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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2003

Marker Bills' message to Belichick: You blew it [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Having my name called out and getting the fans going with my hand thrusts, it felt like I had always been here, my whole career,” Milloy said. “ At that point, I knew that I was going to be OK. I was playing football for fans that really appreciate it. I was in an atmosphere where they make the player feel like he is needed and not the other way around.”'

Marker If the Bills keep winning, MNF will be a big loser [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Week 1 couldn’t have been better for the Bills. Not only did they crush New England 31-0, but Miami, New England and the New York Jets all lost and looked lousy in the process.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With the 500-pound Belichick gorilla off his back, Gregg Williams had a bounce in his step. Smart game plans by Kevin Gilbride, Jerry Gray and Dick LeBeau helped Bills turned tide on Patriots, who dominated both meetings a year ago.'

Marker Bills get plenty of ink from prognosticators [5:29 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Yes, the forecast is for 10 victories and a playoff spot for the Bills and, though I do so with some hesitation, I admit to joining the believers who see a return to the playoffs and a contract extension for Williams.'

Marker Bills make Pats pay [5:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"What we said from Day 1 is that our team has to get better around (Bledsoe)," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "Drew just has to play quarterback. As a team, last year we weren't good enough."'

Marker Revenge is sweet [5:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In the team's walk-through on Saturday, Bills coach Gregg Williams asked Milloy how many downs he could play. "He looked me in the eye and said, 'I want to play in every one of them,' " Williams said. "That's all I needed to know."'

Marker Buffalo defence spikes Patriots [5:26 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'A win in the first game of a treacherous 16-game NFL season isn't any reason to get overly enthused. But give this bunch some leeway — and some credit.'

Marker Sunday Stroll [5:25 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills opened their season with a 31-0 shutout of the New England Patriots on a day when floating beach balls and shirtless patrons seemed appropriate for the balmy weather. It started with a star-spangled display that included a giant American flag, chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" from the 73,262 in attendance and a military fly-over that nearly skimmed the light stanchions.'

Marker Sunday worst [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'If there was one other undeniable fact about the Bills, it was that their revamped defense seems like it may be special.'

Marker Milloy looks good in new outfit [5:23 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'This was a day when Sam Adams had Patriots fans reaching for Jack Daniels.'

Marker A pick-and-rumble play [5:22 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Huffin' and puffin', his legs the size of pistons on an oceanliner, Sam Adams cruised -- literary license employed liberally -- 37 yards with an interception yesterday and provided the backbreaking score in Buffalo's 31-0 thumping of the Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker An unheeded safety alert [5:21 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'To have so miscalculated not only Milloy's market value but also his value to the team both on and off the field is bad enough. To continue to profess no understanding of what he had done, even after Milloy played such a central role in stuffing his offense, gives one cause to wonder if this man has the slightest clue how human beings operate.'

Marker Secondary's first outing third-rate [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Once again, we were reminded that there simply is no substitute for experience. Ty Law (No. 24) and Antwan Harris (No. 23) may be locker room neighbors, but the veteran corner and new (five days, and counting) starting safety seemed worlds apart yesterday on the field. And there were times that youngsters Asante Samuel and Eugene Wilson looked a little lost.'

Marker Were Redskins offside in episode? [5:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'An NFL spokesman said the league was "looking into" the matter, but it didn't appear there was an all-out investigation. Milloy told the Globe and last week that Poston had sought deals for him even before the Patriots released him. After yesterday's game, Milloy told reporters there was no contact with other teams prior to his release by New England.'

Marker Key play of the game [5:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills' other defensive tackle, Sam Adams (95), didn't pass rush but shuffled to his right down the line of scrimmage. That put him in the direct line of Brady's pass, which Adams intercepted and, amazingly, returned down the right sideline 37 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker All the wrong moves [5:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Second-guessers unite. Bill Belichick bashers, today is your day. Prepare to feast.'

Marker Bledsoe exacts revenge [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It was important for us to come out and start fast,'' Bledsoe said. ``We didn't last year. Last year we came out, moved the ball, and then kind of bogged down on third-and-1 in the first drive of both games and the next thing you knew, we were down. ``It was important for us to come out and have a good first drive, convert two big third downs, and take it down there and put points on the board. That was definitely important for us - to just kind of set the tone offensively. And then for our defense to come out and play like they did was tremendous.'''

Marker No breaking the Law [5:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Law can certainly do more than he did yesterday. So can every other Pat. They hope.'

Marker A trying time for Harris [5:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As for Law, his blood was still boiling in the locker room when he berated a reporter for trying to read something into his actions. ``Look, you just assumed what I said,'' Law told the reporter. ``I was yelling, but this is not about attacking (Harris). We play together. Antwan is part of the team. What difference does it make if I'm talking to Lawyer or Antwan after a play?'''

Marker Faulk's spotlight dimmed [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'To be sure, Faulk was not spectacular, but with the Bills rolling up 35 offensive plays to the Pats' measly eight (two four-and-out series) as the gap reached 21-0 some 4:46 into the second quarter, concentration was hardly on him.'

Marker Belichick to blame for loss [5:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'But the problem began with Belichick. It's a coach's responsibility to put his players in a position to win games. His decision to waive Lawyer Milloy five days earlier deprived the team of its defensive captain and quarterback at the worst possible time and created an all too predictable predicament.'

Marker Milloy move was a boon for Bills [5:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``He gave us the reasons `why' behind some of the things they do to us. We didn't change our game plan or anything, but he definitely gave us some insight.'''

Marker Bills kill Pats in a quirky first game [5:10 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'How bad was it? At one point, a defensive tackle named Sam Adams returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. That a man who bears the name of a Boston patriot helped bring down the Patriots is bad enough; that he's 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, and plays defense, simply epitomized what type of day it was for New England. The result marked the first time the Patriots were shut out since 1993 and is the worst season-opening loss in franchise history, dating back to 1960.'

Marker Belichick must work to regain players' faith [5:09 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'If that can happen to Milloy, what does that mean for me? That thought might start to explain why the Patriots didn't show up for their head coach yesterday, why they committed an uncharacteristic 12 penalties, why they often looked confused, why they seemed to lose their composure at times.'

Marker Bills have their every which way with Patriots [5:08 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The 31-0 loss featured defensive disarray, offensive predictability, bad quarterbacking, zero pass rush, an inability to stop the run or run themselves, not to mention stupid penalties.'

Marker Milloy has good reason to gloat, and he does [5:07 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It felt good," Milloy said when asked how it felt when he came out of the Bills' tunnel, the last player introduced. "I was in an atmosphere where they make the player feel like he is needed, and not the other way around. That was what I left behind."'

Marker Bills' free agents money well spent [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Don't think that just because I ran a good ways [on the touchdown] that I had to come out," Adams said. "I didn't take any oxygen, either."'

Marker Bledsoe engineers fast start [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It was important for us to come out, have a good first drive, convert the two big third downs and put points on the board. It was very important for us to set the tone offensively. Then, for our defense to come out and play like they did was tremendous."'

Marker Bledsoe and Milloy have ample reason to be happy [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I told him when he got here," Bledsoe said, "that, if I could have picked any player around the league to put on our defense, there wouldn't have been many guys ahead of him."'

Marker What were they thinking? They weren't [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The people who think Milloy made the difference yesterday are the same people who think Belichick gets into Bledsoe's head. They should think again.'

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