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Buffalo Bills News - September 10, 2004

Marker Spikes ready to take out the trash [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm really fired up, man," Spikes said, "especially knowing what we could have been last year and how disappointed I felt looking at that tape."'

Marker Evans' speed should give Bills a new dimension [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie receivers - even first-rounders - usually only post average numbers. Evans should have a positive effect on the offense, even if his numbers are ordinary. Why? His deep speed will affect the way opposing coaches try to defend against the Bills.'

Marker Bills fans are warned not to drink and drive [8:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beginning with the Jacksonville Jaguars game Sunday, state troopers will set up sobriety checkpoints on several entrance and exit routes.'

Marker Taylor a big test for Bills [4:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think it's going to be run Fred right, run Fred left, run Fred in the middle," Mularkey said.'

Marker Passed over [4:58 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"I was disappointed," Mularkey said of being the Jaguars' first runner-up to Del Rio after Weaver and Vance interviewed both coaches at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.'

Marker Friday's Jacksonville Coverage [4:57 AM] reports:
Passed over (Florida Times Union)
Zelenka's 15 minutes of fame over (Florida Times Union)
Taylor wants to be team's workhorse (Orlando Sentinel)
Scobee ready to kick (
Right from the gut (
Jags hope history repeats itself (Jacksonville Daily Record)

Marker Bills' McNally thrives with 'mushrooms' [4:56 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Not a lot of plays, not a lot of protections, not a lot of complications. In other words, keep it simple, stupid.'

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September 9, 2004

Marker Bills' sellout streak intact; TV blackout lifted [10:22 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The sellout means the game, scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff, will be televised in the Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse markets on CBS affiliated stations.'

Marker Confidence Hasn't Wavered [9:58 PM] reports: '"Drew's always been a guy that wants to win in the huddle, and he's showing the same things since he's been here to me," running back Travis Henry said. "He's just that much hungrier from last year i think. that's the difference I see as far as his attitude, the way he comes to work."'

Marker The Bills And Jags Will Be On Local TV [5:19 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This game marks the 9th straight sell out for the club.'

Marker Bills Open Season Against Jacksonville [3:38 PM] reports: '"Last year was one of the hardest ones for me to shake during the off-season," Bledsoe said. "I can't claim that I've done any more work or worked any harder this year than I have in years past, but during the off-season I spent a lot more time thinking about football because I was so frustrated by what happened last year. I do have a sense that this year is an opportunity for us."'

Marker Bills Opener Sold Out [3:37 PM] reports: 'Sunday will mark the fourth consecutive season and the 36th time in team history that the Bills have opened at home.'

Marker Bills rookie WR Evans confident he'll contribute [3:37 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm sure my time will come,'' said Evans, who was limited to two catches for 12 yards. ''But right now, I've got to do the things that I've got to do to help this team win, whatever it may be.'''

Marker Usually calm Mularkey fired up for opener [1:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'I know hes pretty fired up, said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. He was pretty fired up for the first pre-season game, too, but this is for real. (Still) I expect him to be the way hes been all along on game day. Hes very calm and right in the moment all the time.'

Marker Backers of Southwest Florida Gear Up [1:24 PM] reports: '"Our group meets on one side and the Patriots fans have their area on the other side," said Shirley Trippany, secretary/treasurer for the group. "And they complain and say we make too much noise," she said.'

Marker Guessing game begins for Bills, NFL [1:23 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: The key for Buffalo, as it figures to be most of the season, is to keep the Jaguars from launching a full-scale assault on the statuesque (and thats not meant in the glamorous way its usually used) Drew Bledsoe by running early, often and then some more.

Marker Bills tighten their grip on pass rush [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm going to put pressure on myself because that's what motivates me," Schobel said. "There's always something to play for. You play hard for your teammates. I don't like looking bad on film. When everybody watches it together, I don't want to be the weak link."'

Marker Kelsay and Reed named starters [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Josh just looks a lot more comfortable," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "When he's on the field, he's ready to go play. There were times last year when I think some of the comparisons that were thrust on him were hard to deal with. But Josh had a great camp, he caught the ball very well."'

Marker Confidence in Donahoe is fading [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching isn't the real problem, though. It's the personnel. Donahoe has brought in a lot of names, but he doesn't have a playoff roster. Like the man who put it together, this Bills team is less than what it seems, a team that will struggle to be average.'

Marker In order to fly first class, Bills look to coach [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The defense is solid and could be aided by better ball control. It remains to be seen how the same defensive cast will create more turnovers. Good luck (in the form of health along the lines) is essential. Get ready for a lot of tight games. The Bills will need numerous fourth-quarter wins to make the playoffs. Look for a 9-7 finish but no wild card.'

Marker You Make the Call [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The game dictates what I like to call," Gray said. "I have to pick what's working that day. It's trial and error. I know their tendencies, but if they get ahead or behind, they may get away from some of their tendencies. Or maybe they've made adjustments and we've never seen the adjustments they're making on the film that we've watched. Now it's up to us to adjust."'

Marker Thinking on the run [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Our approach this year is run the ball first, pound them with the running game and get the play-action going and not put too much pressure on our protection with the deep passing game," Bledsoe said. "I like that approach. It allows us to be more efficient and not so reliant on making big plays. We'll be more consistent, move more methodically and control the time of possession better than we did last year."'

Marker Catering to strengths [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's true on any team," Clements said. "In order to win in the NFL, you have to be able to run the ball and stop the run. There may be some exceptions in years past. If you can run the ball, you're going to be in third-and-shorter situations where you don't have to hold onto the ball a long time. The pass protection is still at a premium, but the quarterback can get it out of his hands quicker. It helps the offensive line."'

Marker Can running mates share top spot on Bills' ticket? [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you're a pounding running team, you need good, quality backs who can hold up," Mularkey said. "I think Travis and Willis give us a chance to have a very good rushing attack."'

Marker Pass rush comes wrapped in surprise packages [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In this league any hesitation you can create on the offensive lineman gets you one step closer to the quarterback," Posey said. "We've been able to create that hesitation."'

Marker Bills high on the cheap-seats list [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is the cheapest place to attend a National Football League game, Team Marketing Report revealed in its survey of all 32 NFL franchises.'

Marker 64 Bills season tickets stolen from desk drawer [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo police are looking for a thief who stole 64 Buffalo Bills season tickets from the general manager's desk drawer at an Elmwood Avenue company.'

Marker Murphy ready to take control [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of his goals is to draw out Van Pelt by asking questions. "I feel like I've got to pick his brain," said Murphy. "He's got a lot of knowledge, a lot of insight, and I feel part of my job is to open it up for listeners. He knows what he's looking at. Bledsoe told me in training camp that he's the smartest football guy he's ever been around."'

Marker Reed welcomes Evans [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It wasn't any pressure, I was happy he was here," Reed said Wednesday after the Bills concluded practice inside their fieldhouse on One Bills Drive. "The coaches told me we might be picking a receiver and I called him up and I never had any hard feelings. He's a Bill and he's bringing another dimension to the team."'

Marker Schobel given $23 million extension [4:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Of course I always want to make more," said Schobel, who has 197 career tackles. "But three years ago if I would've known I'd be making this after three years, (heck). I'm so happy. Maybe I left something on the table, maybe I didn't. It's over and I'm happy." His teammates, concerned about continuity and the distraction a contract issue can become in the locker room, are happy, too."'

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