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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2003

Marker A first look at the next Bills game [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'WHO is Ryan Denney? Allegedly he’s a defensive end who wears No. 92 for the Bills. When you see him, call Gregg Williams. As a second-round draft choice and someone the Bills traded up to get, Denney is a bust.'

Marker Inside slant [5:16 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills are giving it their all, but two things are holding them back and have been key reasons for their four-game slide: First and foremost, they aren't as good as many prognosticators thought they were, but second, they have endured some debilitating injuries to key personnel.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'For the fourth game in a row, all losses, and for the fifth time this season QB Drew Bledsoe failed to reach 200 yards passing.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"It hurts about as bad as any loss I've had in football. Guys were fighting their butts off and doing everything they can to try and get this thing turned around. We laid it on the line today and yeah, it hurts." -- Center Trey Teague on the bitter disappointment of blowing a 14-3 lead and losing to the Colts.'

Marker Bills May Lose Posey And Aiken [5:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gregg Williams says rookie WR Sam Aiken had his knee scoped on Monday. He suffered a cartilage tear during practice last Friday. Linebacker Jeff Posey has a sprained knee and will undergo a MRI. Guard Mike Pucillo has a turf toe sprain. Williams says all three will be updated on Wednesday.'

Marker Is this progress? [5:12 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The issue here has been written about and talked about at length in these parts, and that is the failure of Kevin Gilbride’s offensive philosophy to adapt to the talent he has at hand, not to mention the seeming unwillingness of Gregg Williams to either suggest or insist on a different approach. Don’t think Bills players don’t notice this. They do. Many of them are very unhappy about it privately, but they also realize at this point there is nothing to be gained by going public about it. Many of them are unhappy with Gilbride’s play calling, but are also disappointed in Williams for allowing the overwhelming reliance on the pass to continue.'

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November 24, 2003

Marker Winfield: `Nothing's left' in Bills season [7:28 PM]
AP reports: '''Nothing's left,'' Winfield said. ''We've got five games left. Go out there, do what you do. Go home at the end of the season.'''

Marker Bills WR Aiken has surgery on hurt right knee [7:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills rookie receiver Sam Aiken has torn cartilage in his right knee and his status is uncertain for the rest of the season.'

Marker Bills season a profound disappointment [7:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It’s also why coach Gregg Williams and team president/general manager Tom Donahoe looked as if someone had lifted their wallets after the game. Their football team played pretty well.'

Marker Colts exuded confidence [7:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“That’s the type of team we have,” said Colts’ coach Tony Dungy. “We don’t get too overly excited about things, and we hang in there for 60 minutes. We did a good job of hanging in there."'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [7:24 PM] reports: '"Jeff Posey had a knee sprain from the ballgame and I'm supposed to have an update on him later today and I'll have another update on that Wednesday. Right now it's a knee sprain."'

Marker Staying cool [7:23 PM] reports: '“We made the plays when we needed to make them. That’s probably one of the pluses of our team. We’ve got a real veteran group - in the skill positions anyway. They just feel real good that when they have the ball coming down the stretch they’re going to make things happen.”'

Marker Bills find new way to lose [4:21 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Colts' 17-14 win, like the rest of Buffalo's lost season, boils down to one of those sporting truisms that sound overly simplistic but are, well, true. Good teams find a way to win. And bad ones find a way to help them. At 9-2, the Colts are indisputably good. And in case anybody still had any lingering optimism about the Bills before Sunday, they aren't.'

Marker Lack of personality from Coach shows in players [11:46 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Even so, Sunday's loss to the Colts wasn't a showcase of Williams and his staff's ineptitude, as the first six losses were. This one seemingly did come down to the players. Yet, it's becoming more and more clear that on the field, the team as a whole is starting to resemble their robot-like coach. As Williams' vapid tones indicate, the Bills have no personality. That positive attitude that can be sensed from every crevice of the stadium, clear through your television screen just isn't there. It's a trait that all great teams have, and it stems from every level, from the coaches to the players. Have we ever seen Williams get mad, or even say something semi-unexpected? They are all drones and have played like it too.'

Marker Indy Rally Sinks Bills [11:43 AM]
ESN reports: The Bills led 14-3 in the fourth quarter after touchdowns by Drew Bledsoe and Sammy Morris. Bledsoe's 2nd quarter score was the Bills first touchdown since October 19 in a victory over Washington. Morris scored on a punishing run from 7 yards out. Though improved, the Bills offense was unable to put enough points on the board for the victory.

Marker Larry Felser: Repair Job [11:42 AM]
ESN reports: As I watched the Bills’ gritty defense finally wear down to the Colts’ relentless push Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t help thinking about how this team might have fared under different coaching hands. This counts for more than a little. What they need is a leader in whom they have faith.

Marker Jim Kelly: Thanksgiving means football, family [11:02 AM] reports: That dream finally came true in 1994, when the Bills played in Detroit. By that time, we were coming off playing in four Super Bowls, so we had been on national TV in every one of those seasons in the playoffs and on Monday Night Football. But it was still a special feeling to play on Thanksgiving.

Marker Bills get caught again [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This whole year I feel like I'm in a Stephen King horror movie," safety Lawyer Milloy said after the Bills' 17-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. "Every game is ending horribly. We're fighting hard. We're playing hard. We're doing so many things the right way. But we're just missing something. . . . Believe me, the effort is there. That's what makes this so hard to swallow right now."'

Marker Punter turns runner for Bills' longest gain [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's just one of those things that happens," said Moorman, whose run tied Paul Maguire (against Kansas City on Dec. 12, 1964) for the longest run by a Bills punter. "The ball hits your hands wrong and it's a matter of making a quick decision. I looked up and there was plenty of room, so there was no need to kick it because I figured I could get to the first-down marker."'

Marker In Manning they trust: QB's on the money [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That was not a great performance by Indianapolis. But you can find out a lot about a team when things aren't going its way. In Sunday's 17-14 victory, the Colts showed how a great offense, and a great quarterback, can persevere on a day when circumstances seemed stacked against them.'

Marker Playing with pain isn't just an expression; it's reality [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sometimes you have to wonder how they do it, from where it is they draw their resolve. Wasn't the season already over? Couldn't they see that 4-6 and a brutal closing schedule added up to 16 games and out? But that's just it. They couldn't see it. Or maybe, more honorably, they refused to see it, and won't see it, not until the mathematics extinguish the final flicker of hope.'

Marker Colts' win brings back memories for Polian [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At 14-3, you worry a little bit," Polian said. "But No. 32 (James) did what No. 34 (Thomas) used to do, you know? As I told Tony, "That's the way those guys across the field used to win.' When you play hard for 60 minutes, good things happen."'

Marker Ailing Jennings does the job [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know how I made it through. I was just going on will," said Jennings, who walked very gingerly in the locker room. "I was in bad pain, but the job was getting done at the same time. That one time Drew (Bledsoe) got sacked it was on a three-step drop and (the ball) should have been gone. Things like that happen. But, you're talking about a guy who's been having two- and three-sack games, so you have to battle and maintain. It wasn't pretty, but the job got done. That's all that matters."'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Archie's kid isn't bad. He led the Colts on the two late drives. It seemed he was in command even when the Bills had a 14-3 lead.'

Marker Four-gettable finish [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The teams that have the good records haven’t been blowing people out; they’ve been winning the ugly games, and we haven’t won any ugly games,” Milloy said.'

Marker The point of scoring points is lost on Bills [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills scored only two touchdowns in their 17-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but for them, that’s a flood. It was Biblical. Build an ark.'

Marker Cooler heads of Colts prevail [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the 9-2 Colts are “in the arena,” then the 4-7 Bills clearly have left the building. Their playoff hopes are toast, as are the Buffalo coaching careers of Gregg Williams and Kevin Gilbride. Like the Bills offense, their time here will be remembered for going three-and-out. Three downs and out, three years and out.'

Marker This time it's the O-line's fault [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Bledsoe throwing the pick, Donahoe said, “That wasn’t his fault; he didn’t have a chance. You can’t put that on a quarterback. When you have five against four, you better win.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching: Kevin Gilbride finally showed some guts running the ball inside the red zone, and the defensive game plan was sound until that unit wore down. Team hasn’t quit on Gregg Williams. C'

Marker Don't count the house until you have the facts [4:52 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Wilson comes through again. Whether such actions make a difference to the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters, it should be noted that over the last several seasons Bills' owner Ralph Wilson has stepped up on several occasions and donated tickets to various groups including law enforcers and emeregncy personnel, and, most recently, to some 4,000 military reservists. To the cynics, it's probably no big deal but by doing so, Wilson not only helped keep the stadium full, he has, however unintended, helped lift the local TV blackout, always important to the community no matter how poorly the Bills are playing.'

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