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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2003

Marker Giants Close to Being Eliminated [10:02 PM]
AP reports: '"We are just not making things happen when we have opportunities," Fassel said Tuesday.'

Marker CB Winfield questions Bills' pass-oriented philosophy [7:56 PM]
AP reports: '''At times I'll be on the sideline and say, 'Why don't they run?''' Winfield wrote in this week's edition of Bills Digest, a weekly publication that's partly controlled by the Bills. ''I don't know how effective the bye-week self-scouting was for the offense. We're still doing the same things that we did before that point. Perhaps, they're too predictable.'''

Marker Bills’ second-best effort couldn’t stop losing skid [1:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'We’ve gone from extremely high expectations, fostered, no less, by the players themselves, to almost feeling sorry for them.'

Marker What Happened? [1:50 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'If you watched the game Sunday you cannot say that the Bills lost because of a lack of effort. Travis Henry played with a fractured leg. Eric Moulds should be resting that painful groin injury. Sam Gash already has his Super Bowl ring but he’s still busting linebackers in the mouth. Lack of effort did not cause the loss. What’s missing is that spark and that excitement and most importantly that confidence that the winning teams and the teams on the rise have that the Bills do not.'

Marker Aches are becoming a big pain for Bills [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At some point over the next few weeks, the Bills will consider whether it's time for certain players, mainly Henry and Moulds, to end the season and avoid further damage. There also comes a time when players, no matter how tough, hurt their team. When is enough, enough?'

Marker Columnist finds home at [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Easterbrook has been a consistent critic this season of teams such as the Buffalo Bills who have a fondness for passing in third-and-short-yardage situations. What separates him from other NFL columnists, however, is he might express his feelings about Bills coach Gregg Williams in haiku, or trot out a theory about why the Bills are cursed since they changed the color scheme of their uniforms a few years ago.'

Marker Bills' Donahoe has few answers [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Last year, the Bills were 4-3 in games decided by 7 points or less, meaning they played in more competitive games and were better at winning them. Whatever confidence quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his offensive teammates had playing in the clutch has slipped away with many other facets of their game.'

Marker Bills will pass on setting records [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The 2003 Bills have an NFL-low six TD passes through 11 games. If they tie the team single-game record with six TD passes in each of the remaining five games, they’d still fall three short of tying the single-season record set 12 years ago (33 by Jim Kelly and six by Frank Reich).'

Marker What do the Bills have to be thankful for? [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And Tom Donahoe can be thankful for an owner who didn’t fire him two months ago.'

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.'

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