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Buffalo Bills News - November 9, 2000

Marker Buffalo's 3-4 defense presents a rare challenge for Bears [6:33 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"Their two nose tackles present a challenge for any center in the league," coach Dick Jauron said. "Washington is a giant man. And he's a very talented athlete for that size. They're not asking him to cover a lot of field, but the field that they ask him to cover, he does it very well. He takes two [blockers] at least, and lets their guys run."'

Marker Two Bills cop NFL weekly honours [6:32 AM]
CP reports: 'Christie (special teams) and Cowart (defensive player) earned AFC weekly player awards, the first time in club history two Bills were recognized in the same week.'

Marker Bills pose new challenge for Bears' offensive line [6:31 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"It's very, very difficult to single (block) them. The linebackers run; the linebackers are very active. (The 3-4) is a defense that dares you to run laterally and runs you down. And if you try to run inside, you have to deal with that nose tackle, who makes it very difficult."'

Marker No love loss between Bills quarterbacks Johnson, Flutie [6:30 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'A teammate entered the fray earlier this week, saying, "No question we're a better team with Doug in there. All Doug thinks about is helping the team win and how he can do that, while Rob spends a lot of time wanting everybody to like him."'

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November 8, 2000

Marker Johnson still not sure if he's ready to start for Bills [8:50 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't think I'm throwing as well since I got hurt," Johnson said following the Buffalo Bills practice on Wednesday. "But it's only been three practices. You never know by Sunday."'

Marker Christie, Cowart named AFC players of the week [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The pair became the first Buffalo Bills teammates to earn AFC Player of the Week honors in the same week following Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over New England.'

Marker It's time for a Flutie-Johnson "death match" [1:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The winner gets to lead the Bills on their run for the playoffs, while the loser can hang out with Michael Peca all day, wondering why Buffalo has deserted them.'

Marker Bills stick to job-sharing on right side of offensive line [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of the players would much prefer having all the snaps to themselves, but it looks like the Bills will continue rotating the linemen for the rest of the season.'

Marker Nails faces NFL fine after arrest on DWI charge [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Jamie Nails, arrested on a driving-while-intoxicated charge Monday, could face a fine of up to half of one week's salary if convicted of the offense, according to the National Football League's policy for alcohol-related offenses.'

Marker Brouhaha of Buffalo: Johnson or Flutie? [6:55 AM]
CP reports: 'There's even a Canadian element to the Flutie v. Johnson debate with some at WGR pointing a finger at Canadian callers for fanning the Flutie flames.'

Marker Flutie or Johnson? Hey, use 'em both [6:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The irony of the whole slimy mess is that if everyone involved would take a deep breath and assess the situation calmly and rationally, they might see what a complementary tandem Flutie and Johnson present.'

November 7, 2000

Marker Bills just keep wading through QB controversy [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There's a better chance of O.J. Simpson finding "the real killer" than there is of Phillips making a definitive statement about his starting QB.'

Marker Source: Rutgers can forget about Cottrell [1:36 PM]
Trentonian reports: 'Cottrell was in Providence, R.I. for meetings with the Bills prior to the New England Patriots game last Sunday. He has made no secret of his desire to become a head coach -- in the NFL.'

Marker No Stopping Word War Between Flutie, Johnson [1:34 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'If it comes down to winning and making plays, it would be hard to argue against Flutie.'

Marker This week at Buffalo [9:12 AM]
Bear Report reports: 'The Bills' pair of inside linebackers rank among the League's elite in second-year pro Sam Cowart (weakside) and former-Illini John Holocek (strongside).'

Marker The great debate [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even though Flutie continues to deny he anonymously made negative comments about Johnson in a recent article in Sports Illustrated, Johnson doesn't seem to buy it.'

Marker 'Uncle Sam' deserves your vote [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I suggest to you as Americans, as Buffalonians, as people who care about great injustices in the free world, that before deciding on the less worthy and voting for his opponent, to visit NFL.com and pick a candidate who has made a better case and campaigned more diligently than anyone. Uncle Sam. Sam Cowart. He wants your vote.'

Marker Kenyatta earned Wright to make play at goal line [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's my position to play on the defense and help the team win," Wright said. "It's real encouraging that I can help the Buffalo Bills and contribute to those wins."'

Marker Bills lineman Nails faces drunken-driving charge [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive linesman Jamie Nails was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated early Monday, according to East Aurora police.'

Marker Defense Does More Than Its Share [8:30 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: '"You play hard for four quarters and you don't expect anything less," said Sam Cowart, Holecek's partner at inside linebacker. "The offense was kind of sputtering a little bit in the second half and we knew we had to turn it up.'

Marker Winning Despite Themselves [8:29 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: "I don't know if we're a real good team that's lost some close games or a real bad team that's won four in the last second," Phillips said moments after the Bills snuck out of Foxboro Stadium with a 16-13 overtime win.

Marker Johnson or Flutie? Bears wait for QB nod from Bills [7:31 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The Bears will get their first indication Wednesday morning. The Bills' starting quarterback is scheduled to be on the weekly teleconference call.'

Marker Tension mounting in Buffalo [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'In review: Phillips said Johnson will "play" when he's healthy but he wouldn't say he'd "start."'

Marker Johnson: Flutie did the yapping [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"If your character gets slammed in a national way, or even in a local way it wasn't a performance thing at all, it was a character thing and that's what really bugged me. It came from a teammate who wouldn't put his name to it and that's one of the worst things I've ever seen."'

Marker Why can't everyone just leave Johnson alone? [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Whenever and wherever there are two good QBs on a team, there more likely than not will be some jealousy, animosity and controversy. The alternative is to put all of your QB eggs in one basket.'

Marker Pats kicked when down [6:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'But credit to Troy Brown and the Pats return blockers and to Johnson and the rest of the Pats defense for keeping Our Doug in check for most of the game. Most of it! That was again the problem. There were good until they had to be.'

Marker 'Rob is the starter,' Flutie says [6:13 AM]
CP reports: 'The Doug Flutie versus Rob Johnson quarterback controversy took another strange twist yesterday with both players agreeing Johnson should start if healthy while Buffalo Bills coach Wade Phillips said he would wait and see.'

November 6, 2000

Marker 'Ticked off' Johnson accuses Flutie of questioning his character [8:04 PM]
AP reports: '"I was pretty ticked off, oh yeah," Johnson said on Monday, making his first statements to Buffalo-area reporters since the controversial Sports Illustrated article came out last week.'

Marker Bills lineman arrested for DWI [8:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Nails also was accused of driving to the left of the center line, failing to stop when police tried to pull him over and driving with a suspended license. Police said tests showed his blood alcohol limit at 0.14. The state's legal limit is 0.10.'

Marker Christie's magic saves Bills [2:54 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I don't know if we're a real good team that's lost some close games," Phillips said, "or a real bad team that has won some in the last second." The 60,292 in attendance would be inclined to vote for the latter.'

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