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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2005

Marker Bills defense wants to park 'Cadillac' in Tampa [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm impressed with what he's done, especially over the preseason and then seeing what he's done last week," Spikes said. "It was a good showing by him. He's so quick and powerful, and he has the ability to keep his feet on contact once somebody hits him. Most players whenever you make contact they always seem to stop their feet. But he's a perfect example of somebody who never stops his feet and that's why he breaks a lot of tackles."'

Marker Lack of quality targets is driving Carr's rough start [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills kept seven wide receivers on their 53-man roster. My understanding is that five is the norm, and six is the exception. What kind of precedent exists for a team keeping seven wide receivers on the roster?'

Marker Bills defense will be tough test for Buccaneers [6:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'A secondary with Lawyer Milloy and converted cornerback Troy Vincent at safety and rising star Nate Clements at corner completes a unit that looks better than the one that finished No. 2 in total defense and No. 3 against the pass in 2004. The Bills averaged 36 points in their last seven games last season despite an offense that ranked 25th in the NFL. The Bills had a league-high 39 takeaways.'

Marker Buffalo's defensive statement has Buccaneers taking notice [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think obviously looking back at last year and then their first game this year, they're tremendously talented and they have a great scheme," Griese said. "They have a lot of speed at the linebacker position, they have two guys up front who are really good at stopping the run and two guys on the edges who are good at rushing the passer. They do some zone blitzing, they play man-to-man coverage, they do all-out blitzing. They mix it up well."'

Marker Down But Not Out [4:59 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"For the Buffalo Bills, I think it's pretty much a win-win," said a tongue-in-cheek Wyche, the Bills' quarterbacks coach. "They're selling the idea to get to the game early, buy more hotdogs, hamburgers and beer because Sam could keel over at any minute and you don't want to miss that because it probably won't show up on replay and ESPN that night."'

Marker Bucs Face Another Mobile QB [4:58 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"They're on the cusp of being one of the great teams in football and they're coming on on offense as well," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. "They score points on defense, they generate turnovers, they create such favorable field position with the sacks and the negative plays."'

Marker Buffalo presents challenge [4:57 AM]
Bradenton Herald reports: 'One area Tampa Bay's veteran defense intends to exploit is the quarterback spot, where second-year man J.P. Losman from Tulane will start. The Bucs notoriously rattle some of the game's best quarterbacks, especially the greenhorns.'

Marker Friday's Tampa Bay Coverage [4:56 AM] reports:
Down But Not Out (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs Face Another Mobile QB (Tampa Tribune)
Cox Briefly Returns To Jail (Tampa Tribune)
Thursday Gruden News Conference Transcript (Tampa Tribune)
In Clayton, Brooks sees his heir apparent (St. Petersburg Times)
Cox faces probation violation (St. Petersburg Times)
Bills defense will be tough test for Buccaneers (Orlando Sentinel)
Problems continue to mount for Cox (Orlando Sentinel)
Buffalo presents challenge (Bradenton Herald)
'Cadillac' takes back seat, for now (Fort Myers News Press)
Taking Back RJS (
Bucs' Cadillac Wins Award (
A Welcome Tradeoff (

Marker Game of the week: Buffalo (1-0) at Tampa Bay (1-0) [4:55 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Does anyone believe Alex Smith, Tampa Bay's rookie tight end, will have two touchdown receptions again this week? Is there any way that rookie running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams rushes for 148 yards, as he did against Minnesota? Not unless he becomes a Hummer.'

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September 15, 2005

Marker Simple football remains best formula for wins [10:17 PM]
USA Today reports: 'In the AFC, the Bills are lurking dangerously. They have the NFL's best defense, the game's best kicking teams and a coaching staff in all areas that makes them complete to compete.'

Marker Buffalo's defense has top billing [10:17 PM]
USA Today reports: '"I've seen some of the best get completely shut down on the tape I've studied," Gruden said. "I've seen them play some prolific offenses, some great attacks and totally shut it down. I'm really impressed with this defense, the personnel they've assembled, the blitzing scheme that they present."'

Marker Bills' Gamble on Losman Paying Off for Now [7:37 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'It's too early to make any judgments, of course, but Losman figures to improve as the season progresses, and his performance last weekend provided some early validation for the decision by Tom Donahoe, the Bills' president and general manager, and Coach Mike Mularkey. They could have stuck with Bledsoe and tried to build on the success they had last season, when the Bills won nine of their final 12 games after an 0-4 beginning and barely missed the playoffs in the rugged AFC.'

Marker Auburn Connection on Separate Sides [7:36 PM] reports: 'Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes spent last fall rooting for Carnell "Cadillac" Williams as he ran circles around Southeastern Conference defenses as a member of the Auburn Tigers. Spikes, an All-American at Auburn himself back in 1997, will now be trying to upend the Buccaneers rookie running back.'

Marker So far so perfect for Bills PK Lindell [7:34 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm sure they didn't like that last miss against Detroit," Lindell said. "Somebody out there wants my job. And if I'm not doing it, they'll bring him in. ... So it just comes back to how well I do my job."'

Marker Two QBs had good games, but only one has a future [11:42 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: '“Well, all J.P. did was complete eight of his first nine passes. It wasn’t the numbers that impressed me, though, it was how he handled himself when the Texans left the Bills with no choice but to pass or punt. If you had ever talked to Losman, watched him at work, you—yes, cuz, even you—would sense that he has that intangible something that separates winners from losers."'

Marker First Road Test [11:39 AM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'Bills 17 Bucs 13.'

Marker Playing for the Bills is a snap for Schneck [11:39 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'So what separates a good long snapper from an average one? "The key to be a successful long snapper is all mental," Schneck said. "There are guys sitting at home on Sunday who can do it, but when it comes to game time that's when the good guys separate themselves. I can probably teach most football players who are good athletes to long snap on a competent level, but I couldn't teach them what it takes to make it at the NFL level."'

Marker Bucs sticking to their cover story [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It'll be a challenge, not only because of their style of play, which is fast and aggressive, but because it's pretty much a veteran group," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "They have a lot of leftovers from their Super Bowl year."'

Marker Griese has been there, done that [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've learned a lot over the years," Griese said. "Playing quarterback in the NFL is probably the hardest position on the field, mentally and physically, and from that standpoint, I have learned a lot. It takes a special individual to be able to do it."'

Marker Losman says he's ready for Tampa jeering section [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I liked the away games better when I was in college," Losman said. "It was funner because there weren't too many people at our home games. We'd play in the Superdome and we'd get 30,000 or 40,000 people maybe, but that stadium holds quite a bit more than that. So it was a little "echoey' in there. I loved playing on the road."'

Marker Bills vs. Buccaneers [6:45 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '...but it will come from a takeaway that gives the offense a short field, or a special teams play. The Bills are better at both, and that’s why I think they’ll go 2-0 with a 17-13 win.'

Marker Clipboard QB's [6:44 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"One of the reasons I'm here is to communicate with J.P.," said Matthews, a former Florida star that is playing his final NFL season. "There are some things, from just being around all these years, that I can relay to him -- and they're usually things that coaches either take for granted or don't even think about. It's just a lot different when he hears them from me."'

Marker Bills stay out of pregame baiting [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Last week I had a couple guys talk," said Spikes, referring to the Houston Texans. "I mean, I talk back every which way but what you say to me isn't enough for me to come over and lose a game check over. I'll lose it during the game maybe, but not the pregame."'

Marker Peters a perfect target for J.P.'s first TD [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On a team with receiving threats such as Eric Moulds and Lee Evans, who would have guessed that Losman's first TD toss would go to a 6-foot-4, 328-pound left tackle?'

Marker Inside slant [4:58 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo was mired in one of the franchise's great road slumps midway through last season, dropping its first four road games to fall to 2-14 away from Ralph Wilson Stadium since midway through 2002. In that stretch, the offense failed to score a touchdown seven times and the team was minus-38 in turnovers. Then a light bulb went off.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'But what if Losman and McGahee both are slow out of the blocks? "At the beginning of the game they had eight, nine in the box and it was just one-on-one coverage so, like I said before, J.P.'s going to have to do his thing and he did it," McGahee said. "It opened up the run game and I started getting my little yards here and there."'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills, who didn't allow a touchdown in the third quarter during all of 2004, picked up where they left off by shutting out Houston. Buffalo allowed a team-record 12 points in the third quarter last season, the second fewest for a third quarter in NFL history. Miami set the record with nine points allowed in 2000.'

Marker He crammed for coaching as a Buc [4:50 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Take a look at him now, and you would swear Mularkey has a two-touchdown lead on life. As coach of the Buffalo Bills, he is popular. He is well paid. The plan is working, the players are listening and the payoff seems inevitable. Yep, Mularkey has it made, all right.'

Marker Thursday's Tampa Bay Coverage [4:49 AM] reports:
Not A Test Drive (Tampa Tribune)
Second Arrest Means Cox Will Be Sidelined Sunday (Tampa Tribune)
Stuff Brewing Inside Bucs' Locker Room (Tampa Tribune)
Most Teams Pay For Security (Tampa Tribune)
You can look now, Mom, little Alex is catching on (St. Petersburg Times)
Bucs' Cox deactivated following DUI arrest (St. Petersburg Times)
He crammed for coaching as a Buc (St. Petersburg Times)
Cox will sit out after DUI arrest (Orlando Sentinel)
Clipboard QB's (Orlando Sentinel)
Smith a pleasant surprise (Bradenton Herald)
Bucs' rookies are making a big impact (Naples Daily News)
Gruden Must Deal With 2004 (Lakeland Ledger)
Williams leads Bucs backfield (Auburn Plainsman)
Cox won't play for Bucs this week (AP)
Inside Slant (The Sports Xchange)
Strategy and personnel (The Sports Xchange)
Notes, quotes (The Sports Xchange)
Series History (
Last time they met (
Game notes (
Room for Improvement (
Coach of the Week: Adam Stegeman (
First Impressions (
Fast start (

Marker Buffalo (1-0) at Tampa Bay (1-0) [4:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buccaneers 16, Bills 13.'

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