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Buffalo Bills News - August 4, 2001

Marker Bills vs. Browns Scrimmage [11:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Saturday's scrimmage between the Bills and the Browns will be different than a normal NFL game, as according to Bills coach Gregg Williams, each team will get 5 different series of plays starting from their 35-yard line, with 12 plays to try to score a touchdown. Should the 12th play put either team inside their opponents 10-yard line, the offense will get another three chances to put the ball in the end zone.

Marker Davis sees attitude' in Browns [9:55 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Browns' defense, which has feasted on two weeks of competition against its own struggling offense, needed to see the likes of Moulds, Peerless Price and 233-pound tailback Shawn Bryson for a quick reality check.'

Marker Bills buck up Browns [9:47 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'It was just one practice -- not two -- against the Buffalo Bills. But it was good enough for Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis to say his team gave itself a much-needed shot of confidence.'

Marker Claim to fame [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, Buffalo mayor Anthony Masiello announced Friday that today will be "Marv Levy Day" in the City of Buffalo. He will be honored by the city at a later date.'

Marker Schobel hoping for better days [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Today was one of those days," said the Bills' rookie defensive end following the Friday afternoon session at Edinboro University. "I felt really sluggish and I really didn't do too much. I don't think I did too well today. I just really felt slow and some days you just don't have a good day."'

Marker Rain gives Bills morning break [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make up for missing the morning session, the teams combined practices and had fewer reps.'

Marker Williams showing he's right man for the job [8:24 AM]
Sporting News reports: 'Williams -- a relative unknown in the NFL coaching profession whose highest rank was as a defensive coordinator with Tennessee last year -- has given the Buffalo franchise a shot in the arm with his strict attention to detail and teaching style.'

Marker Browns, Bills have hectic day [5:42 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Only a couple hundred people were in the stands early Friday, huddled in rain gear under umbrellas and waiting for a chance to see the pros drill. But the diehards also were sent scurrying for their vehicles because of the lightning and continuing rain.'

Marker Football legends to take their place in HOF [5:30 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"I think all those people are paying their respect to this class," the former Buffalo Bills head coach said. "But I think more than that, they're paying their respect to the game of football and to the Hall of Fame institution, which helps glorify this great game. That's why we're all here this weekend."'

Marker Williams sees bright side of rainy Bills practice [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams, a guy who could jump out of an airplane without a parachute and convince you he'd land safely, opined that the Bills got "good, productive work" during the hectic two-hour session.'

Marker Polian, Levy meet again -- in Canton [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"I wouldn't have achieved 1/100th of what I've achieved professionally without Marv Levy," says Polian, the Indianapolis Colts general manager who has been voted NFL Executive of the Year four times by his peers. "Marv Levy gave me my start, and through the years, he gave me an education about football and about life."'

Marker Linebackers key to Williams' defense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Get talking linebackers and Buffalo Bills Coach Gregg Williams gets a twinkle in his eye. The former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator thinks of linebackers the way an explosives expert thinks of a fuse.'

Marker Coaches impressed by rookie O'Leary [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'One player who has grabbed Bills Coach Gregg Williams' attention is rookie tight end Dan O'Leary. Not only is O'Leary making strides on long snapping -- a job he currently is the front-runner to win -- but he is also showing signs that he could help at the tight end position.'

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August 3, 2001

Marker Hall of Fame Class of 2001: Marv Levy [4:12 PM]
Pro Football Hall of Fame reports: The HOF Web site contains tributes to the class of 2001. Typical Levy: " I also know that no one goes into the Hall of Fame - their name may be promulgated there - but it's the work of thousands of people that result in any person going in." (I looked it up for you *Promulgate* "to make know by public declaration)

Marker Levy's leadership puts him into Hall [2:49 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: He is probably one of the most thoughtful and mild-mannered NFL coaches.

"Leadership is the ability to get other people to get the best out of themselves," said Levy, who has a masters degree from Harvard. "It's manifested by getting them not to follow you but to join you."

Marker Lightning, rain cancel Bills-Browns practice [1:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Players from both teams were stretching on the Edinboro University's Sox Harrison Stadium field when the lightning flashed, followed by a loud crack of thunder. Representatives of both teams decided to cancel the session in hopes that the weather would clear up for the afternoon practice, set to begin at 3 p.m.'

Marker Rob Johnson Diary [9:37 AM]
The Sporting News reports: I think this year is going to be a lot more organized. With the continuity of the offense and running those same plays over and over again during preseason and practices there will be less mistakes, breakdowns and hopefully be more organized. A lot of times last year, you'd have 10 seconds at the line of scrimmage, if that, and me and Doug were rushed.

Marker Practices will have some kick [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There will be a heavy emphasis placed on special teams when the Bills travel to Edinboro, Pa., to practice and scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns.'

Marker New camp, new start for Black [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Black thinks about last season every day. He thinks about the 14 regular-season games where he didn't put on a blue or white jersey. He thinks about the two games where he saw limited action as a kick returner. But mostly he thinks about his preseason botches because those have become his greatest weapon - motivation.'

Marker Johnson gets some time off to rest arm [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson was given the morning off Thursday, in part to keep his arm fresh and also because coach Gregg Williams is pleased with his development.'

Marker Buffalo Bills enter deal with Erie, Pa., dairy [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills entered into an agreement with Meadow Brook Dairy, based in Erie, Pa., to serve as the teams official sponsor in the dairy category.'

Marker Moulds wins appeal of contempt ruling [5:20 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'George County Chancery Judge Pat Watts Jr. had sentenced Moulds to 90 days In jail, with 60 days suspended, for delaying child support payments to the Mother of his then-8-year-old son, Randy. The Supreme Court ruled Watts Erred by not giving Moulds due process, including a hearing on the criminal Contempt charge.'

Marker AFC East at a glance [5:14 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Camp priorities: Adjusting to a new coaching staff, developing a better offensive line, finding defensive linemen, and getting Sam Cowart used to his new position at middle linebacker.'

Marker Johnson, team welcome scrimmage [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson won't see a lot of time in the scrimmage tomorrow -- probably one 12-play series with the first-team offense at the start -- but he will have regular repetitions during today's two practices as he test drives the new West Coast offense against foreign competition.'

Marker Flowers intent on proving Bills right [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Drafted on the first round (26th overall) in large part because of his explosive speed off the snap of the ball, Flowers made minimal contributions to the Buffalo Bills defensive line as a rookie. He played in all 16 games at defensive end (no starts) but made just two sacks and was in on only 23 tackles.'

Marker Simply Marvelous [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think you take on the personality of your head coach, and we took on Marv's," said Jim Kelly, the quarterback of those great Bills teams. "He taught us it was OK to mourn those losses for awhile, but then it was time to pick yourself up and move on."'

Marker Moulds avoids jail in Miss. [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills star receiver Eric Moulds has dodged a 30-day jail term for contempt of court for delaying child support payments in Jackson, Miss.'

August 2, 2001

Marker Marv Levy made his own history [8:21 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Ronald Reagan was dubbed The Great Communicator," said Colts president Bill Polian, who was the Bills' general manager for seven of Levy's 12 seasons with the team. "Marv ought to be dubbed The Great Communicator 1A. He can reach any audience, any time, on virtually any subject."'

Marker Jones couldn't change the tune of 'The Music City Miracle' [1:45 PM]
Amarillo Globe News reports: 'Before the dam broke, Phillips was going to move Jones to defensive coordinator, a position he excelled at during stints with Ryan at Philadelphia and Arizona.'

Marker Keith Newman Player of the Day Q & A [12:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Keith Newman answered questions after practice on Wednesday.

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