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Buffalo Bills News - October 21, 2003

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Coaching: A -- Kevin Gilbride recognized that the Redskins were not particularly stout up front against the run, and that WR Eric Moulds wasn't going to play again, so he worked hard on making the running game work, and he succeeded. He used a variety of packages that utilized not only FB Sam Gash in the backfield, but tight ends Dave Moore and Ryan Neufeld. Late in the game there were even some three-tight end formations for additional blocking. It was the way to attack the Redskins, and the Bills made it work. On defense the Bills sent a variety of blitzes at Patrick Ramsey in an attempt to take advantage of Washington's suspect pass protection. The plan was to either sack Ramsey or force the second-year quarterback into hurrying throws and it worked. He completed just nine of 26 passes.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'KR Antonio Brown continues to struggle in his rookie season. He had six punt returns and averaged just 2.2 yards. He is ranked last in the league among regular punt returners.'

Marker Donahoe: Room for Henry and McGahee in Bills backfield [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '"You need more than one good back in this league," Donahoe said. "The good teams always have another good back because it's hard for anybody to carry the ball 28, 30 times a game over 16 games."'

Marker Running makes Bills smarter [5:07 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The reason everybody looks smarter and better, is that a successful running game does a whole lot of other good things for both the offense and defense. It helps make Bledsoe’s play action passes so much more effective, and helps run the clock while keeping the defense off the field.'

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October 20, 2003

Marker Let Gregg Williams Coach [8:27 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: Gregg Williams coached a great game Sunday, didn’t he? The offense had balance, the defense played with fire, the Bills dominated the game. That’s great coaching , right? Well if you want to rip the guy when things go so poorly (i.e. the Jets game) then give the guy some credit when it all comes together.

Marker Betts has broken arm [8:24 PM]
AP reports: Washington Redskins RB Ladell Betts has a broken left forearm and most likely will miss at least one game. Betts' arm was hit by a helmet while he was carrying the ball during the first half of Washington's 24-7 loss at Buffalo.

Marker Williams buys time with win [3:30 PM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'There was no excuse in losing to a winless team by 27 points last week. For Williams and his fellow camarillas to remain employed, Buffalo will have to make a statement in games they should win, instead of playing down to the other teams' level.'

Marker Bills enjoy an afternoon of self-discovery [3:28 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'But there they were dominating a foe the way the people who sign their paychecks, as well as those who cough up the cash in the form of ticket purchases, expected since last spring.'

Marker Bills and Henry trample Redskins [1:10 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“This had nothing to do with Willis,” he said, “this had to do with the Buffalo Bills and us getting back on track. After last week (30-3 loss to the Jets in the Meadowlands), there was a sour taste in everybody’s mouth and all the key players knew we had to come out and play good in front of the home crowd.”'

Marker A frustrating return ‘home’ for Smith [1:09 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It was certainly an emotional experience for me, coming back and seeing so many fans who were yelling and chanting and saying polite and kind words,” Smith said. “It was certainly a memorable experience for me. For all the years I’ve been here, they supported my career, and I just want to tell them thank you.”'

Marker Talley’s honors, and career games for Henry and Reed [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The crowd of 73,149 featured only 818 no-shows.'

Marker For Smith, It Was A Bittersweet Day [11:42 AM] reports: '“It’s frustrating to everyone on this team, from the coaches on down,” a disconsolate Smith said in the visiting locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium. “Words can’t explain how this team feels and how I feel.”'

Marker Chief Concern [11:30 AM]
CNN / SI reports: HEY, LET'S NOT DIS THE BILLS. From Dan Baich of Buffalo: "I take offense at your reference that Indy's Monday night victory against Tampa Baby was the greatest comeback of our time. Let me remind you of January 1993, Houston Oilers at Buffalo Bills, AFC wild-card playoff game. The Bills, minus Jim Kelly and Cornelius Bennett, rally from a 35-3 deficit in the third quarter behind Frank Reich. The Bills eventually win 41-38 in overtime in the greatest comeback in NFL history, and the greatest sporting event I'm sure I will ever witness. Now, 1993 is not that long ago. I would consider it still "our time."

Good points. Let's compare. The Bills, at home, were down to Houston by 32 with 25 minutes to go. The Colts, on the road, were down to Tampa Bay by 21 with five minutes left. To me, the latter is a bigger, and better, comeback.

Marker Levy's Week 7 snapshot [11:28 AM] reports: Bills bounce the Redskins
I was in attendance for this game, and I must say that the Bills just totally dominated the game, even worse than the 24-7 final score suggests. They struck great balance in their offense, and their defense thrived with good gang-tackling.

Marker Bills exceed Smith's grasp [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're probably a little hard to figure out, huh?" said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "When we play to the level we expect to, we're going to be competitive against anybody."'

Marker As promised, Bills' 'D' dominates [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a tremendous effort," Spikes said. "We went out with a lot of energy for the most part. I haven't seen the film, but I can tell you once we look at the film you will be able to tell that we were fundamentally sound, doing the little things right. And once you bring a lot of energy to the party, the offense is clicking and everything just held together."'

Marker Bruce set to celebrate, but sacks never came [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"One day that will take place," Smith said. "Right now, I still have some more football left to play."'

Marker Bills find the blueprint they've been looking for [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A team with strong veteran leadership shouldn't reach the point where the 85-year-old owner is openly questioning its desire.'

Marker Moulds' brotherly advice elevates Reed's game [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am. I'm extremely proud of him," Moulds said. "Anytime a guy works that hard, you want him to have a lot of success."'

Marker Jennings shuts down Bruce [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You know I always get up for challenges," Jennings said. "Having a chance to go up against one of the all-time sack leaders is something I definitely looked forward to. He's going for the sack record and everybody wants to see if he's going to get it on me, so everybody is eyeballing me to see what's happening. I've got one job to do, and it's shut him down. That's all it boils down to - mano a mano."'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rob Johnson on getting booed: "Maybe they're mad that I got a Super Bowl ring."'

Marker Having their cake [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They really hustled today; everybody could see it,” Wilson said. “In this league it’s too tough to win if you just go through the motions. Any team would have had a hard time beating the Bills today because they played with so much emotion. They kept swinging.”'

Marker Bledsoe quiets controversy with his support of Henry [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We just don’t know,” he said. “I will say unequivocally that Travis is our guy, the guy we’re counting on. That’s the way I see it for the foreseeable future until something happens to change that."'

Marker Reed goes back to basics, snaps out of slump [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I give credit to Drew, to Kevin Gilbride — he called a great game tonight — and to my whole team. All my teammates had the faith and belief in me that I could go out there and do it. I give them all the credit for it.”'

Marker Bills defense turns up the heat [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How about this statistical line for the Redskins: 8 first downs, 169 total yards, 2 of 14 on third-down conversions, 10 possessions out of 13 where the Redskins failed to make a first down.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Running backs: The coaches finally provided Travis Henry with a game plan he could sink his teeth into. He had 86 yards and one TD by halftime, and started the second half with a strong 21-yard dash to trigger an 80-yard TD drive. By feasting on draws and toss pitches, he finished with 167 yards on 31 carries, both season highs and a career-best for yards. A'

Marker Antidote for Williams: Like Parcells, go blond [5:12 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'So what is it that Williams can do to turn around his team and career here in Buffalo? Here's one suggestion, a tactic that has worked for coaching wizard and turnaround specialist Bill Parcells, now of the Dallas Cowboys, and something that just might be the tonic to save Williams: Coloring his frosty hair blond.'

Marker Bills' Henry runs over Redskins [5:11 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"To have a quarterback say that, that means a lot," Henry said. "He has been the guy to keep my head up."'

Marker Bills run over Redskins [5:10 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But people in these parts have a short memory when it comes to their beloved Bills and Henry did a good job in proving to them that he is still the No.1 back in Buffalo until further notice.'

Marker 'This Is One of the Worst' [5:09 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Bills (4-3) began the day with the NFL's last-ranked offense and were without injured wide receiver Eric Moulds but outgained the Redskins 432 yards to 169. Struggling tailback Travis Henry ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Drew Bledsoe completed 19 of 26 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown to wideout Josh Reed, who had eight catches for 109 yards. The Bills held Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith without a sack in his return to Buffalo.'

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