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Buffalo Bills News - November 27, 2001

Marker Bills to make change at kicker [8:56 AM] reports: "It's more than just that, we had lots of things that came up in that ballgame with situations that came up towards the end, but it wasn't just the extra point, no," he said. "For three or four weeks, we've had kickers in here, as we've had other position players staying on top of all that should the need arise, and we believe the need arised. We've had a new snapper, and though that would calm things down, and it has done for the protection, as Mo [Umutoa] has done good things in protection. At this time, we need to make a move."

Marker 49ers pay attention to Bills [7:02 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '"A lot of teams like to step their play up when the lights and cameras are on," Stubblefield said. "There's no doubt we're not going to take these guys lightly. They almost won the Miami game."'

Marker Christie joins Flutie in San Diego [6:42 AM]
Sportsnet reports: 'Christie will arrive in San Diego on Monday where he is expected to take over kicking duties from Wade Richey for the final six weeks of the season. Speculation is that Richey will likely stay on to handle kick offs for the team who next face Seattle.'

Marker Bills' collapse was painful to watch [6:09 AM]
New York Post reports: '"You sit there and watch that all day and you get your heart hurt, because it never works out for you," Herman Edwards said. "As soon as you start counting on other teams to do work for you, you wind up with your heart broken. We've got to do what we have to do, handle our own business."'

Marker Bills' loss a win for the offense [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '"The fact that we get a chance to play in another national spotlight game similar to earlier this year (against Jacksonville, Buffalo's lone victory), there's no doubt our guys will bounce back from this."'

Marker No surprise here: Arians gets boot [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'But as Williams said Sunday, "We have to kick it through" and Arians didn't.'

Marker No 'franchise,' but Van Pelt an improvement [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: ' sure has been more fun and less frustrating watching him the last few games than it was suffering through Johnson's travails.'

Marker Christie to take a kick at Chargers job [5:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's a possibility, nothing is confirmed," was all Christie's agent, Gil Scott, would say last night of his client's potential trip to California. Sources in San Diego say it's much stronger than that, however.'

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November 26, 2001

Marker Bills release K Jake Arians [8:10 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"It's more than just that (the missed extra point), we had lots of things that came up in that ballgame with situations that came up towards the end, but it wasn't just the extra point, no," Bills coach Gregg Williams said of his decision to release Arians.'

Marker Bills search for place kicker after cutting Arians [4:21 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills worked out Jon Hilbert and veteran Al Del Greco before the start of the season and, more recently, Doug Brien, who spent all of last year with the New Orleans Saints.'

Marker Bills to Make a Change at Kicker [3:34 PM] reports: At his press conference today, coach Gregg Williams told the media the Bills will be making a change at the kicker position, with a new kicker to be announced tomorrow.

Marker Bills fail to “squish the fish” [1:49 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For three periods, you wondered how the Miami Dolphins had won six games. For the last quarter, you wondered how the Buffalo Bills had won even one.'

Marker Rivalry is still there [1:49 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Quarterback Jay Fiedler sounded shocked at the way the Bills decided to defend Miami in the fourth quarter with a 21-10 lead. "They were giving us chances, playing a lot of man-to-man defenses, they were playing hard inside on Chris (Chambers) and our wideouts and giving us the deep throws for (the Miami receivers) to go up and make some plays," Fiedler said. "They tried blitzing a couple times, and we were able to catch them in one or two blitzes and made some big plays."'

Marker Bills Notebook [1:47 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo has now lost a team-record eight straight home games.'

Marker Bills find new way to lose against Miami [1:47 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'There was absolutely no way, by any objective measure, that the Buffalo Bills should have, could have, lost to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. And yet they did.'

Marker Fourth-quarter horror stuns Bills [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've seen a lot in 11 years, and this is a new low."'

Marker A day Irvin would like to forget [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Despite all the other things that went against us, I had two plays to make a difference and I didn't make a difference...".

Marker 'Near scary' Chambers haunts Bills [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills didn't already know about Chambers' playmaking ability, they know now.'

Marker Bills' collapse puts them at rock bottom [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And you thought it couldn't get any worse.'

Marker Entire team deserves blame, but look at who's kicking [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And with every passing week we're left to wonder. Bottom line? Or end of the line?'

Marker Moulds puts up numbers after speaking out [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills appear so concerned about injured quarterback Rob Johnson, they apparently didn't want him on the sideline for fear he might suffer a freak injury. Johnson spent the game in the coaches' box.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My Bonnie lies over the ocean, my Bonnie lies over the sea and until she hates the Dolphins, she won't live in Buffalo with me."'

Marker 5th Down: The rivalry lives [9:01 AM] reports: Hansen has always been a guy with perspective, someone who could play through any situation and explain it, too. With his Buffalo Bills struggling this season, Hansen has been able to articulate the problems clearly and honestly: It’s a young team. We make mistakes. We need to learn to win. But this time, after a 34-27 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Hansen had no explanation. "I try to come up with a reason or excuse every week," he said, "but this one hurts worse than any."

Marker Bills fall to late Miami rally [8:59 AM] reports: 'The 75th meeting of the Bills and Dolphins proved to be a very memorable game, but unfortunately for Buffalo, a strong upset bid by the Bills was dashed with a 24-point fourth quarter by Miami as the Dolphins took a 34-27 win out of Buffalo.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins post-game quotebook [8:58 AM] reports: "It is frustrating to play hard and well and not come up with a win. They made some big plays at the end and we didn't make the plays to counter that."

Marker Offense starts job, but 'D' can't finish it [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: '"I don't know how much lower we can get," defensive end Phil Hansen added.'

Marker This kicker just can't connect [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'That said, Arians should start collecting his unemployment checks this week.'

Marker Bills show they can't hold lead [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's frustrating," Williams said. "The guys played well enough in some situations to win it, but we didn't." "Some" is the operative word here.'

Marker Fiedler's cool keeps Dolphins from folding [6:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'While Fiedler and his teammates were bouncing back, the Bills were finding news ways to get bounced.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'The offense was much improved, the defense regressed and special teams looked like Ronnie Jones was still coaching here.'

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