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Buffalo Bills News - July 12, 2004

Marker It’s nearly ticket time for the Bills [12:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, there is an important date for Bills’ fans. Saturday marks the first time they can buy individual tickets for games at “The Ralph.” They’re available beginning at 9 a.m.. online at, by calling 1-877-BBTICKS, or by visiting the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office or participating Tops Friendly Markets.'

Marker Needs Your Help [12:56 PM] reports: 'We are looking for fans to submit a title for this new program. If your title is selected, you will win a 2004 Buffalo Bills Official Team Yearbook and a Lawyer Milloy autographed mini-helmet. The winning entry could be the title of this program for years to come so don't miss out on your chance to have your named stamped in the Bills history book.'

Marker I'm not drunk, I'm a fan [7:47 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "We do feel there are problems that can be solved without resulting in an ejection," a story in the Buffalo News quoted Donohoe as saying. We don't know what Donohoe has in mind for the troublemakers if he's not going to eject them. Perhaps large quanties of black coffee?

Marker Inside slant [4:40 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey will keep alive a tradition begun by Williams - night practices. He has scheduled two, allowing fans the chance to come out to practice after work.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:39 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Medical watch: No updates."

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"No. 1, I can raise my hand every time he starts to screw up like I did 20 years ago and tell him, 'Nope, it won't work.' One thing I don't want to do, though, is be the guy who is constantly running down the hall and telling him what to do. When he wants a sounding board, I can be that and in the heat of everything, it is nice to have someone to observe and to remind him of some things he needs to do." - Bills QB coach Sam Wyche, the popular ex-Bengals head coach, describing his role on Mike Mularkey's staff.'

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July 10, 2004

Marker Bills Team Report [8:29 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'First-round pick J.P. Losman showed impressive arm strength and mobility during minicamps, but he must learn how to read defenses and make proper decisions before he is ready to start. The team sees his abundant confidence as a virtue. Travis Brown made a positive impression with his minicamp performance. He throws hard and is mobile. Brown would play if Bledsoe gets injured, but Losman figures to get most of the second-team snaps.'

Marker LaCarte's lost love [5:56 AM]
Monesson Valley Independent reports: 'At a Bills' tryout in Mid-May, LaCarte's speed was among the best during running and agility drills. But, while LaCarte refused to wait by the phone, the Bills did not come calling. "The problem was my size, not my ability," LaCarte said. "I think they just wanted someone around 300-plus pounds and I just can't carry that kind of weight."'

Marker From worker to co-chairman [5:55 AM]
Pittsbuirg Morning Sun reports: 'Moorman, who lives in Ponte Vidra, Fla., in the offseason, has started the Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation to benefit pediatric cancer research and children facing cancer treatments. PUNT stands for purpose, understanding, 'ncouragement and triumph. "We started it last year, and we're trying to expand on it this year,'' Moorman said. "We're trying to put some events together in Buffalo."'

July 9, 2004

Marker 2004-05 Buffalo Bills Student Leaders [1:17 PM] reports: 'As a part of the program, Bills General Manager Tom Donahoe will be hosting monthly meetings with the selected students. They will go behind the scenes of the Buffalo Bills where they will learn about a variety of careers and meet professionals within the organization and community. The Student Leaders will also have the opportunity to attend Bills games, volunteer at community events, assist various Bills departments during select home games and serve as Bills ambassadors to their school.'

July 8, 2004

Marker It's no Mularkey [9:01 PM] reports: 'Sometimes it seems as though those of us in the media (as well as fans) have a rather short memory, doesn’t it? After all, not even twelve months ago we were all anointing Donahoe as the NFL Executive of the Year, based on the moves he made in the off season. But, after the disatrous 2003 season, he hardly looks like such an untouchable decision maker – and his future in Buffalo will be directly linked to the decision he made in naming Mike Mularkey as Gregg Williams’ successor.'

Marker Koons eager to start over with Bills in NFL [8:59 PM]
Columbus This Week reports: 'Koons was a Cincinnati Bengals fan while growing up, and the Bills have hired former Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche as quarterback coach. Koons said he always had a soft spot for the Bills, too, but playing professional football is the primary goal.'

Marker Defensive additions offset offensive changes [8:58 PM]
ESPN reports: The most interesting dynamic in the division is the head coaching change in Buffalo.

Marker Gray preparing to guide Buffalo's defense [8:57 PM]
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports: '"My responsibility is to try and get us to the Super Bowl," Gray said. "If you go in with an attitude less than that then you don't have the right focus. We have a team, we have the players. We just have to put it together."'

Marker Brandt's 60-second previews: AFC [5:43 PM] reports: Three new coaches decorate the Bills as they head into 2004. Their new HC is former Steelers OC Mike Mularkey, and the new OC is Tom Clements, also from Pittsburgh.

But the addition of veteran coach Sam Wyche as QB coach could be the key to this team. Wyche is an innovative and creative coach who will serve as a guide to starter Drew Bledsoe and mentor to rookie J.P. Losman. In fact, Losman will eventually be the Bills' QB, but knowing Wyche, we may see him get some time in short-yardage situations since Losman is a bigger version of the Steelers' Antwaan Randle El.

Fellow rookie Lee Evans was another good draft pick for the Bills as the most experienced receiver in the draft (he spent six years at Wisconsin). That should help a team that finished 30th overall in total offense score some points. If Mularkey wants to see his team improve, the offense has to get back on track. If they do, this will be an interesting team to watch.

July 7, 2004

Marker Bryant to get NFL tryout [8:40 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"If they're interested, they may sign him," Conquest coach Rick Buffington said Tuesday at a media luncheon. "He could get as far as the practice squad. They make good money right now."'

Marker Albany Conquest QB D. Bryant to tryout with Buffalo Bills on Thursday [8:39 AM] reports: '"This is tremendous opportunity for D. and he certainly deserves it," said Albany Conquest Head Coach Rick Buffington. "If Buffalo likes what they see they could sign him in the near future. D. will fly out from Buffalo to Green Bay to play in our game on Friday night against the Blizzard. He will not miss any practices this week since Thursday is a travel day for us."'

July 6, 2004

Marker Offseason Overview: Buffalo Bills [10:50 AM]
ESPN reports: There's no question that the Bills have all the pieces to have a potent, high-scoring offense. The key will be giving Bledsoe the time he needs to make his reads down the field. With all the weapons Mularkey has at his disposal, it's tough to imagine the Bills struggling on offense the way they did last season.

On the other side of the ball, status quo wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to a team that ranked second in the league in total defense. But there's a fine line between status quo and complacency and the Bills would be wise to toe it carefully.

If Mularkey is able to get the new additions to jell and work out some chemistry puzzles (i.e. Henry and McGahee), there should be plenty of cheers from Ralph Wilson and the patrons of his stadium.

Marker Cell Phones For Soldiers [10:15 AM]
CBS reports: Within two months, Brittany and Robbie have organized fundraisers to purchase old cell phones and prepaid calling cards. They have raised more than $130,000 through these events and their Web site, Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Their efforts have been acknowledged by the White House, members of the military, and Jim Kelly, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Kelly has also signed on as their celebrity spokesperson.

Marker A good deed, a great ride [10:14 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: The Bergquist siblings have been collecting a lot of stuff lately. Like e-mails from grateful soldiers in Iraq and their mothers, wives and fathers in the States; $500 donations from TV stars; backing from former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly; and lots of thank-yous from people all over the country.

July 5, 2004

Marker Not a bunch of Mularkey [9:17 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'As long as Eric Moulds stays healthy and Drew Bledsoe stays off his backside, this team will have a chance to post its first winning record in five years.'

Marker Inside slant [5:50 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have the added challenge of signing two first-round draft picks this year and with training camp opening in less than a month, the clock is ticking on getting wide receiver Lee Evans and quarterback J.P. Losman into the fold.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:49 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Furthermore, with no CBA extension, new contracts can only be factored out over six years - that's if Donahoe were to get one done in 2004. Deals written next year will be under even tighter constraints, meaning Donahoe may not have the leverage it appears he has by suspending talks until further notice. One agent said Donahoe's fax was merely more posturing and he won't be bullied into a premature, under-market deal.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:48 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Ruben Brown may have been cut by the Bills but he has no hard feelings, at least not enough to let them get in the way of his charity work. The classy nine-year veteran went ahead with his fourth annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run to benefit the Salvation Army last weekend from the Ralph Wilson Stadium parking lots. Celebrity riders Jim Kelly, Fred Smerlas, Ted Washington, Sam Gash and Pat Williams took part.'

July 4, 2004

Marker NFL's never-ending offseason a concern to Vincent [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When we spend time on certain tasks, on improving certain areas of our lives, we generally get results," Vincent said by phone last week. "If I spend time in the weight room, on the practice field, generally I'll get results on the playing field. There's a slim chance I won't get results. The same thing applies in our daily lives with our families. What you put in is exactly what you'll get out.''

July 2, 2004

Marker Soldiers Still Love Bills Overseas [11:30 PM] reports: 'The battalion has been stationed in Iraq since February 16, 2004, though many are confident their mission will not last much longer. "I will be there for the home opener," McKirchy said. "This is going to be an exciting year for the Bills and I'm not going to miss any of the action."'

July 1, 2004

Marker Presidential Bills [4:07 PM] reports: 'In honor of Independence Day Sunday, took a look back through the 43 years of Bills football to come up with a squad that shared the surnames of the 43 United States presidents, or other notable presidential candidates (or parties).'

Marker Bills Rookies off to a Good Start [4:07 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills 2004 rookie class has yet to take a snap on an NFL field, but they are already champions. The six newest members of the Bills squad finished first in the Ultimate Rookie Challenge at the Rookie Symposium held in La Costa, California this past week.'

Marker NFL players give campers guidance on football and life [12:08 PM]
Winston-Salem Journal reports: 'Germane Crowell plays for the New Orleans Saints, and Angelo plays for the Buffalo Bills. The camp focused on improving football skills, but it included motivational talks by professional athletes and community leaders.'

Marker Patriots still the cream of the AFC East crop [12:07 PM]
Northwest Arkansas Times reports: 'Among the AFC East alsorans, Buffalo will make the most improvement, albeit without Drew Bledsoe taking the snaps. I like Bledsoe, but let’s face it, my lardulous physique could avoid the rush better. With cocky rookie QB J. P. Losman and new head coach Mike Mularkey at the helm, the Bills will undergo an attitude adjustment that translates into more wins on the field.'

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