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Buffalo Bills News - October 31, 2002

Marker Drawn into Drew talk [5:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The Bills are on a three-game winning streak and it's no secret Drew's done a good job,'' Belichick said. ''He has a good group of receivers. Drew is the same now as he has been through his career. He's made big plays in the passing game, has thrown the ball well downfield. He's done a lot of things with a lot of skill throwing the football. Drew is a good football player. We traded him for a valuable pick [first round] and we hope he's a good player.'''

Marker Bledsoe is top pick on spotlight team [5:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Yes, time heals a lot of things and I think everybody knows that last year was a difficult year for me from the standpoint of going through the injury, and then going through the situation where I wasn't able to get back on the field,'' Bledsoe said. ''That was a hard year, but I really don't - and I'm being honest about this - spend much time thinking about it. I'm having fun playing with the guys I'm playing with and I'm glad I'm in the situation I'm in.'''

Marker Patriots should reflect [5:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots don't need to worry about Drew Bledsoe this Sunday. They need to worry about themselves.'

Marker Brady clarifies matter and points finger at himself [5:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Believe me I'm a part of the problem, and I'm going to be part of the solution, too. I remember a question being asked, `Did you call the guys out?' And I said no, not a bit, and of course that's what I heard I said. So like I said, maybe I didn't express myself the way I wanted to and unfortunately things get said, and that's part of losing four games in a row, too. I understand the role of the media, and the way it works, and I'm making your job easy, I guess.'''

Marker No lie, Drew reborn as Bill [5:38 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``No matter how hard you try to avoid (complacency) and how much lip service you pay it, at some point you do start to take (being a starter) for granted a little bit - and I think I was guilty of that,'' said Bledsoe. ``But having this change - having to go through what I went through last year and then having a chance to get back on the field - has really renewed my passion for the game.'''

Marker Brady: I'm to blame, too [5:37 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Brady may have shown some of the strain yesterday when a reporter asked him if he ever thought that he would be the one dealt from the Pats last spring instead of Bledsoe. ``Don't even think about that (expletive),'' Brady snapped.'

Marker Hayes on outside [5:37 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``The players want to win for Drew,'' said Moulds. ``It's an important game as far as the division is concerned, but it's also important for a guy who is a main guy on the team.'''

Marker Will 3-4 set be spark? Patriots defense likes look of new alignment [5:36 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'What the Patriots are clearly worried about is opponents running wild on them, as the last five teams they've faced have had a 100-yard rusher. The suspect run defense has limited the Patriots' ability to attack the passer on third down, because oftentimes opponents are facing third-and-3s instead of third-and-7s.'

Marker Bledsoe had only one option [5:35 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Bledsoe forced the Patriots' hand last spring. The Patriots didn't go with the first option that presented itself. They went with the only option.'

Marker Bledsoe fills the bill in Buffalo [5:34 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"How he handled last year," Bills coach Gregg Williams said yesterday, "was a very large determining factor in us wanting to pursue a deal for Drew as aggressively as we did."'

Marker Bledsoe can teach Brady lesson or two [5:33 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Now, Bledsoe's career has been reborn in Buffalo, as if he went through Football Hell and came out better for the journey. And the lesson for Brady? It's all about overcoming adversity. That's what Bledsoe has learned; it's what Brady has yet to learn.'

Marker Comments misinterpreted [5:32 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I think they know me pretty well," he said. "And I think they know just how frustrated I get and how much I want to win. After a half-hour of talking, I don't think that everything you've built over the last two years is destroyed by the way it was interpreted. They know the way it's interpreted by the way I play and the way I try to get ready to play. And I know them, too."'

Marker Catching on to system has been tall order for Hayes [5:32 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Hayes signed a two-year contract worth more than $2 million after catching 56 passes for Carolina last season. He's caught 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown so far this season. He told The Boston Globe two weeks ago that he was having trouble fathoming the Patriots' intricate offensive system.'

Marker Drew's Friends Coming To Play [5:31 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'When a team has lost four in a row and has developed the alarming habit of playing lousy football and falling behind early, when some of its members wonder if the team has lost its competitive edge, the last thing it wants is another distraction, like the Bledsoe Bowl.'

Marker Bledsoe: Ex-Patriot feels at home [5:30 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'And while Bledsoe undoubtedly remains much the same man, he is playing like a different quarterback than he did his final seasons in New England. He is certainly surrounded by more talent than perhaps ever before - running back Travis Henry, receivers Peerless Price and Eric Moulds and so on - but he also seems to be throwing the ball with greater accuracy and playing with ummatched gusto.'

Marker Pride at stake in Bledsoe Bowl I [5:29 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Drew Bledsoe would like to be able to tell you that Sunday is just another game, but he'd have a hard time keeping a straight face.'

Marker Brady trying to regain poise and confidence [5:28 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"I'm just extremely frustrated," Brady said. "Frustrated that we're not getting the job done and I think we work on so many things in practice and, as we've said before, I think guys practice hard and the guys are energized."

Marker Quarterback may have been 'misinterpreted' [5:27 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"I think a lot of it might have been, not that I can blame you guys for misinterpreting me, but I think sometimes things are said and maybe don't come off as clarified as I would have liked," Brady said.'

Marker Head 2 Head - Did the Patriots blow it with Bledsoe? [5:27 AM]
CNNSI reports: Even so, the Patriots still had some offensive problems with Brady. But they were masked by winning. Remember, with just three postseason offensive touchdowns, New England arguably was the weakest offensive team to win the Super Bowl.

Marker Dolphins feeling psychologically betrayed [5:26 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''We had an agreement that he wouldn't do anything with anybody in the division, and he does it the week before the game,'' Wannstedt said. ``I don't know what people's motives are. But it was disappointing for me, and it was disappointing for our players.'''

Marker Ex-Bill Thomas chosen as 2002 Sun Bowl legend [5:25 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Thomas, who is ninth on the all-time rushing list (12,074 yards) behind Smith (16,743) and Sanders (15,269), said there's no doubt in his mind they were the best three backs of their time in the NFL.'

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October 30, 2002

Marker Allen, Walker among first-time nominees [9:57 PM]
AP reports: 'Allen is a first-time nominee, joining running back Herschel Walker, quarterback Boomer Esiason, special teams player/wide receiver Steve Tasker, tight end Brent Jones, offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman, defensive lineman Richard Dent and linebacker Sam Mills.'

Marker Not quite ready for some football [9:55 PM]
Finger Lakes Times reports: 'It was my first time at a professional football game, and thank the maker, I finally have the answer to the question that's been dogging me lo these many years - "Are you, Chuck Schading, ready for some football?" The answer? Apparently not.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Pre-Game Press Conf. 10/30/2002 [9:54 PM] reports: 'I never was and still am not a real rah-rah guy, but I have made an effort here to be a little more vocal, to take a little more of a vocal role on the field. But, as far as the meetings and that kind of stuff that we've done, that's something that I've done for a long time. It was something that we did in New England for a number of years.'

Marker The hype begins [9:52 PM] reports: '"To say that this is just another game, I'd be laying and you guys would know I was lying," Bledsoe said. "So yeah, it's a special game for me. I'm playing against a bunch of guys that I went to war with for a long time and a lot of guys that I have tremendous respect for. I've used the analogy for a while now that it's like playing against your brother. You go out and play against somebody that you respect and somebody that you're friends with and you want to win that one bad because you're going to have to hear about it for the of the year if you don't win."'

Marker Drewmania Gripping Buffalo Niagara Region [9:50 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It's not hotcakes, but the hot ticket of the week. A Bills-Patriots ticket is going for 275 dollars a pop on E-Bay. The rivalry between Bills Quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his ex-teammates and nemesis coach Bill Belichick is driving up the price. That figure is also in the ballpark for tickets advertised in the Buffalo News. A News 4 staffer checked out prices Wednesday, "The end zone are starting at 200 dollars, U.S. per ticket."'

Marker Only one scar remains for Bledsoe from Patriots days [9:40 PM]
AP reports: 'If Bledsoe was unhappy with Bill Belichick's decision to stick with Brady last season, he's now crediting his former coach for doing him a favor by sending him to Buffalo in exchange for a first-round pick in next year's draft. ``I can't imagine or look at another team in the league and say, 'There's another team that would be a better fit for me than where I am,''' Bledsoe said.'

Marker Brady just wants to beat Bills [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'While he still has respect and admiration for quarterback Drew Bledsoe, it doesn't matter to Brady that his former mentor is leading the Buffalo Bills (5-3). ''We're in a tougher situation than he's in,'' Brady said. ''We're the ones who are looking up at him.'''

Marker Brady stands by his comments [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'After the team's fourth consecutive loss, Brady appeared to question the commitment of some of his teammates. On Wednesday, he said those comments were misinterpreted.'

Marker Bledsoe again a star, but without the glower [9:35 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'And now, some six months since the trade, and with the two teams scheduled to meet for the first time Sunday, there is growing concern in New England that perhaps the Patriots traded the wrong quarterback.'

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