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Buffalo Bills News - October 15, 2003

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Washington [8:57 PM] reports: '"No, I have complete confidence in myself. When presented an opportunity to make a play I know that I can make it. As an offense we have to improve. The biggest area is our third down conversions. That's not allowing us to sustain drives. Whatever the reason, we have to get it straightened out. We had some reasonable down and distance and we need to be able to convert those. No question."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Washington [8:54 PM] reports: '"Our personnel is what it is right now. Our roster is set and we play multiple packages. Guys are on the field a bunch with exception of our offensive line, it's pretty much stays static throughout the course of a ballgame. In the special teams, the offense, and the defense everyone that dresses plays. Those guys are getting on the field in whatever packages we have. We have to make sure that our basics are being handled. We have to mark sure we are executing within the structure and the call and not trying to get too much too fast. Some guys are pressing a little bit and it's my job to make sure they are not pressing too much. Just do what the design says and everything else is gravy. We'll get back on base."'

Marker Quotes From Redskin Park, Oct. 15 [8:52 PM] reports: 'On whether the Buffalo game is a “Must-Win”: “It would certainly help us to get this game and be in decent shape within our division. We’re in second place within our division. We’re not the only team struggling out there. But this is a crucial game for us.”'

Marker For Smith, Sunday Will be Emotional ... But Winning Is First [8:51 PM] reports: 'Q: Emotionally, how will it feel going back to Buffalo: A: “Certainly it will be an extra feeling and it’ll be an emotional experience. And I’m looking forward to it. Again, I can’t let that sidetrack me or this team. It’ll be a phenomenal experience. I think Darryl Talley’s jersey is being retired on Sunday and he’s being put on the Wall of Fame. It’ll be wonderful for him and a historic day. But once again, my mindset is going to be on playing well. And after the ballgame is over, I’ll have all the time in the world to visit with all of my friends that I’ve known for years in Buffalo.”'

Marker Injuries To Cause Shuffling of Starting Lineup [8:50 PM] reports: 'Running back Trung Canidate is listed as doubtful for the game with a mild ankle sprain. While club officials say there is a slight chance he could play on Sunday, Canidate was less optimistic.'

Marker McGahee Now Part of the Team [8:48 PM] reports: '"The biggest thing I need to see is his overall conditioning," head coach Gregg Williams said. "He's in very good physical condition, he's just got to get into playing shape."'

Marker McGahee Is Back On The Field [8:48 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee says he could do everything that was asked of him. He even played some defense on the scout team. Gregg Williams says McGahee will do more with the offense as the week goes on. The head coach says realistically, players need a few weeks to get into football shape. McGahee says he can play anytime the coaches ask him to.'

Marker Smoot out 2-3 weeks; Canidate, Fiore doubtful [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Canidate, the team's leading rusher, has a severe ankle sprain. He is listed as doubtful and sounded pessimistic about his chances of playing.'

Marker McGahee pleased after first practice [8:38 PM]
AP reports: The smile was genuine, a reflection of how happy McGahee was following his long-awaited first practice since the Buffalo Bills made him their first-round draft pick last April.

Marker Quotes From Buffalo (Conference Call), Oct. 15 [4:07 PM] reports: 'On the change after starting the season 2-0: “We haven’t had any offensive rhythm. We haven’t been able to establish some of the things we did early in the year offensively. We’re trying to, maybe, do too much. I said earlier in the year that we probably aren’t as good as a 31-0 team when we won the opener, and we know we’re not as bad as the 30-3 loss to the Jets in this past ball game. We’re somewhere in between. A couple of guys have been pressing a little bit, trying to do more than what’s in the call instead of just executing the design of the play, the design of the call and anything after that is gravy. We just have to get back to the basics.”'

Marker Smoot Out for Buffalo Game, Maybe Longer [4:06 PM] reports: 'Head coach Steve Spurrier said on Wednesday that cornerback Fred Smoot would sit out the game against the Buffalo Bills. Smoot has a sprained clavicle.'

Marker Bills WR Moulds upgraded to questionable [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Moulds' health is improving, and his groin strain will be monitored. He officially was upgraded from doubtful to questionable, which means he has a 50-50 chance of playing.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Alvin Wyatt [3:05 PM] reports: '"I didn’t know coach Saban, but he was a fine individual. He was a hard worker. He wanted everything to perfection, I knew one thing, when that whistle blew, those people that were out there with him were ready to go to war for him. I really enjoyed the short time that I had with him," Wyatt said. "I had a great moment in Buffalo when I intercepted my first pass for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins, who went on to go to the Super Bowl that year we won that game in Washington, and turned out to be the highlight of my career, to be able to do that and win the game at the same time."'

Marker McGahee gets green light to practice [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has only eight first downs rushing in the last four games.'

Marker GM bears blame for Williams' woes [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It didn't have to be this way. If Donahoe still felt Williams might be his guy then he should have displayed his faith by adding a year to his contract. Only by creating a sense of stability, only by reinforcing his coach's authority, could Donahoe have learned, once and for all, whether Williams is right for the job. Donahoe took the easy way out. This season, for better or worse, is on him.'

Marker Bills' McGahee set to practice [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Providing there are no setbacks, a logical debut date for McGahee’s first game would be the Nov. 9 game at Dallas. The Bills do not play Nov. 2.'

Marker Redskins Eye Changes Somewhere Along Line [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'One of the defense's biggest problems has been getting to quarterbacks. The Redskins have only nine sacks in six games.'

Marker Smith Off To Former Stomping Grounds [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"That was a great era of football," Smith said. "You have guys that have gone on to go into the Hall of Fame now, such as Jim Kelly. Thurman [Thomas], I'm sure, will be right behind him, and guys like Andre Reed and James Lofton, Steve Tasker and probably the most well-known of them all, Marv Levy."'

Marker Smith set to go back to Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"It was a great, great time and era to be a Buffalo Bill," Smith said. "It was special. We did some special things that no one else in the history of the game was able to achieve. I cherish those moments when I talk to the guys, but other than that I really don't focus on it right now because I'm too busy trying to get things worked out in my house."'

Marker Smoot out 3-4 weeks [5:11 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Second-year cornerback Rashad Bauman will replace Smoot in the starting lineup. Defensive coordinator George Edwards indicated Monday that safeties David Terrell and Todd Franz are ahead of rookie corner Ade Jimoh to take over as the No. 3 cornerback.'

Marker Little plays by Redskins often producing big-time mistakes [5:10 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'The Redskins have invested almost $19 million in signing bonuses in their three starting linebackers alone. It is difficult to say they're getting their money's worth out of LaVar Arrington, Jeremiah Trotter and Jessie Armstead. The Redskins have put more than $25 million in to their offensive line. The results have not been quite what the Red skins hoped. Their quarterback, Patrick Ramsey, has been sacked 21 times, the most in the NFL.'

Marker Smith continues chasing history [5:09 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: '``I thought of those 15 years I was there as very special,'' Smith said. ``To harbor any ill feelings toward management, no I don't have any right now. It was a situation I never understood, but that's neither here nor there. This will certainly be a special week. I just have to make sure I don't lose sight of what the main goal of going back to Buffalo is. I have a job to do.'''

Marker McGahee cleared to begin practice [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''He's already had some on the field workouts the last two days and done very well,'' Rosenhaus said in a telephone interview. 'They're going to ease him into the practice this week and they're going to escalate it with each week. After talking to the Bills' trainer, there's a very good chance he can start playing in about two weeks. I mean actually see some time in a game.'''

Marker McGahee cleared to practice [5:07 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'He is scheduled to start practicing on Wednesday and could see playing time in about three weeks. According to Bills spokesperson Scott Berchtold, McGahee was cleared after the Bills' training staff and team doctor John Marzo examined him.'

Marker Bills Doctors Give McGahee The Green Light To Practice [5:06 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee told WGR Sports Radio 55 a few weeks ago he'd need about a week to get ready. It's unlikely you'll see him until after the bye week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Football Organization Turns to Xerox to Streamline Printing Operations, Build Fan Supp [5:05 AM] reports: 'Xerox consolidated the Bills' printer, copier and multifunction fleet, upgrading older systems with equipment that improves office productivity, including multiple Xerox Document Centre and WorkCentre Pro advanced multifunction systems, FaxCentre all-in-one devices, and Phaser network printers. In addition, Xerox uses its equipment and variable information software to personalize marketing materials for fans and information for players.'

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October 14, 2003

Marker Bills Feel They Can Play Better [8:13 PM] reports: '"We really need all of our players to step up," Williams said. "Even if Drew Bledsoe is not having his best day, somebody else needs to set up. There are other players on this team that can step up and make plays for him."'

Marker McGahee Cleared to Practice [8:07 PM] reports: '"I feel like I'm ready," said the Bills first round draft pick. "I've been working hard with the training and we'll see how things go."'

Marker McGahee cleared for practice by Bills [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'McGahee's agent Drew Rosenhaus was confident his client would be activated within the next three weeks. ``It's up to the Bills and we'll respect whatever they do. But at this point we all anticipate that he's going to be playing,'' Rosenhaus said.'

Marker Willis McGahee Cleared To Begin Practice [8:06 PM] reports: Bills rookie running back Willis McGahee has been cleared by the team doctors to participate in practices and he will do so beginning with Wednesday's practice.

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