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Buffalo Bills News - October 17, 2004

Marker Scouting report [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'One coach of another NFL team said the Bills played harder than any team he has seen this year. Sure, owner Ralph Wilson took a swipe at the boring offensive style, but that's the way the Bills have to play for now.'

Marker Fins-Bills rivalry has become 'almost meaningless' [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm having trouble with all of this," said retired Dolphins receiver O.J. McDuffie. "It's kind of crazy. In fact, it's mind-boggling that Buffalo-Miami is almost meaningless. It's unheard of. I guess it's for draft picks, but it's still early. Both teams have a chance to turn it around."'

Marker Perfect game for two imperfect teams [5:06 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The Dolphins have turned the ball over 16 times, three of which have been returned for touchdowns. They've also committed 43 penalties, which is one more than the number of points they've scored. It doesn't matter which of the two cities you live in. Numbers like that make it hard to go out in public, let alone read the paper or listen to talk radio.'

Marker Miami, Buffalo meet in a battle of winless teams [5:05 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'The Miami offense is last in rushing, averaging just 61.2 yards a game. Things don't get any brighter for the Dolphins, as the Bills defense comes in as the second-best against the run — allowing just 85 yards a game. However, the Buffalo defense has allowed over 300 yards per game passing. The only problem is that the Dolphins are last in passing — with 249 yards per game.'

Marker Sunday's Miami Coverage [4:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Biggest strength mostly untested (Miami Herald)
Bledsoe still 'dangerous' foe (Miami Herald)
Scouting report (Miami Herald)
J.J. pays a visit (Miami Herald)
Fins-Bills rivalry has become ‘almost meaningless’ (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins might meet their match (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Plenty of reasons for Dolphins’ demise (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
To win, sometimes you've got to lose (Palm Beach Post)
J.J. says he'd rather fish than run the Fish (Palm Beach Post)
Good, bad and ugly: He has it all on tape (Palm Beach Post)
The sorry state of the Dolphins this season is sure to hit the team where it hurts most -- on the bottom line (Palm Beach Post)
Thrown for a loss (Palm Beach Post)
Perfect game for two imperfect teams (Florida Today)
Miami, Buffalo meet in a battle of winless teams (Naples Daily News)

Marker On the firing line: Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills [4:51 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Round one of Draft Bowl 2005 is today, when the Miami Dolphins (0-5) play at Buffalo (0-4).'

Marker Nothing doing for Bills, Fish [4:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I wake up every day and say, 'I haven't won a game yet this year,'" Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael said. "I'd say there's shock in that."'

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October 16, 2004

Marker What to Look for vs. Dolphins [6:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jennings had his hands full last week, giving up three sacks to Jets defensive end John Abraham. Jennings is questionable for Sunday's game with an ankle injury but he is expected to play. If he can't be affective with the injury, Marcus Price may see some time. Regardless of who is playing left tackle, he must contain Taylor to give Bledsoe the time to throw the ball downfield.'

Marker 0-5 vs. 0-4; some team has to win - Dolphins or Bills [6:19 PM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Overall, the Dolphins have led for 15 minutes, 38 seconds of the five hours of game action they have played. They have trailed for 3 hours, 14 minutes and 56 seconds.'

Marker Bills' 'O' diving into deep end [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You can't just drop back all the time and take seven-step drops," said receiver Eric Moulds this week as the Bills prepared to face the Miami Dolphins. "You have to go to the quicker game and get the ball out of (Drew Bledsoe's) hands and let the receivers run with the ball. Then when you get the opportunity to take shots up the field, you can do it."'

Marker Status of Henry, Jennings up in air [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jennings arguably is a bigger concern for the Bills. He has a sprained ankle and has not practiced at all this week. If he can't play, the Bills will start Marcus Price at left tackle, opposite Dolphins star pass rusher Jason Taylor.'

Marker Bills coach sees light at end of dark tunnel [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In other words, could it be that the real reason for the continued failure of this offense might be the inadequate play of the players, most of whom returned from last year, and not even the likes of Mularkey, Clements, Wyche and McNally can cure what ails this team? The numbers support that theory.'

Marker Chained to the job, and they love it [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I can't believe how much abuse the head linesman takes from assistant coaches and players because he happens to be the official closest to the benches," Kornaker says. "Let's just say that the officials give NFL coaches a lot more latitude in questioning calls and non-calls than referees give Division III basketball coaches."'

Marker Steelers proving rookie QBs can win [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ben Roethlisberger's hot start (3-0) with the Pittsburgh Steelers is proof that a rookie quarterback can win in the NFL. Hopefully, his unexpected success in relief of injured Tommy Maddox will inspire the Buffalo Bills to give rookie QB J.P. Losman some serious on-the-job training in the second half of this season.'

Marker Morris next at tailback for Dolphins [5:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Going back to Buffalo is secondary in nature now," Morris said. "We've got to get a win. We're in a tough spot. They're in a tough spot and for me it just happens to be against my old team."'

Marker Morris hopes for long run as starting back [5:15 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Just because nearly two years have passed since Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain claimed that Bills receiver Eric Moulds spit on him, don't think the two have reconciled. "There is no making up. Never, ever. No," Surtain said. "It wouldn't be giving in, it's just the nature of the beast. You can't be friends with guys like that."'

Marker Buffalo's Bledsoe battered, but still dangerous [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"He's a good quarterback, still," Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. "People are trying to write him off and I know he's taken a lot of heat in Buffalo about taking sacks and lack of production offensively, which any quarterback is going to get when their offense isn't performing. But Drew's been a good player in this league for a long time. He's still a good player. He's very dangerous."'

Marker Saturday's Miami Coverage [5:12 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
This week's survivor (Miami Herald)
Morris next at tailback for Dolphins (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Now at a loss to recall the wins (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Morris hopes for long run as starting back (Palm Beach Post)
Buffalo's Bledsoe battered, but still dangerous (Florida Today)
Fiedler says he'll start against Bills (AP)
Dolphins' Fiedler to start; Morris gets nod at RB (The Sports Network)
This Week's Game (MiamiDolphins.com)
The Bills (MiamiDolphins.com)
The Dolphins-Bills Series (MiamiDolphins.com)
The Coaches (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Series Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Connections (MiamiDolphins.com)

October 15, 2004

Marker Henry Is Improving [8:34 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey also wants to run Henry through some drills on Saturday to see if there are things he can't do.'

Marker Bills activate Haddad off practice squad [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '''He's a good inside guy and has good instincts,'' said coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Lee Evans [4:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Going against the College secondary is nothing like going against a pro secondary. It's completely different. You have to be so much more technically sound. I'm adjusting and day-by-day and practice-by-practice I'm getting better at it. It's still a continuous learning process. In time it will click.'

Marker Bills Sign Haddad to 53-Man Roster [4:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has signed practice squad wide receiver Drew Haddad to its 53-man roster.'

Marker Fiedler says he'll start against Bills [3:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Sammy Morris will become the fourth player to start at running back this season for the winless Dolphins, replacing Leonard Henry. Morris has been slowed by an ankle injury and concussion and limited to 8 yards in five carries this season. Morris spent the first four years of his career in Buffalo before signing with the Dolphins (0-5) in March. ''There's a little something different playing against guys I played with for four years,'' he said.'

Marker Henry practices but remains questionable [1:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey said Henry has progressed, but will wait until Sunday to make a decision as to whether he'll be able to play. Henry's questionable status increases the possibility that Willis McGahee will get his first career start.'

Marker Bills send a message by cutting Shaw [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Basically, Mike Mularkey waived a player whose contribution to the offense was minimal, but who was visible and well-liked. To him, it was a win-win situation. Cutting a veteran non-producer didn’t hurt the offense and had the potential to send a message to a team that seemingly had previously lacked accountability for its winless start.'

Marker Bills need to bore owner to beat Dolphins [12:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills, 20-10.'

Marker Troubles snowball in South Florida [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With such an impotent offense, the Dolphins' defense is under pressure to virtually pitch a shutout each Sunday. "We have to perform at a very high level, and we don't have a lot of room for error," Taylor said of the defense. "That's unfortunate, but that's the way it is. We have to keep teams out of the end zone and field-goal range, too, because we're not scoring a lot of points. In order for our defense to give our team a chance to win, we have to keep teams off the scoreboard, period."'

Marker Not everyone staying mad at Ricky for walking away [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'd heard players say they've lost that lust for the game and feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders, and I can respect that," Moulds said. "But at the same time, I would feel the way a lot of the Miami Dolphins feel, that they were left out in the cold. Ricky's a great player, but what he did and how he did it really hurt the team. It would be hard for me to welcome him back."'

Marker Only an accountant could completely explain salary cap [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'll have to give you the CliffsNotes answer for two reasons: 1), there's not enough space for the full answer; and 2), unless you're an accountant, you probably don't want the full answer.'

Marker Just Asking [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What else do you like to do away from the game? "I love fishing, boating, being out on the water. We have a couple boats back home on the Susquehanna River. We have a pontoon and a jon boat (a flat-bottom boat). I love quadding (riding all-terrain vehicles) up in the mountains. A bunch of us get on our quads and go all day. Fishing is another thing where this is how it used to be. If you didn't catch anything, you went hungry."'

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