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Buffalo Bills News - November 14, 2004

Marker The Bills Promote Peters [5:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A month under Jim McNally's tutelage must have done wonders for Peters to be promoted.'

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November 13, 2004

Marker Bills Practice Under The Lights [5:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey doesn't seem intimidated by his first head coaching assignment on Sunday night football. He said he was more excited about the energy he saw in practice.'

Marker Peters Signed to 53-Man Roster [5:46 PM] reports: 'To make room, defensive end Constantin Ritzmann has been placed on injured reserve.'

Marker Grades are improving for Bills at halfway point [3:44 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'It took a little while for Mike Mularkey to put his mark on this team, but the Bills are buying into Mularkey’s system, and the results are showing.'

Marker McGahee, Dillon add spark to running games [3:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Since leaving the Patriots after the 2001 season, Bledsoe is 1-4 against his former team. Tom Brady, who replaced him at quarterback, is 6-1 in his career against Buffalo.'

Marker Special forces [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'April gives each of his units a military label in an effort to hammer home the importance of special teams to his players. The kickoff return unit, for instance, is the Seals, named after the Navy Seals. The kickoff coverage unit is the Gurkhas, named after the British Army units that originated in Asia. April combines his military labels with an elaborate points system that allows each player to gauge his performance against everyone else on special teams.'

Marker Others get ink, but Brady gets victories [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's no disgrace. Brady is a rising superstar. For my money, he's not merely the best quarterback in the NFL, but the best player, period.'

Marker Youth to be served at new field [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The facility, located a few hundred yards from the tunnel entrance to the stadium, is the first of its kind in the NFL and will be used exclusively for youth football teams in Western New York.'

Marker Mistakes hurt in first half of Bills' season [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills aren't nearly as good as Belichick made them out to be, but there were some shards of truth sprinkled amidst all the coachspeak spilling out of Belichick's mouth that every Bills fan could relate to.'

Marker McGahee a tonic for ailing Bills [5:16 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Suddenly, drafting a running back with a bum knee who needed a lengthy time to recover does not seem like it was such a bad idea.'

Marker Ground game has Bills on upswing [5:15 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '``I haven't seen a whole lot of him besides these last few games, but the system's working for him,'' McGinest said. ``He's running the ball hard, breaking a lot of tackles ... you've got to get ready for that.'''

Marker How Different Is Buffalo With McGahee? [5:14 AM] reports: 'McGahee may be working his tail off carrying the ball, but a more noble duty he is performing is something not seen since Curtis Martin was a Patriot: Forcing defenses to respect the run and not overplay Drew Bledsoe and the passing game.'

Marker Saturday's New England Coverage [5:13 AM] reports:
Gorin earning his place (Boston Globe)
He'll keep nose out of trouble (Boston Globe)
Wilfork learns on line (Boston Herald)
Seymour plays bigger than his stats (Boston Herald)
Vrabel hurt in practice (Boston Herald)
Second effort keeps Dillon a cut above the rest (Woonsocket Call)
Givens emerging as quiet superstar (Woonsocket Call)
Wilfork certainly stands out (Providence Journal)
Dillon's gains after 1st hit put him a cut above others (Providence Journal)
DB Mike Haynes made mark with Pats (Providence Journal)
McGahee a tonic for ailing Bills (Springfield Republican)
Ground game has Bills on upswing (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Gorin goes through hoops as Pats starter (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
How Different Is Buffalo With McGahee? (
Dillon a consistent factor (
Bill Belichick Press Conference (

November 12, 2004

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Willis McGahee [9:32 PM] reports: 'What do you feel needs to be accomplished for Buffalo to beat New England and do you think the running game needs to be stressed more on the road?
Willis McGahee: We need to go out there and keep doing the same thing we were doing the past two games. We've been moving the ball successfully and have been doing a great job opening up the passing lanes.'

Marker Bills first team with youth football facility [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '''(Owner) Ralph Wilson and the Bills organization deserve tremendous credit for taking this commitment to the next level with the creation of their new youth football field,'' NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said in a statement.'

Marker Bills Open Youth Football Facility [6:23 PM] reports: "This is certainly a great occasion for the Buffalo Bills and for youth football in this area," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We are very committed in our organization to do things to give back to our community and one of our primary initiatives is youth football."

Marker Time for Bills to break through in New England [5:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills, 20-17.'

Marker Patriots-Bills scouting report [1:07 PM] reports: 'Patriots 23, Bills 13.'

Marker McGahee emerges as a marked man in Bills' backfield [1:06 PM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '"I knew that Willis had explosiveness and speed, that he's shifty and hard to tackle," Bledsoe said after he and the Bills had defeated Martin and the New York Jets, 22-17, at Ralph Wilson Stadium last Sunday afternoon. "What I didn't know is how tough he can be in short-yardage situations."'

Marker Bills Open Youth Football Facility [1:05 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills President/GM Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Mike Mularkey, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and NFL Senior Director of Youth Football Cedric Jones will be among the guests at the unveiling of the Buffalo Bills Youth Football Field on Friday, November 12 in Orchard Park, NY. Representatives from the Western New York Youth Tackle Football Federation and other Bills players will take part in the ceremony that will begin at 2:30 PM ET.'

Marker Changes Can be Tough in Mid-Season [11:49 AM] reports: 'I remember my second season in Buffalo when Marv Levy replaced Hank Bullough as the Bills head coach midway through the year. That was a tough transition to make, but when you're losing, you look forward to any type of change. I think that's the attitude the Dolphins need to have right now. If they can turn their 1-8 record into 6-10 or so by the end of the year, they'll have something to build on heading into the off-season. Having a new coach around may rally the team. We'll have to wait and see how they respond.'

Marker Fletcher Shows Special Teams Are a Priority [11:49 AM] reports: 'I watch the opposing kickers during pregame warm-ups as well, which helps me determine where to place Nate Clements on punt returns.'

Marker Bills O-Line Continues to Develop [11:48 AM] reports: 'Really Drew Bledsoe has played pretty good all year. We've had some miscues at times that were really not his fault. The thing he's done better this year compared to last year is that he's moving around the pocket better and avoiding people within the pocket while still being able to throw down the field. He has taken off a couple of times and run the ball, which is good. The play last week against the Jets, when he ran for 17 yards, was a big first down. It kept our drive going and we were able to get a touchdown out of that drive. Everything is not going to be the way that you draw it up on paper when you go play the game and sometimes the quarterback has to make a play out of nothing and if Drew can continue to do that it will be very helpful.'

Marker (3-5) at New England (7-1) [11:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Patriots 20, Bills 17.'

Marker Pats can’t rest [9:03 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'Are they the new and improved Buffalo Bills? Has Drew Bledsoe really regained the magic touch? Is Willis McGahee the difference? Or is it all Bills head coach Mike Mularkey?'

Marker Bills make a run for it [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We seem more happier and happier every day," said McGahee, who will be playing his first NFL game in prime time. "We want to keep that feeling.'

Marker Selfless ideals make Patriots a true team [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New England has become the competitive standard.'

Marker A dozen youngsters put Bills in middle of age bracket [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The average age of the 53 players on the Bills' active roster is 26.4 years, which is tied for 12th youngest in the 32-team league.'

Marker History isn't on Bills' side when playing champions [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But if history is the teacher, expect a long night Sunday when the Bills face the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium. This will be Buffalo's 13th road game against a defending Super Bowl champion and the first dozen have been mostly horrid.'

Marker Yards from scrimmage constitute best career barometer [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I don't look upon all-purpose yards as a very significant statistic. Yards from scrimmage are more important because rushing and receiving yards are much harder earned than kick return yards.'

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