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Buffalo Bills News - July 17, 2004

Marker Kelly foundation must pay benefits to worker who was fired, court rules [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Hunter's Hope Foundation, begun by Kelly to support awareness of a fatal nervous system disease afflicting his son, tried to block unemployment payments to Kathleen Pfohl, who worked as the foundation's event manager. Foundation administrators accused her of "inappropriate dress, use of vulgar language and rudeness to staff and volunteers." They also said she used vulgar language and mocked staff during Kelly's induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.'

Marker Van Miller gets the call [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miller hasn't been told what kind of role he'll have on Bills radio broadcasts next season, when John Murphy takes his play-by-play seat on 97 Rock and former Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt makes his debut as an analyst. "They have a great play-by-play guy in Murph and it's wonderful they have a player in there," Miller said. "A lot of teams use a former player, but how many have former quarterbacks?"'

Marker NFL linemen lead camp at USJ [4:57 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'The camp, in its first year, was specifically designed for linemen and was taught by Teague, who plays for the Buffalo Bills; Chad Clifton, who is with the Green Bay Packers; and Dave Moore, who also plays for Buffalo.'

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July 16, 2004

Marker Gildon gets one-year, incentivized deal [11:17 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Gildon agreed late Friday night to a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million. There are also around $500,000 worth of incentives in the contract. He also had been talking to the Bengals and Packers.'

Marker Left Guard Position Up For Grabs [9:27 PM] reports: 'Ross Tucker, Mike Pucillo, and Marques Sullivan are all vying for the starting opportunity and all three men are neck and neck at this point.'

July 15, 2004

Marker Miller Named 2004 Rozelle Award Winner [5:40 PM]
Pro Football HOF reports: 'Van Miller, the longtime “voice of the Buffalo Bills,” is the 2004 winner of the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award. The award which is presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame is for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football. Miller will be honored Saturday, August 7 at the Enshrinees Dinner, during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Celebration. Miller will be honored Saturday, August 7 at the Enshrinees Dinner, during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend Celebration.'

Marker McNally Returns to Buffalo after 34 Years [5:26 PM] reports: '"I'm looking forward to working with guys like Mike (Williams) and Jonas (Jennings)," McNally said. "They're big guys who have a lot of talent. They can really help this football team."'

Marker Commitment to running the ball should pay dividends for Bills [12:00 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'McNally acknowledged that in watching nine or 10 Bills games from last season on film, he noticed the same things most Bills observers harped on throughout the team’s disappointing 6-10 season — namely that QB Drew Bledsoe needs to get rid of the ball quicker, the Bills need to run the ball more and the receivers need to run quicker pass routes.'

Marker Bills ready to sell individual tickets [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets will be available online at as well as by calling (877) BB-TICKS. Tickets will also be available in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium box office and at participating Tops Markets.'

July 14, 2004

Marker Tickets On Sale Saturday [8:53 PM] reports: 'Only single seats remain for the October 3rd game against the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. There are only a limited number of tickets left for the September 12th opener against Jacksonville, and the October 17th game against the rival Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Several Games Near Sell-Outs As Individual Game Tickets Go On Sale Saturday [5:38 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that only single seats will be available for the Oct. 3 game versus the New England Patriots when individual game tickets go on sale Saturday, July 17 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will also be extremely limited for the home opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the Oct. 17 game versus the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Bills Offense Ready for New Scheme [5:38 PM] reports: '"I think this offense is going to be easier for me from a decision making stand point," he said. "We're not going to ask our receivers to make as many decisions. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to get the ball out of my hands quicker this year, which is really what we are trying to do so I can avoid some of the hits and negative plays that happened last year."'

July 13, 2004

Marker Summer position battles: AFC East [10:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Lee Evans vs. Josh Reed
Edge: Reed. He knows the offense and knows how to get open.
Opening-day starter: Evans. You can't keep speed like he has on the bench, especially with Drew Bledsoe chucking it around.

Marker Brown, Losman Compete to Backup Bledsoe [5:20 PM] reports: '"He's obviously got a very strong arm, and he's learning," Bledsoe said of Losman. "When you come in as a quarterback, as a rookie, there's a whole ton to learn and he's making progress. He's working hard and he's made a lot of strides in the last few weeks."'

Marker Buffalo holds off on Bryant [5:45 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"The feedback I got from (the Bills) was that he performed very well," Rickert said. "Athletically and arm strength-wise, he's as good as some of the QBs they have on their roster. Having said that, they're not in position to make a move."'

July 12, 2004

Marker Bills doomed by schedule [10:12 PM] reports: 'The Bills just don’t make enough big plays. They had only 18 takeaways last year and just 19 takeaways in 2002. It would make it a lot easier for Bledsoe to be able to start from good field position for a change.'

Marker Bills won't sign Conquest QB [10:11 PM]
Capital News 9 reports: 'The Bills liked what they saw -- they just don't have the room. They have Bryant on a short list of considerations in case they have an injury at the quarterback position.'

Marker Bills Head to Camp with New Head Coach [5:37 PM] reports: '"I have been doing everything I can to make sure this team is ready for training camp," Mularkey said. "I am working with just as many non-football issues as I am with football. It's a change but I can handle it."'

Marker It’s nearly ticket time for the Bills [12:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, there is an important date for Bills’ fans. Saturday marks the first time they can buy individual tickets for games at “The Ralph.” They’re available beginning at 9 a.m.. online at, by calling 1-877-BBTICKS, or by visiting the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office or participating Tops Friendly Markets.'

Marker Needs Your Help [12:56 PM] reports: 'We are looking for fans to submit a title for this new program. If your title is selected, you will win a 2004 Buffalo Bills Official Team Yearbook and a Lawyer Milloy autographed mini-helmet. The winning entry could be the title of this program for years to come so don't miss out on your chance to have your named stamped in the Bills history book.'

Marker I'm not drunk, I'm a fan [7:47 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "We do feel there are problems that can be solved without resulting in an ejection," a story in the Buffalo News quoted Donohoe as saying. We don't know what Donohoe has in mind for the troublemakers if he's not going to eject them. Perhaps large quanties of black coffee?

Marker Inside slant [4:40 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey will keep alive a tradition begun by Williams - night practices. He has scheduled two, allowing fans the chance to come out to practice after work.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:39 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Medical watch: No updates."

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"No. 1, I can raise my hand every time he starts to screw up like I did 20 years ago and tell him, 'Nope, it won't work.' One thing I don't want to do, though, is be the guy who is constantly running down the hall and telling him what to do. When he wants a sounding board, I can be that and in the heat of everything, it is nice to have someone to observe and to remind him of some things he needs to do." - Bills QB coach Sam Wyche, the popular ex-Bengals head coach, describing his role on Mike Mularkey's staff.'

July 10, 2004

Marker Bills Team Report [8:29 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'First-round pick J.P. Losman showed impressive arm strength and mobility during minicamps, but he must learn how to read defenses and make proper decisions before he is ready to start. The team sees his abundant confidence as a virtue. Travis Brown made a positive impression with his minicamp performance. He throws hard and is mobile. Brown would play if Bledsoe gets injured, but Losman figures to get most of the second-team snaps.'

Marker LaCarte's lost love [5:56 AM]
Monesson Valley Independent reports: 'At a Bills' tryout in Mid-May, LaCarte's speed was among the best during running and agility drills. But, while LaCarte refused to wait by the phone, the Bills did not come calling. "The problem was my size, not my ability," LaCarte said. "I think they just wanted someone around 300-plus pounds and I just can't carry that kind of weight."'

Marker From worker to co-chairman [5:55 AM]
Pittsbuirg Morning Sun reports: 'Moorman, who lives in Ponte Vidra, Fla., in the offseason, has started the Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation to benefit pediatric cancer research and children facing cancer treatments. PUNT stands for purpose, understanding, 'ncouragement and triumph. "We started it last year, and we're trying to expand on it this year,'' Moorman said. "We're trying to put some events together in Buffalo."'

July 9, 2004

Marker 2004-05 Buffalo Bills Student Leaders [1:17 PM] reports: 'As a part of the program, Bills General Manager Tom Donahoe will be hosting monthly meetings with the selected students. They will go behind the scenes of the Buffalo Bills where they will learn about a variety of careers and meet professionals within the organization and community. The Student Leaders will also have the opportunity to attend Bills games, volunteer at community events, assist various Bills departments during select home games and serve as Bills ambassadors to their school.'

July 8, 2004

Marker It's no Mularkey [9:01 PM] reports: 'Sometimes it seems as though those of us in the media (as well as fans) have a rather short memory, doesn’t it? After all, not even twelve months ago we were all anointing Donahoe as the NFL Executive of the Year, based on the moves he made in the off season. But, after the disatrous 2003 season, he hardly looks like such an untouchable decision maker – and his future in Buffalo will be directly linked to the decision he made in naming Mike Mularkey as Gregg Williams’ successor.'

Marker Koons eager to start over with Bills in NFL [8:59 PM]
Columbus This Week reports: 'Koons was a Cincinnati Bengals fan while growing up, and the Bills have hired former Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche as quarterback coach. Koons said he always had a soft spot for the Bills, too, but playing professional football is the primary goal.'

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