident he can prove his detractors wrong.'

Marker Reed will retire with the Bills [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'The frown Andre Reed left Buffalo with 19 months ago very likely will be replaced with a smile today when the former Bills great announces his retirement from the NFL as a member of the Bills.'

Marker It looks like we're in for a loooong season [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'That a whopping 11 of 12 draft picks this year made the roster, not because they are all good players, but because they earn the least money.'

Marker Haslett grows as Saints coach [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe and Haslett talk several times a week. But they haven't conversed this week. "This week," Donahoe joked, "I hate him."'

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