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Buffalo Bills News - October 28, 2004

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Offensively, Buffalo's last-ranked red zone offense has to find a way crack Arizona's No. 1-ranked red zone defense. A heavy dose of RB Willis McGahee may do the trick. The Cardinals are ranked just 24th in total defense but they do the important things well: NFL-most 18 takeaways and they get off the field on third down. Buffalo needs to control the ball and keep it simple, avoiding difficult third-down situations.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills talk about how their offensive line is improving, but the Baltimore Ravens, like the Oakland Raiders earlier this year, talked plenty of smack after their victory last Sunday. "We knew their offensive line was suspect to allowing sacks," said Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, who had two of his team's four sacks. "We just decided to get after them and we did."'

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October 27, 2004

Marker McGahee to share starting role with Henry [9:15 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Based on Willis’ performance the last couple of weeks with the run game, I felt like he has given us a spark moving the ball when there have been holes and when there haven’t been holes," Mularkey said. "We’re going to see if that can be a difference in this game."'

Marker Inside slant [9:09 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We want to be a running team. Willis (McGahee) and Travis (Henry) have to run up the middle," Moulds said in the wake of Sunday's miserable 20-6 loss at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. "If we don't have success, let's get a field goal at least. But it seems we're trying to throw the ball in those situations when we got in the red zone and we got interceptions. Let's just pound the ball in there and if we get one-on-one coverage outside, let's throw it up and make a play, but we're doing it totally the opposite."'

Marker Bills Add Reed to Practice Squad [9:07 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has signed OT Rodney Reed to its practice squad. Reed, a four-time academic All-American out of LSU, started all 14 games at right tackle during his senior season for the Tigers in 2003.'

Marker Both Backs Named Starters [9:01 PM] reports: 'We’re looking at the last couple week of production, and if that's what it takes it's not the only position that may happen. Right now it's the one that is and hopefully it’s the spark in the run game that gets us going.”'

Marker Mularkey Names McGahee Cardinals Starter [9:00 PM] reports: '"Based on Willis' performance the last couple of weeks with the run game I felt like he has given us a spark moving the ball when there have been holes and when there hasn't been holes," Mularkey told Wednesday morning. "We're going to see if that can be a difference in this game."'

Marker Arizona (2-4) at Buffalo (1-5) [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have been undone by a sputtering offense that has yet to score 21 points in a game, and doesn't have a rushing touchdown. ``It's a culmination of a lot of things,'' Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. ``We've got to get better. We know the enemy, and we'll try to address it.'''

Marker Bills LT Jennings ready to return [8:58 PM]
AP reports: '''I think I'm ready to go,'' Jennings said. ''I've been out for so long, I'm kind of anxious to get out practicing and be with my first group.'''

Marker RB McGahee earns Bills starting job [8:58 PM]
AP reports: '``We're just trying to get a spark. It's not the only position that that may happen to. But right now that's the one that it is. And hopefully that's the spark in the run game that gets us rolling.'''

Marker Two Starting Running Backs [1:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'WGR 550 will have more on the story when Mularky addresses the media Wednesday afternoon.'

Marker Don’t write off the Cardinals any longer [12:58 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'The Cardinals have as many wins (18) as the Bills since the 2001 season.'

Marker Pasch Scouts the Bills [12:53 PM] reports: 'Mularkey has a good offensive mind, and will eventually turn the Buffalo offense around. J.P. Losman is the quarterback of the future, but the first-round draft pick is coming off a broken leg suffered in practice earlier in the season. The defense is playing well, and the Bills could still be a good football team in the near future. Whether near future means this year or next remains to be seen.'

Marker Jumping the gun? McGahee says he's the starter [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It would be interesting to see how Henry handles a demotion. He wasn't happy when the Bills drafted McGahee in the first round of the 2003 draft. He eventually accepted the situation, realizing that McGahee did not pose an immediate threat because he was recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. But the idea of losing playing time won't sit well with Henry, who spent most of the second half on the bench last Sunday.'

Marker Past glory haunts Vinny and Bledsoe [6:30 AM]
Yale Daily News reports: 'Watching Pennington and Brady, there was a sharpness in their craft, an alertness, if you will. Come to think of it, I think what's made Bledsoe and Testaverde look so old lately is the absence of that alertness. They've lost both the youthful ability to think in the pocket and the hunger in their eyes. And sadly enough, the loss of these factors has nothing to do with age.'

Marker Wednesday's Arizona Coverage [6:29 AM] reports:
Extending contracts now will pay future dividends (Arizona Republic)
Great to see NFL games have some kick (East Valley Tribune)
Could the Cardinals be for real? (The Sports Network)
Cards at Bills Game Release (

Marker Flashback: Bills Blow Out Cardinals [6:28 AM] reports: '"There has been some rough games," Mohr laughed. "We played Detroit [Dec. 12, ‘91], I think it was the last game of the year. The wind was blowing hard that day and I dropped it and the ball almost blew off my foot. I punted it and it went straight to the sideline towards our bench and almost hit (special teams) coach Bruce DeHaven. I looked over there and he’s just laughing. There was nothing you can really do when that happens because you can’t predict when that gust is going to hit you. You’ve got to be careful when those winds start gusting around."'

Marker The Future Is Now [6:27 AM] reports: Make no mistake about it – the Bills are a bad team. I take no joy in making that statement – as a Bills fan it pains me to see the cold hard truth.

Marker Bills vs. Cardinals Preview [6:26 AM] reports: The Bills and Cardinals are two struggling teams but the Cardinals got a big win last week against Seattle. The Bills continue to struggle offensively and will look to Willis McGahee to jump start the offense.

October 26, 2004

Marker Bills' McGahee says he's starting against Arizona [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were unavailable for comment. Coach Mike Mularkey is expected to update any lineup changes during his weekly news conference on Wednesday.'

Marker McGahee Says He's Number One [9:32 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee told Sporting News Radio, "I will be starting this Sunday. I've always said when the opportunity presents itself, I just have to take advantage of it."'

Marker Eric Moulds a True Competitor [4:10 PM] reports: 'I don't know what the problem is in the red zone. It's as if the Bills hit a brick wall once they get an opportunity to put points on the board. I think part of it is their inability to run once they get down there. The red zone rushing attack is non-existent and they need to have more consistency to that aspect of their game. Travis Henry and Willis McGahee are both quality backs and someone is going to have to step it up and get the ball into the end zone.'

Marker Offense still causing problems in Buffalo [12:19 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Turnovers are a part of the game, but where the turnovers occurred killed the Bills time and again on Sunday. The Bills were inside the Ravens' 20-yard line four times and couldn't get into the end zone.'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 8 [12:17 PM] reports: 'Coach Eric Jantzi of North Tonawanda High School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football “Coach of the Week” for the eighth weekend of the 2004 season (October 23-24).'

Marker Healthy attitudes [12:17 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A lot of these kids are looking for role models," the physical education teacher said. "When a Buffalo Bill comes to school and tells them to eat right and exercise, it means something to them."'

Marker Moulds sends a message to teammates [12:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Yeah, they could win their next two — hosting the Cardinals (2-4) and Jets (5-1) — but at season’s end, this team that appeared to be a playoff contender when it began has a 6-10 look, at best.'

Marker Bills are most feeble inside 20 [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If we weren't getting down there at all, I'd be going, "Holy cow. We are in some serious trouble,' " Mularkey said. "But the trouble is once we get down there we're not finishing the drives."'

Marker Move to Willis might sell some tickets [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's one problem, though. If the Bills make Travis Henry the backup, it'll diminish his trade value. When Tom Donahoe tries to swing a deal before the draft, other general managers will remind him that Henry wasn't even good enough to start for a bad Bills team. It's a classic bind, but it's of Donahoe's making. It kills me to say I told you so, but this is why they should have traded Henry back in August.'

Marker Losman not close to playing again [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what I foresee right now," Mularkey said Monday after team meetings. "We're going to continue with stages of it. He did the seven-on-seven (last week). We'll get him into maybe some team work (this week) that doesn't put him in a position that he may have to scramble or avoid contact, any of those where there's sudden movement that he has not tested. We'll keep bumping that up as he feels."'

Marker Red zone is giving Buffalo the blues [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In their six games this season the Bills have driven into the red zone on 16 occasions and have scored just four touchdowns. That 25 percent touchdown rate is last in the NFL.'

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