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Buffalo Bills News - December 9, 2004

Marker Bills Receive Blackout Extension [3:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have been granted a blackout extension by the NFL until 1:00 PM (ET) on Friday. This week's Bills-Browns game must be sold out by 1:00 PM tomorrow for the game to be broadcast locally.'

Marker Becoming a Head Coach is a Goal [3:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I've got to take a lot of the blame for our performance in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins last weekend. I should have probably attacked them more with blitzes like I saw other teams do on film. As a defense, we did some stuff out of character and were trying to make plays too much rather than just playing the defense. We've got good defensive players and I should have gone after the quarterback right off the bat and not have been so concerned about all the other stuff that was happening.'

Marker Fun in December [3:25 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 31 Browns 14.'

Marker Will Clements be a new Ara? [9:19 AM]
South Bend Tribune reports: '"What he projects is an amazing calm and class," said Failla, who was tutored by Clements in 1992 and '93 at Notre Dame and years later when he made a comeback in football. "He has a presence when you're around him. You get the sense that this guy really knows what's going on. I think he'd be tremendous. Recently the Notre Dame situation, particularly the coaching position, has been depicted as an absolutely helpless situation. Well he's exactly the kind of guy they need."'

Marker Offense on the rebound [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were 30th in the NFL in scoring six games into the year, at which point they stood 1-5. They have gone 5-1 since and stand 12th in scoring.'

Marker Injuries taking toll at tight end [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will be depleted for the rest of the season because starter Mark Campbell is out for the year with a knee injury, and reserve Tim Euhus is expected to miss significant time as well with a knee injury.'

Marker Baker, Greer beat the odds together [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I felt great," Greer said. "It was one of the best moments I've experienced. But I knew that that was a beginning. It's just one step on the ladder. First you got to make the team, then you have to continue to be ambitious and set other goals for yourself. We're just enjoying the life as of now. We've been blessed to be here."'

Marker Browns name McCown; Clements interview set [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Notre Dame officials are expected to conduct an interview Friday with Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements for the Irish head coaching position. A university source told the Chicago Tribune that Athletics Director Kevin White, incoming university President Rev. John I. Jenkins and a former Irish football player are to fly to Buffalo today.'

Marker Ditka on Clements: 'He is a great coach' [7:35 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"I love him," Ditka said Wednesday. "He is a great coach, a great family man. I got him out of being a lawyer (for the second time when Ditka hired him as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints)."'

Marker Bills' alumni dole out $50K [6:00 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation held its annual luncheon Wednesday, dispersing more than $50,000 to local charities. The luncheon was held at the Amherst Marriott Hotel.'

Marker Robiskie snub of Garcia speaks volumes [6:00 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'But that begs the question is Robiskie forsaking his chance to win now for a chance to see if McCown is the quarterback of the future for the Browns even if that future doesn't include Robiskie? "I'm not in a position to look ahead, I've got to look at Buffalo," Robiskie said. "I can't say I'm going to start getting this guy prepared for next year. I've got to get him to try to win a game for me. It's about trying to win and trying to win today."'

Marker Thursday's Cleveland Coverage [5:58 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
McCown named starter (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Davis and Soprano sing a very similar tune (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Browns Insider (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
McCown still popular choice (Lorain Morning Journal)
The Suggs inching closer to return to lineup (Lorain Morning Journal)
McCown named starter (Akron Beacon Journal)
Robiskie liked Warren's effort (Akron Beacon Journal)
McCown is back under center (Canton Repository)
Even Unck thinks hes team leader (Canton Repository)
McCown to get second start (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Robiskie seeks leaders as Browns finish season (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Browns go with rookie over Garcia again (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Garcia takes seat again (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Faine rests, vows he'll play (ClevelandBrowns.com)
McCown gets second straight start (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Bengals back in playoff race (ClevelandBrowns.com)
Holiday Shopping with the Pros (ClevelandBrowns.com)

Marker Bills' big Pat steps out of the shadows [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I don't know if there are two better D-tackles in the NFL and then you add Ron Edwards into the mix, we really have a three-headed monster," said middle linebacker London Fletcher, who leads the Bills with 117 tackles heading into Sunday's home game against the Cleveland Browns. "Sam has quickness, Pat has brute strength and Ron has a mixture of both."'

Marker Clements, Irish match up [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"No, it doesn't surprise me," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said of the apparent interest in Clements. "Tom's a good football coach, he's been very productive in whatever he's done coaching quarterbacks or as a coordinator."'

Marker TE Neufeld bumped up to starting role [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Our tight ends have played well for us this year," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "It's the facts of life in the NFL, you have to have guys step up and play for you. As with any position, a guy goes down, you have to have somebody step in."'

Marker Season in hell for Garcia [4:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We're struggling as a team. It's disappointing. We're all in this together and we're just trying to find a way to get ourselves out of this hole we've dug ourselves. It's not an easy thing but we need to maintain our outlook and poise, and try to fight through it."'

Marker Irish eyes are on Clements [4:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Clements has no head coaching experience and may not be a sexy candidate, but he wants the job. That in itself is big news.'

Marker Bettis endorses former Steelers assistant Clements as Notre Dame coach [4:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Clements coached the Steelers' quarterbacks, but Bettis still saw enough from the former Notre Dame quarterback during practices to be impressed. As a player, Clements led Notre Dame to an unbeaten season and the 1973 national championship.'

Marker Cleveland (3-9) at Buffalo (6-6) [4:50 AM]
AP reports: 'At 0-4, many figured the Buffalo Bills were already thinking ahead to next season. They thought wrong.'

Marker Inside slant [4:49 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We finished No. 2 in total defense last year but it doesn't mean much if you miss the playoffs," strong safety Lawyer Milloy said. "The teams in the playoffs were plus-whatever in the turnover area. Coach Gray emphasizes it every practice. It's our focus in practice and it carries over in the game."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:48 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Backup Tim Euhus is doubtful with a sore knee, leaving only one healthy tight end on the roster (Ryan Neufeld). The Bills moved to shore things up by signing Rod Trafford to their active roster, but it's not likely he'll be able to help them beyond special teams duty on Sunday. Trafford was with the Bills in training camp and was on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:47 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'If Clements were to leave, the Bills would be stuck searching for their fifth offensive coordinator in six years.'

Marker Campbell's Out For The Year [4:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jason Peters had his number changed to 85. He's practicing more with the tight ends than the tackles this week.'

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December 8, 2004

Marker Clements played QB at Notre Dame in '70s [9:23 PM]
ESPN reports: 'ESPN.com has confirmed that Clements, a former Notre Dame quarterback, will meet Thursday night with Irish officials about the school's head coaching vacancy. The timing of the session was set, in part, so that it will not conflict with Clements' responsibilities as the resurgent Bills prepare for their Sunday matchup with the Cleveland Browns.'

Marker Tight End Campbell Out; Trafford In [9:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The former NFL Europe standout is familiar with Buffalo's offense, having spent part the entire 2004 preseason with the team before being released a week before the regular season began. "Rod has been out of the system for four months and we'll get him caught up as much as we can with out overloading him and expecting him to do too much," Mularkey said on Wednesday.'

Marker Campbell Done, Neufeld Starts [9:15 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'I'm going to do the best job I can, Neufeld said of moving into the starting line up. I've learned a lot from Mark throughout this season and hopefully I can get in there and do what he's been doing.'

Marker Bills vs. Browns Preview [9:14 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills are on fire as they will try to continue their improbable playoff run against the Browns. Their 6-6 record puts them on the fringe of the playoffs. Cleveland is going in the opposite direction as they've lost six straight and are playing out the string. This is a classic trap game as the Bills could get caught looking ahead to next week's battle with fellow playoff wannabe Cincinnati.

Marker Success has Bledsoe having fun again [9:14 PM]
AP reports: The ever-immobile Bledsoe will never be mistaken for Atlanta's agile and powerful Michael Vick when it comes to scrambling out of the pocket. But he's no longer the aging, struggling, supposedly washed-up player many were calling him after the worst performance of his career in Buffalo's 29-6 loss to New England on Nov. 14.

Marker McGahee living up to expectations [9:13 PM]
NFL.com reports: On a neatly manicured grass practice field, under a cloudless and sunny August morning, in front of scores of interested onlookers, including members of the national media, Willis McGahee -- the Bills' 2003 first-round draft choice -- was making his long-awaited NFL debut, a full 19 months after suffering one of the most gruesome knee injuries anyone had ever seen.

Marker Malloy criticizes firing; N.D. reportedly to meet with former Irish QB Clements [5:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Clements, 51, has connections to two of Notre Dame's most successful coaches. He played under Ara Parseghian, leading the 1973 team to a national championship, and was an assistant under Lou Holtz from 1992-95. ''He has a good football mind, he's a good, solid person, and he's a Notre Dame alum,'' Holtz told The Associated Press on Wednesday.'

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